There are basically two categories of drivers - those who look at cars as a way to get from point A to point B and those who love to drive and have a special bond with their cars.
I fall into the second category. I've always loved cars. Not all cars mind you. Just the sexy sports cars with the engines that give you goose bumps. And at the top of the love list is the Audi TT.
I had pictures of the TT on my computer before they were even selling yet. The moment they went on sale in the US, we were at the dealer. And my first TT was custom. Oh I loved that car. I'm on my second TT now and the sight of a TT on the road still makes me sigh like a lovestruck teenager.
Wait, that's not the point.
For the last two weeks my TT has been in the shop and I've been driving a loaner - a very nice little car mind you with all the upgrades but it's not a TT.
And I realized something this morning - I'm driving differently.
The sassy, take-no-prisoners attitude I usually have behind the wheel has mellowed. I'm now playing nice, gliding along within the speed limit, yielding to others, not a questionable word coming out of my mouth. Even the 7 year old commented on it.
I'm not making excuses to take the "scenic route" detours that were always so tempting.
I pull into a parking spot and walk away without a backward glance.
I'm not looking at the cars around me (unless a TT pulls up and then I whimper) and I know no one is looking at my car.
Driving has become getting from Point A to Point B. And personally, I find it very boring.
So to go back to my first question - are you what you drive?
That does it, I'm calling the dealership. I want my TT back!