DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Jeff At The Mark Twain House

July 9, 2012 6:25 AM

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“I think after commuting 100 miles a day, it’s tired!”

The Ride
The Driver: Jeff
Car in Question: 2005 Honda Civic
Spotted at: Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105
Odometer: 169,335


Q: We’re at the Mark Twain House. What are we doing here today?

A: I’m at work. I’m the executive director. My favorite thing about working here other than Mark Twain, an iconic American writer, are the people I work with. We do a lot of programs and special events. Things like that, and the things that come out of the blue like this interview, are what make this job a lot of fun.

Q: Sounds fun. Is it a great place to visit for everyone?

A: It’s a great place to visit if you’ve never been here or haven’t been here since you were forced to come in third grade. It’s the magnificent home of one of the most iconic American authors. His legacy has been preserved by generations of wonderful residents of Hartford.

Q: Tell us about your ride. What is its main use?

A: The main use for my car is driving to work. It’s 50 miles each way. My wife and I like to drive to New York City. We do that occasionally, just drive into the city, park, and hop out.

Q: Where did you get your car? Did you buy it new?

A: I purchased it about five years ago. Before this, I drove another car that we still have. It has 170,000 miles on it. Those hundred miles add up quick!

Q: Now for the rapid fire questions! Where’s the farthest place you’ve ever driven your ride?

A: Colorado.

Q:Do you have any car rules?

A: Ha! No smoking in my car. Beyond that, there really are no rules in my car.

Q: If your car had a human emotion, what would it be?

A: I think after commuting 100 miles a day, it’s tired! A tired car.

Q: And a nickname for your car?

A: Blackie! It’s a black car.

Q: Finally, if you won the lottery tomorrow, what would be your dream car?

A: I had my eye on a two-door Porsche Boxster! That would be a nice, but I also have a soft side for a Mustang GT.

Photos and interview by Jenna Grzeslo

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