Saturday, February 19, 2011


When I was seventeen my parents bought me a 1980, Limited Edition MGB
convertible. And I loved it more than I loved Bjorn Borg... Which was a lot.
Trust me! The plan was to love it forever... However, two years later, and
only three short months after my dad went to the considerable trouble
to ship my MGB all the way from Monterey, California to Virginia
where I moved after getting married, some despicable inhuman
being stole it! You can read all about that experience here 
  The MGB wasn't my first convertible though... Here I am with mom at eight months
old in my first convertible. Yup! I blame my need to feel the wind in my hair on my
parents! And, what about that super-safe infant car seat!? Airbags? What airbags!   
 I have been looking to replace the convertible stolen from me for 25 years now...
And this week... I did!
I'm a Cooper, it's a Cooper. It's a no-brainer!
It's also my first not-white vehicle in 17 years! I've owned two Jeeps, One Isuzu
Trooper LS, a Land Rover Disco and now an Expedition, and all of them are
white. I've been shopping for a white Mini Cooper - But when I found this
one, which has everything on my long list of must-have's, I decided
color was something I could compromise. Besides, I kept my
Expedition, so there's still a white truck in the driveway!  
Why did I keep the Expedition? 
 Because I'm a Costco shopper, while my Cooper is more of a sample-size shopper!
By the way... If you're in the market for a Mini Cooper to call your own, I am
happy to recommend my sales advisor, Stephen Lane at Hendrick Mini in
Charlotte, North Carolina. Stephen is a Mini Cooper fanatic who is on his
third Mini Cooper and he's barely out of college! Driving with Stephen
was an education, and after his sales manager agreed to my low offer,
Stephen went out of his way to fill my new Mini with lots of goodies!  
While I wrote the check and finished up with the paperwork guy, the man I love was
busy in the dealership gift shop... Because he left this for me to find in the trunk! 
 I'm still not sure how this pod is a key but I'm just going to go with it!

Big thanks to Stephen Lane at Hendrick Mini. Thanks to you, I'm back in a convertible
I truly love... And, thanks to the 6-speed turbo, I'm back to having passengers
sitting next to me that sound like they're riding a horse... Whoa! 


  1. O~M~Goodness!
    I've been WAITING for you to post about your new MINI~COOPER!!!!!!!
    Greg and I read this post together!
    He's been alllll into your MINI~COOPER purchase!
    That picture of YOU in your MOM's convertible is PRICELESS!!!!
    And that MG that you had....PERFECTION!
    Girl you were born to zoom about with your hair blowing in the CALIFORNIA...I mean North Carolina wind! ;o)
    I love it!
    I love it BAD! Really I do!
    I mean I LOVE IT in a BIG way!
    You know how I feel!
    I am THRILLED for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Glad that you still have the Expedition for those Costco runs!
    Your car is a DREAM!
    And you're gonna look like a DREAM driving it!
    Can't wait til you get to take your RANGER for a spin!
    I LOVE it Janet!
    Wonder why I'm thinking about YOU every time I see a COOPER now?

  2. Congratulations! I truly mean it even though I'm jealous as hell that you now have a mini :(

  3. Yay for you Momma! I'm so glad you got the car of your dreams. It is super cute and I'm sure you'll look great in it. You gonna share with us a picture of the win blowing through your hair in your new Mini??? yes, okay!

    BTW, I didn't think about the Mini Cooper being a mini Janet Cooper- that's hilarious! Perfect match, I'd say!

    Congrats on your new ride. It looks great on your desk too.

  4. How fun!! My daughter has wanted a Mini ever since we watched "The Italian Job". Then we bought the original for a project she had to do for film studies class, and thought the older ones are cuter still :)

  5. You are going to LOVE your new mini! I have one and it is a blast to drive around! Enjoy!!!

  6. A beautiful car for a beautiful girl. You will look adorable cruising around in that!! Congrats!

  7. LOVE your blog and loved reading the story of your MG and now your new mini Cooper.

    You'd mentioned how quickly you had married after meeting your (future) hubby. My parents also married quickly -- two weeks after meeting. My dad was a pilot in the Air Force and they spent the next 25 years moving every 18 months from base to base. I've always enjoyed hearing about love stories like this. :)


  8. I love the MINI!!! I almost got one myself when I was looking, but since I tote cakes around, needed something a little bigger, lol. Enjoy your new car!!


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