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March 03, 2005

Brotherhood of Mini

I bought a Mini shortly after I moved to Maryland -- I knew I was going to be in the car a lot, and after driving a Civic for 10 years, I decided to treat myself to something a little higher-end. So, as most of you know, I've now got a "liquid yellow" Mini.

So, now, as I'm driving to and from work, I often find myself seeing another Mini -- and exchanging a little wave. The best waves are the ones that come through the front window -- it's not like an afterthought, but like belonging to a club with a secret handshake. It's fun! Call it the Brotherhood of Mini.

What it reminds me most of is the random buffs you get and give in World of Warcraft¹. You're running along, you target someone and buff them, they maybe whisper thanks -- and you move on, a little happier, just in a tiny way. Feels good; it's not actual community, but it's communal feeling, and that's kind of nice.

So, to the gentleman in the blue Mini today, and the woman in the chili red one with the white bonnet stripes -- hey, thanks, you raised me up for a minute on the long drive. And thanks, too, to the high-level troll who buffed me last night; sorry, I didn't get your name, you were moving too fast.

¹Obviously, not unique to that, just what I personally play.
PS. In other news, Brent Sienna drives a Mini. Welcome, my cartoon brother. /wave

Posted by Brett Douville at March 3, 2005 07:44 PM

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