Everything you Need Can be Found at Home

Nate Hipple and Nate Hipple

Whenever my head gets too big (which is often) my girlfriend finds a way to knock be back a few pegs. She unleashes a well-designed prank to remind me who truly wears the denim in our relationship. At first I’m perplexed.
What!? Family Guy got canceled?
“Don’t be so gullible,” she helps.
I rifle quickly through the TV guide. Blast, she got me again!
I’m not the type to hold grudges though. Usually, I’m just astonished at her wit.
Last month she got me really good.
“Wanna rent an exotic car today?” she asked casually.
Did I!? Lamborghinis and Porsches went screaming through my mind.
But first, she made me agree to take out the garbage and wash the dishes, which I did in a blur.
And then I had to sign a contract promising that I would be more “thoughtful, caring, and magnanimous”. After I Google-searched the word “magnanimous,” I signed this contract and off we went.
Why was she laughing all the way to our destination at 2100 Kettner Blvd?
Because that’s the headquarters for San Diego’s GoCars.
Huh?
A “GoCar” is what would happen if you mated a motorcycle with a Miata. You would get this one quarter-sized yellow convertible with only three tires. Maybe you’ve seen them buzzing around town. They’re the preferred mode of transportation for gawking midwesterners vacationing at the Hotel Del. I guess they’re kind of “exotic”.
I was like, “You for real?”
But after driving one for 5 minutes, I understood: I have the funniest girlfriend in the world.
To drive a GoCar is to be a spectacle. Everywhere you go, people are waving, laughing, honking, giving you the thumbs-up. Show up at the party in one of these and you won’t go home alone.
These mini-racers have a top speed of around 30 mph, however the downhills are considerably faster. Uphill can be tricky. I had to push mine up a steep grade in Point Loma. Hey – just trying to be magnanimous.
GoCar also features a ‘talking’ GPS tour guide voice. But wait, you already know the best streets in San Diego.
Instead, you should override this function and use your own compact discs. (CityTimes endorses AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” for this purpose).
As summer approaches, and you’re not sure if you can afford that trip out of town, consider sightseeing in your own backyard via GoCar. For less money than a train ticket – you become the sight: A regular-sized person in a miniature car.
And everyone knows our city is the best around.
So, why drop big bucks on a boring vacation when everything you need can be found at home?
Vroooom.