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DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Mike At The Denver Museum Of Nature And Science

February 27, 2012 3:00 AM

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"My wife gave it the nickname Vinnie Van. She's from New Jersey."

dyr denver1 DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Mike At The Denver Museum Of Nature And Science

“Shuttling kids around the world!”

The Ride
The Driver: Mike
Car in Question: White 2007 Toyota Sienna
Spotted at: Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80205
Odometer: 75,000
Car’s Nickname Vinnie

THE DEFENSE

Q: Welcome to Defend Your Ride Denver. What’s your name and where do you live?

A: Mike. Arvada, 80002.

Q: I’m pretty sure Toyotas are still the most purchased car in America. Can you tell us about yours?

A: My wife and I switch back and forth. I’m driving a Toyota Sienna, 2007. We drive to work during the day and then in the evening we drive them to Tae Kwon Do and gymnastics.

Q: So you’re sort of a soccer mom. You must be shuttling the kids around a lot?

A: Probably a half an hour each way for work, five days a week, so five hours. Then two hours on Mondays and Wednesdays. In addition to that, to the activities for the kids. And probably about three hours on the weekends.

Q: Do you take this car and your family on weekend trips too?

A: Black Hills. We’ve been to Taos, New Mexico. We’ve done a lot of driving down to a friends place in Pueblo as well. Our favorite one was a few years back when we drove it to Orlando, Disney World. We drove it down through New Orleans and Alabama and went to go see the U.S.S. Alabama there. The battleship!

Q: Sounds like fun. Any rules for the kids while you are driving?

A: We don’t want the kids to leave their garbage in it. Clean up after themselves. No shoes on the dashboard. No feet on the dashboard. My wife gets to do that, the kids don’t.

Q: Are you guys a rock and roll family? What kind of music do you jam out to in this car?

A: My wife likes country. The kids like the weird stuff these days. I like classic rock, jazz, blues.

Q: Kids! Is there anything else you’d like to tell us today about your Toyota Sienna?

A: I guess for me, it’s big enough to house me, but it’s not the Titanic. A lot of these big vans are just so big, you can’t fit them in the garage.

Photos and interview by Heather Ruch

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