“I bought it on my birthday.”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Sonja
- Car in Question: Blue 2006 Hummer H2
- Spotted at: Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202
- Odometer: 80,000
- Car’s Nickname: The Beast
Q: You drive a Hummer! What year is it?
A: It’s a 2006 H2.
Q: You’ve had this for how many years?
A: I bought it on my birthday two years ago. It was my birthday present.
Q: That’s an awesome birthday present to yourself! You bought it used?
A: Yes, in a blizzard. It was blue! I drove by and saw it, went home, and called my friend. She came right over–in a blizzard. We went down and I never gave it back. I took it home that day.
Q: That would be the ultimate test of a car, test driving in Colorado in a blizzard! I’m guessing it handled pretty well?
A: It was fantastic. The four-wheel drive works really well. I had been looking for a Hummer for probably a good six months, online and shopping, shopping, shopping. Not once did I see a blue one. That’s my favorite color. Once I saw the blue one, I don’t know, something told me I had to have it.
Q: What kind of road trips are you taking in your awesome blue Hummer?
A: Through the mountains and all the way to Lake Powell.
Q: How often do you do that?
A: A couple of times during the summer. We have a private lake as well, that we go up to, near Fort Collins every weekend. I have a 16-year-old daughter just learning how to drive. I let her learn to drive in this. Everybody stays away from her. That’s one good thing about driving this because nobody gets near you.
Q: It clears the road?
A: They see you coming. It’s just so much fun. We have a blast. Every time I stop at a stoplight you see people trying to read what that says, you know. T-bow? Taebow? Taybo? I’ve looked over before and they were doing Taebow and everyone starts kicking and punching when they see it.
Q: Is it just for road trips or do you use it as an everyday car too?
A: I drive it everyday to the gym. I park it like a billboard in the parking lot. I can’t hide in it though. All my clients are like, what where you doing at Target? I can’t hide, that’s for sure.
Q: Is there any downside?
A: I can pass everything but a gas station. That’s the downside, 11 miles to the gallon.
Photos and interview by Heather Ruch
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