Scout Happy-Joy Johnson. That’s the name of my car. The car that I own. The first car I’ve ever purchased by my own volition and have held the title to.
I’m the typical hyper-vigilant parent. I woke up this morning and wanted to go start her up just to make sure she was still alive. I exerted self-control and when I finally went to check on her several hours later, I saw a little scratch and was about to kick some ass. Then I realized that she is adopted and I need to get used to all her freckles. I haven’t been around to see them pop up.
Ok, but seriously, I am in love with this car. (Yes, I’ve sent friends pictures).
Scout is a 2004 Honda Element with 133,000 miles, in pretty great condition. I’ve already made my first repair, which was tightening the latch for her passenger-side doors. Next she’ll need a new driver-side visor clip, but that’s no biggie. Other than that she’s pretty amazing both inside and out. A true beauty. (Thanks Greater Motor Sports of Fontana).
To get real, I’m super excited to own this car. I fell in love with its plastic interior and the ease of getting the second row seating either up off the floor or entirely out of the car. For a while, I had been toying with the idea of purchasing a work van. I’ve been following some of you vanlifers and it is definitely a direction I would one day like to go—perhaps with a bus and a brood (don’t steal the handle!). But when I, the soon-to-be college graduate and hopeful reporter of some kind imagined myself arriving to a possible place of work in what folks around L.A. call a rape van, I couldn’t stomach it—particularly knowing that I could have, with this girl, everything I need to feel sophisticated but sporty in the city and also the opportunity to create a platform to provide everything necessary for solo travels—maybe even a guest sleeper.
So that’s what I plan to do. I’m going to be lookin’ at y’all for inspiration as I have been, and brainstorming what I can do to create an easy-to-assemble-and-disassemble platform that provides both comfort and convenience. I imagine with the clamshell rear this’ll be pretty great.
Tag me for any ideas you think I should consider!
Here’s to the true beginning of so many wonderful travels to share here!