Before I bought my Malibu three weeks ago, I could have sworn up and down that I'd never really seen one before. I mean, I had an idea what they looked like because my sister has a (gutless) Cutlass, and they're very similar cars. Or the Cutlass went away and the Malibu is its replacement. Something like that.
However, once I decided to get the Malibu, I started seeing them everywhere. There are usually a couple parked on 35th Street that I pass on my way home from work. I noticed those a couple of days before I got my car. Those were the first I really noticed. Like I saw one and said, "Oh, that's what it looks like. Yeah, I think that'll be just fine."
Now that I'm actually driving my car, it's a little ridiculous. There always seems to be another Malibu in the parking lot when I'm at Rainbow. I see them parked on the side of the street and driving along next to me on the interstate. And not once, but twice, this week, I've been third in a line of Malibus sitting at a stoplight. Tuesday on my way to the gym I was behind a white and a silver Malibu on Excelsior. Last night there was a dark green Malibu in front of Barbie and a purple or maroon one ahead of that at the Snelling light while I was heading down Randolph (trying desperately not to sneak a bite of ribs before I got to The Boy's house).
It's weird driving a popular car. There were never a lot of Achievas on the road, but I would occasionally see one the exact same color as mine. It always freaked me out. Not once did I ever see a Beretta identical to mine. Apparently, I had an odd-sized engine compared to all of the other dark gray Berettas on the road. The colored stripe around the car indicated the engine size and I never saw another one just like mine. And the Delta '88? Well, that was a long time ago. But again, I think there were more of another, similar car around on the roads. Though, I occasionally see a Delta and it makes me smile.
And of course, now that I know one Mr. Garwood B. Jones drives a Malibu, I always wonder if he's in one of the many I see on the streets. Well, unless the driver is a lady or an old person, as I'm pretty sure he's neither. Then again, this is the Internet ...