Hooniverse Weekend Edition – That weird new guy and his weird car fetish

No, it's not that comfortable

Editors Note: This weekend, Hooniverse will be running a series of posts introducing you to some of the new writers who are now in our part of the Hooniverse. This time it’s Ray Lindenburg who is afflicted with the same weird car bug that seems to infect the rest of us. Let Ray know how much you appreciate his writing here.

I want to let you know that I’m writing this post (and have written others in the past) balancing a tiny human on my lap and trying to prevent my keyboard from falling off the edge of my Eames shell chair school desk.  It’s not the most comfortable setup, but this chair sure looks cool.  And isn’t that what it’s all about?  I mean, during my formative years, cars were shall we say, a little short on power, so looks and style was all we had.  

I was born in 1975, so instead of growing up with cool and powerful muscle cars of the 1960s, or even the cool and increasingly more powerful cars of the 1990s, I was stuck with a bunch of malaise-era crap.  My first car memory was my mom’s beige-over-beige 1978 Malibu wagon.  Things got a little better when my dad got a ’79 VW Rabbit.  But of course, it couldn’t be a GTI…  

It was that Rabbit that most formed my car preferences – certainly not the ’87 Nova my mom bought next… right?  In high school, I managed to find the unholy theoretical offspring of those two vehicles, a Geo Prizm hatchback.  I’m sure there’s some sort of automotive Freudian connection there.  Thus a hatchback obsession was formed.

My high school pride and joy

Yes, I caught a lot of flack over that car.  And the fact that I, and I alone thought it was pretty cool.  But it held 5 people in relative comfort, and there was space for a really big subwoofer box in the hatch.  What else is there in high school?  

People still give me a hard time about my automotive tastes, but at least I found an outlet.  About the same time as my tiny human’s birth last fall, I started my own hatchback-themed blog.  I suppose I could have blogged about having a new kid and adjusting to that life, but honestly, there are about 10 million sites with that content and really, this paragraph here is about all I need to share with strangers about my kid.  Hatchbacks on the other hand…

The blog and the kid both allow me to flex my creative photographic muscles a bit.  I’m working on a series that some of you may have read already – the Design Reviews.  I’ll find an interesting car (or maybe a boring car), take some photos and give my opinion on the design.  It’s fun for me, and I hope interesting to read.  I’ll also be sharing some stories on Fastback Friday, which is right up my alley, hatchback-wise. 

I like architecture as well as goofy cars

So that’s me, a new dad, new blogger and new member of the Hooniverse crew.  I love writing about oddball cars and sometimes like to toss in a random note about architecture or music or infrastructure or urban planning… I’m getting sidetracked…  In any case, I hope you all enjoy reading my stuff as I enjoy writing it.  This opportunity to write for Hooniverse really is a dream come true.

To read more from Ray Lindenburg, simply click here.

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