Two Worlds Collide

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Chris Perkins is the Editorial Fellow at the auto enthusiast blog Jalopnik as well as a freelance guitarist. He's originally from the suburbs of Boston and currently lives in New York City.

Chris Perkins is the Editorial Fellow at the auto enthusiast blog Jalopnik as well as a freelance guitarist. He’s originally from the suburbs of Boston and currently lives in New York.

Finding common ground between car lovers and harp lovers.

—by Chris Perkins

Her: “You mentioned before you like cars—what’s your favorite?”
Me: “Well I’ve got quite a lot of favorites but probably the Porsche 911.”
Her: “Does that fit a harp?”
Me: “No. Why would it need to?”

I’m met with a bewildered and angry stare that silently says, “Are you kidding me?” This is the first time I receive this look, but certainly not the last. Scrambling, I sputter the same question in return.

Me: “Well, what’s your favorite?”
Her: “Toyota Highlander.”
Me: “Really? That’s the one of the world’s least interesting cars.”

I’m met with the same stare as before.

Her: “Well, it’s comfortable and fits my harp well. Perfect for driving to a gig.”

I hadn’t thought of that. She probably should have just cut her losses right then and there and walked away, but she saw potential in us. Either that or she’s in perpetual denial.

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