Once I had a boyfriend, and when he got into my car for the first time he said, “Oh, it’s dirty.” I could tell he was concerned, because it was not just cluttered — it was strange messy. I looked around and tried to imagine what I would think of the owner of a car like that if it wasn’t mine. I moved things out of the passenger seat — shoes, rackets, books, orange rinds, glasses of dried smoothie — but then I thought there was no use in pretending. “It’s just like this normally,” I said. “It just is.” It was a time when I was too worn out to lead anyone on. “Hey, you know I ride a bike,” Sean said.

He said sometimes people flipped him off while he was riding, or threw drive-thru drinks at him from their car for no reason. I told him the… More…

The Nissan NV200, a concept vehicle currently on display at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, is a minivan with the sleek contouring of a really expensive laptop and a “patented sliding cargo pod” that emerges from the rear of the vehicle like a supersized desk drawer. The cargo pod features enough compartments to store the entire inventory of your local Sharper Image outlet. The NV200’s cabin includes two built-in LCD monitors and a closet-like receptacle for your suit jacket. In charming Jinglish, Nissan characterizes the vehicle as “A Smart Business Tool of New Generation — for Active Professionals.” Now, every traffic jam is an opportunity to punch up your latest PowerPoint presentation in your cubicle away from cubicle.

The NV200 isn’t available commercially yet, but the fact that even a prototype exists is the saddest van-related news since it turned out that Teri Hatcher doesn’t actually like to have sex… More…