Life With Kevin... On the Road

Welcome back to Life With Kevin! It’s been awhile since I’ve written an installment of Life With Kevin. I’ve covered many of the interesting elements of Life With Kevin: tea, tea bongs, CDs, the basement, bagels, and kombucha. I thought there wasn’t anything left until...

I moved Kevin’s car.

If you’ve ever tried to park in the KEXP parking lot after 10am, you know it can be quite a task. We have more people than we do parking spots, so we double, triple, and even quadruple park. This works well until the person who arrived early has to leave, at which time they wander around the station trying to figure out whose cars are blocking them.

Kevin was on the air when a staffer came into our office to let me know that Kevin’s car was blocking them. Kevin gave me his keys and I went outside to move his car.

Kevin’s car... where do I start? First off, Kevin has no headlights. His headlights have been out for as long as I can remember. Last month I asked if he’d gotten them fixed yet and he said no. I asked, “so when you’re driving home at night don’t people flash their lights at you to tell you that your headlights are off?” “Yes, they do,” said Kevin, “and it’s pretty annoying.”

I thought this was the only unique quality to Kevin’s car, but I was sorely mistaken – the driver’s door doesn’t work. Like most people, I went to the driver’s side to put the key in and open the door, but it didn’t work. If you get into Kevin’s car you have to open the passenger door and crawl across the front seat.

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The driver’s side door doesn’t work!

Next: Kevin’s car is a stick shift. I didn’t know this until I sat down, but luckily I can drive a stick thanks to the 1977 Mustang Ghia I drove from 1984-1988. Not everyone can though, which seriously limits the possibilities of people who can move Kevin’s car. If it’s blocking, find me or Sara, not one of KEXP’s young, automatic-transmission bred employees.

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Nothing says DJ like a stick shift and old tea bags

Back to Kevin’s car: it’s as neat as a pin – and it’s a total disaster. Yes, that’s an oxymoron, but it’s true. It’s the neatest, cleanest car I’ve ever seen, but the front seat console is filled with used tea bags, and in the backseat was a bowl of oatmeal, Odwalla wrappers, and empty green tea bottles. Apparently Kevin takes his oatmeal out to the car and eats it while he changes gears, drinks his tea and talks on his cell phone. All while having no headlights and a driver’s door that doesn’t work.

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What a mess...

My advice is that if you live in West Seattle and see Kevin Cole rockin’ down the road, watch out!

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5 Comments

  1. Posted March 6, 2007 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Whereas I have always had the greatest respect for Kevin Cole, after hearing about his car, he has now become one of my heros.

  2. jeremy
    Posted March 6, 2007 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    sounds like he needs my motorcycle to go along with his car. no horn, broken out rear turn signal( which is mounted with c clamps and a piece of pipe) and a completely creased tank.

  3. Kris
    Posted March 7, 2007 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    I’ve known Kevin for years. I’ve even been “ON THE ROAD” with Kevin. Sounds like Kevin could use a new car - How about a Unick?

  4. Ken
    Posted March 8, 2007 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    I have also been On The Road with Kevin and I also think a Unick would be a great replacement to his current vehicle.

  5. Posted March 9, 2007 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    He must be the bravest driver ever! lol...
    If he can’t fix his headlights and door, will somebody do it for him?

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