NEW YORK -- This city is the height of banality and excitement. It surprises in what it finds surprising.
Take the 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport SE minivan. I recently parked it on a West Side street, near Columbia University, in a loading-unloading event.
This was a fully-optioned Trans Sport -- an extended wheel-base version replete with leather seats and two center sliding doors, including a power-slide door, which caused a commotion.
It happened like this: I was walking toward the Trans Sport SE with two arms of stuff, holding the minivan's electronic key fob in my right hand. I pushed the button controlling the power-slide door. It made noodle-noodle-doodle-doodle noises as it opened and slid... Read More