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DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Ashley At Larchmont Village

March 19, 2012 3:00 AM

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"I had to get used to sitting in traffic when I moved here."

dyr los angeles DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Ashley At Larchmont Village

“It was love at first sight.”

The Ride
The Driver: Ashley
Car in Question: 2004 Ford Mustang Coupe
Spotted at: Larchmont Village, N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004
Odometer: 132,137

THE DEFENSE

Q: Hi Ashley! Thank you for participating in Defend Your Ride Los Angeles. Let’s dive right in with the most important question: Do you have a nickname for your car?

A: My car’s called Diamond. I love diamonds. I think they’re pretty and this is my best friend. It gets me around. I mainly use it to go back and forth to work. I work in Long Beach. I also use it to go to auditions and acting classes all over Hollywood and Burbank. And I like to go out, too.

Q: Sounds like fun. Where do you like to go when you go out?

A: When I first moved to California, I liked to hang out in Hollywood. But now I’m branching out a little bit–exploring some places in Burbank and Long Beach.

Q: How much time do you spend in Diamond in a week?

A: Wow, a lot of time. Let’s see, with the California traffic, maybe like 12 hours, driving back and forth? But you know recently, I got a little smart because instead of taking the freeway, I take the streets everywhere. I’ve noticed that I don’t have to sit in traffic as much. It took me all these years to figure that out.

Q: Any shortcuts you’d like to share?

A: Coming from Hawthorne, I used to take the freeways. Now I just take Hawthorne Blvd. when I want to go to Hollywood. So just take Hawthorne Blvd. to La Brea, and that’ll get you to Hollywood.

Q: Where are you from originally?

A: I’m from Baltimore, Maryland.

Q: And how does the traffic here compare to Baltimore?

A: Not as much traffic in Baltimore as there is here. I had to get used to sitting in traffic when I moved here.

Q: Tell us about your Ford Mustang Coupe. How did you know you wanted it?

A: Actually, I looked this car up on a website and as soon as I got to the car dealership, I bought it. I didn’t have to look at anything else. It was love at first sight!

Q: Do you have any rules in the car?

A: Put your seatbelt on. That’s my main rule. I don’t mind if people eat in the car and all that stuff. I’m not too crazy about that as long as you put your seatbelt on.

Q: What do you listen to in the car, while you drive?

A: I listen to all types of music. I like to listen to music that’ll get me pumped up, which I probably shouldn’t because of the traffic out here. You’d probably want to stay kind of mellow and calm. But I like the party music, just like dancing in my car.

Q: Have you ever been caught rockin’ out in the car?

A: Oh definitely. I’ve caught a couple people staring at me sometimes, but you know, I just look forward like I don’t see them and keep on rockin’ out.

Q: What do you think your next car will realistically be?

A: My dream car is a Range Rover for now. A few years from now, who knows. They’re just so powerful, and you command the street. It looks like they’re pretty safe. I haven’t had good reviews about the Range Rover, but I still want to give it a try.

Photos and interview by Michael Shen, blogger of lacantdrive.com

Are you ready to Defend Your Ride? If so, email localautos@cbs.com with “Defend Your Ride L.A.” in the subject line for submission details.

View previous Defend Your Ride features as well as other great stories for people who love cars at CBSLosAngeles.com/Autos

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