Owning a mid-engined road car just doesn't feel fair. You're taking an idea that was developed to solve niche problems in a track environment, and just driving it around like it's a normal car. It feels like you're cheating somehow, like you're getting away with murder.
It feels like when you're at a work dinner, and it's 7 courses and 2 desserts and you don't have to pay.
If feels like one of those fancy restaurants that have a chocolate fondue fountain, and you realise that technically you can dip anything you want under the chocolate, even chocolate cupcakes.
It feels like when you're on holiday and you're having breakfast and they offer you a beer, and you have no reason to decline, and it costs 40 baht which translates to roughly 0 in your currency.
It feels like being on holiday. Except it's every day. You come out of the supermarket, put your groceries in the frunk, and off you go.
It feels like Doug Demuro comically doing chores in a Ferrari 360 in 2014, except rather than entertaining Youtube content it's the real world and actually you don't have any other way to get groceries.
They say a car like this should be a second car, that to drive it for mundane chores diminishes its appeal to the point that the downsides outweigh the upsides.
I posit that the opposite is true. Using your special car for everything makes everything special. Yes, you occasionally forget you're in a special car, but then you remember and it's great. Driving an automatic Camry 90% of the time might make you appreciate the special car more, but it's not going to make you happier. Because a Camry doesn't make people happy, special cars do. So drive those instead.
Maybe it's because my lifestyle means I don't have to drive that often. Or maybe it's because the MR2 is an ideal mix of fun, reasonable maintenance and real world usability that enables such behaviour. Or maybe I've seen too much Magnum PI.
Whatever the reason, having a mid-engined road car is the best.