Saturday, February 18, 2006

I wish my luck were like this most of the time...

Yesterday was a good day. It didn't rain as much as it was supposed to, work was just an ugly day because we were short a few people, but I got to stay late and make more money. Even immature girl was pleasantly professional, and that's all I ask for. Ok, so I was suffering because I wasn't recovered fully from my ride the day before, but that's life. I wrapped it all up by sending a few emails and then messing around with a program that maps the elevation change of routes I ride. It's really fun, then I can save the maps to show people later. I said I was a geek...

Anyway, I had sent emails to friends about looking for a new (to me) car. I have an in at a nearby Nissan dealer so I could get a Maxima or Altima (used) near cost. It's very tempting, and in a few more months I might be able to pull it off. But I got an email from a good friend from my days in Indianapolis. He's an exotic animals vet and I used to drive his race cars in vintage race events. Yeah, rough life. In fact, go here to see some pics of what I raced: http://community.webshots.com/user/mikecyc72usa Well, this friend has at last count 28 Lotuses, 48 Porsches, several Ferraris, an Aston Martin, and about 30 Triumphs. Cool stuff.

Since I'm a total gearhead we got into an online discussion of the pros and cons and why I wanted a 4 door sedan as opposed to a sportier car. I cited my back pain due to breaking my back twice since 2000, the aggravation of dealing with 2 doors if you wanted to take more than one person along, let alone getting stuff out of the back seat, etc. So Brett, my friend asked "why not get a 2 seater with a marginal back seat? Not like you have that many friends, lol!!!" Thanks. With that vote of confidence.... Back to the plot. I told him I really like late 90's and later Maximas. Fast, comfy, more than enough room, etc. He asked how much I was planning on spending, I told him, and he said "hell, for that money I can sell you one of my Porsches that I've owned since new. Plus I'll meet you halfway and have it trailered to our meeting point." Hmmmmm. A 911? One of the cars I've always wanted to own another of? It's fast, pretty reliable, and I've just come back home from test driving one for sale here to see if my back can handle it. I told the guy I'd be gone for at least 90 minutes, he said take a few hours. I went up the Taconic, down some two lane roads, really gave it the go through. Guess what? It rides nicer than my Saab 900s, almost as plush as a Maxima, and is way cooler. Mileage isn't too bad. Something to consider.

Sorry to bore you with all that, but I'm just so excited. I had a 911 Targa years ago, loved it, but had to sell it to pay tuition. Wanted on ever since. So I'll keep you posted, if you're interested.

For once, not much else is happening. Housemate's in England, cats are finally starting to get along, first race in 2 weeks...

Here's a big hug and kiss to all of you!

And women still mystify me....

5 comments:

LostInTX said...

Why do women mystify you?

LostInTX said...

911... classic and sexy. Hey if you'll be spending the same on a Maxima, why not? When and if you decide to sell it you'll get more back than you would w/the Maxima anyway.

Mike said...

Women just do. I know I'll never figure them out, but even with my abstract thought process, (and Lora can vouch for that) I am sometimes in the dark. Or maybe I just seem to find wacky ones, I don't know...

As for the car, you pretty much summed up my thoughts. Besides, as much as I don't want to, I can fix almost anything on it myself. Unlike many things on my Saab. Beleive it or not, parts for a 911 are cheaper than for my car. At least what I compared, which is everything I've had to replace in the last 5 years...

LostInTX said...

Or are you in the dark b/c you are mysterious and complicated yourself? Hmmm...

Lora said...

911! Go for it!

What is it I'm vouching for?

Perhaps it's your abstract thought process that causes the confusion.