Friday, April 18, 2014

So What Was My Decision?

Happy Friday!!!

It was a great Friday here. After a serious hiccup was discovered and much frustration was had over the past two weeks, my new car is in fact ordered!

What did I decide?

Well, here is a clue:

Now that video was from 2010 and I am not getting a V-6. But still, did I not tell you to get invested in robotics? Did I not tell you to go nuts on regional banks way back when?

I will have more details as things go along, but I am really excited about my Camaro being built at the great Oshawa facility.

Her name's Christine:

You know, me and my Dad used to talk about cars and boats. He was always so in love with vehicles.

It's special for me to buy something like this, something I really have wanted but just put off for so long as impractical.

If only my Dad could take a ride with me. If only.

You think you have forever, then you don't even get to say good bye.

Economic Disconnect's message tonight?

Don't wait on things you really want. Things that have meaning. To you, or someone you love.

Have a good night.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Read a Book You Electronic Crazed Fools

Just as an example.....

"No Country for Old Men" is a new era classic, I love the film like you can't believe.

But pick up Cormac McCarthy's novel and its better ( or the film is lacking).

Check this out:

I'd make it worth your while. Take you to an ATM. Everybody just walks away. There's about 14 grand in it.

Good payday.

I think so.

Chigurh looked out the window, the shotgun across his knee. Getting hurt changed me, he said. Changed my perspective. I've moved on, in a way. Some things have fallen into place that were not there before. I thought they were, but the werent. The best way I can put it is that I've sort of caught up with myself. That's not a bad thing. It was overdue.

It's still a good payday.

It is. It's just in the wrong currency.
Just as it is in the novel. What an epic line, and adds so much understanding to Anton's character.

Have a good night.

Friday, April 4, 2014

"Better Off Dead" Camaro Site?

You know you love the flick "Better off Dead". I know I do.

Remember the "Camaro" Scene?:

Well it seems a guy found that car and restored it!

Check it out at Better Off Dead Camaro!

Have a good night.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Night Rock Blogging! OMFG It Lives!

Yeah, I am test driving the 2014 SS Camaro tomorrow. And I am excited! So why not a Friday Night Rock Blog? Yeah, it's on!

Camaro 2014 Dual Mode Exhaust
This is start up sound for the dual mode exhaust, stock option. Bad ass. Just listen to the start up, the review is not great:

Sick as all get out.

Hungry Eyes
Yes, a "Dirty Dancing" song, but it was on today in the lab and I was really happy it was:

You know you like it.

Sleeping Sun
Still maybe the best song I have ever heard for inspiration:

Tonight is What it Means to be Young
From the epic film "Streets of Fire", enjoy this tune:

Depeche Mode
Just listen, great live band:

Have a good night.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Welcome to REVIS ISLAND!

It's palpable excitement around New England right now with the news that Darrelle Revis is coming to the Patriots!

I have seen this man play for years as a Jet and he is truly special. An amazing talent. All smiles over this and check out Wikipedia's newly updated list of Massachusetts Islands:
Click for larger view on either:

Amazing. Let's see what he can do here.

Have a good night.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Test Drive Plan for the Spring

Hey all, how goes it? Think this winter will ever end? Seems doubtful.....

Test Drive Plan for the Spring
So when (if?) Spring finally comes to the New England area I need to have a plan. As of now I am not committed to anything, but I would like to get a new car. It's just time.

My 2008 Infiniti G35X has been the best car I have ever had. It's amazing in almost every way. From performance (acceleration, braking is astounding, handling, and snow ability) to looks it is the total package. Mine is now 6 years old and shows 60,000 on the odometer. I had wanted to trade it in and get a new one a while back, but they where very close to offering the new Infiniti Q50, so I waited. That whole process took longer than expected and only late last year was it for real.

I am also going to be sporting 38 years on my odometer in about a week. Longtime readers will know that my road has not been all that smooth, especially when I was younger. I would not call it a mid-life crisis, but a recent scare has made me think I don't appreciate many things like I should. Like time and how one spends it.

So, that leads me to the car quest. What to get? What to do? Here are the cars I am going to test drive or explore very aggressively this Spring. Check it out and then offer your feedback in the comments.

1. 1986/1987 Buick Grand National (true WE2 car) You have seen my latest posts, this thing has captured my imagination in a way I cannot fully express. Just screams at me:
I am a scientist so you know I am learning all the time. I am a member of the AWESOME Turbo Buick Forum and the help I am getting there has been amazing really. I am scanning Ebay, Hemmings, and the forums "for sale" section to get an idea what's out there.

Pros: Heart stooping exciting, low end TORQUE, about as unique a car you can have, for the money I have set aside for a car could get a very nice one (great body, mods I want, built to last)
Cons: Elderly Mother-in Law lives in In-Law apartment at the house with us so car cannot just be stored all winter in garage (she needs one space), thus this car would be daily driver even through winter, 27 year old US made car and rust are real issues, theft magnet, expensive to maintain

2. 2014 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS
I used to live and breathe Chevy muscle cars. My bible was John Lingenfelter's "On Modifying Chevy Small Block Engines" and I built quite a few in my earlier days. Now the cars of today are not so simple, but this is a true MUSCLE CAR:
Sporting over 400bhp and 400 ft/lb of torque, this car is no joke. At all. This was the Camaro I always wanted GM to make since the 1970's and they finally did it.

Pros: New car fully under warranty, with my trade-in/GM card points (have had it forever, was a GM guy LOL)/cash this car gets real cheap fast, totally badass
Cons: The backseat is a joke, the trunk is really small, a V-8 is going to burn gas like it's fashionable

3. 2014 Infiniti Q50
I am a loyal Infiniti owner with two over the last decade. I waited, with excitement, for the new Q50 and put off a purchase just excited to see the new model. What did I get?

The same engine in a redone exterior. At least it looks really great, hats off to the design team:
I like it, I really do. I went to the local dealers "unveiling" of the car and I took a bunch of pictures (that 'pics' to you kids) and talked to the sales guys a bit.

Here is what pisses me off royally:
-No real changes to engine (not that it's not a killer, but same hp/torque? Should have done better
-PRICING!!!!! The last model could be had with the X option (all wheel drive) and limit the options (I never get navigation, moonroof, etc) for about $33k. The new Q50 with AWD and the fewest options sells for about...... $47,000???!!! WTF!!? Add a couple options and you get robbed just like by Mercedes and BMW for well over $50k. I find this totally ridiculous and you can still buy the last model for around $30k because they want to get rid of them. Weird situation.

Pros: Love the brand, love the engineering, great new look

Cons: Obviously this is a 1% car that bought at the 2009 bottom and has money to waste, the pricing has me all riled up and I don't know if I can get over it. It's not about the money per se, I have it, it's just a rip off for a car that's not much different than the last one. Which was way cheaper. Infiniti has made a HUGE mistake in my opinion with this roll out.
Option: Buy a new G37X for $30k instead

4. Dodge Challenger R/T
The new era Pony Car wars saw some excellent efforts from GM, Ford, and Dodge to make a mark. The new Mustang and Challenger are true throwbacks to their old brothers in arm, while the Camaro is over the top. Love the look of the R/T Challengers:
With a Hemi V-8, this thing should be amazing.

Except everything I have read says it's not. At all.  I will have to see one and drive it to know.

Pros: Drop dead sexy

Cons: Heavy, massive car with crappy Dodge interior or so I have read.
Disclaimer: Will have to see in person, I know other cars listed here fairly well

5. Wait?
Who knows? Will the 6th generation Camaro be even more cool? Will Buick, as rumored, make a new GNX? Will I win the lottery? Will Infiniti sales go south and force them to lower pricing?

Too funny.

Leave comments and input.

Have a good night.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Best Thursday of All Time and The Best Day Ever

February 27th 2014 is a great day. My best day.

I have not felt fear, not real visceral fear, since I cannot remember. Maybe when I was in grade school.

Details don't matter and it's not for discussion, but a new lease on life was granted today. The most important person in my life since, well, all time, is fine and my best friend is ok.

Yes, my wife. My love. My passion and belief.
Have a good night.