Sunday, October 18, 2015

Like A Dream

This summer could not have been a better summer.

...especially for those that own a convertible.

Thankfully, after years of looking, I can finally talk about the car that my wife and I bought in June.

Our 2008 Mazda Miata Touring:

We had been looking for some sort of convertible for years, and on-and-off actively looking for a Mazda Miata for around 4 years.

This was not a rash move.

In fact, we started our lives together with fun sports cars:

1984 Plymouth Laser
My first car. Loved it!

1987 Dodge Daytona (T-Top, Shelby edition) 
(sadly, this isn't a photo of mine. For some reason, I have zero photos of my '87 Daytona...the T-Tops were awesome and it was a great car. The only reason we sold it is that it didn't fit 3 kids in back without stacking them in the hatch like guitar cases)

1990 Nissan 240sx 

Once we had kids, we still tried to keep with something fun and got a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but then eventually we sold our souls for minivans.

The trigger for getting the Miata now, I think started this spring when several friends conveyed bad news that made us think about how fleeting our time is, and if we don’t “DO IT” now, we may never.

While I was on a work trip to Vancouver, my wife texted me a photo of our future car sitting at Wayzata Nissan, a good omen since that’s where we bought our first car together (the 1990 Nissan 240sx). Once I returned, we kept an eye on it, and from the time we looked at it and the time we finally called to set up an appointment, it had dropped by 1K in price!

On our trip up to see Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, we took it for a test drive and bought it.

Now after having it for the summer?


We take it wherever we can, and revel in serendipitous moments when we find ourselves with no kids to carry with us.

...there's nothing like just popping the top down and ride.

Even if it’s at night to run errands…it just makes things better.

Now that school starts and cooler temps are here, I have to take the minivan to haul 4 kids to school. Still, I walk out to the garage, lean over, and stare...

…soaking in what this car has brought to us:

  • Time together as a twosome
  • The release of responsibility (not because we are irresponsible, but because we saw it through to raise wonderfully independent kids that can hold their own)
  • Fast corners
  • Fun music 
  • A sense of adventure

……and most of all anticipating the next moment of our journey.

Basically, I feel we’re getting back to our core…me and my Lady…soaking in all that the world offers…side by side.

(now, if we could only add a side-car that Orchid could ride in…)

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