That was wonderful to read. Congratulations on the GT350 and thank you for sharing your story.
Congrats again, Wes. Fantastic write-up, as expected.
But I'm still bummed you weren't able to stop by on your way home.
It's seventeen(!!!) years ago - November of 2003 - that I bought a then-new five-speed Forester 2.5XT from Dempsey, and Matt Train and I drove my '03 Accord LX out there as a trade-in whilst driving the Forester back. Which, geez, seems an eternity ago. It was a pretty popular TCL thread way back in the day. It involved ferrets and rodízio and the movie Hero before it was rebranded as 'Quentin Tarantino Presents' and maybe something about discovering that a Forester XT with its ears pinned back will hold 140 with the cruise on across Nebraska, which is the best way to see western Nebraska.
But that was all predicated on not smashing up a rental car and having to spend half a day arranging a replacement. Stupid deer. "For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: It might have been!"
I realize now that I was am insufferable, cocky little ****head when Motive being published. I was in my mid-twenties. I saw the improbable, the implausible, often the impossible, come true. Life was something that you dominated if you were any good. Life yielded easily to intelligence and effort, or to what proportion could be mustered of both*. If you're guessing that this would be the point in time where things fell apart the way Hemingway described poverty befalling someone — "gradually, then suddenly" — you'd be correct.
And I'd like to say that I was the better person for it, but to be completely honest I cracked like an old dinnerplate. And it took the better part of a decade to collect the pieces and glue them back together, and to be okay with realizing that I wasn't stronger than steel — I was more absorbent than Bounty, the quicker-picker-upper. And far from being one who dominated life, I really was only a mediocre caretaker of most of the things left in my hands.
So in that sense, it really does feel special to come back and see the old gang still here; to be waved over to the bar where everyone is and offered a seat as if I'd merely just ran an errand and had returned after a short spell.
Anyway — and to my original point — thanks.
*Apologies to Fitzgerald, who said this better than I paraphrased him.
Last edited by Parklife; 05-21-2020 at 01:22 AM.
NOW TELL US THE HOLY GRAIL SECRET OF HOW YOU SOMEHOW MANAGED TO PULL OFF GETTING DIVORCED THEN TURNING RIGHT AROUND TO BUY A GT350 AND A TRUCK!
(But, really, the above summed up a feeling and experience that's difficult to identify and manage, and I identify with it hard. Way to recognize it and get past it )
Seriously, though: after my divorce finalized in December 2017, I went into a financial hibernation of sorts. I cut back just about every unnecessary expense, paid off all non-mortgage debt, and then began spending all my excess money buying stocks in an IRA.
Wes: it's always great to read your threads. Glad you're still here.
Great write-up and glad to see you back... and I'm really happy to see someone digging that Grabber Lime as much as I do. It's been my belief for a long time that an obnoxious, "f**k you", middle finger of a car like the GT350/GT500 needs an obnoxious, "f**k you", middle finger of a color.
Last edited by MotownSVT; 05-21-2020 at 12:34 PM.
I don't want to say that sometimes the universe has it in for certain people, but... uh... the universe has it in for certain people.
Exhibit A, the DMV just handed me these plates:
BITS O' 420? From the EVER GREEN STATE? It would've been bad enough if everyone just thought I was into K-pop and was rollin' in my 5.2 with BTS cranked up, but seriously — a car that gets flagged for noise violations at Laguna Seca with its stock exhaust has a number plate that is just begging to be used as probable cause?
Friggin' hell. I guess it's time to report these "stolen".
It's fun working on this kind of stuff, and doing stuff like an Owner's Kit is, to me, a no-brainer. Monetarily it's a rounding error but with an enthusiast customer it's the right thing to do. The enthusiast is the biggest advocate/mouthpiece a company has. The average guy that buys a GT350 needs a daily driver... his wife needs an SUV... and I know within his circle of family/friends he's the "car guy" that everyone goes to for car recommendations... and I want him to buy an F150 to daily and an Edge for the wife and recommend whatever Ford vehicle to anyone that asks his opinion. So whatever I can do via event marketing or Owner's Kits or a day in Charlotte at the racing school is a drop in the bucket compared to a :30 TV spot. It's common-sense thinking to most people around here but you'd be shocked how many people don't understand that, yeah, you have to grow your market share and get conquest sales but it's a hell of a lot cheaper and just as effective to preach to your choir.