Archive for December, 2012

December 29, 2012

my new years resolutions usually involve numbers. i like numbers. im comfortable working toward a number because you know when youve made it to your destination. allright thats 50 pushups or 13 pancake breakfasts. this year isnt going to be much different in some regards. id like to make it to bjj training 150x this year. i want to cook something new once a week and save more money but im also trying to focus on spending my money in a way that helps facilitate memorable experiences. basically im still gonna be cheap when it comes to a lot of stuff but as im getting older its gotten easier for me to recognize the value in spending precious time and money to have an opportunity to havew stories i can tell my grandkids. 

Legacy Gt

December 25, 2012
all white party

all white party

teins, volks, and rs-r exhaust for $4,000 on cl

Secrets only trouble knows

December 24, 2012

I’d never heard of this song before someone posted it in the Plurstige group on FB (thank you Handsome Rob) I really like when people send me music(thank you Javi and Robin) and even though people post too often for me to listen to every song in the group, I’ve gotten to hear a lot of new music I wouldn’t haven even known existed.

Original is catchy, remix is fire..

Racial Draft

December 18, 2012

1st rounders in the racial draft for sure.

Alicia Keys

Cassie

tiger woods y’all

Dr. Porsche

December 18, 2012

I almost didn’t go because I hadn’t been feeling well. Porsche definitely does a good job of educating both new and old enthusiasts. One thing I saw that made my day was the exhaust on this old 908 race car. I saw a similar shaped exhaust on an Japanese built LS1 powered 911 and wondered why he made such an ugly (albeit titanium) exhaust. He was just paying homage to Porsche racing history. Very cool.

Porsche_musuem inside

Porsche_908_exhaust

Manana

December 14, 2012

Manana

1,800 triangular panes of glass and no 2 are the same. A little dumb from a cost perspective, but still cool. I noticed Mercedes and Porsche museum charge the same for admission, have the same hours, and even have a few of the same menu items. Su-pear excited.

99 luftballo seriesons

December 12, 2012

Almost done. So very close to finishing the installation after a couple of delays the last few days that had me on pins and needles. I asked my host for directions to a laundromat and he invited me over to have dinner with his family and use his washing machine. One thing I noticed about German offices and living areas is an abundance of good wood. Not the carboard type crap that is everywhere in office furnishings in the US, but nice heavy solid pieces of wood. Also, while Germans enjoy beer, they also seem to be very fond of red wine. I’m in a region of Germany less than an hour from the French border so I guess that makes sense.

I’m still planning a whole post on cars, but today I saw something that shocked me. A new 5 series with cloth seats. Why I asked? How did this happen? I’m glad I didn’t make a bigger deal out of it because it turned out nobody’s car had leather. German automakers have always played the options game. You can get a 3 series or a C-class for $x, but it doesn’t include any options. Whereas lexus and Acura make everything standard and have only a few options, everything on German cars is an option. As it turns out leather is one of the last options to get picked in Germany. People would rather have A/C or radio (yes an option) or a navigation system before paying the extra euros for leather. German cars are synonymous with luxury and for us that means leather, but for the Germans it just means having a German car. In their defense, some of the cloth patters i’ve seen are pretty sweet and Recaros seem to be everywhere and in everything. Cars, trucks…cranes. 

Sweet Spot

December 5, 2012

Shhh I’ve found the sweet spot in the used car market. I’ve been lusting hard after the Japanese classics for over a decade now. Pricing out all my favorites on Craigslist on a regular basis and only recently did I discover the car my mom has always said was probably her favorite. BMW E30 325. We had one in silver, but I’m thinking white or black. One of the rare cars where the 4 door is aging better than the 2 door.

BBS reps all up in your face

BBS reps all up in your face

Why do I daily a fit? German leather lasts forever!!!!

Why do I daily a fit? German leather lasts forever!!!!

Stay humble

December 4, 2012

work hard_stay humble

German time

December 4, 2012
kartoffelkloesse

kartoffelkloesse

I’ve been in Germany for about 40 hours now. So far i’ve been most impressed by how cold it is and how friendly people are. Men end phone conversation with a “cheers” that sounds a little bit fruity to these ears. Kind of like how my roommate in college would sing “buh-bye” at the end of conversations in his Chinese accent. I had time to do some people watching at the airport while I was waiting for my ride I noticed that Germans are in fact tall and seem to be in a generally good mood. 

Wagons and diesel engines seem to be the most common cars on the road. I’m driving a Mercedes A180, which is essentially a diesel powered Honda Fit only it has navigation and doesn’t ride as well.

Food has been interesting. I had Ganse brust last night which is a traditional Christmas goose served in gravy. It came with Kartoffelkloesse (traditional potato dumplings), kraut, and some kind of sweet nut. Supposedly the nut grow wild in the forest and used to be a staple of starving German villagers. If you could collect enough nuts in November and December you’d be able to make it thru the winter.