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Bachelor's Degree Business Admin. Suma Cum Laude, MA in IT
session guitarist/music management/self-employed
Cars, surfing (when I get the chance), playing guitar (37 years now, 25+ as a session guitarist), women, cooking, listening to music both new and old, my grandkids and kids, animals, volunteering, concert-going, and more!
Lambo Miura and Gallardo, L-88 Vette, any Ferrari with 12 cylinders, Audi R8 GT and droptop (both 2011), BMW M3, Lexus IS-F, many more...
About the car: it's an '08 NBM Tc, see mods. Great gas mileage and the 20c per gallon I save now by using regular gas!
The std. features blow my mind! Cruise, a/c, great stereo, power (one touch) windows, remote locking, power locks and mirrors, TWO sunroofs, full glass top, power 4 wheel discs and pwr steering, dohc engine, 9 airbags, ipod/bluetooth capable, tire pressure monitor (!), outside thermometer, halogens, 60/40 split rear seat, 3 rear headrests, all 5 adjustable (front and back), tilt steering wheel, remote fuel filler door, TWO trip odometers, great quality materials and ergonomics (which are horrible for the new one in 2011, they look like they were sourced from a GM bin) superior fit and finish, all for a $17K base. I have maybe $25K in it, but still, NO ONE can beat it!
Gripes?: no remote hatch release nor rear wiper/washer, but that is small stuff
Upper Right: Takamine 12-string (great tone for a cheap axe)
To its left: Fender Dobro acoustic/electric (great when playing slide!)semi-hollow body
Bottom Left: Schecter Telecaster (the red one)this axe is worth 3K now, paid $800 in '86
Middle Bottom: Yamaha Tobacco Sunburst semi-hollow-body electric
Right Bottom: Guild Songbird semi-hollow body acoustic/electric another: paid $150, worth $7K now
Not shown in group pic:
Ovation 12 string acoustic/electric ($250 and like NEW!)
Gibson J-180 acoustic jumbo (Everly Brothers/Keith Richards played these, mine is on loan)
Fender Strat EF pearl white, MOP binding and fretboard inlay
Vivid Racing, Chandler, AZ, (the BEST tuning shop IMO in the Phoenix area). If you are here and want more info, PM me, they do all kinds of mods, both drivetrain, cosmetic, and otherwise, and are reasonable,(relatively).
Mods are pretty much done. I have comfort, power and looks and I am completely legal. All I really need to do is the above, and that is piece-meal work. If I were to do anything BIG it will be a cf hood with the reverse vent right now...
Looked at other cars in the Tc's price range, and for the price, no one could compare. Things I like: quality of fit and finish, the two sunroofs, the color, the many standard features (including for '08, halogens and the Bazooka subwoofer though it's under the floor). Things I wish it had: remote hatch release and a rear wiper/washer. Purchased 7/17/07 as one of the 1st '08's. My color (NBM) was discontinued 9/1/07, so whoever has an NBM '08, we have a rare one! Haven't done too many mods, want to keep it a sleeper so engine upgrades are the priority and are pretty much done.I have knocked a full second off the quarter mile!
Think I am about done w/mods, header would void my warranty, and HIDs are a mess. Will just update the bulbs when the time comes. Had it almost 3 years now and still dig it. It gives me what I want. Great little fun car. Too bad the upcoming 2011 is so butt ugly, oh well, Honda (with tuning by Spoon) CRZ in 2012 here I come!