Monday, April 26, 2004

Getting New Car!!!

If you don't know by now, then I don't know where you've been. Really. Even my friend's friend who lives in LA and visited us a month ago asked me how my car search was going. I notice that I tend to absolutely obsess about purchases and research them to death before even dipping my toes in. This phenominon is magnified exponentially with the price tag involved. For example, when I was looking for a laptop, it took me month of daily website-reading price-comparing insanity before I settled on the model I wanted. Of course such agony pays off in the end with a purchase I am truly happy about, but still.. the agony!

Can you imagine what it must be like shopping for a car worth 20 times that??? It's pure torture, not only for me but for all my friends too. Our conversations go something like this:

"Hey Albert, what's up?"
"Sup ."
"What are you up to tonight? Wanna hang out?"
"Dude, I test drove this bimmer yesterday and it was AWESOME!"
"Yeah, also checked out this Audi and Infinity. That Audi's got an AMAZING interior. Man, now I don't know which car to choose. What do you think I should get?"
"Get what you want man... It's your money."
"No really, should I get an SMG or stick with that 330i?"
"Dude, shut up."

Now, everyone, as of today you can officially celebrate a very special day. I prefer to call it, Albert Ordered His Car Day!!!, however friends might prefer Albert Finally Shuts Up about His Car Day!!! Now before you ask for a ride in it or to take it out/steal it for a joy ride, it's not here yet. Otherwise I wouldn't be sitting in front of a computer typing this stuff. I'd be out breaking my new baby in. When does it arrive you ask? Late July. Yes, that's three excruciating months, but well worth the wait. This car is AWESOME and I love every little bit of it. Special thanks to Barbara who actually went out and test drove for me my new baby (not to say it wasn't a fun favor by any means).

Alright, so now you're thinking, "Albert, cut to the chase. What the HELL did you get?"

I always said my next car would be a bimmer right? Of course, at the time, I figured I'd keep my Jeep at least a couple more years and save more money but oh well, everything can't go according to plan. I sucked it up and broke the bank with this one...

BMW Silver Gray Metallic 330i with:
-- Performance Package
-- 6-speed manual
-- Gray leather
-- Moon roof
-- Aluminum Silver Cube trim
-- Xenon headlamps
-- Parking Distance Control

It's not by any means a "fast car" compared to all those Infinity G35's I see running around out there (not even going to talk about the Evo or STi), but definately a gorgeous machine that's both wonderful to look at and exhilarating to drive, and most importantly, it's my dream car (until I get my M5 of course)!

Monday, April 5, 2004

Napa Once Again

Apologies for all those who actually read my site. I know it must've been a difficult month without me to entertain and assist your procastination. Honestly, I didn't post anything because there wasn't anything good to write about, and I hate writing about stupid stuff.

So the non-stupid stuff that happened was that my family came up to visit me last weekend from Los Angeles. I was really happy to see them and show them around the Bay Area because they don't come too often. We went up to Napa to do some wine tasting, take some tours, and take in the lush green Northern California scenery (LA is brown already this time of year). Hmm, funny, I was just up there...

Our first stop was the Robert Mondavi winery. We took their tour which was quite fun and informative. Of course our favorite part was the wine tasting portion at the very end. They served us some white and red wine. Then the guide served some sweet dessert wine which was really good as far as dessert wine goes. My parents and sister went straight to the store and bought a few bottles. Then they made two more trips back to the store to get some more. By the time we left, we had an entire case of dessert wine. Finally, before we left, I had to show my parents the I Block Fume Blanc which I had last time and really liked. Turns out I have expensive taste ($65 a bottle). We sat down in their well decorated and airy tasting room and passed around a glass. By this time, my mom was drunk and the rest of us were a bit tipsy so we had a good time enjoying the beautiful weather and surroundings with our wine.

After the wine tasting, we drove around Napa, Sonoma, and the outskirts of Santa Rosa, passing the bed and breakfast where Barbara and I stayed. Finally, we had dinner in downtown Sonoma which is even smaller than I realized and went home.

The next day I took my sister out to Half Moon Bay to give her a much belated birthday present: a ride on the beach. We saddled up and went the usual path. We managed to convince the guy to let us go without a guide, but we ended up running into a couple with a guide. No matter how hard we tried, we couldn't shake them because whenever we'd try to run ahead, they'd follow. An hour later, I was so frustrated, I finally gave up and accepted our fate. It wasn't so bad though because our guide didn't restrict us too much. My sister and I could pretty much run as we pleased. However, both of our horses absolutely refused to canter and mine tried to buck me off several times when I tried. I finally decided that a nice run on the beach wasn't worth my life so I settled with trotting down the shore. In then end, my sister really enjoyed it and that's all that really matters. So any of you wanna come riding with me? Just let me know. It's fun (and expensive)!