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Friday, July 11, 2008

Yesterday, Cory brought over one of the Goldens from his pack, Bo. Bo was nervous as he had not been out of the house in Round Rock much, and panted most of the time he was there. He got along well with the Chihuahuas and Lexie (a Dalmatian). Danielle dropped by around 2:00 to go get lunch but, we were waiting on a Criagslister to come pick up Amy's purple couch at 3:00. Unfortunately, she didn't get there until 3:30. By then, we were crazy hungry for lunch. So, we went to Sushi Kyu and gorged ourselves on rolls. Yum!

We got back to the house and had a few beers until Danielle had to go (she's working today) so, she dropped Jared and I off at Flying Saucer and we waited around for Mariah, Tobin and his friend to join us. When we went back to my house my whole family was still awake, so I had another beer.

On an unrelated note, I woke up with a killer headache this morning.

I am celebrating Original Jen's birthday this afternoon at Fado's at, or around 7.

Before that, I'll be picking up my Z at Town North Nissan's service department. On Wednesday, a little light on my dash started blinking incessantly. It was the airbag fault. I could not stand the light, so I dropped the car off yesterday. By the end of the day, they said it was a bad airbag and needed to be replaced. I said "sounds expensive". Then the guy said, oh, it's under warranty. You bought this car in 07'. That was strange to me, since the car is an 05'. Was it sitting on a dealer lot for 3 years? Cool either way.

Finally, I noticed that I had a few "draft" blog posts that were written but, never published. I went back through and cleared them out or published them. See if you can find them.

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Thanks Bill, it's good to be back in the sports car club. In fact, I got my car just in time to make it to the Capital Z of Texas club meeting last night. Joining this club completes my Z club hat trick. I have previously been a member of the Z Club of Texas (Dallas), when I was driving a busted down 75' 280z that was slated to be my sister's car but, ended up being too much of a maintance problem for her to handle. Then, when I moved to Houston, I joined the Z Club of Houston. I had purchaced a 73' 240z from Arizona. You can read some of it's history on Z car blog. So now, I own both the 73' and a 05' 350z and am a card carrying member of Capital Z of Texas (I even got a t-shirt).

Cory Adjusts the FrameAs for you're second question, YES! I'm going to bust a hole in the wall, opposite the recently installed French door (right), hopefully starting this afternoon.

In this picture, Cory is adjusting the frame, so the door closes properly. Unfortunately, my stupid HP R697 camera lost all of the pictures up to the last day of the install. I had it perched on my tripod so the whole process from removing the old door to putting on the trim could be watched in sequence. Fortunately, Mariah brought her Canon EOS and took pictures the first day. Once I get her pictures (and my shit together) I'll put up a gallery of the images.

Install CompletedThere are still a few things that need to be done to complete this install. One can be done fairly quickly (extension jambs) but, the other will wait until I'm ready to trim out the interior of the downstairs. I have not selected trim for the doors throughout the house. That decision won't be made until all the walls are sanded, and new texture is applied. However, this won't occur until a few more projects are completed (upstairs bathroom, wall reconfiguration in the master, decisions around AC resolved).

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Monday, March 31, 2008

On Tuesday, my Dad flew out to Louisville, Kentucky and picked up my Z in the pouring rain. Apparently, the rain continued for the entire trip. Ray drove non-stop back to Dallas, stopping only to re-fuel and for a short 45 minute nap in Arkansas.

It seems for the entire week, Cory and I were finishing up work on the french doors. By Thursday we began organizing the house and preparing for the party.

Amy tried to recruit two of her friends to drive down for the party but, both were busy. She ended up coming down on Friday while Cory and I were fully submerged in preparing for the party. Amy showed up around 1:00 but, we were all so caught up in housework and the party that I didn't really get to drive my car until Sunday.
Now the Z is here, and I'm happy that I don't have to use the truck as a daily driver anymore. Now it can be sidelined for some much needed repairs.
Oh yeah, the party was a huge success, and everyone really enjoyed the beer. Thanks everyone!

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

I'm in the process of buying a car to replace the GTO. I finally decided the car for me is the 2005 Nissan 35th anniversary 350z. I poked around the Internet and found a few good candidates on AutoTrader. I was very interested in buying one that had a Vortech supercharger bolted onto it but, realized that I don't know enough about all the performance parts to get everything tuned properly. So, I decided that I'll reserve learning such things when I get my 240z rebuilt.

Eventually, I decided on a low mileage 350z out of Kentucky. I negotiated the price and submitted a cash reservation on Monday. However, due to slow responses from both Chase (my lender) and Bachman Auto Group (a specific sales person) the deal is still not done. My intent was to buy a ticket for my Sister to fly up there and drive the car back either yesterday morning, or today. Now that can't happen until tomorrow morning (at the earliest). It may not even happen until Monday based on how long it's taking the underwriters to approve the loan. Needless to say, buying a new car has not been a pleasant experience.

Last week I talked with Lux Blue at Crushproof to see when he'll have room in the garage to do the body work on the Datsun. Based on his current workload, it should be out of my garage by the end of April. I may have a tear down party at the end of next month.

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