the stuff

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The Boy Who Heard Music

Who knew that Pete Townshend had a blog? But he is

Friday, October 14, 2005

Atlanta MINIS Fall Foliage Run

Anyone interested in seeing the sights of Racoon Mountain and zipping along with some pretty cool MINIs, needs to check out the Alanta MINIS Fall Foliage Run. We will begin at 8:00am at the Cracker Barrel off Delk Rd. For more info or directions, post a message here or check out the Atlanta MINIs link to the right.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Motley Crue concert

Tonight Shelley and I went to see Motley Crue in concert. The show was slated to start at 8:00pm, finally got under way at
8:30ish. Around 9:15 I saw Vince Neil limping on the far left hand side of the stage, then he just fell to the ground. A few minutes later the rest of the band finished the song and went off stage.
A video started on the big screen saying that the intermission would end in 10 minutes. 40 minutes later Nikki, Tommy and Mick came out to state that Vince had torn a muscle in his leg and the show would have to end there. Nikki told everyone that the cops were outside and very worried about us getting mad and making trouble. Nikki then suggested that we all leave in a "humanly fashion." I found that to be very funny. I guess college hasn't really paid off for Tommy.
They made an announcement that tickets would be refunded and the show would be rescheduled. Shelley and I are planning on going to see them again the next time they come around.
The 30 minutes or so we did see were really good. My throat is sore from screaming and my neck hurts a little from the head-banging. ha!

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Dragon*Con 2005

Once a year in Atlanta there is a ritual that takes place...all the nerds, geeks, dorks, goths and cosplay people get together for 4 days of games, autographs, costuming, not enough sleep and too much caffeine event known as Dragon*Con. David and I have been there the last 2 days and have an awesome time! Clicky for the piccie..

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Good Eats and MINI treats

My best friend Genevieve is in town this weekend for the Grant Park Festival, where she is selling her hand crafted jewelry. Friday, before set-up we went to Buckhead Diner where her brother-in-law; Stephen McGuffin is the sous chef. Talk about great food! He sent us 3 apps, which were Sweet and Spicy Thai Chili Calamari (mmm), Crisped Smoked Salmon Flatbread with Roasted Shallot Cream Cheese (double mmm) and the Chervil Scented Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with Valencia Orange Butter Sauce. I didn't really care for the last one; it had a kind of "chemical" taste. It may have just been me though. Anyway, for my entree I had the Grilled Atlantic Salmon and Geevs had the Blueplate Special (which was steak, mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus). As if this wasn't enough, Stephen then sent out 3 different desserts for us to sample. The Jame Beard Award Winning White Chocolate Banana Cream Pie (I don't care for bananas), the Chocolate Cake Sundae with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Raspberry Sauce (this one is really good, but I suggest you share this with a friend; ultra rich!. The last was my favorite, the Chocolate Chunk Creme Brulee with Extra Thin Sugar Crust. The crust was just right and crispy, great paired with a hot cup of coffee.
After a long lunch and an longer day of set-up and errands, I returned to my car and saw people standing nearby looking at my car as if it were on the menu. They wish...

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Classic MINI Love

Friday night David and I went to Northern Star coffeehouse to see a band play. After the show we were outside showing our friends DC. Well, one of the band members was carrying out his gear and he came over to admire DC. He told us he used to have a 63 MINI (see photo right for example) with the original Lucas ignition, left-hand drive, etc. and it could make 140hp (I am sure he did some mods)! He was pointing out to his wife how the wheels are set on the far outside of the car, exclaiming "This things drives like it is on rails! You will never drive anything like this, ever!" He was so excited about the car, it was pretty cool. He asked how much I paid for DC and when I told him, his eyes lit up like he was going to go home that night and order one. made me happy to see a classic MINI owner get excited about the new generation of MINIs.

Monday, July 04, 2005


Well, DC has been fixed. I picked him up last Thursday and have been happily motoring all weekend. Also, I got the tags (not my personalised ones), so the whole insurance/tag thing is fixed as well.
Friday night David and I took DC up to Kennesaw Mountain. I will post pics soon.
That's all for now.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Insurance? Who needs it. bah

According to the state of Georgia...I have no insurance, yet I have in my little hand an insurance card. Since according the state I have no insurance, my request for car tags was rejected. It goes like can't get insurance without tags and you can't get tags without insurance. And so the circle goes...

Sunday, June 26, 2005


Car is still not fixed. After 20 miles and 2 hours of idling, they were able to reproduce the problem. But, they don't have the part on hand. It should be there Monday or Tuesday. I am taking DC back yet again this week.
The trip to Nashville, delayed again.
On a good note, we went to dinner with Amanda, Calvin and Minimom and her husband (forgot his name) Friday evening at Chipotle. The food was pretty good and it was cool to see all our MINIs in the car park.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Taking DC to Global tonight

I am taking DC in to get the problems fixed tonight after work. Hopefully I will have good news tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

DC has problems

So I took DC over to Global last Friday since he was having issues with a belt squeal. They weren't able to fix the problem since they didn't test the car the way I told them to. I picked up the car Friday night and within a few minutes I was able to reproduce the problem. My MA (Stephen Johnstone) and the finance guy (Jeff) agreed the problem is with the tensioner pulley. I am taking him back on Thursday and they are supposed to get him fixed this time.
We delayed our trip to Nashville until this coming weekend just to be safe.
I am kind of disappointed that the car is only 3 weeks old and already having problems. I hope that this is just some fluke and after this weekend, he will be good to go!

Sunday, June 19, 2005

New Blog

So I have decided that I will start blogging again. I have basically abandoned my account on LJ and my old blog on blogspot. These are the new adventures. I recently bought a new car and am hoping to document some of the encounters that I have with the new car.