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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Ho Ho Ho!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my friends out there. Here's a look back at some of the holiday adventures of Darth Cooper. Over the last few years I've had the honour of participating in the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade. This year I wasn't able to join in due to work commitments. The parade is a wonderful event that helps raise money for Children's Hospital here in Atlanta. If you're interested in helping out this year, click the link.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Star Wars in Concert!

Tonight I get to go to a show that combines two of my favourite things. Star Wars and music. Star Wars in Concert is a travelling road show that was 4 years in the making. Featuring newly edited footage from all six films, an 86 piece orchestra and the narration of Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), it makes for a great night for any fan! Custom screens will allow everyone in the arena to have a good view of the movie footage.
John Williams; who scored the films, is not conducting, but accomplished conductor, Dirk Brosse is taking the helm for the show.
In addition to the orchestra, choir and giant screens, there is also an exhibit that is available for the public to see. Props from the films as well as some pieces from the archives of Skywalker Ranch will be on display 2 hours prior to the show.
When I checked this morning there were still good seats available, so if you're a Star Wars fan, check it out!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Almost time for DragonCon!

DragonCon is less than a week away now. I won't be driving in the parade this year, but I feel okay about that. Every year that I am in the parade, I miss out on panels in the morning. Besides, this is probably my last year to go since they've made Labor Day a lottery at work starting next year. :-(
I'll be updating after the Con & will have some pictures to post too.
That's all for now...

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Hit 90,000 miles today. Wow. I drive too much.

Monday, August 17, 2009


Just went and looked at an 87 Porsche 944. I say looked because I couldn't drive it. No battery. :-(
Mario, the sales guy, is going to get a battery & check the Porsche database for the records. Fingers crossed!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

So many miles

Today DC hit 87,800 miles. It's hard to believe that I've been driving the car for that long. There were a lot of bumps along the road (so to speak), but it's been loads of fun overall. Here's to many more miles to come!

Sunday, May 31, 2009


I need to get new window graphics put on the car since the current ones are fading bad. Since my old graphics guy isn't available, does anyone have suggestions?

Saturday, April 25, 2009

MoTD - Less than a week away!

Vacation officially starts at the end of the day, but there is a catch. I have to do a shift trade Monday. But once 6pm hits, woo-hoo! Still a lot to do yet. I took the car to Global and got the airbag issue taken care of. Turns out the passenger sensor went bad, yet again. I blame D for this. :-)
Talked to Way earlier and I am going to get the ECU flash done either tomorrow or at the Dragon. It's supposed to help the car run better and improve the gas mileage too.
So on the list of things to do still...wash/Zaino the car, install the custom plaque for the engine bay, repaint calipers and clean the inside. And oh yeah, get myself ready too, but mainly the car. :-)
Agenda for MoTD? Drive, eat, sleep, repeat.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

MoTD 2009 - 2 weeks away!

It's getting close to MoTD 2009. This year will be a lot different than year's past. Tapoco is closed for the season (and up for sale!) and it looks like most of BSM will be heading up on Saturday and not Thursday as we had in the past. I'm just glad to be getting out of town for a bit. It's been months since I've done any really fun driving, unless you count speeding on 75.
Nothing new going on with the car to speak of. It's been a slow year for me as far as modding. I do need to get some new graphics made for the side windows as the ones that are on there are getting pretty faded. Thinking I will probably keep the same design, just get cleaner copies made and applied.
With it only being a couple of weeks away, I've still got a lot of little things to do before the trip, repaint the calipers, detail the inside of the car, buy beer (dry county) and dramamine, you know..the usual.
We're staying at Blue Waters this year. Great place, very nice, but a little further from the Dragon than we'd like. Like I said, just glad to be getting away for a bit. No phone, no TV, no internet. Ahhh.
Hope to post again before we leave. If not...well, sorry?

I'll try to update

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Monster Garage

HD Theatre aired an episode of Monster Garage where they attempted to put a Hyabusa turbo motor into a Peel Micro Car.  If you never seen a MicroCar, you should check out the MicroCar Museum in Georgia.  It is by far the most comprehensive of micro, small and exotic imports in Georgia.  We had the chance to go there a year or so ago and had a great time!
Getting back to the Monster Garage episode, sadly they couldn't complete the build so they had to destroy the car.  :-(
Poor little Peel.

Saturday, March 07, 2009


I don't condone speeding at just seems to happen to me...a lot.
Driving into work this morning I found myself hitting 80+ without really noticing until I saw the Cobb County PD sitting on the side of the road. I was going with the flow of traffic, but thought for sure I was busted. Luckily he didn't pull me over. Whew!
I got pulled over September of 2007 for going 85 in a 55. First time I had been pulled over in 15 years!! I did the no contest plea in order to not get points on my record.
I know, I know, I should be careful when I drive, and I am. But sometimes, you just have to go fast.

Monday, February 23, 2009

MINI Culture

Driving to an appointment Saturday morning I saw a beautiful blue Mini with white bonnet stripes and driving lights. I waved at the driver and saw that he had a coffee mug in his hand, being raised to take a drink. Even though, he still made the effort to wave at me in return.
Now, I don't know if there is some handbook that comes with Classics, but it should be included with all new gen MINIs. I cannot tell you how many times I have waved at someone and they look at me as if I have 2 heads.
When I bought my MINI 4 years ago I didn't know anything about the friendly MINI owner attitude. Luckily when I bought my car, I had some good people around me at the dealership (Global Imports MINI) and they told me some of the MINI manners.
Like waving at people and also to make sure when you park your MINI, you don't pull all the way into the spot, making people think there is a parking spot, when in fact, it is your little car there.
The point of this post is, please wave if you see other MINI/Mini owners out there. If you can't wave, point, honk, flash, stick up a finger (but not that one) just do something to acknowledge the MINI love!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Is it hereditary?

Many people look at their car as a way to get from point A to point B. I am not one of those people, nor have I ever been. As a child in the 70's my favourite thing to do was play with Hot Wheels. Amongst my favourites were my "Smokey and the Bandit" edition of a TransAm and a classic Mercedes Gullwing. I actually still have both of those in a box. The Mercedes is missing a door, but it's still a fave. When I was a teenager I had pictures of a Porsche 944 on my shelf. A guy that I dated won one of those balloon popping games and when he collected the prize for me, I asked for the mirror with the red Lambo on it, not the one with the unicorn or latest teen hearthrob.
My sister was the same way when she was a teenager. She could name cars from the sound and a vague outline. I think we got the motoring bug from our Mother. The car I remember travelling in the most was a red 1975 Camaro with the white landau top. My mother had a few other Camaro's throughout the years, including a blue Berlinetta and finally a "fawn" 1984 Coupe. This was my first car, the car that started it all.
My sister now drives an SUV that hauls her family and groceries out to the ranch in West Texas. My mother has a sensible Nissan Altima that got high ratings in the NHTSA crash tests.
While I cannot see myself driving the big muscle cars that I rode in as a kid, I think the "seed of speed" was planted early and still lives on today.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


I commute about 60 miles a day round trip. I've been commuting for almost 8 years. How is that I've maintained my sanity this whole time?my car. I like driving my car it's fun & it's fast. Well, my car & my iPod. Yes, that is the key to a tolerable commute. Good car & good music.

Sunday, February 01, 2009


We got out and gave the car a quick wash, just to knock the layer of filth that was slowing the car down.  Quick shot of the car from the iPhone, so excuse the quality.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Wash me please!

My car is filthy...but only the back of it. The "boot" as it is called in MINI circles. Or overseas. Ask any other MINI/Mini owner and they will tell you the same. The part of the car that gets dirty the fastest is the boot. My problem is compounded by the fact that I did the rear wiper mod. Meaning I have removed the rear wiper of the car and plugged the hole with an black annodized metal plug. While this looks really cool, after a couple of weeks of rain and my 60 mile round-trip commute into downtown it starts to take a toll on rear window visibility. I really want to wash the car this weekend, but it is supposed to only be in the 50's. I could bundle up and trudge out in the cold to wash the car...or I could leave it dirty until it gets warmer.
Am I the only one who is embarassed by a filthy boot?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bad blogger..bad bad blogger

I have been berated by a friend...he says that I need to update my blog.  So, I will endeavour to update this blog more often.  Keep in mind, boys and girls that these updates may be something so trivial as to what sort of soup I had that day, but I will try to update.
Okay, here we go...
Tonight I watched an episode of Top Gear where it was the Germans vs. the Britons.  Much to my delight, they featured a race between two R56 MINIs.  One of them looking suspiciously like the JCW version of the R56, which sports 208HP and a top speed of 147 mph.  This compared to the standard MINI Cooper S, which has 172HP and a top speed of 139 mph, it hardly seemed like a fair race.  That coupled with the fact that person driving the JCW is an instructor at Nürburgring or "The Ring", made it more interesting.  It was a good race and both MINIs performed quite well, but sadly Jeremy Clarkson lost the race.  It was pretty entertaining to see them doing an obstacle course which consisted of pillars with vases atop them and someone shooting at them with a paint gun.  I did cringe a little when I saw the JCW get a big dent in the rear quarter panel.  I'm sure that both MINIs were well cared for afterwards and it did make me smile to see my favourite car featured on one of my favourite car shows.  

P.S.  This one's for you md!