the stuff

Sunday, November 18, 2012

DC is famous!

Darth Cooper was recently featured on Geeks Are Sexy!  The post was created by fellow geek girl and all around awesome person, Lauren Berkley.  We both participated in Star Wars Reads Day at Little Shop of Stories in Decatur.  Also in attendance was Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars as well as Riley Blanton from Star Wars Report, a great podcast about SW and all things geeky.
For the post, click here.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

MotD Prep begins!

It's that time of year again...where I start getting ready for MotD in Deal's Gap, North Carolina.  This year marks the 10th anniversary of MINIs on the Dragon. I've been fortunate enough to attend the last 6 years and for me the draw has changed over time.  The first year I wanted to do everything and drive the road as much as I could.  The next year it stayed the same, but that year I was involved with the Atlanta MINI owner's club.  As time went on and I stepped down from my position at Atlanta MINIs the event has become more about spending time with friends and relaxing and not as much about driving the road, showing off my car and spending money.  Last year I took Toaster and had to leave Darth Cooper at home. That brings me to another point.  Darth Cooper still isn't fully fixed (automatic transmission issues) and so in February in 2011 I bought another MINI.
Toaster (a nod to Battlestar Galactica) is a 2005 MC PS/BLK, chrome-line interior and exterior with very little engine modding (so far) and is my daily driver. The exception being when I broke my foot last fall and had to wear a walking cast boot thing for 8 weeks.  Toaster has already had some issues and spent Christmas in the shop. I bought the car at CarMax and that was probably part of the problem. Someone who sells their MINI to a dealership like CarMax might not take the most care of their car and most likely are not invested in the car the way I am. The clutch was worn out from day of our ownership of the car and finally experienced catastrophic failure 3 days before Christmas when I ended up having to push the car off the road and wait for 2 hours for a tow truck.
I don't want to bash CarMax as they are fine for buying your average commuter car but their service department leaves something to be desired. We're probably going to take Toaster to Way before the Dragon to see if he can do something about the engagement point of the clutch and find out what the odd "shuddering" is all about when taking off at low speeds.
Back to my point; MotD.  I'll once again be staying at the amazing Blue Waters Mountain Lodge where we are spoiled and treated like family (only better, haha!) by the owners Mike and Maury. We'll be there Friday through Sunday and as of right now have no plans on attending any of the "sanctioned" events.  I will be purchasing my grill badge and MotD patch but that's about it so far.
I hope to see some of my friends there.  If I don't already know you and you're reading this blog, please stop by and say hello!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Success and Dragon taming

In my last post I was worried about getting my new graphics printed and installed. Well, at the last minute I was able to get my graphics printed by a local company, got them installed and off we went to the Dragon! We picked up the graphics at 9am, had them installed by 11:00am and was on the road by lunch time.
Had another fantastic time at the Dragon and got one good run in Thursday morning. Pictures coming soon.
And oh yeah, May The Fourth Be With You!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

1 day away

1 day away from The Dragon & I'm *almost* ready. The car is washed, the clothes are packed, but I'm still lacking new graphics. And I still have to clean the inside of the car. Ack.
I'm working on getting the graphics done today and hopefully will have a good update soon!
In the meantime, I know for sure we'll see everyone tomorrow evening at the Way Motor Works tent tomorrow at Fontana!

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...