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#370995 - 03/25/12 11:30 PM Cars, Dates, and Home Theaters
ClubNeon Offline
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My brother sells cars, I had a standing joke with him that if anyone ever trades in a $1000 RX-8, that he'd call me. One fateful day in this past November he called me and said some kid's grandfather was just talking to him, asking if anyone want a wrecked RX-8 for about a grand.

So I bought it.

It sat at the body shop with a $2000 deposit for two months before they even moved it into the garage. It took two more months after that for them to finish all the repairs. Yeah, it was entirely too long, and no one I talk to will ever take their car for repairs, but in the end I'm the owner of a car worth close to 10k, and I have less than 5 in it. And I absolutely love driving it. Honestly, I can't image a car I'd want more...well, maybe if there was a turbo model.

I had it a work, and everyone was saying how the girls will be all over me now. Moments after that conversation, a girl who had been bugging me for over 15 years to go out with her texted me once again asking if I wanted to go out. I said yes this time.

So she comes over to my house, and I offer to drive to the restaurant. I point back to my shiny, black RX-8, and she says, "nice ride." I agree. For the audio-topic part of this post, I'll say that the Bose stereo in the car is busted, and the only sound I hear when driving is the purr of the 9000 RPM rotary engine.

After dinner I invite her up to my place. She walks into the living room, aka, the home theater, and says, "what a bachelor pad." I begrudgingly agree. But that was the wrong comment. The girl of my dreams will, upon seeing my setup say, "nice setup, what do you have to watch?", walk over to my media rack and pick out "Fast and Furious."

I might give her another chance, though.
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#370998 - 03/25/12 11:40 PM Re: Cars, Dates, and Home Theaters [Re: ClubNeon]
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She asks you out...

likes your apartment....

the incredulous part......

Fast and Furious? Good grief, man. Don't you have any standards? (I don't. I would have watched Moulin Rouge)
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#370999 - 03/25/12 11:45 PM Re: Cars, Dates, and Home Theaters [Re: ClubNeon]
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Oops, it should have been "The Fast and the Furious", "Fast and Furious" is my least favorite of the five.

At least your wife has good taste in cameras. laugh
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#371000 - 03/25/12 11:49 PM Re: Cars, Dates, and Home Theaters [Re: ClubNeon]
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I've always like the RXs, but have never had one. I still remember being in an RX-7 at the annual car show and everything about it felt like it fit like a glove.

Nice review of the RX-8 from BBC's Top Gear, right up until the very end. I'd have though that he'd simply recommend different rubber.

Oh, and you said something about a girl, too? wink

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#371002 - 03/25/12 11:58 PM Re: Cars, Dates, and Home Theaters [Re: ClubNeon]
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This is the fourth RX I've owned, three '7s before it.

I just put Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position, ultra-high performance all-season tires under mine. Actually driving home from dinner with...oh the girl, it was pouring down rain. Huge areas of standing water on the road. I was so impressed with tires, it's the most sure footed I've ever felt in the rain.
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#371006 - 03/26/12 12:15 AM Re: Cars, Dates, and Home Theaters [Re: ClubNeon]
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Originally Posted By: ClubNeon


At least your wife has good taste in cameras. laugh


Nah, Canon was just smart enough to make a red one.
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#371008 - 03/26/12 12:19 AM Re: Cars, Dates, and Home Theaters [Re: ClubNeon]
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Hey, I have a Canon 7D. smile I didn't get into it, because it feels like second-date material, but I'll have to ask if she prefers Nikon or Canon next time.
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#371026 - 03/26/12 09:29 AM Re: Cars, Dates, and Home Theaters [Re: ClubNeon]
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Congrats on the car and the date. smile Just how judgmental was the girl's voice when she commented on the bachelor pad? If she's a realist, she'll accept it, but if she's a "molder" (as in you're the clay), run the other way. smile
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#371029 - 03/26/12 09:44 AM Re: Cars, Dates, and Home Theaters [Re: ClubNeon]
nickbuol Offline
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Pictures?

Was this the before?



OK, I know that it was just a random Google search result, but at least it is a picture (even if the picture is also just a fake computer modeled one).
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#371031 - 03/26/12 09:51 AM Re: Cars, Dates, and Home Theaters [Re: ClubNeon]
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That was the feeling that I got, that she thought it was funny how my living room is completely dominated by this system, but it'd not be something she'd ever allow in her house.

Like I said, I've known this girl for 15 years, and she's hit on me here-and-there over that time. In between she's gotten married and divorced. I've always just kept a friend distance, because she is so completely opposite of what I normally go for. I figured for once I'd give her a chance (as I wish girls would do for me), but I just don't see this going anywhere.

But I love my new car! It's getting new brakes today. I've never see a car cook the rear brakes off before the front; I have a feeling it's the traction control's fault.
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