And I mean it literally and figuratively. He passed away peacefully in our house, and the vet took him to the cremation place.
He was the bestest dog ever, and will be missed. Thank you all for you kind words in the past few days.
As some of you might know, I had a friend that died recently, and both my wife and I decided to get what we want out of life now, instead of waiting for the house to be paid off.
So, I've been hunting for M2/M3/M4/Cayman/Boxter/911, with a manual. Very hard to find in Colorado.
My M2 search is for 2018+ models, under $50000. One popped up somewhat locally for me, down in Denver metro area, some 90 minutes away from me. Gray, 22k miles, $45k, slightly higher than nationwide pricing but in line with KBB and NADA and decent for Colorado as we don't get many here.
I contacted them, verified the car arrived, and that it was a manual. Amazing service off the bat - they contacted me right away, told me they changed all 4 tires, sent me a personal video walkthrough of the car, told me they were waiting for one part, and when I asked what part, they said "license plate bracket". I figure it was one of those front bumper brackets which attaches to the bumper and the plate lives in it, just like I have on my Abarth. Those are model specific, so I presumed they were just waiting on that part.
So, I arrange a time to come and drive it - wife was heading downtown to pickup some work stuff, and I figured I'd tag along. Usually, we'd take the RDX for highway driving, but I brought the Abarth so I could trade it in case I couldn't leave without the BMW. I arranged an approximate time, told him I'd call when I leave Fort Collins and when I leave downtown for more precise ETA.
I texted when I left FoCo, and 43 minutes later, as we arrived to downtown Denver, got an answer that they were still waiting on the part. The license plate bracket. So before I left downtown for another 30 minute drive down to Highland Ranch, I texted if I could still drive the car as he was sounding like I couldn't, although a license plate bracket doesn't matter - dealers in Colorado just slap a magnetic DLR PLT on the back or even on the dash and you are good to go.
Well, not this one apparently, this one could only show me the car - after we've been chatting for 2 days about driving it - but I couldn't drive it. Standard dealer bullshit of "get them in the showroom regardless of everything".
I text again, telling him I need to know within 5 minutes if I can drive the car or not, in awe that I can't drive it after we talked about it for two days, after I drove 70 miles, all because of the missing bracket.
No text comes back, wife comes back to the car in 5 minutes, and we turn around and head home.
26 minutes after I texted him that I needed to know in 5 minutes if I should head down or not, I get another message saying he's still looking into it. I was already half way out of Denver by then.
I politely texted him that I was half way home, and thank you for your help.
Another 15 minutes later, and suddenly "he obtained exclusive permission to drive it before they get the license plate bracket". I'm like are you fucking kidding me here?
Suddenly, I am getting calls from the sales manager, texts are arriving and they are so sorry, and they will make it right, just come in.
Well, go fuck yourselves. I bought two previous vehicles from Schomp. Guess where the third one won't be coming from??
I am still in shock a bit, that they used a missing license plate bracket as an excuse to try to get me into the showroom, but not to allow me a test drive.
I hate how dealers ruin a huge part of my hobby and the shopping experience because of... I don't even know why. At least they didn't do false imprisonment like they tend to do with missing keys for the trade in and not letting you leave.
I always turn around to look at it one more time. I love this thing.
After 14 hours of laying down, being mostly paralyzed-like, Bruno is better. For 14 hours, his hind legs felt like they weren’t attached to him. I knew he wasn’t paralyzed as he moved a few times, and when tickled he’d respond, but something was off. I jammed a Rimadyl down his throat, and another one some 12 hours later, and they might have helped.
We slept with him on the couch, and at 5am, we took him out to try to pee - he’s been drinking but not going to pee for half a day. I carried him out (a chore at 100lbs of limp weight), and held his back and he actually pooped, than walked away on his own and peed. He also decided he does want food - as long as it wasn’t any type of dog food - pan fried chicken was the answer. I’m thawing a huge packet of breast for him.
As for why we didn’t go to the vet - only emergency vet I know around here won’t let you in because of COVID. I managed to track down a vet my FIL uses in another county, out in the boonies, and he’ll let me be with him, so I’m scheduling a time to check him out. Vet thinks that based on the symptoms, there is a good chance we had a bad slipped disk and partial paralysis. He also wants him on more Rimadyl, but we’ll do a blood test to check his liver and kidneys to see if we can do another drug which is great.
It seems we avoided the worst for now. I imagine rainbow bridge ain’t too far away, and doggy heaven will be better for having him, but I selfishly get to keep him for a while longer.
Wife’s car came with 235/60/18 tires at 4/32 or so. We knew we’d need a set soon, and we drove 5000 miles or so on the old tires. A quick check was showing 3/32 left and real world lack of traction wasn’t fun, so I started looking at replacement tires.
Discount Tire was $137ea and up, more like $180 or so per tire I’d want. With install and taxes and fees, we’d be somewhere between $900-1000.
I perused Craigslist, and lo and behold - 4 hours before I started looking, someone posted a set of 4 brand new take offs, removed in the dealership before the car was even sold, with a build date of week 42 of 2020. Bridgestone HL422 Ecopia Plus, from a new CR-V. $205ea, so easily a $1000 or slightly over for a set of 4 installed at Discount or similar. I got the 4 tires delivered to me for $400 as the sellers kid goes to school in my area and he just dropped them of, and I paid $120 for install, taxes and old tire disposal.
$520 and an hour later, we have 4 new tires at half cost, wife is happy, budget is happy, and now she hopefully won’t just skid off the road. My cheap ass loves this!
He has a 1920’s Durant chassis which originally came with an inline 4, and he’s jamming a flathead V8 with a Mercury bottom end which makes it a stroker.
Today, I helped him get the engine and the transmission loosely mounted into the frame, so he could figure out what to cut. New drivetrain is way larger than the old and let’s just say a lot of the original stuff had to go.
I’m trying to make him join here so he can keep us entertained with his build.
I am super happy. We bough it on 9/5/2020, $19872 on a 63 month note at 3%. We only paid $200 or 300-ish in interest so far. We refinanced the house in January, so we didn't have a payment, plus we got the huge escrow back and sent them a $10000 check about a month or so ago. We sent another $5k the other day, and I just sent the final $2597 moments ago. Title should be in the mail within 30 days. Ignoring the Tundra, this will be the first tile I've had since 2000, when I owned my 1991 Taurus SHO - I tend to finance and trade within 3 years.
Our vague plan was to pay off at least one car before the end of 2021, and maybe both if we can swing it. Wife's RDX is next, we owe $24xxx on that one. I think that we can do $3000 payments for next 8 months, unless Europe opens the borders and in that scenario, we'll need to move some funds in the travel fund.
I think I will wait a year to buy a bike - pay off the RDX, and then next year I can get exactly what I want.
@forsweden Do you honestly want to deal with a twin charged 4 cylinder engine 17 years after the expiration of warranty? Biggest reason why I’m so weary of modern Volvos.
@jminer I’ve been reading about them since it was mentioned they were pests. It seems Florida wants to ban exotic reptiles, with a free permit for existing ones that would be grandfathered in. Iguanas and big snakes lay dozens of eggs, so I fear this might be too little too late, but we shall see.
@davesaddiction Tundra or Land Cruiser/LX570. Current Tundra is just over 20 years old and we’re debating another although this one is still just fine.