Car Shows, Driving, General Posts, Roadkill

Flip Flops and Big Blocks

It’s been a while blog world. I have had a busy summer filled with car shows, events, new friends, new jobs just life in general. Since I was last here, I have continued to conquer autocross and Louisa won a few car shows. But perhaps the biggest adventure of all was a trip to Pontiac, Michigan this past weekend.

Some of you may have heard of Woodward Ave, some may not. I was one of the people who had not. For those who don’t know, Woodward Avenue is the heart of Pontiac Michigan. It is said that this was where the first ticket for street racing. This happened in March of 1895. The road first saw big spoked wheels and wagons. But in the 50s cars changed into something more reliable and became something we used to get from point A to point B. This 13 mile stretch naturally attracted a lot of people. Drive in diners started to pop up all along the road. Unlike today, a lot of these places were family owned. Coupled with the long wide stretch of road and automotive lovers in the surrounding area, it has taken its place in car history.

When spending some time with my boyfriend at the shop where he works he mentioned the event ‘Roadkill Nights’ that was happening the coming weekend (August 9th and 10th) in Pontiac, Michigan. He said he wanted to road trip out there. Famous last words of mine, I said, ‘let’s do it’. The following week consisted of getting his Caprice road ready and a little more safe for us to travel in. We looked at the route, 11 hours, 685 miles, not too bad! Then we realized that was going through Canada which we couldn’t do. So instead it was 13 hours and 764 miles. Meh, still not bad.

Monday August 5th

I was sitting at work dying for it to be the weekend so we could head out. We decided it would be best to leave Thursday night in the early morning so we could get there Friday evening and have a little time to explore.

Thursday August 8th, 12:45AM

My alarm went off after only getting 3 hours of sleep. I was still pumped though and ready to go. We packed up really quick, loaded the car and were ready to go. I was in charge of the route. It was dark, quiet. It was 1AM. No one was around. We headed out towards Keene and hit a long stretch of road in Vermont, Route 9 (more to come on this road later). We stopped at some rest stops along the way, I slept through a lot of the morning driving. We stopped for breakfast in Weedsport, New York at a place called Cook’s Village Diner. Small, a lot of locals.

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It was good! Bacon makes any day better. We continued on in to Pennsylvania Welcome Center, took a quick break and hung out in the grass. You could see out into the distance forever. The day was beautiful.

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We stopped again in Erie, Pennsylvania at a place called Tasty Bowl for lunch. I had broccoli, rice  and chicken and tried sushi for the first time. (Yes, it was indeed, Tasty.)

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Driving definitely takes a lot out of you, or in my case, being a passenger takes a lot out of you. We stopped again in Avon Ohio for some nuggies at Wendy’s and a trip to Goodwill. Thrift shopping is fun, don’t knock it til you try it! By he time we left it was about 3:30PM. We had a little less than 4 hours to go until we would reach the hotel.

At 7:00 PM we finally reached destination number one Courtyard by Marriott. We checked in and it was definitely time for a shower and a nap. The schedule events for Friday were done, but we went cruising around anyways. There were some cool cars still out and about rolling through the streets of Pontiac. We went to a place called Moose Preserve Bar & Grill for some dinner and drinks. It had been a long 20 hours. But we made it. The fun begins tomorrow.

Saturday August 10th 7:00 AM

For someone who was only able to sleep for like 5 hours in the past 30, I was feeling pretty good. It was likely because I was just so excited to get started on the day. We had picked out breakfast the night before so we could just get up and go. We decided on a place called Kerby’s Koney Island. It was ironically right across the street from the place we went to the night before. The inside was cute, it looked it had been there for a while. We sat at the little counter across from the open kitchen. Staff was friendly, and you could tell that they had worked together for a long time. Requests were met with curiosity for their own personal cooking and carried out wonderfully. I’d come back again.

Next it was off to Woodward Ave for the main event. There were several lots off site that we needed to be shuttled to the event from. The shuttles were old schoolhouses, and I emphasize the word old. I’m more of a nervous person than not, I freak out on the T in Boston when it goes over a bump, this was something else. ANYWAYS when we arrived and got off the bus (and even little before that) we could hear the screeching of tires burning rubber. My boyfriend turned to me and asked if those were tires, I laughed and said “hell yea, I think so.”

First up, we needed to check in with MotorTrend, a subscription service to various car videos, builds, drag racing, you name it. Being a subscriber gave you access to the MotorTrend Lounge which was out of the sun, had free snacks and drinks and gave you one free beer (to start at noon). There were also a number of people who would be there throughout the day that you could meet and have sign stuff and chat with. The out of the sun part was the best to me. They also gave you a fastpass to the Dodge Thrill Rides, which was where all the tire screeching was coming from. In one section there were Dodge Chargers and Challengers drifting around course taking people for thrill rides. Our fastpass was for 2:30-3:00, so we had to wait a little bit.

First up was the concourse, the section set aside for people who registered and wanted to show their car. Most of them were Dodges, and rightfully so I suppose, but there was a lot of other cool stuff to see as well.

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Like this Prowler and Viper sitting pretty side by side

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77ish Trans Am

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72 Camaro

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70s Challenger

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Early 70s Corvette

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05 Charger

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67-68 Ford Mustang

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A mixture of things

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CJ 7

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My boyfriend and a sexy cop lady

We attempted to watch some drag racing, but unless you were in the VIP section or managed to score a seat high up in the bleachers you didn’t have much luck seeing anything. We wanted to get a glimpse of the starting line, but that turned out to be pretty difficult. So we checked out some merch, I bought a t-shirt and some stickers (of course). The day was winding down. It was just about 2:30 and time for the thrill rides. When we walked to that area, the line was so long we didn’t see the end. Someone in passing said that the wait was three hours long. Hundreds of people wee standing there. But only a handful were in the fastpass line. Thank goodness. The speaker keeping the crowd entertained had a great voice. He was talking to a kid who was in line, telling him about how they burn through thousands of tires a year, just regular tires too. They are allowed to come, make a mess of wherever they’re at and then go, no clean up required. I would guess there is someone else to do that? But who knows.

It was finally our turn to go. I started to get really nervous. Uncontrollable  laughter ensued. Queue ridiculous high pitched screeching as the Charger we where in took off and whipped around the cones. Here’s a video inside the car, and some photos I took outside.

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This was the ending of a ridiculously fun time. Here is the video of our time at the event.

We had seen all that we could and it was time to start the long journey back home. We took the famous 8 mile road back out. But there was one place I needed to stop before I left…

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Years ago I used to watch a show called Hardcore Pawn. One of those cheesy pawn shop reality shows. I hadn’t thought about the show in years, but when I was wondering what else we could do or see while we were in Detroit, this place popped in to my head. And you can bet your ass we visited.

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Maybe this isn’t cool to some people, but it was wicked cool to see. I had never been someplace that I had watched on TV. Inside was smaller than what TV made it look like, but still cool to see none the less. The owner, Les Gold, was even in the back behind the counter and I got to catch a glimpse. I was trying not to freak out, as this was just an everyday pawn shop for everyone else there. I had my fill and we left. A quick trip to Starbucks and we were back on the road.

Man, that 13 hour car ride did not seem so exciting since now we were leaving instead of going. But I was happy that we would be returning back home to the familiars of New Hampshire. It’s cool to watch how highways and scenes change from one state to the next, until you’re back where you know.

8 hours in to our excursion home, we stopped at Niagra Falls, the New York side. I know, I know, “its better on the canadian side,” but again, we couldn’t go through Canada. It was just about 6:30AM when we got there, so it was quiet, not many people were around It was the perfect opportunity to get some videos and some photos before the crowd rush came in. By the time that we reached the actual scenic view, the crowds were already starting to roll in. I did manage to grab few pictures before that though.

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Breathtaking is the only way I can describe it really. I hadn’t seen anything like it before. The view of the Canadian side was nice, and I will definitely be back again to see the opposite view. Heres a quick video of us walking around, there really arent words to describe it, so I’ll show you instead.

We stopped for some yummy breakfast,

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and we were back on our way home. We still had 7 hours to go.

When we finally hit Vermont, we were feeling good. Roads looked more familiar. The air was fresh. Route 9 awaited us again, and this time, not in the dark. This last video is of Route 9 through Vermont, our last stretch to home.

The experience was amazing. A last minute road trip I would not have wanted to take with anyone else. More adventures await us in the future.

Motor on.

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Conquering Autocross and the Kanc

What’s up everyone? It’s been a while since I posted last. It’s been a hectic couple months and I have a feeling that things may finally be turning around. Anyways, this past weekend was long and busy and so much fun. Two events, two days and loads of memories to share.

Saturday May 18th, 5:30AM

There is, of course, only one reason why I would be up so early and that is for something car related. Well, this would be my very FIRST Autocross event! I went along with the BMW Car Club of America, and they put on a fantastic event! Everyone is super helpful and friendly. The days leading up consisted of me getting things together that I thought I would need. Snacks, water, chair, helmet, and a variety of other stuff. EVERYTHING, needs to be taken our of your car that is loose, that includes the floor mats (which I did forget, but was reminded thanks to my friend Kathy!). So, the best way that everyone does this is to get a bin, a tote bin. I took to Amazon and found one that I thought was going to fit in the trunk… but it did not. So in to the front seat it went. 60611949_2320341514654384_7733489762098479104_n.jpg

I was excited for the day I was about to have. I had gone to one last year to be an observer and a passenger, and that was awesome too. My friend had told me that its much more stressful to be a passenger than a driver, and she was correct!

This past sessions started with tech inspect and helmet inspection. Your car is checked to make sure that everything is up to par, and helmets are checked to make sure they are within regulations. After that there is a drivers meeting and the Novices get a special walkthrough the course. Seeing it ahead of time and keeping in mind a few tips, I felt ready. I was in Run Group 2, which meant I worked the course first and then ran second. We then broke for lunch and did it all again in the afternoon! I was out on corner 5, and I will admit, that was not my favorite thing. Nothing hard, cone falls down, go and pick it up. Now… I’m not a very active person, so if three cones fall down in a row, its not a fun time. But whatever, its all part of the day. I will focus on the fun stuff.

When I was lined up for my run, it all kind of hit me at once. I was here, I was doing this. CRAP, I WAS DOING THIS. I considered backing out, I really did. I was unsure if I could actually do it. All novices are required to go with an instructor, which is super helpful. My first run was focused on the course, getting around and making sure that I stayed on it. I lucked out, the times were messed up and I got a rerun. So that first one really was a practice run. I’ll shut up now, and show you what I was up to.

What I gathered from this day, is that I need to keep my lines tighter and find the fastest way around, and pay attention to where I’m going next as to not overshoot a turn. There were several runs I did NOT film, where I almost spun out and was slightly off course. All in all, it was a super fun day. Tell me what you think! and if you have any questions, feel free to leave comments! Even though I had such a great day, I was super happy to get back home, take a shower and go to sleep. The next day was going to be just as long!

Sunday May 19, 6:30 AM
Not early, but still early. That extra hour of sleep and copious amounts of sleep the night before definitely helped though. Today was the NEMS Biannual Kanc Cruise to benefit Make a Wish. I had gone on it in October of lat year, which was also a lot of fun. If you are from the New England area, I recommend checking it out and coming along in October. Proceeds go to Make a Wish and it a fun day of driving and friends. Shenanigans, driving, lunch, more shenanigans, more driving, snacks. We all met in the morning and cruised to NHTI in Concord together. Once parked, it’s a waiting game. It’s nice to hang out and catch up with people I don’t see too often though. After that, everyone drives the planned route, or their own, to the lunch spot. After lunch, it’s a free for all up north, where the roads are twisty, and the sky was clear. Here is a short video from the day!

The weekend was long and fun. I would do all again and not change a thing. Until the next adventure, whatever you drive and whatever you do, Motor On!

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Universal Studios Orlando 2019

Hello everyone!

I’m back from my tip from Universal Studios Orlando, and boy what a trip it was!

A few things to start off with, yes, I went alone. Yes, I chose to go alone. Yes, I had a fantastic time, and yes, I would go alone again. I’m a very social person, but I need my alone time. It was great taking this vacation by myself, and there was nothing weird about it, at all! If you’re considering going somewhere alone, and are unsure about it, don’t be! Sometimes taking a solo trip is just what you need. Also while leaving for my trip I was emotional. It’s funny to think how things change, and to see how far you’ve come. I’m so grateful for all the chances I have been given thus far that allowed me to take this trip. Shit sucks, but this trip showed me everything isn’t always bad, and there’s bright days right around the corner, or in this case, just a plane ride away.

So let’s start from the beginning!

Friday February 1, 2019 10:30AM

I got ready and was all packed for my trip. My mom, sis and I all made our way down to Boston Logan International Airport. I drove down because I know my way around better and LuLu had to be taken in for some work while I was away (She’s all better now!). I got to the airport and got through security wayyyyy to early, and ended up having to wait around at my gate for over an hour! When boarding finally began, I got really anxious. THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING. I flew JetBlue, so I got to pick my seat ahead of time. I picked a window seat, of course, and got to board the plan first thankfully. I put my luggage overhead and settled in. Headphones in, volume up. Didn’t want to talk to random plane people haha.

A quick three hours with some catch up on Hulu made the plan ride a breeze. When I landed in MCO I did NOT get lost and found my way to the Universal check in point. I got a little zipper pouch with my tickets and some coupons! Sweet! From there I waited for the shuttle to pick me up to bring me to my hotel. I was so tired and hungry, I just wanted to chill out. The shuttle ride took a  little longer than expected, as it stopped at almost EVERY resort on the property to drop off the other passengers, it’s okay. This helped me out on the other end.

ANYWAYS. I checked in, changed and then grabbed some food at the hotel. It was called Urban Pantry, and was like a glorified cafeteria. I greasy burger and some fries was just the thing I needed before I turned in for the night.

Saturday February 2, 2019 8:00AM

GOOD MORNING ORLANDO!

I was never so excited to be up so early. I got ready and then head downstairs to grab some breakfast. To my delight, they had Eggs Benedict. My breakfast of choice. It was decent. I then went outside to wait for the shuttle. When I got there I was so excited, I could hardly wait to start my adventure. When we arrived, I was simply amazed.

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This is what first greeted me (besides the hoards of strollers and more security to go through) when I finally got in to the resort. Universal City Walk, as it is lovingly referred to, was filled with restaurants, movie theaters, clubs, shops, bars and carts to buy all the stuff you don’t need. I didn’t take many pictures when I was first walking through because I was taking it all in.20190202_094903-16193090320998902810.jpg

I took this one photo because, Hard Rock Cafe, a favorite chain spot of mine, and the Toothsoome Chocolate Factory, which will be discussed in depth later on. I decided to go to Island of Adventure first. OH BOY. Again, just breathtaking when walking in. There’s just nothing quite like an amusement park that isn’t built in 20 minutes the night before.

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This little alley of shops, including a Christmas store, a Cinnabon, and a boutique with tacky resort clothing.

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There was the Hulk roller coaster (no, I didn’t go on it), 3D Spiderman ride, Dr Doom drop ride, another big nope on the scale, arcades and more. This was a little kid’s, physical or at heart’s, superhero dream come true. The first day consisted of a lot of walkthroughs. I didn’t know where I was going, and was pretty much just taking it all in. I did a lot of shopping this day too. But I did go on a few rides. The first one I stumbled across was Skull Island: King Kong. I was only a 10 minute wait, so I said, what the hell. I’ll go in it.

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A 3D thrill ride exploring the island of Kong. You get on a little bus that takes you around the island. Combating giant Worms and other various creatures. The line itself was cool too, because there was lot of creatures in cages, and boxes making growling and hissing noises as you walked by. There were pitch black coves with people hiding in them, reaching their hands out to grab helpless line waiters. It was fun. I’m a fan for the 3D rides for a few different reasons. 1, I hate roller coasters. They are not fund, they are train tracks of fear and dismay. 3D rides allow you to be somewhere else, and even though you know you aren’t really there, its still fun. So after I fell off a rope bridge and almost got eaten by a T-Rex I continued my wandering.

Jurassic World is what I  came across next, I was going to wait in live to meet a Velociraptor, but I felt that WAS something better experienced with other people. Guess I will just have to come back!

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RAWR

Anyways… continue on I did into Hogsmeade. *tacky Universal music ensues*

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Wooo! I made it! Words do not really describe the pure enjoyment of this place. The attention to detail was incredible. And I got to buy an overpriced cup of Cream Soda with whipped cream. It was a great time. I have to admit, I didn’t take half as many pictures as I should have, but my phone was away for most of this trip. I wanted to enjoy myself.20190202_105122-18948971334510650771.jpg20190202_105928-16473260414696767267.jpg

I spent a little time in and out of the shops. I went in to HoneyDukes, because I don’t know, I had to?? Instead of me buying a chocolate frog in a cardboard box that I was never going to eat, I decided to spend an extra $8 and buy a glass jewelry box instead. This way, I have something that I WOULD use and can keep as a memory forever, and not a giant chocolate frog that would turn that weird white color that chocolate does.

My next stop on my list today was to take the Hogwarts Express in between parks.

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They had this one all set up and stationary for all your selfie needs.

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Here is a crappy video of the train because I was not prepared. The train ride to the other park was short, but not short of entertainment. The ‘windows’ had screens in them that opened up the woods and mysterious of the Harry Potter world. The sliding doors of the carts had screens as well, and you could see students walking around out in the halls of the train. Diagon Alley was just right around the corner.

I got off the train and was thankful that I was not waiting in the line that was on this end of the tracks. Here’s a few more sights that greeted me on the other end.

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Just a few more beautiful sights to be had.

I then ventured into the main attraction..

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Again, no words for seeing this for the first time.

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This guy, in the smaller bank. who ACTUALLY responded to questions.

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RAWR

Of course, one of the things that I needed to do was go to Olivander’s and buy a wand. The one that I chose was called Hawthorne. The description is:

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I didn’t get the chance to get on any rides this day, but not to worry! We are still only on day 1. The reason I did not is because I tried to go on the Escape from Gringots ride, but was told I could not bring my backpack, and I understood why when I finally did get to go on it (more to come on that). I went to wait in line to use the free lockers and promptly noped my way out of that situation. I decided that today would just be a day for exploring and shopping, and maybe a ride here or there if I could.

After watching a brief street show about the three brothers and spending much more money than I was anticipating to spend, I decided to venture around to the rest of the park.

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I went on one more ride before calling it a day. FAST AND FURIOUS SUPERCHARGED. Hell yea.20190202_122604-16300801082835129628.jpg

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This is a car blog after all, so here are the cars ;).

Once again, another 3D thrill ride down the streets fighting Shaw and avoiding pieces of flying scrap metal and bullets. A high speed pursuit without actually moving in the ‘party bus,’ exactly my kind of ride. Here’s a few more looks for good measure.

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It was peaking in to late afternoon, and I had been up wandering around since early that morning. I had bought everything I could get my hands on, so I was time for me to venture back to the hotel for a little bit. I walked through City Walk to see what there as for food and such.

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The Globe!

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This photo does not do this place justice. The largest Hard Rock Cafe in the world. It was a goddamn Colosseum, LITERALLY!

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This was some neat stuff too.

I walked around and back to the shuttles and went back to the hotel for a couple hours to decompress, process everything I had seen for the day and get ready for dinner. I was not sure where I was planning on going, but ended up deciding on Toothsome Chocolate Emporium.  20190202_191615-25018941983966174264.jpg

Nice view of the entrance at night.

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The size of this place was nuts. It was awesome. The steampunk theme inside the restaurant was awesome. I don’t have many photos of the inside because I didn’t want to disturb anyone’s dinner. I took a few at the bar though. 20190202_192434-21442086249521551905.jpg

So pretty, so much chocolate alcohol.

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CHOCOLATE CHERRY MULE. Not to sound like an alcoholic, but I’ve had my fair share of mixed drinks in my short time since I turned 21. This drink was, BY FAR,the BEST drink I have ever had. So far. I have plenty of time for more adventures after all. I ordered myself a Filet Mignon, which was the best meal I’ve had so far too. For dessert, I ordered the Chocolate Mousse, I dark rich plate of deliciousness. I would fly back to Orlando just to eat here, if you get to go, or go back to universal, this place is a must.

After dinner, it was a late night walk back to the shuttles and a short ride back to the hotel. I turned in for the night, ready for another full day.

Sunday February 3, 2019 7:30AM

Good morning again!

I was up even earlier this day because I knew I had a lot of ground to cover in such a short amount of time. It’s funny though, time. I sit here and think to myself, wow, last week I was so excited to go, and now it’s all over and is just a memory. A great one, and one that I will no doubt experience again.

Day 2 was going to be ride day. I didn’t take my backpack this day so that I could get on and off the rides as I pleased. To my delight, a few of the rides had single rider lines, lucky me! The first ride that I was heading to was Escape from Gringots, since that was the first one I sent away from the day before. On the way there though, I stopped at the Transformers ride, the wait was short.

Walking through the bank was super cool, and again wicked detailed. However, while stationary waiting in a section of the line, you can see how the line winds through the back of the building, so far out, I couldn’t see the end. I CAN’T imagine how busy and how long this line gets during busy season. As it was, the ride broke down while I was standing in line, and had about a 75 minute wait.

Once I was in there though, more 3D action ensued. Except, this time the ride had some drops.. Let me tell you, when Bellatrix smashed our tracks and I was teetering off the edge, I was screaming. The older couple next to me did not make a sound the entire time, and I was yelling my head off. Ah, a good time. Worth it though. Super fun. Here’s a few pictures from inside, and the dragon again. Rawr.

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I ventured out of Diagon Alley and walked around to the Men in Black:Alien Attack. This was a shooter game as you go through a course with a laser gun. I will say this, Universal made the waiting in lines bearable. There is a lot of cool stuff that they have set up to look at, take pictures of. I wasn’t able to take too many pictures because it was not that busy for the most part. The line was always moving. I did snap one blurry pic from inside the line though.20190203_115358-17752202431022408211.jpg

I walked around a bit more and caught a glimpse of the Despicable Me characters. Minions!

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In this same area, there was a diner with a bunch of old cars outside it.

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Naturally, this was a cool spot for several different reasons. Cars, of course. And they actually run! The day before when I walked by these were not outside. The place was also my favorite color. 20190203_095026-15601775673989769687.jpg20190203_095038-17880006924249613787.jpg

I was done with Universal Studios for the morning and walked around to the other park, Islands of Adventure. I didn’t realize that the day before I had not walked around a whole different side of the park. There was a Dr. Seuss section!

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Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who, books of my childhood, movies I loved, and still do. For nostalgia purposes, I did go on the Cat in the Hat ride through, which primarily little kids went on, but I don’t care, it was awesome.

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The next section was of the Lost Continent. It was filled with large rock statues and old temples. Again, the attention to detail on some of theses structures was just incredible. I ate at Mythos for lunch, which was supposedly the best amusement park restaurant two years in a row. But. in all honesty, it could have been better.

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That fancy butter though…

Beforehand while I was waiting, I went into a little shop across the way that had the pick a pearl gig and pick your setting. Me, being the sucker I am for jewelry went and got one, and I’m glad that I did. 20190211_1326362158914600137308142.jpg

Buying junk and props are great and all. I”m a bit of a collector of all sorts of stuff myself. But having something that can commemorate an experience that can remind you of it everyday is cool too. This was my gift to myself.

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The rest of that afternoon was filled with sights like these and people watching. An even more interesting pass time in an amusement park. I played in an arcade for a little while. Because how can I resist that??

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And naturally, I won this guy out of a claw machine game. The master, even in Florida.

Ah, the walks back are always nice.

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After a long day of my endless roaming around, it was time to head back to the hotel. It was Super Bowl Sunday after all. I had some homework I needed to get done and I wanted to watch the game. What better way to enjoy homework AND the Super Bowl all at once? I will give you the answer…

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A rooftop bar. Drinks. Wings. Giant TVs. I don’t think anything could have been better. OH WAIT. The Pats won their 6th Superbowl. That definitely made it better. WOO! GO PATS! Time for bed, and time for my last day here.

Monday February 4th, 2019 8:00AM

TEARS. I was sad that it was my last day, but I had my fun and was glad that I went. Breakfast consisted of leftover wings and fries, which surprisingly tasted better cold than it did warm the night before. Oh well! There were still a few things that I wanted to do that I had not done the last few days. Today was going to be a shorter day.

I wanted to go on the Forbidden Journey ride in Hogsmeade, so I head straight there. The previous two days the line was more than an hour and I just was not about that. The line today was only about 20 minutes. Soooo, I was not overly prepared for that ride. It was not a roller coaster and was not scary. But all the omni theater stuff and flying around made me a little dizzy. It also did not go upside down, but it tipped you pretty far back when flying around the spider cavern. It was awesome 10/10 would do it again. That was the last ride I did at Universal Studios. But I did a bit more exploring.20190204_105743-26242097629492998868.jpg20190204_105758-22886786007667788408.jpg20190204_105801-2302471294845924096.jpg

I circled around to the Jurassic World exhibit, where I got to watch a dinosaur hatch. There was a group of friends, probably around my age, and one of them was absolutely freaking out about this. Once it hatched, she got to name it. It was great.

After some more people watching I stopped in for lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp before continuing on to the last few rides. 10/10 would eat there again. SO good.

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Literally some of the BEST shrimp I have ever eaten in my life. Highly recommend.

I got to keep that glass too, another cool token of my journey. After Bubba Gump, I ventured over to Island of Adventure again for the last few rides of the day. The first one I went on was not something I was planning on originally, but decided to give it a shot, Race through New York with Jimmy Fallon. As one of my favorite late night hosts and cities combined into one, why not? It was another 3D adventure through Times Square. Again, although you aren’t really moving, it definitely feels like you are. We ended up on the moon and rode a roller coaster back to earth. Fantastic.

Revenge of the Mummy. I had seen the ride on the map the two days prior, but like some of the other ones, it had a long wait time. Today, it only had like 15 minute wait. Now, I thought this was another 3D ride, or just a ride through with scary mummys and stuff. And I was right… about half of that. The first 10 seconds you ride through and mummys jump out at you and then. you go up a hill, and theres only one way back down.. backwards. Let me tell you, I was not prepared for that indoor, dark ass roller coaster, that was NOT 3D. The lack of 3D glasses while waiting in line should have been a hint, but it was too late when I realized it…

WELL, I was done for rides for the day anyways. That was enough screaming and heart attack for a lifetime. The rest of the day was lowkey, taking in the sights of the park before I left.

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My mom told me she had come to this place when she was on her honeymoon. Ironic timing.

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I bought an overpriced slushie for my walk back to the shuttle too!

It was bittersweet for sure. I hung out in my hotel room, packing up my stuff for the flight home the next morning. I swear my suitcase weighed twice as much as it did while I was packing than when I had arrived.

I went back up to the rooftop bar to take in some of the sights I did not get a chance to the night before. I’m not a huge fan of heights, but being able to see everything from high up never gets old for me.

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It was quiet up here. Even with all the rush of cars and people below. I was sad to leave. I could’ve hung out up there all night.

There were not many places I was interested in for dinner. So I decided to go back to Toothsome Chocolate Emporium for my last meal in Orlando. The Cherry Chocolate Mule did not disappoint again, not one bit. For dinner, another Filet Mignon, why not.

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Again, some of the best food I had ever eaten. I bought one more item to commemorate my journey, and of course a chocolate bar.

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One last view of the two places that were perfectly set next to each other if you ask me. A little contrast is sometimes a good thing. *Sigh* Goodbye Universal City Walk, Hard Rock Cafe, Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, Bubba Gump Shrimp, and the rest of it all. It was fun. Until next time.

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The lights of the night life faded in the distance and I ventured back to the hotel with a weekend full of memories. Time for an early flight the next morning.

Tuesday February 5th, 2018 6:00AM

Ugh… waking up early, and not for fun reasons. I was thankfully the last pick up before heading to the airport, so I didnt have to have a tour of the whole property like when I had arrived.

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Pusheen and I are heading home!

The plane ride felt like 5 minutes, unlike the one there.

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Unlimited snack on JetBlue!

I had a great time. I was so glad I went, and happy I went solo. Trips alone are fun and sometimes needed. It was nice to be able to do my own thing at my own pace without having to worry about other people. Goodbye is just a see you later, I’m sure I’ll be back again to make even more memories.

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Hear Me Out

Picture this.

Imagine something you love. Or someone you love. Imagine that thing that makes your heart sing. Imagine that thing that you would give anything for, your time, your energy, your everything. Imagine that thing there with you, and imagine how happy it makes you.

Now imagine that same thing in a different way. Imagine that thing or that person that you love is not good for you. Imagine that object is toxic to your overall wellbeing. Imagine that although it makes you happy, it is ultimately not worth your time, your energy, you everything. Imagine that thing is right in front of you, so close, but yet, you are not able to reach it.

Would you walk away? Some things in our life are very hard. And sometimes not everything is in our control. It is hard to imagine something that we love so dearly ultimately not being good for us or hurting us. It is these hard decisions that we need to make everyday. We must decide what is worth fighting for, what is worth our blood, sweat and tears, and what is not.

On the flip side of things, sometimes a risk is what we need in our lives. Playing it safe all the time never got anyone anywhere. Sometimes we are unsure of what we love and what we want, so we don’t bother to pursue it. A few years ago when I attended my first car show, I hated it. I was so bored, and did not want anything to do with it again. I gave it another chance though. I took a chance, a small one, but it was still a chance. It opened my life to a world I could’ve never imagined. But every year something changes, I find new things that pique my interest and new risks that I want to take. I take on too much sometimes, which is not always a bad thing. But ultimately, there are other things in my life than just car show which require my energy as well.

My personal life is in shambles. There are only so many thing we are able to control as I mentioned earlier. A lot of what is going on is out of my control. I need to make some hard decisions. I need to see what is worth my time, what is worth my energy. I need to put myself on a good track for what and who I want in my life. What was once making me very happy is draining me. I have unrealistic expectations sometimes, and it is not fair to anyone.

I am a firm believer in the ‘Everything happens for a reason,’ cliche. I also understand that sometimes we do need to walk away. It is not always easy, but sometimes it needs to be done. People and things come and go, but it is ultimately our decision what we put an effort towards to keep in our life. Maybe that thing or person you love is not worth it. Maybe it’s time to walk away.

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Late Night Drive

Good morning!

Mondays are always dreaded and this past one was no exception.

I’ve been having a rough couple months. Everything seems to be falling apart at once, and I’m not sure what to do.

One of the good things I had happen recently was me buying a new car.

Say hello to my 2001 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition.

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A couple weeks ago I decided that I wanted to get another car. Yes. Another car. The reason this whole seed was planted in my head was because of a track day I volunteered at previously. If you want to read about that you can check out my “Tuna. Racing. Coffee” post.

I decided then and there that I wanted to do this, someday. But was told over and over that autocross was a great place to start. I did a little research, which wasn’t even needed really, as the car that kept coming up and the one I kept seeing was everywhere. Miatas.

So I started my search. This was the first time I had looked for a vehicle really. My 2013 MINI, LuLu, was something I knew I wanted and was easy to find. My Classic MINI, Louisa, was something that fell into my lap. I had to work for this one.

I found one in Lancaster, MA. A 2008 MX-5. I went and test drove it in the rain. I discovered that these rear wheel drive cars were not made for rainy days. I like the car, a lot. But the seat was so low, and being a shorty, I couldn’t reach the pedals comfortably. In addition, after being so used to driving my classic’s standard, I suck at modern ones.

I really liked the car though. But there were other issues preventing me from buying it, which included the price. I decided to wait and do a little more digging. I found this beauty at a dealership in Kansas. Country Hill Motors. My mom and I dealt with Julio the whole time and he couldn’t have been any nicer.

I decided this was the right car for me and we made magic happen. What felt like forever was only two weeks, and he was delivered to my doorstep. I was so excited!

Since then, I have thought a lot of the car and the reason that I purchased it. Was it really for autocross? Were my intentions as simple as that? I’m beginning to think not..

Over the past few months, a lot has gone wrong. A lot has changed, and I’ve been trying to find a way to deal with it. For starters, I’m not sure what I want to do anymore. Do I really want to pursue my Masters? I’m not 100% sure of my job. Part of the reason I took it was BECAUSE of my Masters. So do I really want to stay? My home life. My family. The only thing that was solid and stable in my life, has recently gone to shit.

I have no solace. No place that I can feel comfortable. The tense atmosphere at home and at work is getting to me. My uncertainness is weighing on me. I feel so unattached from myself, from what I want to do, from what I should do.

Recently, my only solace has been driving. Driving away. Driving to someplace. Driving to nowhere. Last night was my most recent drive. So much had gone wrong this past week and I wanted to leave, and I was going to. It would be so easy for me to pick up and leave. But would it?

It’s Tuesday now. I went home last night, finally. Being someplace that does not make you comfortable is hard. When a home just becomes a house, it gets tough. When your place of solace and sense of security is ripped from you, you feel lost. Hopeless. At that time, you begin to questions every other decision that you’re making. If something that was built for 25+ years can so easily break, than what of your decisions that you make now? Will those so easily break in the future? Will you arrive at where you want?

I needed to clear my head. Sunday morning I had a car show that went less than ideally. I went home and no one was there. I cleaned up and left the house. There was a party I had to attend to. After that, I took off. I drove to the coast. I thought about everything. What was I doing?

I passed a sign I had seen before but never really thought much of it. It said, “Where are you heading?” Good question. That got me thinking more. Where was I heading. What is going to happen? These next few months are so out of focus and blurry. I need a plan. I can’t move forward productively without knowing what is happening, without knowing what will happen. It was all overwhelming.

After work on Monday I still didn’t want to go home. I drove. I drove around aimlessly, not knowing what I was looking for. I felt hopeless. I had hit rock bottom. The only place I felt at ease was in my car, driving. That may sound silly, but it’s true. I ended up getting lost. My phone was on airplane mode and I didn’t want to be bothered, and i didn’t bother to check my google maps to see where I was. I didn’t care. I wanted to disappear so I wasn’t anyone’s problem anymore.

I ended up taking a call, that I can say pulled me out. I ended up at my friend’s place. All that aimless driving had me heading somewhere it would seem. After a long talk I expressed my frustrations and felt a little better. I went home.

I woke up today feeling better. Feeling a bit refreshed. There is still so much that is wrong and that is bothering me. But I guess it’s time for me to get back on my feet. Set my head straight and focus my energy on good things. I still don’t see my potential sometimes, and my future is still a bit out of focus. I’m hoping with more positivity it will come into view.

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Cruising Downtown 2018

Hello everyone!

I have been super busy this past weekend and almost forgot to post about Louisa’s adventure!

Saturday September 2 5:00AM

There’s only one thing I could be getting up for this early. CAR SHOW! Cruising Downtown was the first big car show I went to with Louisa last year and it was so much fun! For those of you who have never been, Cruising Downtown is a huge charity event to support the Rotary Club. Cars and enthusiasts from all over come and join together for one common interest. Small businesses set up booths and show off their own array of customer’s cars.

Last year was a last minute decision. I was the last person to pre register. When arriving to Elm Street, the volunteer directing people where to go parking me right on the corner of the street where all the cars were coming in. Throughout the day I had people come over and say that they saw me coming in and had to come back over and take a look. Last year was a blast, and this year was no exception.

When arriving on Elm Street this year, a different volunteer wanted to park me right on the sidewalk. I said thank you, but my friend Jonny had saved me a space further down the road.

As I proceeded down Elm St., it was already busy and full of cars. People I had seen at previous car shows as well as Cruising Downtown last year waved at me. A few people came over as I was stopped, waiting for the cars in front of me to proceed.

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She looks so funny in between these two muscle cars!

All day, people came and pointed, asked questions, looked inside, and wanted to know more about the little MINI.

I must have talked to around 200 people throughout the day, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Louisa definitely got the attention she deserved. The morning consisted of breakfast at Top Shelf Tattoo and then a pig roast in the afternoon for lunch. 7am – 4pm. A long day, but totally worth it as always. I made some new friends and had some ‘fans’ of Louisa come over and thank me for bringing her out again.

Here are a few photos from the day!

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Sunday September 3, 5:00am (AGAIN)

Whyyyy. Alright, today’s adventure is Seacoast Cars and Coffee!! I had to get there at 7am to help out, and with my tiny 21 HP engine, it takes a bit to get there on the backroads. The only good thing about early morning drives is that there is no one else around, and it you accidently run a stop sign, no one knows!

Another great day of car people and cars. I was in charged of the tent for the first hour while the founders and organizers of this great show could enjoy it together, something they often do not get to do!

Another 150 people came to the table to ask questions, purchase stuff or just to chat. A whopping 800+ cars roll in and out from 8am-11am. It is a huge show and at least a thousand people show up.

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There are of course more modern vehicles that go rather than classics, but I seek them out and make sure they get the attention that they deserve.

A short post after a crazy week. I hope you enjoyed the view. Until next time!

Motor On.

 

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Tuna. Racing. Coffee.

The weekend has come and gone once again. There just are not enough hours in the day, are there?

It was certainly another weekend for the books. Friday night was a last minute event for me. I joined 30 other MINIs at MINI of Peabody to rally down to Cape Ann for the for the annual Bluefin Blowout Tuna Tournament. Being that Saturday and Sunday consisted of so much car stuff, the even slipped my mind. Luckily, I was reminded and was sure glad I was. 20180803_1854511741285558927070456.jpg20180803_1907543195410691772193948.jpg20180803_1859168513643359646186068.jpg20180803_1902336773764247412153313.jpg20180803_1907487487127578392591686.jpg

Here are just a few phots from the rally prior to the actual event. My phone died while I was there so I was not able to get a photo of 610lb+ tuna that came in at the end… Luckily though, David did!

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Holy damn! That thing was huge! Very impressive, and the very last catch of the night. Friday was fun, and a long day. But Saturday proved to be longer…

Saturday August 4, 5:00AM

My alarm went off and startled me awake it was so early. Heart racing after a mini heart attack, I hit snooze and rolled over. The sun was barely peaking over the trees out my window.. It was race day though! I had been looking forward to this day for a couple weeks now. I was invited by one of my friends to come and volunteer at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH with NER SCCA (New England Region Sports Car Club of America). It was quite the interesting experience.

Being the first time I had ever done something like this, I was pretty much just observing. Morning consisted of checking in, getting a wristband and then I headed over to the Chief’s meeting with my friend Charlie. Although I obviously was not a chief (yet) I was glad to listen to get a feel for what the day was going to look like.

Now, I could not explain all of the classes and types of cars that were there on Saturday. I couldn’t keep everything straight in my head as it was… A lot of Miatas, one MINI, open V cars and many more. The races started at 8:20 and went all the way until 4:40. The first half of the day consisted of me observing down in Pit Lane. Basically, that consisted of making sure cars were not coming in and out where they were not supposed to, and directing them back to the garage when their time or race was up. It rained most of the first half of the day, which was less than ideal..

Around noon, everyone headed inside for lunch, which was the only portion of the day where it did NOT rain. Go figure…

The second half of my day consisted of  of being on Grid. That was more interesting for sure. Grid consisted of a super crazy bunch of older ladies. All super nice with very big personalities. I liked them a lot. Down in Grid, they are responsible for lining up the cars according to their previous race times if its the second one. There are sheets with every racers number, time, class, model, name, and position. Their car number and position is really all that needs to be looked at in Grid. From there, it’s pretty easy. Match the car number with position number. Countdown the clock and then let them go!

I enjoyed myself down in Grid because you get to get up and close and personal with the race cars. Grid also consists of making sure all of their safety equipment of checked and properly set up, they are secure and ready to go! Here are two photos from one of the races.

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I was not tired enough last night to forget my GoPro though! I captured video of almost every race of the cars leaving the grid. Check it out on youtube below!

I know what you much be thinking, getting up close in race cars was the best part. WRONG. The best part of the day was definitely being able to ride in the pace car!

That damn little Toyota was fast. Had to be to keep up with the racers! Riding around the track was so much fun, I did it a second time! After the pace car rides ended, I went back to grid to finish out my day.

I obviously should not have stayed out past midnight the night before having to get up so early the next day, because I fell asleep on my jacket on a picnic bench. I was a little embarrassed, but I got over it. There are worse things that can happen. I could’ve lost my shoe! Ha!

Anyways, after the day was over, there was a feast! salad, pasta salad, egg salad, chips and salsa and pulled pork (my favorite!). I hung around for a little while longer, making connections and what not. Then it was time to head home. I thought I would go right to bed, but I did not. I guess that 20 minute nap on the picnic table did the trick…

Sunday August 5, 5:30am

Another early morning! Time for Seacoast Cars and Coffee. This event was one of the very first cars and coffee events that I went to almost 4 years ago. To be honest, I did not have a lot of fun and wanted to leave… Now, I work for them and could not be happier.

I met up with Carson at his shop down the street from my house. We drove to Epping to pick up one other MINI to meet with us. From there, we drove in to Newington through some great twisty backroads. The Tutto Italiano show at Larz Anderson was happening the same day, so the show was a little quieter, but still as busy as ever! I’d say 1000+ cars rolled in and out of the show for three hours. It was hot, but the show was cool. I look forward to these every summer. I took a few photos, but not many, as I did not get a chance to walk around much.20180805_0853484524676788870237815.jpg20180805_0850148069699258979263850.jpg20180805_0852481933692376955547523.jpg20180805_0849027465293029534669210.jpg20180805_0846553885495775693836915.jpg20180805_0834519068544103597529491.jpg

After the show, Carson, Brad, Dave and myself all went to The Friendly Toast in downtown Portsmouth. If you live in the area and have not been, I HIGHLY recommend. I went there for the first time earlier this year and can’t get enough. From there we cruised around 1a again. Two new traditions after Seacoast.

The weekend is over once again, but more great memories were made. I made it through another crazy busy one! Until next time my friends.

Motor on.

 

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Louisa’s First Place First

Hello everyone!!

Happy Monday, or in my case, not so happy Monday… It’s already a rough start to the week, but it can only go up from here… right?

Anyways, this past weekend was filled with car events once again. Saturday morning I had to work, so my good friends Steve and Nancy were kind enough to come and pick up Louisa and bring her to the Show of Dreams hosted by British Cars of New Hampshire. The event ran into the afternoon and I was able to make it towards the end. There were so many AMAZING British cars there. Here are a few photos.

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Louisa took home first place in her class, 1960-1969 British Cars. She was up against a few other cars, two of which were other MINIS.

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I am a proud mama.

Sunday AM was also a car day. My humble little show in Salem, New Hampshire at The Coffee Factory started early at 9AM, Southern New Hampshire Cars and Coffee.

I have been trying to get the show to be a little more professional and get myself out there. Up until now, I was just behind the scenes and no one knew it was I, *gasp* a lady, who was organizing the events. To my surprise, most everyone who started to realize it was me, was very supportive of that fact. For that, I am very happy.

My friend and sponsor Carson of Detail New England, helped me out at the show. Walking around, making connections, and manning the tent. It was a really great time! Quite a success, and I am happy with how far the show has come. Here are some photos from the day.

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Short blog post this time. This coming weekend though I will be helping out at the SCCA Race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on Saturday and then Seacoast Cars and Coffee on Sunday. It is going to be one hell of a weekend, but I am very much so looking forward to it. Until next time everyone!

Moto On!

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Welcome Home to a Year of Adventure

Heyo again everyone! I know it has only been a couple days since my last blog post, but today is a very big day.

One year ago today, my parents and I started the journey to New Brunswick, Canada to retrieve who we all refer to as BabyLou. I remember the day like it was yesterday. So, for those of you have not yet heard the story or for those who would care to relive it, I’m going to share the journey I took to go get her, and the adventure that we have had together since then.

Thursday July 13, 2018 7:30am

Usually I am not one to wake up early, but I could not sleep this day. I kept waking up every hour looking at the clock. In just two short hours, my parents and I would be leaving for New Brunswick, Canada to go get my new classic car. I could hardly believe that this day had come. Shawn and I had talked for the past few weeks, and before long what started as a mere transaction became a friendship. I was looking forward to meeting him in person as much as I was looking forward to seeing the car in person.

As Shawn and I talked the weeks leading up to this day, we discovered that we had met in passing two years ago at MINIs on Top 2015. I purchased a duck whistle from his wife who was selling them for a charity. I did not think anything of it at the time. As we got to know each other some more it was clear that this situation did not happen by chance, we had a lot in common. We both decided that it was meant to be, I was meant to pick up Louisa, formerly known as “BabyBlue.”

The drive up was no joke. We left the house at around 9:30am. It would take us around 12 hours to reach our destination. 511 miles to pick up the precious cargo who was awaiting its new owner. We stopped several times along the way, for gas, food, and just some breaks in general. We stopped for dinner around 7:00pm, but still had about two and half more hours to go. I messaged Shawn who told me not to worry, that we would get there when we did.

I remember that feeling at dinner. So close to that moment that I could taste it. Louisa was within arms reach…

11:00pm

When we pulled up to his house, Louisa was parked out in the driveway.

Wow. Words could not describe how excited I was to be here and to be seeing this car in person. I chatted with Shawn and his wife Angie for a little while as my parents were turning the Uhaul around on the street to make our departure easier. A beautiful car, truly. It was a cold night and her windows were beginning to fog up. She was not used to being out in the cold weather.

Loading her up on the Uhaul proved to be a daunting task. The wheel base barely fit on it. My excitement was dwindling for a few moments as I thought we might have driven all the way up here just to not be able to get her on the trailer to go home…

Of course, we did it though and just was up and on and ready to make the journey back home.. Before we left though we got a visit from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. I guess there had been a few calls that came in with concerns about a potential robbery. The police were all very nice about it once they were reassured there was no robbery going on. They were then very interested in the car and asked some more questions. They told us good luck getting it back home and went on their way.

I said my goodbyes to Shawn, and promised I would take good care of Louisa. I had the duck whistle I bought from them in my pocket and placed it on her little dash before we took off again.

510 miles back, 9 long hours later, we arrived back home around 9:30am the following morning. Unloading Louisa back off of the trailer was also a very daunting task. There were a few guys on our street who were taking a break from mowing the lawn across the street from my nana’s house. One of them was nice enough to come over and lend us a hand. He back the uhaul down the driveway, and helped us unload my precious cargo.

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Here is first photo I ever took of Louisa, safe and sound in my nana’s garage after a long journey back home.

I was so tired.. I had barely slept in the last 24 hours. I went home, took a shower and got into bed. I still couldn’t sleep though. What just happened? Was this real? Am I dreaming? I took a nap for a few hours. But as I’ve said before. There is no rest for the weary. I had organized a Pipe Dream Brewing get together for MINIs of New Hampshire that evening. All of my friends in multiple groups was going to be there, and there was no way I was going to miss that…

Friday July 14th 5:30pm

On my way to Pipe Dream!

I got there kind of late because I napped longer than I wanted to. When I walked in, everyone asked me what the hell I was doing there and why I wasn’t asleep. But for those of you who know me well, you know how I am. I couldn’t have NOT gone to the event I had put together…

I recounted my journey to my friends, had some food, and then promptly when home when it was all over. My journey was over, but the fun was just getting started…

Since that day, Louisa “BabyLou,” and I have gone on some amazing adventures and met so many people. It was truly an experience getting to know this little car, and adjusting to all of attention it was going to bring. Car shows, cruise night, dinner get togethers, ice cream runs and more. I hope that we have many more years together and make many more new friends and memories. Below are photos from our year together, and just a glimpse into the world of being a car girl.

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Duck whistle I was referring to earlier20170715_2021216808479772606916242.jpg

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Some of the first photos I took of her.20170723_0905448520301887204050490.jpg

Her first Cars and Coffee! #snhcarsandcoffee20170725_1927532728420626741477533.jpg20170725_2034047912872333716760637.jpg20170725_2035012436162999346185376.jpg

Her first GTG with MoNH!20170801_214257660497826468038508.jpgHer second GTG!20170820_0827466605673309345534482.jpg

#snhcarsandcoffee again!20170806_1102218145208101880942649.jpg20170806_1102305652302622151702065.jpg

Seacoast Cars and Coffee!20170909_1338184329114327503321912.jpg

Kiwanis Car Club show in Concord, NH 2017fb_img_15052471850448494651289498745598.jpg

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MINIs of Boston GTG20170902_0917022565375664975505649.jpg20170902_101805577538825391379251.jpgfb_img_15044828322655549709978226284189.jpg

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Her little award for being a car show favorite at Cruise Downtown, and her first one of many!fb_img_15044828352446306217085848242481.jpgfb_img_15044828379696209929179643335767.jpg

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More Kiwanis Car Club show, and her second award! 2nd place in the british classfb_img_15008486241804158047734003822377.jpg

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More Cruising Downtown, and theres me in the background! And yes, I did match on purpose20170923_131148(0)4531036773690398963.jpg

SNHU Gearheads club showfb_img_15069095332857767374195876601147.jpg

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SNHU Gearheads Club show20180301_1402122842864047997674078.jpg

Her first drive after a long winter! #201820180326_1906534600245780945017125.jpg20180413_1130285452158744881115599.jpg

Took her for a spin to school!20180422_0938365405063946159949880.jpg

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Breakfast after #snhcarsandcoffee with the knights 🙂20180422_1221197938263768911386347.jpg20180422_1325596802625834411365.jpg20180422_1326143146470625772374159.jpg20180422_1326363671427934854767119.jpg

A few photos of a quick spin around Masabesic lake!20180422_1341576495484496630351084.jpg

Photoshoot!20180422_1342137738938828863545531.jpg20180422_1348564704716228841838916.jpg20180422_1349348936692158894315243.jpg20180422_1444143153696601261944939.jpg

Tiffany and Co. key that matches so perfectly.20180503_1900594677495189185188613.jpg

Candia First Stoppe weekly cruise nightfb_img_15254859795634747770039175452114.jpg20180503_1915257827485357574239275.jpgfb_img_15254859747558867607366141789401.jpg20180422_210216649705648659378959.png

#snhcrsandcoffee heading to breakfast again!fb_img_15254859820187803698523668981451.jpgfb_img_1525485984760834782043963083394.jpgfb_img_15254859871317564519067255747714.jpg20180505_1146216859880472148110723.jpg20180505_1259231308314437290017680.jpg

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MA Illest I believe? I was one of only 3 classics there..fb_img_15256973334325824613632596949331.jpg20180517_1807226697993559096113198.jpg

More Candia Cruise night20180517_1830061147369661017192961.jpg20180517_2011344255698567224809044.jpg

My PERFECT picnic basket from my friend Jonny!received_22430583457117821469459981082425026.jpeg

Hey look, our first photo together!20180521_1722303917968189543371166.jpg

Pusheen!!20180521_1839084389968801877929369.jpg

Manchester Firing Line Cruise Night20180527_1010413901755997878535201.jpg

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Manchester Firing Line Cruise night20180531_1815535575066574482971855.jpg

Louisa made a little friend at Candia First Stoppe cruise night!20180531_1844296003611356973485116.jpg20180531_1857078348037578696998639.jpg20180531_1858578936812943760031012.jpgreceived_22630833637092801200366187203478757.jpeg

Still at candia! Different show this time20180601_1745283512363538508954072.jpg

Giving her a little bath20180601_1820513662532499974871010.jpg20180602_0954084679262728640245282.jpg

Rotary Show in June in Goffstown, NH!20180602_1058267563349362317132168.jpg20180602_135906931483881588364405.jpgAnd she got second in her class again! 😀20180603_0851002979781306350836604.jpg

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More Candia Cruise night!20180610_1848435075641674472842958.jpg20180614_1851562724089864087430428.jpg

Louisa getting cleaned up at Carson’s shop #DetailNewEngland20180614_1857482808639807310568219.jpg20180616_0831237821571839734315974.jpg

Her very first photo at the White Mountains for MINIs on Top

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Duck Displays!20180616_1101414064495124977907568.jpg 20180616_105753(0)6456564310409291389.jpg

MINIs on Top at Loon Mountain20180616_1101468432544918708493472.jpg

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Photo on the Kanc courtesy of EZ RIder Pics!

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Castle in the Clouds Car show just last weekend!20180707_112019-11641790699396254773.jpg20180707_112415-11021546327962345708.jpg20180707_120526-16116031979330863419.jpg20180707_163139-12926220758510855120.jpg

British Car Squad20180707_163115-12091099015472304207.jpg20180708_104529-14107927464122032562.jpg

#seacoastcarsandcoffee Louisa was front and center20180708_105546-14090453319214206132.jpg

She made another classic friend!20180708_105615-19099663751605254565.jpg20180708_105638-17352297055387277307.jpg20180708_114348-18706599048209889671.jpg

Louisa wants to come to The Friendly Toast too!20180708_134919-12045646614651404091.jpg

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This past year has been crazy. And it would not have been as much fun without all of the amazing people that I have met along the way. I am so thankful I was able to make this happen. It was a long journey to get her and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Thanks Louisa for a year of great adventures, I can’t wait to see where this next year will take us!

Until next time. Motor On.

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Car Shows

Castle in the Clouds Car Show

Wow, it’s almost been a month since MINIs on Top. It’s hard to believe! I’ve been super busy since then, cruise nights here and there. This past weekend though was a huge car show up in Moultonborough. New Hampshire, the Castle in the Clouds Car Show! A few of my friends had gone years prior and told me that I definitely should go if I could.

With the oil issues I had previously with my classic I was hesitant about the hour and half drive to the castle. I decided that I would get up early, drive part way, get some breakfast and give her a break and then continue on my way…

Saturday July 7th, 7:00AM

Blahh, mornings are never easy for me. But breakfast AND a car show did make it a little easier. Louisa and I started our journey around 7:30 up to a cafe in Pittsfield for breakfast. Jitters Cafe was quite the interesting place. It was early and there were only a few people in there. But I have never seen a place serve breakfast, pizza, beer, mimosas and cake all one place. I was skeptical about it, but it was too late to go somewhere else. I was pleasantly surprised though with the food, as well as the people who worked there. I was clearly locally owned. The owner (I assumed) was sitting at a table with a couple who must go there often. They were talking about their grandkids and what not. THe wait staff was chit chatting about their kids, making ends meet, etc. It was a community cafe and I can appreciate that.

I finished breakfast and continued on my journey. I regretted not using the bathroom before I left… But oh well!

I pulled over another half hour later to give Louisa another break. As I was pulling out of the parking lot to continue, a group from British Cars of New Hampshire passed by. My good friends Steve and Nancy were hanging out the side of their MGB “Mushy-B” waving to me as they passed by.

I caught up to them at the main entrance of the Castle. The road going up was gorgeous, and I was kicking myself the whole way up because I decided not to take my GoPro with me… 20180707_100229-12389918967331415298.jpg

Here is just a snapshot of the dome shaped horse drawn road that had been there since the early 20th century. It was the perfect road for small british cars. I didn’t get out of second gear the whole way up. But it was so much fun. Luckily, Nancy got some shots of my driving up as well…received_23369330463243111936550331379286378.jpeg

There’s me in the back!received_23369335429909281599145409256563328.jpeg

And me in the back behind a tree! Haha.

The field was already packed when we got there, and boy was it a sight to see.20180707_1025442597503266410421429.jpg

The weather was absolutely gorgeous! And with all of the humidity we had during the work week, I was super grateful that it was 75 degrees, no humidity and not a cloud in the sky. A truly gorgeous day. Here are a few photos that I took of the show!

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Everyone loves her!20180707_105650_008_011414004581734414330.jpg

My second favorite british car!20180707_1119105142245588838460457.jpg

Another snapshot of a few of us.20180707_1059416948307942775106140.jpg20180707_1059321507744811138643991.jpg20180707_1205259174541469634196617.jpg20180707_1124046694714641450055385.jpg20180707_120147449723653207844490.jpg20180707_112415401732715287776411.jpg20180707_1222213320190596812020272.jpg

I handed out some Southern New Hampshire Cars and Coffee cars to a few cars that were in the Salem, NH area and who I thought might enjoy coming. After walking around, Nancy and I took the trolly up to visit the castle. The carriage road that only allows the trolly on was gorgeous once again. But, the view from the castle was honestly too much to take in. 20180707_1300239003531389413768824.jpg

Can you imagine walking out in to your backyard to see this every morning? And the house had been there since the 1920s. I can’t imagine how different it must have looked back then. The furniture, clothing, and dishware inside the house was all from back then too. Here are some photos I took of the castle and inside.

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As I walked through the house, I tried to imagine what life would’ve been like living here. I tried to imagine the people in and out of this house and the memories that we made. It’s cool for me to think that they made this place their home and now people are admiring and appreciating it almost 100 years later.

I was so in awe of the castle, that I decided that I would leave an offering of my keys and wallets on one of the benches. I was sitting back down at the show before I realized I didn’t put the, back in my car… Back up we went! Luckily someone had brought the, down to the Carriagehouse so it wasn’t so bad.

After the show was over I went cruising around northern new hampshire with a small fleet of other British vehicles. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN. 20180707_1556404016694008354835985.jpg20180707_1607042472008056493730571.jpg20180707_1607164879636396988283630.jpg20180707_1607123939064239536079414.jpg

We finally stopped in Deerfield at Elliot’s house. I was again in awe… 13 cars sat in multiple garages. All different, and all perfect to him. It is awesome too see someone who appreciates such a diverse array of cars. I loved it. 20180707_1636237893615109696504447.jpg20180707_1636148185431305238361110.jpg20180707_1631394082552165153661386.jpg

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From there I took off to a friend’s house for a BBQ. I turned in early though because Seacoast Cars and Coffee was the next morning! Good night…

Sunday July 8th, 6:00am

Why do car people like to do things so early in the morning???

Oh well. I met up with my friend Carson of Detail New England and we ventured to Epping to pick up some other MINI owners. We rolled into the show together and it was already packed! I didn’t get a chance to take too many pictures while I was there because I was working the show and helping out at the booth. But here are a few.20180708_0936188170759536777655809.jpg20180708_0935146722617536186673619.jpg20180708_0937071430314740809432524.jpg20180708_0933267422528026935626002.jpg20180708_0933465774967320464471963.jpg20180708_0935063309983524003828208.jpg20180708_0935137923648767273802291.jpg20180708_0924088288686381233637404.jpg20180708_092614(0)2148154482092289659.jpg20180708_0923432229400763925093231.jpg20180708_0930597692770744854316534.jpg

AND Louisa did get to meet another Classic MINI friend. 20180708_105615129542793231829806.jpg

The blue car on the right is a 1988 998CC engine gorgeous little limited edition. The owner Jason had just picked it up a few months ago. Such a gorgeous little MINI.

It was a long morning of helping out and what not. I got to park front and center so I could watch all of the people admire BabyLou.

After the show was over, Brad, Carson and I all went for breakfast at the Friendly Toast in downtown Portsmouth, NH. It’s always a treat to eat there. 20180708_1143487843913507077425234.jpg

Hehe, so cute.

After breakfast, we took a cruise around route 1a. I love seeing all the looks as we drive around. We stopped for a photo op as well. 20180708_1349182281323305691864179.jpg20180708_1350423233724001259955943.jpg20180708_1350084679674352670521473.jpg20180708_135118955357081878369372.jpg20180708_1351334462344712996853067.jpg

It was a great car weekend filled with more memories made, old friends and some new ones! This weekend I have a get together with the MINIs of New Hampshire group and then maybe some sun at the beach on Sunday.

Until next time. Motor On!

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