In Reply to: Awesome Day thanks to my Z3! (long) posted by Rachel on March 04, 2001 at 01:03:54:
I went first down the turnpike to visit my Mom. Plenty of MTC* on the road, but what do I care, I am going the speed limit. Besides I have my V1*. Hardwired*. From Mom’s to my cousin’s to meet Dave T*.
It’s warm. Drop the top and it’s glorious. Wearing the BMW Heated Vest* but not even turned on, flannel shirt and my "I’m Dragon Trash"* Long SleeveT Shirt, I’m in heaven.
Sudden detour and and I wind my way towards my goal and surprise, not only is the road I chose a nice twisty road- albeit through a residential area, it’s pretty, but also it’s a shortcut! Must remember that one. Took the long way to Lisa’s house, the way with the nice twisty road. Hit it good, remembered the snow tires…. Slowed down. Weather report says the biggest snow storm of the yar is coming- tomorrow. Not today.
Waiting at Cousin Lisa’s is her Z3, LiZZZ, and Dave T with CiZi. Lisa had pulled up after Dave, also top down. Turns out Lisa accidentally had her foglight fixed when she went in for some minor repair ( big plastic guard under her 2.3 got torn up on some ice)- so we wont be fixing that at Fixit Day. We can still do her Xpel* so she wont have that repair to pay for again.
Gave Emmy a quick wash, somehow black dust had gotten all over her again. Got to make sure the garage attendants are using the cover.
Tore off my LeatherZ* door armrests, to send back for a new leather covering, placed my black LeatherZ mirror blank* in place of the plastic beige blank…. Ahhhhh… that’s better. Once I had realized that the one door had black on the spot, where the mirror adjust is, but the other had beige- I had been feeling Emmy ass lopsided. Putting a black leather blank in there balanced her nicely.
Added my LeatherZ black leather A pillars*. This was something wonderful. Turns out that beige interior Z3s have black A pillars. Emmy with Black leather A pillars is like wearing thigh high leather high heel boots. Feeling them is niiiice. Seeing the world through them is niiiice. I’m happy to have discovered that A pillars can not only be made for roadsters, they’re EASIER for JonM to make for roadsters. Don’t believe his web site, A pillars are not just for coupes anymore! ;p
Hooked up my CD player, the type that uses the tape deck. First CD- Jimi Hendrix*, thanks to a post by y2kguru. I had somehow left Jimi off the Essential tunes list in my car- silly me. Was thinking of him listening to Purple Haze… then thinking that it was strange no one had yet called their Z3, "The Purple HaZe"… how Jon Heustis should perhaps take that name, but no… his car is as Imola Red as Emmy is Boston Green. Fine then his car should be known as "The Imola HaZe".
The sound from CDs is far superior to the tapes- very cool. It rocks. Still, the CD player does begin to jump uncomfortably and I turned back to tapes. It’s nice to have the ability to do both now.
Natch, now that the V1 is hardwired, I have a slot left in my 3 way AC splitter. The CD player will have to fight with the CB radio or the heated vest, ‘cause the telephone has to stay in. The new 3 way splitter has a nifty indicator to show when the battery is getting low.
Moved the Brookstone analog clock up off the wood finish in front of the shifter right onto two blanks left on the switch panel. Now that panel looks like it was meant to be. AC, UNGO, Analog, ABS. Perfect. Only a small mar where the analog clock bottom must have vibrated against the finish. Ah well. Have to look up Dane Kane’s instructions to fix the wood finish*.
Set to the stickers on the visors with Goof Off*. What a pita. Have to go back one day for the stickers on the window. Don’t mess with the electrical system. Too late. Car equipped with coded radio. Not anymore. Can NOT for the life of me figure out how to set the time on my new Eclipse 4440. Does anyone know? Argh.
Hit the interior with mini California duster* (awesome) Lexol Cleaner* and Lexol Conditioner*. Noted that the 2000 2.3 doesn’t have the little coin box like I have in the door pocket. Doesn’t matter, Dave’s is already taken up with cupholders and window cleaning solutions. Dave cleaned my windows.
Let my cousins take Emmy out for a spin. Unlike the rest of the world, I think these people COULD eat just one Lays potato chip. They each took Emmy ONCE around the circle. The circle? Sheesh.
Portable Steam Vac was fairly useless. A kiss to the family and thanks for the driveway, Z yaZ later… off to the coin op vacuum. Sucked all the crumbs and bits out of Emmy’s nooks and crannies.
Clean as a whistle, soft and conditioned, we took the last set of twisties in my cousin’s nabe. Saw a Z3 coming at us, top up, guy was on the cell phone. Feh. A couple Boxsters out, all top up. I telled at one of them, "Put that top down!". He looked straight ahead.
I decided to take the long way home, going west and north before going east. No turnpike for me this time, the weather is mild and there is daylight left... Dave was headed South, so naturally he decided to take the long way… the really long way following me first the absolute wrong direction. The grin on his face felt like last summer. We were back in the saddle again, and this time, even better equipped.
Off we went on the roads I take usually on my own. Rachel’s back roads. These roads I have been driving since I had a license, we even passed my old high school. Once on the back roads we were totally alone. No one out riding this early in the season. We were truly blessed. My favorite moment was driving along River Road, alongside the canal and the river, with snow everywhere, top down and warm. It was like spring skiing. At one point the sun popped up in my rear view mirror like an oncoming car. I figured out a lot of things, not least of which was what to have JonM do to my storage compartment lid. (Wait til you see!)
Took another short cut twisty road I had found by accident using Maps on Yahoo* of all things. Worked wonderfully. That’s a keeper. Asked Dave on the Talkabout* since we were coming near to where JonT* lives, we should call him to meet for dinner. Called Jon, told him we’d be on 78 near Oldwick and said, OK figure out a place for us to meet for dinner, and we’ll call ya back.
JonT found the Inn at Mount Bethel- a slam frikin dunk. (Exit 36 off I-78 btw- fabulous place.) I got to use my UNGO* for the very first time in a real life situation. Like JonT said, once you have an alarm like this in your car, you never want to be without one again. No more fiddling with the key in the lock. We all had fun turning off and on our alarms, it was like the girsl were talking to us, or singing in harmony.
It was nearly empty, I guess we were early, no reservation, no problem. They sat us right beside a perfect fire. The menu was tantalizing, even the local wine (Something Mill) was delicious. JonT used his cell phone and his knowlege of the area to find us a movie, and we were all happy to see "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". We used Talkabouts* of course to keep it together in the maze of NJ roads.
The movie theatre is next door to the BMW dealership we love, JMK*.
(Harvster*, Q, remind me to tell you about what happened with one of the special features at the movie theatre)
After the movie (quite good btw) we sat in the parking lot unscrewing my storage top lid. JonT had the flashligth, DaveT had the philips head screwdriver. JonT headed for a gas station, as he was on red light and DaveT and I headed for the NJ turnpike. From that area, the turns required to get where you want to go come up fast and the drivers are mean, and on a Saturday night, probably also drunk/crazy. I nearly missed the entrance to the GSP, and I lost DaveT at the toll booths. I couldn’t help him, I was already committed by concrete and drivers leaning on their horns. I called him on the phone and told him to keep heading east, and look for signs for the NJ Turnpike. Should be no problem they are always trying to shove people onto the Turnpike to make some $$$$. Not sure how he did it, something about backing up on a service road, but I was just about at the Pulaski Skyway when David radioed that he made it to the Turnpike.
The EZ pass lane was clear like glass while the others lined up I sailed into the Holland Tunnel. Unfortunately they have rearranged the traffic pattern into something ridiculous and I couldn’t get home without a detour into torn up streets and idiot tourist drivers.
I can’t believe how great this day was, and how I owe just about all of it to my Z3. I have marked with asterisks the things that I learned about JUST because of this car. Damn I love this car, damn I am a lucky girl. All tucked in for the storm…. I got to start my driving season early and I am grateful.
It’s gonna be a great year to be Z3ing.
Thanks to my Z3 and all the great people I have met through Z3ing and all the cool things I have learned from them!
'97 2.8 Boston Green Metallic w/Beige, Black Roof, V1,
Chrome Magnetic Stone Guards, Door Guards, LeatherZ A pillars, Limited "dot" Beige center and door armrests,
Legend 5 Stainless Steel door sills, Roll Hoops, Wind Deflector, Floor Mats, Parcel Net, Sheepskin Seatcovers, Pro Clip Phone Holder,
JC Whitney Trunk Liner,Dinan Front Strut Tower Brace, Cold Air Intake,Stage II Chip,
Supersprint Dual Round Exhaust,UNGO MS8300 Harvster the "Q" Special and power top