Thursday, September 28, 2006

Warp Speed, Captain! [with updated update]

Just so Howard's two older sons receive equal blog time from Dad, here's a photo of Second Son (23) going out for a test drive Thursday evening in a BMW M3. He'll possibly complete the transaction on Friday. Howard will keep you posted...

Second Son graduated college last May, is having a lot of fun in his job, and is already making almost as much money as his dad ever made. (I said almost.)

Still, the size of the end-of-year bonus he's anticipating will put him well over anything his parents ever earned. He's in an industry where massive bonuses are the norm for overachievers like Second Son (overachievers in the good sense.)

He's always loved the idea of Clark Kent/Superman. So it makes perfect sense that he would love cars that look bookish and conservative on the outside, while sporting serious "Sweet Ride" under the hood.

This photo was taken by Second Son's girlfriend just as we three were making the jump to Light Speed...

Update: Second Son purchased his BMW M3 Monday evening --
not the same one he originally test-drove with girlfriend and dad. No, this one is even better. AND a better deal. "Leave it to [Second Son] to get an interesting, cool, extraordinary car," is Mrs. Howard's [nearly] exact quote upon hearing about the purchase.

Update to the Update: Here's a picture of the proud owner alongside the proudly owned. Notice the family resemblance? Yeah, he and his dad have the same smile. And they both wear flip-flops all the time. Damn hippies.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

just so long as the dilithium crystals hold out!

go second son. let's see: flaming, scorched, shirts doused with acid, or riding around in Beemers.... hmmmmm.

8:36 AM, September 29, 2006  
Blogger Banished Ranter said...

Uh, Howard, was this a 2006 BMW ?

3:42 PM, October 03, 2006  
Blogger HRlaughed said...

I wish. The kid just graduated in May. Give him another year.

1997 with 90K miles.

Still a sweet ride, by all indications. Second Son will be up this weekend to show off said Beemer.

7:30 PM, October 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howard, FYI BMW motorcycles are Beemers, BMW cars are Bimmers.
Stupid slang, yes I know.
Just thought I'd correct you before some other BMW owner, one who owns a BMW for both the BMW name and to impress his friends w/ it (yuppie?), did.
Me? I own mine to briefly feel like SuperMan.

7:41 PM, October 03, 2006  
Blogger HRlaughed said...

Howard stands corrected. [This happens frequently.] Howard has heard both "Beemer" and "Bimmer", but thought the second was a "Bummer."

Glad to hear you couldn't care less what your friends think. Though -- if this is who I think it is -- you don't have any friends to impress.


Just kidding...

10:40 PM, October 03, 2006  

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