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I suppose it was only a matter of time. Starting with the appearance of the Z3 Roadster in the 1995 James Bond movie Goldeneye, BMW’s have always had my full attention. There have been many teases throughout the years including two more BMW featured Bond movies and a middle school teacher who had a Z4 roadster. It had always been a goal to have one but I knew it’d take time before I could. Like an NFL Draft you pick carefully.

Would I want a 3-series or a 5-series? A coupe with 2 doors or a saloon with 4 doors? Even though I wasn’t planning on a 7-series, cost would still be a factor. In the end it was an easy decision- I went with a 2007 BMW 530xi.

2007 BMW 530xi

2007 BMW 530xi

I had decided early that I wanted a 5-series rather than a 3-series as I absolutely loved the look and the rims of the E60 model. The 3-series would’ve made more sense for someone like me but I new if I had gotten a 3 I’d be staring at any 5 that drove by. After searching for a car for a few months I couldn’t find anything that was exactly what I wanted. Either the color was wrong or it had too many miles on it. Then all of the sudden I found one. Color, miles, features and price. The other benefit was that I could give the Subaru (which I just spend $700 on a few months ago) to my brother who was in need of a few car. There was a lot of variables in this equation including:

  • The condition of the BMW
  • Getting it independently inspected
  • The distance from the Dealer
  • Negotiating the price
  • If my brother wanted the car
  • How much I could get for the Subaru if he didn’t want it
  • When my brother could make it to Philly
  • Trading in his current car
  • The carfax
  • The end of the month approaching
  • Another 5-series popping up I liked
  • APR comparison between the Dealers
It was a very complicated and patient two weeks for me but I was able to get it done one step at a time.
My first official trip in the car was to Maryland for work, which was perfect as there’s a Sheetz right by the office. It was a beautiful day so during lunch I went to fill up and grab a MTO. What could be better than a BMW at Sheetz…
BMW and Sheetz

BMW and Sheetz

I remember when I was younger I used to get those Car & Driver Car-a-Day daily calendars. I remember one morning I tore a day off to find a BMW M5. I thought it was an amazing looking car and kept it for reference. Turns out it was in July of 2001 and just shy of 11 years later I’d still have daily that calendar page along with my very own BMW.
2000 BMW M5

2000 BMW M5

Sticking with the car theme, the 2012 Philadelphia Auto Show at the Convention Center was a few weeks ago. I had my Canon T3 on hand and it straight to use the moment Colleen, Dave and I walked in. The car front and center? A 2013 BMW M5.
2013 BMW M5

2013 BMW M5

We took a loop around the entire place looking at everything from Subaru’s and Toyota’s to classic cars. New this year in the Lexus section was the rare LFA. They had it in yellow with a pretty blonde explaining what made the car an achievement in motoring.
Lexus LFA

Lexus LFA

Shortly after the Auto Show was the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show. While I went with Colleen last year, this year she actually went with me. The first time I went I thought it was going to be a drag but I actually had a good time- it provided a lot of good opportunities for amazing photographs. This year’s theme was Hawaii and each collection ranged from exotic flowers to lava-inspired set pieces.
2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show

2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show

I think both years we ended up going on a weekday however this year’s was much more crowded than the previous. There was a lot of shuffling along as there was a line in front and behind us everywhere we went. The show itself was much larger as the Convention Center had expanded since last year too. This allowed for bigger scenes, mostly inspired by beach fronts.
2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show

2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show

With all the events outside of the house it was finally time for a project there. Like in previous years, as I’ve handled my co-worker Rob’s computer issues for him and his college kids I get a free home-upgrade. A longtime want of mine was having the three upstairs doors replaced since not one of the three technically closed. My door had a working doorknob but no catch. The second bedroom had a catch but not a working doorknob. The third bedroom had neither as the door didn’t even fit the frame. All three doors were made from solid wood and were original, while the bathroom door was a normal pre-hung door. The idea was to get all four doors the same- and to close.
Before

Before

That weekend Rob came over at 9am and went to Home Depot after taking a slew of measurements. We bought three pre-hung doors, doorknobs, trim, hinges and a dozen other supplies. That particular day I had to be at my parents so Rob worked all afternoon with Dave’s assistance. It wasn’t expected to all get done that day however they were still able to finish most of two doors. The following Saturday Rob came back to finish the job and I made sure I was around. During a full day’s work we were able to finish the main and second bedroom however not the third. As if my upstairs being a war zone wasn’t complicated enough, Deirdre, Lauren and Justine were coming to Philly to try on dresses and needed a place to stay. I told them they’d be welcome to stay at my place but couldn’t guarantee the third bedroom would have a door. It turned out there wasn’t a door however the room was amazingly clean considering it was a mess a few hours prior.
After, but still in progress

After, but still in progress

At the moment all three doors are in place, working, and with trim. I’ve used wood-filler to smooth out the doorways and all that’s left is to paint. With so much going on it may a little while until I do but even so the doors are exponentially better than before. The original wood doors are now in the third bedroom while I slowly get rid of the trim. I have to hammer down the nails and cut it into smaller bits tied together to put out every week on trash day. It’s a work in progress but the hard work is over.

Deirdre, Justine and Lauren did stay over for the night in which we watched Wild Things, a Rifftrax version of Twilight and enjoyed some Jack Daniels. The following morning an IHOP breakfast sealed a great (and productive) weekend before they had to head back.

While it’s been a very active March there’s some good things coming in April. The first is the new album “Weapons” by the Lostprophets. Their last album came out in 2010 so they’ve cut their time in between releases thankfully. I’ve not heard much about the new one but their album are very epic and usually quite good. They’ve not yet had that one off album and so far from early reviews this one won’t be it. The album officially releases April 2nd, 2012.

Lostprophets - Weapons

Lostprophets – Weapons

While not a new release I’ve come across As One, better known as British techno producer Kirk Degiorgio. The reason I came across As One is because he often has guests join him to provide vocals, one of which being Jinadu from A Beauty Room. One song in particular that caught my attention was called “Problems”, and even though Jinadu doesn’t sing it you can still hear him towards the end of the song.

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While good music is hard to come by, getting a good laugh from Preston and Steve on WMMR is commonplace. The other week they did a Top 10 list of “Actors who hate their own movies”. There were some surprises like Alec Guiness hating Star Wars and then more obvious choices like #1 which featured Sylvester Stallone.

"I am the law!"

“I am the law!”

While Judge Dredd wasn’t the movie at #1, it wasn’t long before it was brought up and Stallone stopped by.

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A while before everything at Penn State made the news, Jim and I had been planning a get together for fun. We thought a visit there would be nice without a game or event as we’d be able to take our time and walk around. Then the scandal broke and Joe passed away just a week before our trip. It had been a rough time but the trip couldn’t have been planned any better as being together with everyone at Joe’s statue seemed like something we had to do.

Squeaks, Moose, Adam, Joe, Me, Jim and Poole

Squeaks, Moose, Adam, Joe, Me, Jim and Poole

There was a never-ending crowd as more filed in as others left. There were people taking photos of the status, with the statue and placing items by it. They had cleared the statue the Wednesday prior because there was so much on the ground you couldn’t get anywhere near it. We stayed there for about an hour before driving to The Atherton where we were staying. We started at Cafe 210 and got dinner there before heading to The Skeller, Sharky’s and The Gaff. The next morning we did some shopping before getting breakfast and heading home for some much needed sleep. A quick but cathartic and much-needed trip.

Last on the list is one of my favorite directors: John Carpenter. Not only a great professional but a good person as he launched an online campaign on behalf of a dog named Malachi. He was an abused dog who was now doing better after being rescued and needing medical assistance. This gave Carpenter the idea to set up a fund for other dogs in similar situations in case the bills were tough on the families. Carpenter even offered to send an autographed photo if you donated. I had sent money but also a written letter to the director letting him know how much his films had impacted me. I spoke about being scared to death after watching The Thing the first time and quoting Snake Plissken in Escape from New York with my best friends growing up- something we still do.

Weeks later I got something in the mail, a nice prized possession:

The Master of Horror

The Master of Horror

 

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