Sunday, October 7, 2007

My First Post

I admit I have always wanted a Ferrari. Writing this book is a scheme to give me a reason to buy one. No reason to deny it. I also admit I have always wanted to write a book but never had the material, talent, or discipline to develop a plot beyond a few pages. Buying a Ferrari gives me something to write about, writing gives me a reason to buy a Ferrari. Perfect, self-serving and probably unreadable, but time will tell.
In buying a Ferrari I have motives above and beyond getting a fantastic car. I want to understand why I want a Ferrari. I want to understand if ownership equates with my vision of ownership. I want to catalogue the things that make a Ferrari a Ferrari.
On a less philosophical note I want to take the car to a track and drive it. Fast. I want to take a Ferrari fly fishing. I want to drop my kids off at school in a Ferrari. I want to find out if after a year in Maranello’s finest I will be happy in my Toyota.
I don’t think my plan is motivated by mid life crisis. I have thought about this quite a bit and I don’t believe that my life will change in any meaningful way by owning this car. I am not sure I would like it if my life was changed by driving a car. I do believe the act of committing to buying the car and writing the book will change me but that has little to do with the car and more to do with making a commitment and doing something outside my comfort zone.
Now a bit of disclosure, I have never driven a Ferrari. I have ridden in one but never had the chance to drive one. I am not sure which model I want. I might not like them when I eventually get to drive one. That would make a pretty short book. I am pretty sure I don’t want a Testarossa or a 308, but I am not sure the model matters too much. I don’t want a particular thing I want an experience that I associate with the thing and I think that experience can be delivered by a Ferrari that is Ferrari enough.
Another bit of disclosure, I set out to buy a Ferrari about two years ago but ended up with an older Porsche instead. At that time I had different goals with the car; something fun to tool around in and a reward for meeting some goals at work. This time I am sticking to my guns. I can promise you that you will not get to page 25 in this manuscript and learn that I just bought a Maserati.
There are a couple of problems to work out first.
1. I have to convince my wife that this is a good idea.
2. I don’t have any place to park it.
3. I have a limited budget and cannot afford to lose a bundle on the car or spend a bundle on maintenance.
4. I have three kids and if I am going to get to drive the car will need somewhere to put the two of them I drop off at school.
So where to start? I will ignore problem of getting my wife to buy in and finding space for a few weeks. I think I can solve the parking problem and I would like a bit more time to refine my ideas before pitching Barb. Most reasonable folks would sell the 911 to partially fund the purchase of the Ferrari and open up a space in the garage. Killing one and a quarter birds with one stone, but Barb has become attached to the Porsche so it stays. I will have to come up with a more creative method for financing this purchase. If I could make up a plot, fabricate my daily life with the car, and manufacture a coherent metaphysical debate regarding the attributes that make a Ferrari unique, I could write the book first, make a fortune then buy the car. Fortunately I am not that duplicitous and as I mentioned earlier can’t come up with a believable plot so I have to buy the car, write the book, and hope to not lose too much money.

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