Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Honeymoon is now over

Riding my bike on a trainer in the garage I realized I am over ¼ of my way through my year with the car. I drove both cars yesterday and went to the trouble of backing them into the garage. Not so bad with the Porsche but a bit of a pain with the Ferrari as visibility out the back is not great. Sitting on my bike I have a nice view of both cars. I have developed a routine. I usually read the Economist while I ride between intervals. After the interval I look at the cars for a minute or two while I catch my breath then back to the Economist. This routine gives me a chance to think about my experiences with the car while the Economist acts as background music.

I admit to being sad when I realized that I have about 9 more months with the car. I am committed to selling it but it is going to be hard to say good bye to. Right now I feel as I have failed in some way. That if I had done something different I would get to keep the car. If I had studied harder, applied myself, and did not take the time to get a coffee each morning, I could be a long term Ferrari owner not a tourist. I suppose I could blame my having to give the car up on Barb wanting to stay home with our kids or our decision to send the girls to private school. I drive two 430s to school each day and drop them off. I could blame our lack of garage space. But, really, those things have nothing to do with me not keeping the car. I am giving up the car because it core to my thesis for this book in a couple of ways. First, I am testing the idea that you can buy and drive a Ferrari for a year without spending too much money. If I keep the car I just spent a heap of money. Second, I want to experience Ferrari ownership pressure cooker style. Knowing the car will be gone soon keeps me analyzing my relationship with it and, I think, forces my evolution as a Ferrari owner to stay on the fast track.

As a note, I do not believe there is any one track Ferrari owners follow but I bet there are some similarities. I have been through the honeymoon phase, the phase where you want to drive the car everywhere and have a big grin on your face. Honestly, I miss that phase. When I buy an exotic car to keep I will stay in the honeymoon phase as long as possible. I am not sure what to call the phase I am in now. I will think about it and come up with something.

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