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Well, i have a project.My Z32Click Photo to right for more photos —> I have plans for the car, we’ll see how it goes. Today I received the official copy of the title back from FL DMV so it’s official. There is a fantastic, and friendly community of Z owners, and a large selection of after market performance parts available for this car. Also there are many sites and forums with info on how to restore, and enhance the driving experience. This car will be a true classic soon and it’s design seems timeless.The engine was out of the car when I bought it so I am currently tearing down the engine to determine if it is worth a partial rebuild. If not I will get a low mileage on from the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) since the Japanese sell their cars as they approach about 50 K miles. I plan to do a lot of routine maintenance and replaced parts since this car has 187K miles on it. Surprisingly the car is in pretty good shape, very little rust (battery tray), and some door dings etc. The front bumper cover will need to be replaced, but I am told that everyone who has a Z has beat up their front fascia to some degree. After getting it back on the road the enhancements will commence, bridled only by budget that is…One cool factoid about this car is that a souped up Twin Turbo model won and still holds the E/BMS land speed record of 419.84 km/h (260.87 mph) from the 1991 Bonneville Speed Trial. This record remains unbroken.

E/BMS class is now known as E/BGMS.E/BGMS means:E = Engine size, 184-260 cid (3.01 to 4.26 liters)BGMS = Blown Modified Gas Sports class.This record is for GT class cars, modified, with blown engines of 3-4L.

After its debut in 1990 the 300ZX (Turbo) was named Motor Trend’s “Import Car of the Year” and for every year thereafter in the US it was named one of the “Ten Best” by Car and Driver.Even after production stopped magazines continued award the 300ZX:* 2004: Automobile lists the Z32 as one of the 100 greatest cars of all time.* 2006: Automobile lists the Z32 on both the “20 Greatest Cars of the Past 20 years” and in the “25 Most Beautiful Cars in History”.But the real truth I didn’t know this stuff before, it’s just that since college, it’s always been one of my favorite body styles, it never seems to look outdated.

January

So here we are back in October.

Something's missing

She needs some cleaning up

There was a lot to clean up.

Yes it was time to clock out of work, and primp and prep for a night out on the town(s). For Melissa’s birthday we wanted to celebrate with some of her closest friends. Even Melissa S. made the commitment to leave her baby under the care of a baby sitter for the first time.
Click here for pictures After much deliberating the planning committee agreed on Creekside for a venue for dinner and drinks. One reason for the selection is that they have live music and they take reservations. I enjoy Creekside every time I go and this was no exception.

After a nice dinner, the DD’s were ready key in hand to take us to Shannon’s (thank you Jennifer, Chrissy and Melissa S.) Shannons was nice and another band was playing here, they were quite good actually. Especially the Beasty Boys song, they sounded like the real thing. If anyone remembers the name of the bands let me know and I will fill them in. We also met old-guy-“Don” who always seems to be celebrating his birthday at Shannon’s the same night. Perplexing…

We hope you had a Happy Birthday Melissa!

The Ballantyne, Gostage and Sapp families just returned from another great vacation in the Florida Keys.

The weather turned out to be hot and sunny in the Keys this year and there was one rain in the middle of the week. The lobsters were scarce in the Gulf of Mexico possibly due to the large and protected Goliath Grouper that were spotted in many of the lobster holes that we came across. Click here for picturesClick here for more photos

We had some new lobster wranglers with us this year with Jennifer bringing her boyfriend Drew, and Chad bringing Brittany. Lindy and Evan were just giggling to have Martin back this year. Art and Katy were gracious again to let us stay at their beautiful house in Pompano on the way down. Mark Debbie and Taylor came prepared this year for lobsters and fishing. Chrissy busy with her new business, Tropical Brace and Limb made it in after her conference. She also brought her boat which is a great addition to the fun.

Drew brought his guitar, and we managed to play a bit. He showed me some songs that he’d written. I’d never seriously thought about it but I should try to write a song sometime. Sue and John came and we all had a great stay together. We really enjoyed being there and hope everyone is looking forward to the next vacation together.

Click here for pictures Lobsters were good this year and we did as well as we did last year, which is a blessing, and keeps us coming back for mini-season (the last Wednesday-Thursday of July). We all managed to make it our to Sombrero Reef for a brief snorkel. It was one of the rougher days so we did not stay our there as long as usual. Lobster wrangling got off to a slow start, but we ended up getting a good first day with the hard work of our lobster team especially Katy, Art, Mark, Debbie, Chad, Chrissy, Martin, Drew and myself. Taylor and Lindy also were close and could help spot the lobsters. Brittany and Jen helped out in the water, and helped do secondary size checks for the lobsters.

Fishing was great fun as usual with Art’s awesome 36 ft Sea Vee, twin 300 Mercury Verado’s and his keen eye and intuition for finding fish.

Drew caught the first keeper a 30+ lb Kingfish which was much bigger than the ones I’ve seen before. Martin wiffed an unkown fish. Next Drew catches a Sailfish and manages to pose for a picture or two before a successful release. Not to be outdone Mark caught a Sailfish with the same vigor. Martin wiffed an unkown fish. Chad get’s one on and pulls in the biggest Dolphin (Mahi) of the trip. On another run Mark and Chad both snag some nice Mangrove snapper and we rejoiced knowing we going to have some lucious fish for dinner. Click here for pictures Martin wiffed an unkown fish. Art, with his ability to read the water like Neo can read the Matrix, spots a school of dolphin (Mahi) swimming past the boat. All I remember, there is a blur of casting, yelling, resetting hooks, cheering and measuring fish for an unkown amount of time that leaves us with 7 more Dolphin and a bit of cleaning up to do. I’m sure Martin got at least one of the dolphin, so no-tears. The last day of fishing was hotter than two rats in wool sock and we were just trying to stay cool. I think the fish new this and were hanging deep, with the numerous sharks that were taking our bait. This still did not stop us from jumping in to cool off once in a while.

Yes this years St Patrick’s Day Fell on a Monday, but that did not stop Saturday and Sunday shenanigans…. (no not that type Chandra). The Flaherty’s and Claytons planned to get together on Sunday and we knew it would be great fun.
Green BeerClick Photo for more photos

The green beer pictured is not bad.. because it is Stella Artois w/ dye… which sports the better taste and the festive hue when compared to other typical green beer variants. Of course there’s always Guinness.

Tim also invited Dana, and Chris who have become part of the annual meet. My friends Garrett, Nicole and her friend Robin also came out to celebrate with us.
It was a beautiful day, so sitting out on the outside veranda was perfect with live riffs from Dave Massey, on Acoustic guitar.
Shannon’s was so popular on Saturday that they were asked by the Gate management to take down some of the planned fenced areas. This was a shame for the many partiers that would-have-been there Sunday, but good for us who have children making the atmosphere much more suited for family.

I just joined my High School’s Ning Network.. not bad. Kind of like a private Facebook for Nease Class of 89-91

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We had a great trip to Tahoe. Skiing in Northstar, Diamond Peak and Soda Springs. We stayed in a big house with the family in Kings Beach.

Here are a few of our favorites from the 407 photos that we took!! Skiing!
Our stay was for the week of Christmas so the kids all had a white Christmas. Also we have a few videos that are worth watching.
Pop payed for the house so the rest of us just had to pay for travel, food, beer, and lift tickets.
It was a good get together and we were able to spend some quality time together. Memorable movies for the trip were High School Musical, Superbad, and the obligatory Euro Trip.
Dave entertained with his uncanny Kapla kreations and schmoooove guitar. The hot tub was small but cozy.. and I think we are in the running for the most humans in that particular (Cal Spa) hot tub at at any given time. I still love the fact that Sierra Nevada beer was cheaper than the domestics in the grocery store.

Awards are as follows:

Best Wipeout: Art
Most Gruesome Injury: Chrissy
Biggest Icicle: Gavyn
Longest Sled Ride: Evan
Best Sled Wipeout: Evan
Most Snow in the face: Evan
Best Equipment Breakage (sled): Chrissy
Best Cabin-Fever Flare-up: Sue and Katy
Most Time on the Mountain: Katy
Most accumulated ski-school training: Sue
Best Pool Player: Will
Best Rummy Player: Art
Best Omlet: Dave
Most time spent in the lodge: John
Youngest Skiier: Ava Sophia
Fastest Snow-Tuber: Lindy
Longest Time Sleeping-In: Heather
Best Snow Angel: Melissa
Coolest Ski Hat: Evan
Peppermint Schnapps Award: James
Best Ski Glove Dropper (from the lift x 2): Melissa
Most photos taken: Katy, James (Tie)

What a great trip I hope everybody had as much fun as I did. Video 1, Video 2, Video 3.

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