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Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
11/30/18 9:52 a.m.

Yeah, you don't want people to think you're just levitating.

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
11/30/18 10:37 a.m.
sleepyhead said:
mazdeuce - Seth said:

This is only Duecekid#4's second plane trip that he can remember. The whole thing is very exciting and he brought his tablet specifically so he could take pictures for Mrs. Deuce. 

Waiting to board the second leg to Grand Junction. Weather doesn't look fantastic on the west side of the mountains, but not bad enough to make us look for a place to hole up. 

it's customary to include the wingtip in those phots, if you can... for future reference wink

Seems like an odd place for dress shoes???

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
11/30/18 10:56 a.m.

This is also probably the right part of the adventure to include this...

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
11/30/18 11:37 a.m.

A good flight. Off to find our ride!

sleepyhead
sleepyhead Dork
11/30/18 11:37 a.m.
John Welsh said:

it's customary to include the wingtip in those phots, if you can... for future reference wink

Seems like an odd place for dress shoes???

when in business class, better bring the wintips

certainly more apropos of quickly exiting the aircraft than some of the feminine footwear I've observed boarding a plane in my days.  Didn't NASCAR allow them as a substitute for fire shoes, as long as you had the right socks?

AnthonyGS
AnthonyGS Reader
11/30/18 11:58 a.m.

Have fun and keep the shiny side up! 

Dirtydog
Dirtydog Dork
11/30/18 12:12 p.m.

In reply to mazdeuce - Seth :

I guess young and full of energy isn't so before the sun rises.   Glad you had a good flight.  Now the fun begins.   Safe and Happy Trails to you.

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
11/30/18 12:37 p.m.
mazdeuce - Seth said:

A good flight. Off to find our ride!

Jr sleeps while visions of 7,000 RPM shifts dance through his head.

Daddy's awake and antsy while visions of 7,000 RPM shifts dance through his head  

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise Reader
11/30/18 12:38 p.m.

Is Keith picking you up at the airport?

Papabishop
Papabishop Reader
11/30/18 2:06 p.m.

Super jealous y’all get to drive that back to Texas! Y’all be safe, and I can first hand say Seth’s cookies are awesome! 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
11/30/18 4:40 p.m.

In rough order of the day: 

Picked up by Kyle. Kyle is super nice. 

Met Keith, showed us the shop, all the stuff, Rufus, the car, took me for a ride in the V8 ND (I want one) took Rufus for a quick spin, excellent. 35th anniversary lunch for Flyin' Miata with great Mexican food and ice cream cake. Chatted with Keith and Bill, signed papers with Teri because she's clearly the grown up and then decided to just get a room in Grand Junction because there's only a couple hours of daylight left and we don't want to miss the scenery in this corner of the world by driving in the dark. We'll take off early tomorrow and see what we can see. 

The car is this good:

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise Reader
11/30/18 5:15 p.m.

Will you be back next year to buy the v8 ND? :) 

bmw88rider
bmw88rider SuperDork
11/30/18 5:24 p.m.

Keith, 

 

Care to explain the teddy bear on the Catfish? 

 

Fleet looks a lot thinner but there is still the same car on the rack almost 2 years later :)

 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
11/30/18 5:53 p.m.

The Opel on the rack has a fun story which Keith might tell. The rack is probably a good place for it to be. Looks pretty there. 

There was a bunch of fun stuff. 

APEowner
APEowner Dork
11/30/18 5:56 p.m.
bmw88rider said:

Care to explain the teddy bear on the Catfish?

There's a question you don't hear everyday.

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
11/30/18 6:06 p.m.
APEowner said:
bmw88rider said:

Care to explain the teddy bear on the Catfish?

There's a question you don't hear everyday.

If he’d left the word “bear” out it would have changed the meaning slightly. 

APEowner
APEowner Dork
11/30/18 6:26 p.m.
Pete Gossett said:
APEowner said:
bmw88rider said:

Care to explain the teddy bear on the Catfish?

There's a question you don't hear everyday.

If he’d left the word “bear” out it would have changed the meaning slightly. 

That's an image I could have done without.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
11/30/18 11:39 p.m.

Ha! So, the bear was being used for reverse camera product shots because none of my coworkers wanted to lie down behind the car. And then I just never put it away...

Seth and Deucekid are pretty cool people. I got dragged away for work stuff but we had a good bit of time to chat. If I didn't have to make a run to Denver tonight I would have enjoyed dinner with them. As it was, Vail pass was closed for a while and the traction law was in effect for most of the trip. Going over the mountains in Rufus would have been an adventure too far for sure.

The fleet isn't much smaller than it was when you were here, bmw88rider. Some of it's just been redistributed - Elvis is at Matt's house, the Targa and my smurf are at my house, and we made Bill take many of his BMWs home. But not all. The biggest difference is that there are very few customer cars in attendance. We delivered one while Seth was here - another turbo RF, of all things - and our inventory has taken over a big part of the building. You can see the pallets of exhausts piled up in the background in the Rufus picture. 23,000 square feet looked awfully big a decade or so ago.

As for the Opel GT - the boss has a baby poop colored GT that he plans to put a Miata drivetrain in. That's not going to be an easy fit. The red car is one that had a tree fall on it, leading to a roofectomy via Sawzall. Then mice moved in and it got all rusty. It's a hazmat situation that's basically destined to be the "how do I make it fit" chassis for the baby poop car before it is thrown away. Bill got as far as taking it apart, then we put it on top of the shelves to get it out of the way. Hmm, it could be a Challenge car...

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
12/1/18 6:43 a.m.

We had dinner with Bill and Teri last night. What wonderful people. Flyin' Miata doesn't just make neat stuff, they're a neat company with an interesting history. One thing I learned talking to people while at their lunch and while walking around is that a large number of their workers have been there for an absurdly long time. And they're happy. They were right in the middle of packing and shipping all of the Black Friday orders and were beyond swamped and they were all still happy. It was great. 

We also got talking motorcycles and MotoGP and it's likely we could have talked for several more hours, but time zones were not in kid#4's favor and he was falling asleep in the booth at the restaurant. Grand Junction is out of the way and it's hard to say when I might be back, but I'm going to try and find and excuse. 

The alarm is about to go off. The route is in the GPS on my phone (we will be doing the upgrade when I get home to use Google maps through the screen in the car) and we just need to grab breakfast and go. I'm looking forward to the day.

759NRNG
759NRNG SuperDork
12/1/18 6:58 a.m.

Good morning, you two headed to Durango and then on to Albuquerque ? 

TRoglodyte
TRoglodyte UltraDork
12/1/18 7:00 a.m.

Love that windshield time, be safe and keep us posted please.

Norma66
Norma66 Reader
12/1/18 9:02 a.m.

Cars are meant to be driven. Threads like this keep me motivated to get mine up and going enough to where i don't need to sweet if im going to make it to my destination. Safe travels

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
12/1/18 10:11 a.m.

It’s true, we have a lot of long-term employees. Over a quarter of us have a decade or more in place. Might be a higher percentage than that. At least three of us are awfully close to the two decade mark or have already passed it. It’s a good bunch of people.

I hope kid 4 got his quality Cartoon Network time! I’m looking forward to the pictures from today. 

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise Reader
12/1/18 12:28 p.m.

Def looking forward to the pictures. Having had 9 Miatas (all generations except ND), I wish I chose a different career path, and worked at a place like FM :( Almost 22 years Miata.net member

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
12/1/18 1:58 p.m.

Miata stuff. 

It was 26 degrees and things were good here. We went up. It got down to 12 degrees with about 8 inches of snow. I did not stop to take pictures. Life is interesting when the car starts wiggling at 13mph so you slow down to 11. 

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