December 06, 2005

one year

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This morning I received an email from MINIUSA congratulating me on one year of ownership of my MINI Cooper S. It hasn't been a breeze. Between the tire tread incident and being keyed, I've been left pretty exhausted with the MINI. But I'd be remiss to discount the many excellent times I've had in the MINI during this first year.

I've taken some great road trips, including up the coast, and through Joshua Tree National Park - to Las Vegas and back through Death Valley - and the trips in my MINI would have been even more mile-worthy had I not spent those miles in the passenger seat of Erik's MINI. We've gone to San Diego, Idyllwild, Monterey, Sequoia NP, and Pismo Beach. Heck, our MINI-worship even took us to the United Kingdom! The best thing about acquiring my MINI, without a doubt, is the friendship and now relationship that has sprouted between me and Erik.

I first found Erik online, on his blog, while I was researching for my MINI purchase back in July of 2004. He had posted a trip log of a journey he had taken up to northern California, and I spent much time reading through those several posts before I commented on them. I immediately felt a connection through our equal enjoyment of road trips, and we slowly started emailing back and forth.

By this time last year, we were instant messaging one-another throughout the day - mostly due to all the drama surrounding my MINI order. On several occassions, he invited me to accompany him to MINI events, or to movie screenings... but I was so shy and nervous about meeting new people that I declined his many requests. Once my MINI was purchased, I knew I had to bite the bullet and meet up with him. I had to tackle my extreme nervousness. And my goodness, I'm so happy I did!

We met up to have dinner and see The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou at The Grove a little over a week after I took delivery of my MINI. I had a wonderful time, very-much excited to have a new, real-life friend - but our friendship progressed at that same slow rate until about February. We saw movies, attended MINI gatherings, and went on a fun day-trip to Joshua Tree. I was interested in programming, so we got together so that he could tutor me in Python. He was so much fun to be around, and we had so much in common - but I never could have imagined that he had any interest in me beyond friendship. I was wrong (yay!).

By March we were hanging out several times a week, preparing for AMVIV (A MINI Vacation on Vegas), a national MINI meetup. Originally we were going to be simply caravaning out there together, but when he proffered the idea of us saving money by sharing a room, a jumped at the opportunity to spend even more time with this guy I had developed a crush on. We had a fantastic time driving out to Las Vegas, talking back and forth on walkie-talkies throughout the speedy drive. The first day of actual AMVIV road trips, I decided to passenger with him during the travels, because I was having so much fun being with him.

That weekend we officially became boyfriend/girlfriend. I've spent nearly every weekend with him since then. And I am in love for the very first time. This, my friends, is the best thing that owning a MINI has done for me - and I'd give up this MINI in a second if it meant not-losing him. Otherwise, the MINI pwnz.

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posted by julie at December 6, 2005 10:07 AM

things people have said

How did that start out as a post about your MINI and end up about me? No matter. It has, indeed, be an amazing year! Thank you, MINIUSA!

so said: Erik at December 6, 2005 10:58 AM



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