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Old 07-12-2019, 05:22 PM
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Thumbs up You ate Ketchup for a car?

Planning to purchase a Gallardo and this seems like an amazing community from my limited reading, so I figure I'd introduce myself.

Story time!

Story starts as a baby. I was a pretty good kid, as my mom ran a tight ship, but the one part where I was spoiled was buying toy cars. Every time we went out on the weekend, I just had to buy a Hot Wheels car, else I'd cry like there's no tomorrow. Luckily they're cheap, haha.

In Kindergarten, you're supposed to learn how to count, so your homework was to bring in 100 of something, so that you practice counting. Most people brought bags of pennies. I was the only dummy to bring 100 toy cars.

As a kid, my parents encouraged me to save. They'd incentivize my saving by doubling whatever I deposited into savings. I took advantage of that for Chinese New Year and they kept their promise.

In high school, I wasn't the most popular kid, so it was fitting that I might be more popular with a cool car. If media teaches you anything, whether it's true or not, is that people with cool cars are cool! More saving was necessary to afford a car, so instead of using the money my parents gave me to buy lunch, I'd eat packets of ketchup, people's leftover, food out of the trash, or whatever. I ended up losing 10 pounds, which was great. My reputation definitely lived on. A few years ago, a friend of a friend asked my friend, "What ever happened to the guy that ate ketchup packets?"

I had saved up a decent amount of money $10kish, but definitely not enough to buy a new car, but my parents only ever trusted new cars, so they covered the difference, and my first car was a 2002 Acura RSX Type S. My parents aren't rich. We were definitely middle class, but maybe upper middle class. My dad was an engineer and my mom was always a stay at home mom.
I modded the crap out of it, and drove the crap out of it all the time. It was great. I started making friends with fellow car people, and life was good.

I've always been fascinated with Lambo doors ever since I was a kid. So in college my first credit card ever was used to finance my Lambo doors on my RSX. I promise pics whenever I have enough posts. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, it got stolen, and I bought a 2002 Honda S2000, which is how I got started with small businesses.

My GF, now wife, and I, were full-time students and had full-time jobs, supported ourselves, paid for college, paid for rent, and paid for our passion: cars. We've worked hard to get where we are. Her family comes from poor Vietnamese countryside, so she has come even farther and I couldn't be more proud.

Got a degree, got a good job, married a great gal who also loves cars (see avatar), and I started and run 2 small businesses in the car industry (and several other failed small businesses), in addition to my full-time job. I think I've come a long way, and while I'm not the best, smartest, or most hard working, but luck is a factor, and things have worked out well. Not all Millennials are terrible, just most of them.

To the fellow Dreamers of the forum, do your best, work hard, and be a decent human being. Make sure that if an opportunity presents itself, that you're ready to seize the moment, as that might be the lucky moment, connection, idea, or job you might need.

I've bought and sold a bunch of cars along the way and am actively looking for a manual pre-LP Gallardo for that F1 wail. My first exotic was an NSX 9 years ago, which has nearly doubled in value, and which I will likely sell for the Gallardo. As much as I wish I could keep every car I bought, it's just not feasible.

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07 Porsche Cayman S - Daily
17 Porsche Macan Turbo w/ Performance Pack - Wife's Daily
07 Honda S2000 - Wife's Toy
95 Acura NSX - Toy

My motto has always been: "Work Hard, Play Hard" and I fully stand behind it.

I'm sure I'm leaving out tons of good stories, but that's the jist and some of the funny stories.
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Old 07-13-2019, 08:41 AM
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So..... did you at least eat “name brand” ketchups?

Just kidding.

Great story.

A lot of people look at a Lamborghini owner (or any other exotic) and only see the current snapshot of their achievements.

They never see the hard work, sacrifice and dedication over the course of years or decades, that were required to achieve the goal.

Regardless of whether or not you ultimately buy a Lamborghini, or choose to spend your money on another passion, you are still a winner.


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Old 07-13-2019, 11:23 AM
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So..... did you at least eat “name brand” ketchups?

Just kidding.

Great story.

A lot of people look at a Lamborghini owner (or any other exotic) and only see the current snapshot of their achievements.

They never see the hard work, sacrifice and dedication over the course of years or decades, that were required to achieve the goal.

Regardless of whether or not you ultimately buy a Lamborghini, or choose to spend your money on another passion, you are still a winner.


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Lol, no I ate packets of ketchup, cuz they were free.

Well said! Most just assume we buy flashy cars because we want to flaunt our wealth. Reminds me of another story!

My coworker and I were talking about cars, as enthusiasts, and another co-worker joins the conversation. He says he has a friend who likes cars and goes to car meets and stuff, and he said something that made me realize that non car enthusiasts will just never understand. He said that anyone who buys a flashy fast car is just a tool, they get together and talk about cars and think they're better than everyone else, flaunting their money. I quickly corrected him and said, "No, that's not a real car enthusiast. That's an asshole. Real car enthusiasts buy cars because they love cars. Sure there may be a degree of vanity to purchasing flashier cars, but it's not because we want to show off, we truly love having, owning, and driving cars."
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Larger picture of the avatar please. And I have a hard time believing the s2000 isn't YOURS
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Larger picture of the avatar please. And I have a hard time believing the s2000 isn't YOURS
Lol, if you want to believe, sure, I'm 33, 4'10", 90 lbs, and available

This is all I've got on my work computer.
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A link to my thoughts, observations, and stories from a 24 hr drive with my new Gallardo: https://www.lamborghini-talk.com/vbf...newbie-216624/
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