#86: Ben – Reserve a Tesla

Sometimes you want something for so long that the wanting becomes a part of you. When this happens, and the chance to actually have the thing comes along, you find yourself hesitating, stalling, not ready to let go of the wanting.

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I’ve known I wanted a Tesla since the Model S was introduced in 2012, but I also knew that the one I wanted wasn’t being made yet. Tesla declared publicly their long-term strategy, which was to change the entire automotive industry, but also to make an affordable car that was awesome. So I waited.

And then they announced the Model 3, and started taking pre-orders. For $1000, you could secure your place in line to have one of these amazing machines. But I wasn’t ready yet. For one thing, Will had just started at Sandhill, so all big purchases were on hold until we knew how long he would be there. For another, I wasn’t ready to let go of the wanting.

As it turned out, serendipity helped me make the decision. A coworker of mine decided to buy into the DIY-camper-van lifestyle, which meant he wasn’t going to use his Model 3 reservation. So in late February I paid him back his deposit, and he transferred his Tesla account to me, and now it looks like this when I log in:

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It’s likely that if I had finally talked myself into it and put down my own deposit, my delivery date would be sometime in 2019. So thanks, Mick, you helped me trade a year of wanting for a year of having.

I’m really excited to get this car, and I’m also excited to be supporting a company with such a bold vision. If you like long reads about interesting topics, there’s an amazing series of posts at Wait But Why about Elon Musk. You won’t be sorry.

#20: Attend a Play

Live theater is something we mostly enjoy, but sometimes struggle with. Occasionally we see a performance that’s so abstract and high-minded that we come out confused as to what we just saw.

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But not this time. The performance of Kodachrome we saw was heart-achingly beautiful, and we spent the rest of the day alternating between thoughtful silence and being unable to stop talking about it.

It was a great piece of theatre, and we heartily enjoyed it. If you’re anything like us, and in the Portland area, Portland Center Stage consistently puts out high quality theater that’s just at the right level for us, and so maybe it will be for you too.

3: Let the Droning Begin

Firefly, ballet, roller derby, Ken’s painting, and flashback to numbers 9.


#73: Paint the House (Interior)

While we were looking for a house in our new school district last year, we had to give the candidates nicknames. Among others, there was the Moose Lodge, the Red House, and the one that became our new home: Beige Manor.

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We called it this because every single surface in this house was beige. The outside. The inside. The walls, the carpet, the tile, the countertops, the ceilings even. Beige inside and out.

This is not to say that beige is necessarily a bad color. If you’re a beige lover, power to you. But we aren’t, and it was one of the first things we knew we’d have to change.

Becky’s dad used to be a professional house painter, and he still keeps a big plastic tote organized with all of his supplies, including his favorite brush, which he’s been using for probably 30 years now. He volunteered to coat the inside of our house with a color of our choice, and we couldn’t turn him down.

So over the course of the last four months or so, Ken has been converting our Beige Manor into something else, and just last week he finished the final room (the laundry room). We both helped out a tiny bit, but he deserves most of the credit for this thing. Most of the walls are one of two shades of warm gray that Becky chose, and the kids each got an accent wall. It’s completely transformational, and we’re so much happier in our house now. It just feels more like us. The place probably needs a new name at this point, though.

#18: Live Dance Performance

Neither Becky nor I have a strong history in dance. We both have lifelong experience with theater and music, but dance just isn’t a thing we have a lot of experience with. Which is why we have this on our list every year: so we can learn.

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This year, we attended a performance of Alice (in wonderland) put on by the Oregon Ballet Theatre. We got seats in the second balcony at Keller Auditorium, which is about as far as you can get from the performers, but with actually a pretty good view of all the action.

It was really good! The costumes were amazing, and the choreography seems to have taken some cues from the Light Princess (which is our favorite show ever, if you get a chance to see it take it), with the use of some wires and harnesses and such, and the program listed this as one of the most challenging parts of this production.

Ballet is, in all honesty, still not our favorite form of live entertainment. While we can appreciate the effortless grace and athleticism on display, we just don’t have the background to truly get all the depth from the performance. But we’re getting better.