Well it looks like I'll round out the year with MINI number 58 and 59 (pictured below). I thought back in August it would be great to maybe hit 50 by the end of the year and I smashed that goal with ease. As I said before, I won't be posting pics of all the MINIs I've done here on this blog, but you can still look at the full collection in all its glory over at my MINI gallery.
The sour note on my year's end is that I got a flat tire on my MINI and it looks like it's going to cost a couple of hundred dollars to get it replaced. Considering the plight that others are dealing with half way around the world in the aftermath of tsunamis, I am not going to complain about a little inconvenience.
Happy new year and may 2005 bring blessings and peace to everyone.
A few days back I commented on how I hadn't had a truly outrageous request for MINI graphics. Well all that changed this week when I got a request for blue flames on a purple MINI Cooper S convertable. I wasn't sure about the blue on the purple but that's what the client wanted. I think it turned out pretty well. You can judge for yourself. The blue is a little darker in person than the digital photo shows. The flames are really a dark sapphire blue. Somehow they seemed to photograph much lighter.
I don't know if you'd call this job outrageous but it's definitely the most unique MINI I've done to date. Oh, and this brings me to 53... in case you're wondering. That means since my post of 11-15-04, I've done eight MINIs in one month. At this rate, I'll be doing close to 100 MINIs next year instead of 50. If that happens, you'll be seeing photos of my second MINI. I've already been configuring it on MINIUSA - with the wife's approval!
You know that episode of Superman where we find out there's an anti Superman in a "bizarro" world where everything is opposite? Well, there's a bizarro me out there and he's just purchased a PT Cruiser.
You see, a couple of days ago I received an e-mail welcoming me to the PT Cruiser Club. At first I thought it was a friendly prank perpetrated by a fellow MINI owner with a sick sense of humor but within a short time I started to put the pieces together.
For the past couple of years I've been getting an occasional e-mail to my Road Runner mail account that was intended for someone else. Evidently, someone with the same last name and first initial as me has a Road Runner e-mail address that is dangerously close to my e-mail address. Now it turns out that this other "Pearson" has joined the PT Cruiser club and registered the account with my e-mail address. I've received all the "log in" information including the password and even a $25 gift certificate to the PT Cruiser Club Store. I know, creepy.
I've since logged in to the site and deleted my e-mail address from the account. I can't seem to find the correct e-mail address for the "bizarro" Pearson out there. Maybe some day we'll come face to face like the final scene from the Superman episode. He'll be sitting next to me at a stop light revving his engine. I'll reach back, tighten my seat belt and before the "bizarro me" knows it, he's sitting there looking at my boot stripes fading off into the distance and we never see each other ever again. (Cue Twilight Zone music.)
Boot stripes on MINI number 48. An early Christmas present for a friend.
More boot stripes for a dark silver Cooper S brings the tally to 49.
And drum roll please...
Kick ass silver metalic Viper Stripes for an all black Cooper S with a John Cooper Works Kit makes an even 50!
I'm happy MINI number 50 was a non-traditional set of graphics. While I like the standard bonnet and boot stripes, I like them so much I have them on my car, I think the Viper stripes look pretty cool.
Don't think I'm done for the year though. I've got two more MINIs scheduled this week alone and there's still 20 some days left until the calendar says '05. At some point I'm going to stop posting about how many MINIs I've tagged. I thought things might level off after awhile but as the saying goes - "I'm just gettin' started!"
As usual - click each pic for a larger view.