COM0015 | Blog post #1 | Tools and sources

Listening | Monitoring | News Sources | Updates

A very good question is posed here “What  are my two favourite social media trend listening/monitoring tools and the two best best sources of news and updates of interest to me.” Let address that by stating as a newbie … I am not sure which ones I should use.

Trend listening/monitoring tools

I have primarily use Google alerts as my main source of listening and monitoring, it is free and a basic functionality, yes there is extra work on my part but I understand it. Twitter is the other tool, again it is free and I understand the logic behind it. They are significant in that I have been on them since 2009, so I am sticky with my roost.

Sources of news and updates

For sources of news and updates I stick with what is a cost effective price point, free – Facebook and Twitter.  They seem to do the trick for me at this time. As I mentioned under trend listening/monitoring I started on them back in 2009. Long standing tools at this point they do the job.

My future tools for Listening | Monitoring | News Sources | Updates

However, that being said, as my understanding evolves in Social Media and business opportunities arise, the listening/monitoring tools along with sources of news and updates will evolve. Perhaps in the direction of Hootsuite, Buzzmo and maybe Simply measured, these tools will provide deeper insight into trend in energy efficiency.

I just signed a contract to plan, design and implement a Digital Approach for NRCan’s Office of Energy Efficiency over the next 12 months. I know my selected tools will evolve into paid and purchased services.

COM0017-W17 • Blog 7 • Personal Reflection

Why is story telling important to creating great digital content?

Story telling opens the mind to the reader as to who you are (the story teller) are as person within a body of life experiences. Great story telling engages the reader, to experience an event real or imagined in their mind. What astounds me is my wife reads, actually devours books on a weekly basis, about fictional tragedies, love stories and mysteries all from a printed book. Online story telling takes that to a new and higher level by integrating images and videos by presenting and creating a sense of realism.

How will my content be guided by story?

My content will be guided by the experiences and the knowledge I accumulate as I complete my journey in life, whether they be work related or life related. Sometimes I may, if the subject matter moves me, comment online to events and opinions.

Amid the mind boggling amount of information on the internet, it makes me wonder how many different ways content is created. World events and society is a fluid mass moving oh so precipitously toward an unknown future, yet day in and day out society finds away of creating new story lines. That then becomes the crucible from which a story is created. Whether it be social, event or cultural issues there will always be a story tell. It is how we as story tellers weave the story to make it engaging and rewarding to read and watch.

What kind of stories will I tell?

The stories I will tell are going be reflections on what life has taught me and why we as a human race should take a moment each and everyday to appreciate this precious journey we share. Of course this is going to be relevant to the subject matter at hand, needless to say, each of us from the poor person on the street to the billionaire have a story tell, I hope to be able to either facilitate or respond to that as a story in an online blog.

 

COM0014W17 • Blog #6 • The birth of a corporation …

On June 8, 1993, I incorporated my business gls dezign inc.

In reality the journey to that momentous occasion was planted years earlier. In 1987 I applied for a part-time professor position in the Algonquin College Daytime Graphic Design Program. For my interview I brought in a portable Mac SE computer and proceeded to show two professors how I designed a full colour booklet using the Mac with a grey scale monitor and Desktop Publishing Software. They were impressed and hired me to teach Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing to second year students in the french stream.

By chance in spring of 1989 I was introduced to the Gilles Aubry, the Director of Continuing Education at Algonquin College. At the time Gilles Aubry was looking for someone to be the Continuing Education Coordinator for its evening Desktop Publishing Program. He was impressed with what I accomplished for the daytime program, Gilles hired me and asked to review the existing program and present a budget for the next year.

Over the next 3 years I evolved Algonquin College’s Continuing Education evening Desktop Publishing program from a menu of 6 courses to over 42 courses, introducing the revolutionary courses “Hello Mac and “Hello PC”  which explained to students on how to use windows based computers, maintain and fix them. In three years under my direction and vision, the number of students in the program grew by 300% and revenue increased
by 275%.

One of the courses in the Evening Desktop Publishing Program that I taught was Pagemaker, in that course there was a writer buy the name of Ronald Baynes, Baynes Communications. During a teaching session one evening, he requested my phone number and asked if he could contact me in the event he need help with his projects. Three months after that fateful evening course he called me up and asked for help. I Desktop Published a few projects for him, after that he asked me to be a strategic partner.

The strategic partnership with Ronald Baynes led to a wealth contacts and contracts in the Federal Government, in 1997 I resigned from my full time job as a Desktop Publishing Supervisor at the City of Ottawa to concentrate on running gls dezign inc full time.

On June 8th, 2018 gls dezign inc will reach its 25th year anniversary.

 

 

 

COM0014 • Post 5 • Personal Brand

gls dezign inc • the imagineer

On June 8, 1993, I incorporated my business gls dezign inc., sometime around the turn of century 2000 or 2001 I began using the moniker the imagineer.

My brand is gls dezign inc run by the yours truly the imagineer.

What sets the gls dezign inc brand apart from its competitors is the ostrich, the web site presents vistas of deserts and landscapes. The images given rise to the peace and tranquilly found when successful creative solution are delivered and applied. We are know as the ostrich people.

What sets me the imagineer apart?  The imagineer is a resourceful, creative doer who has the uncanny ability to take complex design challenges and distill them down simple creative solutions. The imagineer is a creative ninja otherwise a jack of all master of no trades. I have taken on projects other agencies have refused. For example in 2015, Environment Canada required series of maps for the Great Lakes Waters Basins to be created using GIS software and supplied as Adobe Illustrator printable maps. Of the 8 firms sent the Request for Proposal, I was the only firm to respond. In that project, I learned GIS software, created and designed a family of maps (printable pdf and google view able) showing the Great Lakes Water Basins through the assembly of digital GIS data from a diverse set of sources.

I am very proud that to say, with little or no experience and I have taken on tasks and brought them to a successful conclusion. A great example, back in 1998 I was designing and producing various publications for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade aka DFAIT, they needed a document laid out in Arabic. I had already laid out Chinese,  Japanese and a few other foreign languages. I agreed to do the job, the challenge with Arabic is you have lay out the text as a mirror image of the english. The other unique aspect of Arabic books is the text is read from right to left and back to front, completely opposite of english. Talk about a brain teaser.

My most recent accomplishment, this week, February 21, 2017, I won a contract to work as a Project Manager with the National Research Council of Canada (NRCan). The year long contract with NRCan’s Office of Energy Efficiency requires me to create Digital Engagement Campaign to provide Canadians with relevant, timely information and online interaction on energy efficiency.  This project will stretch my skills an abilities to new heights.

I take great pride in being able to evolve my business with technology, over the years I have successfully navigated the ebb and flow of a small business with no formal training. The new contract with NRCan is an example of that very evolution.

My colleagues would say they are amazed that I have been able to remain in business using and embracing technology along the way.

COM14-log #4: B2C case study • We love coffee and style … but not the garbage.

The single serving coffee brewer is an interesting story from it’s beginning to its current impact on the environment.

My interest in the subject of single serve coffee brewer lies in one of my jobs. I am a Keurig Brand Ambassador for Match Marketing (Ontario) and SVM (Quebec) — the same company two different branches. I have setup and handed free out coffee, hot chocolate and tea in Future Shop, Sears, Hudson Bay, Home Outfitters, Canadian Tire. I am not necessarily an expert, but I have sound knowledge about the Keurig product.

According to coffeemakerspicks.com Keurig  is the leading manufacture of single server brewers. It is a fascinating story about how Keurig began and became a juggernaut in the single serve beverage for both business and personal uses. After Keurig’s patent ran out, in 2012 Keurig introduce Keurig 2.0 to maintain their market lead in the single server brewing system.

Keurig is on Facebook with 2.8 million followers, Twitter  7.8 thousand followers and on Instagram they 2,200 followers. On each of these outpost they present their product in smartly posed settings making the brewers desirable appliances. From a marketing perspective, they have nailed it with the K200 system, it is manufactured in 9 colours from frosty mint to spice orange, very stylish and they look cool on a kitchen counter top or in board room. If you are a fashionista, then these make cool looking appliances in the kitchen. Keurig has done an excellent job this. The k2 system makes single cups, a carafe, a mug and with an adaptor your own special blend of coffee .. they have listened to consumers.

The major issue with Keurig is the recycling problem of the pods, The Atlantic talks about the problem of the non recyclable K-cup in that it is creating a serious environmental problem. As a brand ambassador for Keurig, the lack or recyclability is cited as the main excuse people do not by a Keurig … they detest the waste that it produces.

Mother Parkers Tea and Coffee Cups introduced in 2014 a fully recyclable single pod, because of the guilt consumers were experiencing on the waste they were depositing in the garbage. Keurig’s goal is to make their K-cups fully recyclable by 2020.

Unless their is a major backlash against the lack of recyclable K-cups, Keurig will continue to be the leader in the single serve coffee brewer market … with a twist of trendy fashion at an affordable price point.

Simple, convenient and easy to use, they nailed it and are listening to their consumers.

 

 

 

 

 

COM0014 | Post 3 | Target Audiences

A classic Italian Sports Car that starts with and F …

Gotcha! No it is not a Ferrari … it is a Fiat. I refer you to my post  COMM0011• Bog Post#5 • my favorite car … that provides a context for this post.

After reading my original post it becomes obvious on my preference for a classic Italian Sports car that starts with an F … is a Fiat Ritmo105tc, this is also my hobby. You may ask how could such a rare and undignified car would\could find a following? It may surprise you that there exists a site devoted to the Ritmo Cars called Ritmo World

The Audience

Members of Ritmo World come from all parts of the world, they can be in their mid 30’s to people like me in their 60’s. For example one member, Albert Byvalin lives in
St. Petersberg Russia, and looks like he is 30 perhaps younger and owns a 1982 60CL. Goh Ohtani in Japan who owns a series 11 130 Ritmo looks to be in his 40’s. Myself, Gregory Sreblowski, in Ottawa Ontario, Canada own a series 1 Ritmo105tc, I am in my 60’s. Then there is Alberto Massarotto, is in his mid 40’s, owns a 1980 Fiat Strada, the North American version of the Fiat Ritmo. There are more than 125 members listed on the Ritmoworld website, some own more than one Ritmo or Italian car. My love for these cars is rooted in my first new car, a 1979 Fiat Strada that I purchased in Ottawa.

Communicating with the Audience

The best way to communicate with this captive audience, is through Ritmo World, the moderator of the site is Andreas Hellmann. Andreas owns at least 6 Ritmo’s that I know of, he is a great source for parts and knowledge on the best options for dealing with issues related to fixing these cars.  Since 2000 he has been organizing bi-annual drives spring and fall, he calls them Ritmo World Meetings, with members mainly in Europe. Then there are the obvious places to connect thought Italian car clubs across the world via the internet and vast network of Italian car enthusiasts.

On Twitter there is a Fiat Ritmo Club Italia which does not have much activity. There is a Fiat Ritmo Facebook page that has more activity than Twitter. On Youtube there are variety of videos that show people driving Fiat Ritmo’s. On Youtube, video’s with Giancario Baghetti promoting the Ritmo’s (in Italian), when compared to today’s approach to promoting cars using video’s, his approach is quaint to say the least.

Social Media Strategy

This is a niche audience,  a strategy would involve Andreas linking Ritmoworld site to Facebook, for people to communicate issues and update the lovers of these cars about what they are doing while they enjoy these quirky vehicles. Email is one other tool to connect with Fiat Ritmo enthusiasts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

COM0014 • Post #2 | Communication Styles

Communication Styles: Who doesn’t enjoy a cup of coffee? 

(Replace coffee with tea or hot chocolate in the title.)

I am a brand ambassador (a part time job) with Match Marketing and have promoted the the Keruig Coffee brewers in Canadian Tire, The Bay, Future Shop, Best Buy in Ottawa and the region for the last three years. 

You may say what does coffee and being a brand ambassador have to do with story telling.

2015-04-17-11-15-53-hdrI would say lots … when I started out it was easy to stand and spew out the merits of the brewer single cup system and the technical details, it was all boring. Non engaging and I dreaded each time I did a shift.

Then I changed my style. Rather than spewing out details about the brewer, I talked to them and asked why they enjoyed coffee (tea, hot chocolate) what the drink did for them on a personal level. Then I would weave a story on how the Keurig brewer would enable them to enjoy the their coffee (tea) in the morning, afternoon … or time they preferred.

To get people to talk I comment on something they wear, baseball caps are great. Especially if it is the local team Senators or the Canadians … a great conversation starter about the coffee, tea or hot chocolate  … then I chat bout the brewer and it easy of use … the story.

In sales your are there to sell the sizzle so the customer buy’s the dream. That is how I present the brewer … the dream, the vision … I weave a story. It is that engagement with the customer that makes the “experience” all the more important. For example, when the latest version of the Keurig system began showing up in stores, the K200 became available in a range of colours …  red, blue, grey and so on. I would ask “So what colour is your kitchen?” … once I showed then colours in store and online … the eyes lite up, thinking about which colour would go best in their kitchen.

Other times it is an older couple that stops by and I always asked the man … “Is that boss?” The man usually says yes and the woman nods in approval and a discussion occurs about them. Then they have a cup of coffee the story goes on and they walk away having had a great cup of free coffee and a great experience with the Keurig brand.

Story tellingis about engagement … how you engage and bring people into a story is the key. That little morsel of information … the lead… that perks them up and makes them listen (video blogging ) OR read your blog.

Once people are engaged in the story then you need to keeping feeding them morsels/information that makes them read on and or listen until you arrive at your conclusion. But … do not bore your audience. The stories or the video pitches that are most annoying, are the ones that promise info and keep dragging on ad nausea and do not get to the point.

So what does coffee have to do with story telling? … a lot … people talk when them have a coffee in hand either standing or sitting and listen and converse about their lives, their stories.

I would not be surprised IF some of you are enjoying a cup of coffee or tea as you read this and other posts.

COM0014 – blog post #1 – Who doesn’t eat perogies …

A vacation what is that?

It has been awhile since I took a vacation. What I take are moments in life to share and experience activities with the people (family and friends) that are most important in my life.

One such moment is perogie feast!

A little background

I grew up eating my mother’s perogies, I remember her dutifully making them on the kitchen table. The amazing part is she would make the dough and roll it out in one fell swoop across the table. Then proceed to cut lines across the dough, making this pattern of triangles that were perfect but not perfect. The potato cheese mixture filling would be ready and cooled, like wise the sauerkraut filling … (never really like this … yuk). Then just as quick as she prepared everything she would make the perogies and they would ready to be eaten that day or frozen for the next family get together. The tradition was that we had perogies for the big three meals Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter when family and friends would fill the home in Toronto.

The perogie feast is born

Fast forward to the summer of 1983 in Ottawa, my niece and nephew, Fiona and Chris came up for a weekend visit from Toronto. While sitting around and chatting in the living room with my wife Roxane (their) aunt … Fiona says “Uncle greg can you make perogies?” … i said “uh NO, but i had seen my mother make them many times can’t be that difficult” I asked “why” Chris pipes in “we haven’t had them for awhile and we are dying to eat some”. So I called my mother and she proceeded to give me the recipe to make the dough (making cheese potatoes filling is the easy part). What happened next was an a moment … that would begin 34 years of memorable moments. We went to the store bought 5 lb’s of potato’s,  a brick of cheddar cheese and all purpose flour, followed the recipe my mother just gave me, and proceeded to make perogies over the next four hours. Then in one hour we ate all the perogies and experienced an food coma (a millennial term for eating WAY too much).

Since that fate full moment in the summer of 1983 when my Fiona, Chris, Roxane and I made perogies for the first time … We have been making perogies every year since, at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

The moment

The moment has really become a string of them over the years. Since 1983 Christmas the moment initially this was confined to family and on occasion the odd friend of the family would join helping make perogies. Along the way, as my little family grew, we have two sons, Myles and Nicolas, it became a tradition for us to make perogies with Myles and Nicolas beginning to help … not much but they tried.

The moment that began Perogie Feast

Sometime between 2005 to 2008, our sons began inviting friends for supper when they heard we where making perogies … and we only made perogies at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

Over the years their friends from school and or work, have come and gone, however, there remains a core that continues to joins us for what has been dubbed Perogie Feast, some one coined that phrase I believe in 2010. Our son’s friends, became a part of out extended family, and as a result Roxane and I became surrogate parents and now subsequently surrogate grandparents.

In essence the day for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter is decided and we inform everyone, we all have our assigned tasks Myles and Nicolas make the dough, I cooked the potatoes, Nicolas adds cheese and what ever makes sense,  Simon (Nicolas best buddy from grade school) cuts up the onions. The day of the feast, people show up around noon/ 1 pm the dough is rolled out, I cut the triangles and we make a couple hundred of perogies. As perogies are made I cook them and put them in various containers and slather fried onions in margarine over them. Of course around 5:00 pm we still down and eat the perogies along with the main course that Roxane has made (we have had lamb, brisket, turkey, ham pulled pork … depends what we fell like making as the main) … and the best part desert … home made ice cream.

These are NOT cookie cutter perogies, each and every of them is hand made. The key to why perogie feast is a  moment … what make these perogies so special, besides the fact that we make them from scratch … is what we put into them … different types of cheese, beer, garlic and other herbs .. our perogies are to die for.

At the end of the day … everyone leaves with a bag of 12 or so perogies.

This moment is something we all look forward to because it is when we bond as family and friends and make the best perogies each and every time and share what is new in our lives.

Below is a short video of last time we made perogies around the island in the kitchen Christmas 2016.

https://vimeo.com/199944775

As special request for January 29th a group of my wife’s friends want to make perogies, so they are coming over, i will make sure to take a picture of a plate of perogies and post it to this post.

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Post 6 COM0011: The squeaky wheel gets attention …

I write not as social activist, but as an interested citizen that expects the Ottawa Police specifically and members of the Law Enforcement in general, to protect and serve in the community as it has been trained to do. Writing this post is difficult, because I have many friends in the black community from diverse countries. I know and have socialized with blacks from Ghana, Ethiopia, Benin, Haiti just to name a few.

I visited Benin in West Africa and lived and worked with Benin citizens (2010), I enjoyed food in restaurants, Cotonu, Benin, where no white man would ever go unless accompanied and protected by a local person.

When I visited Ethiopia (2009), I had personal body guard to make sure no harm came to me when I would go from the hotel we stayed at, to a coffee shop no more than 25 yards up the street for breakfast. If fact, when I went out to a bar in Ethiopia, and I needed to go to the bathroom my body guard accompanied me.

I ask any black person who is a tourist or visitor in the City of Ottawa, do you need a personal body guard to walk down the street to go for a coffee or breakfast like I needed in Ethiopia.

I have read and watched and listened about the tragic death of Abdirahman Abdi in Hintonburg. On one point I agree, his death was tragic and avoidable.

Perhaps, lets look at the broader perspective.

The black community, and specifically, the Somalia Community has run rough shod over the Police Department, the Mayor and anyone they can throw mud at in regards to this story. In this case “the squeaky wheel getting attention” is the black community in Ottawa. I am not sure what your opinion is, my sense, the “black lives matter” is no where close to the problem it is in the United States. Yet they use this as a way to blow their horn.

Today my wife mentioned, that the staff at the Coffee Shop where the incident happened, that lead to Abdirham Abdi tragic death finally spoke up.

Here is what I understand happened:

  • this was not the first time he did this.
  • he would stand in line and stare at women
  • staff had to ask him to either purchase or move out of the way so as not to interfere with other customers.
  • he groped a white woman

More to the point, we all have a choice in the actions we take each and everyday of our lives. Abdirham Abdi made a choice to go to the coffee shop and take a course of action not acceptable in Canadian Society.

I  reiterate my earlier statement: Abdirham Abdi death was tragic and avoidable. 

Here are some thoughts and questions:

  • Is Abdirham Abdi responsible for his actions? In this case, if he had not initiated his groping of a female, he would still be alive, correct?
  • If, as his family stated he had a mental health issue, why didn’t his brother or a family member go with him to the coffee shop?
  • If, as story seems to suggest he had family issues, why did he not seek OR have support from the Somali Community for his Mental Health issues?

My final thought and my personal experience, about, 7 years ago my wife and I went though a very difficult time in our marriage. She left of find herself, I had stayed in the marriage home, managed the finances and made sure we did not default on payments and managed the business we owned together. I used the Family services to talk to a counsellor, she helped me deal with the mental aspect of my crisis.

If you looked at me then, you could not tell I had mental health issues, however, I was needy, depressed and on the verge of collapse. Many times I cried myself to bed begging God to help and tell me why this was happening to me. But I never ever gave up, my friends and my family was there to listen and provide a shoulder to cry on.

Canada is the best country in the world, we are second to no one when it comes to the safety and security of its citizens,  at least that is my perspective.

The black community in this city should look at its own people and ask do you have mental problems? If you do we are here to help! Rather passing the buck and feigning innocence.

Every morning I listen to Randall Moore on CHEZ 106, take a moment to listen to his thoughts about the tragic death of Abdirham Abdi. I may not agree with him all the time, this time his rant is right on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMM0011• Bog Post#5 • my favorite car …

You may laugh or smile begrudgingly at this blog.

The human race enjoys a love affair with the automobile (insert car, van truck as your preference). We use the car on many levels for business and/or personnel levels in the area’s of transportation, pleasure and work. I do not know about you, but I sense a symbiotic relationship occurring between us and the mechanical machine we drive, that moves us from point A to point B. Sitting behind the steering wheel in any vehicle evokes a sense of power on a mental and physical level … it FEELS GOOD.

Growing up I remember my fathers 1956 Chrysler Windsor, give him a destination he would drive you, the family, anybody there, his personal nirvana space to dream in was in front of the steering wheel of his car. As a family (including my brothers) we went through your typical blend of automobiles such as, Volkswagen Beetles (my oldest brother loved these … he drove 4 different versions), Chrysler Windsor … yes my dad bought a second one), Ford Pinto, Ford Maverick and Chevrolet Sunbird.

In the mid 70’s my first automobile was a 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle, red 4 door, with lots of problems. The most famous of issue, was driving to Toronto and back, using 30 quarts of oil. I laugh now, but I remember driving into a gas station, instead of the attendant asking filler-up? …  he asked “Do you want me to check the oil?”. My second car was a 1972 Pontiac Lemans, Bonze, 2 door, loved and drove in for three years. I blew the engine driving 120 miles an hour to Wildwood Beach, New Jersey and back in 1979, it became an oil burner after that trip, it was never the same.

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1979 Fiat Strada

In 1979 Fiat introduced the Strada to compete with Volkswagen Golf in North America. I read the reviews, especially the car of the year competition, it was second. I bought a a brand new 4 door version, green, 5 speed manual transmission, and loved it.  Drove it for 4 years. It was a bomb, like a sports car and was exceptional on gas. Not the best car for Canadian winters. I probably could have kept it running for many years, much like every body else, I became part of the generation that changed their car every 4 to 5 years. In 1983 I sold it for $150for scrap.

For the next fifteen years my little family and I went through various automobiles, Lada (yes my wife had a Russian made Lada she sold it one week before the Russians shot down the Korean Jet, after that you could not given them away) Mazda 323 & 626, Saturn Vue, Mazda Protege and a Chevrolet HHR. They each had their own sense of style and useful purpose. Currently we are driving 2009 vehicles … Jeep Patriot and Chrysler PT Cruiser.

My true favourite car, is the classic vehicle I own … you may laugh a, two door 1982 Fiat Ritmo, the European version of the 1979 Fiat Strada that I mentioned above. I found this automobile for sale in 2007 in Toronto. I digress, but interesting side note, in the early 80’s while working in Recreation and Parks for the City of Ottawa one of my fellow colleagues noticed my Fiat Strada, he laughed, he said when I go back to Italy (he is a native Italian) I drive a Ritmo, great car he said.

There is even a web site call Ritmo World that links Ritmo owners across the world.

Back to the Ritmo, after driving it in the summer every year since I purchased it 2007, other than major mechanical work, I did nothing to the body, I let it rust. Parking it religiously in the garage every winter from October to March. April Fools Day is April 1st, so this is a metaphor for my foolishness in buying the car, and thus it is insured for driving on that day, so I take it out for a good spin.

I love driving around in the Ritmo, young and old look at me with a whimsical nod or big smile and say cool … good for you. The best  feeling is when high school students and young drivers in their 20’s look and give a big thumbs up.

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1982 Fiat RitmoTC105 restored

It is the simplicity of the car inside and out that attracts me. No electronic devices, no air (but it does have a sunroof) heck no radio, no air bags, just roar of the Italian engine and wind in your hair on a hot summers day brings a smile of satisfaction on the road in the city or the country. Just this last spring I spent a lot of money to restore the body, next year i hope to redo the interior and then detail the engine.

Why did I buy … not sure. It was something I had to do at the time, I was turning 55 and wanted a piece of the past. Perhaps I was in mid-life crises mode.

Thoughts to ponder and perhaps comment on the post … 

  • Do you have a favourite car from the past you would like to drive or own?
  • Does a car remind you of your father/mother or any person in particular?
  • Do you pine to drive a car that is just out of the ordinary?