The past week was jam packed and eventful at the very least. Let’s start off with Sunday. I met up with Charlie for the Porsche contest B-roll shoot. We did the voice overs at the office, followed by some videos, and finalized the final shot at Matchstick Coffee with dinner across the street at Sel y Limon. The food there was alright. No comparison to LA.
Monday – I met with Jane and Neil for coffee at Theirry. We simply talked about life and whatnot and the barista there fucked me over royally because he made me a regular Americano, despite ordering decaf. Fawk.
Tuesday, I had dinner with two friends who live in oblivion (re: New Westminster aka old people boring city.) We had dinner at Bambudda, enjoying the chef’s creation dinner courtesy of Ray and Chef Curtis Luk. I won’t go into the details of dinner because there are some menu items that are NOT on the current menu, but needless to say, food and drinks were fantastic as always. Both my friends enjoyed their cultural experience and we all had a great time. I look forward to trying their Dine Out menu!
Wednesday, I had dinner at Burdock & Co. (which was alright) followed by a quick decaf @ 49th Parallel where I saw Cissy and Lisa. The end of the night was a real surprise. But more on that another time.
Thursday – I got sick. I had to pass on going to band practice that evening. This stupid sinus/nasal congestion upset my balance and my hearing went to shit.
The odometer hit 58,900KM. It breaks my heart, but this car was meant to be driven and enjoyed. And to this very day, every time I get into this car and fire it up, I am always smiling. I can attest to being enamored to the ideals and dedication that Porsche embodies.
I went to see Joe for my usual haircut then met up with Eddie after for drinks/dinner. We ended up at Shebeen so I invited Neil, who came by to have dinner and a drink with us too. Neat place, nicely stocked bar, but I still think Bambudda’s bar for mixed drinks are way better.
Saturday was a great day. I went to see Audrey @ Master Framers to pick up my first project with her. Both posters were completed and the final product was beautiful – better than I had expected! The Deus Ex Machina poster was stunning – the glossy red frame draws your eyes onto the overhead shot of the classic and iconic aircooled Porsche 930 turbo.
This bike poster was originally from veloposters.com (Australia.) It is a tribute to my affinity for Italian garbage, and this poster pays hommage for my lust for Italian steel frame bikes and their glory during their hey days. Featuring a Masi steel frame road bike.
I sneaked over to see John and Ian at Pacific Multisport to say hello then dropped my suit off for dry cleaning at Michael’s place. Sheena wasn’t in. Too bad.
Afterwards, I hit up Tiger’s for lunch and to pick up the “Your Lie In April” CD which Kie so gratefully arranged for me! I am so excited! But I don’t want to open the CD! The struggle is real, children.
And this brings us to the dilemma of the week – how and where to mount the posters. More so, I still have a bunch of motorcycle and BMW posters that need to be mounted, but I am too lazy. Or maybe it is lack of motivation. I need to find my muse. Sometimes, the idea of hanging them up makes it seem like I’m trapped in some sort of time/space continuum.
One of my friends who I had dinner with pointed out my lust for Porsche. And it’s true. You see, my father, being in the automotive industry, would often take me to car shows and meets on a regular basis. He did a lot of work on high end cars, ranging from Jaguars, Rolls Royce, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and even F1 race cars.
It was at one car meet at Seymour Mountain, I saw a Porsche 911SC. I was so fascinated with the body lines, the rear-mounted engine, and it’s 2+2 configuration. It was different and I admired that a lot. It broke so many rules from the norm and differentiated itself in a unique and tasteful way. I didn’t know a lot about cars, but I knew for myself that one day, I would get one. More so, a gangster who lived in our project had an Intermeccanica roadster, based off the Porsche 356. I thought that was a very cool car so I told myself I would have to get one of these. I had a lot of big dreams as a young kid and who knew, they would one day come true?
Fast forward a few years later, one of my neighbours got a scale model for me as a Christmas present. Low and behold – it was a Porsche 930 Turbo in Guards Red. I put everything aside, including playing hide & seek with the kids in the neighborhood to build this model. I was so proud of the end result. Unfortunately, the model was lost when we moved so I never saw it again.
Throughout the years, I had never forgotten that Porsche 911SC and the model car I built. I would see Porsches roll around town and along the highway when my dad took us out on road trips. After high school, I bought my first car, a 1988 Toyota MR2 Supercharged, and still, deep down inside, I had wanted a Porsche, but of course, I couldn’t afford one.
I decided to move on to the SW20 MR2 Turbo and before I bought it, I had went to see a 1983 Porsche 911SC in black but the moment I showed up, someone had put a deposit down on it! So the MR2 was only a second choice, as much as I hate to admit it. One day, I went shopping for groceries at the Save-On Foods at Park and Tilford and parked beside some guy’s 911SC. We chatted for a bit and I remember him saying, “Keep working hard, kid.” And that I did. Which leads me to this very day where I now own my very own Porsche despite deviating from my original path where I had owned an Alfa Romeo Spider, an E30 BMW, and the E36 M3.
I’ve also had several people ask me “What is your affinity with Porsche?” Well, the affinity comes from a set of principals and ideals which align with my own. I am simply enamored by their technical innovation and immortal design which lives on to this very day from it’s humble beginnings. Ferry Porsche was determined to build a car he wanted, and that he did, successfully too. I admire the fact that Porsche built a car from the ground up, and made it right the first time. Nothing much has really changed. The classic lines, the body figure, engineering process still stays true to Porsche. And Porsche has their own stories of success and failure too – much like all us humans do. They learn from their mistakes and grow as a company, through thick and thin.
Hopefully us humans and society as a whole will look up to Porsche’s ideals. They stand out. They’re different. And they have their own set of rules. As my friend Jenn said to me, “You are a unique bird.” I’d have to agree. Perhaps, enigmatic at that.