Hello & Welcome

When I was 15 I went to England for the first time. Following the requisite castle visits, cathedral tours and Stonehenge excursion, we spent time in London. Everywhere were Minis. The small roads and generally smaller areas made small cars a necessity (have you ever seen an H2 drive in London?!). So it was in…

Adventure on Pause

So what happens next, right? Where did the adventure take us? The answer is, nowhere. At least for a while. A while as in 5 years. We considered a trial run of Mark coming here for a few months, but it wasn’t the right time. So we remained in touch, and I took other MINI…

A Graphic Tale

In a matter of speaking anyway. I did graphic design for a while for a paper company and a packaged concrete company. I got pretty good. In addition to planning meets, I loved all the little things that went along with them. And though it’s ancient history now, I designed the original Sunshine MINIs logo…

A MINI Adventure, Pt. 2

So after Mark visited me in Miami, it was my turn to visit him in England. Not to be shown up by my DO ALL THE THINGS IN FLORIDA trip, Mark planned an amazing time for us. We went to London and Paris! We saw the Eiffel Tower, and Tower Bridge, the London Eye and…

Warbucks – the second MINI

My first MINI was a CVT – Continuously Variable Transmission. This was the only automatic transmission option at launch. Unfortunately, the first generation of CVTs were pretty terrible, and I did not escape this experience. My car would do this random revving when I was stopped with the car running (like at a stoplight). Then…

MINI COOPER ADVENTURE IN PROGRESS

So you invited a stranger to come visit? Now what’s the plan? Well, the plan is to schedule every moment of every day and to do ALL THE THINGS. All the things in Florida anyway. We started with a MINI Rally to Key West. I planned it, got group rates at a hotel, scheduled various…

The Italian Job

In the summer of 2003, The Italian Job was released . This was a reboot of the original, but only loosely based on that original story. Loosely as in a robbery and MINIs. MINI took full advantage of the moment and even scheduled a viewing party for MINI owners – what a fantastic event! I…

Stick ’em up

When I was waiting for my first MINI to arrive (I ordered it the first weekend they were available, and waited patiently for it to be built and shipped here, a process that took about 3 months), I became obsessed with what my coworker Dania used to call M.M.P.E.M. Sidebar. Dania was the receptionist in…

MINI Duck

In the midst of the excitement for the new MINI, I read about someone looking for an automatic Chili Red & White MINI Cooper to use in a commercial, of sorts. They had filmed part of the commercial in a norther state with snow, but needed some shots of a MINI in Miami for the…

The beginning – Annie & new friends

Annie is what I called my first Cooper in 2002. The xenon headlights reminded me of the weird white eyes that the cartoon Little Orphan Annie had, and the fact that Annie always wore red and white with black shoes made it seem a fitting name. Though they still are to a point, at the…