Hi guys. I haven't been posting much here lately, and I thought I'd check in and share a few great things that have been happening in my life.
First and foremost, as those of you who are friends with me on Facebook know, my wife and I are now proud parents of a beautiful daughter, Elizabeth. She was born January 18th, 7lbs 7oz, and she's my life:
Work is going great. I made a post in Ted's work thread
about it, so I won't repeat it here.
On the car front:
Late last year, my Z28's clutch slave cylinder took a ****. With my wife pregnant, winter looming, and not knowing what kind of financial hit I was going to take in the form of hospital bills, I parked it. Interestingly, the clutch still holds, which makes for some interesting driving prospects (i.e. starting in gear, clutchless shifting, etc.), which is how I got it home the day it failed.
Having gotten a raise/promotion in the meantime, and having paid all of the medical bills related to Elizabeth's birth, a couple weeks ago I ordered all of the parts I need to fix the car. Now I just need time. With 110k on the stock clutch and the tranny comming out, I decided a new clutch and flywheel were in order. I have plans to add quite a bit of horsepower, so I went with something a little more capable than the stock LS6 unit.
I now have a McLeod RXT twin-disc clutch (good for 800hp) and an ACT forged steel flywheel (15lbs) awaiting installation. For good measure I threw in ARP bolts for everything. Also pictured is the replacement slave cylinder. I'm hoping to find time to install everything this weekend. Once it's in, I'm really looking forward to driving it again. It's been WAY too long, and I'm excited to see how much more quickly it revs with the lighter flywheel. Assuming all goes well, I'll be at the SCCA autocross at Grattan Raceway on Labor Day -- usually the only racing event I can manage each year, but one I make a point not to miss.
On the Grand National front, I have some really interesting news, but it's embargoed for now. I did update my sig, though, hint hint. I'll be able to share more once Hot Rod magazine publishes the story. They told me to expect it in the November issue, which should hit the stands in early September.
I've also been making lots of fun updates to my home. A couple years ago, we built a deck -- I think I posted that here at the time. It's 25x25' elevated, and it doubles as a two-car carport underneath. I bought a two-zone receiver for my living room and ran the second zone out to a pair of outdoor speakers mounted in the soffits so that we can have music on the deck. In the process, I made a few mistakes, which led me to enter avsforum.com's contest in which you tell them about your biggest home theater install mistake in hopes of winning a home theater projector. I entered and won.
That, of course, led to the purchase of the rest of the gear needed for a theater -- receiver, subwoofer, screen, etc. My wife and I were already in the process of tearing apart the basement for a complete remodel, and so we revised our plans a little and now it's a theater:
It's a 100" accoustically transparent screen from Elite. The system is powered by a Denon AVR-2313ci. The sub is a Klipsch RW12d. I'm using junk for the rest of the speakers for now, but plan to purchase something really nice when the time is right.
Here, my daughter is watching Baby Einstein via YouTube on my BluRay player.
My financial situation is much improved these days compared to what it looked like the last time I was really active on this forum. Aside from the raise I mentioned above, my home value has recovered enough (thanks in part to the deck we added) that I was able to refinance my two mortgages into one. Finally being out from under that terrible second mortgage ($35k @ 13.69%) is immensely helpful! I've paid off all of my other loans except for my wife's car, which will be paid off at the end of this year. All of this has freed up a ton of income which I can now use for things that are a lot more fun, including more car mods, home theater upgrades, and in a few years adding a master suite to our house.
So yeah, lots of cool new stuff in my life these days. What's new with you guys?