money

work more -> play more

So, i was all set to order a set of rims next week… Kazera KZ-A’s, with Kumho rubber. They’re nice rims, OK weight (22lb for 18/8.5 on the front, 25lb for 18/9.5 on the rear). The silver finish is pretty good, polished lip. Overall, a pretty nice set of wheels, with the cheapest rubber i can live with, so my Z will look sexy for the summer. Here’s some visual aids:

  

Nice looking rims, right? Clean, simple look, quality reports have been good. And once i file my taxes next week, i should be able to afford them (almost – but only a month or two on the CC and they’d be legit). Or (heaven forbid) i could even wait the month or two and buy them with cash (huh? wha? i’m confused… how does that work?) Tirerack has them in stock, and they’d even mount and balance them for me (for free). So, what’s the problem??

This is the problem:

The SSR (Speed Star Racing) Professor SP-1

Just a moment while i wipe up the drool, before it ruins my keyboard.

I could get 18/8.5’s in the front, and 18/10’s in the back. (That’s hot.) They’re real 3-piece, so pretty much whatever offset i want (translation: huge sexy dish and they’ll still clear the brakes). They’re crazy light: about 18 lbs on the front, about 21 in the back. That’s on a 10″ wide 18 people! The hypersilver (also called super black chrome) finish pictured above is absolutely beautiful. If you recall the ADR’s i sold to Clint, you know the finish i’m talking about. Mile-deep shine. My mouth is watering again just thinking about it. They are hot, too hot. I drool over them. I lust after them.

They are $1000 more than the Kazera’s – literally twice the price.

SSR filed for bankruptcy protection this week. Although that means different things for a Japanese company than a US one (the govt will likely bail them out) it does shed some doubt on their future… ie: could i still get these rims in a year? Maybe not. No one sells them used. Apparently they take them to the grave, or something. I know i would.

Okay, so we’ve established that the SSR’s are the clear choice for the straight-pimpin, deep-dish-flashin, five-spoke-lovin brand whore such as yours truly. Where does that leave me? I either need to marry into money… or i need to make more myself. Which brings us to my topic (finally, i know). If i want to roll with the big boys this summer, i need a side job. Prostitution is not an option, as we all know i already troll north aurora on weekend nights trying to get picked up by strangers, and so far that has not made me rich (although it has left me with lots of funny stories and a few scary flashbacks). I currently work wed-thurs-fri-sat. They are 12 hour shifts, so moonlighting is out. I really think i need sundays off (plus sundays are autocross day ;). So that leaves monday and tuesday. Options…

1 – temp work. I’m going to talk with some agencies next week, but i’m not sure if they’ll have mon-tues-only gigs very often.

2 – contract work. Believe me, i’m bleeding this turnip as dry as i can, but everyone i know is gagging for tech work, so the referral mill is not really churning them out.

3 – part time job. Might be a good idea to do something that makes me money twice. That is, that saves me money on something i already buy, plus pays me. Like Starbucks. Or Schucks. I did the grocery store thing, but they always wanted me late at night, and that eventually ruined me for my day job. Plus the discount didn’t work on beer. Where else do i spend a lot of money?…. uh… Sno county PUD? Haha. Open to suggestions. Who hires people to only work mondays and tuesdays?

4 – scams and sleazy things. I’m talking the multilevel marketing, the “get rich at home licking envelopes”, the free-ipod (if you sign 10 of your friends up for a lifetime of spam)… I’m not sure there is any emperical evidence (unless you count that guy on tv with the suit covered in question marks) that there is money to be made here, unless i sold the free ipod. Which i think i’d have a hard time doing, cause if i actually did manage to betray enough friends’ privacy to get one, i’d want to keep it, since mine is all busted and stuff.

5 – sell something. I’m gonna do this anyway, but i don’t think it’s gonna make or break the deal. Anyone interested in a VG30DETT engine block? It’s only slightly used…

6 – sell myself. I mean figurately here: marketing research studies, medical experimentation… wasn’t there that ad in the paper in college where they’d pay you 200 dollars to walk on crutches for three weeks? You know, for science? I could do that. I mean, if it was for science… and 200 dollars. I wonder if i could test more than one thing at once, and come out ahead? Like video games and eyedrops? Or red wine and stain remover? Or espresso and toilet paper? Ok, we’ll just stop there.

As an added bonus to all of this, once i’ve paid for my completely sexy new wheels, i can use the extra money i make working the off-days to pay off bills, travel, or just hang out with all the new friends i’ll make rolling around with SSR’s. Really, the only downside is i won’t have as much time at home to play Gran Turismo 4 when it comes out in 19 more days… but just thinking about 10″ wide SSR’s gives me a warm fuzzy feeling that a video game cannot compare to.

Take a ride on my fancy submarine?

Talked to Holly today for a bit while it was slow at work. We agreed that both of us need to marry into money, as we’d both rather be drinking margaritas and playing poker on the deck of a yacht than working right now. This is not to say that we don’t enjoy our jobs – both of us like our respective occupations very well, thank you – but we’d sure enjoy not having to work a whole lot more! Unfortunately, one of us is going to have to be the rich one in order for our genius plan to work, and right now that’s neither of us. Personally, i’m rooting for Holly, as she’s in law school and has a lot of potential. She promised she’d let me know as soon as she makes it big, so we can start making plans. 🙂

On the subject of throwing money around, here’s one more thing to add to my fantasy wishlist. I’ve always figured i’d get a big phatty yacht when i either (a) win the big lotto or (b) make a mint on company stock. But then Lance Lloyd (my coworker and NOC mentor) introduced me to US Submarines. Click on ‘Submarines’, choose ‘Luxury’, and download the spec for the ‘Phoenix 1000.’ This is the new defnition of traveling in style. A floating bungalow with every amenity that you can submerge up to 2000 feet for up to 20 days, to look at the neat fishies or just hide out from everything and everyone. A dive chamber so you can step out for a stroll in your wetsuit on the ocean floor, and a mini-sub that launches out the back for quick jaunts around the reef or into port for more margarita mix. I can’t freakin believe how cool this thing is. Read the brochure and i guarantee you’ll want one. So i’ll definitely be spending a cool way-too-many-freakin-million dollars on one as soon as i cash that big novelty check. And if you’re nice, i’ll take you for a ride. 🙂