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Old 11-24-2007, 04:29 PM
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Pose that got the loudest ovation (smile)
Now that's a great pic, bro. Gotta frame that one.
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140 MPH in France is NOT to be recommended. The maximum speed is 81 MPH. In fact, if you get stopped at anything over 100 MPH you are in big trouble.

I have a friend who did exactly this, around 140 MPH. He was stopped by the police, fined several thousand Euros and the car, a new Porsche, was impounded. A year later, he is still trying to get it back and he doesn't think he ever will.
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Day 2

FYI for anyone who has never driven a BMW with the Sports Package-- get ready for one bumpy ride. Its definitely something I have to get used to. I basically passed out most of Friday (after I posted the picts).
I woke up to go to the show that Jacque is in @ the Chatelet theater.
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189- View outside the theater
193- View inside the theater
205- Jacque in mid pose on stage
206- Ovation from the crowd, Jacque has the star over her head (Orange Skirt)
216- Jacque after the show
217- Together with the BM
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232- In front of the Lourve @ night

Jacque is in love w/ the heater seats.. me not so much (smile). We used the Navigation to locate several Gas stations in the city so that we could fill up. How does one do a ED with Nav, I don't know..
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140 MPH in France is NOT to be recommended. The maximum speed is 81 MPH. In fact, if you get stopped at anything over 100 MPH you are in big trouble.

I have a friend who did exactly this, around 140 MPH. He was stopped by the police, fined several thousand Euros and the car, a new Porsche, was impounded. A year later, he is still trying to get it back and he doesn't think he ever will.
Wow.. That story may have made me more conservative-- though I don't plan on doing it again. It was roughly 10PM and there weren't any cars for a long stretch of the highway. I was consistently between 90 & 120 on the way however. The cars just merged to the right-- out of my way. What I found to be weird was how the highways are mostly just two lanes..

On a positive note: after the show, Jacque came out with some of the cast members and proceeded to show them how the top drops... They were estatic... Alicia Keys & Ne-Yo on the Logic 7 were a crowd pleaser as well
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Congratulations on a gorgeous ride Love the color coordinated outfit at delivery... very stylish!
Thanks man.. didn't do it on purpose, but it worked out (smile)(!)
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Old 11-25-2007, 05:04 AM
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Great write up and color choice.Next time,no chocolate and get a co- pilot !
Irv, I tried!! My fiance couldn't do it because of work. My buddy in Spain was captain of Barcelona's bball team and played in the Olympics in Greece in '02. His contract was up this year, and Barca did not re-sign. He told me that he and his girlfriend would join me if he did not have a team by the time I picked up the car. Several weeks before the pickup, he was signed by Benetton in Italy... no Co-Pilot.

I was dreading the trip by myself... but its done... and I arrived safely!
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Old 11-25-2007, 05:09 AM
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Now that's a great pic, bro. Gotta frame that one.
What up Adrian... Loving the car man.. thanks for your help. Cruising in Europe in a BM is priceless... Awesome experience (- the chocolate)
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Love this pict.. Had to post it again (smile)
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Old 11-25-2007, 06:48 AM
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Love this pict.. Had to post it again (smile)
Yeah, that is indeed a great pic.

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Thanks for the report and photos.
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I went to McDonalds, quick eats, before I started the trek to Paris solo... no Kill Story here as I parked in the lot across the street


and how could you make a kill without the drive-thru (McDrive in France)
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Congratulations on all accounts. Great car and great pictures. More importantly, best wishes to the two of you.

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So, to add another chapter to my ED saga, I proposed to Jacquelyn in Paris in Aug of 2006. As she was heading to Paris for a week off from her tour, I intercepted her in Frankfurt (she had no idea that i was showing up!). We went to Paris, and I surprised her at dinner with a proposal @ Georges (top of Center George Pompidou which has brilliant panoramic view of the ctiy Pari).
Here is a picture of us at the same exact seat & table!... 1 year 4 months later
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Thanks for linking this thread on the 3-series site and "Things you were surprised to learn about your BMW" thread there. You have created a new definition of "performance delivery" and the photo of the Welt crowd cheering is a classic.
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Thanks for linking this thread on the 3-series site and "Things you were surprised to learn about your BMW" thread there. You have created a new definition of "performance delivery" and the photo of the Welt crowd cheering is a classic.
Who thought the Germans would cheer for a random foreigner!?!

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Who thought the Germans would cheer for a random foreigner!?!

(smile)
I've been told not to be surprised if some of the Germans are rude to americans. I had nothing but a good things to say about the Germans. Very helpful people.

I wanted to get gas someone off the A9 (I was lost and was about to run out of gas heading up towards Nurinberg). So I go up there and give the lady my credit card. She blabbed away in German and after a minute I figured she must mean pump FIRST, then pay. So I did that, and paid and we both laughed. She didn't understand a bit of english and I didn't understand a word she said. After the trip, I thought to myself the Germans have a way of making us 'foreigner' feel at home. I guess it helps I wasn't being arrogant in the typical 'arrogant american' way .
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I've been told not to be surprised if some of the Germans are rude to americans. I had nothing but a good things to say about the Germans. Very helpful people.

I wanted to get gas someone off the A9 (I was lost and was about to run out of gas heading up towards Nurinberg). So I go up there and give the lady my credit card. She blabbed away in German and after a minute I figured she must mean pump FIRST, then pay. So I did that, and paid and we both laughed. She didn't understand a bit of english and I didn't understand a word she said. After the trip, I thought to myself the Germans have a way of making us 'foreigner' feel at home. I guess it helps I wasn't being arrogant in the typical 'arrogant american' way .
I'll never understand why Americans care so much what others feel or say about us. I dont think we are arrogant, sure there are a lot of ignorant people in this country, but hell.. there is ignorance all over the world. If anyone has the right to be arrogant, WE do.. we have a huge country, the largest economy, the best technology, the best military, etc... etc... I know someone is going to say... well.. why cant we make a decent car... and i'll give it to the Germans and Italians they make good cars... but hell, we make rocket ships and supersonic stealth jets. blah! I'm just venting because I really like living here... we're not perfect, but with 300+ million people, we cant really be compared to Germany, the UK, France, Sweden, etc...
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I've been told not to be surprised if some of the Germans are rude to americans. I had nothing but a good things to say about the Germans. Very helpful people.

I wanted to get gas someone off the A9 (I was lost and was about to run out of gas heading up towards Nurinberg). So I go up there and give the lady my credit card. She blabbed away in German and after a minute I figured she must mean pump FIRST, then pay. So I did that, and paid and we both laughed. She didn't understand a bit of english and I didn't understand a word she said. After the trip, I thought to myself the Germans have a way of making us 'foreigner' feel at home. I guess it helps I wasn't being arrogant in the typical 'arrogant american' way .
Glad you liked the Germans. It helps in any country not to be arrogant. I wish more Germans would remember this on their summer vacations in southern countries.

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If anyone has the right to be arrogant, WE do.. we have a huge country, the largest economy, the best technology, the best military, etc... etc... I know someone is going to say... well.. why cant we make a decent car... and i'll give it to the Germans and Italians they make good cars... but hell, we make rocket ships and supersonic stealth jets. blah! I'm just venting because I really like living here... we're not perfect, but with 300+ million people, we cant really be compared to Germany, the UK, France, Sweden, etc...
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Glad you liked the Germans. It helps in any country not to be arrogant. I wish more Germans would remember this on their summer vacations in southern countries.
I had a great experience during my short time there. I didn't understand the pump first business.. at ALL. In nYc.. you would not get paid in some areas (smile)


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I'll never understand why Americans care so much what others feel or say about us. I dont think we are arrogant, sure there are a lot of ignorant people in this country, but hell.. there is ignorance all over the world. If anyone has the right to be arrogant, WE do.. we have a huge country, the largest economy, the best technology, the best military, etc... etc... I know someone is going to say... well.. why cant we make a decent car... and i'll give it to the Germans and Italians they make good cars... but hell, we make rocket ships and supersonic stealth jets. blah! I'm just venting because I really like living here... we're not perfect, but with 300+ million people, we cant really be compared to Germany, the UK, France, Sweden, etc...
This is why we have problems. When you start thinking like this, then you lose the entire purpose of Global citizenship. We isolate, and then eventually lose touch with whats important to other people. This happens with personal relationships as well as with multi-national affairs. Bottom line is: My ED was "blaze"; I expect redelivery in a week or so, and I don't want to hijack the thread with politics.
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I'll never understand why Americans care so much what others feel or say about us. I dont think we are arrogant, sure there are a lot of ignorant people in this country, but hell.. there is ignorance all over the world. If anyone has the right to be arrogant, WE do.. we have a huge country, the largest economy, the best technology, the best military, etc... etc... I know someone is going to say... well.. why cant we make a decent car... and i'll give it to the Germans and Italians they make good cars... but hell, we make rocket ships and supersonic stealth jets. blah! I'm just venting because I really like living here... we're not perfect, but with 300+ million people, we cant really be compared to Germany, the UK, France, Sweden, etc...
Wow, that's almost what the Romans said in the third century.
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I had a great experience during my short time there. I didn't understand the pump first business.. at ALL. In nYc.. you would not get paid in some areas (smile)




This is why we have problems. When you start thinking like this, then you lose the entire purpose of Global citizenship. We isolate, and then eventually lose touch with whats important to other people. This happens with personal relationships as well as with multi-national affairs. Bottom line is: My ED was "blaze"; I expect redelivery in a week or so, and I don't want to hijack the thread with politics.

I'm not a global citizen nor do I want to be. I have thoroughly enjoyed my travels around the world, however, my culture is American, my family is American, who I am as a person as been influenced by the fact i grew up as an American household... thus I am a Citizen of the United States of America ... when I went to Germany on my ED trip, I was not treated like a German... I was in Europe for 2 weeks, usually, the first thing I was asked was....."where are you from?" or "are you American?". I embrace all cultures... and I dont walk around telling people that I am a gringo.. but im always treated as such ... the world is a great place... but I will never be ashamed to be American!

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If anyone has the right to be arrogant, WE do.. we have a huge country, the largest economy, the best technology, the best military, etc... etc...
No achievement can be an excuse for arrogance.

(Besides, what exactly was your contribution to all this greatness?)


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So what? Our rocket ships were built by a bunch of German refugees with shady pasts. The Atom bomb by another bunch of those silly Europeans.

Other countries make rocket ships. The French & British made a supersonic passenger jet. Big freakin deal.


Amazingly enough, none of these technological achievements are what America should be proud of. There are plenty of other - simpler - things that had way more impact. It's those other things that raise the expectations of the US around the world, and create the backlash when those expectations are not met.
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(Besides, what exactly was your contribution to all this greatness?)


I vote, pay taxes, and if need be I would take a bullet between the eyes to make sure that our country's ideals are upheld.

So what? Our rocket ships were built by a bunch of German refugees with shady pasts. The Atom bomb by another bunch of those silly Europeans
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Thats the beauty of America... those people, while European in ancestry are American... try saying that anywhere else.. go tell a Frenchman that youre French simply because you live there. Or tell someone in the UK that youre English and see their reaction.

We dont have a perfect past, and sometimes our current leaders dont make the best decisions... I personally despise our current president, but we have so much potential, and so many great things here. I spoke to as many people as I could about this issue... I remember speaking to Hans the cab driver that took me from my hotel to the Welt. He told me his story about having worked for years as a journalist, his company went out of business and he was out of a job. He had to provide for his family so he began driving a cab. He told me that he was concerned about being able to find another job as a journalist now because his resume would show that he worked as a cab driver for over a year. He said he wished he could come live here in the USA, because here he wouldnt have to worry about being judged for driving a cab while he found another job.


Other countries make rocket ships. The French & British made a supersonic passenger jet. Big freakin deal.

Youre right, its not a big we could have very easily done the same... we actually had plans since the 1950's to do so.


Amazingly enough, none of these technological achievements are what America should be proud of. There are plenty of other - simpler - things that had way more impact. It's those other things that raise the expectations of the US around the world, and create the backlash when those expectations are not met.
I agree, I have been very disappointed with what has occurred in the past 8 years or so domestically and Internationally. I HOPE that new leadership will help restore faith in the American Dream.
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