2014 Porsche Cayman (981)

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We actually bought the Porsche Cayman back in October 2013, but this is the first time I will blog about it. After owning two “saloon” cars for the past six years, we thought it was time to inject some fun back into our garage! Since we sold the BMW E46 M3 back in 2007, my interest in sports cars had declined.  This was until we started attending Formula One races, watching the Ferrari Challenge and Porsche GT Cup supporting races!  Wow, what a rush!

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The last time we bought a car was in 2008 and we were eclipsing 100,000 mi on both the 2007 Audi A4 and 2008 Mercedes C300.  This, along with my renewed interest in sports cars, convinced me to start shopping!  We had owned every brand under the sun: BMW, Mercedes, VW, Toyota, Audi, Honda, Acura… After our experiences with all of these brands we decided we would stick with a German brand. We loved the handling and quality of all the German cars we’ve owned in the past. We wanted a true sports car, something luxurious, and something with a little “wow” factor. One key requirement was we didn’t want to do the mundane thing and buy another Mercedes or BMW. Sure, we loved those cars, but why the heck would we want to spend tens of thousands of dollars on “the same thing”? We had owned every class of BMW already and the more luxurious Mercedes Benz’ did not appeal to us.

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The choice was simple. We thought a Porsche would be a perfect fit, specifically the Cayman! It was everything we were looking for in a “fun” car and it held the “wow” factor we desired without being too pretentious and too expensive. Not only that, it was a completely new model for 2014 (981) which will probably hold it’s style for at least another five to six years without a major facelift!

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So we’ve owned the car for almost three months but we have only been driving it for the past two. There is a long story behind the first month of ownership but I’ll leave that for another post.

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I will do my best to keep the car mod-free with the exception of changing the amber side markers to clear! LOL I always hated the amber side markers. I changed them on most of my previous cars! 🙂

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We also had a clear bra installed by Premier Mobile in Fremont. They covered the entire front bumper, full hood, full front quarter panels, and all my front lights. It cost quite a bit, but they did a PERFECT job! No seams! You would never know there was a clear bra installed on the car!

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We joined Porsche Club of America, Diablo Region. So hopefully we will be able to do some track days with other Porsche Owners! We still have a few hundred more miles until the car is broken in. Stay tuned for more stories of our experiences with this car!

Our Porsche Cayman build:

  • 2014 Porsche Cayman 981 in Agate Grey Metallic
  • 250 7-Speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)
  • 423 20″ Carrera S Alloy Wheels
  • P9B Premium Package w/Sport Seats
  • P9G Infotainment Package w/BOSE Surround Sound
  • 658 Power Steering Plus
  • 446 Wheel Centers w/Full-Color Porsche Crest
  • 603 Bi-Xenon Lighting System
  • P06 14-Way Electric Sport Seats w/Memory Package
  • 840 Sportdesign Steering Wheel
  • 583 Smoking Package

Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II

My father’s biggest hobby was photography. He was a long-time Nikon shooter with a lot of mid to high end equipment. It’s because of him that I shoot Nikon as well! He taught me a lot about equipment, photography, and one of life’s biggest lessons: buy right the first time!

After he passed away, as a tribute to him and a memento of his passing, I purchased a lens that had been on my wishlist for quite some time. Because of it’s price I never thought I would ever buy it, but I immediately thought that life was too short and to not let my wants and dreams sit idle. I figured it was a perfect gift to myself and a tribute to my dad. It would be something that I will use and cherish.

So there you have it, plain and simple, my Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED VRII:

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The lens comes with an carry case. It can be adjusted so that it can store the lens with a body attached to it:

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Here are some shots with it attached to my D4 and 2x TC.

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Because of it’s size and weight, I bought some Lens Coats to protect it from scratches, dents, and dings.

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I have enjoyed using this lens for America’s Cup, birding, and some motorsport photography. I will post some images in the near future.

The Second Half of 2013

The second half of 2013 was a difficult one for me, personally.  My father passed away in late July and I haven’t been the same since.  I don’t think anyone is ever the same when a loved one passes away.  And this is the first time I truly experienced this feeling.  I stopped posting entries on this blog and focused on my hobbies to get me by.  Now that a new year has turned, I hope to get back to posting more daily entries.  Hopefully 2014 will be a better year with new experiences!  I may post a few special entries on events that occurred during the second half of 2013:  Photography, Vegas trip, Disneyland adventures, Hawaii trip, F1 USGP, America’s Cup, and the purchase of a new Porsche!  In the meantime, here are some photos from the second half of 2013 in no particular order…

 

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Sorry for the lack of posts!

I have been busy with work. Our office recently moved, so when I get home, I’ve been pretty tired. In the little time I have away from work, I have been trying to go out and shoot. Between the iPhone 5, Fuji x100s, and the Nikon D4, I have been taking a lot of pictures. We attended a few family gatherings, saw the America’s Cup, did a little street shooting in San Francisco, saw the Diebenkorn exhibit at the DeYoung Museum, bought a few new pair of shoes (check them out here), upgraded my home server and network, ate, ate, ate, and ate! Here are a few random pictures from the past few weeks:

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If you haven’t already, please follow me on Instagram! I tend to update and post more regularly there!

Warriors! What a great season!

This year was different from past seasons for us! We made a commitment to go to more of the games this year – we only missed 5 out of the 42+ games and we attended all of the playoff games this year! We also got to share our love of the Warriors with more friends! We got to know more of our season ticket holder neighbors, Ray went to a few games with us, and we also discovered that Rommel and Rebecca were hardcore fans like we were! Making the playoffs and winning the first round was simply icing on the cake! What a year! We can’t wait for the next season to begin!

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Splash Brothers.
Bazemoring.
Klay ups.
Easter Island.
David Lee All-Star.
Curry 54 pts in NY.
Warriors Ground.
Chicken Nuggets.
Just us.

Man, what an emotional season. Feels strange not to be at Oracle almost every other night! haha