By naterisch
12/11/2016
First, let me say that I’m floored by all of the responses I received to my Vixen series. Although some folks were cheering me on to buy the hobbled beast, most expressed relief—as, honestly, did I—that I passed on the project. Janet Barnes, my editor at Bentley Publishers, said, “I was very relieved to learn that, so far, reason has won out in your flirtation with the Vixen,” a line so good that I kick myself for not having thought of it.
By naterisch
12/04/2016
Passion is something that cannot be bought, nor is it something that can easily taught. Passion for something, whether it be a hobby, work, or a cause, can be summed up by a simple equation: when the time invested is easily outweighed by the results or enjoyment one takes from what they do. 
By naterisch
12/04/2016
Last week, I described driving from Denver—where I’m nearly through with a two-month geophysical survey—to Santa Fe in order to look at a BMW turbodiesel-powered Vixen 21TD RV being sold by somebody called Naza. The Craigslist ad showed a low $4,900 asking price, but the description literally consisted of the two words: “It’s trashed.”
By naterisch
11/27/2016
Since Thanksgiving was last week, I feel obliged to write of things for which I am most thankful. Heading the list would be my wife, family, friends, work, and quality of life. Being a car guy, I am also thankful for cars, but those are farther down the list. 
By naterisch
11/27/2016
About two years ago, when I was underemployed at my geophysics job, but hadn’t yet taken the position at Bentley Publishers, I had a lot of time on my hands. I’d search endlessly on Craigslist and go and look at virtually any inexpensive, promising-sounding vintage BMW within two hundred miles.

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