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I was born and spent the first 18 years of my life in the extreme eastern part of Kentucky (Floyd County). It is in the eastern coalfields about four hours east of Bowling Green. Dad was a hard-working coal miner, and I grew up in a family with very little money. He made sure we always had food, clothes, and a warm house to live in, but we surely knew to not waste anything, especially food. I still eat everything on my plate, even now.

My family made me work hard in school, and it turns out I was a good student all around, but especially gifted in math and science. I was the first college graduate in my family (it's a shame Dad didn't live to see that - he died of black lung while I was in school). After finishing my Bachelor's degree at the University of Kentucky, I stayed in school for my Master's degree at UK, then went to Ohio State for my Ph.D. All were in engineering and/or mathematics. I am sure it would have made Dad happy. He was an extremely smart man, but he never had the opportunities I had - opportunities which he worked so hard to make sure I had while growing up.

When finishing up my Ph.D. at OSU, I was recruited by a Silicon Valley engineering company. A few weeks after graduation, I arrived in the Silicon Valley. I have lived a few different places here in the San Francisco Bay Area ever since. It had been about a decade.

I have wanted a Corvette since I was a kid, and I now find myself in a place where I am debt-free (the house was paid off earlier this year - the wife is very happy about that). I am so very blessed that at this point in my life I can easily pay for a Corvette without having to finance it (cash and vested stock options). However, as you recall, I am, at the very core, a poor guy who doesn't waste anything, and who still eats all the food on his plate. I am having a hard time pulling the trigger on putting in an order for the car I have dreamed of since I was a kid; my old beater of a car which I have had since I was in school still runs. How am I supposed to buy another car when it is still running? Haha! You pretty much just can't kill an old Oldsmobile unless you wreck it. :)

On the other hand, my wife and I don't have any kids (at least not yet), she is working, I am working, we are debt-free, she bought a new car recently after paying off the house... Man oh man, I want a Stingray Coupe Z-51 manual transmission 3LT crystal red, gray interior, MRC, NPP, polished chrome aluminum wheels, dual body-colored and transparent roofs, red calipers, and carbon flash painted spoiler.

In closing, let me express how glad I am to have found this site a few days ago. I have already interacted with some very kind and helpful people who shared their experiences of the ordering process. Also thanks to all of you who have posted pictures of your beautiful cars. That, along with many written posts, have helped me determine what options I would love to have. Now I just need to bring myself to pulling the trigger.

Does anyone want to put sugar in the gas tank of my old indestructible Oldsmobile? :D. Haha...

Best wishes to all, -Rodney
 

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Welcome to the site. I truly believe that your dad would say you deserve to treat yourself after accomplishing so much.


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As I tell my husband (who is also self-made and came from modest means) you cannot take it with you, you only live once, life is short, you have worked hard now play hard.

and one more I cannot resist....have you ever seen a hearse with a u-haul behind it? You have worked hard, you have no debt...buy the C7, I am sure your Dad would be proud of you.
 

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Welcome Rodney, and ditto, you have done great, with the right values, and deserve a StingRay. Sorry to hear about you Dad, his not seeing how much good you have done. Know patience, as I waited 35 years from the time I first got a ride in a '63 split window, until we could afford one.

If you need a little "StingRay push," come to next April's "Bash" at your "neighbor," the National Corvette Museum.

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As I tell my husband (who is also self-made and came from modest means) you cannot take it with you, you only live once, life is short, you have worked hard now play hard.

and one more I cannot resist....have you ever seen a hearse with a u-haul behind it? You have worked hard, you have no debt...buy the C7, I am sure your Dad would be proud of you.
Ha ha,my wife will pull me in a u-haul behind the dog van to cut expenses on my last ride. Lol
 

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Gary I understand the dog show disease....I am now cured but I understand it, been there, bought several t-shirts...
 

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Gary I understand the dog show disease....I am now cured but I understand it, been there, bought several t-shirts...
I wish t-shirts were all that is involved for my wife and daughter lol.They got the disease big time,but could be worse they could be into horses!
 

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Rodney,
My though process was partially the same. I have house, a couple of cars, etc already. Therefore no need to go spend my hard earned money on a new car. My wife said go for it, I fell in love with the C7 at the auto show. The one piece that finally pushed me over the edge was simply thinking about if I'd ever have a chance to have something like this to enjoy. Since I can't predict the future and don't know if a chance like this would ever come up again, I decided to go for it and enjoy it while I can.
 

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Just do it before your to old and cannot enjoy the car you want. burnout.gif
You only life once and cannot take it with you so live a little enjoy.
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No regrets my friend...
That's my motto!
Have as much fun as u can...
Make your dreams come true.
My wife and I make each other's dreams come true. Adopted a little girl from china recently.


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No regrets my friend...
That's my motto!
Have as much fun as u can...
Make your dreams come true.
My wife and I make each other's dreams come true. Adopted a little girl from china recently.


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That is so awesome. Congratulations. I love my cars but nothing competes with the feelings I have for my kids. They are my greatest joy!


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Hi everyone,

Thank you for your comments and for welcoming me into your forum!
 

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Welcome and congratulations on all of your impressive accomplishments! My husband and I are "DINKs"---Double Income, No Kids. My husband is like you---why buy a new car when mine is still running just fine. However, lucky for me, we have separate bank accounts, and I felt like I deserved a reward for all of my hard work (I'm a doctor) and I've always wanted a corvette. So I bought one. I have absolutely no regrets. Yes, there were some costs I didn't consider: premium gas, taxes and tag (outrageous in Mississippi), over a hundred dollars of supplies that I bought to keep her clean and pretty. But I get such a thrill every time I drive her. And watching the heads turn with a gleam of admiration and a smidge of jealousy in their eyes---priceless. Best wishes on your decision, but warning...OCD (obsessive corvette disorder) is contagious on this site!
 

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Welcome! Just do it! After the first drive you will be hooked! I am 36 and on my 3rd vette! My husband and I are both military so I by no means could pay cash for any of them, but the payments come out pretty easy and it is worth it every single time I start the engine! Thank The Lord hubby isn't a vette man or we would be hosed....


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As I tell my husband (who is also self-made and came from modest means) you cannot take it with you, you only live once, life is short, you have worked hard now play hard.

and one more I cannot resist....have you ever seen a hearse with a u-haul behind it? You have worked hard, you have no debt...buy the C7, I am sure your Dad would be proud of you.
Funny...thanks for the laugh. I will remember this one. I am asking your permission in advance to use it when appropriate. That's a good one.
 

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Thanks, everyone. I gave my deposit last Monday.
 
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