If BMW makes the M3 any easier to drive fast it's going to negate the need for actual driver training (or skill) in the world. Yesterday I drove the new 2008 BMW M3 at Laguna Seca and it is not only stupid fast and stupid fun, but stupid easy for stupid drivers who don't want to look stupid.
So I was at a big dealership earlier in teh week checkin out teh new ///M3's. Saleman tells me there is one about to be picked up in the pickup bay, plates on, shined up and ready for delivery...It's Jerez Black, Fox leather seats, carbon fiber trim, Tecnology package with ///MDrive, navigator, DVD player, premium wheelz, premium package, auto rear window cover - TEH WERKZ!
I see a nice 45ish year old couple standong next to it as I get closer. I make idle conversation with them about how nice it is etc., when out comes the new owner form teh driver's seat...Care to GUESS....scroll down..........
AN EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD BOY!!! - that's right, this easily $100K - that's ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS - car is for this wide eyed kid. I beganb to ask the parents if they'd heard the M5 storyt from Florida. They nodded politely along and clearly had no idea what I was getting at nor had they ever heard this story. SO - the sale being done and not wanting to jinx their beloved boy or anything, I stopped talking, congratulated them and told them what a lovely car it was. Ten minutes later, I saw and heard it screaming down the street in front of the dealer...
I give him a MONTH - TOPS - before he wrecks it...
RATS! S-T-U-P-I-D FREAKIN PEOPLE!
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Last edited by RoadsterMadness; 03-14-2008 at 04:01 PM.
What triggered me to post what I did is that I am not a big fan of spending long hours in the tundra.
But, since you asked, here are my top reasons for being grateful I didn't get the oilfield technology job:
1) It was a field engineering position, not an R&D position
2) The work schedules suXored. The intervals varied, but they were something like 7 days on, 2 off, or 14 days on, 5 off, etc. On teh days on, I would have been on call 24/7, with most of teh work taking place between 11 pm and 5 am. This amounts to sometimes working for 30 hours straight and workweeks in the 60 - 80 hour range.
3) Being an electrical engineer, what attracted me to the company was their R&D. In order to get into that type of job, I would have had to pay my dues out in the field for 3 - 5 years, doing stuff that had nothing to do with my field.
4) The work locations were in the middle of nowhere -- desserts, tundra, or other really hot, really cold, or really isolated (e.g. off-shore platforms in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico) places.
5) The company's expectations don't change once you get off the field -- they still want 60 hour workweeks from their employees.
Instead, I now work for one of the top semiconductor companies in the world. We constantly are named as one of the best places to work by publications such as Fortune, which just last week named us the most admired semiconductor company in the world. I get to work in my field right away, work normal hours, don't need to wear a hard hat, coveralls and steel-toed boots to work, and get to live in the fourth largest metro area in the US. Did I mention the vast number of my coworkers who drive BMWs already? I guess that's gravy. The other day, as I was leaving, I noticed that I was teh head of a row of 4 or 5 BMWs heading out of the front gate. Oh, and I get better pay here too, which may be enticing to some.
I am really happy about the way things turned out. I hope Ryan has fun in Siberia.
Oh, yeah. Nice ///M3. I hope teh n00bs enjoy paying $20k over sticker for it.
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