i picked up a 64 ford fairlane 500 last week. It’s all original, has 83,000+ miles and needs a total restoration. Its an inline six car, so ill pull out the motor and transmission and go with a same period 302 and c4 transmission. We bought the car in an effort to start a mentoring program for high school students that are involved in the alternative school program here in Paulding County. We will build the car and host an annual car show to auction off the car and give the proceeds to the morgan brooke foundation, which is and effort to rehabilitate victims of sexual exploitation and slavery.

we will keep the interior all original except for colors. we’ll paint everything, and have the upholstery redone, use the same gauges, etc, we’ll probably even use the same wheels and hubcaps. the idea is to beef up the drive train and suspension and make this car a solid daily driver.

we’ll see how this one goes, and then we’ll look into more classic rides like 57 chevy’s, pony cars, and 32 fords. I also want to do motorcycles, but i’m going to have to come across something awesome like an old indian or old harley, or bonneville. I dont know what we’d do if someone donated an old Norton. (that bike might disappear mysteriously)

happy new year!

2009 was a great year. i got married, visited key west, learned alot more about my family and friends, found an amazing job, started a non profit organization, found my self an old cb750 (which i’m still trying to start), went an amazing church for a while, moved on to another amazing church, began to realize more and more truths about myself (thank you sarah), had an amazing surprise party for my 30th birthday (thank you sarah). I also realized my love for good belgium and dark beers, i learned to appreciate slowing down and being where i am, I began to learn how to appreciate family (again, thank you sarah). I had my first married Christmas, i rode my motorcycle alot with some amazing dudes, reconnected a bit with some old friends, watched a friend move to charleston, went to savannah 4 times, once was july 4th (tybee island was miserable). My best friend got engaged, got his triumph running, and got over here for some new year festivities last night. Sarah and i grew an awesome garden and enjoyed our veggies. We picked up another dog, welcome oscar. I went to barber vintage festival, met a cool dude named Chris in gainesville… probably one of the coolest dudes i know. Two of my friends brought home their new born a few weeks early, we were all thankful because its was a tough stretch for them, even after bringing her home. She’s healthy and beautiful. I lost my grandfather to alzheimers. He’s still alive, but not with us.

i plan on¬† enjoying life more this year. I’ll be 31 in 14 days. I dont want to get busy. I want to do the things i enjoy like working on motorcycles and playing drums, but i want my time with my wife and friends to be intentional. I want my health and my weight to be a priority. I want to enjoy mornings and slow down in the evenings. i want to know God. I want to develop my own relationship with him, not try to maintain a relationship that i think should look a certain way. I’m going on vacation and i’ll probably leave my phone at home. one thing i’m probably most excited about is taking really awesome motorcycle trips. ¬†Overall, i’m pretty excited about 2010.

i had a good year, full of good people and good experiences, and i’m looking forward to new experiences in 2010.