How'd you enjoy your time on the treadmill today? I don't mean the one at your local gym, which you probably haven't seen in a while, or the one in your basement, which in my case is currently being used to hold up a stack of recently acquired Earth, Wind, and Fire vinyl records—I mean the treadmill that you had a 100 percent chance of using today, and that's the hedonic treadmill. The phrase comes from a psychology paper published in the ’70s, and it refers to our ability as human beings to quickly adapt to any given level of happiness.
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OP here - thanks for your thoughts, Jack. I'll give the Miata one more shot (I sat in the ND when they first came out). If it's still too tight then I'd better get moving on the GT350 before Ford discontinues them!
For me, the answer has always been multiple vehicles, split roughly between sensory pleasure and enjoyable functionality: a tool for every purpose, so to speak. A racecar, when I need to see what I can do. The Mustang GT for twisty bits. The Road Runner for its visceral early musclecar tactility. The restored old K10 for the truck vibe, and plowing snow. The Dually for towing and the occasional dose of unstoppability. The trusty old Pathfinder for mundane duties. The old Breeze for comfortable MPG & slow-car-kinda-briskly amusement. But dating a gal AND her best friend ?! I once dated sisters - several years apart - and for the long term, I'd - umm - advise against that.
I would attach a picture but not allowed, the picture itself says it all. I have it and every time I drive it with my dog life is wonders. It’s one of those cars you not just ridding in, you feel you are driving it..... just a wonderful. So no picture allowed....now you will never know what I drive. I have it and it is wonderful.....
After years of Saturn's, Fusion's and Escape's, and with some finally realized budget, we did lots of research and settled on an X1. Interestingly, in Eco-Pro it gets amazing mileage, in Normal it zips through traffic and in Sport, when the gearing changes, the second exhaust pipe opens up and the dynamics change, WOW what fun! But (with $80K CA), I would recommend a M340i xDrive $65,000, 382 hp, - GREAT 8-speed paddle shift-able trans and it can be 3, 3, 3 cars in 1! Add those winter tires Jack mentions to have fun in the winter and keep the MazdaSpeed too! Have fun!
Look at and then drive a C7 convertible with the 3LT package , you could probably find a Z06 w/ the 8 speed automatic transmission which is faster than the 7 speed manual . The C7 is miles ahead of every Corvette produced before 2014 !