Weekend in Salt Lake City & Paul’s 10k Milestone

Odometer (Legend):  528,160

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Odometer (ILX): 62,221

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The Acuras hibernated this weekend since I opted to take a 90-minute flight instead of an 11-hour drive from Phoenix to Salt Lake City, Utah.  My uncle Brett’s reaction when I told him I’d flown up:  “Are you feeling okay?”  My family knows it’s out of character for me to choose a plane over a car, but given the unpredictable winter weather and limited timeframe, it made the most sense to fly the friendly skies.

It was a great weekend of visits with family and friends.  I’ll share just a few highlights.  First is of the Legend getting airport duty at the Sky Harbor Economy lot B, level 4.  In true “parking paranoia” fashion, I made sure I was the only vehicle on the entire row, and I parked at the extreme end, away from everyone else.

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I was unprepared for what hit me when I walked outside Salt Lake International Airport.

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Haze was right!

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My friend Branson and I enjoyed a delicious brunch the following morning.

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He’s almost sold me on ditching the iPhone for an Android like his, after showing me that he can play Mario Brothers on it.  Take me back to 1985.

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No Salt Lake visit would be complete without a drop-in at Jody Wilkinson Acura.  JWA has taken care of me for many years as the area’s premier dealership.  They had a nice looking Milano Red 2014 Acura TSX Special Edition in the showroom, along with a Pomegranate Pearl 2014 Acura RLX.

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Salesman James told me a little about the features of the 2014 TL Special Edition while we were there.

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An ILX sat out front awaiting test drives.

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All in all, a great visit that made me feel right at “home,” even though I hadn’t driven my Acura to Utah.

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That evening, I enjoyed a night with family, including my grandparents pictured here.  Grandma’s sweatshirt reads:  “I’m only wearing black until they make something darker.”  Her wardrobe is as predictable as it gets!

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Later that night, I watched one of my favorite holiday films:  Home Alone.  There’s a scene in the movie where Santa Claus stalls out a 1982 Honda Civic after talking with Kevin McAllister.  The car looked a little bit rusty, but it’s still fun to see a classic Honda on the big screen.

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It was great to get back to blue sky in Arizona this afternoon.  I had a perfect view of my house from seat 22F.

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Achievement Award for Paul

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Over the weekend, my friend Paul rolled 10,000 miles in his 2013 Acura TL SH-AWD.  Here was the odometer when he took delivery on January 12, 2013.

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And on December 14, 2013, he completed his first 10,000.  Congratulations, Paul!

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6 Responses to “Weekend in Salt Lake City & Paul’s 10k Milestone”

  1. Kevin Amoth Says:

    From the picture you took from 22F, I can see the toy cars on your roof. Looking good!

    4HondaOwner

    • Me too! Which reminds me, it’s time for another rooftop check-up. I’ve also got to make sure the chimney’s ready for Santa Claus’ arrival while I’m up there. He’s going to have a full sleigh coming to my house this year. Haha.

  2. I just read about the 2013 TL SE here at the Acura dealership. All the Acuras taking the weekend off? Now that that doesn’t happen often!

    • Yeah, seems like the “SE” is a last-ditch effort to move remaining TL inventory before the TLX rolls out (kind of like what happened with the Legend sedan SE in 1995). Even so, it has some nice appointments and updates. It was nice to give the cars a break for the weekend. I’ll get back in the saddle again for some road trips soon enough I’m sure.

  3. Congrats on the 10K, Paul! Must feel like quite an achievement. Tyson, Home Alone and family time sounds like the perfect visit to me! That movie never gets old. Random thought: wonder how hard it would be to compile a list of movies where Legends have been spied. Food for thought. 🙂

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