Pics: Birthday Weekend 33
Odometer (ILX): 109,058
Odometer (NSX): 99,301
Happy New Year! Got a grab-bag of pics to share today as we kick off 2015. I’m feeling pretty ancient these days! I hit my 33rd milestone birthday last Sunday, December 28th. All threes, baby. Kind of like that road trip in July 2008 when I rolled threes in my Legend.
The outpouring of birthday wishes was overwhelming. At least a couple dozen of the posts on my Facebook page had some reference or another to car stuff, like this special Happy Birthday graphic made with Honda & Acura emblems.
This was one of my faves:
As well as this from Dillon:
And a few references to road trips rounded out the mix:
One friend (HondaPro Jason) even went to the effort of making me a video! My mom made a special card for me.
The whole weekend was filled with festivities. Every year between Christmas and New Years, my dad & stepmom come down to Arizona from Utah to visit. We always find fun projects to work on around the house. This time, we focused our attention on the front yard. The area near my front door has always been a bit of an eyesore.
The ILX doubled as a pickup truck when I went to Lowe’s and picked up 17 bags of large river rock. We ended up making at least two other trips – transporting probably 40 bags or more.
Step 1 – Clearing out the area.
Step 2 – Dad working on a pesky root that was in the way.
Step 3 – Laying down the new rock.
Step 4 – Finished product!
My dad also got me some storage containers for my cabinet in the garage and we organized it.
Time for an ILX bath.
And a visit from Joe who drives this 165,000-mile 1995 Legend LS coupe.
It was great to catch up with Joe again.
But wait, there’s more. Walter, who owns the gorgeous 2015 Legend Coupe, stopped by in his new Acura RLX Sport Hybrid.
That pearl white was blinding in the afternoon sunlight.
We took a quick spin around the block and onto Loop 101 for a spirited onramp acceleration exercise. This car can get up and go!
Gorgeous from every angle.
Those 19’s really set the car off.
Just 110 miles on this beauty.
There were only 250 of the SH-AWD RLXs produced. It’s a very limited-edition model.
Dinner with some friends.
Sunday morning hike up Hayden Butte in Tempe.
View overlooking the city. Gorgeous December day!
The ILX got its 3rd set of tires on New Year’s Eve. I went with Michelin Primacy MXM4’s from TireRack. I got 56,649 miles out of my last set. The cool thing is, I picked up an extra full-size 17″ wheel, so now I’m using that as a spare tire instead of the teeny little donut that came with the car.
And finally, my old red car had a fun week in the hands of my buddy Devan who was back visiting from school in Indiana for the holidays and needed a “rental.” He took good care of it and even gave it a detail.
Check out those racing stripes in the carpet!
Follow Devan’s detailing biz on Instagram at @dnaautodetailing. He does great work, as you can tell!
Hope everyone has a great weekend.