Following Up A Dream

After we completed assembling a chest of drawers, my wonderful wife and I decided to see the house of which I wrote yesterday. Fortunately for us, the house is in a development that has an open house most Saturday afternoons. It is a gated community and, previously unbeknownst to me, perhaps the most prestigious in the city in which we live. None of the houses can be purchased for less than seven figures and many of them, like the one I wrote about yesterday, would cost eight figures.

It turns out that the house does not yet exist. Although the lot is marked with many stakes, no other construction has begun. The pictures in the online listing are of another house from the same builder. It was still well worth the drive to see this community up close and personal. Here are two photos:



The house I wrote about yesterday was on a lot about 3,200 feet above sea level. It was far from the highest lot in the development. I would not be surprised if the homes built into the sides of mountains were 4,000 feet in elevation. Our house is about 2,100 feet above sea level; Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is about 1,100 feet in elevation.

One of the amazing aspects of this place to me is that even though some of the houses are on lots as large as three acres, every house in the development has public water and public sewer services. Normally, once lots exceed an acre they will have well water and/or a septic tank. I guess that is a perk of having money in that most people prefer public water/sewer and in this development those services have been provided.

My wonderful wife and I began talking about winning the lottery and buying a house in this development. We imagined what the reaction would be if we called our realtor (Hi, K Squared!) and told her we wanted to buy a house up here. Of course, we didn’t win the Powerball drawing yesterday. Still and once again, what is life without dreams?


So, if we won tens (or hundreds) of millions in the lottery what car would I buy first? I have talked about a 1967 Corvette restomod convertible, a DeTomaso Longchamp and having a replica made of the amazing Rondine concept car. However, all three of those would take some time to acquire, maybe years in the cases of the Corvette and the Rondine. For instant gratification, what car would I buy? It might be this one:


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Of course, this is a picture of a 1965 Buick Riviera GS. Of course, this car was part of Ultimate Garage 2.0 and if I had to trim that list from the 11 cars that were in it to, say, five cars, this car would easily make the grade.

Not that many years ago when I still had daydreams of starting my own car company, the company portfolio included a 21st-century version of this car. Since I have no artistic talent whatsoever, I cannot put the ideas in my head on paper or computer screen. The design would need just a bit of freshening, and certainly the drivetrain would be modern, but this car is just a classic.

I think daydreams are a harmless diversion from everyday life as long as one doesn’t spend all of their waking hours daydreaming.








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8 thoughts on “Following Up A Dream

  1. Give me a call when you win the lottery and I would love to sell you a home in this gorgeous community! I have sold a few homes there and the views are always spectacular. Live the dream!


  2. Nothing wrong with daydreaming; it’s how we get to our goals. Forty years ago I realized how much I liked audiophile equipment. Yesterday, after a two day delay, the FedEx guy delivered my new to me tubed integrated amp. And by delivered I mean left it in front of my garage and signed his name for the package. Many days I’ve sat calculating how much I could and should spend on gear, and over the past year I found a company that sells used gear. I was fortunate to find the very system I had heard at my local audio boutique for significantly less. I know this may hasten the local shop’s demise, but they don’t seem to be hurting for business, and this frees up money for my future purchases from them.
    Anyway, as the song says, “Dream on, dream until your dreams come true!!!”


  3. I also did not win the Powerball last night. Buying a ticket slipped my mind until after the drawing. So I guess I need to keep my nose to the grindstone for a few more days so as to keep the wolf away from the door.(too many metaphors?)

    I certainly don’t spend much time thinking about the “what if’s” of a lottery win. I have more than enough going on to keep myself occupied. For instance; I’m just about done with the installation of the new rear suspension in High Times (my gasser). This is after adding the ClutchFlite trans I had built and a quick refresh of the engine. If all goes to plan, in a couple weeks I’ll head to a strip in central Ga for some test and tune. However; with the changes I made to the rear suspension, it will no longer be able to run with the South East Gasser Association. They only allow “period correct” equipment and the new rear suspension definitely isn’t. So I’ll just be bracket racing it, pretty much like my other cars.

    And our work is starting to pick back up from the effects of this pandemic, so that will also keep me occupied for a bit longer.

    Maybe I need to write a note on the back of my hand, reminding myself to buy a lottery ticket.


  4. I have always loved the styling of those mid-60’s Rivieras. It is a paradox that to own a stylish classic car, you have to accept the mechanical technologies of the era. To take advantage of the tremendous improvements in automotive tech in electronics and mechanics, you have to settle for a look-alike car.


    1. Thanks, JS. Of course, one doesn’t really have to accept outdated technologies; that’s what restomodding is all about. It’s all a matter of how much for how much.


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