The Penguin Effect

As you probably already know, I’ve been wanting a Nissan 350Z for a while now. It was on my Christmas list last year, and Kathy even went so far as to get me a die-cast model of one. But it’s not quite the same as having the real thing:

Yup, that’s right! As of Saturday, January 28, 2006, I am the proud owner of a brand new, 300 horsepower, 6-speed manual transmission, Nissan 350Z. 😀

The way people turn their heads when I drive by is hilarious. It’s what I call the Penguin Effect… small groups of people simultaneously turn their heads to follow the car. Tonight I was driving by these three guys, and when Kathy saw them turn their heads, she said to me: “you used to be one of those people.” So true, heh.

I’m still learning how to drive it (I only have about a week’s worth of stick shift experience under my belt so far…), but it is *so* fun. Update in 2009: It’s still fun. 😀 Update in 2012: Yup, still fun. 😀 😀

And I am *so* broke. But that’s another story. Enough talking… here are more pics…

Update: Some people thought these were promotional pictures of the 350Z, but they’re not! These are pictures of my actual car — I took it to UCI’s new Engineering parking structure and took pictures of it. If you look closely at some of the pictures, you can see my reflection. And there was some dirt on my lens in the bottom right. 🙁