Seems like a lot of people take some time off from work or whatever they do around Christmas/New Years and go on vacations or just have some quality time home. Anyone do anything fun or exciting? Here is a rundown of my week and a half of adventuretime since I hadnt posted much while I was out and about:

I flew into Philadelphia Friday morning and took an adventure on SEPTA, NJ Transit, and Uber to get home. First weekend being back East, I checked out a sweet retro arcade in Redbank NJ called “Yestercades” on Saturday. Much fun was had playing Missile Command, Asteroids, Area 51, Air Hockey, and more for a few hours. Also that day, I had my mandatory Porkroll egg and cheese on an everything bagel as well as some pizza since neither of those things exist at home in Cali.

My rental for the week was a 2016 Honda Civic from Turo that was excellent in every way. Pretty spacious and infinitely different from all other Civics I’ve experienced including my old ‘99, my girlfriend’s current ‘05, and a friend’s ‘10 that I have driven. It was nothing to write home about really but it was much more engaging than the similar offerings from Nissan, Toyota, and GM. It was perfect for the trip with lots of highway slogs to see and do everything.

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Then on Sunday I did go karting and had a family holiday gathering.

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Monday and Tuesday were Christmas Eve and Christmas for more family stuff. Then Wednesday, girlfriend and I flew home eventually getting home exhausted and glad to be home in our own bed with no further responsibilites. Thursday I eventually got around to skiing for the day at Big Bear.

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Friday was going to be my first surf lesson but that didn’t pan out due to the weather so Friday and Saturday turned out to just be rest days instead and we just hung around local and did lots of eating and watching Netflix and Miata shopping online. Sunday turned out to be an exciting day though since I finally got around to my surf lesson!

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Then on New Years Eve, I spent my morning going out to Palm Springs to check out a potential replacement for my Miata. This car is still up in the air due to the title issues. But the seller is currently working on getting everything required to register the car in CA problem free, so we shall see where that goes. It passed smog so it just needs a brake and lamp inspection, CHP VIN inspection, and then a PPI before I would want to buy it. It is definitely an excellent Miata and a great price considering the condition and mileage. The title makes it less of a value proposition but its something I dont mind dealing with for a disposable track car.

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New years day was then a recovery day from the long day before and then the start to real life again. Very excited for my REAL winter vacation to begin though on the 18th! That trip is finalized for the most part with everything booked and sorted out. That will be three weeks of being focused on just skiing so I will feel much more relaxed than running around doing 1000 different things. It will be a real road trip for the STi as well, hopefully making full use of the AWD and snow tires to make the adventure special.