Tommy is my pride and joy: he is more than just transportation to and from places; he represents a life-style. So far, we've enjoyed nearly four years of fun together, including attending the very first Roswell 2k N.B. car show, which is sure to become an event of great historical significance (at least for the VW world). It wasn't easy to get him, however; first, I had to convince my Dad that I could actually sit in one. Dad was sure that the New Beetle would be much too small for my rather large frame. When the cars first started to ship in March 1998, we went to the dealer to sit in one: No test drive, just a sit. When my dad told the salesperson of his size concerns, the salesman replied, "I hope you don't have a bet riding on this, because if so, you just lost!" Of course the New Beetle is large on the inside! Its shaped like a bubble! Anyway, the next Monday, we put down our $500 deposit and signed up on "the list." Recent purchasers of New Beetles won't understand "the list:" they simply walked into the dealership and said, "give me a car!" Old-timers like me, though, had to wait six months or more to get our New Beetles! Shortly after plunking down our cash, I found The New Beetle E-Mail List, and my NBAD (New Beetle Affective Dissorder) took off from there; I've never looked back. Finally, During my sophomore year of high school, on September 23, my shiny red NB arrived, and I got to drive him (still on a learner's permit!) for the first time. His name was decided upon fairly early: It is from "The WHO's" rock opera of the same name. It is a fair description of him: Deaf, Dumb, and Blind. Deaf, because he can't hear, Blind because he can't see, and Dumb because thats what all the non-NB owners call him! Since I am half deaf and already have slight vision problems, we go well together.
UPDATE!: For Christmas 2002 I recieved a coveted set of BRM wheels and new tires. I never in a million YEARS thought that I would actually get these wheels, but my parents surprised me. Now that I have stopped dreaming about wheels, performance mods are next on my list. Luckily, they are not quite as expensive!
Tommy's four years have been pretty exciting! Here's a list of stuff he gotten into:
As you can see, Tommy has led an eventfull life! Be sure to visit his friend's pages on this site!