Sweet Ride or Going Around Town

Riding around town in a 2015 Aston Martin v8 Vantage gt isn’t what most people would do with such a top notch car. This type of vehicle is usually bought by very wealthy individuals as part of a collection. Most of these cars get very little mileage because no one wants to risk an accident nor do they want to devalue the vehicle by putting mileage on the odometer. I wanted to buy the car in order to use it. I own a small business that has become wildly profitable over the last five years and I want a status symbol.

The reason I’m going to use the car is because of my clients. The industry I work in has a lot of big income types and they appreciate knowing they are dealing with someone of their own class. The way you project the image is through clothing, cars, and luxury homes. It seems a bit shallow, but when you roll with the big boys you have to play the game. Driving an Aston Martin sends a definite signal that I’m a member of the in group and thus understand the lifestyle. It makes the clients feel better.

The problem was finding someone who was selling the vehicle. You won’t find this type of vehicle down at the local car dealership. No one sells this type of car to a dealer let alone trades it in for another vehicle. They sell them directly to potential buyers who they know have the necessary funds to buy such a vehicle. It helps if you have a connection to the buyer, which is what happened with me when I started looking. I found a guy who knew a guy who wanted to make room for a newer model. Lucky me I was able to get the car for less than he wanted!

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I Started to Play with Gemstones

I have been working on my new hobby, but it is not really something that is completely out of the family knowledge so to speak. My grandfather was a jeweler and when I was a young boy he used to show me how to do the work. He is in a retirement home now, and not in the best shape to be honest. At any rate we all went to clean up his house and get it ready for the sale. We found his tools and some stones which turned out to be tourmaline gemstones. I asked if any of the others wanted them, but no one even knew what they were. I told them what they were and showed them how to set a stone in a pendant. I realized that my grandfather had been doing this for money on the side. There was a ledger there and it was obvious that he was taking meticulous notes about the money that was spent and the money that he received, selling them at a flea market. In the trunk of his car we found a display.

It was pretty obvious that the display was worth a good deal of money, there were dozens of pieces of jewelry and grandpa was doing custom work. It was not something that I could replicate myself, but I started to work at it and I got better at it really quickly. The thing I wonder about is how durable it is going to be. For example if you make a ring, then that ring is going to be in the sink every time the person wearing it decides to wash their hands. It is going to be involved in thousands of small things that it has to be able to withstand. I do not know if my work would last.

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