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Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering - Santa Ana - 20 Dec 2014

Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 5:31 pm
by LeafyD
Wow! This truly sounds like an epic breakfast coming up!! It'll be great to see Kat again and good job, Gary, getting Nancy to join us. Now I've got to put TomB on the spot: surely you'll have a guest you can invite?
JeremyW wrote:I'm coming this Saturday with a plus one. I somehow convinced my girlfriend to come to the "nerdy event". :)


We may even tip the gender scale our way this Saturday! Ladies?!

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering - Santa Ana - 20 Dec 2014

Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:32 am
by garygid
With somewhere around 26-plus people attending our end-of-the-year
Gathering, we had a great time, indeed. Many arrived like raindeer, two by two,
bringing a spouse, a girlfriend, or a daughter, substantially and delightfully
increasing our f/m ratio with bright eyes, wonderful smiles, and the warmth
from hearts like beams of sunshine on a flower-filled meadow in the Spring.

Further, we had at least one sleigh load of 3, and 4 arriving in my
new silver "Nicholas". With a range of around 230 miles, it is amazing to see
what somebody can do with somewhat more than 7000 "electric drill" batteries.

Wow, what a Christmas present. Thanks a bunch sweetie, for your wonderful,
thoughtful, kind, giving heart, and also for this "something special" that I never thought
that we would ever have, to share as we create some "adventures" together.
Thanks, love.

It was a real pleasure to see the many new faces, even though
I apologize for not making enough time to visit enough with some of
of you. Handling urgent inquiries like "How can I convince my wife
to allow/condone/accept/suggest upgrading, perhaps somewhat
irrationally, to a Tesla?" took some time, and some was a bit of a
blur, but plesse come again when we can do more "sharing".

Dori, thanks for the very thoughtful words in your Christmas cards,
and the packets of flower seeds to start a new year.

Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas to each and every one.
I suppose that Peace in Earth would be asking for...
a dream of splendid goodness, where all the time, efforts,
and resources spent on war, hate, and competition could be
spent on cooperation, colaboration, cheer, ... and Love.

Thanks, and Love, from the GIDs.

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering - Cerritos - 10 Jan 2015

Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 10:14 am
by garygid
Our next Gathering will be on January 10th, 2015, for breakfast
at the Hometown Buffet in Cerritos, as indicated in the first post
of this thread. Hopefully I will see many smiley faces there.
Cheers all, Gary

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering - Cerritos - 10 Jan 2015

Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 11:01 am
by garygid
Notice the new thread about the Open Yard event on 28 March 2015 at Kat's house.

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering - Cerritos - 10 Jan 2015

Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:59 pm
by Kataphn
Ah, Gary, it was so great to see you and Nancy and everyone else with lots of hugs and info exchanged. I had my solar system question answered by the "brain trust". So wonderful to see the smiles and everyone, including me, in good spirits and health. And the Teslas! Oh, the Tesla envy was fierce. But just to be near was super. Thank you, Gary, for being the glue, our branch manager, and all around super alien. We love you! And yes, peace on earth.

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering - Cerritos - 10 Jan 2015

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:09 am
by garygid
Concerning Tesla envy, for gas-users, or those with lease payments or a car to trade in,
or those considering the seemingly-insane purchase price...

An important part of the monetary equation is the current expenses that you will be replacing.
For example a substantial trade-in value, a current lease or finance payment, or whatever
you spend on fuel, gasoline or electric. With the Tesla S SuperChargers, your fuel is included,
and the more you drive, the more valuable that is. The $10k fed and state incentives are also
very helpful, but the significant Sales Tax is not so much.

For most of us, there is much more to the EV equation, some of which is emotional,
like "What do you want to do with the rest of your life?", or "How can I persuade
my spouse to join the evangelicalism (or insanity)?".

My wife suggested the Tesla, seemingly out of the blue, but coincidentally two weeks before
Christmas, and right after I spent a month or more making a considerable effort to be nice to her,
and trying to avoid making "helpful suggestions" to her. Kindness or the lottery might be
the only answer, but even there, YMMV.

But, with the many SuperCharger locations, Tesla has made this a real touring vehicle.
Visiting a Tesla Store is fairly easy, and visiting a Tesla Service Center is really
an experience - real red carpet Service, as I experienced this past weekend.
Diagnosis on Saturday, and part replacement by appointment on Sunday,
all in the middle of them preparing perhaps 30 or 40 cars for delivery before
the end of 2014.

Happy New Year to you all, with Love.
Gary, Nancy, Heidi, ... and Nicholas

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering - Cerritos - 10 Jan 2015

Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 11:07 am
by garygid
Our next Gathering is this coming Saturday, January 10th 2015,
the first of this new year. As usual, Breakfast from about 8 to
11 or 12 or so... at the Hometown Buffet in Cerritos, just north
of South Street, about 3 blocks east of the 605 freeway.

The South Street exit is the first exit from 605 south of the
91 and 605 intersection. I hope to see you there.
Cheers, Gary

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering - Cerritos - 10 Jan 2015

Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 3:51 pm
by garygid
Hopefully I should arrive very shortly after 8 am this Saturday
morning at the Hometown Buffet on South Street in Cerritos,
driving Nicolas (Tesla S85), and transporting Boomer.

See you there, all good souls welcome.

Re: SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering - Cerritos - 10 Jan 2015

Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 4:06 pm
by 91040
garygid wrote:See you there, all good souls welcome.
Umm...could you make an exception for me?

SoCal LEAF & EV Gathering - Jan 24 @ Santa Ana, Feb 7 Poway

Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:59 pm
by TonyWilliams
SoCal EV Meet Ups in Orange County, San Diego County, Riverside and Los Angeles County:

All meet-ups on Saturday:


Jan 24, 2015 - Santa Ana (Orange County), 8am to 11am, Hometown Buffet, 1008 E 17th St, Santa Ana, 714-541-3020


Feb 7, 2015 - Poway (San Diego County), 9:30am - 11:30am - Hamburger Factory Restaurant, 14122 Midland Road, Poway (858) 486-4575. Park across the street from train station in gravel parking lot.


future - Cerritos (Orange County), 8am to 11am, Hometown Buffet, 11471 South St, Cerritos, 562-402-8307


future - Northridge (Los Angeles County), 12 noon to 2pm, Bob's Big Boy, 8876 Corbin Ave, Northridge (818) 772-2627 NOTE: may not be active


Third Saturday monthly - Northridge (Los Angeles County) 12pm - 3pm - Bob’s Big Boy in Northridge, 8876 Corbin Ave., Northridge, (818) 772-2627. Southeast corner of Northridge Way and Corbin Ave. NOTE: may not be active