Trans Am going up for sale

Yes, you read it right. After buying the Mazdaspeed3, I don’t see the need for keeping the Trans Am. A part of me wants to keep it and restore it, but the likelihood of me actually doing it are slim to none. The boys are still little 6 & 4. I’ll be putting it up on eBay this week seems to be a market for not so good 1995 Pontiac Trans Ams.

2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed3

Tonight I bought a used 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed3. I finally got the last bit of life out of my 1995 Pontiac Trans Am, 12 years for an American car is great, in my opinion. But then again the one thing American car makers do well is make good V-8’s (not the juice) and it probably would’ve been fine a bit longer if I didn’t have the accident back in 2004.

The Mazda has both performance and practicality, the latter is something the Trans Am had none of. I haven’t driven a different stick shift in a long time so it took a bit of getting used to the Mazdaspeed’s clutch and brakes, very touchy and it moves too.

Here are some pictures (I took them from the dealer’s website):

For more pictures check out my flickr set: 2007 Mazdaspeed3. Ok off to go read the manual to see what all the things can do. Yes I read car manuals, there are a lot of little jewels you can find in them sometimes features you didn’t know the car had.

Adan goes to work

Last week, Adán mentioned that some of his classmates go to work with their parents while they are tracked out from school. I ask him “so would you like to do that?” He replied excitedly “YEAH!”

Today, Adán, my 6 year old son, went to work with me for the entire day. First thing he realized was “it takes a long time to get to your work”, as my commute is about 35-45 minutes each way depending on time and traffic. When we got to work, we promptly got him a visitor’s badge, made a breakfast pitstop to pick up a bagel and a rice krispies treat (his choice). He ate about 3/4 of it, and half a bagel. Oh and he got orange juice, his favorite juice. He spent the morning playing on, drawing & coloring.

captain spalding


adan and daddy

For lunch, we walked over to Rockola but it was closed when we got there. Closed as in no one works there anymore, not as in come back later. So we settled for Burger King which was a hit with Adán because he got crown shaped chicken nuggets and a toy. The best part was when we crossed the road which is a 4 lane with a turn lane. We crossed the first 2 lanes and stopped in the middle turn lane to allow the other 4 cars to pass us, before continuing crossing. When we got across Adán said “you almost killed me. I’m going to tell mommy you almost killed me.” I burst out laughing because he was serious.

After lunch, Adán continued to draw, color, and play on the computer. We took a walk at 3:00 pm down to Lake Raleigh where we saw some folks fishing. We then returned back to the office to finish up our day. Needless to say, he was wore out.

It was one of the best days at work I’ve ever had EVER!


I released a new version of sm-photo-tool. It’s a simple script that that was originally written by John Ruttenberg wrote. I took it and packaged it in rpm form and have been maintaining it under source control (versus a forum).

sm-photo-tool help
Usage: sm-photo-tool create gallery_name [options] [file...]
       sm-photo-tool create_upload gallery_name [options] [file...]
       sm-photo-tool update [options]
       sm-photo-tool full_update [options]
       sm-photo-tool upload gallery_id [options] file...

       sm-photo-tool --help for complete documentaton

It’s create to upload an entire directory of photos to smugmug from the command line.