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Passed on a pair of 176's, SH Master Comp and an M49 to Buy my Mom a car...!
Old 1st September 2008
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Smile Passed on a pair of 176's, SH Master Comp and an M49 to Buy my Mom a car...!

and it felt great!

I told my mom about 10 years ago that one day I would buy her a new car. That day came yesterday at 8:00pm. I have had a decent last couple years of work and have also treated myself to some decent gear for the studio but nothing felt better than to help increase the quality of life to someone I love, especially the one that essentially put me on the planet. My Mom is 56 and has Never owned a new car in her life, never. I could only afford the $18K I saved to get a car for her and I really wanted it to be Brand New just for the sake of it. I flew out to Arizona on Friday and took her out on Saturday.
I negotiated a fairly loaded Hyundai Elantra ES with a sunroof and a few goodies in it for that out the door. I haven't seen her that happy in 25 years. She really needed to feel like a kid again after the few hard years she had with my lousy Stepdad who is finally out of the picture now and my awesome Grandfather (Her Dad) passing away a few months back. Growing up really poor, I had quite a few dreams to some day "Make it", and though I am much more financially stable than I was as a kid and teenager those dreams have never faded. In fact looking back the past 20 years, I have been very fortunate on the outcome of all the decisions I have made over the years including the way I have felt this weekend.
Normally I don't really talk about personal stuff like this, especially in a blog, but the whole experience was so self satisfying, I thought I'd share my story and I have never been happier blowing money on something that will devalue so damn fast in my life. Let's all make the world a happier place. Cheers guys.
Old 1st September 2008
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One the coolest, most generous things I've heard in a long time.

You are a saint, my friend!

That's what it's all about.

I constantly hear about "our type" only concerned with gear. Drives me nuts.
Way more to life than buying gear. Hell, I don't even like talking shop unless I'm actually in the "shop".

The wife and I just had a great day together and topped it off with an amazing meal at AOC.

I am certainly more sentimental about these events than the buss compressor setting of my last mix.

Don't get me wrong I wake up everyday thinking I'm the luckiest guy in the world, but I spent way too much of my past being "self-involved".
I've learned over the years that if I truly appreciate this life than I need to enjoy it once in a while.

Of course, I intend to work tomorrow, but what the hell, right?!

It's all about balance and a lot of juggling!
Old 4th September 2008
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Hey Rob:

thumbsup


Well, I guess that pretty much sums it up...

Cheers.
Old 4th September 2008
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Welcome to the club. Mom's come first!!!! Mine drives a VW bug convertible.
Old 4th September 2008
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Rob that is a great thing. Truly good news channel worthy. thumbsup


Quote:
I have never been happier blowing money on something that will devalue so damn fast in my life.
The value of that smile you put on her face cannot be quantified.
Old 4th September 2008
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Rob's the man. I've had the pleasure of knowing him for over a year now and indeed he has a heart of gold. I'm happy to call you my friend, buddy!

ps. can I borrow one of your bricastis next week?
Old 4th September 2008
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Nicely done Rob!
Old 5th September 2008
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Originally Posted by syra View Post

ps. can I borrow one of your bricastis next week?
As soon as I get my Royer, Neumann and the other mics back! LOL



Hey guys, thanks for the kind words!
Old 8th September 2008
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What a kind thing to do, and the great feeling you and your mom have from it won't fade like the value of the car!
Old 8th September 2008
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congratulations and thanks for sharing the story Rob. very cool.
Old 8th September 2008
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its always the best feeling when you give to a loved one.. you can never beat that
Old 8th September 2008
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Happy Mom getting pointers from the sales guy.........



Next morning, her proud moment of having her first new car... She is still extremely excited.



Pictures from the iphone...

Again, thanks for all the kind words guys!! Have a great week!
Old 10th September 2008
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This is the best story I've heard all day.

Take it from me, there's no better feeling than showing your family members and friends that you care, regardless of the dollar amount attached to the effort.

/just got my dad a $600 radar detector for his b-day
//he wasn't expecting it.
Old 27th September 2008
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Rob congrats...

Btw, your mom looks pretty damn fit for 56..
Old 30th September 2008
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Btw, your mom looks pretty damn fit for 56..
Thanks Man! ....Don't get any ideas. LOL
Old 30th September 2008
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greatest post so far on gearslutz... and i hope you have put the lunchbox for your mother in the car, rob !!??
Old 1st October 2008
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yeah this is a bomb story. got to agree about being the best post on gearslutz.

well done mate and great to see your mum happy

cheers dave
Old 5th October 2008
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Thumbs up

Good Stuff Rob!!!!!

Raul
Old 5th October 2008
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Saw this thread earlier, and meant to post.

Rob, your mom is a lucky gal to have her son do that. What a cool thing to do - hats off.

Thank god my mom hasn't driven since just after WWII - I could never imagine her behind the wheel, not matter what generation she grew up in!

We just landed our first brand new car today. Never thought I'd EVER be doing that, but shows to go, it can happen.

Best to your mom, and her sweetheart son!!!
Old 5th October 2008
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that is beautiful.
another 18k and more
will find you much faster
than you suspect.


be well

- jack
Old 5th October 2008
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Originally Posted by themaidsroom View Post
that is beautiful.
another 18k and more
will find you much faster
than you suspect.


be well

- jack
yes.
Old 7th October 2008
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Awesome thread Rob, car looks nice. It's gr8 to hear good news like this and that's a big deal, you're obviously a good son!
Old 7th October 2008
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Classy geezer!! After all, mums outrank compressors ......thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup

Can't think of anything you could have got better 'can't stop smiling'-value out of for your 18K......well invested!
Old 7th October 2008
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what's it gonna be next? sell your trannies for your granny?

awesome! the smile on your face will do more for your next year of clients than any gear could do!!!

i'm popping off a few items i'd love to keep so i cna close shop and take my wife on a trip and actually JUST do our thing.

well done!

btw/ how does that car sound?
Old 7th October 2008
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+1 you just wrote it before i can lol

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Rob congrats...

Btw, your mom looks pretty damn fit for 56..
Old 18th October 2008
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Hey guys, just saw all these great posts.

Thank you so much for all the kind words. I am glad I could do this for her as she always supported my love for music and recording since I was 13. She helped me buy gear a few times when I was a kid and looking back, she probably couldn't afford too, but she never let on to it. Yeah, Mom never thought that this little guy would get her, her first new car.





Cheers, Guys!! Have a great weekend
Old 11th November 2008
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Rob King View Post
Happy Mom getting pointers from the sales guy.........



Next morning, her proud moment of having her first new car... She is still extremely excited.



Pictures from the iphone...

Again, thanks for all the kind words guys!! Have a great week!

Now that f*ckin RULES !!!!



I know how you feel, the only way i was able to afford being a runner making minimum wage at the first studio i worked at was because my Mom telling me ..go do what makes you happy , you always have a place to live if you need to.
Old 11th November 2008
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Good news! I just bought a pair of 176's, SH's Master Comp and an M49...


I kid, I kid...
Old 12th November 2008
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its too bad, money seems to be the only vent for happiness these days though.

If I had 5 million dollars, I still wouldn't buy my parents a car, cuz no one (not even them) likes to give their money out for free.
Old 14th November 2008
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man, you are on a roll! kick any puppies yet, or are you limiting your feel bad attitude to the world of GS this week?
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