Dear Aria

Dear Aria,

At this time – 8:03AM – 6 months ago, you were born. Happy half-year. 6 months is both a long time and a very short amount of time in your perspective of the world that you know today. In the grand scheme of things, it’s short in the sense that we hope that you’ll grow old and happy, and find someone that treats you with the same respect that you demand of yourself. You’ve barely even scratched the surface of life – but here we are – celebrating the milestone you’ve completed. On the other hand, it’s a long time in the sense that we have been through more with you in the last 6 months than we have in the last 14 years together… Or at least it feels that way. We like to think that we’re good parents – we do everything in our power to make sure that you’re as happy and safe as can be, and at the same time, we’re also starting to believe that you like to test that.

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In the last 6 months, you’ve tested our patience, our love, our mental and physical capacity to function on as little sleep as possible, our strength as a family, our stress, and just about every other emotion we know – you’ve tested it all. One of the most important things you’ve shown us is how strong Mom and I can be together – and that is significant. It’s significant because it has the power to make us question how strong one half can be without the other, and it can break us down very quickly if we let it. Thank you for showing us the importance of togetherness and the work it takes to be a good parent and partner. You’ve shown us how much weight we can hold when the string is thinning. There have been nights where we’ve both collapsed on the bed after you’ve fallen asleep and muttered “we did it” while preparing for the next round of whatever you decide to throw at us. Thank you for making the experience rewarding and worth working for.

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Thank you for showing us how great it is to dance together again. We sometimes find ourselves in the endless circle of ‘you clean the toilets, I’ll clean the sinks. You cook dinner, I’ll wash the dishes. You rub my back, I’ll rub yours.” I won’t be the one to always change your diapers, and Mom won’t be the one to always rock you to sleep. At the end of the day, you will always find Mom and I there to support you together, for everything. We will always be willing to dance with you – no matter the dance, no matter the time.

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We’re more than ecstatic that you’re a part of our lives, but more importantly – we’re actually just a part of yours. Thank you for teaching us discovery again – an ideal that we’ve carelessly left behind in our youth. We will help guide you and help craft your imagination. We’ll delve into your world and play in it the way you want to. We want to turn your intangible sounds into physical feedback and emotion. The tools and weapons required to walk through the dark and dangerous dungeons – we will equip you with and meet you at the end. We are the sole providers of your experience and we swear to fight anything and anyone that tries to hold us back from giving that to you. You are as much a part of our lives as we are yours and when you giggle in your sleep, we can’t help but wonder what kind of dream you’re having, but we know everything that we’ve done up until this point has been right.

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We hope that the next 6 months is as amazing for you as the last 6 months have been for us. We hope that you become a strong, independent, and respectful person – no matter how small you are. Thank you for being one of the best things that has ever happened to us and for filling the gap we never knew we had. You are the reason we try to better ourselves each day and the only person we want to make proud. You’ll get kisses from us at 6 months whether you like it or not, and you’ll get kisses from us at 18 whether you like it or not.

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And thank you Diana. Thank you for being Aria’s mom and thank you for being our superhero. Any husband that denies that they are also another child to their wife is a liar. The amount of strength it takes to care for a grown man and a needy baby is beyond Superman’s. When I need to know where my lucky teal underwear is, I need to know now and when Aria needs to eat, she needs to eat now. We both want it now and somehow, you can do both. Now. Thank you for shouldering the both of us and for having the energy each day to smile. Thank you for having an overdrive button that never runs out whenever I’m struggling to fix mine. Thank you for letting me join you on this journey – I’ll be right beside you with my lucky underwear the rest of the way. Here’s to more milestones and adventures with Aria. We love you!

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FS: 2015 Toyota Corolla S

Might as well post this up here to get traction too. We’re putting the Corolla up for sale since we barely use it. It was originally just a replacement for Diana’s Fit at the time since we were getting a killer deal on the trade value. Since then, it kind of just sits there and we drive it once in a while but not enough to make it worth it… So why not make it worth it for someone else!

The car today has 23,703km on it – one of the lowest I’ve seen on the market over the last few weeks. If you know me, you know this car has been kept in mint condition. No accidents, no dents or dings, it gets driven like a grandma, and the interior is pretty much perfect. Really, the only seat that’s ever used is the drivers seat. I think the backseat has a total of 1 hour of seat time since we’ve brought it home.

It’s the S trim package A. It has dual front heated seats, auto windows and mirrors, USB/bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel controls, cruise control, touchscreen HU, heated side mirrors, back-up camera, and foglights – basically everything you need in either a daily driver or a more-than-reliable winter car. I’ll include the Compustar 2-way remote starter, a set of all-season tires with 90% tread and another set of winter tires with about 85% tread. The car has always had rubber floormats inside so the carpet is in very good condition, trunk has never been used, and it has free oil changes at Toyota until 2020. Maintenance has been kept up to date with all receipts and records available from Country Hills Toyota. All in all, a great car – just little use from us so I’d rather not have it go to waste.

Asking price: $19,500 OBO. Open to reasonable offers.

If you or a friend are interested – email me!

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T1R Front & Overpipe!

After a few months, the gifts the guys, Diana and my sister got for my birthday finally all made it in to AJ-R and I got the shipment earlier this week. Last year, they got me the T1R Power Header to open up the exhaust system a little more, and now to fully complete it, they got the T1R front pipe and over pipe. Now I just have to find some time to bring it to Jackie at Balance Auto to install. I don’t think I want to get under the car and do it myself after the header install LOL. It’s likely an easier install but I’m not in the mood – nor can I figure a way to get my jack under the car with the sideskirts lol. I need to find a better way to jack my car up on my own…

While I was at it, I asked Ben to throw in a AJRC Type-O diffuser as well to spruce the rear up a bit more and balance the wing out. I was debating for months on whether to get a Valenti 4th light or just screw it and get a cage. I still don’t know what I want to do… But I’ll have to decide before the car comes out of hibernation finally. It’s been a long ass winter mainly cause the weather has been pretty shitty.

It’s always exciting to have some parts laying around waiting to be installed!

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The diffuser. Plain Jane for now – mainly cause there isn’t a diffuser that I “love”. Hopefully one day something cool comes out.. *Cough* Voltex

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Until I have time, they sit on my desk collecting dust…

The Chronicles: Tokyo Night Meet

A little late to the game – but some shots Galen took at the Tokyo Night Meet by Stickydiljoe. Most of you probably already all know now but there was a lot of drama and the meet didn’t go as planned due to some that came too early and got security’s attention. Anyway, most of that write up is on Stickydiljoe.com for those that are interested. I just wanted to post the rest up of what Galen took that night.

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Level One NSX on Bronze CE28’s. Can never go wrong with bronze on black.

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Cambergang BRZ sitting super low

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More shots of the NSX up close. Great fitment on the CE’s

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I didn’t like the new Miata’s much but they’re starting to grow on me…

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I don’t know what that character is in this R34 but I hope it’s Sephiroth. Because then I approve. LOL

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Crazy. It’s like something you’d see over here in NA.

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Line up of Bimmers

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Toyota Crown with a outlandish hood graphic

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A beautiful white NSX on black TE37’s.

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*Not TE37’s

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More shots of the Level one cars

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If only it were paint matched…

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And just to end it off here – that same orange Fit from the Super Fresh Meet. Gutted interior and caged.

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Tokyo Auto Salon 2017 – Part 4

Lots of goodies in part 4 for Galen’s first day at TAS… PS – still got another few sets to go!

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I need me one of the new Corvettes…

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Quad tip on a SARD-fitted FRS

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A wicked GT Lexus LC500 with a large carbon print pattern all over.

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Lexus, you win.

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beside it – the Lexus RC-F GT

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Toyota Crown in the Work Wheels booth with classic Emitz

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Much VIP…

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S-Class coupe

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Pikachu Lambo… Of course…

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Custom widebody/matte Datsun with a chassis-mounted wing

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I love the look of the Datsun 240’s. Classic body but still holds a very modern presence.

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Real JDM parking only. lol Varis Kamikaze GTR with a mini-me beside it

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BN Sports RX7

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Right beside a BN Sports GTR

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The duo in red look mighty fine together…

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The Old & New 911 Slant-nose facelifted Porsche was there too…

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Personally not a huge fan but super innovative to bring oldschool and newschool together. My main gripe is the removal of some awesome headlights and replacing them with big foglights.

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Me no like. Looks like a frog… bumper is too plain…

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Slammed Merc A180 in the T-Demand booth…

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And one of my favourites from T-Demand is this GS350.

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Outfitted with full T-Demand suspension and BBK. Absolutely amazing. Those of you that are familiar with the VIP scene in particular already know the high level of quality of T-Demand products and the price tag that comes along with it. Many of their cars are static, but they also provide air suspension options – with an equally amazing controller/remote that they’ve  recently developed.

When I had the LS460, I was looking into possible control arm options and T-Demand was one of an extremely select few (I believe there was only one other option at the time) that provided an option, but with a $2k price tag on arms alone…

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Crazy aero on this Advan/Yokohama S15 GT

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Better shot of the sides

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That splitter…

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Top Secret GTR

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RH9 FRS

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A shot of the front portion of the Top Fuel S2000 on aggressive Advan GT’s

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Waooooooo

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Chargespeed GTR

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Not a huge fan of Chargespeed design but I suppose there are more terrible options…

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That’s a wrap for part 4 of TAS! I’ll go through the rest of Galen’s photos shortly and get the pics that haven’t been posted put up… Keep checking in!