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The Tesla Psychosis

My MS is ordered, due for European delivery in September. On the face of it, now it’s just a matter of waiting. But there’s something weird going on here. I’m addicted to reading everything I can find on the MS. I’ve already had enough solar panels put on the house roof to offset my entire annual driving. I’m busy getting a charge point installed. My wife’s expecting to find me checking out carpet and curtains for the garage. I got into my trusty Jag XKR this morning, started it and thought how primitive it felt. (I mean, who “starts” a car any more?). Late at night I close my eyes and head off into Teslaland. And, to be honest, this is all based on an all-too-short morning driving a friend’s MS a few months ago.

Frankly it must be some kind of madness, I must be going crazy. After all it’s just a car, damn it. It’s just a method of traveling from A-B. So how on earth can I possibly be enslaved to the idea of a mere product? Am I a victim of brilliant marketing or is it something more?

On the other hand… I love the idea of being off the grid, driving on sunlight. And then there’s that ride, that’s stayed with me all these months. And there’s the quiet. And the acceleration. And the idea that this is how a car really SHOULD be… I guess I'm buying more than a car here, I'm buying into an entire philosophy.

But something else struck me after I ordered my MS: one of my kids died a few years ago and life has been nothing but grim since. Losing her took all of joy out of living, all the colour out of life. Ordering the MS has woken in me a sense of excitement that I’d forgotten existed. So I’m indulging my obsession. I’m allowing myself to read every word written here and head off to Teslaland at night. It may be some kind of psychosis, but my view is BRING IT ON.

And keep writing the interesting stuff, guys.

Colasec;
In a year you'll be an old-timer, an early adopter.

My obsession is getting worse: I was wondering whether to buy Alloygators before the Tesla discount runs out at the end of July... ...my MS is due September/October.

But I could look at them in the meantime and imagine them protecting my wheels! Bliss!

I had the Alloygators, had reviewed all of Junkman's Youtube videos for two bucket handwashing, purchased all of the recommended car wash products, microfiber towels and connectors for ease of switching out my foam gun and my hose nozzle, ordered and received my Lloyd's mats (front and back), gotten my spare adapters and tire kit from the Tesla store, and had appointments for CQuartz finest application and tinting well prior to ever receiving my MS. I leave home early to get the best parking spot in the parking garage at work. I researched all the ways I could mount my front license plate without "injuring" my baby, and purchased clear vinyl removable stickers to use with my HOV lane stickers so I wouldn't have to permanently adhere them. When I walk in the garage in the morning, I greet her good morning out loud (I have to be careful doing this around people, though. ;)

The other day, while giving her her weekly handwash and massage, I noticed a light scuff on the passenger door. Easily buffed out by my detailer (a benefit of the CQuartz warranty) I got the best compliment ever...my detailer said I had obviously been doing everything right in caring for the car as he could detect no swirls or scratches! I was as proud of that achievement as I was in getting a promotion.

I'm away on business but check my iPhone app several times a day. I have opportunities to describe how great the Model S is often, and can't wait to pull out the pictures of my delivery.

I am the mother of two adult children, not a car person, and, echoing others in this thread, this car makes one feel very special. I used to hate to drive; now I look for reasons to drive, and can't wait for the Supercharger network so I can take road trips. I've now had the car 3 months.

Nothing is as devastating as the loss of a child. I hope the MS gives you as much joy as it has given me, and I wish you many, many hours of driving with sunlight.

rch,
When I got mine in November folks would ask me how I liked my car and I would always tell them, "Ask me in 6 months when the novelty is gone." We'll, it's now been over 8 months and almost 10,000 miles and the honeymoon ain't even close to being over. Like you I have solar panels and it's now guilt free driving and fun driving at that. Any reason to drive is a reason to go for a fun drive. It actually gets better believe it or not.
And I used to devour every morsel of Tesla information that I could find, but less so now since I end up talking shop with other Tesla owners that I know.
The psychosis actually is medically called PTSS; Post Tesla Stupid Smile.
Enjoy the drive!

blc;
Yep, you def'nitly clazy lady now. Enjoy!

@blc: you inspired me to order the Alloygaters - made use of the 10% Tesla discount! Also impressed that a lady refers to her car as "she". Increasingly reassured that my behaviour is normal for a Teslaholic. Just got to convince the wife before she orders the straitjacket.

Teslaholic, yes I am....I've got it bad.

I read up on everything Tesla. I look up Tesla news, Elon news, Tesla Forum. I'm on the forum several times a day everyday. I talk about my car to whoever will hear me. Sometimes I talk about Tesla even though no one is listening. I'm not the kind of person that does that. I have to restrain myself from talking too much about the car, the company or Elon. I'm afraid people are sick of hearing it or think I'm just a one dimensional character.

Like blc, I got all the items to wash her myself (yes, it's got to be a her, she's really sexy). I'm not the kind of person that does that. Today, there was some goop on top of the hood when I was about to go to work. I wiped it off with my fingers, but there was still some residue on the hood. I can't leave it like that! What if it hardens in the California sun? So I got my Zaino finishing spray and got it right off, but wait, the rest of the hood now looks dusty compared to the little spot I just cleaned off. So I proceeded to mini-detail the hood....at 6 in the morning!? If my husband saw me (luckily he's out of town)...he would have bought me a straight jacket for sure.

All I can say is that I sat in the car, in the garage, for over an hour, the first night that I had it.

Mike

@mike
Only an hour? ;-)
Heck me and my wife probably spent a couple hours each night in the car, for the first three nights!

Teslafy, Teslaholic, Telsapsychosis. We've all got it. It's a good thing. What was the last thing that made you feel like a kid at Christmas? Man, I'm totally addicted.

Note to self: not all Tesla owners are Teslaholics.

A coworker visiting from another office mentioned he got a Model S in February - I immediately said excitedly, "Oh, what's your VIN?!?" and got the strangest look as he muttered, "What? I have no idea..." lol

I think the strangest thing for me was my slow drift away from wanting to drive anywhere. I'm a motor head and have always loved driving and yet, over the last few years, have slowly lost interest in driving. MS changed all that. Now I drop my daughter off at school every day and I too look for reasons to drive. It is a very pleasant change.

One word of warning though-
MS is new enough to have a very high resale. I took the oporturnity to use a second deposit I placed before the price increase to replace my P85 with a P85+. I delivered my first MS to its new owner three weeks ago and still have three weeks until the new baby arrives. The warning is simple; five months of ownership and 5,500 miles of driving only makes the anticipation problem WORSE. I thought it was bad the first time :)

opportunity (I wish I could edit posts here)

@lolachampcar: a masochistic Teslaholic. Boy do you have problems... ;-)

and old dog, new tricks syndrome so it is unlikely I can get my self sorted :)

"sorted"? A Briticism; are you in the UK, or an exile?

UK exile living in NL, long enough that at the atomic level I'm Duch.

Ooops, see that wasn't for me...

Oh my god! I thought I was the only one that felt this way. I talk about my MS to everyone that will listen. I'm also reading everything I can about TESLA in general and watching Youtube videos all of the time. I'm also an investor in TESLA and I'm constantly watching it go up and up and all I do is smile. I truely believe in this company and what it stands for. My name is Jim (and Lisa) and we are TESLA addicts.

I miss being able to +1 posts like you can on Google+ because that last post certainly deserves one. :-)

A co-worker of mine received his MS back in Nov 2012 has never stopped grinning since. Whenever he talks about his car his face just lights up. After reading this thread, I am beginning to understand what has happened to him, and what is starting to happen to me. I placed an order for my very own MS in June and expect delivery at the end of this month. The anticipation is growing. I find myself reading the various Tesla blogs and forums daily and have started cleaning out and painting my garage in preparation for delivery. I'm starting to look at various key chain options for the MS fob. My family and I are already planning road trips with MS. Thanks Elon for this wonderful automobile. I believe in your philosophy and vision, and look forward to seeing many more EV's on the road.

@cfOH
+1

Rob (rch1708).....your thread made it to Teslive!

Leilani Munter (race car driver) mentioned your story during her talk. It was great!

This is also my favorite thread! I sure hope Elon gets to read it.

Any news on your car? Keep us updated.

Jackie :-)

Went down to the Santana Row store today. Asked a friendly Tesla employee about getting some flyers to hand out to friends; the word was "we stopped making those a couple weeks ago". In a couple weeks we'll have an online version of the flyer so you can point people at that.

Still grinning. ;-)

rch1708,

Thanks for sharing your story. As a father I can only sympathise with you. I'm glad you have found some joy again in your life. I enjoyed reading everyone's comments on here. I seem to have the Tesla fever also. I do not own one yet or have a deposit on one. Hopefully someday. I'm a fan of Elon and Tesla and hope to join the club someday.

Eric

Hi Jackie, thanks for letting me know about Teslive. I wish that I'd been there to hear the talk. However I was 'stuck' sailing with my family on 38 footer around the Adriatic islands for the first week of my holiday. Essentially no internet connection, so no Tesla updates for most of a week. Man, that's hard - try it if you feel like suffering for a while.

However I was determined not to be reduced to the same state as my teenage daughter, who was behaving like being periodically cut off from FB&Twitter was an infringement of her human rights, as established by the European courts. When I got back into a harbour with an internet connection on Friday evening, I found that my MyTesla page had been updated and my order was "on hold", awaiting my driving license details. I almost panicked, fearful my internetlessness had cost me delivery time! SCARY!

After rapidly adding the details and re-re-reconfirming my order, I rummaged around on the forum and found out that my order had probably only been on hold around half a day, or so. PHEWeeeee!

No further progress to report., only that the Dutch forum is heading towards delivery fever pitch. Every utterance about 1st deliveries, whether direct, indirect, attributed or just imagined, is being mangled to extract the last drop of a hint of a clue of an implication of a sign of a delivery date. European cars are on the boat or the train, in tens or hundreds, for Norway, Switzerland or the Benelux, with or without batteries, assorted charing cables, etc, etc. For any fans of HHGTTG reading this, it rather reminds me of Slartybartfast, Deep Thought and the debate about The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe and Everything.

Thus, I guess that I should expect my car in week 42...

Rob,

Sounds like a wonderful vacation. Thanks for the update.

You can still get to see Teslive on the video below.....scroll down to the one where you see Elon in the shot. First 5 minutes are wasted waiting for things to start. Just forward a little. First Leilani speaks and then Elon.

http://new.livestream.com/teslamotorsclub/teslive2013

Jackie.

Rob;
Only the white mice know, and they aren't talking squeaking.

@Rch - this was my favorite thread long before the DA reference. I've never posted on it before because it seemed that all the profound and interesting and heartfelt statements had already been made, so I'll just say thanks for sharing your experiences.

I'm going to chime in with even less and just add my +1 to all of it.

Cheers!


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