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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.

I wonder at what point one has to start wondering whether one has crossed some kind of line with this psychosis? Namely, I heard a couple of days ago that I have something called a "labral tear" in the cartilage of my right hip, the treatment of which involves surgery, 2-3 weeks off work and a 3-6 month recovery period.

Looking at the timing, I expect that the operation will be scheduled for mid-late September. And I bet, Murphy being the guy who designed the Universe, it will end up coinciding with the delivery of my MS. I can see it before me: being stuck in the house for 3 weeks while my wife takes delivery of and drives around in my new dream. I can tell you now, I'd go absolutely bananas and my wife would certainly enjoy watching me bounce off the walls - something that would certainly put back my recovery.

So, on and off for the last days, I've been wondering what takes priority, hip surgery or MS delivery?

I've been thinking of calling up my Tesla contact and explaining the story to him to see if I can get a better idea of delivery dates. But I can imagine him sat at the other end of the phone thinking, "Gee, now I've heard every excuse under the sun to wangle information out of us. These people are crazy!".

I've been thinking of talking to the surgeon and trying to explain that I'd like to schedule the surgery around the delivery of my new car. But I suppose I'd get a fairly curt and unsympathetic response, and probably quite rightly.

I've been thinking about just postponing the whole further consultation process for a couple of months, as I can live with the pain and I can still do a reasonable amount of sport without the operation, for the time being at least. I'd like to ask the surgeon if waiting a few months would result in any further damage, but he'd probably think I was being facile.

I've been thinking that maybe I'm using the MS to hide behind, to postpone the moment of having to go under the knife and then face up to all the months of recovery afterwards.

I've NOT been thinking about delaying the delivery of my MS. Some things are just plain inconceivable. And the thing must be delivered this year for the tax breaks - at least, that's my excuse. That my hip problem precedes the order of my MS is irrelevant and the fact that I'm thinking of postponing dealing with my hip just goes to show that my hip's not really that bad... doesn't it?

And then, of course, I started thinking about what I'd been thinking about these last days and I started to wonder if I've not lost my marbles completely... Just get on with it, Rob, it's your damned health that we're contemplating here!

But on the other hand, I think it will be very bad for my mental health if the MS ends up being delivered as I'm being sliced open.

And just thinking ahead: does a legal person happen to know if the "crime of passion" defence would cover one's actions in the event that - hypothetically speaking - one's spouse takes to illicitly using one's Model S?

Man, I hate this...! What kind of crazy cult have I got myself into here?

Considering the clout that you might have with Leilani Munter, perhaps an email to her can get you some information or even an early delivery. You never know.

All the best to you

@rch I would recommend the surgery 1st. The Model S will still be there after your recovery period ( assuming your spouse aint that crappy a driver/no accidents by other persons). Your health may not wait so long

Hi Rob,
I am a Physiotherapist, and without knowing any specific details, a labral tear in the hip should not take 3-6 months of recovery. I work on TOTAL hip replacement patients that are up and about in 2-3 months ... and driving :-) they may not be playing tennis or running a marathon in 3 months, but if they are a good patient and do their exercises daily, they are certainly walking without an assistive device and driving for sure.

So, take care of your health first. Get the surgery sooner rather than later, be diligent with your exercises, listen to your Physio and you will be driving when your precious MS arrives.

just my unsolicited 2 cents worth.

to your health ... both mental & physical ;-))

Hi Edie, that's very encouraging, thanks. I made the mistake of reading about the op on the internet. Bad move. Better to watch Tesla videos...


I too have caught the psychosis. I wake at 3 AM to thoughts of the car I was just dreaming of. While my wife sleeps I am checking the forums, my dashboard and looking at Edmunds long term test to see if they have added any information.
The best news is that yesterday I received notice that my Model S will arrive late July rather than July 30 - Aug. 13.
Finally I would like to give my condolences to rch1708 who started this thread on the lost of his child. I hope he is enjoying his Tesla and it has eased his pain.

@Fnealnwc: not yet. I'm a Brit living in the Netherlands and thus low down the ranks of Tesla acolytes.

Jackie: just got round to watching the Teslive video of Leilani's talk. Was very touched...

@leilanimunter: if you happen to read this, thanks for a wonderful presentation.


rch1708 | July 18, 2013

"Jackie: just got round to watching the Teslive video of Leilani's talk. Was very touched...

@leilanimunter: if you happen to read this, thanks for a wonderful presentation."

Her presentation was great and we all have enjoyed "breaking up with gas" an being psochotic at the same time...

Thanks to all for this thread. It is such a powerful validation of everything I have been going through. An Aug 20, P85 delivery here. So good to hear all the same things going on...

Electrician finished bringing new service to the house yesterday and out to the garage (goodbye gas pump!). Meeting tomorrow morning with someone to give the gargage floor that showroom, high gloss finish. Signed up for the 100% renewable energy supplier through the power company (limited opportunity for solar install in my neighborhood/area and haven't had the nerve to suggest moving yet.) Hadn't thought of the blinds yet.

I laughed out loud and teared up reading these posts. To be around people with such powerful stories and feelings is humbling. Thank you all for sharing.

My heart races whenever I get to read these forums. I check the mobile app several times a day just to see if it is going to say anything other than "no car linked". I ordered sample 18650 batteries to show people. I fear I have become that bore at any gathering who just talks about the same thing over and over. I have even started on some thoughtful review of what I am doing with my life, as in, is my job / the way I spend my time in line with this glimpse of a new, higher sense of purpose and the impact a person can have.

Next step, a deposit on an X for my wife who really needs the SUV like size.

Thank you to everyone in this movement.

@mayowt. I might suggest browsing over the careers section of Tesla's website. Currently 259 job opportunities in California....Another 169 jobs in the US. And another 227 outside the US.

Tesla is looking for over 650 good people to help further the advent of electric transport........maybe you're one of them...

J. :-))

I too finally watched Leilani's Teslive speach. I was very moved and even found myself tearing up at her words.

Interesting that this thread has moved into talk of working for Tesla. The psychosis is so strong in me that just yesterday I had my in person interview with the managers of the local store near me and the regional sales representative who happened to be in town for the ribbon cutting of the newest supercharging stations.

I think it went well but I won't know for sure until early next week.

I forgot to thank you all in my last post for making me feel somewhat normal as well as I think my wife is pretty sick of me spending so much time here on my most recent obsession. ;-)



I wasn't going to say anything further, but I find I can't help myself. Your story just pulls me in :-)
I'm unfamiliar with medical practices in the Netherlands, but here in the states most "tears" can be repaired through laser surgery. Minimally invasive with a 2-3 week recovery time (tops) since there are no long incisions as in joint replacement surgeries. I would ask your current orthopedic surgeon about it and find one that does laser repair. It's soo worth it!

Your surgery and recovery would be totally complete by the time you took delivery of your Model S in sept :-)

Happy, healthy driving!!


Hi Edie, that's extremely interesting. Next appointment with the consultant is in a few weeks. Will definitely check it out.

My next thread could be called "How Tesla saved me from unnecessary surgery". See if I can beter the guy whose house didn't burn down... ;-)

My next thread could be called "How Tesla saved me from unnecessary surgery". See if I can beter the guy whose house didn't burn down... ;-)

LOL! I hope so! :-)

Speaking of the psychosis, @mayowt's confession lead me to realize how utterly ridiculous my own situation is:
- I've had five electricians visit the house so far
- My all-weather Tesla floor and trunk mats arrived yesterday
- The Alloygators are sitting in the garage
- I have an appointment with the Opti-Coat installer
- I bought an 18650 cell to keep in the glovebox for show-and-tell
- I cleaned out the garage more than I ever have before
- I check the Tesla app at least once every day (...nothing!)
- I know some of you by name, but I can't remember my neighbor's
- I spend at least an hour a day between here and the TMC forum
- I'm organizing a Tesla owners meetup in late August
- I bought a pair of Pete's custom key fob cozies
and my car isn't being delivered until next week!

Psychosis indeed.

Mine is in labor as we speak and probably delivered to my home next week. Are you thinking group birthday parties yet? Maybe at Skyline?

Twinsies! [gag]

Are you around Cincy, Bighorn?

No, Wyoming, but it wouldn't be the first time we've road-tripped to Cinci for a three-way (ahem)!

NoMO and gone;
Don't be selfish. Display and give examples of your symptoms! Other lost souls may take comfort. (Or get worse, same diff). Give!

You need a fix. If possible, find a local MS owner and buy them lunch.

Lola: what's worse, knowing what you're waiting for or not knowing? Wish there was a local owner for whom I could buy lunch without having to purchase a transatlantic flight ticket.

My in-laws live 1km from the Tesla 'factory' in Tilburg NL. Was visitng them this afternoon and had to work very hard NOT to go and hang out up the road at the gates, slobbering like a dog. I guess that the next time I'm there I won't be able to resist.

you might consider contacting Athlon leasing company in the Netherlands and ask for a test drive (also their YT channel has plenty of dutch spoken videos from test drives in NL).

Brian - bipolar moodswings after Model S sightings, going from maniacal happiness watching the silent poetry in motion to darkest depression when I remember that she is not mine.

Constant, OCD-like scouring of the internet for any new articles maligning or praising Tesla. Checking stock prices hourly not because of the money, but because it might be an indirect indicator of some news about Tesla I didn't know about.

Paranoia that the creaking, squeaking, foul-smelling ICE engine in the 2000 Dodge Caravan that I'm driving is conspiring to kill me.

Writing "ICE engine" with a redundant E.

IC engine does have a certain ring.

Someone mentioned that Brian does not have a car. If this is the case, I'm not sure he can really understand the issues at hand.

Bighorn - it sounds like a snack machine at the fair.


I'm totally with you:

- I've had five electricians visit the house so far
--- I had four. The NEMA 14-50 has been installed and ready in my garage for three weeks.

- My all-weather Tesla floor and trunk mats arrived yesterday
--- I got mine like 10 days ago.

- I have an appointment with the Opti-Coat installer
--- Yep, my car's due at the detailer for paint correction and OptiCoat the day after scheduled delivery. I also have a tinting appointment for the afternoon of delivery day.

- I cleaned out the garage more than I ever have before
--- I cleaned out the garage, had bare lightbulbs on the side walls changed to overhead fluorescents, had some piping removed from a previous owner's water softener installation, got the floor done (epoxy chip), bought $3K worth of garage cabinets, had the foam insulation at the bottom of the garage doors replaced, painted the whole garage, and hung tennis ball parking guides.

- I check the Tesla app at least once every day (...nothing!)
--- I check it multiple times a day. I've seen my car in person (it's waiting at the service center) and the app still says "no vehicle".

- I know some of you by name, but I can't remember my neighbor's
--- Yep definitely.

- I spend at least an hour a day between here and the TMC forum
--- I trade at least that much sleep for it. Are you cfOH on the TMC boards too? I don't recall seeing your name on there.

- I bought a pair of Pete's custom key fob cozies
-- Me too! Black and red.

I also bought a full set of hand-washing supplies, picked up a parcel shelf, bought Roger's wheel cap and TESLA stickers, and bought LEDs to replace the incandescent license plate lights.

I interviewed nine solar installation companies and signed a contract (today!) to replace 90% of my anticipated new electricity usage with 16 beautiful Sunpower panels.

I visited the service center yesterday to visit with my car, even though my delivery appointment is not until Tuesday (my DS couldn't find a spot to move me up).

I am so totally excited and so totally sleep-deprived.

I've been in a new S on the roads for a few hours. I appreciate it fine!

@colasec: Yes, you DO have it bad! And yes, I'm cfOH over on TMC, too. Oh, and thanks for reminding me to order some LED replacement license plate lights. :-)

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