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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've been trying to find some videos of the Aug 7 event.
Can you please provide a link to the videos you've been watching.

I just gave an hour long talk at a medical meeting...about Tesla. It's not psychosis, more "Teslove," and it's exhilirating to feel like a kid again!

Hi Edie,

I found a couple of short videos at the TMC forum here:

Not much to see, but yeah, better than nothing.

@rch - thank you for the generating one of the best threads on here and continually reminding us that there are things much more important than our wonderful cars or even the price of parking sensor retrofits. Two of my girls share a birthday on Aug 17 (Thanksgiving is apparently a big holiday in my house) and the youngest will be turning 13. I will be thinking of you and Kay that day. God bless.

@mayowt. 17th is my birthday too! I hope that your girls have a wonderful day and you take the chance to love them to bits! Indeed, parking sensors do not 'ping' when measured on this scale.

So another reason to celebrate! In my editing the above it seems I had my priorities in line as I skipped the part about picking my car up on the 17th (or maybe the 18th!).

No... I'm soooooooooo pit-of-the-stomach jealous.

If you can get to Boston, I can commit to arranging a ride!

Was there in March. Maybe again later this year. But hope to have my own Tesla grin by then.

But you never know!

Norway Envy Sweeps Europe!

So this week the first deliveries to Dutch and Belgian customers started. Uninvited and nevertheless unable to attend the ceremony, I duly studied every photo and watched every video. Two new owners have been keeping the Dutch TMC contingent on the edge of their seats by sharing their experiences on a daily basis. It's absolutely riveting stuff! At least for someone with my level of addiction to all things Tesla.

But the problem is that being Tesla-less has now become several powers more difficult to accept. I mean, damn it, there are now people owning and driving Model S's HERE! It's not just in TV land that people have these cars. This is intolerable, I'm practically having heart palpitations!

In trying to find a way to express myself adequately to you guys, I can only say that I'm reminded of Bill Murray in "Ground Hog Day", except I feel like an 8 year old stuck in Christmas Eve, hoping that Santa will deliver my Model S tomorrow... But TOMORROW NEVER COMES! WAAAAAAAAH!

I've never, ever been so excited and so flippin' obsessed with anything before in my life. I've bought two new aeroplanes in the past, including an Extra 300L for those in the know, and I didn't feel this excited.

Help me, PLEASE! I've still got three months to wait. WAAAAAAAAAH!

@Rch: don't think about Ground hog day, but rather about Steve McQueen doing solitary in Papillon. You'll be old and grey upon delivery, but eventually you'll be FREE! Think about the 7th wave!

IF you must think about Bill Murray, then the scene with sadistic dentist Steve Martin in The little shop of horrors is all for you. Being a masochist, he loved being poked with that blunt drill. But you don't. You're torturing yourself: stop it or start enjoying it... ;D

You're doomed. You will undoubtedly croak before the three months is up. Save yourself and cancel the order!

@Brian H Aren't you just a ray of f*ing sunshine!

@rch1708 - Have you decided on postponing your surgery?

@Mathew98, thanks for asking. Seeing THE specialist on the subject in September for a 3rd opinion. No decision made yet. On the one hand I have less pain and bother from it as time goes by, practically don't notice it except for a 'click' in my hip with certain movements. On the other, it will probably need to be dealt with at some point. We'll see.

A (lady) friend commented that waiting for an MS is a darn sight easier than waiting to deliver a baby. At least when my MS arrives the only pain I'll have to go through is parting with the money. Good point. I guess that my perspective has slipped somewhat and by hanging around on the forums so much with a bunch of like-minded psychotics, I failed to notice.

Perhaps someone should open a new "Tesla Detox" forum somewhere, hosting discussions on how to get Tesla out of one's system?

A joke. Heard of them?

@BH Yes, and I laughed. Kind of thought you'd assume a smiley face at the end of my post. Guess we're at different places in our relationship. It's not you, it's me.

Alright boys, you can both "stick it where the sun don't shine" ;)

Yes, Brian, I'm waiting for the grammar check...

Swearwords require smileys to count as jokes!

Got my VIN today. Do I need to swear to add a smiley?

@rch1708 I'm rooting for you to get your car sooner rather than later , to get healthy and enjoy life again.

Was it a joke?

What VIN did you get?

Brian H - +1. Don't keep us in suspense, Rch, share the digits! :)

VIN: 21351. Yeaaaah, was there ever a sweeter number?

@ rch1708
Congrats! It will come soon, but guaranteed it will feel like six years.

Hey, that's blackjack and the country code for Portugal!

Congrats, Rch! You deserve it more than anyone I know.

While I'm here, it's worth mentioning that my wife and a team of her friends will do a 95km non-stop walk starting tomorrow at 10:30 and finishing on Saturday lunchtime, this to raise money for the Netherlands children's cancer research charity, KIKA. My wife & one friend will walk the full 95km, the other ladies will walk 47.5km, one group during the day, one at night. This is a big deal, my wife did it last year and raised € 26,000.-.

However, this time I have promised her that when my MS arrives, if she needs to go so far, I'll drive her. Seems fair or not?

And for those of you wondering, I'm providing MTB based support & I'm the team photographer. Rucksack will be full of drinks & bananas, bike fitted with Gopro's front & back, 7D over the shoulder. Last year i cycled 75km and pretty much was in the saddle straight through the night - walking not being my thing.


Pics from last year:


Oopps, my VIN post disappeared:. My VIN is 21351 - there was never a sweeter number!

Wooohooo! Congrats rch!

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