Lets start with yesterday. I know many have been down this road before... lack of sleep. You get that call and the information that your car will be dropped off the next day and your brain just won't stop.
Where's the floor mats?
Where did I put the Fedex from Tesla with the paperwork?
Is she going to have enough charge for me to drive it all day tomorrow?
It was impossible to sleep last night.
This morning I was up early. I checked the Android app to see if maybe someone had enabled it in the car but no luck. I let my wife sleep in while I paced around the house watching the minutes tick by like hours. It reminded me of high school waiting on the bell to chime the end of the school day. Checking the forums to see what was up only seemed to make things worse so I re-watched all the Tesla videos. Finally after years.. ok a few hours of waiting it was 9am and I decided to stir the wife. We were going out to breakfast before I went insane. The car wasn't coming 'til around noon. I called my parents and they met us at the restaurant.
I knew the car was coming on a fairly large truck so I scheduled the delivery at my parents house in the county where the roads where wide and the street less traveled. After breakfast we all made our way back to their place and the conversation helped the time go by a little better. It wasn't long before the phone rang and we got the word the driver was 10 minutes away. Large truck was an understatement. A covered tandem car carrier came rolling down the block.... huge would have been an understatement. My car was the last one and the unloading was smooth and efficient. My wife was running around with the Google doc check list as the car was being unloaded with a smile plastered on her face like she had run into the Joker from a Batman movie. I had the same phenomenon since the 10 minute warning phone call. An inspection of the car and signature later and I was good to go. Everything was perfect. (no DS) There was a small white mark on the windshield that scrapped off with a finger nail. No items unaccounted for. I didn't get any major features. 60Kwh, no sunroof, 19" wheels, single charge without the tech package or sound upgrade. Basic blue car with air-suspension and grey leather. The supercharging upgrade was included because I was an early reservation.
We all spent the next hour in and around the car playing with every feature and touch screen button there was to push, slide, open and/or close. My dad checked the air pressure in all the tires and my mom and wife sat in the car talking like two happy birds in their nest. Once I had thoroughly introduced everyone to the car we drove off to my brothers to show it to him. By the time we got there my parents had the Tesla grin. After my brother got his introduction I took my parents home and from there my wife returned to our house to find a name for our new baby. I don't think she was as enthusiastic about the car until today.
You might think this was the end of the day for introductions. Not quite. I had been updating Facebook during the whole process. I now had dozens of likes and comments and a few promised test drives to get out of the way. Three hours later and I was finally back in my own garage to get a charge.... for my PHONE. I was streaming music thru the phone because I already had Pandora setup on it and it was so easy to connect using bluetooth. I had forgot to bring along a USB cord to charge so I had to stop by the house. Once the phone was plugged into the car and charging my wife and I went off to give one more test drive and pick up a pizza... we'll pass on delivery for a while. By the end of the whole day the car, now named Storm after the x-men character, was only down to about 120 miles of rated charge. Sure most of the 3-4 hours was just sitting in the car talking to people about it with short drives around the city but I was impressed with the range. Best quote of the night was from my friends 9 year old after his mom finished driving it around the neighborhood for 5 minutes. When she pulled in front of her house Patrick screamed, "That's IT!" he was ready to ride along all night.
My wife tells me this link should work since the FB album of the delivery is public. You will need to be logged into you FB account.
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