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My wife (the HR director) has suggested that I need to take "Carternity Leave" from work when the new "baby" arrives.

This statement come from the fact that I spent the weekend "cleaning out" and organizing the garage. Throwing some stuff away, moving the dirt bikes to the storage shed, getting rid of the old garage refrigerator, etc. - in general, making room for the Elise to "sleep" in the garage. My wife made several comments about it being like getting ready for the arrival of a new baby - cleaning out the room, assembling the crib, organizing the supplies. All in preparation of the new arrival - one that you don't know the exact date of, just an expected time. It may be later, or it may be premature - you never quite know, so you better be ready ahead of time.

Anyway, she suggested that since parents get to take maternity leave for their new baby, I should be able to take carternity leave for my new baby.

What do you all think?;)

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Absolutely ! I'm going to take a few days to "bond" with the new member of the household....don't think my employers will consider this as "carternity" leave but I will !
 

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Morning sickness?
 

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It's called Nesting.

I'm not going to say anything negative, Tim, because I want an invite to view the new addition to the family.

If I get an invite do I have to bring a baby gift?
 

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I dunno Tim. Cleaning out the garage for a new car is standard practice. In order to claim carternity leave, you need to go the extra step.

When my dad got his new 911, he didn't just clean his garage, he painted the garage floor, and cut sheets of astro-turf for the tyres to sit on.
 

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Randy Chase said:
Morning sickness?
No, disapproval.

The elise is the result of the pursuit of excellence.

Why would anyone want to sully the expectation of receipt of their beauty with a falsehood?

Tim may have been joking, but I immediately saw that joke or not, some would run with the suggestion.

He asked for opinion, and I wished to register mine for the sake of some who might otherwise be misled by my silence.
 

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Gromit said:
When my dad got his new 911, he didn't just clean his garage, he painted the garage floor, and cut sheets of astro-turf for the tyres to sit on.
I'm not going to go that far.

But cleaning out my garage is a major accomplishment. One side has the Elan. With a work bench behind that. And the extra tires and original rims for the Elan. And the roll around tool chest. And air compressor. The newly cleaned side has the storage cabinet. And the other roll around tool chest. And the drill press, parts washer, 12 ton shop press, and very large snow blower. I'm still trying to figure out where the woodworking bench, shop-vac and sand blasting cabinet will go. But at least for the first time in many years, you can actually walk straight through the garage without zig-zaging and stepping over things...:rolleyes:

I have too many tools, too many projects, and too many cars...;)

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Ancient Wedgie- Not only am I going to ask my HR dept. for maternity leave, I'm not even married! I will leave it to them to figure out who the "child" is. ;)

Tim- I too will be doing major garage cleaning and re-arranging in anticipation of the arrival of my little one. I may even put down a newly-painted oil-proof floor in the "nursery". Home Depot has a kit for around $100. Anyone tried this?

I can't wait to hear the pitter-patter of little ...AO48's ??
 

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"Forced"Carternity Leave

I find myself - in the advanced "nesting" stage - already looking forward to my Carternity Leave!:cool:

In moving to my new (smaller) house, I've focused on the garage which already has a Lotus green pegboard wall with a round steel " LOTUS" sign and "Elise" in sculpted aluminum letters. Fresh paint was finished over the last weekend and the Kiwi Tiles are enroute (classic black/white checkerboard pattern).

I'm "expecting" :eek: in October :clap: and live in Seattle but will be taking delivery at SVAG in the Bay Area.

Thus a week off for a one-way flight and a leisurely return up the coast (101 Here I come :D )

By the time I get outta Oregon I should be able to "get on the cams" a bit.:p

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Re: "Forced"Carternity Leave

CDubYa said:
I find myself - in the advanced "nesting" stage - already looking forward to my Carternity Leave!:cool:

In moving to my new (smaller) house, I've focused on the garage which already has a Lotus green pegboard wall with a round steel " LOTUS" sign and "Elise" in sculpted aluminum letters. Fresh paint was finished over the last weekend and the Kiwi Tiles are enroute (classic black/white checkerboard pattern).

I'm "expecting" :eek: in October :clap: and live in Seattle but will be taking delivery at SVAG in the Bay Area.

Thus a week off for a one-way flight and a leisurely return up the coast (101 Here I come :D )

By the time I get outta Oregon I should be able to "get on the cams" a bit.:p

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Im with you...I will fly down to LA area to pick up car and drive it back to Portland area...when I hit Oregon, will have some fun!...ya think driving it back will be bad for the engine?...I have heard it both ways regarding how it should be driven for breakin and in reality if it truly is that bad to drive it back home on freeway the whole way.
 

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I plan on taking just over a week... to pickup my car in CT, break it in while touring new england and visiting friends/relatives. Then doing the Cross country voyage to my place Socal... Should be a great time. Plenty of 'bonding' time.
 

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This weekend I'll be "nesting" for mine. I have way too many spares for my race car, and most of them are going. Fenders, doors, hoods, bumpers, old motors, old trannies, suspension, rear ends, yadda yadda. More importantly, I need to kick my teenager (14 y/o Mustang) out. He's a bad apple. He's a heavy drinker and keeps the neighbors up making noise at all hours.
 

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Ancient Wedgie said:
No, disapproval.

The elise is the result of the pursuit of excellence.

Why would anyone want to sully the expectation of receipt of their beauty with a falsehood?

Tim may have been joking, but I immediately saw that joke or not, some would run with the suggestion.

He asked for opinion, and I wished to register mine for the sake of some who might otherwise be misled by my silence.
Cleaning out your garage a falsehood?

I don't get your point.

I'm going to take a few days off and drive the car around the VA mountains, then come back to the garage I bought. The garage came with a house. One of the major reasons I moved was the have a garage for the Elise.

Anyway...

Tim, since I'm in the area, can I join up with you after you get the vehicle? It's been pretty dry in the Mid-Atl forum, but at one point we all spoke of meeting somewhere.
 

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i must be really ready for the carternity too (or looney bin).

autumn of the PREVIOUS year (that's '02), i painted the walls & ceiling exterior semi-gloss white, painted the floor with 2.5' black & white checkered flag, custom built steps to the indoors (with cherry-wood treads), and about 2 dozen framed/glassed posters (3 esprits, 3 steve mcqueen, several F1 races, indy F1 too, dallas cowboys), plus a Euro "Lotus" front license plate to go with several vintage US plates from various states. and after the eilse arrives (4th qtr '04 or 1st qtr '05) we'll get the 4 post storage lift so my daily driver can sleep indoors too. oh and the parking reference points are neatly painted on the side walls with each car's knick name (no hanging tennis balls in my garage)!

hey, we all have it bad to some degree!! and trust me, the floor was painful to paint, but well worth it!!
 

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I very well might be "out sick" on Wednesday whether I get mine Tuesday or Wednesday. Sick with glee, but sick nevertheless. It wouldn't be fair to my staff if I showed up and was so uninterested in the work that I led them to poor decisions and showed a lack of passion for the job. I just couldn't do it to them. So to save them the grief, I'll just take a day to conquer my Elise fever. I will make the sacrifice for them. I'm a helluva guy, I know. ;)
 

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Tim...

Your wife's a wise woman. My question is who gets the garage
the Elise, or the Elan ? Hard choice.


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Space - The Final Fontier...

I was extremely lucky. When we were buying a house, we found a place that has enough room to add extra buildings. It's in a rural area, so we don't have any zoning or covenants to worry about. My Elise will be stored in an insulated, climate controlled, 42'x45' steel building along with my other cars, plus a good chunk of the Lotus Owners Oftha North's cars for winter storage. Once this one is full, there are 11 acres of space for more garages...
 

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Mike,
Very nice..
We live in the Berkeley hills 90yr old house, panoramic views of the entire SF bay, 8car driveway(w-1/2 basketball court) but no danm garage!! We currently have a contractor working on THE KITCHEN REMODEL(wifes version of an elise)..
May be keeping the blokes on for a bit longer. Thinking two car garage.....
The Lotus delays have actually been helpful to me since the wife's kitchen will be completley done before the new baby Elise arrives(late sept-mid oct)
 
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