Brandon Ivey's Blog (9)

Wow, what a day!

We got up at 6am, CST knowing we would eat breakfast later on. We at a little something, fed the cat and bunny, got dressed and left by 6:40. We took a little footage of the way down, but not much. Had only one 63min tape. We drove about 100 miles or so south of Lewisville, TX to a small town called West, TX to a place my boss recommended called The Czech Stop! Its a Czech Bakery/truck stop (this place will be important later) where you can buy local Kolatchies and stuff like that, made fresh… Continue

Added by Brandon Ivey on January 25, 2009 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

I have some good news and some bad news....

Well, got a call yesterday.. and... I have some good news and bad news...

Looks like Im not getting the car on the 31st after all. There was some confusion and my date changed.

ITS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I pick it up this weekend! Sat, Jan 24th! 10am!

I feel like a piece of popcorn ready to explode!


This is not helping me concentrate at… Continue

Added by Brandon Ivey on January 20, 2009 at 7:05am — 22 Comments

My R2 is on US Soil!

My DDE changed this morning! It shot forward a week but Im sure that dosnt mean much more than a status change. I got a call from Round Rock saying my car has touched U.S. soil... and is turning around because its scared! Just kidding. But it is in customs, thats for sure. If smartHHO's (on SCOA) experience has taught me anything, it is that customs is not the week that it used to be. But I figure two more weeks and Ill bring my little R2… Continue

Added by Brandon Ivey on January 15, 2009 at 8:15pm — 5 Comments


Well, my wife and I were approved through our credit union! YEA!!!! We are still going to see if the financing at Smart can get us a better deal, but the car is ours either way. The credit union said that the credit history and time on employment hurt, but they could do 80%. We are putting about 20% down so it worked out great! Keep us in your prayers that everything still goes through!

Added by Brandon Ivey on January 11, 2009 at 10:13am — 11 Comments

30 days and counting...

Well, I just got the call today: I am 30 days from picking up my smart. I am so excited its this close. I get the email tomorrow and a call again from my specialist. We should have about $4500 for a down payment, give or take.

Working hasnt been going too well. I got in trouble for not focusing and it turns out I have ADHD. But I hope that in a few weeks, everything will go back to normal. Im back to hourly from salary and now I have to get overtime to make up for… Continue

Added by Brandon Ivey on January 3, 2009 at 6:51pm — 3 Comments

What a crazy month...

The economy is a big pile of crap (so the news says...), I was demoted yesterday and I got my VIN today... And the month is yet to be over.

The Fed cut interest rates again, and there are some better rules on credit cards now. Good news for those who have them. The recession isnt really affecting our family negatively. So far so good, and my prayers to those of you that it is affecting.

I was taken off of salary yesterday due to my A.D.D. Seems that until I can focus more,… Continue

Added by Brandon Ivey on December 18, 2008 at 3:17pm — 7 Comments

I just dont understand...

Hey, I have another update for you guys, and though my faith is strong, the outlook is not so good. My wife and I have have been looking at houses casually (except when our lease is about to expire, then its a mad dash) and we found one we really liked. They ran our credit and said it was about 40 pts below what they want:580. That means for what ever reason, or credit has not improved. In fact it might have gone down a bit, but at lest not much. I dont know why, or what would have caused this… Continue

Added by Brandon Ivey on December 3, 2008 at 10:12am — 13 Comments

Well, my bike is gone...

Well, my little Honda CB400A is gone. A kind man in Florida bought it. I did not get as much as I had hoped, but with the economy as it is, I think I did well. It was a 1978 CB400A Honda Hawk Hondamatic. It was a clutch less two speed that I bought in June of 2007 and fixed up. We poured a total, including tires and purchase price of the non-running bike, of $1000. Besides my wife, God, and my desire to finish, I would not have graduated school with out it. It allowed my wife and I to be in two… Continue

Added by Brandon Ivey on November 15, 2008 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

71 Days and counting

It has been a rough ride. My wife and I reserved in Feburary just a month after finding out the smarts were finally coming to the US. We put the money down, knowing we would both be in new jobs before it came in. I had seen them in movies and on line. I was never a car nut until this car came by. Now, I cant stop talking about it. My wife is excited because we get a second car.

Our credit has never been the greatest. We had a spell where neither of us could keep a job. I was sick,… Continue

Added by Brandon Ivey on November 6, 2008 at 2:45pm — 3 Comments

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