It’s time for yet another entry in the Trollhattan Saab Pride of Ownership competition.
The competition calls for Saab owners to show off their cars and something of the place where they live, and share a little about why both are special. There’s some great prizes on offer, provided by both Trollhattan Saab and the site’s long-time supporter and sponsor, Elkparts.
Today’s entry comes from Denvernewbie, a man who clearly draws inspiration and lives in a truly inspirational place. I found it really difficult to keep myself down to just five photos here. You can view all of the photos, with DN’s comments, as a Flickr slideshow by clicking here.
I just want to thank DN for going to the effort he went to so that he could record and share these images. There’s some truly beautiful countryside there and of course, one heck of a sweet Saab as well!
Click any of the images to enlarge.
I have often considered running for public office. For those of you who don’t know – despite what you may have heard – at the local level the pay is miserable. In order to finance my foray into public life I felt led to start my own business. Incorporating my own business was to be my way of financing the needs of life, while I ‘volunteered’ my time in elective office. So, August 2001 I resigned my position at a Fortune 500 company as a Sales Professional and incorporated my new business venture. I bought, fixed up, and sold homes for a profit.
Three weeks later the calendar read September 11, 2001. We all remember it as 9-11.
My first home sold for a nice profit. The next 3 homes made progressively less money for me. By mid-2002 my wife was hinting (you and I both know that, by the time we guys hear the ‘hints’, she’s been using a sledgehammer with a megaphone for a month!), and by the end of that year I took a sales job – for meager pay – at the local dairy. We had borrowed money to keep up on the mortgage, and my dear wife was carrying a large part of the load – AND most of the worries.
Over a year later I had landed a good job in the insurance industry, but it seemed to be going nowhere. Then the transmission on my 4-Wheel Drive Ford Explorer started slipping – again. Bleak? Yeah. Somehow I still trusted my God to make things right. And He did.
It was late 2005. When I was at my bottom, driving to work in a vehicle with a short life expectancy, with no visible way to dig my way out – I prayed for a nice dependable car. I knew I couldn’t afford one. Heck, I was shopping the papers for beaters. That summer a friend of mine had introduced me to the cars he sold – at the local Saab dealer. I had test-driven a 2005 9-3 SS and LOVED THE SURGE!!! Duh!
So, I hunted for weeks for a driveable Saab in decent condition and God blessed me with the car in these pictures. I didn’t deserve it, but this 1999 Saab 9-3 has since marked a turning point in my life.
No, the Saab did not turn my life around. God did that. I do believe God started pouring out his blessings again, but my little silver 9-3 does mark a point in my life when things started looking up.
Since then my career in the insurance industry has steadily shown more promise. This year, for our 25th wedding anniversary my wife and I travelled to Rome, and my 3rd daughter will be married in February.
Did my little silver 9-3 have anything to do with it? Naaw, of course not, but I don’t really want to get rid of her, either….
So, to honor this little 9-3 for Swade’s POO contest, I headed to the ‘Garden of the Gods‘ in Colorado Springs, a local landmark park. I had long understood the history of the naming of this park to have been attributed to the local Indian tribe that once roamed the prairies here along the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. While researching I discovered instead that some of the first white men that found it named it the ‘Garden of the Gods’, but I like the story about the Indians better.
Either way, it’s a beautiful area, and a far cry from ‘non-descript mountains and brown grasses’, as Jeff from Ohio claimed!
At any rate, every picture in the attached link was taken in the park, including the picture of Cheyenne Mountain.
There’s around 30 photos in total at the slideshow on Flickr, including a number of locations that I haven’t featured here. DN’s also included comments with most of them.
Again, I’d like to thank him for the effort he went to in order to get these images so we could all enjoy them here.