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Monday, November 13, 2006

Ducati Dreams

Blogger is obsessed with buying a Ducati. Those cynics at IESE invariably say two things when they hear this: a) A typical Investment Banker, spending money he doesn't have on frivolous toys. b) You just want one because of the Competitive Strategy case we did on Ducati , you jackass.
As compelling as those arguments may sound, Blogger's deep seeded obsession with owning a Ducati goes back further than any tangible reality of being an Investment Banker, and most definitely the case study read at IESE business school. Just ask Blogger's girlfriend, Medora, and she will testify to his oogling and fawning over said machine in the lobby of a coffee shop on Northwest 23rd in Portland, OR some three years ago. Granted, Blogger had no idea what a Ducati actually was at that point, let alone how to ride one (the latter still being true), but he knew that he wanted one.
Now that Blogger has reached a level of appropriate indebtedness, in that 7 or 8,000 euros more doesn't really make that much of a difference in how screwed he is, the time has come to realize that dream. He spent the latter half of this morning in the showroom itself, before being kicked out for dry humping a red Monster 695 (see above picture taken from the store's surveillance cameras capturing Blogger's torrid ride). Now he just has to pull the trigger, write the check, and make the dream come true. Oh, and get a license....and, uh, learn how to drive a motorcycle....but let's not get bogged down in details.


At 6:39 pm, Anonymous Jay Stevens said...

Hey! I never got a chance to say "howdy" after you dropped in the other day. As you know, we had a lil' election. I'm glad you were glued to Montana -- it was purty dang dramatic, wouldn't you say?

Of course that may have been our state's biggest election in its history, so I'm not sure how we'll top that...but do keep visiting.

At 6:50 pm, Blogger Catalonic said...

Wow, Jay Stevens! My first celebrity blogger comment!
I'll definitely keep visiting, and Congratulations on helping swing the most important race in this election.
Keep writing a great blog, and I'll keep reading 4 and 20 with as much pleasure as the last few months.

At 8:01 pm, Blogger Bili Rubin said...

Now let's get back to the issue at hand: the European Ducati trip we will take next summer. I've chosen my outfit.

At 12:35 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those chaps are amazing. Your trip will be great success.

At 1:28 pm, Blogger NoellieBellie said...

Can I follow you guys on my Triumph with a video camera and make a documentary?

At 2:06 am, Blogger George said...

Hey david, if I don't get the london office and be forced to stay in italy i will buy a ducati as well and join u for the trip!
But don't buy the monster. If you want to buy one, but the new DUCATI 1098... the most powerful bicilinder on earth.

At 10:14 am, Blogger Catalonic said...

Of course you can join us George, but I think it would be more appropriate if you rode in a sidecar. Somehow, I just picture you in a sidecar as opposed to riding a motorcycle, unless that motorcycle is attached to a huge coil and is on a playground.
And I think the last thing I need is "the most powerful bicilinder on earth". It is going to be challenge enough to not kill myself on the 695.

At 8:11 pm, Blogger George said...

David what sidecar???! I'm the MBA version of valentino rossi. We italians are all born on a moto! Tsz!


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