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Howdy folks,

I've been lurking the forums for a few and finally - with the new found time on my hands - decided to get an intro going.

Meet Carmen California - a GT Silver 718 Cayman.

How we met:
It was the beginning of a childhood dream come true. The seed was planted with il mio papa, riding shotgun, screaming down 280 in his Arctic Silver 996. The itch first hit me a few years ago. I somehow convinced myself to be sensible (chalked it up to a need to be more 'mature') with my fully paid-off sedan. Put my head down, went to work, and a couple of hardcore years later, I found some maturity (lol, don't ask my friends).

I'm in the SF Bay Area. There are a lot of Porsche dealers within a 45/60-min driving radius. Found the dream team (if you're curious, over at Porsche Redwood City, formerly Carlsen Porsche). Lot of time at the Porsche Car Configurator - I'll never say how much - and finally went in for the test-drive. I had some reservations about the options and the perception v. reality. That all evaporated the moment my butt went into the seat. It's like going for tapas w/ someone you've got a fatty crush on ... and then having them ask you up for coffee. I was sold - hook, line and sinker.

I originally was going with a build-to-order in Carrara White Metallic, but the Dream Team hauled ass and helped locate some delicious comparables already on their way from ze Deutschland. One stood out in particular. It had the entire spec with one exception: it was in GT Silver. Yeah, there were a few more options (read: money), but the time machine connection to that silver coupe was instant. As they say, "the car chooses you".

Put the deposit down and spent the better half of 12 days refreshing the Morning Cornelia's GPS tracker. Any doubts about the options feeling extra evaporated on Delivery Day - one gorgeous June morning some 10-months back. It's been beautiful memories ever since. Honestly still feels surreal when I climb into the cockpit.

Occupation:
M-F: Part-time DD. Shares the rotation with her big sister, Julia, my "adulting car". Interchangeable commutes into SF (100 miles round trip) for work.
Weekends: When the domestic life doesn't consume my time, the pictures below do the talking.

Spec:
Not sure if it's customary to share this (or if folks care?). I'll come back and edit/add a supplemental post! My apologies in adv. :)
*EDIT / thanks to the great advice, and a little more time on the weekend, here we go:
  • External: GT Silver / 20" Carrera S wheels in satin black / Bi-Xenon w/ PDLS
  • Internal: PDK / Extended range fuel tank, Standard interior in black / Premium package (14-way, seat heating, 2-zone climate, dimming mirrors), LCA, Light Design Package, Porsche entry & drive, Apple Carplay, Bose
Thoughts:
If you couldn't tell from the origin story above, I am in love with this machine. It is every thing I dreamt it'd be - and more. As Tennyson says, "if I could have a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever."

Photos:
Portrait mode - Delivery Day / Our first drive into the woods / A few more drives later :)

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Beautiful. My 2019 base Cayman is also named Carmen. Then again, a 1948 Willys CJ2A I had was named Willy. As you can see, my spec is in my signature. It helps people answer questions you may have because each of these cars is pretty unique and you may get advice that isn't appropriate for your car. My spec is pretty simple, but I was trying to capture what I loved about my older sports cars of the past. I've had mine a year and I'm still in love with everything about it.
 
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Fabulous car, great color (GT Silver was my first choice), and gorgeous pictures!

Your roads are definitely more scenic and challenging than ours in the Texas Hill Country. Regardless, I still feel like a lottery winner with every drive (even one year later) and I am certain you will too.

Enjoy your "garden" in good health for many, many years to come!
 
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Great photos... and great choice in the GT Silver (I'm slightly biased of course!). Enjoy!!!
 
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Beautiful. My 2019 base Cayman is also named Carmen. Then again, a 1948 Willys CJ2A I had was named Willy. As you can see, my spec is in my signature. It helps people answer questions you may have because each of these cars is pretty unique and you may get advice that isn't appropriate for your car. My spec is pretty simple, but I was trying to capture what I loved about my older sports cars of the past. I've had mine a year and I'm still in love with everything about it.
Thanks for the heads-up (and pristine spec!). Naming the cars is awesome and made even better when you discover you have a shared name with a sister car. It's like hanging out at a big get-together w/ extended family flying from all over :)

IMO, the details do it for me. The personalization (no matter how subtle or outstanding) is what makes a delicious flavor unique. Like starting out with a kick-ass cut of meat and finessing the prep., seasoning, and saucing. It's **** tasty, but connects deeper.

P.S. Love the fact that you had a car named Willy - however the name came to be!
 
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Great photos... and great choice in the GT Silver (I'm slightly biased of course!). Enjoy!!!
Thank you! Cheers to more fast days and twisty roads to test those biases ;)
 

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Fabulous car, great color (GT Silver was my first choice), and gorgeous pictures!

Your roads are definitely more scenic and challenging than ours in the Texas Hill Country. Regardless, I still feel like a lottery winner with every drive (even one year later) and I am certain you will too.

Enjoy your "garden" in good health for many, many years to come!
@Treemagnet - cheers for the kind words and to feeling lottery winners every day!
 
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Killer pics argento - and GT silver rocks! Good choices ... (y)
 
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