For as long as I can remember, my main interest in life has always been cars. I enjoyed playing with toy cars, looking at cars, drawing cars, riding in cars, and now driving them. My ideals were always slanted towards the big, soft riding, plush bench seat, quiet inside and out boulevard cruisers. The types of cars Oldsmobile, Buick, Cadillac, Lincoln and Mercury were building from the '60s into the early '90s.
I collect auto sales brochures from all manufacturers. I started collecting seriously during the 2000 model year by visiting local showrooms and ordering through the internet. I also had a few older things from attending the auto show, which I've done every year since 1993. I have an online catalog of my Oldsmobile brochures. Some of the older stuff was given to me, and I have purchased a select few items through ebay or literature dealers. My collection also includes some dealer specific items including posters and ordering guides and handbooks.
Besides cars, I've always had an interest in buildings. I have watched This Old House since I was still watching Sesame Street. At one point, I even wanted to be an Architect. My main interest is in the bungalow style houses and cottages of the arts and crafts era. I also have an interest in neighborhoods and infrastructure on a larger scale. It should come as no surprise then, that one of my favorite games is SimCity. I have the first three versions, and am eager to get SimCity 4 sometime soon (after the bugs are worked out).
Along similar lines, I'm very interested in new urbanism and the return to traditional neighborhood design. The first, and possibly best known, new urbanism city is Seaside, Florida, which was featured in the Jim Carrey movie "The Truman Show".
If you haven't checked it out yet, go to The Encyclopedia of Oldsmobile, My tribute to America's oldest (and my favorite, if you haven't noticed) car company. If you came from there, click the link or hit the "Back" button on your browser to return.