As an 8-year-old fan of anything on 4 wheels when the first Corvettes appeared in 1953, I vowed I would eventually own one. Ten years later, I enlisted in the Air Force and began working my way up through the ranks, but given the enlisted pay scales in the 1960s and 1970s and the frequent moves, including to and from overseas locations, a Corvette remained just a dream. Family and job commitments kept the Vette on the back burner throughout the remainder of my military career. After forty-one years in uniform, I retired as a full colonel and began a second career. Within days of landing that new job in 2005, I announced to my wife that the day had arrived and went shopping for the dream. With an eye toward the best deal I could find and a very specific car in mind, I found a one-owner, pristine 2000 coupe and made it my daily driver. It still looks and drives like new and will remain with me the rest of my life. It was worth the wait!