I've been crazy about Corvettes since high school, and I made a promise to my friends that I would drive up to our 10-year reunion in one. I purchased a 1987 convertible and kept my promise. I had to sell that car in 2003 due to a military transfer, and ever since then I longed to own another Corvette. Nine years later, I was finally able to end the longing when I purchased a 2013 Grand Sport Corvette convertible. To commemorate the purchase, I opted to take delivery of my Vette at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The staff at the NCM went out of their way to make it a special occasion, and the included tour of the assembly plant was a highlight. To see America's sports car being put together and to get the thrill of starting one as it came off the assembly line was a fantastic experience I will never forget. With one of my high school friends as co-pilot, I made the 2500-plus mile trip back to Washington State in three days. The Vette is an absolute pleasure to drive; getting into it to make the 30-mile commute to and from Seattle for work never gets old, even with our infamous traffic!