Over the past two weeks, I’ve been busy spending time with my parents who are visiting over the holidays. From the three hour round-trip pickup at Oakland Airport during rush hour traffic to the 4:45am drop off in order for my mother to catch a 6am flight to see her friends in between visits, I’ve put more time on the road than I have in a while!

I’m thankful for all the time spent because my parent’s visit helps fulfill one constant goal: to see them at least four times a year. As I wrote in my book, a large reason why I decided to retire from Corporate America is to spend more time with them and less time in the office. I very much want to play golf with my father before his spine ossifies. I’d like to absorb as much of my mother’s teachings while she still has the energy. One of the most fun things to ask our parents is where they were in life and what were their thoughts when they were your age. It’s scary how quickly time passes.

When I was contacted on behalf of BMW to sponsor this post, I immediately obliged given their video captures the essence of the holidays. Furthermore, I am a BMW fan and multiple past owner. I can easily spend an hour at the BMW dealer checking out the latest vehicles and inhaling the new car smell with dad. Oh, and their year-end holiday parties are a blast with music, all you can drink wine, and sushi.

I’m happy with Moose, my 13 year old truck with 120,000 miles. However, if he ever decides to go to car heaven (had to replace his alternator earlier this year and other things are in need of fixing), a certified pre-owned X3 is at the top of my list. It’s hard to fit anything larger in my narrow SF garage. Anybody else out there own or owned a BMW? I’d love to know how many miles you have on your car and whether you have a target mileage goal. Enjoy the video!

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Safe driving,