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Old 09-03-2003, 03:40 AM
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There's an R129 near where I live in the UK with the registration A 11 WON which has been spaced to read 'All WON', so I guess there may be some lottery winners with SLs.

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Old 09-03-2003, 03:53 AM
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A nice fellow in the street said my car was his "lottery car" the other day; and Evo describes the R129 SL500 as the car the lottery winners buy.

Without a big win I'll be paying for mine on 27th of every month for some time yet!
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Old 09-03-2003, 09:11 AM
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Chiropractor here. Just got out of school 5 years ago and am building my practice, so I suppose I am a long way from retirement. I find it hard to drive anything without the star in front.
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Old 09-03-2003, 11:14 AM
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Talking I am Retired

I am retired from Corporate America; Motorola, ITT, Honeywell, McKesson. Also served 10 yrs USAF. Raised in Indianapolis where
gasoline is substituted for blood at your earliest conveniance.
Have BS Industrial Engineering(cum laude) MS Engineering. Stationed in Germany in late 50,s where my love of the MB began.
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Old 09-03-2003, 11:40 AM
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Jim S, Which Tele Communications co do you work for? Curious because my buddy just became President of one..... (and former Chairman/CEO of 2

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Old 09-03-2003, 08:42 PM
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Professor of Music, teaching singing and the science of singing. Not planning to retire for at least another 15 years...
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Old 09-03-2003, 09:40 PM
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Software Engineer. Design scheduling optimatization for big companies such as GE, Kodak, etc. for their field technicians based on their skills, travel time and availability. Been in the hi-tech industry since I left college. Started life as a telecom engineer designing T-1, ATM, SONET backbone. The rest is history. Twenty more years before retirement.
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Old 09-03-2003, 11:15 PM
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pro ballroom coach.
my wife and i coaching ballroom dancing to students social and competitive. travel around dancing pro am division with students.there are 3 sl in my family. dad has 93 sl300.uncle has 90 sl 500 and i got 95 sl320. my other uncle has a 99 clk. we are german .i am the only one living here.
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Old 09-04-2003, 12:58 PM
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a very interesting & diverse group!

I am an in-house staff attorney for Washington D.C.'s largest residential landlord, the D.C. Housing Authority. (owns and manages "the projects"). My SL is a rural and open road car only! I NEVER drive my SL to D.C. or to work. I'd be a carjacking target and I might not be wise enough not to resist and just give up my dreamcar to some moron with a gun!!

Strictly commuter bus and Toyota Corolla to D.C.!

...but what I'd really like to do is to write and direct. I have 4 feature films that need funding so if anybody knows anybody who knows anybody...I'd relinquish my D.C. Bar membership card in a N.Y. minute!! (I'm really not exaggerating!)

My lottery car is the S55 AMG. Luxurious and fast enough without being too exotic to drive every day. I never would be able to figure out where to drive a Ferrari, a Maybach or Bentley Arnage. Grocery shopping?
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Old 09-04-2003, 10:22 PM
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Retired Air Force officer, most of the time in the ICBM business. Now an Administrator for a Skilled Nursing Home. Haven't figured out the transition myself.
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Old 09-04-2003, 11:34 PM
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VP of Sales for a Medical Equipment company. Proud owner of a 1988 560SL for the last fourteen years.
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Old 09-05-2003, 01:54 PM
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I'm a 4th generation Texan that started out to be a Navy pilot. Got a degree in Aeronautics from ASU, flew jets in the Navy for a while, got out, then in 1970 I went to Europe to buy a BMW bike and ride around Europe for 3 months. I ended up coming back to Texas 20 years later. Worked in Europe during the winters building airplane parts in Belgium for Mirage,in Germany I built stainless steel heat exchangers, pressure vessels, and food processing tanks, industrial positioning equip., and steam power station components. Would work in the winter and ride around Europe in the summer.

Bought a Land Rover station wagon, organized a tour and drove 5 other people to Australia. Worked there for a year building and outfitting million bushel wheat storage facilities. Went back to SE Asia to tour for 4 months and ended up going back around the world through Russia for almost another year. Back in OZ I worked in the iron and nickel mines and in the manufacturing industry for another 2 1/2 years. Sold the LR and hitched through New Zealand, South Pacific, Easter Is., South and Centeral America, and 20K miles around the US. All this took almost 10 years.

Came back to Texas to settle down. Got a job and got sent back over seas to the Middle East (Dubai) for another 10 years. Worked in the oil field supply boat industry, heavy industry and super tanker repair, owned my own sandblasting co. and finally worked the last 4 years pumping out missle damaged super tankers offshore Iran. Not a bad job as long as the Iraqis are not shooting at your ship.

Came back to Texas and ran a ship yard and for the last 13 years have been working for what was Reynolds Aluminum operating and maintaining two 2K ton per hour ship unloaders.

Am currently working on getting a job in Kuwait or Iraq in order to top off my retirement fund. Am planning to open an RV park when, as, and if I return.

Got my first MB in Dubai. It was a 1976 280slc that I brought back, had converted and sold. Also brought a BMW 3.0csi back too. Wish I had kept both but I went back overseas and couldn't keep then here.

My current MB is a 1977 silver/black 450 slc. It will go from zero to speeding ticket as fast as any car I've ever driven.

At 60 I have a few years to go before retiring, but, I have a feeling, that as with most guys on this board I will never retire. I can only hope for a good life (had that) and that I die standing up.

Note: All the above done with my wife, without whose help I won't say I couldn't have done buy it would not have been near as much fun and interesting.

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Old 09-05-2003, 11:07 PM
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you have my sincere admiratition. wow i had to tell my wife youre story and she did not believe until she read it herself.
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Old 09-06-2003, 02:06 PM
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Live long enough and everything will happen to you.

How close are you to Franconia, NH? I have cousins there. Good people.

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Old 09-06-2003, 09:45 PM
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about an 1 1/2 hr. we are right on the Ma/Nh border.
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