From all of us Saabsunited crew members, I wish you all a Happy New Year!
Till would normally write this, but the doctor put a splint in his arm and the task has fallen on me to write a few words.
2014 has been another odd year for us Saab fans. NEVS are struggling on after making only a handful 9-3s. It was not the revival we had hoped, but I choose to remain positive and supportive of their future endeavors. Our 9-5 and 9-3 are still young cars and I will make sure they last ten or fifteen years if that is what it takes. But in short, another annus horribilis for sure.
For me personally, 2014 was somewhat of a roller-coaster figuratively speaking. I had to attend three funerals: My sister’s dad, a dear friend from school and a neighbor (and father of my best friend). At one point I told my friend to order his dad to keep going, cancer be damned. “I am not attending another funeral!” were my explicit instructions. If only life was that simple. Just like a Swedish car manufacturer that produces impeccably designed safe and fast vehicles with soul, the end was inevitably nigh. No, I am not a bitter man; at least not in public.
Then, on November 3rd, my son Nils was born. He screamed like a banshee leaving the hospital, but calmed down upon spotting the Saab. We took Anna’s 9-3 going to the hospital, and I fetched them a few days later in my 9-5. Being somewhat of a nutter, I kind of hoped that Anna would deliver Nils in the Saab, but all things considered the hospital was probably the best place for the activity at hand. Nils weighed in at 3.8 kg and had about as much hair as me. I do not know what the future holds, but I do know I will accept whatever life-style choices Nils will be making, as long as he drives a Saab.
2015 can only get better. It has to.