MiataTudes
The Quarterly Newsletter of the Sacramento Area Miata Owners Association - Volume 30 - Number 3
Board of Officers

Martin Boersma
President
mboersma57@gmail.com

Frank Gontarski
Vice-President
4idealpractice@gmail.com

Michele Nanjo
Secretary
mdnanjo@comcast.net

Diana Loo
Treasurer
idi4tennis2@gmail.com

Norm Swanberg
Events Coordinator
swan04@ymail.com

Ron Petrich
Webmaster
samoawebmaster@comcast.net

Ron Petrich
Newsletter Editor
freescopesdad@comcast.net
July 1, 2020
SAMOA is a 501(c)7 non-profit
corporation organized in the State
of California for the benefit of it's
membership. Annual dues are $24
per year.
SAMOA
122 Henderson Way
Folsom, CA 95630
www.sacramentoareamiata.org
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Date
Description
Sponsor
Codes
POSTPONED
SAMOA 30th Anniversary Weekend
SAMOA
T A A
October 9-12, 2020
Ralph Gingrich Fort Bragg Weekend
Vince Weis
T M
December 10, 2020
Christmas Party/Annual Meeting
SAMOA
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Ongoing
Road Trip Challenge
Jack Parker
 
Our monthly meetings take place at the  Black Bear Diner, located at 2700 El Centro Road, Sacramento, CA 95833 (916) 641-2327. This location
is in South Natomas near I80 and West El Camino Avenue. Our meetings start officially at 7:00 PM, but please come an hour earlier and join us for
an informal dinner or other refreshments. You will have the opportunity to meet and greet fellow Miata enthusiasts, learn about the upcoming
calendar of events, find answers to technical questions, hear the latest club news, and speak to Miata vendors.
EVENT CATEGORIES
M
is a MILD, relaxed scenic drive, slow-paced, passenger friendly.
I
is INTERESTING, with intentional twisty roads. It involves a little quicker pace.
A
is a BLEND. This trip will allow the driver to exercise his/her driving skills within the driver's comfort and experience level.
T
is for TRAVELING a more lengthy distance to meet, socialize and drive.  It usually includes an overnight stay.
A
is ADVENTURESOME, involving a more spirited pace.
S
is SPORT.  This event includes open track days and autocross activities where driving skill is essential.
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New SAMOA Members In The Second Quarter...
From the Editor...

Welcome to Month 5 of the Covid epidemic. Not much has been happening with regard to the
club since the last newsletter, other than more of the same.  Thunderhill, Laguna Seca and
Sears Point raceways have all reopened for track days, but not for spectator races. The back
roads around Lake Berryessa have become noticeably more crowded since the lake and boat
ramps have opened up. SAMOA's roster has shrunk somewhat as some folks have let their
memberships lapse, more pressing needs for their time and money, which is
understandable. Maybe we'll see them back in the future. Rumor has it we had a club meeting
at the Gontarski residence in June, but no one has piped up as to how things went. Our 30th
Anniversary Weekend is now tentatively scheduled as our 31st anniversary, sometime in
2021, still hopefully at the same venue in Nevada. It still remains to be seen if the Fort Bragg
weekend and our annual Christmas meeting take place as scheduled. Please stay tuned to
the website and/or global emails from the SAMOA President for updates about future events
and other club matters...
MEOMYOH
Michele Dunlop

I hope you are out there having fun, traveling the back roads and exploring new places on the Road Trip Challenge. I took
a lovely Saturday morning drive up to Kirkwood Ski Resort Via Highway 88 and enjoyed some sunshine therapy while
reading a novel in the middle of the resort’s large, empty parking lot. On the way back, I stopped by Silver Lake, savored a
late lunch at Cooks Station, left some rubber on Highway 26’s twisty curves through West Point, Mokulmne Hill, Paloma, and
finally lovely Valley Springs. After a short break and a refreshing Starbuck’s iced coffee, I returned home via Pardee Dam
Road where there is a nice vista overlook of the dam, lake, and Sacramento Valley. Taking one last length of curvy roads
through rolling hills lined with pastures, I was finally home…late enough to put off yardwork for another day.

Side note... On solo trips, I’ve also found it challenging to get all the required elements in my photos. I keep my logo copy in
a clear report sheet that can be propped up against the Miata or I use a few magnets to hold down the copy if it is a
blustery day. If you’re upcountry, let me know. I’d be happy to tag along and snap your RTC picture for you. See you on the
road!


























Hey Get Out & Travel
Jack Parker

The competition is heating up along with the weather.  There are 4 people in contention for the two nights at a selected
Hilton property.  Check it out at
http://www.jsp47.net/rtc/roadtripchallenge.html.  The rules are simple.  Drive
someplace on the list of locations, take a picture and text it to 9167181545 or email to
rtc@jsp47.net.  The contest lasts
all year and the winner will be announced at the last meeting of the year (if there is one).  So GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!
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Senior Life In East Tennessee
Robin George
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Pandemic Pearls
Jack Parker
Name(s)
City
Miata Year/Color
Month Joined
Kevin Askew & Jheri Anderson
Roseville
1990 Red
May
David Triche
Sacramento
2016 Gray
May
Geoffrey & Mandi Cacioppo
Lincoln
1991 Red
June
Cindy Gaines
Manteca
2019 Plum
June
Penny Hankins
Sacramento
2003 Blue
June
Cheyn Turberville
Sacramento
2003 Black
June
Paul Cruce & Yuna Ono
Rocklin
2017 Black
June
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From:     John Taylor <johnmartintaylor@yahoo.com>
Sent:       Tuesday, June 9, 2020 1:23 PM
To:           Ron Petrich
Subject:  
Call For Newsletter Articles

The cutoff for submissions to the quarterly MiataTudes is Thursday, June 25th.  That is more than 3 weeks out, so those who want to contribute
should have plenty of time to put something on paper.  And don’t tell me you have nothing to write about.  Here are some suggestions…

Your toilet paper inventory
SUFFICIENT BUT GOING DOWN DAILY
Creative solo drives you have been on in your Miata
NINE MILE LOOP WHEN I GO TO THE ATM (only .9 mile distant)
How you have used the last few months for upgrades/repairs/ etc. to your Miata
ANNUAL FULL REVIEW, FLUIDS, BRAKE PADS TO QUIET BP-10s
Your latest creative cooking skills
AFTER FIFTY YEARS, FINALLY GETTING SCRAMBLED EGGS RIGHT
Your volunteer activities in the last 90 days
ASSIST CHURCH TREASURER WITH PPP
What your psychiatrist says about your current state of mind
DON’T HAVE ONE, BUT “HOPELESS” COMES TO MIND

Call For Newsletter Articles
Norm Swanberg

Toilet Paper
Inventory is adequate.  We started with a fair supply of our favorite.  Nothing was in the stores for a while, then we could find off brands, and
now we are finding our favorite again.
Drives in Miata
The NC has been involved in some runs for Jack Parkers contest.  June 10 was our 53rd anniversary and we drove it to the Murphy’s Hotel for
lunch.  It has been from Lodi to our daughters and family in Roseville a few times.  It has had numerous trips to the grocery store and
Starbucks.  With the NB I bled the brakes, put on track tires, and packed for a June 1 track day at Thunderhill.  It was a great day.  It was the 4.8-
mile track with good weather.  I had great chases with two Miata’s the entire fourth session and one Miata the fifth.  He said I made him faster.  I
said he made me faster.  The best lap times were in the last session, which is not normally the case.  Usually late in the day gets slower.  The
next track day is to be July 5 at Laguna, unless it is cancelled.
Cooking Skills
I got great compliments on a breakfast I took care of on our anniversary.  I got up while Virginia was still asleep, went to Starbucks, and got our
favorites.  I woke her up saying breakfast is served. She said it was quite tasty.
Activities
We have three acres with hundreds of trees.  They have been neglected for decades.  Most but not all are alive and vertical.  There was/is a lot
of dead wood.  A significant amount of my time had gone to these, with focus on the non-vertical and dead wood.  We had one exciting trip to
the dump and another load is in the pickup. Next winter we will have lots of firewood.  There is still more to do.  Does anyone want to cut some
firewood for their next winter?
Psychiatrist
I’m holding up just fine.  Sometimes my hair style is quite similar to this guy.
We are finally allowed to play golf again in this pandemic... with some new rules...
New Member Introduction
Cindy Gaines

My name is Cindy Gaines, I was born and raised in British Hong Kong, but I left shortly after the "Hand-over". Then I resided
in Florida for 10 years, later spent 4 years in Washington State, now I'm here in California for the obvious reason: weather!
A while ago when I was looking to buy my first car, my brother suggested the Mazda M3 or Miata, he said Mazda makes
reliable cars. Eventually I went with something else but in the back of my mind I always knew my brother could not be
mistaken, he also owned a Miata. There were times when my husband needed help to move his cars in and out of storage,
but I had no experience with ICE cars, so we spent weekends at dealerships test-driving, and I found Mustangs and
Corvettes are too noisy, 370Z is too cute. Miata is the only sensible choice for me, my very first ICE car! My brother couldn't
be happier, he FedEx'd me an OME Miata-cover right away. I haven't made any major modification to my Miata besides I
had the exterior colour changed with added decoration, stock wheels and antenna swapped out, front license plate
removed, windows tinted, LEDs added to inside and under the car, backup alarm installed. I look forward to attending future
SAMOA gatherings to meet like-minded fellow members!
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Name
Branch of Service
Service Years
Jay Halden
United States Navy
1964 - 1970
Mark Hudock
United States Air Force
1974 - 1979
Tom Klisz
United States Army
1969 - 1971
Mike Mayfield
United States Army
1974 - 1978
John Taylor
United States Coast Guard
1967 - 1973
Viet Nam Era Veterans Honored in 2020...
I turned 73 yesterday.  Where is dyslexia when you need it?
Just call me Norm