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Richard Jordan had everything he was told to want: cars, a new house, and a fiancee. Then his fiancee left him. So he sold everything, bought a Lamborghini Gallardo and set out across America. This is his amazing story.

This is a love story, but not a conventional one. Sure, there’s a woman. There always is. But it’s when the woman split that the real romance began. This is the story of Richard Jordan, a man who lost love and then found it again in an exotic Italian sports car and the open American road. Jordan’s journey would take him across the country and back again multiple times as he racked up nearly 100,000 miles on a car so expensive, most owners rarely drive at all.

Independence Day

It was early 2006 and Richard’s version of the American Dream lay crumbling at his feet. After giving his girlfriend of five years a ring and a house in suburban North Texas — purchased with the proceeds from selling his business, his old house and a few of his cars — she left him.

“I bought us the house and planned on moving in and, as soon as I did, she left,” explains Richard. “So I got stuck in a house I didn’t want, in an area I didn’t want to be in… it was kind of emotionally traumatic. So I bought the car and wandered around.”

The Gallardo is named for a famous Spanish bull and unleashes a massive 512 HP through its mid-mounted V10. Its sharp looks hint at the performance: 0-to-60 mph in just 4.0 seconds with a top speed of 195 mph for the model Jordan purchased. The price? A steep $180,000 at the time of purchase.

After locating the right model and arranging the financing he picked up his black Lamborghini Gallardo Coupe from Lamborghini of Ohio. The date? July 4th, 2006.

Independence Day was an almost intentionally ironic choice, as he picked that day to separate from everything he’d created but now no longer wanted, including the house.

“I’d become a prisoner to my house, to everything, to my fantasy of an American Dream or anything I could remotely call home.”

“I’m Not Moby”

With one of the fastest cars in the world but nowhere to take it, Jordan just started driving. For more than a year he wandered from place to place, living in motels and making new friends. He’d cross the United States three times and make trips from Ohio to Colorado to Texas to North Carolina on just a night’s rest.

“It was just a feeling that I didn’t really have a home, there was no place to safely be but the Lambo. That was the one thing that felt like it worked for me.”

He visited the ghost towns and big cities and retraced childhood trips. As soon as he’d settle down somewhere he’d get the itch to move and pack up to drive somewhere else. He had trouble paying for the house in Dallas — his one remaining possession he couldn’t shake — and was burning through what cash he had to afford gas. He almost lost the house numerous times.

“I have a few hundred grand against me, I don’t like debt, but I’m used to it,” Richard says. “I’ve accumulated a lot and paid it back several times in my life.”

His wanderings yielded as much joy and humor as they did introspection and isolation, including a trip to strip club in Ohio where Richard, then 32, was mistaken for Moby by an a waitress who was convinced he was the musician because of his shaved head, glasses and fancy car.

“This girl comes up and was a waitress and she’s like ‘You’re Moby, aren’t you?’ and I said ‘I’ll be anyone you want me to be,’ and she took it as ‘I’m Moby.'”

Richard is not Moby, but he’s also not completely against accepting free bottles of champagne when offered.

“It was just ridiculous, the manager’s like kissing my butt, I maybe spent $100 the whole night and it was just really, really silly and absurd.”

“It was just like The Blues Brothers!”

I Sold Everything To Buy A Lamborghini And Drive Across The Country

Driving across the country in a Lamborghini means occasionally driving above the speed limit. Richard’s honest about his desire to go fast and has a drawer full of 53 tickets to prove it. But it wasn’t speed, exactly, that landed him in the handcuffs of an Indiana State Trooper.

Though generally jumping from hotel room to hotel room, Richard did have family responsibilities like serving as the best man in his cousin’s wedding. While en route to the wedding he was stopped for speeding but ran afoul of the Indiana State Police and suddenly found himself staring down the highway at a roadblock.

Because his car’s registration was one-day expired the troops were able to search the car and found a handgun.

“I don’t travel without guns, I’ve been in too many situations so I always carry one or two guns with me,” Richard says. “A car like that is an assault on the senses, and you could be in a decent area and just be barraged by people and you never knew who you’re dealing with.”

At first he didn’t grasp the gravity of the situation — the police thought he was moving drugs — so his calm demeanor and jokes about hating the town he was in and a general Blues Brothers schtick didn’t go over well. They kept him in the back of a squad car for four hours, eventually releasing him on his own recognizance when they realized they weren’t able to drive the car on the back of a flatbed without his help.

He eventually got the car back and the charges settled, but the whole endeavor cost him $25,000 in fines, travel, and legal fees.


Most people don’t use their expensive cars as daily drivers exactly because they’re so expensive. The highest mileage of any Lamborghini Gallardo for sale on eBay Motors is 38,835 for a 2004 model, but the majority of vehicles are below 10,000 miles.

In his trips across the country Richard managed 91,807 miles.

“I can’t afford to buy something like that and drive it on the weekend,” Richard explains. “The difference between being materialistic and not is when you use what you have.”

For him, it’s a better value to drive it given the immediate drop in value for a used Lamborghini. It’s even strange for him that others think otherwise.

“No one is concerned with anything as long as Starbucks and the mall is open. It baffles me. It overwhelms me actually. You can have something that’s as extreme as a Lamborghini — that’s perfect in a sense — and it has no value once you use it.”

All that driving does have a price and now the car has even less value. After all the hard driving and long miles, the timing chain stretched, crunching the valves and turning the car into an exotic and expensive paperweight. The car is now worth less than he owes on it and the bank refuses to grant him another loan.

“For me, it’s wasteful not to use it. That’s anything. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fucking dishwasher,” says Richard. “That’s not really socially acceptable. It’s not the way we’re programmed… most people don’t live like I do. I’d eat ramen noodles to pay for gasoline, just to avoid the monotony of being stuck in four walls.”

Considering the traumatic experience that led him to buy the car, its destruction doesn’t seem to burden him too much.

“It worked everyday, it worked like it was supposed to, it never broke down,” Richard assures me. “It exceeded all my expectations.”

He’s using his sudden lack of transportation not as the end of one journey but as the start of a new one, setting up a shop in Dallas where he plans to build custom motorcycles and superbikes. He has plans to repair the engine or swap in a new one once he can afford it, but for now it makes an interesting sculpture to show friends and prospective customers in the main room of his new office. Richard’s also met a girl, but he’s trying to take it one step at a time.

His Lamborghini may no longer run, but Richard doesn’t regret the decisions he’s made. He adopts a zen-like tone that clashes with his mohawk while explaining how lucky he was to be able to leave everything behind and experience something many fantasize about but almost no one has the balls to actually do.

“You’re never going to live up to anyone’s expectations, so you might as well live up to your own and for me that’s to be as free as you can. And if money doesn’t buy you freedom then it’s useless.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Legal expert says Perez could face federal charges…could be career “suicide”.

We know: when it comes to celebrity gossip, there have to be limits. Perez Hilton could face super-serious charges for ignoring one of those limits by tweeting a photo of Miley Cyrus climbing out of a car without
underwear this week. You won’t believe how insane this is.

Earlier this week Perez Hilton reportedly tweeted a photo of 17-year-old Miley Cyrus climbing out of a vehicle and wearing a dress but no underwear. Perez warned: “If you are easily offended, do NOT click here … Oh, Miley! Warning: truly not for the easily offended!”

But the warning was not enough. The fact that Perez published the photo could bring a super-damper on his career. Perez Hilton has said that he gets over 8 million pageviews in a normal day, and there are many media companies who have sought to buy him out — but this latest Miley move could very realistically be the end of Perez Hilton’s celebrity blogging days.

Says L.A.-based attorney Jeffrey Douglas, a child pornography case specialist: “We’re not talking about a misdemeanor. You don’t have to know what the definition of the law is, all you have to do is knowingly distribute the photograph.” Douglas also called Perez’s move “suicidal” to his career.

Salon also reported that Perez Hilton “could be prosecuted on the state or federal level — or both — with a conviction potentially resulting in a 15 year sentence and lifetime registration as a sex offender.”

PopEater has more, including the fact that neither Miley Cyrus nor Perez Hilton has commented on the shot (Perez has taken down his incriminating tweet, but apparently other sites picked up the photo of Miley). Monday a clearly red-faced Perez tweeted a link to a video in which he insisted that he and Miley are “cool” and that he just likes to “lovingly taunt” her.

A six-story-tall statue of Jesus Christ with his arms raised along a highway was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm Monday night and burned to the ground, police said.

The “King of Kings” statue, one of southwest Ohio’s most familiar landmarks, had stood since 2004 at the evangelical Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati.

The lightning strike set the statue ablaze around 11:15 p.m., Monroe police dispatchers said.

The sculpture, 62 feet tall and 40 feet wide at the base, showed Jesus from the torso up and was nicknamed Touchdown Jesus because of the way the arms were raised, similar to a referee signaling a touchdown. It was made of plastic foam and fiberglass over a steel frame, which is all that remained early Tuesday.

The fire spread from the statue to an adjacent amphitheater but was confined to the attic area, and no one was injured, police Chief Mark Neu said. The fire department would release a monetary damage estimate Tuesday, he said.

Travelers on Interstate 75 often were startled to come upon the huge statue by the roadside, but many said America needs more symbols like it. So many people stopped at the church campus that church officials had to build a walkway to accommodate them.

The 4,000-member, nondenominational church was founded by former horse trader Lawrence Bishop and his wife. Bishop said in 2004 he was trying to help people, not impress them, with the statue. He said his wife proposed the Jesus figure as a beacon of hope and salvation and they spent about $250,000 to finance it.

Watch the spectacular video here.

Dubai on Monday officially inaugurated the centerpiece of its decade-long construction boom, with the surprise revelation that the world-beating 168-story skyscraper — seen by some as a symbol of the city’s economic excess — was even bigger than previously thought.

In a glitzy firework-lit ceremony, the city-state’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum unveiled a plaque commemorating the event and also announced that the $1.5 billion structure has a new name: the Burj Khalifa.

Named after Khalifa Bin Zayed, the president of the United Arab Emirates — and ruler of Abu Dhabi, which recently bailed out debt-ridden Dubai to the tune of $10 billion — the tower was officially recorded as 828 meters tall, adding 10 meters on to previous height claims.

Six years in the making, and now 319 meters higher than previous skyscraping record-holder Taipei 101, Dubai’s newest edifice commands dizzying views of the ambitious building program that has transformed the emirate.

The structure’s architects, Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, have called the Burj Khalifa “a bold global icon that will serve as a model for future urban centers.”

Declaring that “tall buildings are back,” the company predicts that the groundbreaking techniques it used to push the Burj Khalifa to new heights should enable the construction of even taller towers in the future.

iReport: Share your photos of the world’s tallest buildings

“As with any project, SOM’s architects and engineers learned a great deal and are ready to apply this to the next world’s tallest building as it is certainly possible to go taller,” it said.

CNN – Despite such lofty claims, the Burj Khalifa — and other construction projects including the Palm Jumeirah and World archipelagos of man-made islands built for the super-rich — have cast a financial shadow over Dubai.

Last year the emirate shocked investors by asking for a freeze on payments owed on its $26 billion in debts.

The announcement by Dubai World — an umbrella group which includes the Burj Khalifa’s developers –delivered a cold dose of reality to speculators worldwide who believed the oil-rich region was impervious to the global financial crisis.

Facts and figures: Why Dubai is looking up

While predicted economic recovery are likely to help Dubai to shake off some of its debt woes, if not fully regain its boom-time ebullience, some say the city’s path of prestige over practicality will leave projects like the Burj Khalifa struggling to justify their place in the Gulf state’s skyline.

“Dubai doesn’t really need to have to build tall asides from prestige purposes,” Jim Krane, author of “City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism” told CNN in a recent interview.

“If you look at it, it’s a really bad idea. It uses as much electricity as an entire city. And every time the toilet is flushed they’ve got to pump water half a mile into the sky,” he said.

The telescopic shape also presents problems of a more practical nature Krane says.

“The upper 30 or 40 floors are so tiny that they’re useless, so they can’t use them for anything else apart from storage. They’ve built a small, not so useful storage warehouse half a mile in the sky,” he said.

We’ve seen some expensive video games. We’ve seen some pricey video game consoles, too. But we’re pretty confident that this one beats them all.

It’s the Nintendo Wii Supreme. It took six months to make, and is built from over 5.5 pounds of 22-carat gold. Its front buttons are inlaid with 78 0.25-carat flawless, conflict-free diamonds, making almost 20 carats in total. It’s the work of Liverpool, England craftsman Stuart Hughes, and it costs — are you sitting down? — 299,995.00 pounds, or just about $484,000.

Hughes also sells a gold and diamond-studded iPhone for almost 2 million pounds ($3.2m), a carbon-fiber and diamond-studded Nokia phone for 30,000 pounds ($48,000) and a snakeskin and diamond Blackberry Bold for a mere 5,000 pounds ($8,000). He’s been the subject of write-ups in Vogue, Salon, and Business People magazines.

Buy the Wii Supreme, and you’ll be joining a highly exclusive club. Only three are being produced, and the only other person we know of with a gold Wii is (deep breath) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who was given one earlier this year by game publisher Take Two.

So if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the bling-obsessed gamer in your life, and you have half a million dollars to spend, and you don’t mind spending it on a $199 Wii, your search is over. Congratulations!

What I think is that as far as Nintendo is concerned, it was already made of gold. Now it’s worth its weight in gold too.

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The World’s Most Expensive Magazine

An image from the new issue of Nomenus Quarterly. Like the rest of the original images in the magazine, the photo was taken by Nomenus’ founder Erik Madigan Heck.

Nomenus Quarterly, a limited-edition folio of original or previously unpublished images, typically costs more than your average It bag. (Each issue differs in price, but the rate, until now, was around $2,500.) So, given the current economic climate, it’s a little cheeky that Erik Madigan Heck, the publication’s founder and editor in chief, has slashed the print run to 10 copies from 50 and raised the price to $6,500. For the cost of an entry-level Birkin, the new, seventh issue includes work by the artists Anselm Kiefer and Lucian Freud, the photographers Adam Fuss and Roger Bollan, and a tribute to Ann Demeulemeester men’s wear (above) — shot, by Heck, in the style of the Italian photographer Mario Giacomelli’s studies of young priests. Bless.

To view the issue — and its impressively plentiful Web extras — free, go to nomenusquarterly.com.

Lifestyles of the Rich and (yawn) Jaded. The first shots are really cool, but let’s face it, you can find these kind of images n almost every photography artsy magazine.