Been there, done that,
and got the T-shirt! Terri is one of those rare people who
isn't afraid to try anything at least once. She's the ever-inquisitive
and exploring type which fits with the "cat" in
her screen name.
The Anderson family
was a family where the women raced horses jumping furiously
over fences, and the men raced motorcycles both in the dirt
and on the track. Her 4-H team won two national titles. Terri's
Dad encouraged her to do anything she set her mind to.
Early on, Terri learned
about cars by helping her Dad, and she was always thrilled
with the roar of his '73 Saab Sonnett III. She begged him
to keep it so she could drive it when she turned 16. Before
Terri took her first solo trip in the F-150, her Dad made
her change all four tires by herself. Later, she learned to
do all the routine maintenance, which as she puts it, gave
her a feeling of empowerment.
Terri loves adventures
and has traveled extensively through Europe and the US. She
was an exchange student in Amersham Bucks just outside of
London, and she's been to 26 US states with a goal of all
50. She's the outdoors type and hiking, skiing, and camping
are all among her favorite things—well, of course driving
Lucy at high speed ranks in those favorite things as well.
We know Terri used
her BA in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University
in her bartending job. While working one evening she took
the guys up on a dare to go skydiving. The guys were betting
that she wouldn't go through with it; she not only jumped
the first time, but went back for more!
Terri also worked
as a substitute teacher before leaving her native Virginia
after 29 years. She and her best friend traveled across the
country to California. There she got into the restaurant management
business working at Universal City Walk, in Beverly Hills,
and then West Los Angeles near her place in Venice Beach.
An old friend came
to visit her, and he is now her husband, Doug. She moved to
Pittsburgh and she and Doug were married nine months later.
Doug is a ceramic tile and natural stone contractor.
After 18 months in
the homemaker role, Terri went to work for a construction
firm, keeping track of everything flowing around the office.
Of course she needed a car to get to work, but she didn't
settle for just any car. Her 350Z, Lucy, is her pride and
joy! "After my test drive, my knees were weak at the
possibility of owning such a powerful, beautiful machine."
The first thing her
Dad asks her when he calls is, "how's your Z doing?"
We think you can probably guess Terri's answer! "I wake
up in the morning and peek out the window at her and say WOW
I can’t believe that’s MY Z!"