I'm coming back too! I had a 2004 MINI Cooper S ("Scooper"). I was AmRov on this forum previously. Made a lot of friends and visited some. I didn't get to enjoy Scooper nearly enough and this time I plan to do it right. I'm looking at a new John Cooper Works, waiting on the new design coming out in March. I'm thinking red, Recaro seats, lots of extras. I'm really planning to enjoy this car and get her out on the track. Also want to reconnect with the local MINI club in Austin.
Anyway, I just made the decision today to get back into a MINI because I got an awesome job offer with a promotion and nice pay bump. Merry Christmas to me, and hello again!