Welcome! Great story. Tell us more about your impressions when you first drove the car and how it performed and endeared itself to you along the way.
My first impression wasn't totally positive. Aesthetically, the tail really turned me off and I didn't think the nose was a timeless as the MGs. I have since revised that opinion considerably. ;-) As for the test drive, the feeling that you are essentially sitting on the floor pan made for a really odd experience, especially with a heavier clutch pedal. This was somewhat exacerbated by the car having a very sticky throttle. The massive exhaust leak also made for an odd test drive.
That said, there must have been something there as I actually bought it (after a fair amount of freaking out). After sorting the throttle, exhaust, and tires (or tyres), the driving position was really the only thing that was still really odd for me. Two or so days into the road trip, I don't have any problems with it, but I certainly remember it feeling odd those first couple of days.
I don't have a good bearing on when the car really started to work for me. I think it was when we first starting going through the little resort towns and stuff along Highway 1. Top down, sea breeze, and a beautiful Alfa exhaust note and I was like... Oh... this makes a certain amount of sense here. Later, winding through vineyards near Paso Robles and even later in Big Sur it made even more sense. Driving on excellent roads in excellent weather with excellent scenery with your good friends close behind the Alfa really came to life. Truly one of the greatest experiences of my life.
I had some concern that it just wouldn't make any sense once I got it to the crappy roads and weather in Oklahoma... and that is somewhat true. It isn't as fun sitting in your morning commute with an F350 blowing exhaust in your face. But those rare moments when you get on a good stretch with no one in front of you the Alfa is still totally worth it.
One of the things I've really enjoyed so far in both locals is I never feel outclassed. I'll encounter high end vehicles on the road and not in any way get that feeling that they're in the better car. The more expensive car? Yes. The faster? Quite possibly. The better car? Nah...