Leap Day… MuckinFonday

It’s a shame we can’t whittle Mondays down to once every 4 years.  :-/

I can’t say Leap Day was a great day.  It was a Monday.  I started a hashtag on Facebook a while back, heh, heh: #muckinfondays

I’ve got a few things tagged out there under that hashtag.

I’m not a Monday person for sure, so I like to try and post a little crap event that happens on a Monday and tag it.  I got to do that today.  For some reason, it makes me feel a little better about Mondays.  I don’t know if it’s the fact that I bitched or just put it out there for others to relate.  I do know that it’s kind of fun, and helps lighten up a rough start to the week.

Hope you survived your Monday 😉


Not Quite What I Had In Mind

That didn’t quite work out as hoped…

My Daytona 500 ended a little early when I got caught up in, technically, the last “big one”.  I really didn’t have a way to avoid it, either.  I watched the replay and saw one possible out, but I think it would have resulted in car damage anyway as I slapped the outside wall.  So, by not taking that route, my night ended with less than 50 laps to go when I T-boned a guy that spun in front of me and didn’t slide down to the infield.

With that said, though, I had a lot of fun.  I worked at staying with my Texas club mates and my race team throughout the race.  I helped keep our strategy in play.  And when it was time to start working towards the front of the pack to put as many Texas guys in the front as possible, it was starting to happen as planned.  We had the cars set up to do what we were planning, and it was working.  That’s a good feeling.

We were riding around in the back for about 2/3 of the race.  I could tell that we had good cars because we weren’t working too awful hard to stay together and work around others that we didn’t want to be near.  It was just about running a heads-up race and avoiding the wrecks – something, I’m sorry to say, didn’t happen at the end.  Nonetheless, up to the crash, things looked and felt pretty good.  That’s what made it fun.

By the way, it didn’t end at the last crash.  One of our own ended up winning, and we had 3 Texans in the top 5.  The guy that one was part of my race team.  Can’t complain about that… on to the next one 😉

Getting Ready for (my) Daytona


Yes, I like NASCAR.  I’m not a huge fan/follower, but I do like it some.  And it’s time to get ready for Daytona.  I don’t mean the race on Sunday afternoon, either (though, I will likely watch some of that).  I mean the Pacific Majors Daytona 500.  It’s the one I’m racing in.  200 laps of nose-to-tail, door-to-door chess.  I have to qualify this week.  I hope to get into the “pro” split, but I’ll be happy to be in either split.  I ran this race last year, too.  Afterward, I had a different sort of respect for oval race car drivers.  The amount of concentration and awareness that is required is amazing.  I also understand why these guys are athletes.  I sit in front of my computer desk with a fake racing wheel and pedals strapped to it.  I can control the room temperature.  I don’t have to experience up to three Gs in the turns.  Yet, by the end of those 200 laps, I feel like I’ve been taken out back and had my ass whipped.

Yeah, I’m looking forward to it.  I race Sunday night (Feb. 21) at about 7pm.  It will be streamed live on YouTube.  I’ll try and post the appropriate links once I know which split I’m in.

Oh, by the way, the pics up top are screen shots for the team logo that I’m riding with and two of the cars (#90 is mine) on the team.  We’re running the Ford Fusion.  We’ve already proven we can take down Chevys and Toyotas in practice 😛  Okay, okay.  The cars in the sim are nearly identical.  It’s how we set up the suspensions, etc. underneath that make a difference, and I’d say Ridin’ Shotgun has some pretty good setups coming along.  We’ll see.

Hope to hear you saw the race.

Just Passing By Today

Here’s what’s going on.

So, the wife and I skipped Super Bowl Sunday and went out to dinner.  We went to a place called Simply Fondue.  I think it’s a pretty cool experience.  We’ve been there a few times, just the two of us and with a group.  It can be fun either way.  <sarcasm> I still have to wonder at paying such a large sum of money to cook my own food, though ;-P  </sarcasm>  Seriously, though, if you want to do something different for dinner out, it can be fun.  It’s fun to do these things with the wife anyway 😉

Survival Sunday…

I mentioned before that I have been playing 7 Days to Die.  It’s a zombie apocalypse survival game.  It can be very frustrating, but overall, it’s a lot of fun.  My buddy streams the game on Sundays (Survival Sunday; hint, hint) from his perspective, but any of us that are in the game can be heard on the stream via our voice chat.  We have a lot of fun running from digital zombies and trying to make digital weapons to kill said digital zombies.  Oh yeah, digital shelter, food and water are also critical to our digital survival.  The best part, though, is the group dynamic and many of the “wonderful and inspiring” things we say.  Check it out.  We play starting about 5pm Central on Sunday evenings.  Hell, check out my buddy’s twitch channel either way.  Here’s the link: Dabbu21.

Daytona 500

Now don’t get all wound up about the possibility of me going to see the Daytona 500.  That’s not happening this year.

I’m driving in it.

Yep, the #90 Ridin’ Shotgun Motorsports Ford Fusion will be piloted by none other than little old me.  <grin>

Okay, it’s an iRacing thing.  The Pacific Majors league that I’m in is hosting a full-length Daytona 500.  It will be live streamed on YouTube on February 21 starting about 8pm Central.  I’ll try to throw out more details later for those that might be interested in watching a more amateur version of the real thing.

Well, that’s about all I got time for today.  Yes, I’m at work, but I wanted to get in a quick blog before I step into the world of high-tech problem solving for the day.  I’ve been a little more busy at work (probably a good thing), and it’s been taking more mental energy.  So, when I get home at night, I have been preferring to chill/vegetate a bit more than what has been normal for the past few months.  I haven’t forgotten this or Mind the Shadows or whatever, but I gotta pay the bills.  Slacking at work is not an option if I want to keep food on the table and internet access.  I’ll get some more work done on Mind the Shadows pretty quick, I think.  I’ve got Chapter 7 fleshed out pretty good, so I should be pulling the trigger on that sooner than later.

Thoughts? Rants?  Let me know what you think.  Catch ya later!