Now THAT was a Race!!!

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Oh, hell yeah!!!  I haven’t raced more than twice in the past month.  I’ve been burnt out.  I was getting tired of some of the same old shit.  I’ll leave it at that.  I needed a break from that, so I have not been racing.  Tonight, though, I felt like “getting back to basics”.  So, I jumped into a Spec Racer Ford to see how it would go.  It was an awesome reminder of why I love racing – virtual or otherwise.

See up there?  Yeah.  That’s me in the #10 Logitech/Texas Club Spec Racer Ford.  THAT is what it looked like for 7 laps of the 12 lap race at Silverstone.  That #6 guy and I were almost perfectly matched in speed and skill.  Now, I didn’t win.  We were racing for 5th place.  But, oh, did we race!  He was a little quicker in spots, and I was a little quicker in other spots of the track.  The icing on the cake?  He wasn’t an asshole.  He raced me clean.  I raced him clean.  THAT’S racing!  No bullshit.  No asshole trying to bump you.  Just two drivers pushing as hard as they can to be in front of the other guy.

The even better part… I beat him.  I got 5th with him a couple seconds behind by the end.  I think the guy gave up, or I wore him out.  He made one little mistake on lap 8, and I cashed in on it.  After that, he couldn’t seem to keep up, or he just didn’t want to run that hard any more.  So much fun.  That was a great reminder of why I love to race.  I needed that.  My thanks to the SRF community on iRacing.  Some of you guys (like that guy in #6) are really cool, racing hard but clean.

Not as Planned…

I’ve spent the last 90+ minutes working on a blog post that I just decided to save for later. It’s about a big issue in gaming.  Well, the part I’m focused on is a big issue that tends to slow and/or stop folks from resolving issues in general, not just this issue in gaming. Nonetheless, I’m saving it for later when I have a bit more motivation to complete it in a manner that gets my point out there. I have to think on it a bit more.  Then I’ll finish and post it.

So, how’s your night going?…  oh yeah, I’m the one that was doing the typing. I’m the dumb-ass that’s been writing and decided to not use it.  Hmmmm.

My night is going fine.  Thanks for asking.  I’ve been sitting here listening to music by Audio Machine and James Dooley and typing my ass off.  Now I have nothing to post.  Well, I have something to post, but it’s not ready yet?  AAAARRRRGGGHH

Dumb-ass

Weekend’s coming.  ALL HAIL THE WEEKEND!!!

Yeah, the dice are up there next to typing psycho guy because I’ve got gaming on the brain. My buddy needs to get this Shadowrun game going.  I’m jonesing bad.  E.D.I. is waiting to be released upon the world… heh, heh, heh… ye’ve been warned.

I’ve been thinking about trying to do a video blog now and then.  I got a web cam a bit ago for this gaming thing I’ll be doing over the Internet with my buddy.  I thought it might be fun to get a bit more use out of it.  Would you folks like to see my ugly mug talking now and then versus my usual butchery of the American-English language in typed form?  I’ll probably do a recording then upload it to YouTube the first time.  It will give me a chance to edit anything that is particularly stupid over whatever level of stupid I deem “nominal” <grin>.  I could stream live, though.  That allows for near-real-time interaction because folks can use the chat channel that will be attached to the stream.  I don’t know.  It’s just something I’m mentally kicking around.  Let me know what you think.

Well, what next… SQUIRREL!!!!

squirrel

I wasn’t kidding 😛

 

 

Friday…

friday Another weekend in view.  Can’t say I’m complaining.  I work to live.  I DON’T live to work…  well… unless it was work I really liked to do… then it wouldn’t necessarily be work for me… things that make you go hmmm.

So, here’s a throwback for ya.  I just felt the need to listen to it.  I hope the link works for you.  I’ve never put a link like this in my posts.  The Last Starfighter.  I still think it’s a good movie, and I love the theme music.

Okay, on to other shit…

Mind the Shadows

I’ve got 7 chapters out there.  Who has read them? Huh?  I can’t HEAR you!  I need feedback folks.  Is it too slow?  Is it amateur?  Does it suck?  Come on, folks.  I’m  giving a freebie story here.  If it’s worthless, so be it.  I’m writing it anyway because I’m enjoying the experience, and I’m learning how to just maybe get better at this word-smithing thing.  If it’s worth a shit, though, I’d like to hear that, too.  ‘Cause I might charge something for the next one. <grin> I think it would be totally awesome to get paid for my creativity.  I loved running tabletop RPGs, especially the looks in the players eyes when I was helping get their characters (and them) into a good story that I cooked up.  I would love to do the same thing with my stories for readers.

I’m not looking to make a living on it (that would be freakin’ great), but it would be real cool, however, to get published and make some money to support my “bad habits”… you know gaming, iRacing, more RPG game stuff or maybe have some fun money for the wife and me.  We could use a little extra money to fix up the house the way she wants it.  I could maybe get back Home more often.  You know, crazy stuff like that 🙂

Anyway, it would be very cool to hear that folks have given Mind the Shadows a read and what they think about it.  If everybody hates it, bear with me.  I’ll try other things.  I got other crap rattling around in that squishy grey glop I’m supposed to call my brain.  Besides, it’s the DM (Dungeon Master) in me that does this stuff, and the DM needs to know is spinning a good yarn for his players.  😉

Wow, I haven’t seen this movie in a long time.  I’m listening to the main theme for it now.

It was a most excellent sci-fi movie.  I think Disney made it.  I loved it as a kid.

Oh yeah, I think I mentioned that my buddy is setting up to run a Shadowrun 4th edition game for a small group of us.  We’re going to be using Fantasy Grounds to play our tabletop RPG online.  I probably also mentioned that I’m looking very forward to it.  In fact, I got motivated/inspired the other day and came up with a character concept.  I’m running a dark character for a change.  He’s a hacker (known as a decker in SR).  He also dabbles in using drones.  I whipped up a background on him that I’ll have to post after we get the game going.  I’m not ready to reveal E.D.I. just yet, in case any of the folks in the gaming group happen to follow my blog thingy here.  Yeah, ‘Eddy’ is going to be fun to play.  He’s going to be pretty hardcore.  I thought about using him – or someone like him – in Mind the Shadows as a villain.  Marek would not like this guy.

Okay, I’m outa here for now.  My buddy just got online to stream.  I’m part of his “Peanut Gallery”.  Check it out on Twitch.  I’ve got some other ideas to ponder, too, now that I’m sitting here thinking about Shadowrun and Mind the Shadows.  Remember, I NEED FEEDBACK for Mind The Shadows.  I’ll love hearing from you, and I’ll really appreciate it.

Later… 🙂

‘Flawless Victory’…

Wow!  Even my own blog page bitches at me when I go too long without making a post.  Really.  It gave me a message that it had been about 11 days since I last posted.  Fine!  I’ll post. 😛

So, I jumped into a virtual race car last night, and it was a good thing.  I rolled out in the Spec Racer Ford (SRF).  It’s a fun little car that requires some attention and technique to get around a track at its top speed.  The track?  Watkins Glen, baby!  I love that track.  It was the “Classic Boot” configuration, so no chicane/bus stop at the end of the straight before the carousel turn.  That car, that track and I get along pretty good.

I went into a practice session to see if I could shake off enough cob webs to get a fair run and, at least, finish a race with minimal incidents. Well, I crashed on the first 2 practice laps I tried to make.  I was thinking that maybe I should just log out of iRacing and continue my self-imposed sabbatical, but then I ran lap 3 with a reasonable lap time versus the others in the practice session.  On lap 4 I was declared 3rd fastest in session.  The top 2 were Spec Racer aliens with high iRatings, etc.  I was feeling pretty good about this.

Next, I tweaked the setup after a half dozen laps to see if I could get a bit more “comfort” in the turns.  The baseline setup was not bad, but the car was feeling a little squirrely getting through turns at a decent speed.  A couple of tweaks and BOOM, the car felt good for my level of skill.  It felt predictable and I saved a couple of slides in spite of pushing a little too hard on turn entry.

By that time I had fallen to 7th fastest in practice since a couple of “regulars” had entered the session.  I figured, “What the hell,” and decided to let it all hang out on a lap to see where I stacked up.  And hang out, I did.  I went back to 5th fastest and only a half second off the “alien” pace.  The 2 regulars were a little over a tenth second faster than me.  That’s pretty good, for me.

Race time…  I got into the race session which starts with a 2-lap solo qualifying run.

I. got. the. pole.

Don’t ask me how because I don’t know.  I was in a lower split than the aliens, but I had the other 2 guys that were faster than me in practice in my race split.  I squeaked by them by less than a tenth of a second… cool.

The lights turned green to start the race, and I had a shit launch off the grid.  I dumped the clutch, spun the tires, then shifted too early.  I lost 3 spots by the time I reached the straight away.  I was instantly thinking I used up my mojo in practice and qualifying.  It’s happened before… way too many times :-/

Two laps later, I was in the lead.  I had raced those guys hard, but clean, AND I was pulling away.  I was thinking there was no way I was going to keep this up.  Something was going to go wrong, or one of those 2 fast guys were going to catch me.  Now this isn’t me talking myself out of a good race.  I’m just aware of my capabilities and was aware of the fact these guys were faster in practice.  So, I wasn’t being all negative and stuff.  I was keeping my head in “reality” so I wouldn’t do something stupid like get too relaxed, lose concentration and dump it into a wall.

They never caught me, though.  They were faster, but I was more consistent and did not have to race anybody for the rest of the 12-lap race.  I just kept my head and clicked off the laps, one turn at a time.  I had NO incidents, too, which is something that just doesn’t happen for me.  I had no off-tracks or loss of control.  I ran the “perfect” race… flawless victory.

I won’t lie and say I’m going to get off my sabbatical after this nice little gift.  I’m not ready yet.  BUT… I was reminded by having that kind of race and that kind of fun why I love to race.  My victories and successes are further between than others, but they are no less sweet.

I’ll be back fellow iRacers 😉