Monthly Archives: August 2003

What is wrong with me?

Last night, I was almost pulled over on Rt. 53. The cop was hiding behind a ridge and he tailed me until I pulled into my street. Today, I was drag racing a Porsche on the Northwest Highway and when I stopped, a cop was right behind me. (I won, by the way.) I’ve got to stop driving so fast. (But it’s so much fun!) Stop it. (No!) I’m going to sleep. (I’m going to play some PS2.) Arg.

Sunday Tizzak!

I just ordered DirecTV + TIVO and NFL Sunday Ticket. Consider this an open invite for football at the hizzouse. Now the sad news, in order to bankroll this new ops, I will have to part with my belovd ReplayTV 5040.

We can do it, and we can do it cheaper

I have never had a car that was as modifiable as the Audi TT. Sure, it takes a little extra elbow grease and digging around to tune a car that’s rare and German, but with a few bucks and some guts anyone can customize their car (No, not the big nasty spoiler kind). Thanks to Fil and Seth for the XM install on Saturday. Next up, a bigger air intake and some lights.

*sniff* *sniff* It’s time to wash the dog again. Sheesh.

SoBig Mistake

NBC Nightly News made an error on the 8/21 newscast when it stated that the SoBig virus infects a user’s machine and sends infected emails from that machine. Well, I’d like to inform NBC that the SoBig virus hitting computers lately fakes the sender’s address. Yes, that means if you got an infected email sent from my address, that does not mean that I am infected. I hate it when journalists operate on the “I got most of it right” rule.

Muy Cayenne-te!

I don’t know how it happened, but I was invited to test drive the new Porsche Cayenne (pronounced KAI-anne) at this special track set up for racing and off-roading. So, since Emily couldn’t turn down free food and I couldn’t turn down a chance to drive $80,000 fast cars, we went.

It was an impressive setup with very nice cars parked out front. It’s a marvel of engineering how they can turn a 5400-pound hunk of metal into a slalom-eating road-hugging hill-climber. My favorite was the track area where the 460 bhp Turbo slingshot me across the track, but amazingly, it stuck to the road and drove well. That makes me wonder what I could do in a 911. The second time around, I went even faster, although no one really measured the track times. The off-road area was pretty crazy, having never been off-road in an SUV, it felt bizarre and amusing to climb a 20 foot hill at a steep angle.

A few years ago, I passed up an opportunity to test the BMW 3-series versus the Lexus IS 300 and Acura CL 3.2 at BMW’s expense. I’ll never make that mistake again.

Footnote: I vowed to never buy an SUV, unless I actually had a need for a car that could go off-road. I will still stick to that promise since I believe that SUVs are an unnecessary danger to others, danger to the occupants and a hazard to the environment.

The decision

I’ve been test-driving a lot of cars and I finally got a new(used) car a couple of weeks ago. It’s a 2002 Audi TT Quattro Roadster. I bought it because it was practical and safe and boring. I figure, if I’m going to spend the next 20 years of my life as a family man, might as well start now. So there it is. If you are also looking for a 2-seater, 6-speed, all-wheel drive, convertible family car, I would suggest a used TT. It’s comparable to what you’d pay for a new top-of-the-line Honda Accord.

I'm baaack

Whew, it was a good trip and my arms got a good farmer’s tan from all the driving. I think I gained like 5lbs. And aside from a side of In and Out fries, I had Korean food the entire time. I think I can go without that for a few weeks.

You talking to me?

Go make up your own prank calls from celebrities.

Sacramento Lampoons Summer Vacation

I’ll be off to Vegas in a few days for a family (Korean checklist) vacation. LA, check. Hate on the Lakers, check. Drive. Vegas, check. Drive. Concert, check. Drive. Grand Canyon, check. Drive. Back to LA, check. I wonder if we’ll have time to actually experience anything.

Not much gambling is forecasted, so no bling bling. I will also have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of listening to Celine Dion — live! At least my mother will be happy and that’s all good with me.

Joy

Everyday, I come home to the wagging rear-end of my dog, Nemo. It’s no surprise that pet owners live longer, more fulfilling lives (I read that somewhere). Sure, you have to clean up after him, feed him, wrestle him into the tub, but those chores are the amazingly fulfilling life with a pet.

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