Archive for October, 2007

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2007

My very first Halloween being a homeowner!
To play catch up, this past weekend was bananas. Saturday morning (like 7:30am) we left to drive up to Nashville. That’s right ladies and gents, Tennessee. Add another state to the list of ones I’ve been to (I’m somewhere up in the high 30s at this point).
NOPI had asked us (DGTrials) to put on a drift demo between the races at a Monster Truck competition at Nashville SuperSpeedway. We got three guys and three cars to meet us up there to actually drive. Anyway, so we got up there super early (after having stopped at The World’s Largest Fireworks Store!!1!!!oneone!!1eleventyonex0rz! to get some explosive goodies) and watched them set up the “track”, which generally consisted of big heavy John Deere rental backhoes and crawler loaders hauling huge piles of dirt around. At one point the drivers were shooting each other with airsoft guns which was pretty funny to watch considering what they were doing/driving. After a while one of the guys figured the guns weren’t doing a good enough job so he took an en
tire bucket full in his loader and proceeded to dumb in directly on top of the other guy’s loader, over his head. Pretty funny when you consider it was probably close to 1,000lbs of dirt 🙂
The actual event itself was really cool. I’ve never seen Monster Trucks in person before and was really amazed by the technology and fabrication and engineering that goes in to them. Plus seeing them destroy stuff and be loud and rarg and monsterrrrr is just really dope. Plus, media passes do have their benefits!
Anyway, drove home after, got in to ATL around 4:45am, went to bed. Poor Erik had to get up at 6:30am to head to Turner to set up the track for the DG Private Day/Instructional Clinic but because he’s wonderful he let me sleep in and I woke up at 10am and drove down to help out (mostly me just sitting and staring trying to stay awake and having people sign waivers). The event went well, as usual. Each driver got well over 100+ runs and destroyed multiple sets of tires. You know that saying “the sweet smell of success”? Yeah, well, that smell is smoking tires and burning rubber.
Erik borrowed this guy’s car to do a few runs in, his first time drifting in about a year. I rode along with him which I found incredibly amusing/strange being that we’ve been together almost three years now, we got together *because* of his racing, and this was the *first* time I ever rode with him. C
razy right?
Anyway, that was the weekend. It was every bit as exhausting as it seems, and then some. We were supposed to go to the Smashing Pumpkins show last night but it freaking got postponed because their drummer had to go and have a heart attack or something. Lame!! Hope he’s okay though.
Yesterday I had a really crappy day, work was poopy, just overall “ick”. When I was driving home, Gerard called (he and Gellian were supposed to go to SP with us) and decided we should all go to dinner instead. They beat me home, as did Erik, and when I pulled into the driveway all blah and blarg, Erik surprised me with a really pretty bouquet of flowers. For no reason at all! He didn’t even know I was having a crappy day. He just said “I realized I hadn’t gotten you flowers in a while” and smiled. He’s so wonderfully thoughtful. 🙂
Today he brought me books. Since we don’t have a tv in the bedroom (yet?) I usually read for about 45 minutes before bed to help me sleep. Yaaay books!
So now I’m sitting at home watching Good Eats and handing out candy to My Very First Trick-or-Treaters at Our Very First House and it is surprisingly wonderful. All the kids are totally cute and very polite (please, thank you, etc., one even gave us a hand-made Happy Halloween card!) and I’m actually having lovely time, as long as those little bastards don’t eat all my candy and l
eave me empty handed! 😉

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October 16, 2007

Other than the fantastic Georgia summer rainstorms/downpours that leave the streets literally steaming after a hot day (SO cool!), this is one of the major reasons I love living in Atlanta…
my house lizard, George
This is George. He lives on my house, usually behind the rain gutter that runs down the side near the front door. He greets me when I come home from work everyday. George is about 4-5″ from head to tail. He’s cute 🙂
In other news, Wilma is back!
Erik and I went to Gerard and Gellian’s the other week for poker night with some friends. Gerard was excited that he had bought a 240SX and couldn’t wait for me to see it. We got there after it had gotten dark and once we pull into the driveway I’m struck by how familiar the car looks. I was talking to Gerard and laughing about how his “new” S13 reminded me of my “old” S13; same crappy black house-paint paint job, same crappy dents and rust repair attempts, etc etc.
As we’re laughing abo
ut how much “his” reminded me of “mine”, I notice a masked man walk our from behind his garage. My initial thought? WTF was one of his neighbors doing walking around behind his garage at night wearing a ninja mask? My next thought? Why is that masked ninja speaking Japanese to me and OMG IT’S RONNY!!!
Turns out Ronny and Gerard had conspired together to surprise me; Ronny drove down from Ohio to check out Atlanta and look for a post-graduation job and to return Wilma to me. So cool! I love my sneaky bastard friends 😉
So anyway, I’ve got both my girls again. Unfortunately, only the G20 is registered/insured… for now!

October 5, 2007

so as much as i think myspace is incredibly lame, there are days like today when i am very glad it exists, if only to make it easier for me to get back in touch with people i care about, and those same people to find me after however many years.
it’s so strange lately how i’ve been getting back in touch with lots of people (talking to mikey right now).
talked to my old boyfriend mat today for like an hour, out of nowhere, which was fantastic and made me really happy to hear from him.
word on the street is that doug is now modeling for calvin klein and marc jacobs. impressive.
it’s awesome, i’m so glad that i haven’t completely lost touch with everyone i loved (and still do!!!!)
so, in other news, the DGTrials event last weekend went well. we had a ton of drivers and nobody had any major incidents (other than one dude completely losing his driverside rear wheel in one of the turns… that’s what happens when you don’t torque lug nuts properly people!) and a decent amount of spectators.
being that this was my *first* DG event
other than the Limerock event in CT years ago (and when i used to go watch Drift Out Wednesdays at Englishtown and Beaverun before i ever met Erik) i had a great time and i’m really happy i’m finally getting able to help. i met some really cool people.
afterwards we all went to korean bbq to celebrate the one year anniversary of Sae’s passing (RIP buddy, you are deeply missed and very much loved).
sunday we went to visit his grave to pay respect and i finally got to say goodbye (i was in philly when he died and couldn’t get down here in time for the funeral). his headstone says “Sae Koo Kang – Who Loved Car Race” it’s so cute, silly korean engrish 🙂
that’s about it for now. yeah, i know, it’s friday and 1030pm and i’m at home updating my livejournal. nothing wrong with that. erik’s beta testing some new video game and i am *finally* enjoying my first downtime in over a month. doing nothing is perfect at the moment.
and with that, i am gonna go read a book. yay weekend!!