Sunday, March 15, 2009

No Smoke without Fire

If you follow me on Twitter, or read my Tumblr, you'll know this already, but I quit smoking yesterday. It feels just like it looks in this photo, but I've managed more than 24 hours now, and I'm still alive. Not sure what I'm gonna do when I run out of fingernails though, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

Anyway, that could mean one of two things for this blog - you get to read more posts coz I don't lose 5 minutes every hour, and so can become much more productive, or, you get zero posts coz I threw my computer out of the window in a nicotine detox rage. Stay tuned....


Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Elf Yourself

It's back, once again, with a few different dances and as you can see, I take my dancing very seriously. Must be the season....

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Car Control Clinic

Today was my first venture in the car that involved a bit of closed track action - the learners starter place known as the Car Control Clinic. This is a mandatory (I think anyway, if not, highly recommended) prior to the driving school I'm going to in a couple of weeks (I got my helmet yesterday).

Of course, it was all brand new, so I was a little scared, but after easing gently into the slalom, I gradually got faster and kept it all under a semblance of control. After slalom was the skid pad - two large circles next to each other - one wet, one dry, just so you could feel the difference in grip. I think it was my favorite part of the day - getting the tail to lightly drift out as your pushing it was a lot of fun.

Finally was the emergency braking section - stop as quickly as you can, first in a straight line, and then as you're turning. ABS obviously makes this a lot easier than it used to be, but it was still fun. Unfortunately, during the braking, the car started making some weird scraping noises, so I pulled out before the end, and a few of the very helpful staff there took a look and gave me a hand working out what was going on. It all turned out fine in the end - I had a small rock stuck in between the rotor and caliper, and it managed to pop out as we were driving home, with no damage done. I think I turned white before I knew what it was though - obviously imagining the worst, and wondering if I'd even get home.

Anyway, still recovering now - the clutch leg is a little achy, and the face is definitely sore from all the grinning I've been doing. Heidi took lots of photos and vids, so I combined all the slalom ones for your viewing pleasure below. And can I just say in my defense (before you get started with the abuse brothers), the first couple I was told to go pretty slow....

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