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Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
8:57 pm
Why I'm really not going to MFF!
Man... seems like any of the folks I actually trust in the fandom or used to talk to at cons have been dying off lately... I guess this mean y'all are safe if you're on my shit list, and that's kind of a long list these days so you're all probably safe! If you're unsure, we can arrange for me to move you onto my shit list pretty easily I think. *nods*

Current Mood: disconnected
Thursday, September 27th, 2012
10:21 pm
Stolen 66 Mustang (Davis/Sacto CA area)

I just got linked to this today via my mustang club. He got the car Sept 15th (earlier than he was told it would be done) at the Mustang Picnic with a big red bow on it as a surprise.

Latest update is:

"The Mustang was seen this morning in Sacramento by someone who saw the FOX Channel 40 news story. He said the license plates were changed, but said it was the car, had the dual red line tires on it. Del Paso Road and Natomas area. Police were called, but the car had left the Rite Aid before they arrived."

Correct plate on the car is a california black and gold "NLY 385" (sounds like those are no longer on the car though)
Monday, May 28th, 2012
10:36 pm
Califur update
Not going, same as always. Gonna head up into Oregon and spend some time on the coast instead. Have fun folks.

Current Mood: busy
Saturday, January 15th, 2011
6:52 pm
FC2011 Con Report!
It was awesome... probably!

I left Sac to head down there for a party last night and spent 45 minutes going 3/4s of a mile after someone decided to forget how to drive on the Yolo Causeway. After turning around I hooked up with I-5 south and took the normal, somewhat longer way down the gut of the valley. Made it to the hotel later than I wanted to, but went straight to the party upstairs and hung out and such till a wee bit later than I should have. Props to Pacer and Ip for helping me out with a spot to crash for a few hours before taking off this morning to head home. The hotel was a ghost town at 7:30 in the morning. I liked it that way. Very peaceful.

That's it. Awesome drama free con this time. No dealing with conflicting agendas, or people too full of themselves to get their heads on straight. I'll have to remember this model worked for next time.

Current Mood: satisfied
Sunday, January 9th, 2011
8:00 pm
FC update
It was not my intention to attend this year, both for reasons of cost more than anything, and also because last year was enough of a disaster it left a very bitter taste in my mouth. There's a party Friday night I've been invited to, but I'll be leaving Sac to drive there after work and not staying overnight which is a 150 mile drive each way and about 3 hours of travel time each way. That's always the problem with visiting the bay area. It's a hell of a lot of driving for me just to pop in for a couple of hours and still make it home the same day.

Couple that with the work situation and the fact my garage is still a moldy mess and I've got other things on my plate anyway. The neighbor that owns that unit showed up today and we agreed the 65 is coming out of the garage on Sunday. The car is not running as I stopped working on it as soon as I saw the black mold on the ceiling. So next weekend we're either pushing the car into a neighboring garage or I'll hand it off to a local garage to put the motor back together.

Have fun at the con. I might stop in Friday night, but I wouldn't count on it.

This would've been my 10th FC in a row, although I ghosted one year already so that doesn't count eh?

Current Mood: distant
Thursday, November 4th, 2010
1:49 pm
Big surprise, we're S.O.L.
Alright, so her plumber showed up this morning and I ran through the place with him. I'm not a plumber but I do understand pipe layouts and how the lines would've been laid out in the walls, so we agree on where the pipes run and that the water damage I showed you is nowhere near the pipes... again that should be a major concern. So the perfect storm scenario was laid out like this to us by the plumber.

The gal that lives there said she had no cold water in the morning. Sometimes people will shut off the water valves at the front of the building that control the cold water, so this is possible. Then she must have left the sink on and when the water came back on she wasn't there and it overflowed the bathroom sink. Bam, there's your cause. Simple enough eh?...

So ultimately he replaced the soft lines under the sink (from the wall tap to the faucets) and called it good for now. He acknowledges that she does have a real problem in there, he just can't specify what it is. And until something major happens she's not going to touch it. There's also lots of black mold inside there too from the water leaking, again not touching it.

The lady that lives there is fed up with it and staying in a hotel for now, but she says she's leaving and expects to be compensated for the hotel and some other things. She's taking it to the extreme really and I don't think (looking at how things are stacking up) she understands that she needs to take this to civil court to get anything good out of this situation.

I also called the county and there's no action that they can take. So at this point I'm not grossly affected by all of this, but it's a concern given that it's happening over my garage. Plus it's really unsettling to think of the living conditions in that place with soggy floorboards... what a mess this is becoming.

Current Mood: pessimistic
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
10:14 pm
What the fuck did I do to piss someone off up there so bad?
Jeezus H Crist what the hell did I do to piss off someone so bad up there this week?! So I get the call to go pick up my replacement tires for the Mazda. I go down there and they ring me up for twice the price I was expecting. I thought maybe they accidentally ordered a set of four instead of two tires. So I watched them working on the car and the guy comes out with the tires... which look distinctly not like what's on the car. The size is right sure... but they're summer performance tires with the stupid colored rubber strip so you can do colored smoke burnouts, not all season tires. He tells me that's what the computer says is the stock tires. And I say, buuuuuut they look nothing like the ones that are on the caaarrrrr... so he admitted he ordered the wrong ones and will be getting the right ones ordered... fuuuuck.

Now, that's just a speedbump of suck for today, cause this week hasn't been shit enough... soooo just for fun, we add shit! quite literally. I found water on the tire in the garage... and considering the corner I had it sitting in the last couple of days, that's VERY not normal. I turn on the light and look up to find...

This (not for the squeamish)Collapse )

That ceiling was white yesterday by the way when I went in the garage. I think it's pretty goddamned obvious that the sewer pipe in the condo above my garage burst. I talked to the lady that rents the place upstairs and asked her if she had a leak. She was telling me that when she got home her carpets were wet and she had been using her steam cleaner for two hours on the rugs already. I told her that it looked like a sewer leak and she just stopped. *ewwwww* We both called her landlord who owns the condo. Her response was to call the repair man for the homeowners association, that was it.

She's also going to have "her" plumber come out and look at it in the morning. This guy ripped the hole in the ceiling you see in one picture and never fixed it when I had complained about a leak in the ceiling coming again from her unit. The seal on her tub drain has been leaking for over a year, but her special plumber claims it's coming from another unit. He explained this to me by showing me that the dripping coming from her tub was not coming from her tub by showing me the leak coming from her tub which was not coming from her tub... WTF? I let that slide because (a) I'm too nice and (b) she clearly wasn't going to admit fault and would've forced me to take her to court on it. This time I can't wait to see how he passes of the stains on the ceiling as something non-chalant. I am of course assuming that she won't step up and accept that she now has a *very* uninhabitable unit to rent.

I will be calling the county in the morning as well to make sure someone tests/checks to make sure that it is indeed sewage contamination, and that as such she fixes this right. I don't want black mold in my garage because of some fucking slum lord. If the county has to condemn the property to make sure that she fixes it, then I'm all for it. I told the lady renting there (and her two little girls) to get a hotel for the night and not sleep in there because of the contamination. That should be the first in a long line of bills the lady that actually owns that place should be getting for this mess. This is not going to be pretty, whether she admits to what's wrong or has to be forced into it. Sewage contamination inside of floors and walls is about the worst thing to have happen. This will not be an easy or cheap fix, but it's not on me to cover it, and that's a good thing at this point.

The 65 Stang is still stuck in the garage so I'll probably have them take it up to the house on a flatbed tow rig to clear the garage and charge her the bill for that mess. This is going to be a hell of an inconvenience and a mess no matter what.

Current Mood: frustrated
Monday, November 1st, 2010
7:42 pm
Holycrap!Holycrap!Holycrap! THEY FREAKING DID IT!!! FINALLY!!!

Now if I'm lucky my new tires will come in in time to drive to San Francisco for the victory parade.... *grumbles*

Thank you Giants! I was starting to think I'd never see it in my lifetime... huh, this must be what Bradhound felt like... minus the slashed tires thing >.>

Current Mood: semi-bouncy
Friday, October 29th, 2010
8:06 pm
650 miles
That's how long my rear tires lasted on a two week old, brand fucking don't even have the paper plates off it yet car. Apparently last night someone took it upon themselves to puncture the sidewalls on a bunch of tires around here. So yeah somebody slashed my tires last night. My life is just full of so much win right now that yeah I actually had a good crying rant tonight kinda like a miniature version of what went down at FC. I can't afford this. The consolation that they only got two instead of all four really doesn't add much right now. Fuck everything.

The first person that suggest I should sell off one of my "many" Mustangs to pay for crap like this can go fuck themselves too.

Edit: Forgot to mention that two nights ago I went into the garage. It's a shared garage between units and my neighbor has a bunch of crap stacked on his side. Well the load shifted in the back and dumped some heavy framed artwork against the drivers door on the 65 Mustang gouging the fuck out of the door. The paint on the car isn't good enough for me to justify getting it repainted so I get to live with that too.

Couple of pics...Collapse )

Current Mood: furious
Thursday, October 28th, 2010
9:06 pm
Holy crap, GIANTS!
Holy crap Giants. (o.O)

Really... third time they've been here in my lifetime... not gonna get my hopes up just to have em dashed again... nooooot gonna believe it. LALALALALALA *looks the other way* The last time was bad enough when I was living in LA at the time and had to see all those damned Angels bandwaggoners running around with their cute little car flags and rally monkeys... buuurrrnn in hell you rally monkeys!!!

Current Mood: giddy
Saturday, October 16th, 2010
1:29 am
Just got back from the dealership.,,
Mission accomplish. The GT is gone. At least the replacement is new and not used so I haven't totally had to compromise everything. No it doesn't involve ponies, but it is still a familiar make to me. *nods*

Current Mood: meh
Thursday, September 30th, 2010
10:35 pm
Who likes candy?!
Sooo shortly after I bought my 65 and drove it home I noticed one day after parking it that there was something sticky on the passenger side floorboard. Given the location I was thinking it may be the heater core. It didn't seem to be dripping though so I let it slide for a while. Well finally the car overheated on the freeway and boiled over. As such I decided to go through the coolant system and pretty much rebuild everything to be sure I knew the history...

Anyway, pulled the blower box tonight to get at the heater core since there was sticky stuff along the seam... sure enough someone's been inside the box before. Not only did they destroy the box in the process, but tried to paste it back together with some sort of seam sealer... now the sticky stuff...

Mmmmm candy... just in time for Halloween...

I know the previous owner had little kids, but for the life of me I'm still trying to figure out how the heck I've got a blower box full of candy. I've worked on a lot of Mustangs, but this is a first.

I guess the upside is I don't have to buy so much candy for Halloween this year. Now lets see how many of yah show up at my door this year. >:)

Current Mood: Eeeeeew!
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
11:14 pm
Non-hockey hockey fox
New season starts in a couple of weeks for us. I won't be playing. Once this project ends that I'm on I'm going to have to go try my new Kaiser coverage (Once again fuck you very much Blue Cross for the $4K appendix) and have my arm looked at. A few months ago I went into the wall with someone and his body rolled over my arm against the wall. I physically felt a pop in my elbow but didn't think much of it. Well it's been about three months and it's not getting better. My arm is in constant pain and it's affecting the grip on my stick (I still finished the season wounded hoping it might get better). So at this point I have no clue, but I know it can't be good when it's not getting better on its own.

Current Mood: annoyed
Saturday, August 28th, 2010
8:12 pm
Snakes... on a track!
I'm tired of these muther...

Wait no, that's something else... ummm heeeyyyy I survived!

The bad:

That was a scary track for the first few laps. They ran too many cars of too varied a qualification though. It was actually the most poorly run track day I've been to. The yellow flag generally brought nothing in the way of reduced speed. They also tossed me out there without a warm up lap so I nearly went off track hard when I got too nervous to remember the run of the course in my head. It's also impossible to really establish entry points on turns without having made at least one lap of the course to think about it. Once I got my lines figured out it wasn't so bad.

The other thing that bothered me was that they made it clear that passing zones were in the straight sections of track. By the third session that was totally out the window along with the point by. So guys were literally pushing me off the track by dive bombing me into the corners to get the entry points. I came withing inches of sideswiping an AC cobra that I was passing when he started to veer back to the left to try and get into my line. I also caught a glimpse of a FOX body Mustang in my side mirror that was inches from my rear quarter on the passenger side entering into one of the hairpin turns. If I hadn't seen him by accident I would've cut right across his fender because by the rules he's not supposed to fucking be there. I had to swing off the track to avoid hitting him and another car pushed right through behind him. I was waving my arm at the corner worker to show my displeasure at the way they just let it happen. This was not a competition race and that kind of crap shouldn't be tolerated.

In the final session I gave up and diverted to the pits when people were passing me two wide to the right heading into the big hairpin turn everyone always sees on TV before the start finish line. It was basically a free-for-all at the end of the day. They started letting guys out there in the run group with NASCAR Thunderbirds from the early 90s... it was rediculous. I've never been on that track and they put me out there with guys that have run that course many times before and have full blown dedicated race cars running me off the track. I asked to be put in the beginner group but they were dumping us into inermediate because they felt there were more cars in that group and would run slower. Not - even - close.

The good:

I melted the treads on the rear tires.... seriously, never managed to do that before on these tires. That Cobra is a beast. In the straight sections it more than held its own and most of the time I had to lift to keep from running into the back of someone. Coming out of the carousel turn that runs down hill you could just bury the throttle and the car would go into a nice flat four wheel slide and hook back into the straight section leading to the next turn. I even got pissed off enough at a Miata that passed me (he had a 5.0L motor in it and was driving like an asshole cutting between cars) that I finally decided to draw the line and kept up with him till we hit lap traffic. I was getting the impression that if I hadn't been caught up in traffic and being more civil about it than the other drivers (a.k.a. following the rules) I would've been a harder target to catch.

Overall it's been 2 years since I did an on track event and it really showed. I was sooo rusty but rounded into form decently enough by the end.

Our track day ended when the dipshits in the group finally sent a 69 Mach 1 into a barrier straight on at the top of the hill. He lost about two feet of the nose of the car. They black flagged the session and brought us all in. For my first time out I'm more impressed with the fact I had no off track excursions and wasn't the slowest car in the intermediate group, especially on a track that is so highly technical.

And yeah I was actually talking to myself in the car to calm down because I was doing A LOT of things wrong out there at first.

I didn't get any pictures or video because my focus was on racing and not getting killed out there. Plus it's the national Shelby convention so there's plenty of pics going up anyway. Not my pictures, but these give you a good idea of what was there Friday. And my car isnt in any of the pictures (no love for the snakes without Shelby's name on them I guess).


Current Mood: tired
Thursday, August 26th, 2010
7:53 am
To Infineon! and beyonnnnnd!
So in 24 hours things are a go for my first track day in two years. The suspension is installed on the Cobra and everything seems ready. I'm stoked about this but also scared about how much more intense and unforgiving Infineon can be. Keeping it rubber side down and out of the barriers will be a priority there for sure.

They allow passengers for the last session of the day tomorrow too. Anyone want to get a crap your pants ride in the snake? ;)

Yeah, I'm just flat out pumped about all of this.

Current Mood: anxious
Monday, August 16th, 2010
11:59 pm
Racin along!
Looks like I got my confirmation today. In less than two weeks I'm going to be running open track at Sear Point (Infineon) Raceway. I spent two years working at that track and never managed to get a single lap in. It's also the most advanced track I've attempted, so yeah I'm kinda nervous about it. Once I get warmed up to the track and get a few laps in I should be cooking along by the end of the day. Yeah, I'm pretty stoked about it. *grins*

Also, found this and gotta say it's pretty damn funny!

Current Mood: bouncy
Sunday, August 15th, 2010
2:09 pm
Back in the boat!
Well I'm back from our little boat trip and driving tour of the coast last week with the mustang club. It was nice to get away for a while and see the coast again. It's not *that* unusual of a trip really with as often as I'm up there at the house, but we did the drive thru tree and the Avenue of the Giants again. I hustled it up to Gold Beach ahead of the club to check out the area up there and a couple of bridges I always wanted to see up close. Anyway I think I'll let the video and pictures speak for themselves.

Still shots behind the cut!Collapse )

Current Mood: busy
Thursday, July 29th, 2010
9:16 pm
OOooooooo Gabriel Iglesias is gonna be at Cache Creek Saturday Oct 30th. Hmmmmm I should go... other people should go too. *nods*

Current Mood: amused
Sunday, July 25th, 2010
11:31 pm
Something new, something old....
I've been playing hockey for a long time now. Tonight was a first. I actually got punched in the face... well he tried anyway. We were playing a team that's loaded with silver players that like running up the score. Well one of them got cute trying to cut past me on the boards and I smashed him into the wall for it. He felt I crosschecked him to the back, which I did not do (I simply smeared him into the wall with my full weight) and he came up and punched me in front of the ref. We wear full face sheilds so the entire incident was pretty stupid, especially with his team up 5-1 and three minutes left. Either way, he got penalized and it felt pretty good since the last time we played those guys they got away with some some serious cheap shots on me. It's a small league. I remember that kinda crap. *nods*

The dude that won the auction for Crackerjack finally got the money together, so he'll ship out tomorrow. As per the usual, when you see him at a con keep in mind it is not me in there and no I did not make it to whatever con. Hell you can even nominate him for the FFFFFFingFer tournament and I wont be there to tell them no to putting him in. Yes I had every option to keep him at this point and not take the money, but this is the decision I've made moving forward.

Work has been busy again, helping other offices with projects since we don't really have anything of our own to work on. The company does want to keep me. I know that much simple because I've got unit managers all over the distract that would love to steal me away to their office apparently.

Going on a little vacation to Oregon in a couple of weeks to ride the jet boats on the Rogue River. Should be fun.

Not much else going on otherwise!

Current Mood: busy
Saturday, July 10th, 2010
11:35 pm
Hey Latin Vixen! I has stickers on my car too! N'yah!
Progress so far! As I'm sure you all know I just can't ever leave the toys alone, so the first wave of deorative modifications to the 09 finally came in and I got them installed over the last couple of weeks. The wheels I wanted didn't actually fit when they came in so I had to settle for a more expensive set. They actually look better on the car than the set I had considered before, so it's not all bad that it cost more. So here we go... you all remember the before...

And heeeere's the after...

More pics you say?!Collapse )

Current Mood: accomplished
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