Archive for the ‘Memory of the day’ Category

Realizing why driving race cars is so effing awesome!

March 5, 2008

So driving this morning, I finally realized why I LOVE driving race cars so much. It’s the challenge and exhilaration of being on the edge but not over it. When I was a kid, I was the little turn who would poke someone just 1 time less than what it’d take to completely send them over the edge and, all the while, keeping me (somewhat) endearing. Yesterday, on the way home, I got my little car to solidly rotate into a turn (whoops happened to be on a public street) and it kinda just hit me. I had a smaller revelation the first time I got a racing car to rotate at Mid-Ohio, but this time it was different. The time it happened at Mid-O (and every time after), came from a tense ‘oh shit please keep me hooked up so I don’t die’ approach to a corner. This time, it was much more under control…and surprisingly…much smoother and quicker feeling. Guess it’s a tactile thing.

As I’ve read books like the Speed Secrets series and Skip Barber’s Going Faster, instructors and coaches always talk about being on the edge. But it wasn’t until this morning’s childhood regression that I finally connected the dots.

As we all (racing drivers that is) are trying to find ‘that thing’ that makes us faster. This is one barrier, I’m REALLY excited to have identified and broken through the was it feels like it should be.

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Recollection of the day…Keanu in Point Break (Marquette 1992)

September 2, 2007

So being at the beach in Santa Cruz today got me reminiscing. So I thin, on an on-going basis, I’m gonna start posting cool shit that’s happened to me along the way and y’all (yes I just wrote y’all) might dig it, might not. But I care not. After all this is my scratching post, not yours.

Here’s the first recollection…

When my buddy from high school Pete and I teamed up to dorm together sophomore year, I think we watched Point Break maybe 50-100 times. Best line EVER…. (as said by Keanu Reeves) ‘Bodi, this your wake up call…I…am an F…B…I..agent!’ Now the one thing I’ve always had a problem with is getting Keanu’s association with Bill & Ted’s outta my head. Him as an F.B.I. guy won’t fly…and him as the savior of humanity took a good bit of ‘suspension of disbelief.’ However, with the Matrix the leap was larger and, because so, apparently easier.

BTW…did anyone know that James Cameron (ala Terminator, The Abyss, Titanic) produced this movie?!?!?!?