Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pushing Limits

So last night, James and I hit up Turnbull again.  That was pretty fun.

9:45PM - I leave the house to meet up with James at his spa.

10:00PM - I arrive at the spa and immediately take a numero dos in the mens bathroom.

*aside - If anyone reading this is into having a nice spa experience without the hiked up prices, check out MSJ and www.myspajourneys.com.  Their bathroom alone sold me, and I take my wife there whenever I can to help her relax a bit sometimes.

10:15PM - We leave the spa, and I make a left turn at the "Right Turn Only" plaza exit.  I was thinking James would do the same thing, but he didn't, he decided to follow the rules.  Then he calls me up:

James - Ay foo, you know that was a right turn only right?
Me - Yeah
James - Damn you're crazy man
Me - Yeah I know, how come you didn't make a left?
James - 'Cause man, I don't wanna risk it

Me - Yeah, but it was clear
James - I know, but you're still crazy foo
Me - pussy
James - what?
Me - nothing...

10:20PM - We're in the middle of the freeway on the phone with our headsets (honestly, do you really think we're THAT retarded to drive while on the phone without a headset?), I entered the freeway before him...WAY before him:

James - Damn foo, where you at?
Me - I'm just about to pass the 91 and I'm traveling 65mph in the slow lane, hurry up
James - Alright, I'll catch up

This dialogue repeats with some changes in location marks, but eventually he catches up to me.  He catches up to me at around the Telegraph Rd. exit, but when he does, he also passes me:

James - So where you at now?
Me - I'm in the middle lane traveling 65mph and about to pass Telegraph
James - Oh ****!  I'm gonna race this Prelude right here...
Me - Right where?!
James - I see you, he's coming up on your right side and I'm on your left
Me - Oh okay...

2 seconds pass

Me - Oh hey, I see you!  And I see the Prelude
James - Yeah, don't move, and shut up for a second
Me - Oh...there goes the Prelude, and there goes James, and here I go following...

So James ends up racing the Prelude and beats him.  I layed off a bit because I started getting scared for cops.  Afterall, we were well over 100mph by the time the race ended.  I even thought a cop was trying to catch up to us because I saw headlights that I thought resembled a police cruiser (it ended up being a Scion XB).

10:30PM - We reach the base of the canyon and don't waste any time lolly gagging before the run.  James leads both up and downhill for the first session.  The hill climb was fun and exhilerating, but on the downhill, I took a turn faster than I should've and ended up understeering more than I wanted.

10:45PM - I lead the up and downhill this time.  This run, I decide to push my limits.  There were a couple of oncoming traffic instances, so I had to slow down dramatically like twice, but I can say that I pushed my limits on the up hill pretty good.  I didn't push my limits all the way through, but for the majority of the hill climb, I did.  The downhill was a completely different story.   I pushed as hard as I can and sort of left James pretty far back.  My tires were screeching all over the place.  Every turn I heard my tires scream.  That was probably my favorite session at Turnbull.  Needless to say that I really want stickier tires now.

10:55PM - This ends up being our last run.  The hill climb, James pushes it pretty hard, despite that he can't see.  I of course follow suit, but I lay off so as to not pressure him.  The downhill is different though.  I decide to take it easy, REAL easy.  I follow his lights for a good distance, but he basically leaves me and I'm kind of by myself at the middle of the mountain.  I begin to push the car a little hard, so I'm not too far, and I end up catching him at the base.

11:15PM - We're already headed home and we're on the phone again:

Me - Ay, that was fun, yeah?
James - Yeah, that WAS fun
Me - Hey!  Lets "go" off of third again!
James - Alright, lets do it
Me - Can you do the 3 horn thing?
James - yeyeyeh, we'll do it right here, ready?
Me - what?
James - 1...
Me - oh...Oh ****
James - 2....3...

I hit third, he hits third, I walk him...then I shift to fourth and I'm gone...

James - DAAMMNN FOO...you're fast!  
Me - Haha..I guess...
James - *something something* on third (I couldn't understand him, he talks so fast he mumbles sometimes)
Me - Yeah, huh, what?

After this, he takes another call (probably April), and an RSX pulls up fast.  I already know what's going in Jame's head, so I pull up behind James after he levels with the RSX.  The RSX is ends up being a "no go", so I pull up beside James again.  He initiates the 3 horn start, and I blast off again, but this time, I decided to hit redline before I shift.  When I did, it felt so fast, that 2 seconds after I hit 4th gear, I let of the gas a little and shift to 5th.  James calls again and says "You're ****'s fast man".

11:25PM - I get home.  It was a good night indeed.

As for today, while writing this post.  I've come to realize that I will not be getting another tune any time soon.  I'm rather VERY comfortable with my car and how it's currently performing on the streets and in the canyons.  I'm not used to the power that I'm wielding, so there's no need for me to get my tune now, let alone an e-tune.  I've decided that I'll just gather parts and hold off on installing them until I feel I'm ready for more power.

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