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September 25th, 2002

well, the pasta salad seemed to go over pretty well. Everyone wanted some and I didn't have enough for everyone, which surprised me. I went with the balsamic vinegar just to be conservative and safe. I got nervous and forgot to taste it as I was going to make sure it was ok, and so I wasn't even the first person to taste it. This was a little nerve-racking once I remembered I hadn't tasted it, since I've never made pasta salad before. Everyone said it was really good. I think it needed more vinegar, herbs and spices, but the veggies made it not suck. So that's cool, I guess.

I have a doctor's appointment that I need to leave for right now and then a meeting after that. You might get a car of the day before lunch.

Tonight we RIDE!

oh yeah

and much drama in the hood last night. remind me to tell you about it.
geez

Finally I get to spend more than 15 minutes at my desk today.

Today's Focus is ROCKIN

The Ford Focus WRC

WRC stands for World Rally Championship. If you've never looked into rally racing, you really should. NASCAR is boring because the instructions are as follows:

1. Drive fast
2. Turn left
3. Repeat

Rally racing is off-road racing over all different kinds of terrain - gravel, tarmac, snow, you name it. The cars are limited to 300 hp and they race one at a time for the fastest time. This is a kind of racing that's wildly popular in Europe but not so much here, and that's too bad. The technology that goes into these cars and everything surrounding this type of racing is just fascinating. I mean, where else is it legal for the fans to come out onto the track and roll your car back onto its wheels in order that you can go ahead and finish that stage? And where else do you finish the stage after rolling? Good stuff.

Anyway, enough about rallying and on to the car.

As I said, they are limited to 300 hp. The Ford Focus WRC is turbocharged and has a limiter on the intake which keeps it at or below 300 hp. It's got a 2 liter Cosworth tuned Duratec R engine. These engines are very highly modified with turbos, cold air intakes, etc. This car has permanent all wheel drive with all active differentials which can be adjusted on the fly from within the car. It's got a 6-speed manual transmission, but it works like an auto-stick. It's got a paddle near the steering wheel which you can just tap either way to change gears, no clutch needed. It's got fully adjustable suspension and huge brakes which vary in size depending on the surface the car will be running on. The steering is a high ratio system - two full turns lock to lock. It weighs just over 2700 lbs.

One of the coolest things about this car I think is the weight distribution. The front/rear weight distribution is 52%/48%, but (and this is the cool part) at speed, the rear wing causes enough downforce to balance it out at 50/50.

I know, I know... "Shut the hell up and show us the damn car!" (That is, if you give a damn.) Well, I've got pictures for all four of the basic elements.

Earth...


Air...


Water...


And Fire (not the desired outcome)...

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right, drama last night...

thanks everybody for reminding me ;-)

So last night we get home from class and the guy who is newly moved into the other half of the duplex is yelling at his wife, cussing her out in front of his kids making them cry, talking all kinds of shit and just basically being a complete asshole. This fucking idiot even left the windows open and we could hear it all clearly. Asshole. I wanted to slit his throat. We called the cops on him and of course they didn't do shit. I wish I could get a camcorder and bust him being an ass doing something. One thing I'm sure of though - I won't tolerate much more of that at all. It won't take much more of that at all for me to go on a warpath to have them moved out. I won't have that shit close enough that my family is forced to hear it. Fuck that. I'll go psycho on his punk ass. He's just a skinny-ass little bitch-boy anyway who's pissed that he can't just be a man and take care of his family.