I just watched my Spaceballs DVD again tonight.  It’s such a funny movie (rated PG – language)!  Michael Winslow, the sound effects guy in the Police Academy movies and Spaceballs, is very entertaining.  It’d be nice if he would’ve made it “big”.  On a similar note, I think Wayne Brady needs a big break.  To see a little of Michael Winslow in action, check out this little game here: http://www.ugo.com/channels/dvd/features/michaelwinslow/

Neat commercial for the new Volkswagen Golf GTI (United Kingdom commercial) of “Gene Kelly” dancing (well) in the rain: http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-video/Media/video/2005/01/27/golfgti.mov

Now I will try to re-create what I wrote in the wee hours of this morning before Micro$oft Internet Explorer dropped off the kids at the pool on me.

[RANT]What’s up with all these commercials for drugs on television?  They should be taken off the air.  I think they’re aired not so much for the sake of improving the quality of life of the drugs’ target audience, but to market the drugs for these pharmeceutical companies.  The ones I can’t stand the most are the Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, and Enzyte commercials.  I’m not looking forward to the day when I’ll be watching the television (or whatever will replace the idiot box/boob tube in the future) and my son or daughter asks, “Daddy, what’s ______(insert drug here)?”  What am I supposed to say?  _____ helps daddies love mommies more?  What eats me up the most is that these commercials portray life with the drug as “sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows” (old song I don’t know but heard part of on The Simpsons when Homer and Chief Wiggum were in a police car chasing Marge and her girlfriend in a convertible in a parody of Thelma & Louise).  The visual message appears to be a nice one.  That is until the aureal message chimes in saying all the possible side effects.  With the side effects mentioned, I (and hopefully most sane people) wouldn’t touch the advertised drug with a ten-foot pole/big stick!  So to you, Smilin’ Bob, you can take a long walk off a short pier.  Smilin’ Bob, you ain’t welcome here! [/RANT]

I left for work Friday morning a little late.  I usually try to leave before 7:55 AM to get to work in Glendale by 8:30 AM.  I left around 7:57-7:58 AM and tried to “make good time” here and there…more here than there.  Well, with it being wet and all, stupid me decided that it would be neat (i.e., stupid – hindsight is 20/20, folks) to see how much grip I really have in the wet when taking one particular turn.

I was going NW on Garvey where it bends to the left to go parallel to the 10 freeway.  In the dry, I usually can take this bend around 50-55 mph with no problem.  It is banked slightly I should also add.  The banking increases the centrifugal force going through the turn to increase available grip and cornering speed (in theory).  I figured that entering this turn around 50 mph in the wet would be safe enough yet a little on the edge of the performance envelope.  Initial turn-in and the early part of the turn went according to “plan”.  The turn is also a decreasing radius turn (it gets sharper) as the apex approaches and is passed.  As I got to the apex, I either hit standing water or something I can’t explain happened and the front of the car washed out and began to understeer like a dump truck.  In other words, the car went from turning normally to suddenly wanting to go in a straight line for the most part.  Being familiar with car control characteristics (keep in mind I’m driving a full-time all-wheel drive vehicle as well) for the most part, I increased steering input/lock by turning to the left more and partial lifted off the throttle but not entirely.  On a side note, this is why you drivers out there should hold your steering wheel at the 9 and 3 o’clock positions on the steering wheel so you get more “coverage”, despite the fact that the California DMV handbook says to hold the wheel at the 10 and 2 o’clock positions.  Some of you may be thinking, “Why didn’t I apply the brakes?”  In this situation, applying the brakes would’ve shifted more of the vehicle’s weight forward.  When the weight gets shifted forward, the rear of the vehicle is in effect made lighter and a good amount of grip is lost at the rear.  Braking could’ve possibly sent me into an early spin.  Well, after making these adjustments, the car turned again…just a little too much!  I believe the front tires regaining their grip so suddenly still was enough to upset the rear end and break it loose.  Thus, I entered the spin cycle at this point. 

(I actually spun out once before driving West on the 60 freeway between the Crossroads Parkway exit and the 605 interchange dodging tire tread debris driving home from small group after 11 PM back in May if I remember correctly.  In that first spin, I was in cruise control at about 70 mph (I think that’s a safe cruising speed with light to minimal traffic at night).  That spin happened after I applied the brakes dodging the second piece of tire debris.  I didn’t make any contact with anything in that 720 deg. or 900 deg. spin.  I came to a stop on the right shoulder pointed in the right direction and just went on my way back home.  I saw the pickup truck that lost its tire with its blinkers on about 3/8 to 1/2 mile further up the road after I resumed my trip home.  Needless to say, I learned the hard way that instance that applying my brakes was the wrong thing to do in that situation.)

Returning to the moment of yesterday’s spin, I instinctively put the transmission in neutral and thought “Primary objective: Do not hit anything”.  Thanks to God that there was absolutely no traffic coming in the opposite direction otherwise I would’ve gotten “0wn3d/Pwn3d” as some of our kids like to say.  The cars travelling the same direction I was were about 8 to 10 seconds in arrears.  So I had plenty of room to do my impromptu donuts.  When Devoted Dan (my car’s name) and I are spinning, there’s no time to think or panic.  I just tried my best to direct the spin so that I wouldn’t hit anything and scrub my speed all off by applying the brakes (now that I was in the act of spinning, it is a good thing to apply the brakes…I personally don’t have enough experience/practice to put it back into a proper gear and giving it some gas to resume normal travel without bringing the car to a dead stop.  Thank God that I didn’t even come remotely close to hitting anything!  I ended up doing about a 540 and was facing in the wrong direction when I came to a stop.  I had to do a three-point turn to get back going in the right direction since the road wasn’t wide enough for me to do a conventional U-ie to get oriented back in the right direction.  Other than being (slightly/greatly) embarassed, I was able to continue along on my commute to work.  Below is my “druw-ring” on a piece of scratch paper of the whole incident.

Fast forward to last (Friday) night – Best friends, God’s love, and great times!   The high schoolers had a Q&A time with Dr. Bill and his wife, Doris, Tim Tang and his wife, Eleanor, and Ted Low and his wife, Nora.  It affected me personally in that it was a good reminder to me to focus on having God work in me and prepare me to be the best husband I can be to whomever it is He should choose to provide me with in this journey called life.  It also reminded me that I should be desiring a woman who is godly and is so in love with our God that she would naturally make a fine wife.  I also find myself reminding myselft that I’m still very young and have a lot to learn, especially since I’ve never had a significant relationship with a girl ever. At the same time, the age of 25 is less than a year and a half away and I’d love it if God could start putting some of the pieces of this puzzle together for me regarding this area of the life He’s given me.  Dinner at In-N-Out afterward was great.  I love being around Steve and Hanley!  Maybe I’m the missing third musketeer of what could be our church’s future leadership?  I wouldn’t dare to say or think that in an earnest manner yet.  Thanks to God that going out for dinner after church is done is actually one of the things I look forward to the most every week!  Being the introvert that I believe I am, that wasn’t always the case.  The people who were there last night included: Steve, Hanley, Adam, Edward Too, Michelle Yuen, Karen, Dann Chen, Jason Lee, Chris Ko, Erwin, and myself (I’m sorry if I forgot anyone…I tried to run through a visual of the seating arrangement in my photographic memory to generate that list).

I’m glad I went to this (Saturday) morning’s semi-annual Sunday School meeting at church after I had initially planned on skipping it to take Dan in for his 22,500 mile service at Irvine Subaru that I had scheduled three weeks ago before I knew about the Sunday School meeting.  I had the service appointment postponed to 11:30 AM next Saturday.  It was definitely a great blessing attending that meeting and praying with my fellow youth workers (mainly Hanley).  I went rock climbing afterward with a few people in Huntington Beach after that.  Most of the people that were there were from church.  The picture below is from Tiff Ng’s camera.

Thanks to God also for:
Shoe Goo – http://www.holabirdsports.com/cgi-bin/product?product=060951&group=4&selection=null&id=null&manufact=null&type=53

Shoe Goo has helped inject new life into my 6-1/2 year-old worn and tattered Nike Cross Trainers.  It’s great stuff!  I use Shoe Goo to re-seal the parts of the sole that are coming apart from the each of the shoes.  My shoes even held up to a few of the rigors naturally presented when one goes rock climbing!  If only there was a way to restore traction to old shoes.  Invention idea!  Anyone want to help me make it happen?

Mountain Dew

Mountain Dew (more like its caffeine) helped me on my drive to small group on Thursday night and to church on Friday night!  With that said, the Pepsi-Cola corporation can send me some Mountain Dew to me and my friends at church at 1555 Fairway Drive, Walnut, California, 91789 for the shameless plug.  For those of you (still) reading my entry, please verify for me that Yellow No. 5 being bad for a person is just a myth…right?

Prayer meeting is this Wednesday night at church, February 16, 2005 @ 7:30 PM in Room 214.  Please don’t give me your excuses.  Tell them to God.  If you honestly don’t have anything better to do (family time…time spent with unbelieving friends just trying to be a the only Jesus they see), it would be AWESOME if you joined your fellow brothers and sisters in intercessory prayer and made your requests known to our great God!

Closing thoughts:
Psalm 115:1 (NASB) – “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to Your name give glory because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.

All glory and honor and praise
All glory and honor and praise
All glory and honor and praise
All glory and honor and praise

Not to us, but to Your name be the glory
Not to us, but to Your name be the glory

About USCTrojan4JC

God Follower, husband, father, USC Trojan alumnus, Mazda employee

5 responses to “”

  1. Alex115 says :

    Oh my… I’m glad you and Dan are safe. Remember, you drive a Subaru… not a GT class sports car w/ Full Racing Slicks… and its the rain! Hahaha… That picture, don’t forget I was running in from your left hand side to jump into that picture…. but I was several steps too late…

  2. sup_cuz says :

    glad to hear you are ok, my first spin…i understeered into the curb : [

  3. TenThousandPoetWarriors says :

    glad to know you are safe.i dig the diagram!

  4. Anonymous says :

    hello friend of cousin… i see you have subscribed to my xanga… you have a stupid song playing on your xanga… you have also written the LONGEST xanga EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! glad my cousin has friends… tell my cousin i said hi.

  5. Anonymous says :

    nice 540 spin out! man, i’m glad your’re ok and that “Devoted Dan” is Ok too. i guess this gives you a reason to get wider tires. and yes, yellow no. 5 is ok to drink without any loss of anatomy.

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