Tore Up the Track

Last Tuesday night, I went to Dromo One ( with Steve Quon (Xanga: GR81stud) and Alex Ho (Xanga: Alex115).  We went at a great time because we were the only ones on the track for the 6 PM race and hot laps!  It was so nice having the track to ourselves!  By the end of my track time, I was within half a second of the best lap set that day by someone I imagine was a “regular” at the track.  I also don’t think my kart was that great in that it seemed too darty when reacting to light steering inputs (I got used to it) and the seat was in a fixed position for a shorter driver.  I then went to Molcasalsa in La Habra for the first time with Hanley (Xanga: randomranting) and Jon (Xanga: jonathankng).  Mexican food > Asian food!!!

Here’s a video of the 2007 Formula SAE West competition I volunteered at last month:

Still not firing on all cylinders

My left groin is still sore from pulling or straining it four or five weeks ago.  I’d say I’m about 60-75% right now.  Your prayers would be appreciated!

Robots in disguise

I saw Transformers on Wednesday night.  I won’t spoil any of it for those of you who haven’t seen it yet.

Here’s a pretty cool Transformer that wasn’t in the movie.

Racking up the miles

I passed the 71,000-mile mark on “Devoted Dan” (my car) on June 24th.  For those who don’t remember, I hit 60,000 miles on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2006.  Those 11,000 miles in six months puts me on pace to hit 82,000 miles around Christmas-time.  I actually was at 72,000 miles when I parked the car at church this morning.  The next goodies I plan on giving him are Koni Sport strut inserts and JDM STI pink springs.  I’ll let you all know when those go on and my driving impressions after the suspension upgrade.

Why I LOVE my job

I found out a little more information about the Vehicle Testing Assistant position I didn’t get.  Our Editorial department hired someone who previously worked at Motor Trend.  That being said, I am totally cool/okay with that.  If I had to make the decision, I honestly would have hired him over me even though I was an internal applicant because of his work experience.  I’m sure I’ll meet him eventually and find out he’s a cool guy because I definitely can say the same about the person who used to be in that role who was promoted to the Manager of Vehicle Testing and our News Editor who used to be the Manager of Vehicle Testing.

Here are some reasons why I love my job:

  1. Our web sites (, (for the cool stuff – think Car and Driver, Road & Track, Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine),, and are devoted to automotive consumers and enthusiasts – I would say they are the best out there (at least the main Edmunds and Inside Line sites…the other two need work)!
  2. I get to see cool/new automobiles in the parking garage on a regular basis (As far as I know, the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX will be coming in this week.  I’m going to keep my camera in the car so I can take some photos of it as soon as I see it)
  3. I’ve met a lot of wonderful people at work
  4. I can wear a polo shirt, jeans, tennis shoes, and a baseball cap to work (T-shirt and jeans would be even better – I’ve seen people in other departments wear those, but I don’t think they’re allowed in my department…I guess that’s too casual)
  5. What I currently do allows me to learn more about how our web site works and visitor behavior
  6. We can surf the Web and use AIM as long as we get our work done (although sometimes I feel I’m not as productive as I should be)
  7. I love the way I’ve “decorated” my “cubicle”
  8. We have a game room
  9. We have a softball team (actually two – the Monday night co-ed team I’m on and a Thursday night men’s team)

Here are some things I don’t like about my job:

  1. Fighting traffic to work and back can be a bear (but hasn’t been as bad as I originally thought it would be on a daily basis…plus it gives me a great opportunity to listen to Truth For Life ( every weekday from 8 to 8:30 AM on KKLA 99.5 FM – latest nugget of truth from God’s Word: genuine faith is visible, audible, and credible )
  2. Not everyone wants to be your friend
  3. Sometimes my group/department feels understaffed (My manager told me another Associate Business Analyst (what I currently am) is on the way)

I feel like I’m forgetting some things above.  I’ll edit this entry if more come to mind.

I thank and praise God for the job He’s given me!  All glory, honor, and praise to Him!

Oh yeah!  Who wants to go to Fishfest 2007 on Saturday, July 28, 2007?  Please let me know.

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About USCTrojan4JC

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

3 responses to “Tore Up the Track”

  1. Anonymous says :

    My response to your blog:1) Stop playing with your groin, thus you will not injure it.2) The Transformer is cool, aside from it being a Subaru.3) Why did you send the new vehicle testing guy hate mail? That’s not nice of you!4) You should stop going to the game room, b/c your foosball skills stink.5) “2. Not everyone wants to be your friend.” I don’t like you. Leave me alone! LOL j/k.

  2. Alex115 says :

    RYC: Thanks, I had dinner in Arcadia with Grace, and we weren’t sure what to do other than go to walmart… so Since Sierra Honda is right next to Walmart in Duarte/Monrovia, I stopped in How much is Fish Fest?

  3. rice4krxst says :

    haha, wished i could have went to Dromo One with you all! Not Molcasalsa, though. haha. That’s awesome Devoted Dan has hit 71,000 mile milestone. I’m only at 41,000 or so after about 4 years!I have a church plant picnic that morning of fishfest, but i’m definitely interested! who’s playing?

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