Year End Celebration!!!

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Year End Celebration!!!

Postby Mel Kuipers » Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:59 am

Maybe folks need a bit of a breather before talking about the end of the year party but I figured I throw this out there and if anyone wants to jump in they can.

Over the past few years we've had our end of the year party and awards in January after the Holidays and while that's nice it seems like it's at a time when energy is low and everyone has just gone through the holidays and had enough with the parties. I'm wondering if it wouldn't be better to have a party soon to keep the good energy we have going into the party and maybe we'll get more folks for it. It feels like if we had the party toward the end of the month or beginning of the next we'd have a better turn out.

I was also thinking about the year end awards. In the past we've given out awards for 'driver of the year', 'most improved', pax, FTD and lest we not forget the 'Golden Porkchop' - and while I think that's really cool I wonder about expanding it a bit and giving out awards for each of the categories we gave out glasses for during the season? I think we could total up a points deal and toss out 2 or 3 events (worst results and/or missed events) and we would have our seasonal winners in each category. I think the club can afford to spend a few buck on the awards or maybe Autoworks would want to sponsor them. What do you think?

Lastly I think it would be really cool if we were to send a thank you card to each of our site owners as a thank you for letting us drive like idiots on their private property. I think we could bring cards to the end of the year party and have everyone sign them and then mail them off. I think it might be a good thing to do and help assure we have use of the places again next year. Thoughts?

Judi and I are going to be down south on an irregular basis, so will not vote, as we may miss whenever it is...my opinion is I like Jan---a fun time in the middle of short days and no racing...but what do you think?
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Re: Year End Celebration!!!

Postby DaveMk1 » Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:29 pm

I couldn't agree more!

I'd like a party sooner rather than later and I'd like awards for all the usual stuff and categories.

What do others think?



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Re: Year End Celebration!!!

Postby mtgeekman » Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:07 am

I also would like a party sooner rather then later.

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Re: Year End Celebration!!!

Postby spazz240sx » Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:54 pm

Im down to party. I like like the idea.

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Re: Year End Celebration!!!

Postby findurpath » Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:17 am

I'm in too. I will be out of commission for the next couple few weeks with only one functioning arm...lol. I am having shoulder surgery this Friday. :?
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Re: Year End Celebration!!!

Postby Mel Kuipers » Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:50 am

James...what shoulder surgury---some of those are a real pain...next time use a jack to raise your car off the ground...
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Re: Year End Celebration!!!

Postby findurpath » Mon Oct 17, 2011 11:58 am

Mel Kuipers wrote:James...what shoulder surgury---some of those are a real pain...next time use a jack to raise your car off the ground...


Yes I know Mel, what was I thinking? I know that's how you Miata guys change your wheels.

I'm one of those double jointed types and have had a lot of wear and tear(literally) on my shoulders. 14 years of competitive swimming finally took it's toll. They would pop out of socket all the time. I had my left one done in February and now my right one this Friday. I remember sharing my PT stories with Judi, lol. Took about 3 months of PT to get back to normal. It's going to be a long winter but it'll be ready for next season :)
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Re: Year End Celebration!!!

Postby rkaiser » Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:41 pm

Good luck with the surgery James. Time to hook up the steering wheel to the PS3 and do some home therapy with Gran Turismo 5 :)
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Re: Year End Celebration!!!

Postby mdlfCRXs » Mon Oct 17, 2011 4:57 pm

What lengths some people will go to improve their run times! Good luck James. We can rebuilt it, we can make it better than it was.
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Re: Year End Celebration!!!

Postby findurpath » Mon Oct 17, 2011 5:30 pm

Thanks Russ. LOL funny you mention. I got the steering wheel all hooked up and been playing on www.iRacing.com. It's an awesome racing simulator with real tracks. Lots of fun wheel to wheel action against other people. : :D
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Re: Year End Celebration!!!

Postby mtgeekman » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:31 am

I may have to give the 2 month free trial a go on that iRacing site. I own GT5 for my PS3, but the load times for getting into a race where so bad I gave up... (I have a first gen 60gb PS3, oldest version there is)

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Re: Year End Celebration!!!

Postby findurpath » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:53 am

mtgeekman wrote:I may have to give the 2 month free trial a go on that iRacing site. I own GT5 for my PS3, but the load times for getting into a race where so bad I gave up... (I have a first gen 60gb PS3, oldest version there is)


That's what I did! It ends up being basically $12 for 3 months. I've been driving the crap out of the MX-5 Roadster :D

I think it's pretty darn realistic and did I say addicting? lol
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Re: Year End Celebration!!!

Postby T WRX » Tue Oct 18, 2011 5:10 pm

I'd be up for some fall festivities. I've got a business trip the first week of November, but otherwise should be around. Winter is okay as well. (It's nice to at least TALK about autocross during the snow season!) Hope to see you all soon!

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Here's a bit of "surgical humor" for you.

Q: What's the difference between a physical therapist and a terrorist?

A: You can negotiate with a terrorist.

(This was told to me by a 70-something year-old after having a knee replacement.)

Good luck with shoulder recovery!
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Re: Year End Celebration!!!

Postby mdlfCRXs » Tue Oct 18, 2011 5:26 pm

Good luck on the repair James. Keep one arm good for drinking (your beverage of choice) at the year-end party.

Regarding PS3/GT5 and iracing, which steering wheel does everyone like? Also, I will have to check out my old laptop PC to see if it is up to the iracing task, or load windows on my Apple (being an Apple snob has its drawback, but still worth it).
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Re: Year End Celebration!!!

Postby findurpath » Tue Oct 18, 2011 7:18 pm

LOL Michael. That's a good one. I'll have to tell that one to my physical therapist! :)

Thanks for the well wishes guys!

James I use a steering that I bought at Wally World. Works for ps3 and PC. It's a Hori brand and is this one: Steering Wheel

Seems to work pretty good but I really have nothing to compare it to. If anyone signs up, let me know! We could even have a Winter league. LOL :)
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Re: Year End Celebration!!!

Postby rkaiser » Tue Oct 18, 2011 7:55 pm

I've only had experience with Logitech brand steering wheels for the PS3. I did bring my PS2 and steering wheel to a Christmas party many moons ago. I think someone else brought theirs so we could do some head/head racing. I haven't tried iRacing yet since I'm a 'ol diehard Mac fan here too
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Re: Year End Celebration!!!

Postby findurpath » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:32 pm

Apparently people are using iRacing on Mac's using Bootcamp. Here's a quick video of one of the practice sessions I was in earlier tonight to give you an idea. I'm in the blue Miata. Seems like even in the virtual world, I can't stay away from the cones. Right at the start of the video, as I'm exiting the pits, I pretty much hit one. :o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeZhE1mIwck
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Re: Year End Celebration!!!

Postby kjohnson » Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:59 am

findurpath wrote:Seems like even in the virtual world, I can't stay away from the cones. Right at the start of the video, as I'm exiting the pits, I pretty much hit one. :o

A season's worth of training is a hard habit to break.

I too want to wish you luck in your surgery. Hopefully next year you come back even faster from your winter sim training and all.
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