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Once, just once... I'd like it to be my own fault for failing the 60's Mini or Fulvia dailies.

Always fucked over by the notes. :(
I just can't concentrate on the sounds coming out of Horseys without the smooth voluptuous candy like tones that @KickUp gently caresses my ear-holes with. You'd think I'd prefer a woman whispering in my ear, but I just can't seem to focus on her voice as much. Damn you Paul! Why you gotta be so smooth!?
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Did the weekly H2 RWD last night, and I must say that the Fiat 131 felt reeeeal nice. And I just bought it so didn't even bother setting it up. Was shying away from the class after I felt the mk2 being a bit off, but the Fiat just made me fall in love with D4 all over again.
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Did the weekly H2 RWD last night, and I must say that the Fiat 131 felt reeeeal nice. And I just bought it so didn't even bother setting it up. Was shying away from the class after I felt the mk2 being a bit off, but the Fiat just made me fall in love with D4 all over again.
I did the weekly in the Escort a few days ago, but recently tried the 131 (for an Owner's Daily I think?) and yeah, it feels reeeallly nice to drive. Seems stable at high speed, and feels really good sliding it around corners, very controllable.
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So in other news I got my upstream o2 sensor replaced and needed to put about 100 miles on it before I could take it through emissions.
So, with nowhere better to go I decided to go up my local mountain, took a 5 mile hike by accident that I really didn't want to do, had some overpriced ice cream, and FINALLY got the picture of the bear fistings signs that are strewn around there.

... I forgot to rotate it...

... Too lazy to fix it....
All in all, the day was pretty nice until I went back into town. Buckle up if you want because it's going into rant town. On the way down I came across a Focus ST and we started "racing" down the mountain around 60mph. That was the fun part, when we we got to the base he shouted "Nice drive" and gave me a thumbs up. I'm honestly a tad disappointed because he should've absolutely smoked me, but maybe we were both just having fun.

Anyways we turned onto the road to go home, only to find that it was apparently closed for some reason (Also important to note that it was now raining) but no one bothered to actually close the road, so they just let traffic pile up and not go anywhere. A few lucky people with the clearance just hopped the curb as the police eventually let us turn around after about 10-15 minutes. Not kidding.

So, now I'm going the wrong direction and I have to make a series of rights to make an effective U-turn, but the right turn lane was backed up for realistically about a quarter mile. I wish I was exaggerating. The ST managed to squeak in front of a large slow truck, I took a left and made a U-turn to go straight though. Eventually through more slow traffic I end up at a street that'll take me home, except the big busy intersection was for some reason turned into a 12 lane 4 way stop no one knew how to use. That took about 15 minutes to pass. Then EVERY SINGLE SECTION for 5 miles had a fallen tree. Peoples reaction to this of course was not "Oh, there's a tree in the road lets A. Merge or B. Slow down until I can merge" it was instead "Holy shit! There's a tree I somehow didn't see so let's slam on the brakes!" I almost rear ended two different people as my wheels locked up. Guess I don't have ABS after all?

There was also one guy that flipped me off because he tried to turn into me going straight. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The remaining time was just spent trawling through traffic to the stupidly designed freeway that was gridlocked as usual. There is no good way to cross the freeway without it turning into a colossal clusterfuck. Regardless of what you're actually trying to do, the way it's designed is just too stupid to work.
Thankfully I didn't even touch the freeway instead opting for the parallel frontage which also got crowded as people got frustrated at the freeway and turned off. Bonus shitty design, inevitably the frontage/freeway off ramp gets backed up, so people coming off the freeway can't get to the lane they need to be in, and it's almost always a mad dash otherwise because there's not enough space to try to merge across 2-3 lanes.

All in all, it took me almost an hour to go about 15 miles. I'm also SUPER happy that our shop is so close and on this side of the freeway so I don't have to deal with all that.
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JZStudios said:
So in other news I got my upstream o2 sensor replaced and needed to put about 100 miles on it before I could take it through emissions.
So, with nowhere better to go I decided to go up my local mountain, took a 5 mile hike by accident that I really didn't want to do, had some overpriced ice cream, and FINALLY got the picture of the bear fistings signs that are strewn around there.

... I forgot to rotate it...

... Too lazy to fix it....
All in all, the day was pretty nice until I went back into town. Buckle up if you want because it's going into rant town. On the way down I came across a Focus ST and we started "racing" down the mountain around 60mph. That was the fun part, when we we got to the base he shouted "Nice drive" and gave me a thumbs up. I'm honestly a tad disappointed because he should've absolutely smoked me, but maybe we were both just having fun.

Anyways we turned onto the road to go home, only to find that it was apparently closed for some reason (Also important to note that it was now raining) but no one bothered to actually close the road, so they just let traffic pile up and not go anywhere. A few lucky people with the clearance just hopped the curb as the police eventually let us turn around after about 10-15 minutes. Not kidding.

So, now I'm going the wrong direction and I have to make a series of rights to make an effective U-turn, but the right turn lane was backed up for realistically about a quarter mile. I wish I was exaggerating. The ST managed to squeak in front of a large slow truck, I took a left and made a U-turn to go straight though. Eventually through more slow traffic I end up at a street that'll take me home, except the big busy intersection was for some reason turned into a 12 lane 4 way stop no one knew how to use. That took about 15 minutes to pass. Then EVERY SINGLE SECTION for 5 miles had a fallen tree. Peoples reaction to this of course was not "Oh, there's a tree in the road lets A. Merge or B. Slow down until I can merge" it was instead "Holy ****! There's a tree I somehow didn't see so let's slam on the brakes!" I almost rear ended two different people as my wheels locked up. Guess I don't have ABS after all?

There was also one guy that flipped me off because he tried to turn into me going straight. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The remaining time was just spent trawling through traffic to the stupidly designed freeway that was gridlocked as usual. There is no good way to cross the freeway without it turning into a colossal clusterfuck. Regardless of what you're actually trying to do, the way it's designed is just too stupid to work.
Thankfully I didn't even touch the freeway instead opting for the parallel frontage which also got crowded as people got frustrated at the freeway and turned off. Bonus shitty design, inevitably the frontage/freeway off ramp gets backed up, so people coming off the freeway can't get to the lane they need to be in, and it's almost always a mad dash otherwise because there's not enough space to try to merge across 2-3 lanes.

All in all, it took me almost an hour to go about 15 miles. I'm also SUPER happy that our shop is so close and on this side of the freeway so I don't have to deal with all that.
So is this usual traffic in your area?  If not then you would have fun living on the east coast where much of the area was planned around wagons and horse paths then later turned into highways.  Pittsburgh seems to be notorious for this, but there are many places that roads where added that never made any sense for traffic patterns and intersections.  One place I pass quite often is a major highway exit ramp, at the end of a short (1000ft) ramp they put a stop light, you can imagine what happens on the 3 lane highway it comes off of.  
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JZStudios said:
So in other news I got my upstream o2 sensor replaced and needed to put about 100 miles on it before I could take it through emissions.
So, with nowhere better to go I decided to go up my local mountain, took a 5 mile hike by accident that I really didn't want to do, had some overpriced ice cream, and FINALLY got the picture of the bear fistings signs that are strewn around there.

... I forgot to rotate it...

... Too lazy to fix it....
All in all, the day was pretty nice until I went back into town. Buckle up if you want because it's going into rant town. On the way down I came across a Focus ST and we started "racing" down the mountain around 60mph. That was the fun part, when we we got to the base he shouted "Nice drive" and gave me a thumbs up. I'm honestly a tad disappointed because he should've absolutely smoked me, but maybe we were both just having fun.

Anyways we turned onto the road to go home, only to find that it was apparently closed for some reason (Also important to note that it was now raining) but no one bothered to actually close the road, so they just let traffic pile up and not go anywhere. A few lucky people with the clearance just hopped the curb as the police eventually let us turn around after about 10-15 minutes. Not kidding.

So, now I'm going the wrong direction and I have to make a series of rights to make an effective U-turn, but the right turn lane was backed up for realistically about a quarter mile. I wish I was exaggerating. The ST managed to squeak in front of a large slow truck, I took a left and made a U-turn to go straight though. Eventually through more slow traffic I end up at a street that'll take me home, except the big busy intersection was for some reason turned into a 12 lane 4 way stop no one knew how to use. That took about 15 minutes to pass. Then EVERY SINGLE SECTION for 5 miles had a fallen tree. Peoples reaction to this of course was not "Oh, there's a tree in the road lets A. Merge or B. Slow down until I can merge" it was instead "Holy ****! There's a tree I somehow didn't see so let's slam on the brakes!" I almost rear ended two different people as my wheels locked up. Guess I don't have ABS after all?

There was also one guy that flipped me off because he tried to turn into me going straight. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The remaining time was just spent trawling through traffic to the stupidly designed freeway that was gridlocked as usual. There is no good way to cross the freeway without it turning into a colossal clusterfuck. Regardless of what you're actually trying to do, the way it's designed is just too stupid to work.
Thankfully I didn't even touch the freeway instead opting for the parallel frontage which also got crowded as people got frustrated at the freeway and turned off. Bonus shitty design, inevitably the frontage/freeway off ramp gets backed up, so people coming off the freeway can't get to the lane they need to be in, and it's almost always a mad dash otherwise because there's not enough space to try to merge across 2-3 lanes.

All in all, it took me almost an hour to go about 15 miles. I'm also SUPER happy that our shop is so close and on this side of the freeway so I don't have to deal with all that.
So is this usual traffic in your area?  If not then you would have fun living on the east coast where much of the area was planned around wagons and horse paths then later turned into highways.  Pittsburgh seems to be notorious for this, but there are many places that roads where added that never made any sense for traffic patterns and intersections.  One place I pass quite often is a major highway exit ramp, at the end of a short (1000ft) ramp they put a stop light, you can imagine what happens on the 3 lane highway it comes off of.  
That's all that Tucson is with the off ramps. Tucson is fairly new and as such is pretty grid based, but the lights are designed to be inefficient, there is no fast way across town, and the big busy streets that should be widened people vote against because it would destroy the shitty empty lots all along the route. Somehow Tucson manages to have a very large proportion of... how do I say this... lower class Mexicans that actually fight to keep the city looking as shitty as possible to remind them of "home." So the traffic is normal.
I will say, sometimes I got off work late and there was little to no traffic and I'd get home about 30 minutes faster. I swear to god the lights in Tucson are designed for you to hit every single red light along any given road, unless it's late at night.

There's also a lot of political reasons as to why Tucson is significantly worse compared to every surrounding city. Without going to into it, northwest turns into Marana, where they have unreasonably strict rules for businesses such as "Keep the store front clean, i.e. no faded/peeling paint, if you have a neon sign all the letters must be in working order etc..." They also don't like homeless people begging on the corners or taking up residence in the parks.
Call me an ass, but seeing a "homeless" person on every street corner with a bottle of Jack and a cardboard sign I don't find particularly attractive. There's also a few parks that have been overrun by homeless people and no one goes there.

And then there's the actual shitty road works that take years to start and even longer to finish. There's currently an extremely used off ramp that leads to a Costco that's closed for... literally no reason. It's been closed for months, and they haven't done an ounce of work on it. The fun thing is, we have a couple of bridges over washes for the flash floods, and on one side can be Tucson, and the other Marana or Oro valley, and it's like you're suddenly in Oz. The roads aren't shit, traffic is usually lighter, places are clean...
If you've got nothing better to do, I'd highly recommend doing a google street view of pretty much anywhere in Tucson. There's also a nifty "timeline" feature so you can actually see the process of deterioration.
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Operator1 said:
Why do people let their dogs hump them like that? I don't get it. My friends female German Shepard would hump the hell out of his pregnant wife every time she came home. Him as well.
Incidentally, this dog loved me but I never gave in to her, and she gave me zero humps. And he claims I can't train dogs. She also shoves her face directly in whatever plate of food they're eating.

In other "happy" news, our twenty something year old AC finally broke, which is nice. And we're also in a ridiculous heat wave which is nicer. It's usually about 70(21) degrees, but instead its around 95(35). So luckily we had a small window unit in the garage we put in the kitchen window, so now the kitchen is a nice ~70ish degrees as the rest of the house varies from 80-95.
Woot.
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The series took quite the fall from grace this year. It makes me sad too, checking in every day and seeing nothing new and very little community enthusiasm. I don't think we're going to see the major physics overhaul that we want. Ah, well. I'll never forget the awesome ride that Dirt Rally gave us, that's for sure.

What other games have you guys been playing lately? I've fallen in love with Resident Evil 7 myself.
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I played a little Dirt 4 when it first came out, and then put it aside... because I was slowly building a better gaming PC and wanted to play it at 60 fps. At the beginning of this month I finally got the last piece of the puzzle, a 1060, and now I've been playing a lot of Dirt 4 lately.

So I'll be the lone voice of enthusiasm. :) I've got my PC set up in the den with my TMX and 5.1 speakers, and I'm absolutely loving it. I've spent most of my time with the R2 and R4 cars, but I found a setup guide to tame the braking oversteer on the Group A cars (a little rear toe-in), and now the Integrale and Evo VI are a blast.

I look forward to whatever the November (or whenever) update brings, especially clubs, but I at least am really enjoying the game right now.


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Ive been playing dirt 4 a lot lately on my g920 on X1. I do really like ot, but the slow rx ai and rwd handling annoy me.

also been playing lots of rocket league which I got into recently and cities skylines as a good relaxing game. Looking forward to next year for wreckfest, red dead 2 and far cry 5 though!
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BadD0g said:
The series took quite the fall from grace this year. It makes me sad too, checking in every day and seeing nothing new and very little community enthusiasm. I don't think we're going to see the major physics overhaul that we want. Ah, well. I'll never forget the awesome ride that Dirt Rally gave us, that's for sure.

What other games have you guys been playing lately? I've fallen in love with Resident Evil 7 myself.
Well I bought a Rift and have found that racing games make me nauseous, which is really odd since I don't get sea sick even in heavy swells, or on planes doing loops (yes I did this!).  So I have been playing a lot of flight sims, which I can barrel roll all day long and do not get me sick.  DCS World, il2, and waiting for the X Plane VR update, I never thought I would be looking forward to a civilian flight sim, but VR is just incredible experience.   I need to figure out the car situation since that is a real let down, but everything else, I almost can't play if its not VR, its really an awesome experience.
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BadD0g said:
The series took quite the fall from grace this year. It makes me sad too, checking in every day and seeing nothing new and very little community enthusiasm. I don't think we're going to see the major physics overhaul that we want. Ah, well. I'll never forget the awesome ride that Dirt Rally gave us, that's for sure.

What other games have you guys been playing lately? I've fallen in love with Resident Evil 7 myself.
Well I bought a Rift and have found that racing games make me nauseous, which is really odd since I don't get sea sick even in heavy swells, or on planes doing loops (yes I did this!).  So I have been playing a lot of flight sims, which I can barrel roll all day long and do not get me sick.  DCS World, il2, and waiting for the X Plane VR update, I never thought I would be looking forward to a civilian flight sim, but VR is just incredible experience.   I need to figure out the car situation since that is a real let down, but everything else, I almost can't play if its not VR, its really an awesome experience.
Ha, that's interesting, I would probably puke my guts out doing a barrel roll in VR since I do get a little seasick, even on calm waters.
I've never been a flight simmer in the past, but I tried the demo of X Plane 11 recently and I like it a lot more than I thought I would. It's very nice looking, one of the things that always bugged me about flight sims in the past was that they never really looked all that great - kind of petty I suppose, but for someone who's not already into flight to begin with I need some extra flashyness to be won over. To me, sightseeing is the main draw of a flight sim.
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I played a little Dirt 4 when it first came out, and then put it aside... because I was slowly building a better gaming PC and wanted to play it at 60 fps. At the beginning of this month I finally got the last piece of the puzzle, a 1060, and now I've been playing a lot of Dirt 4 lately.

So I'll be the lone voice of enthusiasm. :) I've got my PC set up in the den with my TMX and 5.1 speakers, and I'm absolutely loving it. I've spent most of my time with the R2 and R4 cars, but I found a setup guide to tame the braking oversteer on the Group A cars (a little rear toe-in), and now the Integrale and Evo VI are a blast.

I look forward to whatever the November (or whenever) update brings, especially clubs, but I at least am really enjoying the game right now.


I wish I had a second PC set up for flight/race sims. As it is... well for flight I've only got a Logitech joystick, but to do any racing I need to drag my wheel and base around and crawl under my desk to plug it all in. I decide to leave it like that for a few days until I get irritated that it's in my way. I also tend to take the armrests off my chair.
So combine the inconvenience with the snoozefest that is something like AC... and I don't actually use it that much which makes me sad. Most of the time I've actually been playing Tabletop Simulator online, which is another reason to not want to constantly drag my wheel out/put it away.

BTW, since you have an actual 5.1... depending on your setup for things like FPS's n such, for just pure audio reasons, I'd suggest Crysis, F.E.A.R. (which requires a teensy little community patch) and the Witcher 3.
Oh my god, The Witcher has AMAZING surround support. I've moved from a cheap ($100 logitech 5.1 surround + the ever trusty Logitech X-230) 7.2ish to an actual Yamaha 5.1, but when I was using the 7.2ish... the sound was so natural and it transitioned between speakers so beautifully.... You could ride Roach down the road, see a torch and hear it burning as you approach it, it goes past you, then fades out behind you. It's stupid good. Most games give the rear speakers a terrible canned audio effect, the Witcher does it right and just plays pure audio. Every time I walked into a building and the door closed behind me I thought it was someone coming into my room.
Mafia 2 also had some pretty good gunfights.

BadD0g said:
The series took quite the fall from grace this year. It makes me sad too, checking in every day and seeing nothing new and very little community enthusiasm. I don't think we're going to see the major physics overhaul that we want. Ah, well. I'll never forget the awesome ride that Dirt Rally gave us, that's for sure.

What other games have you guys been playing lately? I've fallen in love with Resident Evil 7 myself.

I recently finished Deus Ex Human Revolution (highly recommended and replayibility is definitely there) and have moved on to Mankind Divided... which so far is sort of like one step forward two steps back. It managed to switch from a perfectly fine 100% usable interface with no problems, to a new one that's seriously slow, cumbersome and inconvenient. Also not super well optimized.
I'll admit, I'm lame and I'm cheap, so I watched the Two Best Friends play RE7, and it looked good, but the monsters are surprisingly lame.
gfRally said:
BadD0g said:
The series took quite the fall from grace this year. It makes me sad too, checking in every day and seeing nothing new and very little community enthusiasm. I don't think we're going to see the major physics overhaul that we want. Ah, well. I'll never forget the awesome ride that Dirt Rally gave us, that's for sure.

What other games have you guys been playing lately? I've fallen in love with Resident Evil 7 myself.
Well I bought a Rift and have found that racing games make me nauseous, which is really odd since I don't get sea sick even in heavy swells, or on planes doing loops (yes I did this!).  So I have been playing a lot of flight sims, which I can barrel roll all day long and do not get me sick.  DCS World, il2, and waiting for the X Plane VR update, I never thought I would be looking forward to a civilian flight sim, but VR is just incredible experience.   I need to figure out the car situation since that is a real let down, but everything else, I almost can't play if its not VR, its really an awesome experience.
Quite a few years ago, a buddy of my dads flew out in his own little stunt plane to visit and watch the local RC plane competition. When it was over he took my and my sister up (separately, it's a 2 seater) and we did a bunch of waterfalls, flips, and loops. I didn't get sick, but the G-forces hurt my chest for about 2 weeks after. Top tip, child ribs aren't that strong.

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