Saturday, November 2, 2002

Yesterday my mom made me go out and get my hair cut. ;_; That's just not right I tell you! I finally had my hair the longest it has ever been and she makes me go out and get it cut so that I'd supposedly look more presentable in about a month or so for my grandpa's birthday and a wedding. The way I styled my hair, I had it hanging straight down, so it actually hung down in front of my eyes. I know most people would say that having hair hanging right in front of your eyes is annoying, but I didn't mind it at all. Heck, I thought it was pretty cool. Besides, black hair hanging down in front of the eyes really cuts down on glare on them sunny days. ^_^ But alas, now I am long-hairless. Actually, I think it's the shortest my hair has ever been. I don't think it looks so great, but my mom says that it's a more sporty, energetic hairstyle. -_- Gwar I say... gwar....

Today I headed out to a local Toyota parts dealership with my dad to buy parts for the '82 Corolla (which I drive) and the '83 pickup (my dad drives). Basically we went into the parts dealership and bought stuff. Nothing special. I did take a little look around though. Did you know that there's absolutely nothing I want in the current Toyota lineup? Everything's either an economy car or SUV. It's really disheartening. What the heck happened to one of my favorite car manufacturers? They need more sports cars. Why did they have to restyle the MR2? Why don't they release the Supra in the US? Why the heck is the Celica so weak (180 hp)? I tell you, Toyota's recent lineups really disappoint me.

As we were leaving the dealership, I mentioned to my dad that I was kinda interested in the Lexus IS300. I don't think he took quite a liking to that. I suggested that we pop by the Lexus dealership to take a look at one, but he said that he already knew about it. Sure~ he does.... I'm certain he said that because he doesn't like the idea of me eyeing a Lexus. It's not like I want it because it's some kind of expensive luxury Lexus. By all means, no. I want it because it's the Toyota Altezza. For any of you who don't know, Lexus is a subsididary of Toyota Motor Company. It sells select Toyota models around the world under its moniker. The Toyota Altezza just happens to be one of these models. It's sold as the Lexus IS300 outside of Japan. So yes, I've been hearing good things about Altezzas for a while, so when I learned that they are IS300s in the US, I became interested. Here you have a sports sedan with a decent amount of normally aspired power (215 hp), spiffy looks, a decent amount of performance mods, and--most importantly--rear-wheel drive. What else could I ask for? So--getting back to my point--, My dad is planning on buying me a car after four years of college, so I thought I'd mention the car I was interested in. He didn't take quite a liking to it. If he had full say in the decision-making, I'll be getting a Camry or Corolla. Now I don't know about you, but I would hate to get one of those. Not because they are economy cars. Of course not. It's all because those two models, like about 70% of all other cars being manufactured today, are front-wheel driven. I hate front-wheel drive. It's the bane of my driving existance. I personally believe that it's very concept is detrimental to performance. Weight transfers backward when you accelerate, right? Then why would you want your front wheels delivering the power? They provide good handling, but with crap acceleration and a tendency to understeer, I think they're only really useful in rallying. But I digress. As I was saying, my dad was not pleased. He took this chance to give me a lecture about how I should start out with a simple "non-fancy" car for family-car or working purposes and maybe a few years after getting it, I could go out and buy another "fancy" car for fun driving. I suppose that makes sense in one perspective, but it doesn't make sense to me. If I want a certain car, then why spend money on a car I don't want? If I'm just going to buy it later anyway, why not take the money that's going to be spent on a car I don't want, and put it towards a car I do want? That makes more sense to me. Oh whatever.... I'll just wait four years and argue with my dad again. Hopefully by then he'll accept my choices a bit more readily.

Posted by Tsubasa @ 09:39 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, October 31, 2002

I just downloaded and watched the first episode (of two) of the Nakoruru OVA. Good episode. Very moody. There is still much to be explained, but I'm liking it. It has Nako in it. XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD

Posted by Tsubasa @ 11:35 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Let me tell you all about something that happened to me today....

After being let out of classes today, I drove home as usual. On the way home, I was just doing the usual jamming to music (it happened to be BoA today) and thinking about what I would pick up to eat on the way home. I decided on KFC. ^_^ Then, while I was exiting the freeway and waiting to merge into the lane, I hit a red light. Thus, I sat in the car and waited patiently for it to change to a slightly happier color (i.e. green). Then my eyes happened to pass over the temperature gauge, to which I saw an unusual sight: it indicated that my engine temperature was extremely high. I worried. That isn't normal and thus, shouldn't be happening. Then, as I was worrying, I noticed smoke emit from under my hood. At this, I thought: OH CRAP! As I finished that thought, out came even more smoke. Needless to say, I paniced. I quickly drove over to the side of the road and stopped the engine. I hastily opened the hood and took a look inside. This is when something dawned upon me: that smoke I saw earlier was water vapor. I came to this brilliant conclusion using my amazing perceiving abilities, coupled with the fact that there was tons of water under the hood. Considering my limited knowledge of car stuffs, I just hoped that nothing serious happened. Luckily for me, there were three gas stations nearby. One Shell, 76, and Chevron. Only the Chevron had a shop, so I rushed over there. I came up to the mechanic guy and explained my situation and asked whether someone could come over and look at it because I feared driving even the slightest bit. He told me that they weren't allowed to leave the station. What the heck is up with that? If a car breaks down nearby, they can't just cross the street and take a brief look at the thing to tell me what's wrong? How do they expect people to bring in their broken cars all the time? They told me to try calling AAA. Before I did that though, I called my mom. She came and together, we decided to called my dad instead of AAA. He is the only one of us who could at the very least, assess the problem. He took off work and headed over, where, with my helpful perception skills, we determined that the water hose leading into the engine broke. Apparently rubber subjected to excessive heat (such as that created by an engine) can break down. Who'da thunk? He managed to make temporary repairs by tearing off the bad, worn down part and reattaching the hose. Then he told me to drive it home, which I did. And I made it home. Now that was a relief. I thought I killed the car. At least it wasn't anything too bad. My dad actually went out and bought a bunch of hoses to replace every one under the hood and he's replacing them right now. Good daddy. He sure saved me today. I tell you, this was probably the single scariest thing that ever happened to me. Having your car break out in smoke as you're driving it is definately not a pleasant thing to happen. So remember you motorists, keep a good eye on that temperature gauge. It's there for a reason.

I am changing my wallpaper today. Now why is this important? Because I've had the same wallpaper adorning my desktop for an entire year. Now why would I do such a thing? Because it was SNK's farewell wallpaper. A year ago, SNK announed that they would close down forever. As I am one of the few remaining hardcore SNK fans, I was devestated. You don't know how hard the announcement hit me. As I was in disbelief, I found something interesting on the SNK site. Apparently, as a farewell service for their fans, SNK created a wallpaper with a great deal of their original characters. I had to have it on my desktop. And thus it was. Shortly after putting it up, despite my desire to change my wallpapers every few weeks, I decided to leave it up for an entire year. I figured it was the least I could do for one of my favorite video game companies (right up there with Sega). And thus, it was on my desktop for an entire year. Today marks the one year anniversary. And although SNK is still living on now in the form of Playmore in Korea, it's not the same SNK and it never will be. I feel that I've done a decent tribute. Now it's time to move on. So, I now have a different wallpaper (Kisaragi rulz XD). I will always remember SNK. Long live SNK.

Posted by Tsubasa @ 04:13 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

*Foods on string cheese* Mmm~.... String cheese rulz! ^_^ It's just so great. It's all... stringy and... cheezy. XD And like... yeah.... It just rulz. That's is an undesputed fact. XD Only problem (and it's a minor one) is that whenever you pull on it to make a string, it always wants to get bigger by the time you reach the other end of the cheese stick. I want nice, even strings of cheese, but hey, I guess it just doen't work that way, does it?

I got a new pencil! Actually two, cause they came in a pack of two. At least I have a spare. Anyway, I'd like to thank Saka for her comment last time. As per your recommendation, I decided to buy some nice Zebra pencils. The M-402's to be exact. These things are all spiffy and metal-like. Well... that could be from the fact that they are metal, but that's besides the point. ^_^; I think I'll be using these for a good long time. From what I can tell, they are assembled well and they will last me for a while. Go Zebra!

On my way home today, I went over to MGL to practice some nice SCII. You don't know how little I've been playing this game recently. My Cassie was in bad shape. At least I met someone decent and played him for a good, maybe half-hour. He's good enough to beat my Talim, but he doesn't even come close to my Cassie. Oh yeah, my Cassie rulz. XD Nah, j/k. I still gots a ways to go with her. I'm just happy that I've come as far as I have. Anyway, because I haven't been playing in maybe two weeks, this little trip reminded me of the good fun that SC is. The thrill of competition. The agony of defeat. The glory of victory. Just the kinds of emotions I should be feeling as a guy. I don't play sports, nor do I have enough money to buy and mod a car, so I'll have to find another way to compete. ^_^

On the schooling front, things are going well. As far as art history and philosophy are concerned, I'm doing just fine. Easy classes. Math, on the other hand, is very... not good.... I'm getting some pretty bad marks on the quizes, which is never a good thing. I'll just have to get a crackin' on studying, which is just what I'm going to do right now. Thus, end of entry.

Posted by Tsubasa @ 06:42 PM PST [Link]

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