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2021/07/24 Mclaren Cars and Coffee to Exotics Cars and Cofffee
π 2021-07-24 01:01 in Cars
2 Cars and Coffee in a row, sure, sounds like fun :) First went to meet the Mclaren crowd, and it was a big turnout:






nice, I hadn't seen this GT before
nice, I hadn't seen this GT before


We then drove to the Cars and Coffee location, we had a nice lineup:


lots of cars
lots of cars


of course, other car groups too:








a Senna, nice!
a Senna, nice!


bad ass looking
bad ass looking


so tiny, don't roll it
so tiny, don't roll it



nice
nice


winner of the widest tires
winner of the widest tires

2021/07/10 FOC Mt Hamilton Grand View Meet & Drive
π 2021-07-10 01:01 in Cars
It was nice to be invited to an FoC event and join a large amount of supercars. Cynthia was happy to join me to enjoy all the cars. We met them at a parking lot in Milpitas:












We then went for a short and slow-ish drive to Joseph Frant Ranch County Park, where we got more pictures:





















From there, we drove back down to Grandview Restaurant for a nice buffet lunch:









From there, people left but there is no way Cynthia and I could just leave while Mt Hamilton peak was 35mn away up the road according to google maps. The road was totally empty, we made up in 22mn, it was glorious :) (google says 14 miles, so that's 38mph average, just under the 40mph speed limit, so it's all good, right? :) ).





The way down, we were just as lucky, we made it all the way down in 26mn flat and only had to pass a single car. Woot! (google says 18.8 miles, so that's 43mph average)

2021/07/09 Aly and Fila at SF's Public Works
π 2021-07-09 01:01 in Clubbing
This was my first time at Public Works, and it was great to be there for a TFSF event, Aly and Fila's Fadi no less. Last time I saw him was at ADE in 2019 pre-covid.

Another night to test/debug my next version prototype LED outfit
Another night to test/debug my next version prototype LED outfit


Hi Niko :)
Hi Niko :)


Fadi took over and did a nice 3H set
Fadi took over and did a nice 3H set








Dave Neven closed the night after Fadi
Dave Neven closed the night after Fadi

Thanks to all, it was a great evening, and it was lovely to see public works

Video summary:

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2021/07/03 Mission Peak Johannes
π 2021-07-03 01:01 in Hiking
Nice little hike to the top of mission peak with Johannes, and beautiful sunset.





















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2021/06/26 Dimibo at Broadway Club, Walnut Creek
π 2021-06-26 01:01 in Clubbing
Thanks to Seventh Sign for organizing and playing at this great psytrance night, and Khromata for her great set too before Dimibo.

This was my very first fully indoors, no indoor dining event since covid, you know just a regular club that you go and dance in. That was awesome!

First time using my new outfit for a real event. Still work in progress with a few bugs, but it's getting there. It's great when I happen to have the right shirt for the occasion, haha :)


I wasn't the only one who used the opportunity to dress up :)
I wasn't the only one who used the opportunity to dress up :)

Seventh Sign started the evening with a nice psy set, and handed off to Khromata after that, who played my favorite set from her so far, really good psy:







It was then time for Dimibo to take over and finish the night:





Except for the club shutting them down 10mn early in the middle of a great finishing track (WTF was that?), it was a great night. Glad to be back. Thanks Connor!

Short video summary:

2021/06/10 Fast Toys track day at Laguna Seca and my first time in the F488C
π 2021-06-10 01:01 in Cars
After selling my F458C because I didn't want to own a car I was not driving that much, my plan was to rent Fast Toys' F488C which definitely has more power than my F458C did.
It's a bit more of a handful to drive given the turbos and my first session was a disaster, I believe mostly because the tires on the car had an issue I'm not sure about and I literally spun 3 times during my first session, I couldn't believe it. I had traction control on 3 (most aggressive) and still spun twice while trying hard not to.

I got the tires changed, and after that everything was fine, although I wasn't really in the zone and probably a bit scared by losing the car 3 times in the morning, and not knowing how much I could push it anymore, so I only got down to a 1:36 when the car is apparently good for around 1:28 or so.
Here's my best 1:36.08 lap:

Another day at Laguna, lots of nice cars:







those 2 cars were really fast (down to 1:28)
those 2 cars were really fast (down to 1:28)





Kevin's car
Kevin's car


First time I see MSO on a track and a bunch of fast Mclarens (also down to 1:28):








driver's meeting
driver's meeting

Chris nicely gave me some video coaching
Chris nicely gave me some video coaching


This is the 488C I'm now renting from Fast Toys to replace my 458C GT3:




getting some fresh tires
getting some fresh tires


Thanks to Track Toys for the event and the car.

2021/06/03 Another Loop of Montebello to Pagemill, This Time With Johannes
π 2021-06-03 01:01 in Hiking
Happy Johannes asked me if I wanted to bike up Mt Hamilton with him, and some remnant of common sense in me said that maybe it might not be the best time for me (I remember it's a very long, and very fun, drive up, but probably a long ass bike ride).

So, I thought it'd make things easier by offering a bike ride up montebello across to black mountain to pagemill. Afterall I had gotten up in less than 1h30 last time (starting from home)....

Oh boy, there was the small detail that I hadn't biked in over 6 months, and that sure showed. My legs were definitely not strong and it took me an embarassing 1h55 to get to the top of montebello

21mn just to get to the bottom of montebello was already not a good sign
21mn just to get to the bottom of montebello was already not a good sign

See ya, me, my carbon bike, and sleek shirt will see you later, haha
See ya, me, my carbon bike, and sleek shirt will see you later, haha


I was so out of shape that I took 3 short breaks
I was so out of shape that I took 3 short breaks


after a while...
after a while...


finally got to the top
finally got to the top

1h57, ooops!
1h57, ooops!




Then we got to pagemill for the ride down, before losing sunlight


2h45 before going down, I was late
2h45 before going down, I was late





look what I found close to sunset, a bobcat!
look what I found close to sunset, a bobcat!

beautiful
beautiful

It took me forever to get home (3h45 in all), but got home at 21:00 in the dark :)

Thanks a lot Johannes for joining me and being patient.

2021/05/29 Portola Redwood SP
π 2021-05-29 01:01 in Hiking
Despite a trip the next day Cynthia was up for for a hike (thanks Cynthia), so we drove to Portola Redwood SP on alpine road. We got there early before everyone else and had a nice clean drive except for poor Cynthia who got blanketted in heavy fog and rain at the top of skyline (I was luckier with pagemill)


Cynthia came back from that direction eventually :)
Cynthia came back from that direction eventually :)

nice and early, we had the place to ourselves
nice and early, we had the place to ourselves



we got out pick of parking spots :)
we got out pick of parking spots :)

We then went for our 13-14 mile Peter Creek Loop. It was rated for 6.5h, but it was closer to 4.5h without stops for us (the were other loops, but they were closed to the recent fires):


some trees were hollow due to past fires
some trees were hollow due to past fires




Cynthia found multiple banana slugs
Cynthia found multiple banana slugs



We found a nice classic car that had clearly been there for a while:



ok, maybe it needs a slight tuneup
ok, maybe it needs a slight tuneup







On the way back down, we met most of the people who had just arrived for the 3 day weekend. We went to check out the visitor center that had now opened:







Thanks to Cynthia for joining me on the nice hike.

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2021/05/22 FC Drivers Skyline to the Sea Loop
π 2021-05-22 01:01 in Cars
Thanks to Lindon for organizing another drive, it was definitely fun, and great to see Justice's new 765LT, what a beauty:





gotta love the airvents to keep the luggage cool :)
gotta love the airvents to keep the luggage cool :)


I had my slow car parked next to him :)
I had my slow car parked next to him :)



Justice was sedate enough on the drive, despite his faster car
Justice was sedate enough on the drive, despite his faster car

We did arrive at the beach 22mn before everyone else :)
We did arrive at the beach 22mn before everyone else :)



hello :)
hello :)

Mia, our new recruit
Mia, our new recruit




thanks Justice for the picture
thanks Justice for the picture

We then had a stop at Pescadero for coffee:




And a fun drive back up pescadero/84 with few cars. My car was a bit thirsty at the top:



ridiculous line to go eat at Alice's
ridiculous line to go eat at Alice's

Drive back down had an interesting (but slow) 570S with a giant ass aftermarket wing, that didn't make the driver faster :)


Fun drive and beautiful day out, thanks to all.

2021/05/16 Cosmic Gate at Midway SF
π 2021-05-16 01:01 in Clubbing
So nice to see more shows in SF again, this time it was Cosmic Gate.

getting ready :)
getting ready :)


nice (but still cold) day
nice (but still cold) day


Natalie came to join us, yeah!
Natalie came to join us, yeah!







Thanks Cosmic Gate for the great show!

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