Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Long delay since my last post!

I can't believe I haven't posted in 3 weeks! Things have been busy as Alex and I went to Playa del Carmen (Mexico) to an all-inclusive resort during Alex's spring break last week, which meant a bunch of work just before and just after the trip. The trip was fantastic. The weather was amazing and the service and food at the hotel was top notch. I had never been to a resort of over 3 stars and I was really impressed with this one (4.5 stars). It was also quite relaxing.

Big news in our little family: Alex is expecting a baby! All is going well as she enters the second trimester. We are both really excited about this! Stay tuned.

Other than that, I have been really busy with certain files at work. I played in one more basketball game which we lost. We were down by as much as 27 and lost by about 12. I have another game on Friday. Stay tuned.

The girls will play the Jeanne-Mance Dragons' tournament this weekend in Montreal. It should be fun, as our whole coaching staff (Darlington and me) and the whole team should be there. Stay tuned.

I just got back from picking up the M3 at Marc's place. While we were on vacation, I had him change the springs back to OEM and install new heavy-duty rear shock mounts. I really hope this takes care of the recurring clunk issue. So far, there have been no clunks on the drive home and the car feels more comfortable and stable on our bumpy roads. My only regret is that the car's appearance is slightly less "sporty", as the car does not sit as low as before. However, I believe this small trade-off will be worthwhile because of the increase in comfort and "pleasantness" when daily driving the car. Given that I already have a highly modified track car, I don't really see the point in having a second car with unpleasantly stiff suspension. Stay tuned!

Cool cars spotted:
Ford Focus RS (in Mexico)
Porsche 997 Carrera 4 GTS
Bentley Continental
E92 BMW M3 (Laguna blue and loud!)
AMG C63
Audi RS4
Audi Ur-S4

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

It's not raining any more...

Winter has become more normal temperature-wise, but at least we haven't been bombarded with snow. The basketball season has progressed. My girls' team, the Diamonds, has completed its regular season with a record of 9 and 3. We are confirmed in second place and will be playing in the regional finals (against 1st place Regina Assumpta) on March 31st. This will be my first time coaching in a regional final and I'm pretty excited about it. 

We also participated in a local tournament at Collège de Montréal. Because it was a division 3 tournament and we are a division 2 team, we entered in a higher age-group. We won two games out of three, and for the game we lost, we were without our two best scorers (they were playing for the division 1 city team). I think it was a good learning experience for the girls and myself and showed us what we can improve in the next few weeks. We have another tournament in three weeks.

My men's team played only one game. We came back from a 7-point deficit at half time to win by 17. My team was pretty impressive on the offensive end (not me, personally). There is some decent talent on my team. 

Other than that, I finally decided to enter a really long enduro with the Civic. I am signed up to drive in the April 28th Devil in the Dark enduro with the SCCA at the New Jersey Motorsports Park Thunderbolt circuit. This will be my first race of over three hours. I will have at least two co-drivers (Carl Wener and Jean-Michel Isabelle) and we will be running in the E2 class (2nd fastest class out of 5). I don't really care how we do in the class, I just hope we can have a smooth, incident-free event. We will be pitting next to the experienced and fast Bimmershop team, so hopefully, we can benefit from their expertise (they have finished 1st and 2nd in the two previous Devils). I am pretty excited, but there is a lot of work ahead to organize the team and the race effort. 

I spotted a Scion IQ on the road. It's surely a good car, but it's not a pretty one. I saw the Superbowl ad for the Fiat 500 Abarth. I am glad that car will be coming to North America. 

Cool cars spotted:
AMG C63
Maserati Quattroporte
Audi S8 V10
Audi S4 V6T
Porsche 997 Carrera 4S
Bentley Continental
BMW M3 (E92)