I love staying up late. The late night world is so much different from the daytime world. It is quiet and peaceful, and time seems to stand still. I eat a late night meal. I do the dishes, and clean the kitchen. I hear the rubber-to-asphalt sound of the occasional car passing by.
It’s very interesting, my staying up late. It seems that no matter how hard I try to sleep and wake up early, I eventually revert to staying up into the early morning hours. I mentioned in my previous post that I stopped working for three years. Although at the time I felt shame for not working, I sometimes look back at those times with fondness. Those were times when I would stay up late all the time and watch Adult Swim on Cartoon Network. Lupin the 3rd, to be specific. Sometimes I would drive out to Jack in the Box to get myself a late night meal to enjoy while watching the show. Afterwards, I would play Star Trek: Armada II until the wee morning hours. Ah, those were the days.
Tonight, I am reliving a little bit of that time. Something else which brings me comfort is knowing that my loved ones are soundly asleep. Back then, it was my mother and sister. Now, it is my wife. Somehow, by staying awake, I feel like I am protecting them. I feel very happy that they are around me. I think about them while I do the dishes.
Today I looked at airfare and hotel for 3 weeks of travel to Hong Kong. The cheapest fare was $3,000.00. Ouch. The past few years I have been returning to Hong Kong in the summer, but perhaps I will not do so this time around. Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket.
Now 3 weeks since the last update. It’s been more of the same: either win a race by a large margin, or repeatedly lose a race by a large margin until I have enough money to purchase a car that can win the race by a large margin. Actually, it’s been this way since my days of playing Gran Turismo 2. I would say that was my heyday as a GT player, when I got the most enjoyment out of playing the game. Obviously I’m a lot older now, and I don’t have as much time to play. I still enjoy the game, but it’s not the same as it was back then.
I’m not even going to bother listing times anymore, but I will list the races that I have completed:
Schwarzwald League B
Polyphony Digital Cup
And I’m now starting on Gran Turismo All Stars.
If I recall correctly, I also unlocked the Extreme Series of races. I look forward to the endurance races.
This is the first car that I have ever completely financed by myself. It’s also the first “sporty” car that I have driven, and the first car that I have modified. Modifications include 19-inch Enkei GTC01 wheels and Eibach Pro-Kit lowering springs. In the few years that I have owned this car, I have learned a tremendous amount of automotive knowledge. If I ever decide to change careers, I will strongly consider becoming an automotive mechanic.