It was supposed to rain tonight but the roads are drying up. I’ve had two glasses of bourbon over the past two hours. Which means I need to eat, hydrate, shower and wait two more hours before I can legally get behind the wheel. Hell, it will be damn near midnight before I’m sharp again.
And I’m not even a lightweight.
Maaaaan. Adult problems. -_-
Side note: it’s better to not drive than get a DUI. Looks like I’ll just walk to Mihama and play Wangan Midnight and Initial D.
Answering questions because I don't know to reply to replies
jgz1994 - a single of TE37SLs go for about $600/wheel plus tax. a single Yokohama Advan AD08 is $150. This, of course, is for the specific sizing that I desire. Grand total would be $3000, not including tax, shipping, proper balancing, installation and alignment. I expect to pay closer to $4000 for the whole shebang.
@ginkumo12 - I’m currently at 8J with my SSR Type-C. I do not plan on selling those, just getting them painted and restored to have as a spare set. I’ll likely snag a second set of AD08s for those as well if the tires are up to par. I currently use Federal 595s, which work to my liking in the rain.
This is not a track only setup. Hell, I work every Saturday and haven’t been to the track since I got back to Okinawa. I do, however, go on “spirited drives” on a nightly basis. This is not an exaggeration. Rain or shine. Every. Damn. Day.
The lip/diffuser setup with be from an S203. OEM is preferred unless I find a front lip that hugs the contour lines of the car a bit more.
Full audio is simple. Instead of the stock component speakers, I want coaxial/two-way speakers. A very small sub would be nice, but I’ll pass in favor of not having something in my trunk or extra wiring to worry about. Additionally, I’m looking into a Kenwood, touch screen, head unit with GPS and Bluetooth capability. Something like this.
How long did it take you to realize what the best balance and self fulfilling life for you was? I mean I try not to stress over it because I have time, but then it's like you blink a couple times and the year's passed you by. Aw, I love that. Make your world smaller so it's easier to conquer. I will def keep that in the back of my mind!
It took a lot of time. For me, I had to go through some rather tragic hardships in life. Through all of it, I figured out what I’m afraid of. For everyone, it is different. I have an extreme, and sometimes irrational, fear of being poor (again) or homeless (again). In fact, it gives me such anxiety that it has led me down some really dark paths where I was self-destructive. I had to face that fear. Being out of the military and moving to Okinawa without any sort of financial support was an eye-opener that pushes me harder to succeed and excel at what I do every day.
Your goals and dreams are an emotional manifestation of your physical accomplishments, which would be your objective. If your objective is to graduate school with a degree in [subject], then your goal would be the reason why you’re doing that. Never plan too far in advance. As crazy as it sounds, the human brain processes time in the long term for a period of five years and sooner. So it’s ok not to know what you’ll be doing ten years from now. It’s ok not to have that answer. Focus on what you’re able to focus on.
In terms of pursuing your goals and dreams, understand that humans are inherently “lazy.” We seek the path of least resistance because it is a survival instinct. Why stab a bear when you can avoid it altogether? The trick in this is being able to determine when to take the path of least resistance and when to stab the bear. When you have your goals in mind, you need to stab the fucking bear or you will not achieve what you wish to achieve.
Laugh, smile and have the right attitude about life. Think, “yes,” more. Never say that you can’t. Find another alternative to saying that you’re unable to do something at a given time but work on eliminating excuses. Take more time for yourself because you are the primary investment. Everything else will follow if you’ve invested properly into yourself. You will be able to handle stress with ease. You will have a clearer thought process. You can live. Don’t minimize stress, worry or negativity, find the silver lining or the flipside in everything so you don’t create a dark cloud of self-doubt.
YOU CAN FUCKING DO THIS AND IT IS OK TO ASK FOR HELP SO I’M TYPING IN ALL CAPS TO EMPHASIZE HOW PLEASED I AM WITH YOU SENDING ME A MESSAGE BECAUSE YOU ARE A FUCKING AMAZING, CAPABLE AND BEAUTIFUL SOUL WHO IS ENTITLED TO HAPPINESS SO GO OUT AND FUCKING TAKE THAT SHIT.
Did some driving tonight and met a middle-aged Japanese guy named Takashi who gave me props on my cornering. He was also driving a GDB (Hawkeye, though). It was dope to get a nod from him and his crew. I did another run after that with him, an FC and a GC8 behind me. I was able to keep a solid lead.
Last night, an auxiliary force from Tokyo was here to support police in Okinawa. There were a LOT of checkpoints. From DUI stops to car regulation checks. I’m so glad my car is quiet. I feel bad for all those kids with fence pipes, making all that ruckus because if they were stopped, they got a ticket.
I will preface this wall of text by saying that I love living in Okinawa, Japan and I would not trade it for the world. This is the happiest I have ever been in my entire life. Since I have hit rock bottom in my life before, my previous statement holds a lot of weight.
Hi! I've never introduced myself before but my name is Brandon (hey we got something in common). I live in the States and I've been following you since last summer if I remember correctly. I'm just wondering why'd you get rid of your GC8 for the GDB?
Nice to meet you man! Thanks for following. My followers don’t hit me up too often so it’s cool of you to reach out.
I purchased the GDB, simply put, because it is a superior vehicle to the GC8 that suited my wants and needs according to its base performance, balance, comfort and requires little aftermarket work for it to be exactly what I want it to be (performance and cosmetic).
Call it maturity. I no longer have the slightest desire to build a car for crazy power or spend every waking moment wrenching on it. My focus is driving.
I’ve owned AE86s (which will always be my favorite car), Silvias, GT-Rs, RX-7s (FD and FC), GC8s and I had the privilege to drive dozens of others in different environments. This GDB is the best car I’ve owned to date. Brandon is pleased.
It has been some time since I updated anyone as to what is going on with me. My main tumblr gets updated sporadically. While I don’t mean to neglect it, sometimes keeping it updated with the personal details of my life gets lost in the mix since I also keep a fewotherblogs updated, as well as Instagram, twitter and Google+.
Speaking of other blogs, Zeke, who also runs HakosukaJapan, was kind enough to refresh the design for Ryukyu Soul. Being without camera equipment took the wind out of my sail a bit. If you don’t know the full story about what happened to nearly $20,000 of camera equipment, I’ll save you the angry rant and just tell you that it was stolen while in transit from Japan to the U.S. It’s still a touchy subject.
The focus of Ryukyu Soul is changing a bit. Originally, I had these plans of grandeur to make it a photoblog/online magazine in the same fashion as MotorMavens (shout out to Antonio), but those plans were put on hold around the time I got recruited for 7Tune. Well, I no longer work for 7Tune and I’m back in Okinawa for the rest of my life, giving me an opportunity to achieve some of my personal automotive and media related goals.
So for now, I’ll get some shirts and stickers made with the new design, pass a few out to friends, sell them when there’s a demand, and just roll with it so people can all show their love for automotive car culture here. Eventually, it will become something bigger, but the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.
As far as my current automotive goals are concerned, I recently purchased a 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STI (GDB). I spent a week or so searching dealerships in mainland and the auction to find one that suited me well. I finally found one that is fairly stock with the necessary, tasteful modifications that I already want, to include; TEIN suspension, STI Defi gauges, aftermarket SSR wheels, Kakimoto Jasma exhaust, Federal tires and a Cusco oil catch. Any changes to these current modifications will be minor.
I have no desire to “build” a car. I don’t want high horsepower. I prefer stock, or as close to it as possible. There are reasons for this. I am quite sure maturity plays a part but I’d rather be a fast driver instead of simply having a fast car. I feel as though the only way to become faster is to improve myself. As competitive as I am, my greatest opponent is myself and all of the other chatter goes in one ear and right out the other.
Aside from transferring the insurance policy from my previous GC8, my portion of the paperwork is done. The vehicle is paid for. However, the physical title hasn’t arrived from Osaka yet. It was an overnight delivery. I’m hoping to be on the road Tuesday or, at the latest, Wednesday (which is conveniently my day off). I’m very excited. I’ve named her Saori.
The job is coming along well and my personal life is taking shape in ways I couldn’t imagine. Shout out to Tana for being a much-needed friend at key moments here. Another shout out to my entire crew here in Okinawa and the friends that I haven’t spent any time with since I returned. We’ll have our time. I can’t complain. Life is good. I’m doing exactly what I said I was going to do. The only person who can stop me is me, right?