Times, they are a changin.. and not for the better...
When I started BMX racing, it was seemingly a wholesome all American sport.
There were families everywhere and kids goofing off between the races. Many vendors all over the place and air that you could talk to just about anyone.
Fast forward to now. All that is gone. Elitist. Alcohol (sure the tracks say you cant have any, but people smell of it and I am sure they are sneaking it in), smoking (both legal and illegal). Times they have changed and not for the good.
As I sat and watched several families chat, I realized that I could not really contribute to their conversation because I did not have anything of value to add. They were from a different economic background and had different values for life. Sure, thats American but its also not something I can converse with them about without sounding like I am coming down on them for not being sucessful in life.
Tattoos are everywhere. OMG! What has happened to make that the norm? Why is it accepted so much? Mothers in their 40s with middriff showing, their daughters wearing clothing I would not let mine wear. Much less out in public. I personally do not like them at all and dont wish for my kids to see them as just an accepted form of expression.. Just like curse words are not an accepted form of expression at our home.
Values have gone down hill. Big time.
I analyzed it very much this past racing weekend and came up with Americas core values are down the tube because of the breakdown of Family.
I dont enjoy racing. I do it to stay in shape. I dont want to be around these people because I dont like smokers, drinkers and generally trashy people. Sure, there are people that shine above them all but its too rare a find and not worth looking anymore. I just keep to myself now.
After hearing stories about how so many of the people that were popular in the racing scene were actually pot heads I was certain that I am part of a very small circle of riders that have a pure joy of BMX and do it for the activity and competition. I now have lost any desire to promote it like I used to. I used to tell everyone to give it a shot but now its so dirty that I feel it best to not promote the sport as someone may associate me directly with it.
This may very well be my last year racing BMX. I may have to start road racing or something next.
Test drove a Hyundai Coupe today 3.8 Track model
(Just got back from testdriving a couple cars.. The Volkswagen EOS for the wife and a Hyundai Coupe 3.8 Track)
First, inside it feels tight and well built. Does not feel cheap or flimsy at all. Seats are supportive and the only issue I had with them was the headrest position as I have a pony tail and it was pressing against it with my head back.
The features inside are nice. Both windows are 1 touch up and down. A nice touch. Sunroof is decent. Handsfree bluetooth, audio and whatnot are all standard. Rear had enough room for an adult. Barely. Think a tad better than a 4th gen camaro rear seat.
Now driving this car was insteresting. Driving euro and jap cars, I have never had any issue with their clutches. The clutch in my car was never stiff or hard and never hard to feather. This clutch is HEAVY. You feel it constantly pushing against you. Very hard to feather.
The engine is responsive. The steering is crisp. The wheel is nicely sized at about 14" and even slight movements translate well. The tires on the track model are Potenza have a 140 treadwear (meaning very soft) and it feels very nice! Its a 306hp engine, so I would compare it to an LT1 and not the LS1. My LS1 in its stock form would kill this car but it is a decent car none the less.
I left the dealership amazed. In person the car looks excellent. Not too small and not too big. Just right. The only thing it is missing is the V8. Which, after speaking to the product manager for the coupe, may be in the next year or so..
I am thinking this will kill the new v6 camaro when it comes out.
If you have some time to kill and want to try out something you would not think you would enjoy, go give it a shot. Seriously.
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