Well, not entirely. I finished 2nd, but it was a VERY solid 2nd, and I beat some people I really have to work hard to beat.
I’m working on getting my head back into a very good space, and autocross as a mental discipline works very well for this. I started the beginnings of it at the test session weekend before last, and then at yesterday’s Season Opener, I was able to get there and hold onto it for what amounts to two runs — I was on my 3rd run and just *flying* when I was red-flagged due to one of the cars ahead of me spinning and taking a big hunk of course.
Dammitdammitdammit… okay, keep my head, keep the brain on that *exact* frequency…sit… wait wait wait wait wait… wait some more…. okay, time for re-run… GO!
And it was good. The re-run was on a par with the red-flagged run… and the time! Solid 2nd. Thought I had the lead, was wrong — Jason’s time was a 45.0, not the 46.0 I thought it was. So my 45.3 and change was good for 2nd. Neither one of us improved on our 4th. I overdrove in a couple spots, lost some time. Jason did the same.
So an honorable 2nd to start my year. First trophy in something like 6 years (well, first one that really mattered, from competing against a pretty big group of people).
And more importantly for me, I *do* remember what it feels like. The magic is talking to me again.
This… this is progress.
In other news… you know those “get a $40 coupon for a digital TV converter box” thing for the pending (Feb. 2009) switch to digital TV only? I got my two “coupons” (they’re actually like gift or debit cards) in the mail last week, and on Saturday I picked up two of the set-top boxen. Hookup was painless (about 5 minutes each TV), as was setup (another 5-10 minutes as I futzed with some of the other controls, not just the basic setup), and they work well. I’m impressed with the picture quality — every bit as good as my DirecTV satellite hookup, and the stuff that’s broadcast in HD is even better, even on a standard-definition TV. You won’t need the rabbit ears — the digital channels are on the UHF spectrum, so the loop antenna is what you need. The brand I got is Best Buy’s “house” brand, Insignia. They were $59.99 each, so I still had to pay about $47 for the two of them and the sales tax after the $80 in federal coupons were applied. Not complaining, just stating facts. Note that most of these boxes do not pass-thru the analog TV signals, so once they’re hooked up, you’re using the box. Which is just as well — in less than a year, there won’t *be* any more analog TV signals to pass through!