YES, I WILL WRITE A BLOG ENTRY THIS YEAR.Sorry for the New Year's break. I didn't really intend to take one, but I've been so busy... busy playing Gran Turismo 4. I spent several days going in a circle over and over trying to get enough money ("credits") to upgrade my crappy cars to be competitive, before I realized that the quick n' easy way to get lots of money and MUCH better cars is to go to the "Special Condition events" and race in the rallies. I find the Costa Di Amalti (Capri) rallies are the easiest overall, and they give you a really kickass car, the Toyota RSC Rally Raid Car, a car that a lot of people on message boards find ugly, but I think it looks really cool, with a "face" almost like a painted sumo wrestler face, and the car overall reminds me somehow of a bear.
I tell ya, if I ever had the opportunity to own a car that looks like that in real life, complete with the Castrol paint job, I would go for it. My dream car garage, which currently consists of a Ferrari F-355, a De Lorean, and a Ford GT, now has a new stablemate.
Gran Turismo 4 also lets you purchase a 1980s Honda Today, just like the one from You're Under Arrest (sans Tokyo police paint-job), but the one in You're Under Arrest is like a Monster Garage version, where Miyuki Kobayakawa must have given it an entirely new engine, because the engine in the Gran Turismo 4 Honda Today is about the pussiest engine in the game, where, no matter how many times I upgrade it and add racing exhaust and balance it and such, the horsepower remains stuck in the double digits, while, in comparison, when I was awarded the Toyota Rally car, the default power was almost 400 HP, and you can upgrade the turbo for even more of a boost.
On Tuesday afternoon, I was writing a election article that I fully intend on finishing, but I wanted to watch Sky High (pretty cute movie) in the evening and then take it back to Merivale Blockbuster, and, after I got back, I kind of got caught up watching the most screwy news story I've seen in a good long time, the rescue effort for the Tallmansville, West Virginia mine disaster, where, for a couple of hours, CNN was reporting that 12 of the 13 missing miners were found alive, and the miners' families believed that to be true (and today's USA Today headline reports suck), only to find out around 2 a.m. that the reports of survivors were premature and only one miner survived. And Anderson Cooper's reporting that the mining company knew twenty minutes after the bodies were found that only one miner survived, but the company let the families continue believing the 12 survivor rumor for over two hours before revealing the truth, leading to fist-fights at a church. That's just got to compound the grief for the families right there, because false hope can be worse than no hope.