Left to right: a bone, a flower, the Union Jack, a smiley, a Wario-style 'stache.
The Camp Pendleton (World Famous) Muuuuuud Ruuuuuun
started bright and early at 9:00. We arrived much brighter and earlier at 6:30 because we are abnormally bright. It didn't feel great after the SAIC zoo event the night before, but hey, snakes on a plane.
The course included slimy hills
, walls and tires
, a sizeable lake crossing
, and knee-deep mud pits
(some for running, some for crawling). I was fairly certain I'd see Martin Sheen eerily rising from one of the pits, but maybe it just happened on Saturday.
Most teams stayed together. Being jerks, KO
and I set our own pace. We got to the finish at 1:01:45 (he beat me).
As a team we we finished in 1:11:38
, 13th of 151 (0:57:18), overall 41st of 285 (0:51:15) .
Photos courtesy of Connie
They say when you die everything you've seen and known flashes in front of your eyes (or, by some accounts, it's more of a montage). I'm not there yet, but at 25 it's kinda like that. Pretty much everyone came out to eat some yaki burgers
and play soccer, kickball, and football. It was most enjoyable, as I do like sports.
The day was capped by a downtown outing. Dussini is still the best place to go.
Sunday I found myself blinking into consciousness and seeing three ruffians at my door. Either from tiredom (this was at 6:00) or disbelief, I think I just rolled over. These thugs set upon me with duct tape and a hood and I soon found myself in the back of a car. We ended up at Roscoe's for some superb deliciousness, followed by an outing at the local roller coastorium.
They've found some interesting ways to hang you from a coaster track in the past few years. These aren't your granddaddy's rides.
First impressions (midnight until two last night)...
- Visuals: Beautiful. Especially in the area of lighting effects. Lots of polygons and lots of textures. The detail does suffer the farther you look off-track.
- AI: Impressive. No rigid retracing of the best lines. They can be jerks, however. Like tapping you when your rear is a bit loose.
- Content: Great car lineup, we'll see about the mods. Apparently visual styling is also very deep.
- Controls: The wheel's pretty good, I love the full analog steering and throttle control. I do need to find a solid surface to bolt the wheel to.
- Physics: Not enough to go on, but from all accounts it's spot on.
Most players, however, are going to want to jump into Career Mode, which is going to let you start out as a hip young cop, sent undercover with your partner, a reformed street thug, to infiltrate a band of highway pirates and their gritty, underworld street-racing empire. Along the way, you'll learn about life, love, and what it means to be a man.
Well, that's all entirely false, except for the part about you being a cop. Well, OK, that's a lie too. In Career Mode, you're going to start out with nothing but a small war chest of cash, and absolutely no cars at all. In order to start working your way up through the ranks of the international racing elite, you're going to have to start small.