February 21st, 2005


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jimbojones
12:28 pm - meme sheepage (blame five_speed)
Ten things I've done that you probably haven't:

  1) worked on archaeological and paleontological digs
  2) DJ'ed at radio stations
  3) evaded a police officer at > 140MPH
  4) operated a nuclear reactor
  5) started my own business on zero notice
  6) had my own Lowbrow Moment told to me in real life by somebody who didn't know that was me
  7) been fired for *not* sexually harassing a co-worker
  8) eaten a tamarind-paste-and-peanut-butter sandwich on camera
  9) fallen asleep standing up, without leaning on anything or falling down
10) had an NIS (Naval Investigative Service) file compiled on me

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[User Picture] From: agentsteel53
Date: February 21st, 2005 - 11:13 am
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3) evaded a police officer at > 140MPH

why?!

also... you can actually get away with that shit?


 
[User Picture] From: xkisses
Date: February 21st, 2005 - 12:25 pm
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I've heard that's why a lot of guys get crotchrockets. For no other reason than to be pursued by police; once they get going, they're hopeless to catch.


 
[User Picture] From: agentsteel53
Date: February 21st, 2005 - 12:29 pm
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heh that or Mustang Cobras.

though nowadays I do believe a Crown Vic can get up to its governed speed limit (155, I think) without an inordinate amount of difficulty.


 
[User Picture] From: xkisses
Date: February 21st, 2005 - 03:24 pm
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Really. That's insane. Maybe it's because I'm a girl, but I have no desire to go near that fast in anything but an airplane.

To each their own, I suppose.


 
[User Picture] From: agentsteel53
Date: February 21st, 2005 - 06:05 pm
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heh I'm going to Germany and there I will definitely do 130...


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: February 21st, 2005 - 06:39 pm
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Don't bet on running in a Cobra, Levente... unless it's like my situation, and the cop was already going the other way and you were already at (very) high speed.

The only way you can really win a police pursuit is by losing sight of the cop completely, and being FAR enough out of sight that he has no way of knowing where you turned when you turn. And that ain't gonna happen in a stern chase... probably not even if you're on a crotchrocket, DEFINITELY not if you're in another four wheeled vehicle.

What you have to remember is that you not only have to go (a LOT) faster than the cop, you have to do it QUICKLY... 'cause if you take more than three or four minutes to lose the cop, you're not outrunning a car, you're outrunning a radio. =)

(This is why that one time was the only time I've ever attempted to elude a cop. If he'd had any damn sense at all, he'd have waited until he was out of my sight, turned around, and THEN nailed it - and not turned his lights on until he was doing at least 90MPH himself.)


 
[User Picture] From: agentsteel53
Date: February 21st, 2005 - 06:43 pm
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heh yea, I don't plan on outrunning cops... I just want the raw acceleration more than the top speed, really. 0 to 60 in seconds flat.

I think if I got pulled over at 100, I would defecate myself, literally. I once was doing a suicide pass at 115mph in Nevada and there were two cops over the next hill, so they may very well have gotten me on radar doing a deceleration from 115 to a more reasonable 69 (speed limit 70).

The guy I was passing tried to *race* me.

In a U-Haul.

He started at 63 and was doing 85 by the time I went past him. I may have saved *him* a ticket by decelerating extra hard when I got in front of him; had I just been doing a standard 90-95mph suicide pass, I probably would've coasted, and been going 87 past the cops!



 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: February 21st, 2005 - 06:35 pm
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I was already doing 110, and he put the lights on while going 70MPH in the other direction and then started doing a slow clumsy U-turn through the interstate median. This was in the middle of bumfuck Georgia, and I had no desire to get the kind of ticket 110MPH at 3AM would give me - much less try to go BACK to bumfuck Georgia to do what I could to get the horrendous penalties reduced at some unspecified court date - and I knew there was no way in hell he was going to catch up with what STARTED as a 180mph speed differential before I could get three exits away from him.

So instead of pulling over, I punched it and kept it punched until the third exit, at which point I got off the interstate, drove sedately for a few miles, and then spent the next hour or so quietly reading a paperback in a Waffle House. I'd been out of his sight for all three exits, so I knew I was fine.


 
[User Picture] From: agentsteel53
Date: February 21st, 2005 - 06:37 pm
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haha I should also ask why the fuck you were going 110, though I can totally understand the temptation... I just wanna floor it, like any time I see no cars on the road. I once took my car to 116 in nowhere, Utah, and that's where it topped out at 8600 feet altitude. I did 118 once at sea level in Connecticut.

what were you driving?


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: February 21st, 2005 - 06:42 pm
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I was doing 110 because nobody was on the road, I was young and dumb (I still wouldn't fear the speed, but the cops are another story), and I had no trouble keeping awake if I was driving fast - but driving the speed limit was making me nod off.

This was during the "working 20 hour / 7 day shifts" period of my life, when I drove from Charleston, SC to Talladega, AL and back over the course of 3 1/2 days pretty much once a month, every month.


 
[User Picture] From: agentsteel53
Date: February 21st, 2005 - 06:47 pm
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heh yea gotta love the 20 hours a day, 7 days a week thing... I did that for a while too. Didn't have a car then, though.

and yes, I do not think 110 in the middle of nowhere is all that unreasonable. As I said elsewhere in this thread, I will definitely take a car up to 130 in Germany. And probably cruise at 100 or so. I would love to get away with that in the US.

Damn 1973 embargo... most of the western states didn't have speed limits on the rural roads before that. Kansas had an explicit EIGHTY - you don't see those signs anymore. Utah and Montana were unmarked, as was Nevada if I recall correctly. Utah nowadays is still a really lax state - you can get away with 85 in a 75.


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: February 21st, 2005 - 06:46 pm
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Oh yeah, and I was driving a 1977 Plymouth Fury sedan that I'd modified mildly but thoroughly - 3/4 cam, rebuilt heavy-duty transmission, performance lifters, dual exhaust and flowmasters, and last but sure as hell not least, Holley aftermarket fuel injection. Also 255/60/15 Dunlop GT Qualifiers, and aftermarket super-stiff shocks. Still had the factory 2.71 gears, so she wasn't much off the line, but she REALLY came into her own on the highway.

Mint green, dark green landau vinyl top, looked like it just came out of Granny's garage (which was pretty much exactly the case). "Sleeper" defined, but when you really stuck your foot in it and broke loose both of the rears when you shifted into second... at 52 mph... it reaaaaalllly got people's attention. =)


 
[User Picture] From: agentsteel53
Date: February 21st, 2005 - 06:48 pm
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heh heh sounds like a schweet ride... yea with those 2.71's you had a ridiculous top speed. 160 at least, no?

do you still have that car?


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: February 21st, 2005 - 06:59 pm
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Actually she topped out somewhere, as far as I could guesstimate, around 145-150 - I only had a 120mph speedometer in it, so that guesstimation was gotten by my buddy Roy driving side-by-side with me and watching his own 180mph speedo. The problem wasn't brute power or engine revs so much as simple aerodynamics - Furies had big square grills on 'em. Big everything on 'em, really. The turbulence was HARSH all the way up at the very top end.

Haven't had that car for ... I guess something like 7 or 8 years now. I let somebody talk me into replacing the Pro-jection with a Holley 4-bbl carb, only to find out that I was right and they were wrong - the car was never anywhere near as much fun again. =\ I eventually sold it to a friend for a few hundred bucks, after some idiots in a stolen car rammed it in a parking lot. It just wasn't as much fun anymore when it started looking like a beater, from being rammed in a parking lot, instead of looking totally showroom-floor cherry from living all its life in a garage (it had less than 20,000 miles on it when I got it from my grandmother, in the early nineties).

The guy I sold it to finished it off inside six months - he was something of a lunatic; I have no idea what the fuck he actually did, but he literally drove the WHEELS off of it. One wheel, anyway - he snapped an axle. Don't ask me how.

I drive a Neon now. Don't really have the time or want to spend the money on UBAR FAST when all it'll accomplish is making me want to do things that are highly illegal anyway. =\


 
[User Picture] From: agentsteel53
Date: February 21st, 2005 - 08:21 pm
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d'argh, you replaced the FI with a carb? that doesn't sound quite as good... those perf fuel injectors tend to be the best idea, I've heard.

and yeah, I hear ya on the turbulence... forgot about the big Mopar front grille!

someday I'll get myself an Extra Sensible Car. For now, my car is sensible enough! I had originally wanted to buy a Mustang GT, but then I figured I didn't want the hassle of a stick shift, and who buys a 260 HP car and puts an auto transmission on it, so I got the V6? Someday I'll get a Cobra as a second car, and use my current one when I need to drive in the city or anywhere else where a stick is a pain (and I need more than 13 miles per gallon).


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