Mario Kart

Juan Orozco
Juan Orozco
Wiimote Steering wheel
Wiimote Steering wheel

Ok, so I know that it's not my birthday yet, but my mom sent me Mario Kart and Ciri wasn't fast enough to stop me from opening it and popping it in the Wii. :)) I had to download some updates for the Wii, but after about 5 minutes I was behind the Wiimote steering wheel. I had some trouble with the Wiimote's sensitivity in the past and I was afraid that using the steering wheel would drive me to insanity, but after my first race on the wimpy 50cc series, I was sold. Amazingly responsive to my crazy driving, I zoomed through the tracks, earning my first Gold trophy. Nice. I wanted to start slow; run an easy track on the 50cc setting using auto drifting. I remember when the Revolution was announced, Nintendo's main goal was to bring gaming back to the masses. Veteran gamers will still be able to pick up a game and have a blast, but new gamers also face a shallow learning curve so they can have fun too.

One thought that entered my mind as I passed Bowser at turn 2 on Luigi Circuit, was "Ciri could play this too." Ciri isn't much of a gamer, but on Mario Kart for the GC, she made a great teammate. She could bump, throw, and drift like no other... just don't ask her to drive. It looks like they removed the double kart concept in the Wii version, so Ciri has no other place in the game except the front seat of a Bullet Bill styled kart. So far, she's been too timid to play, although she does admit it looks easy even for her. We'll see.

The Nissan Rogue

Juan Orozco
Juan Orozco

Nissan RogueThe Nissan Rogue.   I don't think my dad would agree with me, but I believe we are a Nissan family.   I have owned or driven many different Nissan models over the time of being licensed to drive.   No other car manufacturer "does it" like Nissan, in my opinion.   They run forever, they are simple to repair, they look bad ass, and they have the best sounding engines (next to BMW, see below. ).   I like many other car companies, but Nissan has to be my favorite.   After owning a 300 ZX ( I beat myself up for selling that car now...) I knew that Nissan was my favorite.   It was so much fun driving that car, I just wish they didn't make the interior maroon.. yuck.   Now we have a 2001 Sentra for Ciriana and Izzy, but if we decide to have another child soon, we will need a car with a larger back seat.   Izzy's baby seat is HUGE, and there is no way we can fit two of them.

The only bad thing is that it has no Hybrid option (yet?).   We really want a hybrid for our next car with gas prices going up like they are.   The other option is a Ford Escape Hybrid or a Nissan Altima Hybrid, which the latter currently not being sold in North Carolina.   The Ford Escape doesn't get as good mileage as Hybrid sedans (obviously), but I would trade my truck in for that.   If we get a sedan, we will trade in Ciri's car, which should be about half way paid off by then, if not more.

One last point: the Rogue not only looks cool, but it's also named after my class of choice in World of Warcraft.   It's a win-win, man.   Now, if only they could make it into a hybrid.

BMW X5 Engine Sound:

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