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Day 8 in L.A.

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Emmanuel Deloget

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So, yesterday was a good day. I managed to meet Dave and Melissa, we had a very nice evening in a very good restaurant, loads of fun, talks about gamedev, and so on. To come and see them, I had a fairly long freeway drive, so I decided to try this Mustang a bit.

I'm pleased to say that I'm statisfied with this car. The driver position is confortable for long drives, and the car is responsive (despite the fact that it's an auto-gear. Do you ever drive manual gear cars, you American people? It's a lot more fun, you know). I pushed it to its limits (hoping that no policemen was roaming there), and it went nicely to its 120 mph. All in all, that was pretty fun. I definitely plan to buy one some day (when my MG ZR will die, I guess)

The dinner was really nice too! I tasted a red wine from Temecula (don't remember the name, but I think it was some merlot. Unsure about that though). It was quite good, with some distinctive points - although it was not that different from a French merlot. For the main dish, I chosed some chicken rolls with (made in America) French brie inside. That was tasty as well.

Of course, most of the discussion went on gamedev.net. I got a better view of the undergoing changes, our goals for the new millemnium (well, at leadt for this year), and on the organization itself (who is in charge of doing what there). That was rather informal, but very informative.

So yes, that was a very good day. The only bad thing is that I did some shopping at the Del Amo Fashion Center near my hotel, bought too many things, and had to buy another carry-on to be able to get everything back to France. Geez, when will I stop to spend my money? [smile]
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Do you ever drive manual gear cars, you American people? It's a lot more fun, you know).


Yep, it is, until you have to commute and spend an hour to two in stop-and-go traffic. Then suddenly having a manual really sucks.

An offhand estimate (with absolutely 0 supporting studies), but I'd say about 75% or more of new drivers these days can't drive a stick shift without crunching a gear every other shift - if they even have an idea on how to drive one.

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Do you ever drive manual gear cars, you American people? It's a lot more fun, you know).


Yep, it is, until you have to commute and spend an hour to two in stop-and-go traffic. Then suddenly having a manual really sucks.

That's because you arent used to it [smile]. In France (and in Germany) the vast majority of car solds have manual gears - and we have traffic jam too. But we manage to not go crazy because of the gear handling.

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An offhand estimate (with absolutely 0 supporting studies), but I'd say about 75% or more of new drivers these days can't drive a stick shift without crunching a gear every other shift - if they even have an idea on how to drive one.

That should be enforced in driving schools (but you don't have such kind of thing, right? You can get your driving license without having to pay for a driving school IIRC). The French motto in this case is: who can do the most can do the least. If you are able to drive a manual geared car, then you'll be able to drive a auto geared car - while the contrary is not true.

Despite that tiny problem, did I said that I love the Mustang?

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I drive stick, but a lot of other North Americans do not. I prefer it because it gives me a better feel for the road and forces me to pay more attention to my driving.

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In South Africa the majority of people drive "stick shifts" too. When I got to California, I made sure that my new car had a manual transmission because it's what I personally prefer to drive. There's nothing like the feeling of slamming back the gear stick and being pushed into your chair by the acceleration ;)

You're also lucky you weren't caught going over 100mph. I think the fastest speed stretch I've ever seen is 75mph, so 120mph is almost 66% over the limit. You would've been locked up and all future visits to USA could've been jeopardised. That's one of the 2 things you should never be caught doing in this country; the other being drinking and driving :)

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