My name is Steve. I live in Cape Town, South Africa and am 41 years old.
My interests include:
I have had the privilege of playing many great courses, and enjoy the game immensely. I have made many friends through the sport for which i am very grateful.
Mmmmmm M. I love to prepare dinner for my Mates.
My late Father and I had a tradition, where we would have dinner together on Sunday evenings. We did this for 20 years and shared many a great meal, stories and laughs. We also had many, many friends who joined in the festivities. Some of our closest friends were regular festival attenders and joined the party nearly every Sunday. This came about when I was around 20 years old. Sunday's were always depressing, in so much that the next day was Monday and we would have to start our work week, which I am sure you can appreciate is not always a pleasant task. There were some rules which we implemented along the way, like:
If we were going to invite a guest we had to give the host confirmation of this by the Friday morning preceding that weeks festival
Anyway, we decided to have a party on Sunday evenings, we called it our festival which took place at 5.45 pm where we kicked off in the bar at dad's house or at my place. After we had our first drinks poured, (many, many drinks were had at festival), the first topic was what we would put on the menu for the next festival.
I lived for Sunday evenings. We would vary the menu from anything to traditional breedies, (stews), and poitjiekos, (stew made in a cast iron pot on an open fire),in winter to braai's, (BBQ), where we would BBQ anything from steak, lamb, crayfish, and snoek, (a local fish which goes so nicely with an apricot sauce, patat and a nice fesh loaf of garlic bread, served on savoury rice). We also made traditional dishes from around the world, like paella, Greek lamb, curries and Italian dishes.
Sadly, my Father is no longer here but I carry on the tradition with some of the lads that were regular festival attendees to this day.
I love computer gaming. The communities are mostly filled with interesting people from all walks of life.
I am a bit of a pack rat when it comes to gaming. I have a game library, which includes all the games I have played from the eighties to now. Some of them can't be used by me anymore since they are still on floppy disk...like Amazon.
The games I am currently playing are Battlefield 2142, Runescape and Rfactor.
I started playing Runescape in May 2006 and have a very nice account. The account name is Flybynight_1, check it out under high scores on Runescape. I am currently going for my ninth skill cape, (ranging), and hope to get my prayer skill cape by the end of this year too. I like the way the game evolves and the ever changing characters you meet, in game. It's always nice to play a game where you are interacting with real people.
I am new to online sim racing. I race in the South African league, (SARL, South African Racing League) SARL Link, at the moment, where I have completed four events.
|Posted by Steve Taylor at 03:09 AM on Mar 16, 2009||Comment #12|
Thank you for your post. Sadly, like you, I am also spending less and less time here in our wonderful country. I started a new corporation, last year, but decided to start it outside of the good ole RSA.
I am off on Wednesday, for a period of around 6-9 months to apply myself to the business of business. I intend to join races, look at account options and participate once I have settled down.
I have pre-ordered my computer, along with a G25 and this should be delivered to my apartment, before the weekend. I really had my eye on the NAGT event (s) on the 20th, but I think I will be hoping for too much by thinking I will have a chance to participate.
Well done on your achievements with your team. I will be routing for you guys. About GT2....well I have not thought about looking at another sim racing game at this point. I will still be competing in the South African Racing League, (Rfactor), but may very well join in with another sim later. Right now I have to see how much time I will have available, once I am settled, in my new country.
|Posted by Heinz Petzold at 06:34 AM on Mar 15, 2009||Comment #11|
Always nice to see the south african population growing here slowly but surely. I Was born and raised in Jo'burg, but sadly due to the BEE program kicking off and coming out of colledge and not getting anywhere, I took the decision to leave home and start a life somewhere else in '03, made my way to germany and now live in the UK. Miss our summers something terribly i do.
It's always nice to read about the braai's and the potjie's, something i havent enjoyed for years, but brings back some good memories.
While you're hear, if you're hanging around for a while, the south african lads here including the most active ones, myself, boyd bryson and anthony dadley, race with a south african flagged team ''springbok racing'' I dont race with them that often as i am part of 2 other teams, but feel free if to be loud and proud and join up to us and race for us. springbok racing was oringinally a 1st season's drivers team, but Boyd, Anthony and myself are no longer rookies but still race and bring home the trophies.. currently about to pickup a serious one, the GTR2 V8 teams championship trophy, a pride and joy trophy for one of the more prestigeous GTR2 events on the calendar if you ask me .. will be very proud to officialy win that season for SR...
If you ever need any help broadening your horizens and coming into the gtr2 side of online racing, gimme a shout, I'll get you settled in one time china!
|Posted by Steve Taylor at 10:42 PM on Mar 14, 2009||Comment #10|
Ty Daniel. If you are ever coming out to this side of the world, please pm me and I will make some arrangements on your behalf. I live in an area, called the winelands, which has many old, (and new), wine estates. It's about a 40 min drive to the cbd of Cape Town.
|Posted by Daniel Bolman at 08:31 AM on Mar 12, 2009||Comment #9|
Zuid Afrikaans is no problem mate.. I like to hear it too.. I was there last year on a study trip for work, great country and I need to get back there at some stage.
|Posted by Steve Taylor at 07:52 AM on Mar 12, 2009||Comment #8|
Vele Dank Daniel. Ek hoop dat jy die Afrikaans verstaan. Thank you for reading and I hope to be active in racing, very soon.
|Posted by Daniel Bolman at 01:46 AM on Mar 12, 2009||Comment #7|
Welcome Steve, I'm sure you'll enjoy it over here and I will probably see you on track at some point.
|Posted by Steve Taylor at 11:20 PM on Mar 11, 2009||Comment #6|
Good morning Folks.
Thank you All, for taking the time to read and post replies. I will be adding to the blog from time to time and hope to bring you more news from South Africa.
|Posted by Francesco Zargani at 03:08 PM on Mar 11, 2009||Comment #5|
Welcome to R2P Steve! Great read. Always nice to see people share their personal stories. Look forward to racing with you mate.
|Posted by Joco Gorenc at 02:49 PM on Mar 11, 2009||Comment #4|
Welcome and enjoy it here Steve!
|Posted by Tom Smith at 01:34 PM on Mar 11, 2009||Comment #3|
Welcome to R2P Steve!
|Posted by Steve Taylor at 10:07 AM on Mar 11, 2009||Comment #2|
Thank you for reading Jeff. I did not include that my Father was resident in the USA. He resided Newport Beach, Cali, for about ten or so years.
We also had dishes that he was exposed to living in your country. Lol, I still import Bush's BBQ beans from the States. They knock the socks of anything we have here, in the bean line. He introduced us to things that are now common here, but in the 70's and early 80's things like sour cream, made rites and onion loaf, were not heard of in South Africa. I still recall when Liquifruit, was introduced in our country. We were all amazed that it was served in paper packaging. In those days a tin of coke a cola was made from tin, not aluminium.
|Posted by Jeff Graybill at 09:52 AM on Mar 11, 2009||Comment #1|
Welcome to R2P Steve. Nice story. Sundays are when everyone gathers at my parents house here in Texas also.