Not since my Bejewled Weekend back several months ago have I been so enthralled in an activity. Truly it was the only thing I thought of during the weekend and every time I did something else I thought of going back to what I was doing. So, what was I doing? I've talked about iRacing in the past with this post as well as this one.
If you are new to my blog you might want to check out my glossary as I explain here that iRacing went from a Kansas to a hyper-Kansas. With my interests that are a Kansas I can step out of it, but when something goes into hyper-Kansas it is very difficult to break away from that activity.
Truly, I raced more on iRacing in this weekend that I think I did for any entire week that I have been a member. I did three F1 races @ 50ish minutes easy, two 110 lap modified races, six 25 minute GT races, many street stock races, and whole lot of practice.
While I still don't know why something goes from a Kansas to a hyper-Kansas I do know what it feels like. During a hyper-Kansas event it all but hurts to be doing something other than the hyper-Kansas activity. It's as if every cell in my body is magnetized and is attracted to that activity. Yesterday I was so enthralled with iRacing that lunch was just a distraction that I didn't have time for.
Looking back on my life I do know there is a vast difference between Kansas and hyper-Kansas. I have stated many times, and in my presentation the exact quote on my PowerPoint is that, "Kansas is that activity or interest a person on the ASD is obsessed with and, as my dad would say 'won't shut up about.'" However, when there is a hyper-Kansas amplify that statement. It becomes more.
When I was younger in school I can remember that when I learned about states and capitols I went into hyper-Kansas mode because I needed to know them. Also, when the game of flashcards came about I did everything I could to learn the multiplication tables to the exclusion of other subjects. When there is a hyper-Kansas other interests or activities that I do like are sometimes ignored.
So how long does a hyper-Kansas last? Usually they aren't a prolonged event; however, as of late my passion for driving has increased and since I am not in a position to drive in real life, what better way to satisfy that desire to drive than to compete against people all around the world on iRacing.
I do want to point out that I don't make a conscious effort to decide what does and what doesn't become a Kansas or a hyper-Kansas. With that being said, do I want the current hyper-Kansas to end? I have a mixed answer on this as it is nice to be able to think about other things and to have other interests, but on the other hand I can honestly say there is no better feeling that to be completely engrossed within the amazingly awesome confines of hyper-Kansas.