05/17/13: Session #3 at the Kencade did not go well score wise, yet I may have made the biggest breakthrough in my Donkey Kong playing career...
Notes to Self:
Your lack of success in chasing down the Donkey Kong world records is 100% mental. Stop getting bent out of shape after a stupid death you big pussy face; the game can hardly ever kill you anymore, so either you won't die, or you'll die stupidly. Accept your deaths and move on - don't let one death turn into a meltdown.
Don't play if you aren't sufficiently rested.
You're good for maybe two starts, after which your spring vision becomes pretty shitty and you start to get cranky and impatient. This also applies when you're going for 130K+ starts: if you can't get the ball rolling after a few restarts, just stop and come back to the game later.
Start exercising again. You'll be mentally more well and your shoulders and neck won't bother you so much when you're playing on the cab.
Ken is a really good friend. When you do get the DK score you're after, make sure he knows you could not have done it without his support. In fact, be sure to thank the community as a whole, as you would have long ago lost interest and motivation without them. At the end of the day, a world record on a video game doesn't mean anything, but the friends you've made along the way, they matter a great deal.