I finally went go-karting with some colleagues at a going-away party for one of our engineers. Lots and lots of fun. I have blisters on both hands from my death-grip on the steering wheel and a sore back. But I posted the fastest individual lap time of any of my colleagues so I guess I've got that to hang my hat on. The best part: we didn't sign any liability waivers. Non-litigious society is great.
On an unrelated note, I am soliciting theories on why my washing machine takes 2+ hours to do a load of laundry.