I've gotten all my gold trophies on each of the four levels (50cc, 100cc, 150cc, and mirror).
I've unlocked most of the characters with only two more question marks to fill in (Dry Bowser, Rosalina, and the second Mii outfit), and I've unlocked a whole bunch of karts.
I've got one- or two-star ratings on all the 50cc circuits and all but one of the 100cc circuits. 150cc's'll come next after I finish up the 100's, then on to the mirror, but I'm guessing that'll be a while.
And I'm using the manual like nobody's business.
Heck, I even avoided my first blue shell this weekend.
Now, if I could just stop thinking that I can drive my real car the way I drive my Mario Kart, I'd be good to go.
I didn't used to think about cutting left around the round-about because it'd be quicker.
I didn't used to think about hitting the b-trigger when I was hitting a looping highway off-ramp.
I didn't use to think about cutting the corner up on the sidewalk on Creek Road in Sharonville on the way back from the library.
I didn't used to think about pulling back on my steering wheel whenever I saw a speed bump.
Now I do all of those.
I don't act on the thoughts. That'd be crazy.
But I totally think them.
Oh, and to those of you who'd like to race me, I've tried the Mario Kart Channel a few times, and my router's signal is such crap that I haven't made it through a full race yet. Once I get that issue cleared up, I'll throw my Wii # out there for everybody to roll me.