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The Previous entry in this set is Day Two: Qualifying Day

On Saturday my friend and I decided that we weren’t going to go to the Nationwide race. Ok..I admit it- we didn’t buy Nationwide tickets. So we decided to drive to Long Beach and visit the Queen Mary. So if you are here only to hear about my NASCAR adventures you might want to skip this one.

It took us probably about an hour to get to Long Beach- maybe a little longer. Honestly I was just glad I wasn’t driving. I begged my friend to drive- she is far more familiar with the southern California highways as she lived there for a couple years, and she had been to the Queen Mary before. Plus I just wanted to ride in her new car (a Nissan Versa hatchback- very cute and comfy). She suggested the Haunted Encounters Tour so we took that even though she had taken it before. It was pretty fun…but then again- I dig things like that so maybe I am just nutty. We also wandered around on some of the self guided tour parts- but we didn’t really use the map- I mostly followed her since she had been on ship before.

After Queen Mary fun we had a late lunch at Ruby’s and then drove south on the PCH through Huntington Beach. That too was fun- as I saw parts of the California coast line. But I had stowed my camera in the back of her car and didn’t get any beachy pictures. Here are a couple of my favorite Long Beach pictures though:

As always click on the picture to be taken to my Queen Mary Flickr Set

As always click on the picture to be taken to my Queen Mary Flickr Set

Next up: Day Four: The Pepsi 500

Check out the first post in this series: Day One=Fan Fest

Ok- so I wake up in my wonderful hotel room and we laze about a bit. Qualifying is in the  afternoon and we don’t want to get to the track too early…so we both shower and dress and goof around. On our way downstairs to go to breakfast is when we discover crew guys are actually staying at our hotel. Jeff Burton’s Nationwide crew and Joey Logano’s crew appear to be milling around the lobby waiting for something or someone…probably their ride to the track.  We on the other hand head across the street to breakfast.  After having breakfast we head over to starbucks where I get my staple (venti iced black tea lemonade with extra extra ice).  We finally land our keisters at the track and spend a good portion of the morning walking around the midway area (I am sure they call it something different but I call it a midway). We visited sponsor booths and driver merchandise booths. I was able to refrain from purchasing anything- but I did get a free box of ant stakes and a couple of packets of turtlewax Ice.  Oh and a nifty Richard Petty Driving Experience bag that I ended up giving to my mom.

Can I just say this…it was really freaking HOT there. I don’t mind hot but it was hot and humid I guess and it was miserable for me. I was so freaking thirsty half the time. I ended up going through like two bottles of water and three gatorades that day alone. After I hydrated we walked to the pedestrian tunnel to the infield and set up our pit passes and went and explored the pit area for awhile. I got some good shots of some of the cars coming and going for practice. It was hot and I spent some quality time with some misters by the refreshment stands.  We then hiked back out of the pits back through the pedestrian tunnel. Did anyone else who was there think the poor sealions on display looked a little sad? They seemed sad to me.

Then we sat in the stands and watched the end of practice for the Nationwide race and then watched qualifying for the cup guys. My friend screamed her approval so loud when Jeff Gordon was qualified second that it startled me and I nearly dumped red Gatorade down my shirt!  Of course he was knocked off that by Allmendinger and she claimed she was MAD at Allmendinger for knocking her beloved Jeff out of the P2.

Mostly for me Qualifying day was just hot and dehydrating and sticky. We then hiked back to the car and that was fun.  Here are some of my favorite qualifying day pictures:

Click on the picture to be taken to the Flickr set for Qualifying day.

Click on the picture to be taken to the Flickr set for Qualifying day.

Coming Soon: Day Three: The No Nascar Edition.

So I got up at the horrific hour of 4:28 AM. While I like to think I am a morning person, I don’t consider 4:28 morning. I am just saying. Why so early? Well I had to be in San Bernardino by noon.  It was a mostly self-imposed deadline- especially considering that our hotel doesn’t really consider check in until 3:00PM. For me it was pretty much a 6 hour drive. For my friend from Vegas who was meeting me there- it was only a 3.5 hour drive so she could sleep in. I got up- showered, dressed, did my hair. Warning- do not use scalding hot flat irons while half asleep or you may flatten more than just your hair. I then threw my already packed luggage into the cargo area of the HHR, along with a soft cooler of coke zero, my clear 20 race backpack and a present for my friend.  My wheels hit the highway at 6:01 am. I was right on time. I had my directions printed out to the hotel…and hoped that my friend remembered to print some out to the speedway because I didn’t (not that we would end up needed them- the route was actually well marked).  My drive was fairly easy and I had driven this route a couple times before so it wasn’t that bad actually- I am just paranoid about getting lost hence the directions printed out and the piece of mind that Onstar was there helped too.  The drive went fairly quickly. I hit my favorite gas station in Lost Hills and hopped onto the 5 finally and it was right around here that I realized that I totally forgot Valli’s phone number. And there was no way I could even get it because it was popped from my account onto my work computer because I am a nimrod.  I did keep an eye out for her on the highway- but I figure she probably left at a much saner hour than I did.  My friend called me well into my drive to chat while she too drove towards our meeting place (our hotel the Hilton in San Bernardino). That made my drive go by way faster.  She got there first- but only like 15 minutes sooner so it wasn’t like she had to wait hours for me (I was the one who made the hotel reservations so she couldn’t check in with out me).

Luckily the hotel let us check in right away because once whe drug our luggage up to the room, used the facilities and tried to figure out the air conditioner little did we know we wouldn’t be back to our room until well after 10 pm.  BMF grabbed her directions to the Home Depot in Rancho Cucamonga. Yes Tony Stewart was doing a driver appearance at the store and it was time for BFM to get her face to face Tony Time.  I got to do this at the race in Vegas – but she was sick as a dog that day. So we stood in line for a couple hours to get our wristband for the appearance. In the blazing sun. With no sunscreen. We were finally wristbanded up and went to go seek somewhere cool to sit and ended up at a McDonalds.  So we hydrated up, enjoyed us some Coke and just chatted a bit since we had not seen each other in quite awhile (yes we talk in some form or other daily but its not the same) and return to line to stand some more in the blazing sun. Tony was late.  I took a brief reprieve and went into home depot for a bathroom break…and when I finally found the bathroom I found out that Tony was still not there and I could tell because the bathroom must have been by the backdoor because there were two cops and three security guards in all black standing by the door just milling about.  We finally did get to him- but it took us forever.

Tony was hot and asking the security guy to adjust the fan towards him.

Tony was hot and asking the security guy to adjust the fan towards him. He doesn't know hot. Hot is standing in the home depot parking lot with no sunblock on for hours.

Misty and I were both happy, and sat in my car for a few minutes and looked over our pictures from the event. Then were were off to the speedway for fanfest which actually only took us like 10 minutes to get from Home  Depot to the speedway.  There were other drivers doing appearances but we didn’t get there in time to get tickets so we just watched and snapped a few pictures.  Our main reason for going to fanfest was to catch an upclose glimpse of Jeff Gordon- BFM’s favorite driver because he would be playing ROCKBAND onstage with some people who donated money to the Jeff Gordon foundation. By this time I was hot and kinda cranky (and sunburned) and hungry but it was Misty’s favorite driver and there was no way in hell I was gonna be the cause of her missing that.  We made our way to the stage and stood there and waited and finally we go to see that. He was actually early and that was really fun to watch actually. I got some video snippets of him playing but I can’t figure out how to embed them. So you can check them out in my Fan Fest Set on my Flickr.

Stay tuned for: Day Two: Qualifying

The race at Richmond was a battle royale even for Team Home Depot.  To maintain a position in the chase team Home Depot had to score 35 or better.  Thanks to Tropical Storm Hannah the Saturday night race was postponed until Sunday afternoon and qualifying was a wash. This however, was a good thing because it meant team Home Depot started 8th because they were 8th in points.

Considering the season team Home Depot has had this year, I would say Richmond was pretty much a success.  They had a car that despite handling problems, seemed to work well in traffic and allowed Stewart to move up through traffic and stay towards the front of the field all day.  Team HD actually had fairly quick pit stops and crew chief Greg Zipadelli was a calming force through out the day feeding his driver encouragement along with his lap times, making sure Stewart knew he was just as fast if not faster than the leaders all day. It was actually quite an exhilarating end to the race as Stewart made sure to give Jimmie Johnson a run for his money at the end…but Johnson was able to hold Stewart off for the win, his second in a row.  You can be darn sure I was on my feet yelling myself hoarse and willing that Home Depot Camry to pass Johnson on that final run to the checker. Unfortunately it just was not going to happen.

Now regarding Tony’s post-race hissy fit so I know what that is like for both groups of people there. I know what it is like to lose and want to win really badly and just be frustrated and want need to take that out on something.  It bottles up in you…the want the desire…you do as much as you can and you can almost taste that little slice of victory yet…alas you don’t get it. I know that need to throw things.  Hell I have done it myself. (I come from a long line of hotheaded people…lucky me huh?) However I also know what it is like to have someone around you be so frustrated that they take that frustration out on you.  They yell, they toss things, they say things they probably don’t necessarily mean.  So I can understand Tony being frustrated and throwing his gloves (and his hans device, and his steering wheel, and his heel guards, and his towel, and his coke bottle).  I also understand Zipadelli defending the crew and telling Stewart to “cut that crap out”  I just hope that Tony realizes that those guys did a great job out there…or he probably wouldn’t have finished as high as he did.

Other Notes About Richmond:

  • Did you all see the new Home Depot commercial with the proverbial handing off of the steering wheel? I don’t know how I feel about that one.
  • Um why did Jimmie think that Stewart was going to try to bump him out of the way at the end? He isn’t Kyle “King of the Bump and Run” Busch.
  • I was a little disappointed that HotPass didn’t do a post-race with Tony…but I understand why after his little fit and him just sitting there on the pitwall…I am personally surprised they got him to do the chase picture at the end of the race.

Next week: Chase Race number 1- New Hampshire

Dear Mother Nature-

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Please keep your damn hurricanes to yourself. They are starting to mess with my NASCAR schedule and that is NOT GOOD.



First the Fill-in #88

1. If I was to walk into your life, would you please walk softly?

2. Catch a bright star and place it in your pocket…but it might burn a hole in your jeans.

3. And you can send me to the moon.

4. Sorry I am crying but I’m dealing with a memory that never forgets.

5. I’m the innocent bystander / Somehow I got stuck in the catch fence.

6. What’s keeping us apart isn’t selfishness, it’s pure unadulterated hatred.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to GOING HOME AND CRASHING, tomorrow my plans include Sleeping and Richmond if it doesn’t rain and Sunday, I want to SLEEP!


And now My SELF MI-5:

I was inspired by an article in SELF magazine for this week’s MI-5.  The article was called “Create Your Happy-Life List” and this list is derived from the little workbook box in the article.  That box gave room for four answers in each of six boxes. I only used four of the boxes and added my own question to the list.  Feel free to give as many or as few answers to each question as you like.

1. Every day I would like to: (examples given were: get my heart rate up, sleep for 15 more minutes, be loving to my partner) wake up refreshed, express my creativity and read (for pleasure) for at least 30 minutes.

2. Every week, I would like to: (examples given were: cook a meal from scratch, pamper myself, spend time alone) Spend quality time with my nephew while he is young and growing, expand my cooking, and keep from getting behind in my laundry because its one of the things I hate to do the most.

3. Before next year, I would like to: (examples given were: clean out my closets, take a class, track my spending, plant an herb garden) write a book, take an awesome picture, completely clean out my closets and donate all the stuff I don’t use anymore to goodwill.

4. Before I die, I would like to: (examples given were: start a business, try skydiving, go skinny-dipping, make a difference in the world) drive across the united states in an obnoxiously big RV with just my best friend, my dog and no agenda.

5: How likely do you think you will be to complete any of these goals? Which will be the easiest? Which will be the hardest? Most of mine are pretty doable…and some of them I already do.  The hardest one would be the driving across the united states one. Sure sounds like fun though.

My August Flickr favorites are a little late because I was at the California Motor Speedway getting my race on. I promise I will blog about it- but I am still working on uploading the 400-plus pictures I took. Plus I am also waiting for my cd with my friends pictures on it to arrive :) So yey for LOTS of pictures!!

Anyway here are my Flickr favorites.  There seems to be alot of yellow in the pictures I liked this month for some reason. As always click on the big picture to be taking to the original flickr picture so you can check out the actual photographers of these gorgeous pictures.

Well hello there! Did you miss me? Come on…we both know you did. Anyway I had a GREAT time at the race in Fontana. I have lots of pictures and stories to share regarding that…but it will take me a bit to get that all going for you so you will have to be patient there.  I did have lots of fun and ended up sunburned before I even found the speedway (another story).

Anyways Here is J.’s Back To Skool MI-5:

1. Think back to the soundtrack of your high school years – what were you listening to then? I was very into the “hair” bands. Bon Jovi, Poison, Slaughter, Motley, ‘tallica…you get the drift.

2. It’s an average Thursday night– what’s on TV? I wasn’t too big on tv.

3. What was playing at the local Bijou then? We didn’t have one. We still don’t best to my knowledge.

4. What character from “The Breakfast Club” best described you during high school: Judd HircshNelson, the brooding rebel without a cause?  Molly Ringwald’s pampered princess?  Ally Sheedy’s freak in need of a bottle of Head & Shoulders?  Emilio Estevez’s varsity jacketed jock?  Or Anthony Michael Hall’s dweeby dork?  I was a cross between Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall. Smart but dweeby dork who was a freak that stood mostly on the outside and looked in.

5. Does looking back at your junior & senior high class pictures cause you to cringe, wondering why nobody stopped you from walking out into public looking like that?  Why?  Mullet?  Poodle perm? Urg…when I wa s a sophomore I had the perm from hell.

And Friday’s Fill-in:

1. When I’m sick I’m a pain in the ass.

2. When I take a walk, I think about whatever is bothering me at the time.

3. Money can’t buy happiness but it can sure make you comfortable.

4. Cotton makes me think of underwear and leather makes me think of cars.

5. The strangest person/character I’ve had lewd thoughts about was probably from a book.

6. My favorite color these days is purple because it’s my favoritest color.

7. And as for the weekend, friday I went to Qualifying for the Pepsi 500, Saturday I went on a tour of the Queen Mary in Long Beach and Sunday I was at the Pepsi 500!