I volunteered to do the MI-5 this week: Many of you know- I am a NASCAR fan…and this weekend is the Daytona 500!!! During any auto race- NASCAR including- flags of different colors are displayed along a track and mean different things. This MI-5 is based on some of those flags but answers do not have to be race related at all….(I will omit the two most well known flags- the green and the checker).
1. The Black Flag- also known to some as the consultation flag- is waved at a driver for various reasons but means that the driver must pull into the pits. Most of the time the driver is called to the pits to take care of extensive damage on the car or to take care of any penalties that may be incurred. Tell us about a time you had to deal with a penalty of some sort or of a time you had to take a time out to fix something right away. Well there was the time I was caught speeding on federal land by the MPs. That cost me like $90.00 or something to that effect- I don’t remember the exact amount. And I didn’t have much time to send in the payment. I was going 48 in a 35 on Lightfighter (that is the name of the street- honestly) and at the time my lunch was at 1:00 so I was leaving as most of the other staff were driving in from lunch so it was honestly kind of embarrassing.
2. The Yellow Flag is sometimes called the caution flag. When this flag waves it alerts a driver that there is something wrong on the track and they should slow down and fall in line behind the pace car. Tell us about a time you slowed down your pace. Wednesday on my way home from work! It was raining SO hard it took me 15 minutes longer to get home because I had to drive like a grandma. And for those keeping track my traction control did NOT come on once- so I think that I might have run through something slippery like sand when it kept activating the other day.
3. The Blue Flag with Orange Diagonal, known as the courtesy flag is the only “optional” flag in racing. This flag alerts a driver that he (or she) is holding up traffic- specifically the leaders- and that they should be courteous and move over to let the leaders continue to race. While this flag is optional- officials and fellow racers will look down upon anyone who repeatedly ignores it. Tell us about an experience where you let someone take the lead even though you really wanted it or about a time someone gave you the lead in something. Well honestly I am kinda odd when it comes to leading/following. I do NOT like to be the leader of anything. However I also do not like to fail at anything either. So I will take the lead if I have too- but most of the time I am willing to work hard for someone else. I can’t think of any experience besides those that came from group work in college. My college was BIG on the group work. Most of the time I would take the lead for projects because I had to.
4. Red Flag means all activity on the track must come to a stop. This is usually done because of poor weather or a a lot emergency vehicles on the track. Drivers must line up according to position in the designated area (usually on track or in the pits), Crew members are not allowed to work on the cars during this time. Depending on the length or the red flag drivers are often allowed to get out of the car if parked on pit road. Tell us about a time when everything stopped for you. Wow- This is actually a hard question! I hate when I ask myself the hard stuff. The world kind of stopped for my family when my nephew was born. It was such an exciting time. I was woken by a text message at 5:00 in the morning that they were in the hospital. I went to work. And it was sooo long. He didn’t come until 11:24 pm. I was in the waiting room with my parents…and we got to go see him for a couple of minutes. And now everytime he comes over the world stops for him. We stop everything to pay attention to him.
5. When the White Flag is thrown during a race, it signals to all drivers that they are entering the last lap of the race. What is something you are almost done with? I am almost done with a crocheting project. I don’t want to tell you exactly what it is yet…because someone who reads this might benefit from it. But trust me…its cute and I am relieved its almost done.
And Friday Fill-in #111:
1. It seems like it will never stop raining.
2. Can I borrow that when you’re done, please?
3. If I thought you wanted to come with me I’d of invited you!
4. Gorgeous pictures is what I think of most when I think of you.
5. To me, Valentine’s Day means people get candy or flowers or both.
6. Friends gives me strength.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to getting out of work on top of things, tomorrow my plans include laundry and Sunday, I want to watch The Great American Race!