Friday Fillin #93:
1. One of the best concerts/plays/movies I ever saw that I really didn’t think I’d like was Wicked.
2. White Bus Stop Chili is a recipe I recently made (or meal I recently ordered) that was delicious!
3. It’s time for a big steaming glass of tea.
4. Aveda Comforting Tea is quite refreshing.
5. If I never hear the word “The Market” again, it’ll be too soon.
6. To one side of the curving road was a broken fence, and on the other was a dinosaur.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to resting with a big steaming cup of tea, tomorrow my plans include staying awake long enough to watch the race (I’m sick gimme a break) and Sunday, I want to have an omelet!
Friday Fillin #93:
- This has got to be my biggest pet peeve: Being talked over. It’s just freaking rude. I have a couple family members who are especially bad at this. I will be talking. A thought comes into their head (usually one that has NOTHING to do with what I am saying) and instead of waiting until I have finished my thought- they launch into theirs- right over the top of what I am saying. I don’t think they realize they might as well just stand up and say HEY WHAT YOU ARE SAYING ISN’T IMPORTANT or HEY I REALLY COULD GIVE TWO SHITS ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK. All I ask is that you wait til I pause or something and break in with ON THAT NOTE…or if it’s really killing you say something like “before you go any further….” Don’t just talk over the freaking top of what I am saying. It’s rude. REALLY rude. Nothing will make me stand up and leave a room mid-sentence faster. The ironic thing is after this happens two or three times within the span of say a couple hours- I will just give up and start doing the monosyllabic answer thing only when I am addressed. Yep. No. Fine. Uh-huh. And the same person who will have talked over the top of me will get pissed at me for not talking more. Talk about mixed messages.
- People who don’t pick up after their animals when they walk them. I pick up my dog’s business…you should pick up yours.
- People who don’t wash their hands after they use the restroom. Um gross.
- People who park way way too close because they don’t have a passenger. Um I might still want to be able to get INTO my car. Thanks.
That’s all I can think of. So tell me- what makes your blood boil?
I have to tell you I have been working on this post a long long time- I will write something and then decide I don’t like it and backspace it all out- then I start over and change the name… I just can’t figure out the right way to get my words out…not a problem I usually have.
The NASCAR season is starting to draw to close–ending on November 16th. I am sure some of my regulars like Bill and Janet will be glad to hear it- not being fans. That doesn’t mean that I stop thinking about NASCAR- the season will start back up again in February and there is a lot to keep up on during the “off” season. Ask anyone involved in NASCAR about off season and they will look at you like you are nuts- and say “What off season?” The end of this season and beginning of the next season is somehow very…bittersweet is the only thing I can think of that kind of describes it.
When Tony Stewart announced earlier in the season that this would be his last season with Joe Gibbs Racing (even though technically he was contracted through the end of the 2009 season) to take an driver/part-ownership role at CNCHaas (now to be Stewart-Haas) I was flabbergasted. I couldn’t figure out why you would want to leave a winning team like Joe Gibbs Racing…a team that Tony himself has described on several occasions as like a family to him- for such a risky situation like partial ownership of a team that is currently…mediocre. Then I actually watched some of the press conferences and heard Tony talk about it and he seemed really excited about the challenge aspect of ownership as well as leaving a legacy when he decides he doesn’t want to drive anymore. That not only made me understand why he was doing it – but get excited about why he was doing it.
Then a little later the news comes out that the only crew chief he has had, Greg Zipadelli, will be staying with Joe Gibbs Racing. That news saddened me immensely because i think that the two of them work extremely well together. They are both obviously driven people who live for winning. However- I understand what Zippy is saying about being loyal to Joe Gibbs Racing. I understand this because tomorrow marks the 10th year I have worked for the company I work for as a full time employee and my 13th year if you count when I worked part time. I understand about loyalty. I cherish loyalty. I try to exemplify loyalty myself.
Then I got wrapped up in the season and put the fact that my driver** and my crew chief** I have been supporting for years are basically divorcing into the back of my mind and concentrated on the season at hand. However I try to not think about the split- I kept getting little or not so little reminders dropped on me here and there. There was the bringing on Joey Logano into a cup car to gain experience (driving both the 02 and the 96)…since he will be taking over Tony’s car next year. Then there was the removal of Tony’s usual spotter Mark…whom thanks to HotPass I could recognize his voice during the national broadcast. Yet still I was able to kinda ignore it. Then there was the announcement that Darian Grubb will be serving as crew chief for Tony’s #14 Office Depot/Old Spice car….and while I acknowledged that it was a wise choice since he is familiar with Hendrick Motorsports equipment…and I again I was able to let it go back to recesses of the mind. On with THIS season my brain would say. That’s next season. That’s a lifetime from now.
However, after last weekend’s win at Talladega, the fact that my driver and crew chief will not be together anymore basically stood up and smacked me in the face! Between crew chief Zipadelli’s emotional post race interview and the videoconference where Tony stated that the final race of the season, Homestead-Miami, will be the hardest race for both he and Zippy no matter where they finish. That made me really sad to hear. It really makes a melancholy ending to the season…a season frankly I don’t want to end because then I have no reason NOT to face it.
I am excited for Tony’s new venture…but I am kind of excited for Zippy and the guys to start with a new driver too. Thus I feel…torn. Today I was walking across the parking lot towards my car and I saw my little 20 sticker in the corner of my window (I am not big on stickers on my car mind you…the ONLY sticker I have is a small round 20 on the corner of my back window) I thought…what am I gonna do? Do I change it? Peel it off and buy a 14 next season? Or do I just add a 14? Its a hard decision because like I said…I am not big on putting stickers on my car. I could hear BFM’s voice when we were hiking back to the car after the Fontana race- “Friend- I think you might have to take Logano as your second favorite driver just so you can keep up with Zippy and the crew.”
** I recently read somewhere that NASCAR is one of the few sports where fans will include themselves in the reference of their favorite team. I find that I am indeed one of those people. I too will say: “MY driver”, “MY crew chief”, “WE wrecked”, “We are having a bad day.”
- First off…happy birthday Tessy.
- Yesterday I was on my way home when BFM called to tell me that she was watching THIS WEEK IN NASCAR and it was ALL about the controversy surrounding the win…well unfortunately by the time I get home and get the tv on and tuned to SpeedTV – the only part of that I saw was crew chief Zipadelli yell something to the effect of: “That’s bullshit- you can’t pass under the yellow. Where’s my Official?” (which is something you didn’t see on the national broadcast). It cracks me up because its nearly word for word what I yelped when I jumped off the couch. Except I might have thrown in an extra f word and instead of saying where’s my official I believe I said something like- NASCAR NEEDS TO REVIEW THAT. Even my mom picked up on the fact that it was nearly word for word what I said when I jumped off the couch.
- Can I brag for a moment? My nephew is getting bigger and is so adorable! He’s 6 months old, weighs nearly 15 lbs…is really LONG…and has started learning to wave. The other night he came across the street for a visit and sat and played in the laundry basket with my clothes and a couple of toys…he was having such a ball in the laundry basket- it was cute. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera charged up so you will have to trust me on that one. It was darling. He has also started reaching out for people when he wants them to pick them up. That’s fun. As are baby kisses! Ahh..ok you talked me into it. Here’s a picture:
- More bragging. I got my love of taking pictures from my father. He has always loved to take pictures. He is in a place where right now he has far superior photography equipment than I do. He has said recently that he might have the equipment for it but I have more of an eye for the pictures. Somehow…I don’t think so. He took this amazing photo at a local airshow of a jet and the shockwaves coming off him as he is about to break the sound barrier:
I am going to be straight with you- I actually don’t like watching races at Talladega….and am the only one I know who feels this way. The races at Talladega make me nervous. The track is huge and super fast. Add to that 43 cars going 200 mph most of whom are not just inches apart (thanks to the restrictor plates they run) but also purposely banging into each other’s bumpers (bump draft) and its a recipe for disaster….or what fans and teams call THE BIG ONE. Inveribly there is going to be at least one wreck that takes out a good portion of the field. I watch between my fingers (figeratively not literally) because I fear “my driver” will be taken out by “THE BIG ONE” and then the race will pretty much be ruined for the day.
Now I have stated before that I usually take notes while I am watching the race. I usually grab a notebook or some paper and have it with my while I am watching so I can take notes of the laps that certain things I might want to write about happen on. I also am a big doodler so usually besides my notes there are flowers and meager attempts at cars and such all over the notes. I had my notebook at the ready during Talladega but I didn’t really make any notes. I mostly just drew…I drew a car and a flower and then the biggest checkered flag that takes up about two thirds of the page. Now I am going to to tell you that this was graph paper so no wonder I picked a checkered flag…it was not because I felt Tony was going to win…it was because I was nervous and I doodle when I am nervous.
What I do remember is that on the radio during the race Team Home Depot Subway was fairly quiet. Even more so than usual. Before the race, driver Tony Stewart told his crew- as he usually does to be careful on pit road and promised to do his part better today. Most of the chatter was the spotter Mike alerting driver Tony Stewart of where people were on the track and that kind of thing. This tells me one thing- the car was set up pretty well to begin with. My suspicions were confirmed when right before the first pitstop crew cheif Zipadelli radioed in and asked his driver what he needed- and he just wanted a tiny adjustment and that was it. Usually the go back and forth as to what kind of adjustments are needed but they seemed fairly dialed in today. Pit stops were also smooth and without problem- the Home Depot Subway car was out of the pits in a time manner each time without incident.
There were two “Big Ones” during the race and several little ones…and during each of the big ones Team Home Depot Subway very narrowly escaped getting caught up in the mele. The first wreck happened in front of us as we were working our way through traffic and the second one happened behind Team Home Depot Subway…RIGHT behind them. As in I let out a fairly audible and horrified sounding gasp. Both “Big Ones” resulted in red flags (that stop the race).
The race ended with a green-white-checker finish with Stewart in the lead and working hard with his spotter to block and fend off an advancing line of DEI cars trying to draft past him. As the train of Stewart, Regan Smith, and Paul Menard came down to take the checkered flag Smith actually pulled down across the yellow line towards the apron of the track and passed Stewart – thus technically crossing the finish line first. It was a rookie mistake– you are no allowed to cross the yellow line and advance your position. It’s ok to go down under the line if you are forced down there to avoid contact however you are not allowed to advance your position under the line. Smith claimed that he heard that that was the rule except on the last lap (which makes no sense to me- why have a rule that works except for the last lap? That’s crazy). NASCAR mandated that Smith indeed advanced his position under the line and was thus penalized by being placed at the end of the longest line- placing him with a finishing position of 18th. I see it like this: It’s like catching the football and running just outside the sidelines to the endzone and jumping in- claiming that this is a legal move because it’s the last two seconds of the game. This would clearly not be a touchdown because you went OUT OF BOUNDS.
Driver Tony Stewart broke his 43 race winless drought with a win at a track he has never won at before. A track that in his previous 20 races there- he has been second 6 times. Needless to day it was a very emotional victory lane celebration.
Other Talladega Notes:
- Denny Hamlin was taken to the hospital following an incident where he cut a tire and smashed hard into the wall. He was kept overnight for observation. After the race it was reported he was being held overnight for a observation of a possible concussion and an ankle bruise. I hope Denny is ok.
- Tires were blowing all over the place…however it was surmised by some of the race teams that the teams that were blowing tires may have been running too high of air pressure or that tires were being damaged due to rubs because of the bump draft. Goodyear promised during the national broadcast that they would examine the evidence at their race office in Akron, OH to find out why there seemed to be an inordinate number of tire blowouts.
- Travis Kvapil had a great qualifying effort (the POLE!) and a fairly good run most of the day until getting caught up in that Big One. I really think Kvapil is going places.
- When Regan Smith passed Tony below the yellow line you should have seen me jump off the couch and yell YOU CAN’T ADVANCE UNDER THE YELLOW LINE!!!! I scared the dog so much she woke up and ran out the back door. I was already crying foul. Then the cameras were showing Regan’s pit crew celebrating and I was pissed. PISSED. But when they deferred to NASCAR who deemed the winner to be Tony I was like HELL YEAH HE WAS THE WINNER!!!
- While I totally agree that Tony Stewart was the winner I do think penalizing Regan Smith to back in 18th position was a little harsh I will say that.
Next Week: Saturday Night at Lowe’s Motorspeedway in Charlotte!
- Name something a friend or loved one did for you in the last month that made you feel good. If I am having a bad day all I need is a call and I instantly feel better. And my friend and I talk a lot so its all good there.
- Name something you did for a friend or loved one in the last month and how did it make them feel? Seriously I don’t keep track of that kind of thing…
- Tell us about the first childhood family vacation that you remember. That I actually remember would be the summer between fourth and fifth grade…we went up north to a cabin outside of Paradise,CA for a week…and then the next week we went to Disneyland way down in SoCal. Well when up north we had all gone on a hike and gotten LOST! Like seriously lost. As in all day in the mountains…and no one would come looking for us until late that night because my grandparents just happened to be coming up to stay with us in the cabin that day. Any way we finally find this fire break road and hike up it…by now its like 5pm and we find this house and this guys really kinda hinky of us but lets us drink from his hose and tells us how to get back whence we came from…and actually ended up giving us a ride back to the cabin…and everyone but me ended up with poison oak…well until Disneyland…when I had it and everyone else was over it.
- Kids get hurt. Tell us a time you recall as a kid when you injured yourself. The summer between third and fourth grade I was in our backyard swinging on this swingset my dad had set up for my brother and I that had two swings…one really low and set up for his use and one higher set up for me…Well I was alone in the yard and decided to just sit on his low swing and swing because I figured since the swing was lower to the ground the chain was longer and with a longer chain the swing would be higher and longer. Well what I didn’t account for was that my feet were closer to the ground and my foot caught on the grass at the edge of the rut under the swing and I went flying off the swing and face planted on the ground..and being a kid and not knowing better I stuck my arms out to pad my fall. Big mistake because I could hear my arm crack in my head and then I instantly got nauseated. I ran inside bawling and told my mom I broke my arm and how it happened and SHE DIDN’T BELIEVE ME when I told her my arm was broken. She made me sit on the couch and rest. I remember she was making brownies for my dad to take to work or something and my aunt came over to pick something up and told my mom that she thought I was telling the truth and she watched my brother while we went to the doctor…where indeed I was vindicated. I had a hairline fracture of one of the bones in my fore arm.
- Tell us something you want to do before the snow flies. Well it doesn’t snow here. But I like to take some time in November every year and go through my clothes and give the ones I don’t wear anymore to goodwill.
- The Carl Edwards kamakazi move to over take Johnson at Kansas- I was sitting back thinking Jimmie Johnson had it made. I looked over at my mom and said “There’s no way Carl will catch him…its too late” and as soon as those words poured out of my mouth Carl goes sliding into the corner past Jimmie. I mean drivers just don’t drive into the corner too hot like that (on purpose anyway). Yeah he knew he was gonna hit the wall…but how many times did we see Kyle Busch use the outside wall as a bumper this season and still win? It can be done. Carl gave it a valient effort…that exhilarated me and I was rooting for Jimmie (well to win…I always root for Tony…but he was too far back to make a bid for the lead way too far back).
- Actually attending races this year- I have been a fan since I was in single digits but only managed to wrangle myself out to a NASCAR race for the first time THIS YEAR. Sad but true. However I LOVED it and am totally hooked on that experience. I already have tickets for the Vegas race next year (FYI I also found my way to Fontana later in the year).
- Converting my best friend into a NASCAR fan- We have been friends since junior high. Seriously. She moved away to socal to go to college and we remained best friends…then she moved away to Las Vegas to live and we are still best friends. She recently admitted that she always thought my obsession with NASCAR was odd. During the summer last year I was visiting her in Vegas and looked at her and said- “Hey will go to the races with me here?” She just kinda looked at me and said “I guess.” I bought her ticket and we went to the March race in Vegas. However- by the time this season began she was already well into fledgling race fandom. She started watching races and read some books on NASCAR because she “wanted to understand what she was watching” and now she is hard core just like me. She can even do the points spread in her head after most races for her driver. (She picked Jeff Gordon as her driver).
- The CHASE format- If we didn’t have the chase format- Kyle Busch would probably still be way way out in the lead. With this chase format at this point anyway- it’s still anyone’s game. Of course I am sure Kyle Busch doesn’t feel this way…and if Kyle were Tony…I probably wouldn’t feel this way- but I am loving it this season.
- The SD Channel on DirectTV HotPass- I am probably way in the minority here- but I would much rather watch the SD channel on HotPass than my driver’s channel- because I can here my crew’s team chatter while watching the national broadcast.
HONORABLE MENTION: Tony Stewart and The Home Depot Crew- Tony and the Home Depot boys have had a craptacular season. Their luck absolutely stinks this season. It started bad (On probation, then Tony hitting the wall in Vegas) and has not gotten better yet! There have been speeding penalties, pit road problems (Like running into Vicker’s gas man), illness and more thrown gloves, helmets and towels than you can shake a stick at. Oh and not to mention that whole little “What Will Tony Do” debacle…and then the Tony’s leaving revelation. Yet they still show up every week, dig their heels in and try.
So what are your five things you are loving about NASCAR or about anything…
I had to go to the eye doctor yesterday afternoon to get my new contacts prescription adjusted slightly because the astigmatism in my left eye always tests worse then what it actually is. It’s not a big deal…it took my doctor like 5 minutes. And he didn’t really do anything but tell me that its not a big deal and write a new prescription. While we were discussing what was going on in my eyeballs he told me to sit in the exam chair- which gives me a perfect view of his computer screen so I can see my chart and what he’s typing in it. That’s when I saw what he was typing in my chart:
The 34-year old female states that the….
I mean he might as well as slapped me with a wet noodle, or maybe a fun noodle, either way. I am sitting in my optometrist’s chair when it hits me: Crap! I am THIRTY-FREAKING-FOUR years old!!!! When the hell did that happen??? I certainly don’t feel 34 maybe 24 definitely not 34. Of course when I was 24 I still got carded for liquor…so I must look 34- or at least old enough to buy the hooch! And by the time my mother was my age she had two children and the youngest was 7! It definitely kinda freaked me out a bit.
It’s great having a best friend though…because when I called her on the way home she said…just be glad you didn’t see him typing that next year. Awww…thanks. That did help…a little.