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It’s only 8:27 am- meaning I have been here for exactly 27 minutes officially and I have already have a customer call me, bitch me out for something that is NOT my fault…and then yell THIS IS BULLSHIT in my ear and hang up on me when I am in the middle of trying to help her.  Hope you are having a better day than me!

So I am leaving for Vegas in just over a week. Here is the usual call for guest posters…if you are interested drop me a line or comment and I will get you set up before I leave. Usual suspects ETS, Chrissy and Bill will have posting rights so they don’t need to volunteer.

You can probably tell by my blogskin that I am a Tony Stewart fan…plus I tend to discuss him a lot on here because he is HOT! a great racer! But it goes without saying that I am not just a Tony fan…there are lots of other drivers I root for too. Probably right there next to Tony is Dale Earnhardt Jr (also HOT! a great racer!).

I have been following the whole Dale Jr leaving D.E.I. debacle with interest (I admit that my main interest and focus was that I was hoping he would join JGR to be Tony Stewart’s teammate…that would be my dream raceteam but I am definitely digressing). Some fans are pissed he is leaving D.E.I and some said they will follow him where ever he went (he ended up with Hendricks Motorsports). What cracks me up about that debate is that some people don’t realize that Dale Earnhardt was driving for Richard Childress not D.E.I at the height of his career.

Then there is the whole fight over the number 8. Most of the people who read my blog are NOT NASCAR FANS…so they probably don’t understand why a driver would want to fight over a silly number painted on the side of a loud, fast car. Well first off there is all the marketing already revolving around Dale Jr and the number 8. People doesn’t understand this but it isn’t just any old number 8. When they are talking about the number…they mean the number, the number style- including the font, the shading, the coloration- everthing. Weird huh? Unfortunately I can see both sides of this fight.

Dale wants #8 because…first off, it is familiar with his fan base. For most NASCAR/JR fans…DALE JR = 8. He has raced #8 since he was a rookie in the cup series. No to mention the book he and Jade Gurss wrote about his rookie year: Driver #8. More over, the number has familial legacy. His grandfather Ralph Earnhardt drove a number 8 as did his father for a time early in his career. And while Dale has made it very clear that he is not his father and does not race like his father…that he wants to be his “own person” in racing (something I COMPLETELY understand) I am sure that having that tie means a lot to him.

D.E.I wants #8 because…of the familial legacy. D.E.I. has been founded on the legacy left by Dale Earnhardt Senior and D.E.I is riding that legacy. Also- D.E.I. tried to bargain to retain some licensing control over merchandise….so they are also in it for the money. Plus I am sure that some of the retaining of the #8 has just a little bit to do with the fact that Dale choose to severe his relations with D.E.I. at the end of his contract.

I can total see Dale wanting to take something familiar with him- for his fans and himself. However I understand (do not read that as agree…because I do not necessarily agree) the D.E.I position as well.

What cracks me up the most? Is the TEAMS do not own the numbers- NASCAR does. And technically- NASCAR could jump in and say “HEY – the number goes with Dale Jr” however I know that they will not do such a thing. It isn’t in the best interest of NASCAR.

Personally…I am excited to see what Dale Jr comes up with for next year. I have a feeling that he will come up with something great. And for those who have #8 inked…just think of the cool tat addition you could get if he ends up with something like #81 or #83. Should we start a friendly pool? What the number will be? Who the sponsor will be??

Usually I would be writing to you today about the race from Sunday…which this weekend happened to be in Michigan.  Ahh but no it is rain delayed.  So I set my dvr to record for the rain delayed time of 12:00 ET (9:00 am our time)….but it has been FURTHER delayed…and will probably be starting at 12:00 my time…which means I am going to miss it because my DVR is stupid and doesn’t understand rain delays.

Why doesn’t NASCAR run rain tires again????

Chrissy does lyrics sometimes…and I am feeling a little unoriginal today…and can’t write about the race because…Rained Out!! This is a song I have been listening to a lot recently. Who doesn’t love this song…By Garth Brooks:

Blame it all on my roots
I showed up in boots
And ruined your black tie affair
The last one to know
The last one to show
I was the last one
You thought you’d see there
And I saw the surprise
And the fear in his eyes
When I took his glass of champagne
And I toasted you
Said, honey, we may be through
But you’ll never hear me complain

‘Cause I’ve got friends in low places
Where the whiskey drowns
And the beer chases my blues away
And I’ll be okay
I’m not big on social graces
Think I’ll slip on down to the oasis
Oh, I’ve got friends in low places

Well, I guess I was wrong
I just don’t belong
But then, I’ve been there before
Everything’s all right
I’ll just say goodnight
And I’ll show myself to the door
Hey, I didn’t mean
To cause a big scene
Just give me an hour and then
Well, I’ll be as high
As that ivory tower
That you’re livin’ in

‘Cause I’ve got friends in low places
Where the whiskey drowns
And the beer chases my blues away
And I’ll be okay
I’m not big on social graces
Think I’ll slip on down to the oasis
Oh, I’ve got friends in low places

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My Signs Moment

While cleaning my office the other day it suddenly dawned on my that I must be channeling character Bo Hess (played by the talented Abigail Breslin) because I had three open, partially used bottles of water sitting on my desk. Yes they were all in various states of “fullness” but only one LESS than half full. I also had an iced venti starbucks cup half filled with melting ice (from my iced tea…which was gone) sitting there sans lid. Apparently I am expecting water-fearing aliens to attack. If I spot crop circles in the quad or hear weird clicking noises through my computer speakers I am making myself a tinfoil hat and hiding in the closet with my ipod (unfortunately the large screen tv in the lobby won’t fit in the closet).

My Days of Thunder Moment

I have two options when driving to work. Option One is through the fields, over the river on a road that is accident ridden, only one lane going each way and often riddled not only with commute traffic but tractor traffic. Tractor traffic equals slow traffic. Sometimes there is also school bus traffic to contend with. This is NOT my preferred methond. Option Two is through fields over the river on a mostly one lane each way road (that does branch out into two lanes each way just over half way), while there is still tractor traffic it is less frequent. Also this way is less traveled and more curvy. This is usually my preferred method. However they have narrowed the two lanes each way (which were separated by a big center median full off sand and dead grass) down to a one-lane each way, no medium, concrete barricade on one-side, cliff on the other side, cone-zone while they are working on a housing project on the other side of the road. Because of the construction they have slowed the speed limit from 65 to 35. Well I was going to work the other day and I mistakenly went this way (I now go the other way because I feel the cone-zone is dangerous) and this ass in a white toyota tundra is UP MY TAILPIPE the whole way through the cone-zone which I was going 45 (remember the speed limit is 35) because I was afraid if I went any slower he would actually try climbing over my Rav. When it widened back out into two lanes I sped up to the speed limit and he sped up to way beyond the speed limit and slung by me. pausing only long enough to give me the finger. So a couple lights later though? I am right behind him. It was everything I could do not to tap his bumper and wave and say “Remember me?” ala Cole Trickle (only with less “rubbin’”) and Rowdy burns during the Daytona (I think- it is been a long time). Although if Nicole Kidman ends up in my passenger seat yelling “Let me outta the car Cole! Let me outta the car!” on my way home she may just find herself stranded in a lettuce field.

My Underdog Moment

Talk about timing. I was sitting in the living room. Roxy was ready to eat..it was probably about quarter to five or five in the evening. When she wants her dinner she will come up to you and sit on your foot. Then if you ignore her she will stand on her back legs with her paws on your knees (or chest if you are leaning forward) and yawn vigorously and make a noise that isn’t quite whining but not barking either then she will stare you down intently until you relent to give her her dinner. While she was staring intently the underdog commercial came on that said GIVE THE DOG YOUR FOOD….which I am sure was exactly what Roxy was thinking.

Ok so I am a couple weeks behind on the MI-5′s. Why? Well I could blame it on vacation but I think I will just say sorry and play catchup. Here is the latest…followed by the two I missed:

MI5 – The Internet

1. If you can remember, what year it was that you 1st welcomed the world wide web into your home? If you can’t remember, how about a close guess :-) .

Probably around 1990 or so. I really don’t remember. Stared out with an AOL screen name on my dad’s account.

2. How many hours a day in the average week do you spend in front of a computer at home, at work, how much of that requires an online connection?

I figure that at home I am usually online about 2 hours a day average.  At work I am online for 40 hours a week. I am work at a helpdesk getting people online at a university…so I am always online.

3. Do you read anyone else’s blog regularly? List your favorites.

I read LOTS of blogs regularly. See those people listed over there on the right. That would be them! I read them all daily. I will introduce some of my newer ones to you:

Up To No Good (by E): She is a nascar fan…and writes about it sometimes. It’s nice to have another female fan/friend!!! Most of my friends think I am nuts with the nascar thing. She also writes about what is going on in her life…hey kind of like me.
Life is RANTastic (by RockChick): She is a rocker and loves Bon Jovi…what more in a blogger could I love? She is also one of my newer picks and she posts a lot which is great because that way I always have something new to read.
Fingerprint, INC Blog (by Jade Gurss): Jade is Dale Jr’s PR man and co-author of Driver #8…I love the little inside looks at Nascar I get from Jade (sometimes they are things I wouldn’t have thought of myself).

4. If you’ve discovered the wonderful world of Podcasting list some of your favorites. Whether you have or haven’t share your thoughts on the concept.

Ahh podcasting. In general I am not offended by it but it isn’t something I like on my ipod. I am a music whore hound and I don’t like a bunch of jabbering on my ipod (I feel the same way about audio books).  However…I do subscribe to the Dale Jr one that Jade (see question three) does (and yes if Tony Stewart had one I would be all over that too). I can’t listen to it while driving in LA traffic I found out during my last vacation…it can be a little annoying to be driving in rushhour LA traffic while listening to Jr’s spotter go INSIDE…INSIDE…OUTSIDE…you get the picture.

5. Click on your history window share with us 5 websites you’ve recently visited and what brought you there.

cnn.com – Checking out the news…specifically interested in any progress on the utah miners. myspace.com- checking my account.  nascar.com- checking the daily NASCAR news FoxSports.com/nascar- again checking the daily NASCAR news.  montereycountyfair.com- checking when to pick up my entries

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There are some things I have been meaning to write about but just haven’t been able to find the time…so here it goes- all mishmashed into one entry:

SPRINT CUP

I have been meaning to mention the fact that I DON’T LIKE THE NEW NAME of the Nextel Cup next year. I still remember when the cup was called the Winston cup…and maybe I just don’t like change (ok- most people would tell you that I can be a little resistant to change at times) but I hate the fact that NASCAR has decided to change the name to the SPRINT CUP. Why? Because I think it has the potential to confuse people who might think it is about SPRINT Cars. Silly Nascar.

COT

Are my brother and I the only ones who think that the “Cars of Tomorrow” look kind of like a shrinkydinked version of the Nascar Craftsman trucks? Just curious.

FINES

Tony Stewart got find for saying “bullshit.” Will Kevin Harvick get fined for saying “ass”? And why didn’t Kyle Petty get fined for saying “fuck” on air? Oh I have heard the excuse that it was a network issue but I say that is bs…and he should have been fined like everyone else.

Speaking of the fines, where does the money go?

By the way…maybe it is because I am not easily offended…but I don’t think a little cursing said in the heat of the moment- whether it be in anger or in excitement should be a something that should be fine-worthy.

FIST-TO-CUFFS

And while we are speaking about fines, JPM and Kevin Harvick had a little shoving match at Watkins Glen…and I am interesting to see if NASCAR will fine them for their actions. I do not, however, think it is right to fine drivers for this kind of thing. It shows the drivers are both passionate about their sport and their position in their sport. Frustration is passion gone awry in my opinion. I really think that a little shoving here and there…or yelling matches are not something that drivers should be penalized for.

CRAZY RED FLAG FAN

Was I the only one who thought that guy running out to Matt Kenseth’s car during the the red flag at the Glen last week was hilarious? Did he really think that the driver would autograph the hat? And did he get escorted from the track? And most importantly…what was he drinking that made him think that would be a wise idea?