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  • I still can’t imagine the devestating heartbreak of being so close to winning a race tand having your tire go freaking flat with two laps to go.   I went back and watched it on hot pass and you can see Greg Zipadelli’s reaction when Tony radioed in about his flat.  If it were me? I would have thrown something.
  • I also can’t blame Danica for throwing a fit after being taken out in the pits during the Indy 500.  Again…I probably would have thrown something.  I wouldn’t have taken after the guy…but that is just because I am kind of passive-aggressive that way. I definitely would have thrown something though. Indy needs Danica and more fiery spirits like her.  One of the reasons I lost interest in Indy racing was the lack of personality. I think my dad said it best…all the drivers seem very cookie cutter in Indy now adays.
  • Poor Sarah Fisher was having a bad day at Indy- first spinning herself out during a caution, then collecting Tony Kanaan after he got into the marbles and spun. (I don’t agree that his accident was Marco Andretti’s fault but don’t even get me going there).  Then if it isn’t bad enough to have Tony Kanaan tell the press that she spent the entire ride to the infield care center crying, she turns around and cries in front of the press.  She should have thrown something. She would have felt better.
  • This comes from something that happened a month ago or so but I just now got around to including it: Be careful when sending quick emails to friends to proofread what you write. I sent a one line message to my friend: Breaking news: Free Agent Carl Edwards resigns with race team.  I should have written re-signs because she thought I meant resign as in quits.  I got a quick phone call saying WHAT? (Nothing was thrown here…and I couldn’t even figure out a way to throw that in!).
  • I am looking forward to The Prelude To The Dream. I will be ppving it again this year. I am looking forward to seeing Jimmie Johnson out there in the dirt.  I will of course be rooting for Tony…but I enjoy watching it because all those guys are out there having fun. They aren’t worried about points or money. It all about bragging rights!  Dirt will be thrown.

It was another heartbreaking race for the Home Depot team this season. The Coca-Cola 600 saw a 31st place qualifying effort after pulling a qualifying draw on Thursday.  However, team Home Depot would not be swayed and slowly worked their way up towards the front of field and by the time night descended on Lowes Motor Speedway, the 20 team finally found themselves in the top ten of the field, then the top five.  Finally towards the very end of the longest Sprint Cup race of the season, the Home Dept team found themselves finally in the lead of the race, even after a cycle of late green flag pit stops the team found themselves in the lead once again.  However, it was not to be, with two laps to go Stewart radioed into his team that he had a flat right front tire and another race that team Home Depot should have won was lost in a flash.  However, unlike what the announcers (specifically DW) said on TV during the race, Stewart never tagged the wall. The flat was just that- a blown tire that forced Stewart to pit at two laps to go, thus handing Kasey Kahne his first points race of the season and his second win in a row.  Kahne was congratulated in victory lane with a big hug from teammate Elliott Sadler, who also ran a very good race.

In a post-race HotPass interview, team Home Depot crew chief Zipadelli claimed that their effort this race “just wasn’t enough”. However, I personally don’t think that is the case seeing that over the course of 600 miles the team found themselves at the front of the race when it counted the most, the end.  An poorly timed equipment failure, a poor run does not make.  Short of having a crystal ball, no one could have foreseen a(nother) tire failure.  The team actually worked very well, getting Stewart in and out of the pits well.  It was a great run, with an unfortunate ending. Team Home Depot still finds themselves winless this season, however they are tied for 8th in the race to the Chase with Jimmie Johnson.

Also to be noted was Brian Vickers accident where his tire basically flew off his car, bounced off of David Gilliand’s hood, down the embankment over the inside wall, and over the inside catch fence, landing a glancing blow to a pop-up tent trailer in the infield.  Luckily, no one was hurt, but those fans will have a heck of a story to tell their friends.  In an interview after being checked out at the infield care center Brian Vickers expressed that they (the fan’s whose trailer was hit by the tire) would get some goodies sent by him, since the track officials confiscated the tire to examine what exactly caused the tire to fly off.

Friday Fill-in 73

1. On my laziest day I like to read or watch a race on TV!
2. Finishing a project makes me feel like I’m being productive.
3. I love little gestures and big meaning.
4. This summer I want to write a book.
5. My insatiable urge to write made me start my blog.
6. Red pants and orange shoes clash miserably.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to babysitting my nephew, tomorrow my plans include lots and lots of cleaning and Sunday, I want to watch the Indy 500 and the Coca Cola 600!

And My Natural Disaster MI-5:

The Santa Cruz mountains are burning – I live not far from them and the smoke yesterday was crazy thick in the morning. That is my inspiration for this weeks MI-5:

1. What is the worst natural disaster you have personally experienced?

This is easy for me to answer.  That would be the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. I have lived in California all my life and you get use to earthquakes believe it or not.  I will never ever forget this earthquake.  I was in 10th grade and was home from school and home alone as my brother and mother went to visit my grandma and I decided to stay behind.  I was sitting in the living room watching tv and the power went off a split second before the shaking started.  I flew out of the chair because it was next to a picture window and I could tell this was a big one. I was trying to make it to the kitchen to get under the big table but I couldn’t make it because the shaking was too violent so I rode it out crouched in the frame of a door way.  From my vantage point I could see the chandaleir in the kitchen swinging and hitting the ceiling on each end of the swing. And I could see my parents computer shaking violently from side to side and I remember thinking I should close the computer hutch so it wouldn’t fall but then I was afraid to try because I was worried the hutch would fall on me.  It really freaked me out.  All in all we were out of power for 27 hours and we were lucky to get it back that quickly.  Our house didn’t really sustain too much damage just some new cracks in the driveway, some cracked tile/grout in the main bathroom and some broken dishes.

2. You were forced to evacuate your home. When you are finally allowed back your house sustained fire damage- but isn’t a complete loss. What one room do you hope remained untouched by the fire and why?

I am gonna say my bedroom because that is where I keep my important stuff like photos and momentos.

3. The smoke was so thick yesterday morning until the wind shifted that the sun was shrouded and actually cast an eerie orangish glow over things. Tell us about something or an experience that gave you an eerie feeling.

One day when I was walking home from  junior high I had just turned onto my block but I lived at the complete other end of the block so I had a ways to go yet. I was looking at my feet when I walked and I looked up and saw a redheaded woman in a white dress (singed with dark ash like she had been in a fire) holding hands with a little girl in a similar dress and similar hair standing in the middle of the street but up the street where my house was.  I stared at her because I didn’t recognize her.  I looked back down at my feet and then back up to look at her again but she was gone.

4. Lots of people are discending on the small town of Corrilitas CA to offer support. The small general store has become a makeshift command center where people gather for support and information. Does your community have a place that everyone would gather at? Where would it be?

In my direct neighborhood people tend to gather at the elementry school a couple blocks away.  We are fairly tight knit couple of blocks, which is one of the reasons my brother wanted to rent a house in the area.

5. I love to cook, but in my wake the kitchen looks like a tornado hit it! What is something you love to make and eat but only do it on certain occasions because preparation or clean-up is a hassle?

As I mentioned…I inherited my dad’s ability to make a huge mess no matter what I am cooking. But the mess I made making Molasses cookies was unparalleled because I ended up with molasses everywhere including in my hair and on the floor.

I must say that I thought the questions I received so far would be more personal in nature. Maybe my life is such an open book that you all feel you already know me. If you want to ask a question feel free to ask anything (using the comments section). Even if you have already asked a question or feel like you already know me…meanwhile I will tackle some current questions.

Janet wants to know when I am going to send her one of my handmade cards again.

Yes I make cards- I have a thing for pretty paper and instead of scrapbooking, I make cards. I won’t tell Janet when to expect one because that will take the surprise out of it all. But I promise Janet you will get another handmade card.

BillyRhythm wants to know when NASCAR season is over.

Never? Just kidding. NASCAR runs from mid-February to mid-November. It starts with the Budshoot out in Daytona and the last race is at Homestead-Miami in November. I think it might be on the 16th this year because I vaguely remember something about it being on my Mom’s birthday.

Trixie asks the hardest question so far: If Tony (Stewart) decides today, Sunday is his last Cup race…ever, which driver would you most likely become a fan of?And one more question…what is the square root of 16?

Ok…this question is hard. Really hard. For the longest time I decided to just answer with a list of drivers and why…but I think I have finally narrowed it down to one, with a close second: I like Kyle Busch (don’t hate me Jr. Nation). And as for my second, I’ve said it before and I will say it again- I think that Kvapil could be a great driver. Oh and the answer to the second question is 4, I think.

And Marc has asked me after my recent confession that I hate intensely dislike liver: How do you feel about fried kidneys?

My first reaction is to want to yack. Honestly, I have never had them and I try to be very open to new foods so I guess I would have to try them…but I do warn you that most of my…innards taste tests end in dislike. And um…kidneys of what? (Dare I ask?)

OK- so recently I have had a lot of new readers- which is REALLY cool. I contribute it mostly to me taking part in the Nascar Bloggers- Full Throttle. However it dawned on me that most of my new readers don’t know ME. So here is your chance. Ask me questions. Right here in the comments. You can ask anything you want. I will answer them in between my other posts…

If you are a long time reader you can ask stuff too. Ask away.

  • First about the Pit Crew Challenge- I love the pit crew challenge. It’s something I look forward to watching each year and I rushed home on Thursday to see it. My favorite part? When Jeff Gordon’s tire carrier “Tiny” threw his tire changer over the pit wall. Freaking awesome!
  • I can’t even begin to tell you how glad I am that Kasey Kahne won the all-star race. I think there is some incredible poetic justice about the car that is voted in as the fan favorite wins. Yes I was rooting for Tony, but he seemed to be having issues after changing an engine during practice, amazingly he had worked his way up to fifth. Who knows where he would have ended up had their been one more segment. But Kasey Kahne winning just made the night better since Tony couldn’t win. That is awesome that the fan-favorite win. And I am sure both Ray Evernham and Budweiser are happy campers.
  • I love Elliott Sadler…he was one of the two people I voted for in the All-Star fan vote (the second was Travis Kvapil). I was sad to see him out of the Showdown so early. I understand his frustration. I am sure now he understands Tony Stewart’s frustration from Darlington.
  • Am I the only one who missed the inverting of the field? I always thought that made the race more interesting and more like dirt track racing. Maybe that is just me though.
  • I loved that during driver introductions, Kyle Busch waited for his crew to come onstage and then they all did his trademark bow. I LOVED that! I really think that Kyle is taking the booing thing in stride. I think he almost likes being “hated”.
  • This is the year of the paint schemes. First there was the Jeff Gordon Flat Black paint scheme that I loved…this time it was the Citizen/Soldier one. I loved that car too.  Hee.
  • Are they insane trying to set “rules” for a burnout competition?? Seriously what they should do is give them a time frame (2 minutes? 5 minutes?) and let them do their thing! I thought Jimmie should have won for best burn out. His pre-burnout interview made me laugh…he didn’t want to know about the rules. Burnouts aren’t about rules…they are about the fans. It would have also been more fun had there been more competitors.
  • Speaking of the burnout competition I would have LOVED to be one of the passengers. Just in case some one important is reading and can make that happen for next time-that too would be freaking awesome. (Hey I can dream can’t I).

1. There is absolutely NO way you can get me to eat liver!
2. This heatwave reminds me that summer is almost here!
3. I cannot live without my cell phone.
4. Sewing and fiction writing are two things I’d like to try.
5. When life hands you lemons squirt them in the eye of your enemies.
6. I have lots actually but one of my favorites is sitting on the floor of my bedroom while my dad sat on my bed playing his guitar and singing to me. I only remember him playing two songs…one was Puff The Magic Dragon which was one of my favorite cartoons as a child and the other was The House Of The Rising Sun (I think it was by The Animals).  (He also knew a John Denver one but I can’t remember which one) is my favorite childhood memory.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to going to sleep, tomorrow my plans include The ALL STAR RACE and Sunday, I want to do laundry so I don’t have to go to work nekkid!

1. I read several blogs written by Pastor’s around the U.S. sometimes their posts have nothing to do with the Christian walk but reflect on their own personal life. Like the one I read the other day by Tally Wilgis regarding the alignment of his coffee cup. He stated “I don’t know what it is about me that demands this but I always have to make sure the logo on the Starbucks cup aligns with the logo on the sleeve. Additionally, I have to position the lip of the cup so that I drink in alignment with the logos below.” Do you have any weird OCD issues?

I’m slightly fanatical about handwashing.. mean not overly so but I do wash my hands more than normal people do.  I use to fanatical about my foods not touching on my dinner plate but that has gone by the wayside for the most part.

 2. Some of you know that In April, 4 years ago I left my South Florida home of 23 years and drove with all my belongings to Maine to start a new life. The only thing Maine offered me was a job & it’s incredible beauty. Friends and family would have to be acquired after I arrived. What major decision/change did you make in your life that surprised your family and friends & how did things work out?

I dropped out of the teaching credential program after I got my B.A. Seemed to work out well in the end.

3. *We often learn certain behaviors by the folks we spend time with. An accent you pick up, words you add to your vocabulary, a certain way of washing your car, tying your shoes or folding your socks. What is something you picked up and who did you pick it up from?

If I am around anyone with an accent other than my own I will pick it up rather quickly.  I don’t do it on purpose I just easily pick up on other people’s cadence when speaking. I have always been this way.  I also tend to pick up certain slang terms depending on who I am hanging out with.

4. 2 years ago I was online looking up hiking trails and discovered the sport of
Geocaching & found an instant addiction after the 1st time I played. What is something you discovered by accident but has enriched your life?

Photography has in recent years become sort of a new found passion.  I am inspired a lot by what I see on flickr and on blogs (especially Janets and Miss Zoots).

5. Often we are frustrated by the actions and attitudes of others. If you could influence a behavioral change in someone else, what would it be and how would you go about doing it?

I think people in general need to say “thank you” more.  Someone hands you the mail…Thank you. Someone gives you your change…”thank you.”  I almost always be sure to say “thank you” even when talking in one of those little drive through boxes.