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So here are some MORE thoughts on the whole “silly season” (why do they call it that anyway?) debacle.

First I just want to mention that it is important to note that Tony Stewart is NOT the driver out there looking around. Greg Biffle, Martin Truex, JR and Ryan Newman all have contracts that expire either this year or next. I think that I read that Casey Mears is also up in 2009 (don’t quote me on that I could be wrong).

I have pretty much said my piece on Tony’s situation over at Nascar Blogger Full Throttle. But I have had time to continue to mull it over in my head. I still pretty much feel that way, but I have more ammunition in my arsenal:

  • I really think that Kyle and Tony have more similar driving styles that Tony and Denny have. I think that this will only mature their relationship as teammates as the season progresses. I love the fact that they are on the same team. Seriously.
  • I read somewhere (I am fairly sure it was in last weeks Nascar Scene) that Greg Zipadelli’s contract does NOT expire in 2009 when Tony’s does. Granted in the same article it did mention that Zipadelli does have a clause in his contract that he can get out of his contract if Tony leaves JGR.
  • Tony has repeatedly said that there is nothing “broken” over at JGR- that he is just entertaining the offers. He would be stupid not to. Its got to be a huge ego boost to know that there are other teams out there who want you- and tell you what they will do to get you. It’s creating positive press for Tony. No one is harping on his hair, or his negative comments about tires — instead it’s all about who wants him. Hell, I wouldn’t mind it if people were vying over me at work. It would make me feel pretty damn good.
  • Along the same lines…have you noticed Tony has been finished fairly regularly in the top 10 so far this season? He has come close several times to winning.  Yeah I am pretty sure there is nothing broken there.  I think it would be fairly hard to leave a winning team.

As my friend just said via email: “I don’t understand your angst…you know he will continue, why sweat who it is for?” And in all honestly she is right. I will be a Tony fan no matter who he drives for, no matter what make of car he drives (hell he could be out there on a John Deere and I would cheer for him).

I mentioned a couple posts ago that thanks to PW who I found out about via Zoot I had been playing with some photos in Photoshop CS2, mostly a picture I took of my nephew’s foot.  While I am currently trying to up the quality of my pictures by learning more about digital photography, I have found that Photoshop can give them that POP look you want- especially if you know what you are doing.  PW does and she shares!  Anyway Janet asked to see the results. So ask and ye shall receive:

The original picture:

Version one:

Version 2:

Version 3 (my favorite):

Before I start on this weekend…I have one final say about Talledega. Something I meant to mention and it completely slipped my mind for some reason only to be jogged back into my memory this evening as I found myself looking at some photos from a Talladega photo gallery. I forgot to mention that as much as I am NOT a fan of black cars…I loved Jeff Gordon’s flat black paint scheme. LOVED it. Ok. There. Got that out of my system. On to this weekend:

I started my Saturday baking a pineapple upside down cake. Why?? Because I have never had pineapple upside down cake. So I made one just to try it:

It was actually quite easy to make and delicious…even though in the picture it kind of looks like a ham.

Then it was the race at Richmond. Luckily Tony was a Hotpass driver so I spent about 70 percent of my time on the Hotpass channel. I sat down and was just getting comfortable when unexpected company dropped by. Didn’t really stop me from watching the race- because the only thing that does that is a power outage…hell I even watched a race the first time I baby sat my nephew (who was like 10 days old at the time). So I was slightly distracted while watching the first part of the race. After the guests left though I settled in to watch the rest of the race:

(by the way if you are curious…I recommend bud lite lime…way better than miller chill).

I guess the flash made the room look way darker than it was because it was still very light outside. And that IS the Richmond racing playing in the background there. So my thoughts about Richmond:

  • I must say I was very impressed with Team Home Depot’s 4th place finish considering that they were fighting not only an ill handling car, but a car with a problem with low battery voltage. I know that Tony ended up having to shut off all his fans (including brake fans) for the last 100 laps or so to keep the volts to up to an acceptable range for the car- not to mention having to have turned off his driver/cooling fan many laps in. I think Greg Zipadelli did a great job keeping Tony calm considering all he was dealing with…including Reed Sorenson who short pitted and thus blocked Tony in not once but twice and thus causing Tony to hit jackman Jason Lee after which Tony nudged Sorenson off his own jack and out of his way so he could exit his pit. I bet Jason Lee was sore the next day!
  • Somehow (I think this may be because I was watching the Tony Stewart HotPass channel with the TEAM AUDIO only on) I completely missed Michael Waltrip getting parked during the race by NASCAR for hitting Casey Mears. I just want to know why no monetary fines were levied or probation given?
  • I also have to throw some props out to Jeff Gordon’s crew. I think you can call it a good day when you come from the back of the pack to a top ten finish.
  • All I will say about the Dale/Kyle incident at the end of the race is that, it looked to me, that it was caused by two drivers both wanting a victory. Um, could be just me but isn’t that called racing??? Seriously, Dale isn’t upset about it, so lets all put our big boy pants on and get on to Darlington ok?
  • Speaking of Darlington…I hope Denny Hamlin’s basketball injury doesn’t prevent him from racing…or impact his performance.

For some twisted reason I prefer my races to be on Sunday. I don’t know why but I do. Doesn’t stop me from watching the Saturday evening races, but I don’t like my rhythm upset and Saturday night races upset my rhythm. I guess its all about that rhythm. Anyway since I had nothing better to do I also watched a majority of the Arca Remax Carolina 500 race. The best part of the race was when Tony Stewart waved the green flag at the start of the race:

(Picture taken by Jimmy McDonald, who kindly gave me permission to use his photo. Click on his name to be taken to his Flickr…seriously do it..he’s got some great pictures in there).

I think waving the green flag at any race would be kind of fun! The announcers poked a little fun at his technique…but frankly Tony needs to worry more about driving then green flag waving- come on give the guy a break. From reports I have read, Greg Zipadelli was suppose to be driving the pace car during the pace laps- and I am going to assume he was but that wasn’t mentioned on the broadcast. Youngster Joey Logano won the race- which I think is awesome. Show them what you got kid!

I have a lot to say. Unfortunately last week I wasn’t in a blogging mood as you could probably tell by my silence.  A lot of it had to do with MAJOR burnout workwise.   The last three weeks or so had been extremely stressful and sucktacular and I really didn’t want to do certain things…and last week that manifested itself in a lack of blogging.  That is not to say I didn’t do anything. I just didn’t do any blogging. This is what I did instead:

I did read BEAUTIFUL BOY (it was OK), FREE FOR ALL (better than BEAUTIFUL BOY but still only OK) and one other book whose name presently escapes me at the moment. I read lots of blogs. Commented on very few. I looked at lots of Flickr pictures and commented on a couple. I played with my nintendo ds (yes it is pink…thanks for noticing). I worked on some creative writing things that had been rolling around in my head. I signed up for Twitter (see it over there on the left…feel free to follow me and I will follow you).  That should help me keep my blog updated when I am not actually around.  I played with Photoshop CS….a lot. Thanks to Zoot and PW I did some pretty cool things with a picture of my nephew’s foot.

So that is what I have been up to. Soon back to your regularly scheduled postings.

Pastor Dave sez: This is my first time at coming up with weekly the questions. I hope its OK with protocol – I’m going to give you FIVE RIDDLES to solve. My sister sent them to me earlier this week. ENJOY!

#1 A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three
rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven’t eaten in 3 years. Which room is safest for him?

#2 A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water for over
5 minutes. Finally, she hangs him. But 5 minutes later they both go
out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be?

#3 What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when
you throw it away?

#4 Can you name three consecutive days without using the words
Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday?

#5 This is an unusual paragraph. I’m curious as to just how quickly
you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so ordinary
and plain that you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact,
nothing is wrong with it! It is highly unusual though. Study it and
think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you
work at it a bit, you might find out. Try to do so without any

(Since these are riddles and you might want to try them out yourself first…my answers are in in the extended entry).


The Fill-in for the week.

1. Two of my favorite ingredients in a drink are tequila and lime (if it’s an alcoholic drink that is)!
2. Matthew (my new nephew) often amazes me.
3. You can keep doing that forever, the dog is hardheaded.
4. Newspaper and Elmer’s Glue and Water, mix it all together and voila! You have Paper Mache (or a big mess)!.
5. If I had a yard with a garden, I would love to grow tomatoes.
6. Showering is best au naturel.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to organizing my desk, tomorrow my plans include a pineapple upside down cake and watching the race in Richmond and Sunday, I want to take some pictures!

  • First off it’s Miss Roxy’s Birthday and I am ashamed to say I almost forgot. Luckily BFM reminded me…so I gave her a Chewlotta…she loves those things. It’s like her little slice of heaven. You give her one of those things and she runs off and lays in her favorite place and just chews and chews…til it is nothing but a memory.
  • I am currently very very mad at my dvr. why? Because I recorded the Nationwide race yesterday and the damn thing stopped at the last caution. It was a good think I saw the end or I would have been livid.  I did miss the audio of the victory lane celebration…but caught most of it on youtube.  DirecTV needs to fix this problem. If any race goes longer than expected it does not pick the recording back up. There has to be a way…especially if I am not home…which is the whole damn point of the DVR. Urg.  And don’t even get me going about HotPass and the lack of Tony this weekend…yep I had to listen to the audio only channel over the fox broadcast.
  • I think I was more upset over Tony’s finish than he was. Weird.  He had an amazing car and the pit crew really seemed to have it together during this race. Tony even kept a calm head after he ended up in the wall the first time, sure that he was going to make a comeback. Team Home Depot was doing an amazing job…until Talladega decided to bite.
  • I am still confused about that white flag lap mayhem. Was it scored at the accident or how you crossed over the finish line?

So admittedly I am not as glued to the television during the Nationwide races.  If Tony is in the race I will DVR it or if I happen to be in front of my TV during the race I will watch it…but I don’t plan around Nationwide races as much as I plan around Sprint Cup races. Today was no exception as my Mom and I went out for an impromptu “girls” day of shopping since my dad went flying with his friend (they fly remote control planes and wings- don’t ask me the difference it’s a hobby I barely understand).

After shopping my mom and I were hungry and stopped by Chilis for a linner (lunch/dinner). We ended up sitting at a corner table in the bar because it was quiet in there except for the sports tvs…one turned to college baseball, one to basketball, one to sportscenter and a fourth one that had nothing on it at all.  As we ordered I said to my mom “I wonder how the Nationwide race is going- Tony had the pole you know”  We ordered, our food came, we ate. As we were finishing up suddenly the tv that had nothing on it suddenly had the Nationwide race on at there was 15 laps to go….and Tony was in the lead. I was stoked. I said “Look mom…my Tony is in the lead!” She said “Don’t refer to him as your Tony in public…its embarrassing.” We were done by this point so I begged my Mom to stay til the race was over. I had to know how it ended…I think the only reason she agreed was because Jr was in second…and she was SURE he would take Tony and win.

Well…perhaps me watching Tony race in public (that is not at a race track anyway) is probably a bad idea.  I am very…animated…when I watch and I was clapping and cheering louder than the guys at the other end of the bar who were cheering for basketball.  My mom was pretty embarrassed I think.  Then when the debris caution came out I said “Ah crap!” and jumped outta my chair. I probably even let a Dammit or two fly. I was really trying to behave myself and watch my mouth because there was now a family with two small boys sitting at a table behind my mom.  Well then Dale took the lead from Tony momentarily and my resolve not to curse flew out the window….although I did try to curse only quietly.  But then Tony took back the lead and I was clapping and cheering. Yeah…in Chilis. At like 3:30ish in the afternoon.  Then I insisted on staying to watch the burnout (very nice by the way…my mom is all “IS THAT why they call him smoke??”) and at least part of the post race interview despite the fact that I couldn’t hear a damn thing!

Well hopefully Tony will have as good of a day tomorrow. And if you hear someone cheering…it might be me.