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First- The Glen
Tony Stewart was victorious once more at the Glen.  Tony had a strong car that was good at the beginning until he spun….but he charged forth- never giving up…to retake the lead with two laps to go after Jeff Gordon pushed into a corner just a little too hard (probably paying more attention to the orange in his rearview mirror than to the turn in front of him). Carl Edwards pushed hard and gave Tony a run for his money there for awhile.

I must say that it was another entertaining road race- between Tony spinning and then working his way back up towards the front and JPM and Kevin Harvick nearly going fist-to-cuffs over an altercation on the track (there was shoving and helmet grabbing…and threats of ass-kicking)…it was a fun one to watch.  For the last 15 laps or so I was on the edge of my seat…and I admit that the second I saw the 24 car spin out in the corner I jumped up off the edge of my seat and pumped my hand in the air just a bit…I think I even scared the dog…but she is jumpy anyway!  Right after the race was over my mom asked me what I was gonna do- and I looked at her smiled and said: RUB IT IN! I then proceeded to text BFM (the Jeff Gordon) fan this message as I knew she wasn’t watching the race- she was navigating around Hollywood): 24 car spins w. 2 laps 2go. TONY WINS!!! WTG SMOKE!!!

Yesterday I was minding my own business eating some CPK COBB Salad with my mother (we were sharing a CPK COBB with NO CHEESE and a Chipolte Chicken Pizza) when my tongue discovered that my front bottom tooth felt a little funny…sharp-like.  So I rush into the bathroom and sure enough I have a chip or crack or something going on- right there on my front bottom tooth. So far it isn’t really painful…but I have been extremely careful with how I am eating. I am going to try to get into the dentist asap tomorrow…we will see if he can fit me in.  Oy the joys that I look forward to on Monday. I wonder if I can take my ipod to the dentist office?

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1. My commute is generally about 15 minutes from door to door through mostly farmland.
2. Helpful best describes my neighborhood.
3. My neighbors are mostly really cool people.
4. Tico Tacos is my favorite place to eat that’s close to home.
5. If there’s one thing I’d change about my community, it would be better mass transit.
6. The thing I miss most about the town (city/area/swamp) I grew up in is nothing…I still live there.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to going home early, tomorrow my plans include laundry and general clean up and Sunday, I want to watch the race at Watkin’s Glen!

As I mentioned…I had a great time on my vacation.

So bright and early on Thursday morning I loaded my bags into the rental car (a red dodge caliber) and heading south east towards San Bernardino…it was a fairly non-eventful drive down south. I ended up in one way traffic control on Highway 46 (yes the same highway James Dean died on)…and I did get a little giddy when I saw the sign for the California Speedway on my way through Fontana, CA….almost at my destination!

BFM gets to the hotel just in time to check us and then I am pulling into the parking lot. I drag my stuff upstairs in the rickety elevator (the hilton might be doing renovations but what they really need? Is a new set of elevators).  I give BFM her (very belated birthday) presents to open (the highlights of those presents being a very small Dooney and Bourke purse and a deck of cards featuring Jeff Gordon-there is a story there…maybe another time).  Then we go grab a bite to eat and return to our room to prepare to embark on the first of many stops on our journey…Lake Arrowhead.  We banter back and forth about who will drive….and I reluctantly agree (despite the fact I was just driving for live 5 hours!).  So BFM  has our directions and is our navigator for the evening.  And once we get on Highway 18 up the mountain? I am about to shit a brick.  If you know me? You know I don’t like heights. At ALL.  And I suddenly find myself driving an unfamiliar car on a very steep, very windy road up a hill…and the view….well most would probably find it breathtaking. I was too busy concentrating really REALLY hard on keeping the car between the lines and NOT LOOKING because…hello…sheer cliffs!!!!  Lets just say I am poking up the mountain so slowly that I use practically every turn out to let cars by me.  I think I probably scared BFM (who claims the seat in that car probably has a hole worn in it).  The whole time she is saying “I am sorry…I should have driven…I am sorry…I know how you are.”  It was THE scariest road I have ever driven on!!  We pass the local high school…and let’s just say the name fits: Rim of the World High School (or Rim High for short).  Because right across the highway…you can see for ever…and not in a good way).  We finally make it up to the Arrowhead Village and settle in for some shopping and our concert.  Let’s just say that the singer even mentioned something about the treacherous road…anyway I probably would have enjoyed the show more if I weren’t busy worrying about driving back down the mountain…at that point I would have rather taken a helicopter down than actually drive it…but I had no choice really (BFM offered to drive…and I might have let her if she was on the rental car contract).  The drive down actually went a lot better than the drive up (so thought I…BFM might have something different to say about that).  We then found our way back to the hotel and crashed for the night…

Friday we woke up early- grabbed some of our free breakfast at the hotel restaurant and headed off to Disneyland.  We have annual passes so we figured we might as well squeeze in a day at the Disneyland.  We got there and the first thing we wanted to do was ride the new “Finding Nemo” Submarines because we were stoked.  That is until we found out that the line for said Submarines…was was 4 hours long.  DA. AM.  We gave up that dream very very quickly and decided to ride It’s a Small World while in the area before it got too crowded…and then we decided to make our way over to Pirates of the Caribbean and that is when we had a magical moment!!! We were winners and got free Dream FastPasses! That was so cool…because basically we had fast passes to rides (only the ones with fast passes) that were NOT dependent on going at a specific time).  So basically we used them right away to walk right into Buzz Lightyear (my third favorite disney ride second only to Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion).  We had a blast at Disneyland and California Adventure (our dream fast pass was good there too).  I thing I ended up suffering from dehydration or something because I was sooo hot…and I just started to feel sick but even the water I was drinking (by the gallon) wasn’t helping…but BFM told me I was probably needed something with some salt in it and I had a diet coke and started feeling better…NOW I KNOW WHY GATORADE tastes salty!!!  While we were in the area we fit in a trip to our favorite southland mall: South Coast Plaza where BFM got a heck of deal on some Dooney and I got a new Dooney myself…and a dooney lunch bag!!

Saturday, yep you guessed it, we had our free hotel breakfast, and then headed off to Hollywood for the day.  As part of her birthday present I bought us tickets to see Wicked at the Pantages.  And while we were in the area we thought we would do the tourist thing…and we ended up at the La Brea tar pits.  It was interesting….albeit smelly.  Wicked was amazing and if you ever have the chance to take it in I highly highly suggest it.  Then it was time for the final part of the BFM birthday celebration…dinner of her choice.  And she chose RUBY’S which is one of our favorite places and we always try to fit them in if we can…there are a lot of RUBY’S in the southland and we figured that the one in Newport would be the least crowded…until we got to Newport…there wasn’t even PARKING and people were sitting out front waiting…so we winged it and ended up at my FAVORITE RUBY’S of all the one in Laguna Beach…I love that one.   It was a bit of drive back but it was fun.

Sunday we slept in and missed our free breakfast window…but we had lunch before we parted ways!!!

Pictures from Left to Right:

TOP: Me stuck in traffic construction on highway 46, Lake Arrowhead, Matt Nelson

Middle: BFM and her new purse, Walt and Mickey, tarry clothes from the paleontologists in Pit 91 of the La Brea Tar pits.

Bottom: Captain Jack Sparrow of course, A bear statue at the TarPits, Tarpits.

The whole vacation set is here on flickr.

Did you think I got lost? (It wouldn’t surprise me if I had gotten lost- I don’t have the sense of direction to find my way out of a paper bag…but that is a completely different story).

Anyway I have some stories to tell you of my vacation which was probably THE most awesome vacation I have had in a long time….but I don’t have time right now to tell them….(soon I promise).

I am alive and well and well I am working my ass off trying to catch back up at work…and I am exhausted because I had to get up at the buttcrack of dawn to pick up my mom from the airport since my dad can’t drive with his right arm all bound up in a sling…and let me tell you that it was an experience driving his boat pick-up in rush hour traffic! I promise I will update you all on my vacation very very soon.

Oh and an extra-special THANK YOU to Chrissy, Bill and ETS for the great guest posting job while I was in the southland!!!

Oh and be sure to watch Flickr for pictures too.

I am leaving in a Dodge Caliber…to me it looks like someone took a station wagon and shrank it a bit (it is a total mom car!). I was hoping for a Chevy Impala…but no I end up with this car in the ugliest color. This picture makes it look a lot smaller than it is. It is far larger than my Rav. I find it very uncomfortable but I am hoping that will change as I drive it around because to me it. The steering wheel doesn’t tilt and as my dad says I always like to have my steering wheel tilted up like I am driving a tractor (he exaggerates…kinda) It doesn’t have cruise control which also sucks. It does have a cooler in the glove box. Seriously. That seems odd to me but whatever.

So I am off to see the wizard witches… and maybe a mouse or two. Oh and celebrate BFM’s birthday instyle…albeit a little late.

Hopefully some of my invited guest posters will keep you all entertained…but if not…please visit some of the linked blogs and be good. See ya’ll on Tuesday.

I frankly think that your fine of Tony Stewart for using the word bullshit…is well…totally bullshit.

(I had a totally rocking post thought out and planned for today about Dale Jr…but that went by the wayside when I heard about the fine…I will post it later).

I am having a pretty good Monday so far…how about you? I am hoping it stays that way!

So Saturday saw me up at the unsightly hour of 4:45am (yeah you read that right…). I wanted to be sure I could say goodbye to my mom who is off to Canada for a weekend of sightseeing before she boards a big cruise ship to Alaska (she does that today). I would have gone all the way to the airport with her but there wasn’t enough room in the car for me.  My dad wanted to go but couldn’t drive and my brother and sister-in-law went…plus my mom’s friend who is going with her…and the x-terra only seats five.  My plan was to get up…say my goodbyes…make sure she had everything and that kinda of stuff…and go back to bed and sleep.  Except…by the time they left (6:00) I was awake and there would be NO going back to sleep unfortunately….because once I am good and awake…I ain’t going back to sleep- especially if it is light outside.   The rest of the day involved three separate trips to the grocery store…a great dinner prepared by my brother and sister-in-law…and a killer Busch series race in the evening that was a great race and made me wonder why I don’t watch more Busch races. My problem with Busch is that I haven’t decided who to root for!  Needless to say, by the time I drug myself off to bed I was tired and slept well!

I slept in on Sunday morning a bit…which was nice.  I watched the Indy race in the in the early afternoon…cheering for Tony of course.  Then late Sunday afternoon saw me and Roxy playing ball outside for a long time…so long that she finally gave up…something that doesn’t happen very often.  Then I helped to some yard cleanup that my dad wanted done but couldn’t do one armed…while an exhausted Roxy supervised from her shady spots under the trees (she is usually pretty good out front and will just wander around as long as she can see one of us).

Just a reminder that I will be here through Wednesday and then I am out of town until Monday (technically late Sunday but I won’t be online most likely til sometime Monday).  I am setting up my three usually suspects Chrissy, ETS and Bill with posting privies starting Wednesday afternoon if they want to throw some guest posts your way.

What a great race today! Congrats to Tony Stewart and the Home Depot crew on a well-raced win! (I will have more tomorrow).