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I should call this the: Allmendinger is a Dingdong Edition. How many wrecks did that guy cause today? Three? Four?  Unfortunately Tony got caught up in the last two of them. The first one after Tony had worked his way up into the top ten.  Unfortunately Allmendinger ended up finishing even higher than Tony despite the two accidents.

And speaking of accidents- I was like what the heck happened. I had looked down for a brief minute to look at my blanket I was crocheting and then next thing I know Kvapil’s car is on top of Scott Speed’s car. Wow.  It could have been a lot worse.

Overall I had a good feeling the race would have rain delay since my friend called me from Vegas and told me at 8 something in the morning it had been pouring there.  I don’t understand why it was a big deal- of course it rains in the desert.  I can tell you from experience it not only rains but it snows. And…it can lightning like all get out…the first year my friend moved to Vegas- she hadn’t been in her house but 6 weeks probably and I was down there to visit…and it lightninged so hard one night that I was so scared I hit in the bathroom under their stairs cuz it was the only room in the house besides the laundry room that didn’t have windows.  But I digress.

I have an admission to make.  Since Tony is out of the chase I have been rooting for Jimmie for the Chase win (I still root for Tony to win each race)…because I kind of want him to tie Cale Yarborough.  Well next week is the last race of the 2008 season. It is the last race that Tony will be flying Home Depot colors. It will be the last race that Greg Zipadelli is on the pit box for Tony.  It will be the end of an era. And the beginning of a new one for Tony Stewart.  One I am excited to watch from the ground up.

These were photos I favorited in October on Flickr. Please click the photo to be taken over to the original flickr entry to see the fabulous photographers for this month:

October Flickr Favorites

October Flickr Favorites

Don’t forget to enter my 3-Giveaway. Information Here.

First the Friday Fillin #97

1. My blueprint for success includes surrounding myself with the right friends.
2. A Butterfinger was the last candy I ate.
3. The best facial moisturizer I’ve ever used is something I am still looking for (I have really dry skin in the winter- any suggestions?).
4. Art can be good therapy.
5. I’d like to tell you about my new office.
6. Knowing lots of little trival things about stuff is my strongest characteristic.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to pizza for dinner, tomorrow my plans include cleaning and maybe a bath for Roxy and Sunday, I want to watch the race at Phoenix!


This week I had the MI-5 so I asked some questions that had been rolling around my head.

  1. Bath or Shower? Shower.
  2. If you are a beer drinker- what is your favorite? Is it a seasonal thing? If you aren’t a beer drinker what is your favorite beverage and does it change with the season? The reason I asked this? I am looking for a new beer. I am currently still on my Bud Lime kick…but I think I might want to try something more grownup.
  3. Now that the election is over what is one thing you are looking forward to as “life resumes”? No more of those annoying recorded phone calls with people telling me who to vote for.
  4. If you were a board game what game would you be? My family would probably say Trivial Pursuit: The NASCAR edition (yes I made that up- to my knowledge there is no such game).  But I like to think I would be something a little more complex. Something that would make you think…maybe something like: Tigris & Euphrates or maybe something like fun and challenging- yet cooperative like Pandemic. Didn’t I warn you? I am a total board game geek.
  5. Do you like barbecue sauce? Do you have a favorite brand? A favorite barbecue dish? I love a good BBQ and I love bbq sauce. My favorite to use on chicken and ribs is Sweet Baby Ray’s Hot and Spicy. I pretty much like anything bbq’d but nothing beats my dad’s ribs. As for dishes I make? I make some rocking BBQ shrimp!

This topic was actually suggested by Ryan: I’d like to read more about your Blogroll. What interests you about writing/reading blogs? What kind of information can you get from reading a blog that you can’t in a daily paper or traditional media Web site? Things to that nature.

I wanted to take my time to devote to this entry because I think Ryan asks a couple of really REALLY good questions.

First Ryan asks what interests me about writing/reading blogs. I will start with writing. I write this blog because I naturally have an overwhelming need to write things down. I personally believe it was a desire I was born with. My mom said that when I was three I asked my parents to teach me to write. My dad sat down and made a border around my desk with the alphabet and I would sit there and practice writing letters. So I was obviously compelled to write at even a young age. I even doodle words more than pictures…and I am a big doodler let me tell you. Anyway- not a lot of people around me are NASCAR fans so that is how NASCAR wound my way into my blog…then people started responding to the NASCAR stuff so I have extended my friend base- thus I keep writing about NASCAR…but I try very hard not to limit it to NASCAR because a lot of the people who read me with any regularity come here from before I even started writing about NASCAR on my blog.

Now- what interests me about reading blogs. Most of the blogs I read are personal blogs. I use it as a way to keep up with friends both virtual and real world ones. Some of these people I knew before (Like ETS) blogging or I use to know in real like and have reconnected with (Like Andrea). Some I met through blogging (almost all the rest!).  Most of these people I relate to in someway or another.  Lisa for instance likes NASCAR.  Janet loves cooking and takes tremendous photos that I love to look at (especially the ones about cooking) and is always up to something- plus she has two adorable dogs! Bill is a musician and I like his writing and hearing about his family and his gigs- plus he got me into the MI-5 meme circle.  Pete I actually met through ETS-  we have similar political values and I love that he is such a smart(ass) guy- plus he hosts badgroove so I love him for that right there.

I do read motorsport (mostly NASCAR) blogs as well just to see what people are writing about and to know what people are thinking in the community about certain topics.  Others I read purely for the rumor factor…which you always have to take with a healthy serving of salt.  Then there is a third category of informative blogs. For instance- I read THE NASCAR INSIDERS because it gives me a total insiders perspective on NASCAR related happenings – often times in a way that I have never thought of before.

I think it is an important skill to have in today’s society to know the difference between a reputable news/information site and a blog. I read both and I am pretty darn sure I can asertain the difference between what is actual news and what is something that is opinion or rumor.

I don’t read a newspaper much anymore. I farm most of my news from internet sites like CNN, MSNBC, and my local news websites.  For NASCAR news I stick to nascar.com, foxsports and yahoo sports.  I am so much of a news right now kind of person. Plus the television media is so depressing sometimes…I hate to even watch. Using the internet I can choose which stories I want to read and which I don’t. Plus I like having all the information before the paper so when my mom calls me at work to tell me something I can roll my eyes and say “That is such old news Mom!” and then giggle to myself!

Don’t forget to enter my 3-Giveaway. Information Here

Don’t forget to enter my 3-Giveaway. Information Here.

I absolutely love The Monterey Bay Aquarium. If it weren’t so damn expensive I would go all the time- like once a week or so. The last time I went was for my birthday in January of 2007.  By far- my two favorite displays at the aquarium are the Jellies:

They are so peaceful to watch swim around

They are so peaceful to watch swim around.

and the feedings in the big Kelp Forest Tank:

Tad feeds the fishies at the aquarium

Tad feeds the fishies at the aquarium.

The cool thing about the feedings is that you can go up to the man in the red shirt on the outside of the tank and ask him questions and he will ask the diver who will then answer.  You can even tune in on the internet at 11:30 and 4:00 to watch the feedings (times all pacific).

I am also a big fan of the otter exhibit…but I don’t have a great picture of the otters. I don’t have a picture of the otters- but the aquarium website has a great ottercam you can watch.

I am going to try to go next month- because Monterey County residents can usually get in free at the beginning of December.  Plus they usually have cool ornaments in the gift shop around Christmas time!

Whodamanny suggested this topic.

3- A Giveaway

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What does the number 3 mean to you? Is it just more than two and less than four? For NASCAR fans, 3 is a number synonymous with a legend.  Even as a NASCAR fan it can sometimes be hard to comprehend exactly what Dale Earnhardt was to people.

I was given the opportunity to share with my readers a DVD entitled DALE EARNHARDT – 10 Greatest Wins.  This is a 5 dvd set- containing highlights from 10 of Dale Earnhardt’s greatest victories. The races span from 1984-2000 and include on of my favorite wins ever his victory over Bobby Labonte by .006 seconds at Atlanta Motorspeedway.  I was given two copies. Originally I was going to do what I did last time open one and keep for myself to review and then give the other away. However this time I think I will give both copies away.  The DVDs are in a high quality metal jacket- it’s a very nice set indeed.


Someone- through a comment on this blog- suggested I read the book St. Dale by Sharyn McCrumb- which is interesting….I am about three quarters of the way done with it. It centers around a bus load of people who are on the first ever Dale Earnhardt Tour paying hommage a to the fallen champion a little over a year after his death. Its a very interesting read-where NASCAR plays a signifigant part of the storyline- however does not dominate the story.  I think  So I am going to give one copy of this book away as well.

So to recap- three prizes are available. Two copies of the Dale DVD and one copy of the paperback of St. Dale. How do you win? Easy- just leave a comment on this post. Three winners will be picked at random.  Winners will be contacted and must be willing to provide mailing address.  The contest runs from the day this is posted to noon (pacific time) on November 26th, 2008.  Good luck!


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So I took half a day off on Friday because it was my nephew’s first ever Halloween. He is 7 months old now. So the first thing I do when I get home is call to make sure my sister-in-law is home- which she is so I go across the street to give him his halloween present- which was mostly clothes because I feel that this is the one and only halloween I can get away with that as a present. My snl asked me if I wanted to accompany them to the the pumpkin patch because my brother needed one more pumpkin to complete his pumpkiny masterpiece. I agreed because I still had not gotten any pumpkins myself. I had fun with my nephew at the pumpkin patch. He got so excited and waved at all the pumpkins. He waves at everything!  I got a pumpkin and went home and created my masterpiece:

Jack Skellington the pumpkin:

Just one white pumpkin, some black paint (next time I will use acrylic instead of latex- the next day his eye peeled off).

Just one white pumpkin, some black paint (next time I will use acrylic instead of latex- the next day his eye peeled off) and about ten minutes is all this took.

Jack in the display:

Jack in the foreground, Clint (or Buford- depending on who you talk to) in the background...

Jack in the foreground, Clint (or Buford- depending on who you talk to) in the background...

And the best part of Halloween this year? My nephew of course:

My nephew dressed up as Winnie the Pooh

My nephew dressed up as Winnie the Pooh

Ok- first off? This time change sucks for me. I think I am the opposite of most people who like this time change-this one really screws up my internal clock royally. This morning for instance? I woke up at 2:45 am. Fun times. Just when I get back into the swing of a normal sleep pattern it will be time to switchover. Oh well.

So I just have a couple things to discuss today:

  • First off is the whole Rookie of the Year battle royale that is going on right now in the NASCAR Cup Series.  Sam Hornish Jr. was leading Regan Smith by a measley two points after the Atlanta race last weekend (results haven’t been updated for this past race). The reason for bringing this up is that I am surprised that Hornish, JR is doing better than Regan Smith- my overall impression of the two is that Regan is doing better than Hornish, Jr. Well apparently I am wrong there.
  • I was fairly impressed with Brad Keselowski’s cup debut. He finished 19th- not bad for never starting in a cup car before. Unfortunately Joey “sliced bread” Logano was not so lucky. He finished a mere 40th.  I have a feeling that if NASCAR hadn’t parked Gilliland he would have been even lower.
  • Not only did Carl Edwards win the race at Texas Motorspeedway but he is also the recipient of that race’s Gillette Young Guns TimeShaver of the race. He edged out his closest competitor Clint Bowyer by quite a bit…so this week the competition wasn’t even close.   Denny, Kasey, Ryan and Kurt were all disqualified for not being on the lead lap.
  • I am going to admit right now that I don’t follow other racing series as closely as I should. Because of the later start for the Texas race- I was lacking for something to watch on TV in the morning as I did my laundry and other things- and ended up landing on SpeedTV watching the F1 race in Brazil. It was quite an exciting end with the rain coming into the picture and fact that all Lewis Hamilton had to do to win the World Championship at Brazil was finish fifth or higher…and with a late last lap pass of Timo Glock. This made Lewis, at 23, the youngest F1 World Championship driver.  Congrats.

I wanted to write about Halloween today too- but with NaBloPoMo this month I am going to spread the wealth a little and not post about that until tomorrow.