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I didn’t take any pictures this weekend…which is funny considering that I had family in town that I haven’t seen in ages. I just wasn’t in the picture taking mood.

Of course I wasn’t in the having my picture taken mood either but last night I was nearly blinded by all the photos being taken. I can’t imagine what celebrities must feel like.

However..I thought I would share this picture I took two weekends ago…because you can’t get enough pictures of Roxy clowning around can you?

By looking at this picture you would think that she loves to have her picture taken wouldn’t you? Well…she hates it…but I happened to have a biscuit in my hand…yum.

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Looks like the new wp themes and switcher are working perfectly now…any comments? Complaints? Just let me know.

Of course on Sunday I watched the Toyota/SaveMart 350 from Infineon Raceway (always known to me and most native Californians as Sears Point). Funny thing is I was emailing Jay back and forth the week before about going to see a Nascar race (more on that another time) and I mentioned that I was physically closest to Infineon…but I wouldn’t want to see my first Nascar race there.

Not because I don’t like “road” courses (and I use quotes because…well these aren’t TRUE road courses…to me a true road course would be something like that Grand Prix of Long Beach or Las Vegas where they close down streets to actually race on…now THAT is a road course)…quite the contrary…I think Infineon makes for some very exciting racing…(at one point I was sequestered in my room wrapping a present from my uncle to my aunt for her birthday while watching when Tony Stewart made a hell of a pass..and I ended up flinging the wrapping paper off my bed and running into the living room to make sure that our company knew just what a great pass that was). However, from a live spectator point of view, they can be kinda sucky to watch because you can’t see most of the track unless you happen into some really nifty spot around the course. Have I ever been to Infineon. NO. But I have seen my share of races at Laguna Seca (er…Mazda Raceway)…and while shaped completely different than Infineon…I imagine that from the fan point of view it is similar. Basically you are stuck waiting for the cars to come around again…so that you can see them whiz by on your little portion of track. Maybe this is just a Laguna Seca thing…but I don’t imagine that it is since Infineon, like Laguna Seca, has elevation changes.

Unlike Liz Allison, however, I do NOT think these “road” courses should be removed from the Cup schedule. I think they are a welcome change. She mentions that they are boring because the same people win them year after year…which obviously wasn’t true yesterday. I think not only should they run Infineon and the Glen…but consider a true road course similar to the Long Beach Grand Prix or the Las Vegas Grand Prix….and like Tony Stewart has mentioned…maybe even throw in some dirt track racing…diversify. I am not down on the oval….I love oval racing and I hope that my first nascar race is an oval track…but variety is the spice of life you know?


Of course I wouldn’t argue if Nascar decided to run a cup race at Laguna Seca/Mazda Raceway…that track is practically in my backyard (takes me about 15 minutes from door to furthest parking lot)  so you KNOW I would HAVE to go to that one…”road” course or not.

It started right before I left for the airport on my Vegas Vacation. I needed to hear some Diamond Rio. NEEDED. I called my mom and asked her if I could borrow their Diamond Rio cd for the trip to the airport. She had a surprised sound to her voice when she told me if I could find it I could borrow it. Well I found it…but it wasn’t the one I wanted. So I grabbed the first country CD of hers that I found…which ended up being UNLEASHED by Toby Keith…and then I grabbed my Garth Brooks Double Live…and headed out to the airport (which is about an hour away).

Every summer- usually in July- country invades my little rock n roll soul. I need to hear it…I think it has to do with the fact that the Rodeo is in town that month…and for about a week in July EVERYTHING is about the Rodeo. But this year…I have been howling along in my car “It’s bulls and blood, it’s dust and mud, It’s the roar of a sunday crowd, It’s the white in his knuckles It’s the gold in the buckle. He’ll win the next go ’round” at the top of my lungs for over a week now.  You should see the looks I have been getting.

And the Emerson Drive song Moments? It is stalking me people. It started a couple days before I left for Vegas, I turned on CMT while getting ready for work and I saw the video.  After that, every single time I was in the car and turned the country station on – within a few songs I would hear “I’ve had my moments, days in the some, moments I was second to none, Moments when I knew I did what I thought I couldn’t do” When I got to Vegas BFM and I were in the car and I chuckled when she turned on the radio and there was Emerson Drive’s Moments again. This happened the whole trip as she would flip back and forth between country stations. So…I really wish Emerson Drive would stop stalking me!

I got some new themes up on my blog…so the them of this mi-5 is NEW

1. What is the last thing you bought? Some new shampoo

2. You can add on one NEW room to your existing home. What would it be? Why? A library…to house my books, dvds and cds. Of course it would ALSO have a huge flatscreen with surround sound!

3. What new book are you looking forward to? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows of course.

4. What new music are you looking forward to? Well I was looking forward to the new Bon Jovi…but it is out now..so…I don’t know.

5. What new dish or restaurant would you like to try next? Well I will try ANYTHING at least once…but there is a new Thai restaurant I would like to try. I have never had Thai food…so who knows if I will like it…

Well What do you think of this new look? I love it. I hope you do too.

Goofy Girl made me two brand new wordpress themes that are TOTALLY ME!!! I love all the hard work she did on these skins!!!

There is still some tweaking going on so the Zoot Skin might not be working (she even upgraded my wordpress!) if you had that as your default… and be prepared because I have some shuffling of things in mind for my sidebar…that I will be doing…oh and the theme switcher is disabled currently (but don’t worry…it will be back.)

We have family visting this weekend. One of the people- we saw a little over a year ago (a cousin) the other is my Aunt…whom I haven’t seen in at least 15 years (said cousin’s mother). No real reason except there are like 3000 miles between our houses.

Anyway…last time I checked my drivers license it said I was 33 (egads that CAN’T be right…when the heck did that happen)…yet ALL WEEK all I have heard out of my mother’s mouth is…”When our company is here…” Or “When your aunt arrives…” as in:
“When our company is here don’t use that kind of language…”


“When your aunt arrives please be sure to greet her warmly and give a hug…definitely do not ignore her…”

And these are just two of the many many examples of the wrath that has been my mom lately…and I am sick of it. I am pretty sure I am now an adult in all states…and I can conduct myself the way that I WANT to conduct myself. It hurts my feelings and pisses me off all at the same time. I mean I know how to properly act…she makes me feel like some sort of nonfunctional social outcast. I know that I curse a bit too much and colorfully but you have to know…I would not talk this way in front of family I don’t have regular interactions with. My mom would tell you that I dropped the F-Bomb in front of my own grandma…and she would be right…but you would have to know that is out of context…my grandma had been watching a dvd at our house and complaining about the use of the f word in the movie we were watching and made the statement “No one in real life talks like that.” So as a joke (and it was taken as such…trust me), I retorted with “Yeah Gramma… who the fuck talks like that?” It was done in a very jocular sense.

And it just isn’t about my language…it is about every thing that I do…how I dress (maybe I should wear work clothes instead of you know my harley shirts) or how I interact with people (Ok so I am not a touchy-feely sort a person normally….) to MY CAR (maybe you should wash your car…) to Roxy (you know your aunt loves dogs…but make sure Roxy doesn’t jump on her or anything)…to something I can’t help (Please watch yourself…I don’t want your aunt to think you are mocking her…[because I tend to pick up the accents of people around me...especially southern accents and those "fargo" type accents] and I don’t want you to embarrass me).
I don’t know if she got the hint yesterday but she mentioned to me something that she hopes my dad doesn’t do…and I just looked at her and said “Well maybe you should lecture him about not (doing said activity).

My mom loves me. I love my mom…but she has this uncanny ability to make me feel like a social leper sometimes…which just makes me more nervous around people…which in turn makes my shyness rear itself…which makes me wanna hide (in a book…with my nintendo ds…or my ipod on very loud…or under a bed…in the dog house…you get the picture) until everyone leaves…it’s like I can’t be me…then who can I be? And will the person I am be the person people will like? I dunno it is hard to explain…

As it stands right now….there is a big dinner out planned for Sunday…and I am almost hoping to be in the throws of this cold that it feels like I am on the verge of so I have an…OUT of some sort. Achoo…did that sound convincing?

Doris the Rav

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My Rav4 is still having intermittent starting issues. She starts FINE when she is cold. She tends to not want to start when she is warm and has been run for a bit then turned off for about 20 minutes. It is frustrating- because I have poured about $600.00 into her at the dealership trying to get those “Toyota Certified” mechanics to figure out what is wrong with her…and they can’t find anything wrong with her. Some vacuum value dohickey needed replacing and my drive belt needed tightening (and not she doesn’t squeak when I turn) but it is still a craps shoot on if she will start if I have been out running errands.

I have found a work around…for now. If she doesn’t start…when I go to start her the second time I mash down on the gas as I start her and she will rev and then start.

In my infinite wisdom I think it might be a problem with the fuel filter or fuel pump…any mechanically inclined people wanna make a guess?  You can’t do any worse then the mechanics at the dealership.  Seriously…I wish I were a mechanic sometimes or at least understood more about how a car works so I didn’t feel like such a dork when trying to convey to a mechanic what my car is or isn’t doing.