It was a good weekend and Monday got it's just rewards. We all seem to hate Mondays until those "long weekends" come along. I think we're going to have to give Monday the top billing in these "long weekends" to counter-balance all the negatives normally given to the first day of the work week (what in hell are you talking about? I have no idea...too many hours of watching auto racing).
Speaking of racing, Scotsman Dario Franchitti (Ashley Judd's husband) won the rain shortened Indianapolois 500 in a story book ending. The race started under the threat of rain and after a little over 100 laps, the race was red-flagged due to rain. Tony Kanaan, probably the best car in the field, was leading with Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick running second and third, respectively.
Amazingly, the race was restarted late in the afternoon and between some bad luck for Tony Kanaan and some good fortune for Franchitti, the rains returned and the race ended under yellow and checkered flags. Marco Andretti's car flipped after he accidentally cut in front of an upcoming driver and this caused a long yellow flag period and that's when the rains came. CARPE DIEM ala CARP. (Seize the day with a carp..you're sick ! I know).
Danica Patrick drove probably the best race of her career and, although she's had better Indy finishes, her ability to win in the future was quite obvious. Sarah Fisher had so-so equipment and finished in the middle of the field. Rookie female driver Milka Dano crashed early in the race. Bad equipment, combined with inexperience, was her downfall.
Casey Mears won a crash filled Charlotte 600 and did so on good fuel mileage. This not to say he wasn't fast,...he was, and combined with good fuel conservation he finished first, ahead of J.J. Yeley and Kyle Petty. I was surprised that NASCAR didn't screw up the race with their mysterious "caution flag for debris", thus allowing the race to end under green flag with the most calculating team coming out victorious. How fitting a car sponsored by the National Guard won the Memorial Day race !
The Pictures: Mostly shots from the Indiannapolis 500 and the Charlotte 600. As always, a picture for Indigo and today, one for me, a picture of Danica (there are several). Guess which one's for me.
This Date In History: 1790; Rhode Island becomes the 13th state, the last of the colonies to ratify the constitution. 1953; New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, are the 1st men to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain.
Birthdays: Charles II, King of England, Scotland and Ireland (1630), Patrick Henry, statesman and patriot, whose words, "Give me liberty or give me death", spoken in a speech at the Virginia Convention, became immortalized (1736), Bob Hope, comedian and film actor (1903), John F. Kennedy, President of the United States (1917), Al Unser, four time winner of the Indianapolis 500 (1939).
The Hits Just Keep On Coming: Greeting Cards You'd Like To See !
I'm so miserable without you! It almost seems like you're here. If I could have anything I want for Christmas, it would be your sister. You had your bladder removed and you're on the mends; Here's a bouquet of flowers and a box of Depends. As time goes by, I think of how lucky I am...that you're not here to ruin it for me. Looking back over the years we've been together, I can't help wondering...What was I thinking? You're such a good friend that if I was on a sinking ship and there was only one life jacket, I would miss you a lot and think about you often. Congratulations on you're new bundle of joy! Did you ever find out who the father is? You are so talented you ought to be on stage. There's one leaving in ten minutes. Your friends and I wanted to do something special for your birthday, so we're having you put to sleep. Happy Birthday Uncle Dad (available only in New Orleans).
That's it for today my little apple dumplings. More tomorrow.
Stay Tuned !