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Random Five Friday

It has been rather quiet ’round here this week, but I finally found five little bits of random to share.

1.) While many of you are having snow and ice, we’ve had several foggy mornings recently.

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2.) This beautiful, hungry creature has decided that my liriope plants are free for the munching.  (Photo taken through our bedroom window.)

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3.) Since it’s been awhile since I’ve shared a photo of Gypsy, here’s one from earlier this week of her and her Motor Man. They were having a little chat.

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4.) Jeff Gordon announced that he’ll retire after this racing season. Although he has his critics (who doesn’t), Motor Man and I have always “pulled for him”.  I took this photo at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1998 or ’99.

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5.) I love it when someone corresponds with me after discovering my blog through an internet search. This week, I was contacted by a gentleman who lives in Georgia. He suspects that we “share” a common ancestor: our 8th great grandfather. But he’s hit a snag in his research, and asked if I could help. So I pulled out my family genealogy information and several books, including “Old Surry” and “Colonial Surry” and did some studying last night. I found one little tidbit that just may be of some help to him. I’ll keep you posted.

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~These Days Of Mine~

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Garage Passes

As you can imagine, the beginning of the racing season doesn’t go unnoticed around our house. While we don’t watch every single lap of every race, if we’re at home, and a race is being televised, our tv is usually on that channel.

I’d never attended a “big” race until Motor Man and I got together. During those first few years, we attended several Nascar races. We’ve been to Texas Motor Speedway twice, Daytona three times, Charlotte and Richmond several times each and (the now closed) Rockingham once.  If you’re a race fan, nothing can compare to the smells, the sounds and the excitement of being at a big track. (Except, as we’ve discovered as we’ve aged matured, watching it from the comfort of home.)

Through Motor Man’s connections, we usually had garage passes, which meant we had access to the area where all the cars, teams and drivers were.  So I thought I’d share a few photos from some of the races we attended. (If you’re not a race fan, you may want to leave now. I’ll understand.)

This picture of Jeff Gordon was taken at Charlotte Motor Speedway. I’m not sure of the year, probably 1998 or 1999.  If I’d been pushy, I could possibly have gotten an autograph. But, although I took pictures, I never bothered any of the drivers for autographs.

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I took this picture of  Tony Stewart (center) in Daytona, probably in 1999 or 2000.

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When you’re in the infield, the only real view of the track is from the top of one of the car haulers. This was also taken in Daytona, but I’m not sure what year.  The garage area is a busy, exciting place, but I always worried about being in the way. (There’s, obviously, less danger of that on top of the car hauler.)

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Seating up there is limited, but I managed to find a spot.

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And…on the car hauler beside us (looking very much like one of those cardboard stand-ups) was… Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

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 Motor Man and I were never big Earnhardt fans, but we witnessed something in Daytona, just four days before his death, that caused us to rethink our opinion of him.

I’ll share that in tomorrow’s post.