September 19th

I haven't blogged in quite some time...been busy. My husband and I celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary this past weekend. It's hard to believe we've been married for that long. Although we've actually been together for much longer. The day before we left to go to the lake for the weekend, I got news that was completely insane really. A guy I know, who my husband and I used to hang out with, when we were still able to "hang out", had died. He was only 30 years old. His wife said he'd been having chest pains for a few days and she couldn't get him to go to the hospital. By the time she finally got him in the car and to the hospital, he was gone. Massive heart attack....only 30 years old. They didn't have any kids that I know of, but he has a son from a previous relationship. I feel sad for his wife, child, friends, family. I had only seen him once in quite a few years and that was just a few months ago. I couldn't bring myself to go to the funeral..... I think that was very selfish of me, but it was just too hard to face. He was only two years older than me. I'm not ready to start seeing my friends die just yet.

Confused

Most of my friends don't follow the world of Nascar. They either don't care for it or just think it's too redneck for them, which unfortunately is what MOST people think of Nascar. I don't think I am a "redneck", but I do enjoy racing. I like to watch all types of racing from IRL to NHRA drag races. Doesn't matter to me, I like them all. But I feel the sanctity of the southern born and nurtured Nascar has been violated.

I know, I know....the Ford Fusion is made in Canada, the Chevy Impala is made in Mexico, the Dodge Avenger in made...who knows where, but not in the US. I also know the only car in the soon to be Sprint Cup series that is actually manufactered in the US is the Toyota Camry. But that doesn't mean I have to like it. It just feels all wrong. Having a foreign nameplate in the forefront of Nascar. I didn't like it when they began racing in the Craftsman Truck series simply because they are Toyota. I didn't like it when they announced they would be starting teams last year in both Busch and Nextel Cup divisions of Nascar. And now....horror of all horrors...Joe Gibbs Racing, who has be a staple of GM manufactered vehicles in Nascar for like 16 years, is jumping manufacturerers from Chevy to Toyota. How did we come to this? Seriously......seriously.

It started with the loss of the traditional Southern 500 at Darlington on Labor Day to a track in California. Then the loss of Rockingham. And now, Toyota.

I am obviously not privy to the inner workings of such a company, but with three championships and fifty some odd wins in 16 years with General Motors (36 of which are Tony Stewart alone), how can J.D. Gibbs reasoning for going Toyota be that they want to win races and championships while staying competitive with the other teams?? He must not be watching the same races I am watching every Sunday because from where I am sitting, two of the three drivers at JGR are outstanding. Two of the best every week. While none of the current Toyota teams are doing anything news worthy at all. Save for one Busch series win by Dave Blaney and Michael Waltrip's lack of racing as of late. I am very disappointed, very disheartened, very disgruntled.

I guess it's my southern roots. I guess it's my need for one last thing to remain truly "American". I am in no way saying that I dislike Toyota. The Camry is actually a nice looking car. It the whole principal of it. Do you think Richard Petty or Bobby Allison would ever race a Toyota? I should think not. Nascar is spending too much time "diversifiing" the sport, while forgetting the grass roots of where they started. Without the so called "stupid" "redneck" country folks, there would be no Nascar. We've come a long way from the beach at Daytona.

Never forget where you come from, you may have to go back one day.

September 3rd

Well, folks we've had a bit of a "cold snap" here in south central Kentucky. By "cold snap", I mean that the highs have only been in the mid to high 80's. I was actually able to open the windows and air the house out a bit. It's been very nice. I know that later this week it's going to be hot again, but this one week of cool breezes has been nice.

I've been watching movies that I haven't seen all this past week. I watched, "The Illusionist", and it was very good. Not as good as, "The Prestige", but still pretty good. I think I may be biased though because I love Christian Bale. I watched the movie, "Memoirs of a Geisha", which I wasn't expecting to be as good as it was. I thought it was going to be more of a foreign film. The kind were they have dubbed a voice over and the actors aren't actually speaking english, but they were and the story line was better than I expected it to be. Last night we watched, "The Departed". That one will take you for a trip. It's long and sometimes needs to move on a little faster, but for the most part, I'd watch it again. I was left with a few questions unanswered, but maybe if I watch it again...... And this afternoon was, "Hannibal Rising". This one is definatley a must see if you follow the Hannibal movies.... ie.-"Silence of the Lambs", "Hannibal", and "Red Dragon". I was actually hoping he would be able to get what he was after. It's very good, not too gory. There were a couple of scenes where I had to look away, but nothing I couldn't stomach if I absolutely had to watch the screen.

I've found that sometimes it's nice to just sit back and relax every now and then, catch a movie in the middle of the afternoon, and enjoy life.