09 September 2013



I am a second-generation, lifetime NASCAR fan, and I cannot tell you enough how disappointed I am in the decision to dock every MWR team 50 points, exclude Truex from The Chase, and allow Newman in while you ADMIT that you do not have conclusive evidence that Bowyer's spin was purposeful.  Even if you say that the reason for the penalties is the Vickers pit stop, that still makes no sense.

EVERY week a driver/team does something to "manipulate the outcome of a race."  What do you call it when a driver let's a teammate lead a lap to gain points?  That's actually manipulating the outcome of the SEASON, which would be a much more egregious (in your eyes) violation.  Yet it happens all the time.  When you start penalising THAT, I'll considering coming back as a fan.

When you look at the restart that Keselowski BLATANTLY jumped during Friday's Richmond NNS race and penalise THAT, I'll considering coming back as a fan.  If you want to discuss someone manipulating the outcome of a race this weekend, we should start by discussing that.  And there's incontrovertible proof of THAT rules violation.

Let me be VERY clear: I do NOT like Martin Truex, Jr.  I am by NO means a fan of Brian Vickers (in fact, I was happy when he returned to the sport -- only so I could continue booing him).  And I absolutely CANNOT stand Clint Bowyer.  And as for Ryan Newman -- I could take him or leave him.  So I am would be one of the last people to have an emotional reaction as far as the drivers in this scenario are concerned.  As far as Michael Waltrip goes, I respect his talent as a restrictor-plate racer, but he is far from my favourite.  My point is that I have no bias here.

I have been to MANY races in my lifetime.  In fact, I regularly travel to be able to go to races, which means that I spend a great deal of money on NASCAR and on being able to follow this hobby and passion.  However, tonight's decision has shown me that NASCAR has both a lack of integrity and an inconsistency in enforcing their own rules that I can not support.  And I will not spend my time, energy and (most importantly) my money doing so.

Sadly, I will go from supporting NASCAR nearly four days a week from February to November to not at all.  I will go from travelling 1500 miles to see at least two races a year to seeing none.  NASCAR is losing a great deal of revenue from one fan.

I hope the $300,000 from MWR is worth it.

A former fan

06 September 2013

Oh, by the way...

In 2011, it was my goal to post something to my blog once every day for the entire calendar year.  But at some point, I realised that I was posting for the sake of posting.

In 2012, I realised that I wanted my blog to have a direction.  So I pondered.  And pondered.  And pondered.

Wedding blanket finished this summer
In 2013, I decided that I would just blog when the mood struck.  When I had a book review to share, I would.  When I had an exceptional recipe that I was excited about, I would let you know.  When I finished a knitting/cross-stitch project and I wanted to show it off, by all means...

But I wouldn't feel pressured.  I wanted my blog to be something people WANTED to read -- not something that was a chore to read.  And I decided I'd ease back into blog writing.  We're into September, and I figure an average of one post every four months should give you plenty of time to catch up.

Let's catch up on a few things that have happened this year, shall we?

I had hip surgery where the surgeon went in and cut some extra bone off of the joint.  The rehab is going really well.  In fact, the surgeon says I'm MONTHS ahead of schedule!  For the first time in YEARS, I'm walking without either a cane or crutches!

I got reunited with a friend I'd lost touch with several years ago.  She's local, and we just happened to run into each other on the sidewalk outside of work one day when I was walking to lunch and she was walking to a parking garage to pick up her car.

I got accepted to a doctoral program in my field; it was my second time applying.

I quit my job so I can go back to being a full-time student.

I just joined three fantasy football teams, each with a different format (not that I'm excited about football season or anything).

But that's pretty much all I've had going since the last time I wrote.  

Like I said...  I'll just pop in and write when I have something to say.

See you again in another four months!