Back from Indy

May 28, 2008

It was a long day, but I finally got home from Indy around 3:30AM on Tuesday morning. My flight required a stop over at Midway in Chicago and with the initial flight from Indy to Chicago only taking off at 7:45PM on Monday, I knew it would be late when I got back.

That’s one of the downsides of going out there for the race. You really need to have both Sunday and Monday open because rain could push you back to Monday. I usually schedule the flight out on Monday around seven to be sure I can see the entire 500 on Monday if it comes to that. Last year it almost did run into Monday with all the rain, but this year the weather was great. We took advantage of the nice day Monday to visit the Grissom Air Museum near Peru, Indiana.

I took a lot of photos at both the Speedway and on our other excursions. The first batch can be found at the link below.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/27124584@N06/sets/72157605311357361/

Anyway, the second flight went from Chicago to BWI (Baltimore) so I still had about a two hour drive home once we landed. My oldest son got to sleep but ol’ dad had to do the driving to get him home. Fortunately he got enough rest to make it through the school day on Tuesday and play well in his baseball game at night.

The entire trip was fantastic, and though we had rain on Friday, we still got to see four races in four days and about fifteen minutes of IndyCar practice on Friday. Stone Temple Pilots put on a great, if a little simple, show while the rain came down and when you add great rock ‘n’ roll to awesome racing action, you get a fantastic weekend.

I’m already excited about going back in 2009, the 100th anniversary of the Speedway.

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Out of town!

May 21, 2008

It’s been way too long since I updated here, and now I’m only doing so to tell you I’ll be in Indianapolis for the next five days!

Every year over Memorial Day weekend, I make the pilgrimage to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. It’s become a tradition that I hope to carry on until I can’t find the┬ámeans to get there or the race isn’t run anymore. This year my oldest son is going along for the first time as a tenth birthday gift that he probably won’t ever forget. Given that this is one of the strongest 500 fields in recent history, it ought to be a race to remember.

We’ll be flying out tomorrow at 1:45 from Baltimore and heading for some USAC sprint car action in Terre Haute right after we land and pick up our car. We’ll attend another two or three races as well as the 500 itself over the next four days. Like every other year, I’m super excited to make the trip and can’t wait to be a part of another historic race.

When I get back, and maybe even while I’m away, I hope to get back on track with updates here at the blog. I’ve been completely immersed in work and baseball for the last month and a half, leaving little time that I wanted to spend writing. My gaming has been mostly done on the PS3 during this time, with Grand Theft Auto IV and the demo of Race Driver: GRID the most recent things I’m playing. Actually, last night I downloaded Calling All Cars and had a blast playing that with the kids. I got a good deal on a second DualShock 3 so I’m up to three controllers for the PS3 and hope to grab another SIXAXIS somewhere along the way to get to four. Calling All Cars really is so good I wanted the extra controllers to play it with the boys.

I’ll be playing Front Mission on the DS while travelling, and maybe one or two other games unless I decide to switch to the PSP before I leave. The DS battery life is so much better, while the PSP would allow me some music selections. Tough decision…

Hope everyone reading this is doing well, and hopefully I’ll get back on track now. Later!