maveness: (Default)
( Mar. 9th, 2010 03:23 pm)
Oscars

I have reached a very important milestone with regards to the Oscars - I no longer care who was most deserving (although I will root against things I see as least deserving, i.e. Gwyneth Paltrow or rip offs of Fern Gully). I just want people to win that will give speeches that entertain me.

Notables:

1. I was sad that Gabby Sidibe didn't win. Because let's face it, her speech would have been epically awesome. There would have been tears. And giggling. And possibly, had Gerard Butler been giving the award, making out.

2. The guy who won for one of the screenplays was just so darling. By far my favorite speech of the night, because you could tell he was overcome with genuine emotion, not something scripted. (Although I did love Steve Martin's jab of "I wrote that for him" afterwards.)

3. I don't care what folks' opinions are of him...one of the best presenters of the night was Tyler Perry. I'm sorry, but if you're a freaking actor, there's no excuse for a bland, boring, dry, robotic presentation. Perry was having a blast and his timing was perfect.

4. What the heck was up with Tom Hanks just announcing who won best picture with no rundown (again) of who the nominees were? It was sudden and jarring and I think partially responsible for the fact that Kathryn Bigelow looked like she was going to throw up/pass out. Hell, I don't know how she made it back out on stage.

NASCAR

Apparently hell is freezing over, and the result is that, 9 years after his death, I'm becoming a fan of Dale Earnhardt Sr. (I accidentally typed that at first as Dale Earnhardt St. And laughed. Because to his fans, he was a freaking saint. An evil saint, but a saint nonetheless.)

And I blame the current crop of drivers who are either too politically correct or too self-centered while acting like their crap don't stink. But I really blame the drivers in this crop who pull the PC or self-centered deal when they've been driving for more than 10 years. Because let's face it, if you were around during Senior/Terry Labonte/Rusty Wallace's era of wrecking each other, then you've taken part in aggressive racing. So don't go telling guys coming into the sport that they're doing things wrong, because there is no right or wrong (well, there is wrong, but it's a lot harder to quantify than you'd think), there's only winning.

If everyone's thinking I'm sounding like a Keselowski apologista, well, here's the thing...I think I am. Wanna know why? Cause he owns that shit. And he doesn't get mad about owning that shit. He just does. And you know what? That's refreshing.

I don't mind the feuding (when there's reason for it, not just ire at a driver's fanbase*). I would love to see some of the guys get in fist fights again (except please everyone stay away from Matt, because I just don't see him being the knock down drag out kind). The key is, own your shit.

Examples of Owning Your Shit:

1. Carl Edwards v. Kyle Busch at Bristol a couple years ago. That was a racing fight (they both wanted the win, Carl booted Kyle out of the way for the win, Kyle took out his ire on the track away from competitors, Carl retaliated, they both acknowledged their actions post-race and owned that shit without apologizing). It was awesome. It was great. Kyle didn't expect Carl to own his shit, but Carl did, so it was all even and awesome.

2. Robby Gordon and everyone he's ever been mad at. Nuff said.

3. Juan Pablo Montoya pretty much all the time. He says it like it is, and you'll know if he's mad at you. Plus you'll know if he's really mad at you, because he'll take it out on you on the track. But he owns that shit.

4. Kyle Busch pretty much any time that doesn't include Junior. He drove like a bat out of hell and didn't apologize for it. (There hasn't been as much bat action in the last year and a few races. Not sure if it's due to maturity or bad cars, but the point is that it means less feuding if you're not being all bat out of hell anymore.)

5. Any driver that has ever been in a wreck, been mad about the wreck, then later in the race (or a few races later) lost the car just slightly and "accidentally" took out the other guy. And then batted their eyelashes innocently at the camera (with a sly smirk, or not if you're Junior, who just does the innocent routine, and yes, I use him as an example because he's my boy and plus he's perfected that form of retaliation) and left the reporter (and viewers) guessing as to whether it was intentional. Because that's owning that shit in a different way, but it's still owning the shit. The attitude is consistent throughout.

Examples of Not Owning Your Shit:

1. Carl Edwards v. Brad Keselowski this past Sunday. Yeah, I'm saying Carl didn't own his shit. Why? Because while you don't tip your hand to NASCAR brass (by saying "next time I'm near him, I'm going to totally wreck his ass"), you also don't sit there and be all pleasant and forgiving and then go and punt someone in a very obvious manner and be mad at them. You act pissed as hell from the get go (again, without tipping your hand - see Junior for how to execute this maneuver if you're a "nice guy" or Tony Stewart for tips if you're a "bad boy"). Carl did with Brad what Kyle thought he'd do back at Bristol - at one point in the feud he played innocent. But he didn't play innocent at the right point. He was too politically correct at the point when people would have understood him being mad. And then his anger after the wreck painted him in a bad light because Keselowski's car went airborne. I know it sounds like I'm being harsh on Carl here, and I do agree with his sentiment that taking it to Bristol would have been a bad idea, but here's the thing. Carl is the poster boy for public relations in NASCAR. Some would say Jimmie is, but he's too bland. Carl has the perfect image (the back flip is part of that image) and he was from the beginning very adept at working the media and that image. It took awhile for the veneer to crack for us to see that under the surface there's an edge. At the time he came into NASCAR, his image worked perfectly. Knowing what we know about him now, though, plus NASCAR allowing personality back into the sport, he needs to just own that he's a nice guy who gets pushed too far at times. I understand that, because I'm a nice person who can go from nice to infuriated-Tony-Stewart-on-roids in a heartbeat if the right buttons are pushed. Carl can own his shit if he acknowledges both sides of himself. And when you own your shit (which is individual), there is peace in the force.

2. Rusty Wallace versus everyone. Rusty didn't own his shit, he just whined because he felt he was entitled.

* Ire at a driver's fanbase is a direct jab at Kyle Busch. Cause he owned his shit except when he was getting into it with Junior. That was the fatal flaw to his earlier years in Cup. Because he owned his bad boy status for awhile, but when he got mad at Junior's fanbase (and I understand why, being a member of said fanbase, which makes me feel like beating someone over the head with a bat some days), it became a weird feud that didn't make any sense. Plus that whole feud still pisses me off because at the time I'd gotten past my Kyle Busch issues and was starting to root for him because he didn't apologize for who he was. And then he went and did something hair brained. And yes, I consider it hair brained to take on Junior Nation because every driver has a crazy portion to their fanbase. It's just that Junior's fanbase is way larger than anyone else's.

Something else I've decided: if Dale Sr. were alive today, Kyle Busch and Junior would be teammates. Also, Dale Sr. would have hired Keselowski at some point. Senior would have counseled Kyle on owning his shit early on.

Wrecking Competitors/Retaliation: The Rules

Now, the other part of Sunday's issues: retaliation. How to do it and when. This is keeping in mind that I think Brad was racing too hard too early in the race (because you can race hard and be ruthless and own your shit, but it does no good if you don't get to the finish line). And no, I don't think he lifted like he claimed. So this isn't about me being a Keselowski apologista. LOL

1. There are certain tracks you don't wreck anyone at intentionally, unless it's under caution: Daytona, Talladega and Atlanta. (Remind me if there are any other tracks that run as fast as those three. My brain is fried from night shifts.) As SOON as Carl wrecked Brad and Brad went airborne, I was yelling (in a whisper, as my grandmother was asleep) at the TV that you don't do that shit at Atlanta because the speeds are too high and high speeds plus this wing mean the car goes airborne too often. Yeah, Carl didn't know it would go airborne. Nor did he know that it would hit the wall at exactly the wrong spot so that the driver side of the car was crushed. But I do think that common sense should make it kind of obvious that the higher the speeds, the more likely the cars will get in really bad crashes. And really bad crashes can hurt people. M'kay?

2. You also don't retaliate on the track if you could potentially take out other drivers. Carl retaliated when it was just him and Brad right there, which is good. And he's right, at Bristol would be bad (but mostly because everyone would be really pissed and Carl would be a pinball in the machine for a few weeks *g*). So would Martinsville. Unless it was like Kyle and Carl did a few years ago at Bristol, which was retaliation on the track without endangering anyone else. Shall I repeat that one was awesome?

3. Never retaliate with the car while on pit road. Endangering pit crew members is a major no no.

4. Fist fights are always way more awesome than wrecking, though. Need more fist fights! (Note: this kind of retaliation can happen on pit road, but it should be noted that this puts one in proximity with officials (who cut down on our fun) and pit crew members (who have considerable more muscle than all the drivers). So if you want to really retaliate with a fist fight, we the fans would appreciate it if you'd do so in the grass after a wreck where we can see you and where it can't be broken up very quickly. M'kay?)

There'd be a fifth, but I think it's something that's just my personal preference (aka, possibly not a logical unspoken rule, even though it makes sense to me). This would be - don't wait to retaliate until the end of the race. This is different from two guys wrecking each other for the win - they're both in the same position. I'm talking about waiting until three laps to go. Carl was 154 laps down. It's entirely possible that once he got back on track, that was the first time he was near Brad and other cars weren't. (It's not like FOX ever showed much about the surrounding cars who weren't lead lap at that point. Yes, that irked me. Because regardless of what Carl says, they should have been anticipating retaliation. Bad FOX!) But three laps to go just feels like bad form, especially when it's clear that driver is very competitive that day. Yeah, they took you out and made you not competitive, but that's why you save it for another race - make sure the most perfect opportunity arises when you won't take out other drivers, where it's not too dangerous, and where you're not destroying a whole team's hard work that was paying off. See why I didn't give it a number there? Too much thought has to go into that. LOL
maveness: (Default)
( Dec. 2nd, 2009 07:21 pm)
NASCAR Roast of Jimmie Johnson

I'm putting these here so I don't forget them EVER. That and they make plot bunnies go wild.

From Jeff Gluck's Twitter

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie: "I know I've been pissing all you off the last four years, but I've never really been good at anything before."

The host just walked in and gave Jimmie a book: " #NASCAR for Dummies."

Jeff Gordon

Gordon, who has been target of gay jokes, tells Carl that getting married and having a kid is "a great cover." Pretty hilarious!

Jeff Gordon says he has a lot of JJ stories he can't tell b/c he's in a lot of them himself. JJ says, "These were all pre-marriage!"

Mark Martin

Mark Martin says he heard JJ was so ugly as a kid, he had to trick-or-treat by telephone.

Mark Martin gets to microphone and fan yells "Stand up!" Martin says, "I AM standing up."

Host says to Mark Martin, "I don't want to say you're too old to drive, but the pole-sitter of your first race was Ben Hur."

Greg Biffle

Biffle: "I'm not going to say a f@+#** thing about Jimmie because I'm sick and tired of hearing his name."

Host says Greg Biffle is "Al Gore minus the charisma." (Side note: Maveness will kick the butt of anyone who thinks Greg is without personality. He's dry! Dry I tell you! And he is LOVE.)

Denny Hamlin

Denny on JJ: "It's really hard to win the championship w/ the best team, the best crew chief and no mech. failures in 4 f@+#* years"

Denny on JJ: "The only thing faster than him is his receding hairline."

Kurt Busch

Kurt Busch says to Jimmie, "I go to Baskin Robbins and I look at vanilla and it says 'Jimmie Johnson' on it."

Carl Edwards

Carl says he's been out w/JJ a lot and knows he's not gay, "because he's only hit on me twice." Laughter erupts.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Host calls Dale Jr "the Paris Hilton of #NASCAR." Crowd hisses. And says Carl is the love child of Gov. Arnold and John Elway.

Brian Vickers

Vickers tells EVERYONE about Jimmie using Propecia and says he'd be bald otherwise! JJ is embarrassed.

Host to Vickers: "Red Bull gives you wings. It'd be nice if they gave you an engine too, huh?"

Juan Pablo Montoya

Juan Pablo Montoya to JJ: "I'm f*#@+@ tired of hearing 'Jimmie...Jimmie...Jimmie.' Give us a f+@#* break."

Ryan Newman

Ryan Newman to Jimmie: "Four in a row. Bet you wish you could do that with your wife, huh?"

Kasey Kahne

Host asks where Kasey Kahne is and says, "I didn't see you behind the grown-ups."
maveness: (Dean - Impala Love)
( Nov. 1st, 2009 06:13 pm)
NASCAR

Holy freaking hell, Jamie McMurray!!!!!

*freaks*

Also, Chad must have paid that medicine man something to slip in a "ensure Jimmie does well" bit o' mojo.

Honestly, I was happy with the race in terms of who all was running well. And for the first portion of the race I was loving the racing. It's important to note that four guys were not going to win the race, no matter what: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch. Why? Because they're great at plate tracks. And after the last plate race Jamie won, no one will work with those guys near the end. (Which begs the question - why don't the four of them make a pact and say screw everyone else? Everyone loves being pushed by them or following them to the front, but no one wants to be near them at the end because they know they can be beaten by those guys.) The only reason I didn't put Michael Waltrip on that list is because I think folks had written him off enough that they'd underestimate him and let him near the front. For evidence, see Jimmie Johnson wanting to work with Michael. Granted, I also think Jimmie wasn't too worried because Michael isn't Mark or Jeff, so not challenging him for the title.

Also, I'm dubbing that rule by NASCAR about seeing sunshine in the corners between the cars the "NASCAR PDA rule". It's very reminiscent of what our principal did in high school - yelling "I must see six inches!" at kids who were making out.

The big thing - Ryan Newman's wreck scared the ever loving crap out of me. Partially because his car kept hitting on the roof, partially because he's just so big and big guys cannot get out of cars well in that condition. Poor Krissie! Now, NASCAR, please to be explaining who these cars are suddenly getting airborne. This was not supposed to be the case.
maveness: (Default)
( Aug. 10th, 2009 08:58 pm)
1. The place I worked for ten years laid off two people today.

2. I put way too much Crown in my Bull Blasters that I'm having. I'm halfway through and having trouble focusing.

3. I resisted the allure of Big Bang Theory as long as I could. Summer reruns have drawn me in.

4. Job front: Interview today. Word today that I passed the second test on another job and will receive a call from the department in two weeks. I kind of just want a job now.

5. I'll be starting reading Harry Potter any day.

6. Seriously. Too much Crown.

7. Am bummed that Marcos Ambrose didn't win today. This season is a bummer because none of my guys are winning. When you root for 2/3 of the field, this is highly problematic. (OMG, so hard to spell that last word.)

8. Haven't done any painting since I realized that it wasn't going how I wanted to. Need to just paint over the canvas and start over.

9. Have decided that when I do get a job, I shall celebrate in two ways - by going out to Sushi Republic (mmmm, sushi that is awesome) and by getting laid. Really, these are admirable goals.

10. I need a Hot Wheels track so I can race Kenseth against Junior all the time. Rookie class of 2000 for the win!
maveness: (Wondering)
( Jun. 28th, 2009 10:11 am)
So, an update on where things are with me, as it's been almost a week since I last updated.

Temp Working

It's a very good job, in that I have tons to do all day. Also, no answering phones! I get to listen to my iRiver if I want to. Vincent is pleased to have been brought out of the closet. Plus, I'm working in the same room as [livejournal.com profile] eliz, and this place has a cafeteria (where I ate healthy all week).

The downside is that it's an hour from where I'm living. I'm up at six, leaving by seven. I don't get home until after six in the evening. Then there's dinner with Gran, so I'm not downstairs until 7, at which time I dive in and job hunt. At 7:30 I take a break to take a shower, then back to job hunting and watching TV at the same time. It's not a very relaxing routine.

Job Hunting

I haven't heard back from anybody that I've sent applications to. I'm trying to keep my hopes up, because I'm applying for jobs where budget is key. So I should give it until July 15 before I really worry. Plus there's the fact that, when I get called for one job, I tend to get several calls from several people about several jobs in the same period of time. So when one hits, several will hit. I'm sure of it.

Rehab Stuff

We moved the turkey vulture outside last weekend. Cranky butt is doing great. And I got to watch surgery on a timber rattlesnake. That was pretty awesome. (They were inserting a transponder so they could track it when it was released.)

Also, a turtle I rescued amazingly lived. It had been hit by a car and was bleeding profusely. [livejournal.com profile] bubblesbrnaid saw it. You would have sworn the thing was going to die. But it lived, so I get to release it today.

NASCAR

I love the double file restart. Sonoma was freaking awesome. (Okay, with the little sidebar of "why, when Junior's finally getting a top ten at this track, does someone take him out". LOL His luck sucks this year. As well as his ability to find his pit box.)

I hope the weather is beautiful today, so the race goes off without a hitch and [livejournal.com profile] queenofalostart has a blast.

So, the totally cracktastic story that the supposed front runner to get Danica Patrick is Hendrick? And that the person getting the boot (so to speak) is Junior? I laughed so hard. Okay, so it's not exactly just that. It's that JR Motorsports would be in Cup as a satellite Hendrick team as Junior and Keselowski and Danica would be the fourth Hendrick driver. Still. I don't care what the news says. That's almost laughable in its absurdity. At this point they're just now figuring out that Junior's set ups suck because the info being used from Jeff, Jimmie and Mark doesn't work for him. And that Tony and Ryan's setups may be better. But that's still something that is being explored. So you take the most popular driver in the sport who isn't running well and stick him on his own team? Wasn't this the reason he *left* DEI? Because his cars started sucking and weren't competitive and there wasn't much being done to stay competitive?

Also, dudes, Junior all chunky with the beard is totally Grissom. CSI: NASCAR for the win! They investigate exploding tires and crap like that. I'm actually starting to find him attractive. Yes, I'm strange like that, that a vague resemblance to Grissom makes him hot.

And of the random

Weird and creepy guy at rehab asked me out. I saw it coming. He's weird and creepy and I'm not the only one that thinks so, but I was the one who trained him and I feel bad that I find him weird and creepy. So I overcompensate by making sure he gets to do things and doesn't miss out just because he's quieter. Which results in him being overly weird and creepy with me because I pay him attention.

There were histrionics last night when I killed a spider. I was very calm about the matter until I didn't kill it completely on the first blow and it jumped at me. Then there may have been screaming.
maveness: (Lugs)
( May. 29th, 2009 03:16 pm)
Dear Kyle Busch,

You know, we've had this discussion before. I could like you - could - if you'd get over your Junior obsession. It's going past angry-making into pathetic and desperate. Just because Junior's the prom queen and you're the smart/badass girl who guys seldom look twice at doesn't make it cool.

I have my issues, as a Junior fan, with the inability of the media to recognize if Junior does something wrong. But here's something I've noticed (being not focused completely on everything they say about just Junior) - after a certain point, when drivers have gotten to a certain age (over 30) and amassed a certain number of wins (generally over 10, which everyone needs to notice is actually rare among the current crop) and have had careers spanning several years (at least five), they get credit that other drivers don't. Wanna know why? It's this thing called maturity. There's a perception that the drivers in that group have put in the time and produced enough results to justify it not being their fault. Notice something - is it ever stated by the media that it's Mark Martin's fault, Bobby Labonte's fault, Tony Stewart's fault, Jeff Gordon's fault? More importantly, is it ever Matt Kenseth's fault, Greg Biffle's fault? It doesn't matter where they're running, that day or that season - the announcers give more to guys who've been around awhile. They won't say someone is washed up, but they also avoid saying anything is ever their fault. Jeff Burton is a poster boy for this - they jumped all over his resurgence when he went to Childress, but they didn't say it was his fault when he was running poorly at Roush.

So Kyle, just do me a favor and put a sock in it. Or hire me as your PR woman so I can smack you upside the head when you say shit like today's little tirade. I don't think I've seen anyone so obsessed in NASCAR in my years of watching (admittedly, post-Senior). To quote Steve Byrnes, I don't know why it's any of your business what's going on with Junior.

ETA: The quote. As ESPN writes it, then as SPEED reported it. The context changes, which is why I'm putting both up.

ESPN: #18-Kyle Busch said it point-blank: "It's never Junior; it's always the crew chief." Busch fired that opening volley of driver reaction Friday morning to Hendrick Motorsports' dismissal of Tony Eury Jr. as #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew chief on Thursday. Asked about Eury's replacement, Lance McGrew, with whom Busch worked in the Nationwide Series at Hendrick in 2004, Busch expressed pity for McGrew. "He's got his hands full, I guess, having to deal with what's going on," Busch said. "And if Junior doesn't run well, then he [McGrew] is going to be the 'problem' again." Still, Busch said he understood the move to bolster the driver who replaced him at Hendrick last season, both because of Earnhardt's star power and Busch's salary issues. "You've got to make the most popular driver in the sport competitive, so you gotta do what you gotta do, I guess," Busch said.

SPEED: "You've got to make the most popular driver in the sport competitive, so you gotta do what you gotta do, I guess. He's got his hands full, I guess, having to deal with what's going on. And if Junior doesn't run well, then he [McGrew] is going to be the 'problem' again. It's never Junior; it's always the crew chief."
maveness: (Looking)
( May. 28th, 2009 10:29 am)
It's depressing to find out that I weigh ten pounds more than Mark Martin.

It's even more depressing to find out that I weigh ten pounds more than AJ Allmendinger.

I'm not even asking about Jamie.

***

ETA: Crew chief change for Junior. To Lance McGrew. *head tilt* Kind of didn't see that one coming. McGrew, that is. I thought someone would get poached from the 48 camp. Hmmm. At least Tony Eury Jr. is still at Hendrick. Although I bet there are some teams (Mikey especially) already angling to get him.
maveness: (Who)
( Apr. 23rd, 2009 09:32 am)
NASCAR Notes

1. Boris Said was in a race when his car burst into flames. He's sustained second and third degree burns to his face and eyes. He walked away from it, but this is Boris, our love, our boy. Be thinking of him. (Also, on a shallow note, this means the fire came close to his hair. Not good!)

2. Truex, Junior and Kurt Busch are going to be on CMT Cribs this Saturday.

3. Junior and Mears are on probation for six races after post-race shenanigans at Phoenix. Funny thing is, considering I was worried they'd ding Mears with penalties (when it was obvious that Junior started the post-race stuff), I'm cool with probation. I'm guessing they got the guys in the red truck, looked at them hard, they both acted sheepish and the probation was just cause. But more importantly, we're still penalty free for the year. No post-race penalties. No Tuesday penalties. It's kind of freaky.
maveness: (Looking)
( Apr. 22nd, 2009 07:21 pm)
Life sucks.

Today does, anyway. I'm bored, last week was all hectic with job stuff, this week there's nothing. Well, was nothing until I got a call from a staffing place about a resume I sent them yesterday. I haven't gotten calls for three months now from a single staffing agency on anything, and now they call me.

I don't want to be an administrative assistant anymore. I can't do it. Yes, I'll send in resumes and aim for things, but I want to be in something different. The leasing position I may be in line for sounds way more appealing than a being the low man on the totem pole again. I did it for ten years. Ten fucking years. I can't go backwards and sit in one of those jobs for longer.

The crappy thing is, I've resigned myself to taking a job that I'd ultimately quit when something better came along. I just don't want to get one that would require a ton of time and keep me from interviewing for the law enforcement stuff. I'm debating what the good is in being honest with this staffing person tomorrow. Just tell them that what I'm looking for in specific is something part time for right now, see if they have anything that fits that bill.

I don't know. Life sucks and it's crappy and I'm bored and really, I need to just go take care of animals or work on a project at the rehab center and be productive that way. It'll make me feel better.

***

Then there's my mom, whose work is sucking and I feel like she needs to be clued in on how sucky people can be, but she wants to handle things on her own. I'm tempted to tell my sister (since they work together) what's up, but dad keeps telling me not to. Partially because mom wants to take care of it herself, partially because those girls who are after mom may be after her because they don't like my sister. (Mom thinks those girls need to put on their big girl panties and grow up. I agree. But they've stooped to lying to try and get my mom fired. At this point, I say to hell with them, let Katie take them apart. My sister isn't a bitch for nothing.)

***

And yesterday I went to Wal-Mart and spent twenty bucks on freaking underwear (I hate how it all wears out at once), 13 pairs, and got home to discover that apparently I got my size wrong, or the style wrong, or they lied. Because these aren't low-rise. They're granny panties.

God, granny panties suck.

***

I can't stop itching. The bug bites aren't itching, but a front is moving through and I'm a mass of hives. Told ya life sucks.

***

Apparently NASCAR is in the midst of the Great Crew Chief Swap. Jeez. The 07 and 29 teams are switching everybody but the spotters (and drivers). No lie. Gustafson and Eury Jr. may be swapping, but the 5 winning put that on hold for awhile, which means it could come down to Eury being out of a job. We all know how much Junior would get pissed over that. They may not be gelling at hte moment, but they're family and look out for one another. Eury would get snapped up fast by someone, but in the meantime the 88 team would be a mess because Junior would be mad. And then Bobby Labonte's got a new crew chief.

***

I seem to be on a meat kick of late, which is annoying me, because I want vegetables. Lots of them. But I'm at a loss as to what I want. I need some veggie dish that's good, but I can't think of anything or find a recipe that appeals.

I may be on meat overload, which is leading to the cranky.

***

I have spring fever. It's probably a good thing to keep me away from men right now. Especially physicists or mechanics.

Yes, I am in the "let me jump his ass and do wicked things to him" frame of mind.

***

For some reason I smell kitty litter. I don't have a cat. This is annoying. It may be my dinner combination of a bull blaster and quiche lorraine. And bacon. On the side. Even though there's bacon in quiche lorraine. (There's also so much heavy cream that I almost want to vomit every time I eat a slice. Apparently I'm not a heavy cream person.)

***

Read a book today. It wasn't that good. I actually found myself having trouble keeping up with the plot. There was some crazy convolution going on where I'm sure the author was leaving out details integral to the plot, while describing others in way too much detail.
JUNIOR HAS NO PROBLEM WITH KYLE'S BOASTS

Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he can't fault Kyle Busch for talking about how he's outperformed him.

"He has been and he has every right to brag as much as he wants," Earnhardt said. "I wouldn't trade positions with him, though. I like where I'm at."

Told that Busch said that he didn't think there was anything wrong with Earnhardt's crew chief, Tony Eury Jr., Earnhardt said: "I think Kyle has a heart down in there somewhere. I think he's a good guy. He just, you know, has a funny way of wording things sometimes."
maveness: (McShortenstuff)
( Feb. 15th, 2009 07:30 pm)
2009 Daytona 500

Bonehead move of the race: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

I'm trying to decide if it's just Carl Edwards at Talledega during the Chase level of bonehead or a special level above that. Here's the reasons why. It was finally figured out in post race interviews that Junior didn't realize Vickers was racing him for position. That's the only saving grace Junior gets. If you're not racing a guy for position, you wouldn't expect them to block you like that. The thing is, it's still WAY too aggressive of a move. (Carl did a bonehead move by failing at basic racing technique to other Chasers during the Chase. But which is worse? I'm still up in the air.)

The great thing is, no one can ever ever EVER bring up that Talladega race again. Ever.

***

Psychic revelation of the race: Elliott Sadler

For predicting that he totally wouldn't win. I think that actually qualifies as a last lap pass for the win, doesn't it? I wouldn't want to be trying to interview Elliott tonight. I know he finished fifth, but that's going to be a whole lotta bitter man.

***

Who saw that coming event of the race: Matt Kenseth

Raise your hand if you saw that one coming. Now raise your hand if you thought the robot would leak motor oil all over pit road. (OMG, the crying into Katie's shoulder was SO CUTE. Yes. I want to cuddle a Kenseth.) Now the only thing he has to contend with is going to NYC and doing interviews. For Kenseth, he just won the biggest race of his life and now will be subjected to hell.

***

Interview that is going to make everyone love or hate a driver: Brian Vickers

Dude had every right to be pissed. And it'll only be slightly less angry-making when he finds out that Junior didn't wreck him intentionally but didn't know he was on the same lap as Junior.

***

Commercials made of win: Toyota, that zoomy monstery Sprint commercial, Lowe's, probably something I'm forgetting

Toyota: Vickers screaming and hiding from the scary robot! Mikey battling it with pipes! Hamlin's shirt being ripped off (while thankfully he had an undershirt on)! Reutimann! No Logano!

Zoomy Sprint Commercial: Dude, Carl Edwards as the Yellow Eyed Demon. Nuff said.

Lowe's: Chad says "Jimmie, what are you doing down there?" I say "TOTALLY SLASHY."

ETA: Every commercial with Bobby Labonte and his ass OMG!!!!! [livejournal.com profile] comeawayeasy, I swear, we were already excited he had commercials. And then they focused on his ass and there was squealing and thinking of you. And THEN she GRABBED HIS ASS and I died!!!!
maveness: (Really?)
( Feb. 15th, 2009 11:17 am)
Something of note:

I was preparing for racing today by watching condensed versions of the 2001 Daytona 500 and the 2001 Pepsi 400 last night. Both Daytona races, both won by DEI cars.

So remember the controversy with Dale Jr. and that some drivers were really suspicious of his car at the July race? After watching both of those back to back, I'm just going to point out something - I can honestly say that it's a bunch of bull. It can be put to rest now, because seeing the two races side by side, it's actually kind of surprising, especially with the COT now, how easy it is to see that the cars were just great that day.

1. The cars (all of them, not just DEI) didn't have to run as close together back then for the draft. They could run by themselves better. Now, if you get out of the draft, you're done. Then, a lone car could hold it's own for a bit. (Actually, think of Junior's last race with DEI at Talladega - he totally broke out and Jimmie and Brian did somewhat as well.) Whereas now, the cars are very, very close, back then they weren't.

2. DEI ruled the plate tracks. Not just Junior, but Mikey as well. They took the two Daytona races as one-two. More than just looking at how Junior blazed through the pack in a lap and a half on the last restart, look at how Mikey blazed through the pack to get to Junior. Both cars were amazing. But more importantly, they were just *starting* to own the plate tracks. I don't think other drivers really had a grasp of how good his car was compared to others.

3. There was talk that Junior was making moves by himself that he shouldn't have been able to make. No, he made moves that played off other people, but he wasn't by himself. He'd dive in front of other cars in foolhardy moves, but that can be attributed to daring of youth and a car he felt was great enough to stick.

4. The outside line never could get a run on Mikey and Junior in the 500. Senior was blocking the inside line, because that was where the run was coming from. Look at the 400 and you'll see that the outside line never really challenged Junior until the absolute very end when Bobby got up there. But he lost momentum as well. A lot of moves Junior made were getting below guys or shuffling them to the top line. He was using the better line. He didn't get in the bad line and advance.
60 Most Beautiful People in NASCAR

Number 12: Boris Said

Haters to the left, white guy has the fro )

Number 11: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Junior Nation is irate )
maveness: (Stuntman)
( Dec. 5th, 2008 10:57 am)
I'm trying to avoid the fact that today is my court date for the speeding ticket. This avoidance is not helped by coworkers being all dramatic over work. At this point, work is what it is. They all need to get over it and just deal.

Picspam!!!!

Grissom's looking really relaxed there...wait.



Jimmie and Chad are fighting over the hardware again.

"C'mon, Chad. I gave you the last one."



Jimmie looks really good here. Huh.

maveness: (Bicep)
( Nov. 10th, 2008 07:47 pm)
Dear NASCAR.com Superstore,

There is something intrinsically wrong about having NASCAR candy cane ornaments for several drivers, but not for Kasey Kahne.

Also, for the record, I kind of sort of would have preferred just slightly to be sending my dad images of a Biffle or Jamie Mac or Vickers optical mouse shaped like a car. At least you let me choose between the AMP paint scheme and the National Guard paint scheme. Hopefully my dad will laugh and get it for me. *g* (I asked dad for an optical mouse. We'll ignore that he loaned me one to test that I haven't used yet.)

I'm also very tempted by the NASCAR Santa hats. I may need to back away from the store now.

(Ooohhh! Flannel jammies!)
maveness: (Back In The Day)
( Oct. 19th, 2008 09:45 pm)
Amazing Race: It's easy to tell why the divorcees are divorced. They're bitchy as hell. Dang. And they don't even realize it, do they?

NASCAR: Any race that ends early, thereby giving us tons of post-race interviews, including Alan Gustafson and Jamie Mac's dog Jake? Truly awesome. (Plus the funny of Junior inadvertently starting a new NASCAR conspiracy theory.)
maveness: (Night to Day)
( Oct. 12th, 2008 02:13 am)
Quick Race Thoughts

I was there. It was cold. And loud.

1. At one point I looked down to turn 4 (I was in turn 2) and said "OMG. That car is in the wall. Oh wait. It's Junior. He's not in the wall. He's just driving the crazy line."

2. When you sit in turn 2, it's a hike to get to the merchandise trailers.

3. How do you run out of hot dogs at a race track?

4. I hate race traffic. Especially drunk race traffic. Trying to take my lane at 1 a.m. at 70 miles per hour.

5. I was an obnoxious Biffle/Vickers fan. Not slashy, just obnoxious when either of them was contending for the lead.

6. In the Nationwide race, every wreck happened in front of where I was sitting. For the Cup race, every wreck happened diagonally across the track where we couldn't see it.
maveness: (Default)
( Sep. 13th, 2008 11:40 am)
Of NASCAR Note

Watching Trackside and I'm fast forwarding through most of it (because Kyle Busch is the guest). I hit play twice because I wanted to see if they were talking about anything of note at that moment (based on B roll footage). The first time, just talking inane racing stuff (with a side note of funny when they said Joey Logano made Kyle look like an old man - Kyle laughed). Second time, they're talking about Kyle's race shop for late models and how big it is, which has caused lots of rumors that he's starting a Truck or Nationwide team. Kyle explained that in every racing series he's been in, you always run out of room. No matter how much room you have, you always need more. So he figured he'd "go bigger and stupider than anyone else" and he'd not run out of room for a very long time. I'm chuckling over this, because you know, he's young. This is actually logical. And funny. Kyle's being non-douchey! And then Ellyut asked something about Kyle racing F1 at some point and Kyle said "Hey, if I win the championship this year, I might go do that for a couple of years, give the fans some time with Dale Jr., and then come back."

Kyle - why are you obsessed with Junior? The media has quieted down about him finally, letting him do his thing, and I swear, he's gotten more mentions from you this year than from anyone else! What is with this obsession? Get over the weird jealousy and learn that mouthing off about Junior merely makes you look petty! And not Richard style of Petty! You're leading the freaking points and you still have to talk about Junior?
maveness: (Default)
( Sep. 10th, 2008 01:26 pm)
NASCAR Chase Drivers On Letterman

It begs noting, the Chasers on Letterman to read the top 12?

1. Biffle was freaking HOT. Seriously. He was hotter than anyone else. His outfit was way sexy. And talk about some shoulders!

2. I don't know who dressed Junior, but I'm scared.

3. Suits are slimming on Tony.

4. Bowyer looked like a frightened Ken doll.

5. Denny looked like he was having fun with his line. Thank god. It didn't make sense, but for some reason I found it amusing.
maveness: (Default)
( Sep. 7th, 2008 04:58 pm)
NASCAR Chase Edition Fun

1. That fight between Tony and Zippy was kind of astounding. I think they also fought after the end of the race, as Tony was awfully subdued and positive when he was interviewed.

2. Casey Mears commercial! With Casey! Talking! Okay, with hair, but CASEY.

3. Hornish hits many things again. Surprise!

4. Bubbles keeps singing stuffs. A lot.

5. Kyle spinning off of Junior's bumper. And Junior taking responsibility for it even though it still might not have quite been his fault.



And now time to walk the dog and procrastinate until the Nationwide race starts. We've had pizza. Now the "exercise".
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