We missed some racing.

But then… We missed a lot of things…  Air conditioning, refrigeration, lights, computer, internet, television…

We were luckier than many as we had hot and cold running water. Natural gas for the water heater…  Some had no running water at all.

Yes. The storm along the eastern United States got us. The last thing on the television was qualifying from Sparta, KY. High winds shut it down. Bits of pop-up tents were flying around the infield and garage area sweeping up setup notes, driver caps and SPEED personality scripts. At the time that seemed a bit unusual. Unusual to the point that we checked online for the weather in the area of Sparta. It was a storm with an arc of color indicating heavy rain moving across Ohio and northern Kentucky.

“Hmmm – That is interesting” and “Wow” and “Sucks for them” were pretty much the thoughts at the time. (more…)

smile_earthIt is coming. Faster than ever before and with more mass behind it than could ever be imagined by thousands of Birkenstock wearing, self-proclaimed hippies. Of Course we’re talking about “Earth Day”.

Even before the calendar flips to “day of”, ordinary intelligent people are doing stupid things in the name of Earth, “climate change” and drowning polar bears. Turning off lights for an hour to make an impact…? Give me a break! How about turning off lights for an hour to make everybody feel all warm and fuzzy while the power company churns out the same amount of power regardless of how many lights are out…? Yes.

That is a perfect example of emotion over substance. It is a perfect example of people jumping onto a bandwagon without checking the direction it is heading. Look at us! Buying into “green credits” and “carbon offsets” and for what? To satisfy some feeling of guilt laid upon our feet by some bunch of greendiots using any means necessary to force us to live the way they feel we need to? To force us to buy the product they are selling? To force us to give them more political power?

Ask yourselves this question, “Who first told me about global warming?”. Was it a climatologist? Was it a geological historian? Was it a scientist? Perhaps, and more likely, it was a politician. Or a movie star. Or some nut that is a member of club that has looked down on human progress since the first Model-T rolled off the assembly line.

We’ve been herded by fear into a mindset of “our fault” and “we must do something or die” while the people orchestrating it all are doing nothing but talking. “We” have to drive hybrids. “We” have to buy expensive, twisty light bulbs. “We” have to turn off lights, eat less meat, ride public, grow a garden, fly less, do “staycations” and never buy packaged products….  Come on! The very people telling us to “cut back” live in a world of such excess that our day to day lives are alien to them.

Look. It is this simple. We can all do things to be more responsible when it comes to the world we live in. It is also important to do so for many reasons. However, those reasons do NOT include making someone else rich by purchasing their “green credits”. Those reasons do NOT include making some movie star feel intellectually validated by saying something about “global warming” on Oprah. Those reasons do NOT include satisfying an agenda that calls for us to back away from our dreams, our future or our progress.

If you want to buy a hybrid or electric because it fits your needs and you want to save money on fuel, have at it. However, if you are buying one so you can feel you are doing some great thing to save the planet from human damage because you were told it was fact by some talking head that has the scientific background of a bag of hammers, you are simply buying an agenda and helping nobody but the spinners of the myth.

Before you decide use your brain. Just once, instead of looking up “global warming” or “climate change” on Google, look up “facts about climate change”. You will find a wealth of information allowing you to decide for yourself. You want a starting point? Have a look at this website: http://www.climatechangefacts.info/  Read. Educate yourself. Act in accordance of fact, not fear.

Oh… One other thing. Have a nice “Earth Day”. Maybe you could go for a nice drive in the country…..