Monthly Archives: July 2013

I Hate This Is Happening!

Clinton, S.C., Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 11:49 a.m. One common experience of advancing age is that one finds himself talking about all sorts of things that others don’t understand. It is intensified because they weren’t yet born when these things … Continue reading

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Here’s How I Reason with Social Media Season

Clinton, S.C., Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 9:32 a.m. I’ve really always been a creature of habit. I had a grandmother who gave me a set of general rules and gently drilled them into me. “Why, Zona, is this your grandson? … Continue reading

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There’s Racing, and Then There’s Passing

I’ve been up about three hours now. I’ve had a cup of coffee, gone through the social media feeds, checked the old email and fixed breakfast. I’ve played a few songs on the guitar and talked over the Crown Royal … Continue reading

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The Upgrade’s in the Middle, not the Top

Clinton, S.C., Sunday, July 28, 2013, 10:17 a.m. Jimmie Johnson, as hard as this may be to believe, hasn’t won either of the past two Sprint Cup championships. Tony Stewart in 2011 and Brad Keselowski in 2012 notwithstanding, Johnson has … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, the Brickyard Music Sounds Off Key

Clinton, S.C., Saturday, July 27, 2013, 3:23 p.m. As I settle into today’s blog, I’m sort of torn. It’s already edged past mid-afternoon. I’m still basking in the enjoyment of playing music Friday night. I just got back from a … Continue reading

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Dear Hearts and Gentle People

Clinton, S.C., Friday, July 26, 2013, 11:15 a.m. Living at home – no, check that, being at home – carries with it certain informal obligations that didn’t often arise when I spent the majority of my time on the road. … Continue reading

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Do You Know the Way to San Jose? From Eldora?

Clinton, S.C., Thursday, July 25, 2013, 9:45 a.m. As Maureen McGovern sang, “There’s got to be a morning after.” The morning after NASCAR’s triumphant return to dirt has left me feeling whimsical. Imagine! Racing stock cars (okay, scaled-down pickup trucks) … Continue reading

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Mark the Date Brian France Invents the Dirt Track

Clinton, S.C., Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 10:19 a.m. NASCAR racing has many facets, but there is no greater divide than the gulf between a Wednesday-night Truck race near Rossburg, Ohio, and a Sunday-afternoon Cup race in the aptly-named Indianapolis neighborhood … Continue reading

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It’s a Dirty Track, but Someone’s Got to Clean It

Clinton, S.C., Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 11:15 a.m. Lost in all the hubbub surrounding the Camping World Truck Series’ visit to Eldora Speedway is this. The trucks are running bias-ply tires on the dirt. Here’s an interesting use of the … Continue reading

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Indy Week Gets a Coat of Dirt

Clinton, S.C., Monday, July 22, 2013, 10:08 a.m. In spite of a hefty blast of promotional rocketry from the friendly folks at ESPN/ABC, NASCAR’s annual visit to Indianapolis Motor Speedway seems about as appealing to many fans as colonoscopy prep. … Continue reading

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