At Least I Got My Laps In

As I post this, Kurt Busch is leading, though this photo was taken while he was qualifying. (Andrew Coppley/HHP photo for Chevy Racing)

As I post this, Kurt Busch is leading, though this photo was taken while he was qualifying. (Andrew Coppley/HHP photo for Chevy Racing)

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Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Today two lawns got mowed, and my iPhone died a slower death than I thought.

Oops. Now Kevin Harvick is leading. (Harold Hinson/HHP photo for Chevy Racing)

Oops. Now Kevin Harvick is leading. (Harold Hinson/HHP photo for Chevy Racing)

Now there’s a NASCAR race scheduled, and I’m supposed to write about it. It’s in Kansas City, and I am at home. I get paid to do it from afar every single week, so I’ll be creating an assembly line that will have me chip away and assimilate as information becomes available … if information becomes available.

Maybe they’ll get it in tonight. Maybe they’ll get it in tomorrow. Maybe they’ll get it in Monday.

Today I realized the implications.

I’m going on a trip later this week. I needed to get the lawns, mine and my mother’s (about a quarter mile away), done. I figured I’d get it done this weekend, no problem, because the race was Saturday night … unless it’s Sunday.

I've been writing all along.

I’ve been writing all along.

Or, I could get it done Monday … except it’s supposed to rain here on Monday. And, quite possibly, Tuesday.

I got it done today, and I trimmed some bushes, and by the time that was all over, I was tired, so I came inside and poured myself a Diet Pepsi over ice, and picked up my phone, which had been charging while I was cutting grass, and the phone was dead, so I drove to the next town, Laurens, with my phone, and the nice fellow there got it on again and showed me how to do a “soft power-up,” which didn’t seem very soft because I pushed on two different buttons at the same time for 15 seconds.

I had to “soft power up” twice more, and then the iPhone went completely dead, and that won’t work anymore, so I’ll be going back to the cell-phone “store” again tomorrow in the off chance that I don’t have a race to watch that was rained out tonight.

They’ve started. Hallelujah. I’ll reserve the hosannas for later.

Now Martin Truex Jr. has taken the lead. (Harold Hinson/HHP photo for Chevy Racing)

Now Martin Truex Jr. has taken the lead. (Harold Hinson/HHP photo for Chevy Racing)

My only good move was having Diet Pepsi in the refrigerator, because Dr. Pepper and Diet Dr. Pepper have spun in quick succession, and everyone knows that soft drinks that spin on TV will spin in your stomach.

I just came up with that hypothesis. It’s been one of those days.

Joey Logano was leading rain by about 30 minutes, and the action was so intense NASCAR had to throw a caution.

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About Monte

For 20 seasons, I mostly wrote about NASCAR. I'm still paying attention, but I'm spending more of my time these days writing novels and songs. I try to blog regularly on whatever happens to strike my fancy.
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2 Responses to At Least I Got My Laps In

  1. Dave Fulton says:

    Diet drinks will kill you, Monte. Sugar, corn syrup and all those other ‘natural” ingredients will keep you awake through a Kansas race.

  2. Monte says:

    Life is fatal, Dave.

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