Monday's Musings - NASCAR and texting... not a good idea unless you are a fan in the stands

April 09, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Well Sports fans types…

I understand there’s a bit of a nasty case of RacePostponeuntilMondayatNoonsoIgottacalloutsickitis going rampant among NASCAR fans since last night.  A lifelong friend has a particularly nasty case of it.  He was doing just fine until word of the annual get together in Daytona got scrubbed until Monday.  Talk about a major shift in disposition.  Wow.  Started coughing, hacking, sounded like a really bad reaction on the telephone.  Coulda’ sworn I felt the rumbling – and he’s up in New Jersey!!  I’m hoping he gets well – and soon.  Then I realized that there are a whole bunch of NASCAR types in my immediate vicinity.  This must have been their collective reaction I had felt.  Wow – a major rain storm caused the postponement of the race for the first time in 54 years.  Hmmm…. let’s hear it for common sense.  For once, folks decided that the Big Dog Megabucks types who have their way too funny commercials that help sponsor this venue, would have to wait because Mother Nature was delivering some much needed rain to Florida.  Okay, so just because it happened on the day of one of the most famous annual races in the world of NASCAR, is no reason to get upset.  Rather, they knew that the odds of having a ‘race’ in the rain would not be a good idea.  Something about slippery race track – hmmm… and this is for a bunch of guys who know each other, and race each other every week.  They are freakin’ professionals!!  If they say it’s not a good thing to do, then perhaps the rest of us should sit up and take note – let’s back down on our crazy driving ‘skills’ of yapping on the telephone, putting on the make-up, checking for the latest shopping tips, and coordinating with all of our friends for the next big girls/guys night out while driving.  I have yet to see a single in-car camera show any driver doing any of that stuff.  They have both hands on the wheel, and they are paying rapt attention to what they are doing – DRIVING.  Granted, they are moving considerably faster than most of us, although that clown that blew past me yesterday on the freeway must have been doing his long-distance qualifications for Indianapolis between Virginia Beach and Portsmouth.  We’re moving along with the ‘flow of traffic’ (somewhere around 65 or so) when this nutcase in a small car blazes by on the right side doing at least Mach .275.  For all of this speed demon’s efforts, he still ended up having to wait for traffic heading into the down-town tunnel, ½ a mile ahead.  Wow.  Slow down – life is way too short for going out in a blaze of preventable stupid.  Not to mention the odds of causing collateral damage in the worst way imaginable by hitting another vehicle in the process.  It ain’t worth it.Porstmouth City Marina, Portsmouth, Virginia - © John Cadell PhotographySunday Afternoon - Portsmouth Virginia - � John Cadell Photography

 

A much more tranquil scene waited over in Portsmouth on a Sunday afternoon.  The boat marina near Portsmouth Naval Medical Center has a pretty neat place to hang out called The Deck Restaurant.  Talk about a view!!  These guys are friendly, the food is pretty darn good and reasonably priced, and yes, they are open year-round to the public.  You don’t need to be a boat owner to go there.  Check out the website – www.deckrestaurant.com .  I’ll be putting together a page of views from this place this week.  I think you’ll like this view of a pretty neat place.  For viewers in the WTKR News Channel-3 viewing area – you may be seeing some new background scenes in future weather forecast segments that were taken from this restaurant.  Thank you Kevin for your kind hospitality in allowing me to spend a couple of hours shooting pictures.

 

Have a great week!!


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