Tuesday, June 17, 2008

But I'm a race car driver and I just speed away.*

Watch Out!

the Wendianapolis 500

What a fun day! Today I met Jersey Army Wife. She is so totally cute. We had a nice lunch of burgers and fries at BK, and then we had a chance to talk while the kids played. Her little girl is just adorable. Jrzy Army Wife was really easy to talk to, and not a weirdo (you just never know, you know?) It felt like I was talking to an old friend. Isn't this blog world an odd thing?

While we were watching the kids play on the slide at Burger King, we could see a fancy race car parked across the street at the gas station. So we headed over there and got to climb in an actual formula one car (it may not be a formula one car. I could be making that up. what is a formula one car, anyway? I remember reading this board book to John when he was a baby - it had all kinds of fast vehicles - a jet plane, a bullet train, and a formula one car. The picture in the book looked something like that car up there. But my information from the Firestone guy calls it The #10 Budweiser/Ralph's Della Penna Motorsports Car, if you were wondering)

Here's some information about that sweet ride:

weight: 1550 lbs

top speed: 250 mph

price: $500,000 (without engine)

While we were waiting for the pictures to print I spoke to the owner of the car. He said he is too smart to drive it. He also said I could not drive it. But Firestone Tires had brought the car to Hawaii for a car show and they were taking it all over the island to different military bases as a way to say thank you to the military. Isn't that sweet? It will be at other bases on Oahu this week, if you want to check it out. They'll even give you the picture and a hat. John loves his new hat.

Jersey Army Wife jumped right in and had her picture taken, so I had to try, too...

A new friend, a lunch out, and a fast car. What a fun afternoon!

* bonus points if you know where the title of this post comes from.

ps - Wikipedia says: A modern Formula One car is a single-seat, open cockpit, open wheel race car with substantial front and rear wings, and engine positioned behind the driver. The regulations governing the cars are unique to the championship. The Formula One regulations specify that cars must be constructed by the racing teams themselves. So, other than the "constructed by the race teams themselves" bit, of which I would have no idea, I think that looks like a single-seat, open cockpit fomula one car to me. ha!


nikko said...

Wow. One day you're a published author and the next you're a race car driver. What will it be tomorrow? ;o)

trying said...

Your hard to keep up with, what your race car career and being published!

Glad that you got to meet a nice someone who isnt crazy!

Susan said...

I've met one blog-friend and she wasn't crazy either!

...and the quote, is that from "just go to bed!", the little monster book? I can't find our copy (probably under the bed), but it sounds familiar.

Mrs. Staff Sergeant said...

They wouldn't let you drive it?! What a bunch of party poopers! lol

Glad you had such a good time. It's always neat to hear about friends meeting up in real life all because of the internet :)

Deanne said...

How fun to meet a blog friend in real life! Even better that the blog friend didn't turn out to be freaky! ;)

Does the title come from Cars?? I'm not sure, it's been a while since the kids have watched it.

btw...my kids have swimming lessons this week, and yesterday as we were walking to the truck afterward, a little girl noticed Mae and Caleb's cool ladybug and shark towels. She told her mommy that she wanted one! What a compliment to you! You know.....Isabel doesn't have one....how's your supply of cards?? :)

wendy said...

Susan - you got it - Just Go to Bed by Mercer Meyer

Deanne - Isabel needs a towel! Let me know what kind you want and I'll get to work. I could really use a few cards (birthday and thank you) if you really want to trade again!

Mary said...

What a fun day! I love that you grown up ladies got in the car for pictures too, that's cracking me up!

Wendianapolis 500 - that nickname totally beats Wendy the Pooh-per :)

Mary Peterson said...

Sounds like a fun day! Cool car too! I love it when people show appreciation to the military. That was really cool.

tootie said...

Ooh - my husband would be so jealous! If he wasn't in the military, he'd want to be racing. (Let's just say that I'm glad he's in the military... ;)

Tori :) said...

What fun! Meeting bloggy buds is the best!

sogratefultobemormon.wordpress.com said...

hi wendy -- that is so cool that you got to meet a bloggy buddy and she felt like an old friend (and not a weirdo) to you. this bloggy world is pretty cool.

happy for ya, kathleen

Anonymous said...

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Amanda said...

The Wendianpolis 500....hahahahahahahaha.......for some reason that made me laugh hard. :) What a cool car, and what a cool picture! :) And even cooler to meet a bloggy friend! Glad that she wasn't weird.

You started a trend Wendy! Looks like Jon finally gave into peer pressure and started a blog. Sad to say goodbye to them today! :(