Visit to UMass moved to next week!
I’m a sucker for a good story. I cried when I played “Halo: Reach” because I felt the underlying story so compelling, and so well thought out, so true to real life. (Well done, Bungie!) I will read a children’s book for the story, because they tend to suck you in more than adult books. I re-read “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy every year or so because I love that story.
My favorite soccer player has a tale of suffering and hard work that got him where he is, even if he’s not the fastest or flashiest. So too, in racing. I hate to say it, but I’ve been caught up in a team.
First off, I’m going to blame my friend Mike, who told me he saw a documentary about them and they were cool. So I looked into them…. and dang they are cool. Secondly, I had a negative experience with other teams that I desired to cheer, and that left a bad taste in my mouth even if it wasn’t intentional. Thirdly, the backstory. I’m a sucker for a good backstory.
Ok, so in the US, we have 1 F1 team, Haas F1. They are up and coming and I’m cheering for them to do well. I have a Haas F1 flag in my garage, because I’m a fan. I love Ferrari because well it’s Ferrari. I like Red Bull because my son likes them. But, I think dear to my heart is Williams F1.
They aren’t doing well this year, so I’m not throwing my lot in with a frontrunner. They have a 41 year history in F1, since 1977, founded and owned by Frank Williams, and currently deputized by his daughter. The cool part about Williams is they are just a racing company. They are in business to win races, not to promote a company, or a secondary pursuit from a parent company, not to improve their sports cars – as close as I can tell, they are a pure form of racing team. They have won many championships (16). They’ve employed some of the best and most legendary drivers and designers. And they are an independent racing company.
So why them? If you MUST know, it’s the little things that struck me. One, the above mentioned. Two, Sir Frank Williams was in a car crash and is partially paralyzed, in a wheelchair. Three, I like that his daughter had to work her way up the ranks and now Claire Williams is doing her best to keep up her father’s legacy and return the team to winning ways. Four, they have a very tragic event in history associated with their team, and every car they race has a small tribute to that event on the front wing. Seriously, something that they could have stopped long ago, they continue to do – I admire that.
Then there are the drivers. Apart from Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost drove for them and won championships. Ralf Schumacher drove for them (Michael’s brother). Keke Rosberg, Nigel Mansell, Jacques Villeneuve… these are racing royalty, championship winners. They really have had a great history.
Sure, right now they are falling on less successful times, but so is every other team aside from Mercedes who have won everything lately.
So, I think I’m throwing my hat in with Williams. I’ll cheer for Haas because of America, but Haas also hasn’t responded to my contact request (seriously, why do you have an email listed if you aren’t going to answer it??) Williams hasn’t responded yet either of course, but I only contacted them recently. And, heck, who knows, maybe Sir Frank would want a better wheelchair and they might think my idea is a good one! I’d love to be sponsored by or work for Williams.*
I’m also a fan of fast racing ever since Jim loaned me the R8. Rich has slowly inculcated a love of F1. I’ve become hooked ever since I go-karted in Manassas mall. I can’t kart anymore because my arms don’t work as well, so now I get to watch the experts and I need to pick a team to have as a favorite even if I just like good racing.
What do you think, reader-land? Any racing fans out there? Do you think I should cheer for the front runners Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull? Stick with Haas exclusively in the hope they get back to me? Or, go with my sentiments? (Btw, If you caught the GP in China, you’ll have seen Williams in 14th and 15th out of 20. Not great, but not last!)
*I am looking for a job to work from home. I like the idea of working for an F1 team because it’s a simple mission – everything you do is designed to win races. (I like missions. When the janitor at NASA said to the president, “I’m putting a man on the moon”, that’s how I feel it should be.) Williams has actually restated this as precisely their goal, and again, I like that. It’s a pipe dream that a homebound US based fan could work for a prestigious British F1 team, but a man can dream!!!
Hey reader-land, sorry for the long pause. This week has been a wee bit nuts, but I’ll have more this weekend.
So! Visit to UMass #2 will be on Tuesday! Another day trip up and back. This visit is just a small one to check on how I’m doing month-to-month. Actually, it’s a really short appointment. Like 20 minutes short. The flights and drives are quadruple that time – but I’m not going to complain, it’s for SCIENCE! (And my own health. You know, the whole “living” thing.) Second thing is, we are flying to Hartford, CT this time. Cheaper and the same distance to drive. (A fun fact, Woooooostah is in the middle of Boston, Hartford, and Providence. So, depending on the day, any of them might do just fine.) I’m not sure of everything that is in Hartford aside from financial institutions, but I did find out that there is a place called Mark Twain’s house. You may have heard of him, he’s quite famous, I’ve heard!
So, I’m pretty excited. Any visit is a good sign that I might be able to get on this trial, and the prayers that i don’t get placeboes are welcome!
I’m going to piggyback here with something, and I may write a separate post on this too.
(No pics today)
So, Catholic topic, and one that isn’t even high on a list of things to get mad about. I happen to have had an experience/thought on this today at mass and decided, you know what, I’m gonna say it! I’m a fan of versus populum. To those not knowing, it means that at the mass the priest at the alter is oriented toward the people, versus, oriented toward the tabernacle at all times (also known as “ad orientem”).
Traditionally, the Catholic Church faced “ad orientem”. We are talking at least 1500 years. That’s a long time, and it’s not got anything wrong with it – tradition (small t) speaks of facing the east to the rising sun as the symbol of the universality of God, and other reasons I’m too lazy to look up. So let’s just lay it out there that ad orientem is good and beautiful and great. Continue reading “In defense of “versus populum””
Life is like an RPG. You know what I mean, you meet your companions at an inn and you are given a quest in life (get to heaven). Go save the princess. Destroy the dragon. Clear the dungeon to defeat the giant and avenge your father’s death. Find the magical sword of… incontinence, I don’t know. Life is like that. You have your quest companions and you try and help each other along the way to get to heaven, making the world a better place as you go. Along the way in your RPG quest, you get side quests. In life, you get them too! Sometimes, the side quests help you complete the main quest. Sometimes, they are pointless.
My side quest idea always includes hobbies, interests, frivolous pursuits, things that aren’t necessary to complete in life to achieve the main quest. That might include work too. So, building an ultimate “superchair”? Side quest. Go-Karting? Side quest. Fast cars? Sports enjoyment? Racing? Side quest. None of these things are bad things, by the way. Our enjoyment of these things are not sinful, or evil, or bad in any way, unless we allow the enjoyment of these side quests to detract us from the main quest. If we don’t complete the main quest, then we fail.
I’m just going to share a side quest that my friend Jim got me hooked on, my brother-in-law added to, and my friend Rich enabled more.
I like fast cars. I like pretty cars. I like racing cars that are pretty. And I really am lucky that occasionally I get to drive them:
And, of course:
But of course, remember that these are side quests. Let’s use them to help further the main quest, shall we?
I have purchased the donor chair.
My quest for sidewalk domination has begun! Muahahahhahahah!!!
No, seriously, the website where I got the idea starts with an old Quickie F55 wheelchair, then modifies it. I have purchased a quickie F55 wheelchair, from England, and I’m waiting on my good friend and mentor to help me ship it over to my family and friend who volunteered (I really hope not voluntold) to help me. This is exciting for me, EXTREMELY exciting. The F55 currently runs, it works and I “could” use it without mods. But no, if I’m going to buy a wheelchair just to use it’ll be one through insurance. This chair though… she’s special. Yes, it’s a she. Yes, she’ll need a name. Continue reading “Wheelchair- stage 1 complete”