Friday, October 16, 2009

NASCAR Nationwide Invocation -- Inappropriate

There's a time and a place. I love NASCAR and I'm sitting here, working on a fic for my universe while watching the opening ceremonies for the Nationwide Race. It's at Concord, North Carolina. Well, we start with the invocation, a pretty standard little thing, spoken by some local pastor or faith person. This guy thought he was at a holy rollers meeting or something, though.

Honestly, I've never heard a prayer like this before for a race. He was almost in song, going on about having three-wide racing of banging and thrills. I was like, 'huh'? This is a moment that the drivers are with their families, and trust me, the wives don't want to hear what this guy was praying for.

I didn't pay attention to the name -- Joe Andresen, or something like that. I hope to never hear another word of praise from him because it was just in poor taste.

Last week during the NASCAR Cup Series race, Jesse McCartney messed up the national anthem. I mean, it was bad. He forgot the lyrics and ended up repeating, but at least he was singing the song he was supposed to sing. This Andresen fella needs a lesson in being appropriate.

Fortunately, Trace Adkins did a very nice rendition of the national anthem to get us through the opening ceremonies.

Congrats to Carl and Kate Edwards

I just heard that one of my favorite NASCAR drivers, Carl Edwards, is soon to be a daddy. His wife Kate is expecting their first child sometime next February. I adore Carl and think this is very exciting news.

Carl is fighting to beat Kyle Busch for the Nationwide Championship. Last week he could the lead down to 155. It's a big number, but nothing is impossible.

Go get him, Carl!

California's Unemployment

I keep hearing that things are getting better. Prices are starting to go back up as well. The recession is either over or about to be over. That's what they are saying. However, today California's unemployment rate is a whopping 12.2%. Where I am specifically, it's not quite there. It's just 11.8%. I wonder what these unemployed folks think about the news that things are getting better.

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