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Mad Dogs and Englishmen . . .

. . . . not only go out in the midday sun but also the pouring rain so they can go out in the midday sun!

Iffy weather forecast? No problem! Erect a marquee.  In the rain. Oh. Problem. Hmmmm. Scratch head. What do we do next?

garden party marquee

Aha! Put the canvas on the roof! Nice knees, Baz.

garden party marquee

There was a lengthy time lapse and a lot of rain between taking the above photo and the one below. As part of the six-person erection crew to lift the half tonne structure into place there was little opportunity to take photos.

garden party marquee

Once the heavy and slightly terrifying job of lifting the roof and inserting the supports on a windy evening was complete, photo opportunities presented themselves.

garden party marquee

Is that a light on in the kitchen? Is dinner ready? Oh, please! Let me go in now!

garden party marquee

After a week of foul weather, the garden party day was a perfect English summer’s day . . .

garden party marquee

. . . . in a beautiful English garden, with five-star accommodation laid on . . .

five star accommodation

. . . ample space for parking . . .

garden party marquee

. . . . food, drink and entertainment . . . .

entertainment

. . . . . and games for all to spectate or take part.

rounders in the garden

This particular game is rounders, a bat and ball game similar to baseball but played in England since Tudor times. That would be something like 1500 to those of you who think America invented baseball. The game played on this day had a very relaxed set of rules depending on the age  and ability of the player. There were no tears. Not even from the adults.

It was a perfect day.

WELCOME RACE FANS! and Carol

During a lump-in-throat inducing rendition of the national anthem by Dr. Jesse McGuire on trumpet, not the usual warbling pop star, and due to Air Force cuts we were treated to a fly past of 50 – Fifty! – airplanes in a tight chevron pattern. Everyone pointed and stared, open-mouthed, as the single-engine planes kept in perfect formation. From the moment they appeared on the horizon, soared gracefully overhead and disappeared behind the stadium the crowd was awestruck. As Dr. J completed the Star Spangled Banner the stadium erupted! (Above video is from 2009.)

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I’ve got goose bumps just thinking about it. Concerns about rain delays were forgotten as tufty white clouds and a brilliant Arizona sky formed a backdrop.

The parking lot outside the stadium was a sea of RVs with more of them littered all over the center of the track.

A sea of RVs flooded the parking lot outside the stadium
A sea of RVs flooded the parking lot outside the stadium
 . . . . . . and flowed into the infield.
. . . . . . and flowed into the infield.
See those two guys dead center in the photo?
See those two guys dead center in the photo?
What a great vantage point!
What a great vantage point!

I had chosen to support a few drivers to increase my odds of picking a winner: Jimmie Johnson, because he is quite good-looking; Dale Earnhardt, Jr. because he won at Daytona and he seemed a good prospect; A.J. Allmendinger because he has the same initials as my son and you’ve just got love that last name; and Paul Menard because his car is so pretty.

Jimmie Johnson's car
Jimmie Johnson’s car
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s car
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s car
Jimmie and Dale have spotted me in the crowd and are waving at me!
Jimmie and Dale have spotted me in the crowd and are waving at me!
Paul Menard's car tarted up in aqua, cobalt blue and day-glow yellow
Paul Menard’s car tarted up in aqua, cobalt blue and day-glow yellow

For me, the racing is incidental to the rest of the excitement.

Pit stop mayhem. Note the fishing poles to coax drivers in. Wouldn't it be fun to mix them up?
Pit stop mayhem. Note the fishing poles to coax drivers in. Wouldn’t it be fun to mix them up when the race police, dressed in black and white, weren’t looking?
C'mon guys! I haven't got all day!
C’mon guys! I haven’t got all day!
Hey kids! You could climb that fence a have a really good view of the race.
Hey kids! You could climb that fence a have a really good view of the race.
I'm the one in white. Can you see me? Just kidding.
I’m the one in white. Can you see me? Just kidding.

For those of you who feel that racing being incidental is a heinous statement, I took some photos of the racing.

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My criteria for choosing winners needs some revising as Kevin Harvick took the trophy.

Kevin Harvick in a victory donut. Yes, he's in there!
Kevin Harvick in a victory donut. Yes, he’s in there!
Kevin emerging from a donut!
Kevin emerging from his donut! Can you read what it says on the side of his car? Freaky fast.

If you just like the noise, turn your volume right up and watch and listen to a restart.

My ears are still ringing.

By the way, did you know that if you put in silicone putty earplugs and then eat crisps/potato chips the noise inside your skull is phenomenal. It sounds like the world is coming to an end.

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The Calm Before the Storm

Seventy days without rain in Phoenix but it’s on its way now:

U.S. Satellite

The benefit was a gorgeous sunrise this morning:

Sunrise over Four Peaks Arizona Sunrise over Four Peaks Arizona Sunrise over Four Peaks Arizona

The downside is that we’ve got tickets for NASCAR on Sunday. Why did it choose to rain this weekend?
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