Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"I'm Just Waiting For a Mate"

I think one comment on the video summed it up well:

If this guy was in the US he would've gotten thrown out of his car, beat the fuck up and tossed in the drunk cell in less than half the time this Australian police officer took being nice to him lol.

It wasn't only because the officer was on camera, but because there really are strict laws on the limits of how far a police officer can go, even when making an arrest. Anyone can see that "James" was as drunk as a fart.  

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sylvia's Mother.

"Sylvia's Mother" is autobiographical, with songwriter Shel Silverstein drawing upon his unsuccessful attempt to revive a failed relationship. Silverstein had been in love with a woman named Sylvia Pandolfi, but she would later be engaged to another man. Desperate to continue the relationship, Silverstein called Pandolfi's mother, Louisa, but she instead told him that the love had ended.

The lyrics tell the story in much the same way: A young man, despondent and near tears after learning that his ex-girlfriend (Sylvia Avery, with whom he had an earlier bad breakup) is leaving town, tries to telephone her to say one last good-bye, or at least try to get a suitable explanation as to why their relationship failed and maybe try to rekindle things. However, Sylvia's mother (Mrs. Avery) tells him that Sylvia is engaged to be married, and is trying to start a new life in Galveston. She asks the man not to say anything to her because she might start crying and want to stay.

Sylvia's Mother.

Landing Views From the Beach (St. Martin, supposedly "the world's most dangerous airport" - not).

"He could miss", but it would take monumental stupidity and inexcusable miscalculation on the part of a pilot.

Why NASCAR Needs Danica Patrick.

If you're sensitive to swearing, then turn away now:

Everyone seems to have an opinion about Danica Patrick, the only woman driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Her fans (and there are many) see her as a groundbreaking pioneer, fighting hard to make her way in a man's world.

Her detractors (and there are many of those as well) see her at best as a shameless opportunist who is much more of a marketing machine than a competent driver and at worst as little more than a pretty face who has absolutely no business being behind the wheel in NASCAR.

Source: Why Danica Patrick Still Moves the Needle in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

On an extended personal note (which I'm not very fond of doing, and prefer to let my posts "speak for themselves"), I just watched Danica finish 6th in the Oral-B 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Somehow I managed to get a live no-cost stream, but also followed the race through Stewart-Haas Racing on Twitter and NASCAR's frequent updates. I was glued to the race as it progressed, but only because I wanted to see Danica do well, if not win. I frankly admit that if she had crashed out, or had "car problems", I wouldn't have bothered watching anymore of the race, but certainly checked the final results later.

Danica is no doubt a very attractive young lady with a nice body, but ever since I started following her in January this year (2014), that has been the very least of my considerations. It was her sheer driving talent (first demonstrated in Indy Car), and determination that has always inspired me.

Danica Patrick broke the record for the best finish for a female with her sixth-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Not only did Patrick top the record set by Janet Guthrie in 1978 at the 1.5-mile track, she set a personal best finish breaking her previous effort of seventh set at Kansas Speedway on May 10.

Source: Record-breaking run for Danica at Atlanta.

Danica is the only "girl" in what is essentially a "boys club", and that alone has immense drawing power. Before this year (2014) I not only never followed NASCAR, but didn't have the least bit of interest in it, but that was "BD", or "Before Danica". Now I follow NASCAR every weekend, because of Danica, and yet I still wouldn't call myself a "feminist", far from it. And I think that's part of the "Danica mystique", that she's never asked for concessions (which wouldn't be granted in NASCAR anyway), but opted to compete on a level playing field. She gives as good as she gets in the rough and tumble of NASCAR, and doesn't expect, nor gets, any preferential treatment.

That is what I call a woman really worth admiration, by both males and females.