Good Monday Morning from a sunny, warm Knolltop!
It's Dairy Days this week and while we have no cattle going up, the kids will still participate in the contests. Today is quiz bowl, so Luke, Sarah and Jake will go up for that while JW will be working for Koebels all week.
Yes, JW is back in our midst, if only for a matter of hours before he leaves again. I've been following him around like a puppy since he got home asking all about is NASCAR adventures. We have laughed so much, mostly because of his story telling, he's very good at it, but his view of NASCAR compared to so many others.
JW works for Competition Tire and they will go to a NASCAR race and mount and balance all the tires used by all the race cars. Some of these cars will go through 15 sets of practice tires and then 20 sets for the actual race. That is an amazing number of tires if you ask me, especially at $500 per tire!
Anyway, JW and the crew work down in the pits doing their tire thing right next to all the racing teams. Normally this would impress a kid who loves fast moving anything on wheels but apparently we didn't bring the boy up right, he is just not as impressed with the whole racing thing. At least he's not as impressed as the crazy NASCAR fans. He just likes to do his job and leave and could care less about the race.
But it's his rendition of the fans who see them at Taco Bell or Subway who spot them in their Goodyear uniforms and mistake them for a pit crew. The NASCAR fanatics start giving them the thumbs up and yelling, "Yeah, Good Year, you part of the pit crew????" And when they say no and explain they are just the ones who mount and balance Jr's, Jimmy Stewart and Jeff Gordon's tires, they are even more impressed and then they start pointing at their vehicles and say, "Hey, we have Good Year tires! Yeah, we love Good Year!"
JW returns a smile and the thumbs up and walks away shaking his head. He said he has never seen so many shirtless, big bellied men yelling, "Whoo! NASCAR! YEAH!" in his life.
It's another part of this world I have never been exposed to, even though we live just 30 minutes away from Michigan International Speedway. Although I have no desire to put on my tank top and grab a Bud Lite, I have enjoyed learning about this world through JW.
This week he will go back into the cow world and enjoy working with great cattle in East Lansing.
And now, I've got laundry to do, blueberries to fetch and a zillion other things that are patiently waiting for me!