Daily Archives: 5.21.2006

Blooming glory…

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I spent some time outside this afternoon, summoning the Muse. She’s been AWOL for quite some time. I was pleasantly surprised to see that she couldn’t resist the call of Mother Nature’s beauty and decided to pay a visit. My love of macro photography often elicits the same comments from my viewers – there is a distinct lack of scale. In this case, think *nickel* for comparison. I’m hoping that the Muse will stick around and share her spirit with me as I hang out in the garden…

Can Minnesota Nice work on the racetrack?

We're having a work outing later this week at the NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway located at Mall of America. It will be very interesting to see what it's like to handle a car that has 750 horses under the engine. I am already visualizing easing up on the accelerator when approaching the corners, not over-steering and staying AWAY from the walls. Given the fact that my male coworkers tend to consider themselves superior to the women, I sincerely hope that the women kick the men's butts. There are two men that I particularly want to "best" in my times… Have I mentioned that I'm super competitive? And, as far as I can tell, the only member of my department that hasn't had a moving vehicle violation in 27 years of driving. I'll update the experience later in the week. Minnesota nice, my ass.

Note:  I really DID kick everybody's @$$!  Nobody was more surprised than me!  I think that the boys at work have a new appreciation for me…  I won every race, capturing the championship to boot.  My trophy?  Skip that… The company only rewards management.  But it was a fun time.  Although the ride home was a little exciting – I had to keep reminding myself that 200 mph is not acceptable through the parkway.  😉