A Call To Arms
I need your help. I’ve never used this site to plea for a personal favor before, but this isn’t for me. Last week, a longtime reader and commenter, e-mailed me with a unique request. He is a military serviceman who is about to be deployed to Iraq for a second time. His plight, aside from the obvious, is that it is next to impossible to watch a race from Iraq.
He explained that some units have readily available access to TV and internet, but those are not units that do combat operations. He is in a reconnaissance Troop that will be conducting extensive operations involving long periods away from any base. He wants to know if I knew of anyone who was computer savvy enough to download races from various race sites and burn them to a DVD.
This reader is a hard-core open-wheel racing fan. I am not that computer savvy, but I can sympathize with his problem. Missing a race is extremely frustrating. When Nashville was experiencing the floods this past spring, our local ABC affiliate dumped the Kansas race for weather coverage. The worst of the floods didn’t come until the next day and I didn’t fully comprehend the seriousness of the situation. All I knew was that a race was happening and I couldn’t watch it. I tried watching on-line, but it kept freezing up and was pretty much unwatchable. I felt cut off from the racing world.
I make a strong effort to avoid political discussions on this site. I have pretty strong political convictions and most can probably tell which side of the aisle I lean towards, but I don’t think an IndyCar site is an appropriate forum to discuss politics. There are plenty of blog sites out there to fill that need. But regardless of our political leanings, I think most of us are fervently behind our armed forces and try to support them in any way possible. You never know, he might share his DVD’s with others over there and it could lead to converting some much needed new fans.
He did not ask me to throw this out on the site. He simply asked if I knew of anyone that could help him. I didn’t. My contemporaries are about as old as I am and consider themselves advanced if they have mastered e-mail. It was my idea to throw this out to the blogosphere. If there are any readers out there that have the technical ability to fulfill his request and would like to help him out, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put you in touch with him. You will be doing your country and the IZOD IndyCar Series a great service.