Thoughts & Pics From The Month Of May
For whatever reason, I’ve gotten over my post-500 funk a lot quicker this year than normal. Maybe it was the three straight weekend trips to Indianapolis added to a trip to Barber just two weeks prior. After being on the road four of the last five weekends for races, I’m looking forward to being home for once this weekend. I’ll sort of be glad to watch the double-header this weekend from my couch.
After a Monday morning trip to Long’s Donuts and one more trip to the IMS gift shop inside the museum – Susan and I met a friend for lunch at Charlie Brown’s Pancake and Steakhouse on Main Street in Speedway. Then we made the leisurely Memorial Day afternoon drive down I-65 to Nashville.
After taking Tuesday off to decompress, it was easier than usual to go back to the day job on Wednesday. I split watching the DVR recording of the race between Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Overall, I was pleased with what I saw.
Allen Bestwick did a phenomenal job in the booth on the ABC telecast. Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever were not outstanding, but I feel that Bestwick elevates their performance. They had some really good features in the pre-race, but one really stood out – but for the wrong reasons.
I know I’m old and a bit of a grump – but I found the segment with Josef Newgarden transforming into…something, and the bathtub full of milk just a little bizarre. In fact, it was beyond bizarre. It was downright disturbing. If you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t seen it – consider yourself lucky.
As far as the pre-race ceremonies at the track went, everything went pretty well. Although I’m a traditionalist, I think Florence Henderson’s time has come and gone. I could live with the other performers. Of course, I loved the Jim Nabors farewell.
But the invocation is another story. Given the seriousness of Memorial Day and what the drivers are about to face, I don’t see the invocation for the Indianapolis 500 as the appropriate time for a stand-up routine. But that’s just me and my curmudgeon ways.
Beyond that, I thought the “new” Month of May was a huge success. The crowds were bigger, the TV ratings were slightly higher and we all left there with a sense of satisfaction. Overall, I now have a sense that things are headed in the right direction.
Instead of the usual Detroit Preview that would be here today, I thought I’d tie up the Month of May with a collection of random pictures that Susan and I took over the last three weekends.Pardon the lack of captions, but most of you can figure out what the vast majority these pictures are of.
Things will get back to normal here next week when I return Monday with the “Random Thoughts” on this weekend’s double-header. Thanks again for following along at Barber and Indianapolis. I’m already looking forward to doing it again next spring.