A Downer For The Month Of May
Just when you thought May was a time to celebrate, along comes an episode of One Take Only – the videoblog of Oilpressure.com. For those that only come around this site in May, One Take Only is the forgettable pairing of myself and my longtime friend and racing buddy, John McLallen.
For those that have not heard the story, I had known John professionally for years before I was in his office one day and saw a Mario Andretti helmet and a picture of an AJ Foyt Coyote on his wall. I asked him what that was about and he explained to me what the Indianapolis 500 was in very simple terms and that he has always been a fan. I told him I was a fan and he politely nodded just to humor me. After we both talked for a few minutes, we found out that each other really was and a friendship was formed.
Since that time we became co-workers, and now to John’s chagrin – I am his boss, yet we are still best friends. John served as my best man, when Susan and I wed at IMS in May 2012. Our politics are vastly different and we don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things, but our common bond of being lifelong fans of the Indianapolis 500 transcends everything else.
As far as One Take Only goes, we don’t plan anything. It is unscripted, unrehearsed and unedited. We just sit down, start taping and start talking. Whatever we get is what you see. The response on these covers a wide range. There is no middle ground. Some love these and keep asking for more. Others (including some close family members) say they are embarrassed for us.
I like to think it is like two guys just doing some bench-racing in a sports bar. Form your own opinions. In this episode, we do nothing but look ahead to the Month of May. Period.
If you like it, watch it. If not, come back tomorrow. I say that because tomorrow will be a special post – the annual trivia contest. But if you don’t like it, consider yourself warned – there will probably be yet another One Take Only sometime before the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.