Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Her favorite part


We are girding our loins for the Indy 500 on Sunday.

I have studied this subject carefully and am in the process of preparation. Many things are required including sunscreen, hats, binoculars, sunglasses, cold drinks and – of course – ear plugs. Especially ear plugs. 

Cate came up with a cunning plan and tried to get someone else to go with me in her place. They refused on the basis that it is ‘an experience Cate should not miss’.

I guarantee it is an experience she will never forget – and I cannot imagine getting her back there.

The most difficult part of the equation is getting there and getting home. 

After looking at all the options I have booked charter bus seats. The bus leaves from the campus of Indiana University - a few blocks from us. 

I have of course paid a premium to ensure that we get guaranteed seats on the first bus home – as Cate will be in a very fragile state by then and will require a long hot bath in conjunction with a glass or two of Pouilly-Fuisse. 

I think her favorite part will be when Jim Nabors sings ‘Indiana’ before the race starts. He has been doing this for a long – long time and this will be his last appearance.

Then  of course there will someone - who probably won a series of X-Factor - who will warble the national anthem - which of course we stand for - but don't know whether or not we should put our hands over our hearts.

We don't wish to presume anything because we are not American - but would hate to think that those around us do not think we have the right level of patriotism - which of course we do - and we would be brimming over with it even more if they would fix the fecking potholes in Alabama street.  

There are two Australians driving in the Indy car series – and thus in the Indy 500 – so I will be cheering them on. If all else fails I will cheer for Scott Dixon – a Kiwi who has won once already. 


  1. Love Cate's wine choice. Of course you put your hand over your heart, it is a custom and even I don not remember why we do this. I have heard restrooms are the big issue, let me know how this works out.

  2. I think booking seats on the first bus home is a fantastic idea - I'd be on that one as well !!
    Enjoy the experience - especially as it will be a once in a lifetime occasion.
    Have the best day !

  3. I am not sure how much money I would have to be paid to attend this race. Oh, not as a driver, just to sit in the stands. If I was given enough wine before the race my price would most likely drop.

  4. I'm with esbboston. That is, not there, no matter how much I was paid. Do not get me started on the huge and disgusting waste of money/resources/the planet etc etc etc...

    (But. Go Scott Dixon!)


  5. The hand on heart gesture came out of Masonry--our founding father were all are Masons. In the Masonic lodge one does not speak aloud unless the hand on the heart, a gesture that implies speaking only the truth.

    You're welcome.

  6. fmcgmccllc: The we will do the heart thing. And we will not drink too much so we don't have to worry about the rest rooms.

    Me: Cate would like to be on the bus that leaves for home before the race starts.

    esbboston: Cate feels much the same.

    Alexia: Scott Dixon is very big in Indy. He has been seen out and about this week.

    SK Waller: I will try not to think about the masonry part when i do this.

  7. Walking towards the U4 station in Stadtpark around 8 PM tonight, I encountered two Mallard ducks near the Strauss Memorial. I think they were looking for a certain Duckarazzo! ;-)

  8. Merisi: I did tell them I was leaving.