Saturday was Stuart’s 15th birthday and he received several very nice presents, birthday cards delivered in person, through the mail, in emails and Facebook posts. When we adopted him from The Southside Animal Shelter, they guessed him as being a year-and-a-half old, so we counted back 18 months which came to September. My dad’s birthday was September 7, so Stuart accepted that wonderful day to celebrate his birthday. His health is good and he gets excited on Tuesdays before leaving home to make our nursing home visits. It’s very important to him that he gets to visit with all of his special friends and he sure doesn’t seem to be contemplating retirement.
We made our special trip to Stuart’s favorite place, Ritter’s Frozen Custard, where he was served a cup of vanilla custard with a small dog cookie placed on top. We enjoyed our treats and Stuart even had some to finish later. He had a great birthday.
We celebrated Labor Day, which also was the 50th anniversary of something that a few of my best friends and I accomplished on the very weekend. One day we formed a plan and for a few years we were interested and slightly involved in drag racing.
Over several months, we rebuilt a 1960 large Ford 9 passenger station wagon into a legal drag racer in the H/SA class. We then needed to successfully compete our race car on a very regular basis throughout the Midwest. It was necessary to accumulate a certain amount of points by competing and winning to be invited to the US Nationals.
The US Nationals have been held at Indianapolis Raceway Park (Now known as Lucas Oil Raceway) in Brownsburg for many years. In 1959, I was the driver of a well-designed race car at the US Nationals. We did not have the winning car, but we really enjoyed the experience.
I’m sure that most of the people that have had the opportunity to ride in a car with me in the last few years would find it hard to believe that I drove in the US Nationals. What is really very interesting is that on the Tuesday morning after that Labor Day, I drove a school bus. It’s always important to always survey the situation then drive and act accordingly.
Sunday was the final game of the season for the Indiana Fever. Lyn and I have been season ticket holders for close to 10 years. We missed several home games this season due to her terrible injuries she got while in Ecuador.
A wonderful thing about Fever season tickets is if for some reason you can’t attend some of the games, they will reissue tickets for you to share with friends or family. We had 24 unused tickets that we were able to share with neighbors, friends and family.
I’m so glad that we had the opportunity to share those tickets on Sunday because it was a great game. The Fever scored over 100 points in their final game of the season. Three of their new, young players have really bettered their game this year. I’m sure everyone enjoyed the game.