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101614 TalladegaWith only 186 days until the Talladega 500 I’m already planning another trip to the famous Infield for camping. Having returned from last weekend’s race this past Monday I felt I needed to post some thoughts about my adventures. Everyone knew it would be exciting, after the driver actions of the previous week in Charlotte. And although I am a fan of Miller Lite, I wasn’t hopping for a Brad Keselowski win, which happen anyway. I still think there’s some bad blood out there among some drivers and would not be surprised to see Brad finish somewhere near the back in today’s race at Martinsville.

After owning my camper for five years and making several race weekend camping trips, I finally have figured out how to do it with the least amount of effort for a more productive time. I had lost my Dega Club status, which means I can’t get into the track until after five on Wednesday before the race. With plan for the May race that status returns and I can actually wander to the infield as early at 8AM on Pre-Race Wednesday.

The October race brings out Halloween costumes and a parade down Talladega Boulevard. With the help of several thousand beer toting fans, Keselowski, Stewart, Boyer, Harvick and several other drivers picked best costume winners, who then competed in a race crawling through chilled Jell-O.  Grown Ups being Grown Ups I guess.

I really like meeting new people and the race is perfect for that. Having a cold beer at the Porta-Bar in the fan zone I found myself in conversation with a guy from Canada. The weekend was his 7th race of the year and no, he’s not retired, but owns some mining operation in western Canada. Then, there are others that you meet in previous years that come by to say hello.

As I said when I started this post, just 187 days until the spring race, 360 days for the October race and my first race of 2015, the Atlanta race, which has moved from Labor Day to May 1st. I love me some race weekend camping!

Lots on Calendar this week in Opelika!

October 6, 2014 Events, Opelika News No Comments

This WeekIn OpelikaLots going on this week in Opelika, so I thought I’d hit on a few things you may want to note in your calendar.

Thursday at 4PM, what may be the oldest original Coca-Cola wall paintings will be shown to the community in an event to be attended by officials from Coke! Free cokes while they last.  You may have seen the picture I posted earlier before the entire drawing was exposed. Hidden behind a plaster wall for over 100 years, the iconic Coke painting is in great condition.

Friday Night is the Semi-Annual “On The Tracks, a Food and Wine Event”. I have a friend that always calls it “Wine on the Tracks”, so if you hear that name, it’s the same event. A Wine Tasting trail weaves thru the downtown to various shops. You can usually find a craft beer or two along the trail as well. Fun event and always draws a great crowd. Music outside as well. I know that Uncle Sweetheart & The Salem Two will be outside of John Emerald Distillery for the evening.

Opelika High is also on the road on Friday, with a short trip up the road to Valley.

After Auburn’s win against LSU, the team heads off to Starkville to play Mississippi State who also comes off a Big Win against Texas A&M.

The following week, I’m off to Talladega for some NASCAR fun and will miss the USA Team Handball games that weekend. The team is practicing at Auburn and will play several games against Puerto Rico. This is the team that will participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. I’ll have more on that in a later post.

The Weekend Starts Now! First Friday in Opelika!

October 3, 2014 Events No Comments

The passing of this morning’s thundershowers is giving way to what should be a great First Friday and weekend in the Opelika area.  Late night shopping, great food and music at several local venues will highlight the evening. OHS Homecoming Game tonight at 7:00 p.m. in Bulldog Stadium vs. Chelsea High School. The Lee County Fair continues and there’s that football game that pits Tigers vs. Tigers. We’ll get a taste of winter with temperatures dipping to the 40’s tonight and Saturday Night, but return to more normal numbers in the following days! Enjoy the weekend!

Opelika’s Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins gets Medal of Honor

September 15, 2014 Events, Opelika News No Comments

Bennie_AtkinsFrom CNN this afternoon:  As many as 175 enemy troops killed, 18 wounds from enemy fire, 38 hours of battle, 48 hours evading the North Vietnamese troops in the bush — and one tiger. Those are the numbers behind Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins’ Medal of Honor, an award he received from President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony Monday.

Adkins of Opelika, Alabama, was honored for his actions in Vietnam’s A Shau Valley more than 48 years ago. Then a 32-year-old sergeant first class, Adkins was among a handful of Americans working with troops of the South Vietnamese Civilian Irregular Defense Group at Camp A Shau when the camp was attacked by a large North Vietnamese and Viet Cong force on March 9, 1966, according to an Army report. Read the full story at

Fall Boogie This Weekend in Waverly

September 11, 2014 Events No Comments



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Looking Back “Hello” – The First iPhone Commercial

September 9, 2014 Events No Comments

With Apple expected to reveal a slew of new products – including the iPhone 6 and the iWatch – at today’s product event, take a look at Apple’s first spot for the iPhone, called “hello.” The 30-second ad aired during the 2007 Oscars ceremony. (Thanks: Cynopsys Media)

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