Father Fix-it

cookies-for-dadAt some point you have to stop calling dad every time something breaks around the house. And based on this survey, that point is…when you’re well into middle age. A new survey found the average age when people finally stop leaning on their dads to help fix stuff is 41. Men are just about as likely to rely on their dads as women. 70% of men say they still call their dads for help versus 75% of women. The difference is they way guys ask. With women it’s “Dad, I need help with…” When a guy asks it starts “I was thinking you could come over and we could work on laying the floor.” Translation: I don’t know what I’m doing and you’re my last hope before…I read directions.

Hey Little Liar

liarYou lie on a daily basis. They aren’t necessarily big lies . . . but we all drop little lies here and there. What lie do you tell the most often? Here are eight of the most popular answers 

1. “My phone was on silent so I didn’t know you called.”

2. “Sorry, I don’t have any change on me.”

3. “I don’t care what people think of me.”

4. Whatever your height is . . . adding at least an inch.

5. “I’m fine” . . . whether you’re happy, sad, or anything in between.

6. “I’m on the way.”

7. “This meal was delicious.”

8. “I’ll let you know if I can make it . . . I think I might already have something that night.”

Fivebucks? Try Fiddybucks!

starbuxI feel like Starbucks is expensive enough without people figuring out ways to make it more expensive. Andrew Chifari in Dallas just broke the record for the most expensive Starbucks drink. He managed to get a single drink that cost $54.75, beating the old record by about $7…and unlike those before him, he didn’t gimmick it to make it more expensive. He kept it simple…he ordered a regular vanilla bean frappuccino and added 60 extra shots of espresso. It ended up filling a 128-ounce glass (that’s a gallon).  Then he also set another record after finishing it… fastest reading of War and Peace.

Pagenaud Wins!

downloadResults Saturday of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):
 
1. (4) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 82, Running
2. (3) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 82, Running
3. (10) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 82, Running
4. (7) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 82, Running
5. (23) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevy, 82, Running
6. (14) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 82, Running
7. (2) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Honda, 82, Running
8. (5) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 82, Running
9. (16) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 82, Running
10. (9) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 82, Running
11. (18) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 82, Running
12. (22) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda, 82, Running
13. (17) Carlos Huertas, Dallara-Honda, 82, Running
14. (13) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 82, Running
15. (6) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevy, 82, Running
16. (8) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevy, 81, Running
17. (15) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 80, Running
18. (20) Martin Plowman, Dallara-Honda, 80, Running
19. (24) Mike Conway, Dallara-Chevy, 58, Mechanical
20.  (11) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 56, Contact
21.  (12) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 50, Contact
22.  (21) Franck Montagny, Dallara-Honda, 47, Contact
23.  (19) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda, 0, Contact
24.  (1) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 0, Contact 
25.  (25) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 0, Contact                                                                                                                                    
Race Statistics
Winners average speed:   96.462
Time of Race: 02:04:24.0261
Margin of victory: 0.8906 of a second
Cautions: 4 for 19 laps
Lead changes: 12 among 8 drivers
 
Lap Leaders:
Hunter-Reay 1-9 
Hawksworth 10 – 27 
Hunter-Reay 28
Wilson 29 – 30
Hawksworth 31 – 43
Pagenaud 44
Hunter-Reay 45 -51 
Wilson 52 – 53
Hunter-Reay 54  
Castroneves 55 – 69 
Bourdais 70 
Servia 71 – 77 
Pagenaud 78 – 82
 
Point Standings:
Power 149, Hunter-Reay 148, Pagenaud 143, Castroneves 102, Dixon 102, Conway 93, Andretti 89, Wison 87, Kanaan 82, Bourdais 80.

Grand Prix Qualifying

500DRIVER_SEBASTIAN_SAAVEDRA_1368645800505_415348_ver1.0_640_480Qualifying wrapped up Friday for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.439 mile(s) Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.  Young Sebastian Saavedra sits on the pole.  Here are results, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and speed in parentheses:

 

1.  (17) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 01:23.8822 (104.675)

2.  (98) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Honda, 01:24.0788 (104.431)

3.  (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 01:24.8882 (103.435)

4.  (77) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 01:25.2881 (102.950)

5.  (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 01:25.5216 (102.669)

6.  (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevy, 01:25.6548 (102.509)

7.  (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 01:24.5187 (103.887)

8.  (2) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevy, 01:24.6209 (103.762)

9.  (10) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 01:24.7099 (103.653)

10.  (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 01:24.8839 (103.440)

11.  (27) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 01:25.1318 (103.139)

12.  (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 01:25.4748 (102.725)

13.  (25) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.2488 (124.990)

14.  (8) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 01:10.2261 (125.030)

15.  (67) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.3601 (124.792)

16.  (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.2804 (124.934)

17.  (18) Carlos Huertas, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.4264 (124.675)

18.  (19) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.4141 (124.697)

19.  (34) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.5097 (124.528)

20.  (41) Martin Plowman, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.4591 (124.617)

21.  (26) Franck Montagny, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.5571 (124.444)

22.  (16) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda, 01:10.5996 (124.369)

23.  (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevy, 01:10.6413 (124.296)

24.  (20) Mike Conway, Dallara-Chevy, 01:10.6535 (124.274)

25.  (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 01:11.2704 (123.198)

Finally!


Live streaming video by Ustream

Now you can pass time at work looking at Earth from space. Last week the International Space Station started streaming footage from 4 cameras on the outside of the space station, all pointed at Earth. The steam goes blank every once in awhile to either switch cameras or because of interference. Watching it a bit today, I found there was a lot of dust on the lens or the housing of them. There’s a lot of light refracting back. Someone should be responsible for going out and cleaning those off every few days.

 

@OnePerfectShot

atomic_bomb_explosion_2-copyHave you ever watched a movie and wondered what single frame could perfectly sum it up?  Geoff Todd did and he turned the idea into at Twitter page called One Perfect Shot. He’s got Sissy Spacek standing in the burning school gym as the picture for Carrie, Mia Farrow’s reflection in the toaster for Rosemary’s Baby, Ghostbusters, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly…he’s got a bunch of movies listed except for Movie 43. The picture that would best describe it would be testing of an atomic bomb in the New Mexico desert, but that wasn’t in the movie.

Fly the Pricey Skies

AEV-Spirit-AirlinesSit in your seat and shut up. That’s what flying is coming to. Frontier Airlines will start charging extra for carry-on bags. Spirit Airlines already does. They claim this will be offset by lower airfares. The cost? $20 to $50 depending if you want it under your seat or overhead. You’ll still be able to board with your dignity for free, right, or was that confiscated by the TSA?

Congrats, Kwasi!

Kwasi_Enin_04A.JPGUsually when high school kids hold press conferences it’s to announce where they’re signing a scholarship to play football, basketball…it’s always sports related. Not for Kwasi Enin. He held a press conference at his Long Island, New York, high school to announce he’s taking his academic talents to Yale. The kid’s smart and was the talk of the school after being accepted, not just at Duke which is spectacular, but also all eight Ivy League colleges (Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University). He says he picked Yale because of its music programs and the financial aid package. Much different than my criteria when I chose to go to Ball State… important things like how closely bars checked the validity of ID’s and what was the male-to-female ratio of students.

A ‘Real American Hero’…

nielsenTwo-time NCAA 5000 meter champion James “The Beast” Nielson has apparently become the first person to break the five-minute barrier in the Beer Mile. For those not familiar with the rules, at the end of laps 1, 2, and 3 the runner has to down a beer. James Nielson claims to have broken the ‘world record’ for the event finishing in 4 minutes 57 seconds. A video is making the rounds. He said he trained for a year before his world record attempt. I wonder what the record is for drinking beers while watching him run the beer mile?  Maybe that’s a record I could go for!