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(Indianapolis Motor Speedway)   CSB: That time you went to the race... or whatever you do on Memorial Day in your neck of the woods   ( divider line
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2018-05-27 8:41:53 AM  
14 votes:
Memorial Day usually comes before payday, as it does again this year.

Please, if you're planning on having any kind of food sharing - PLEASE look around and see if there's someone you could invite.

Someone who's alone this weekend.
Someone who's got kids but no way to get to a pool and no money to buy their way in.
Someone who'd LOVE an invitation but is too shy to invite themselves.
2018-05-26 10:32:41 PM  
11 votes:
Back when the boys were of the appropriate age, their Scout Troop would meet on the Sat of Memorial Day weekend at the local church (well, they still do, my boys just aged out...).  There they would get a talk/history lesson from assorted fathers/leaders about Memorial Day & assorted important dates in military history (Pearl Harbor, D-Day, Inchon,.etc).  That done, 1/3 of them would go to the church's cemetery & the other 2/3 went across the street to the town's cemetery where they would then walk every row/check every grave to make sure that everyone who had served at one time or another had a flag next to their stone.

/the main reason for the history lesson (other than the obvious 'why are we doing this?') is because there are more than a few headstones with those dates on them (probably just a memorial stone with the body resting near where they fell).  Plenty of others too who served, came home & lived a long life.  With stones from the Civil War (both sides) through Iraq there's plenty of history to talk/think about.
//Monday morning is the town's MD parade complete with speeches by minor local politicians.  Fun times in small town America.
2018-05-26 9:49:35 PM  
10 votes:
Today is the 31st Indianapolis 500 I will have seen in person.  I started going in 1984 with my dad and his family from Iowa.  I have only missed a few since then.  I've seen the days of the Snake Pit where nudity was the norm, to the closest of finishes on the track.  After spending 5 hours with 500,000 of my closest friends, its off to mom's for a cookout.  For me, Memorial Day weekend has always meant race day.   I know its that way for others, but it is also a family day.  Tell us some stories of how you spend Memorial Day.  Bonus points for race stories.
2018-05-27 11:22:47 AM  
5 votes:
Growing up, we always used to spend race day at my grandmothers. She had one of the huge C/Ku band satellite dishes in the backyard, and since we were in Indiana that was the only way at the time to get around the blackout. We'd start searching around noon to find a feed from the race, and more often than not we'd luck into a feed that went out with just video and no audio or commercials. Then the radio would go on to 1070 WIBC for the race audio.

Lunch would be thin cut steaks from cows my aunt raises. I still get a 1/4 beef from her every year, and you can't beat the taste of that beef - no hormones, no unnecessary meds, grain and grass fed. Mom would help cook but had a standing order every year for us to get her before Gomer sang. That Sunday would be the highlight of the year, and was like a mini family reunion. It was always a fun day to catch up with everyone, eat like you hadn't in a month and cheer on your favorite (or take bets on which lap Mario would slow down on). We knew grandma enjoyed having us all over, and we all enjoyed being there.

My grandma has been gone for almost 16 years now. I miss her so much every Memorial Day, because it brings those memories back. And while it's not quite the same, I try to keep some of the memories alive. I've got steaks marinating now for lunch, from my aunts cows (I had to squirrel them away in the freezer since a 1/4 beef goes pretty quick), and ribs are about to go in the smoker for later. I'll probably try to find an audio stream of the race to listen to later while I'm doing something inside, since it's going to be a hellish 94F here in central Indiana. We spent all day out in the sun yesterday at GeoWoodstock, and the child is battling a sunburn that would make a Marine wince. We've had our fill of heat for the year.

But I'll enjoy my steak, think of the fun times with grandma and around the appointed time, listen to Gomer sing thanks to the video I have saved in my YouTube account from the last year he did it. It's not the same, and I might even argue it's not even close, but it is tradition.
2018-05-27 9:45:18 AM  
5 votes:
When I was in grade school, memorial day was the first camping trip of the season. My folks, brother and our dog piled in the galaxy 500 and towed our 16' travel trailer to a state park for the long weekend.

Thing was, it was EVERYBODY'S first camping trip of the season. Back then, state parks had no reservation system and the policy was to try to find room for everyone. That meant folks camping in the picnic areas, on the baseball diamond, overflow boat ramp parking, etc.

My recollection it was like a redneck refugee camp. Tarps everywhere (it usually rained) , late night drinking, shouting, dirt bikes coming and going, dogs and kids running around in packs, random fireworks, etc. My brother and I usually made a couple friends. We also usually ended up in a fight with some little a-hole.

Still not sure why the folks thought it was a good idea.
2018-05-27 9:44:22 AM  
5 votes:
As far back as I can remember, I worked. I never went camping, watched races, or barbecued.

But I think of my grandfather, whom, after serving as a medic, couldn't enter a hospital. A man who became visibly ill at the scent of bleach. A man who said to me "If you're smart, don't enlist."

I didn't. Close thing, but my obligations were elsewhere at the time.

I never forgot. He taught me one of the best lessons I learned as a kid.

"Sure mark of a fool," he had said once, "is a man so smart he thinks good ideas are enough to get by."

Thanks, grandpa. I haven't forgotten. That lesson has saved me many headaches in my life.
2018-05-27 11:43:01 AM  
4 votes:
Like Chris Ween, my  500 debut was also 1984.  A bunch of college buddies decided it would be a good way to reunite every year.  While true, none of us particularly cared about racing.  As a young kid, I of course heard Jackie Stewart in the booth and saw Chris Economaki in the pit, but that was it.  As rookies, we made the mistake of parking in the infield.  I remember thinking how farking stupid it was to wake up at 430am for an 1100 race.  To promptly get stopped in our tracks on the way in.  It was like a sunny Woodstock right on the highway.  I pretty much saw a license plate from every state in the union except one (Indiana) and that is because they all either left town or were smart enough to walk to the track.  Tom Sneva was on the pole and his car stalled on the "gentlemen, start your engines!" proclamation.  We were in the first turn and I will NEVER forget the first lap at race speed.  I thought we were going to die.  I could not fathom how anyone could do anything but crash into the wall 50 feet below us. Rick Mears won, it was a fantastic experience and a tradition was born. Everyone should see it once in person.  Hell, it's over in two hours.

/plenty of time to honor/ think about the true meaning of Memorial Day.
//was there in 2005 for Danica's debut.  When she took the lead with five laps to go, the  Earth shook.
///think I'm at 15 trips, none since 2015.  I think one of the guys has made all 35.
2018-05-27 10:26:30 AM  
4 votes:
As a long time Indianapolis resident and aficionado of the 500, i've concluded the best place to watch the race is a little neighborhood bar in New Orleans. The race is on five giant screens, they make a killer bloody mary, and i'll be the only peraon in the place that cares a whit about the race. Afterwards, there will be a crawfish boil.
2018-05-27 9:22:30 AM  
4 votes:
I do wildfire support for the U.S. Forest Service in the southwest.  I haven't been home for Memorial Day weekend in four years. This year I'm working the Buzzard fire outside Reserve, NM. If your in the southwest, please be careful as it's very dry this year.
2018-05-26 11:38:42 PM  
4 votes:
Memorial Day for me was when I could be a kid who didn't leave the pool all day.  I ate hot dogs in the pool, I rescued baby squirrels from the pool, and even some baby bunnies from the pool.

There were plenty of distractions, like the Indy 500, or the years we did the same damn thing for the 4th of July.  Same thing with less races, more explosions.  Neat.

I guess for the last few years, being the youngest, I didn't realize I was the only one still in the pool.  Eventually I got sick of being the only one in the pool.  That coincided with summer 1997, or the year the 4th of July was pretty special because we landed a farking rover on Mars.

For anyone that doesn't remember 1997, that was a cool 4th of July.  (5th?  I feel like it was late.)  Back then nearly-live pictures from Mars didn't happen.

Summer picnics were always fun, but suddenly the year you feel you've grown up to much to deal with them, and instead your whole family is hooked on some pictures from Mars?  That's farking cool.

Thanks Sojourner.  That's still a day I'll never forget.  Even if I can't remember if it was the 4th or the 5th.
2018-05-26 11:18:15 PM  
4 votes:
(my father has worked Indy like every year since the early 70s.  I'm sure he has some good stories but I'M THE ONE WITH THE FARK ACCOUNT SO YOU GET TO HEAR ABOUT FRENCH FRIES INSTEAD)
2018-05-27 2:18:51 PM  
3 votes:

mama2tnt: Truck Fump: mama2tnt: chitownmike: ... Memoral day is a greeting card holiday....

I live here IN the very town of Hallmark, tyvm, and I must say that this is the most bullsh*t thing I've read yet today.

However, I shall step aside and let the veterans to whom this day is sacred have a (figurative, unfortunately) shot at you.

/pacifist, but respectful of those who choose to serve

Why can't we do Rememberance Day like the rest of the western world, on 11/11?
Having spent some years in a Commonwealth country, I get all confused.

Because for us that's Veterans Day.

Which is different, somehow.

Because Memorial Day was a US thing to remember the lives of soldiers on both sides of the (un)Civil War

"Ya take what ya need and ya leave the rest, But they should never have taken the very best"
2018-05-27 9:59:04 AM  
3 votes:
We used to have my parents and my uncle over for the basic American backyard picnic. Dad was in the Merchant Marines, serving the last year and a half of WW Ⅱ in the North Atlantic on Liberty Ships. Latter he was USN on a destroyer in the Pacific; no combat. My uncle was USN from '42 to the end of the war on a destroyer in the South Pacific, seeing plenty of action. My son, even when he was rather young, practically interrogated them on their service and their vessels in particular. I think I heard more from them in those years than I did when I was a kid.

Mom and Dad are gone now. My uncle, who'll be 99 this fall, has moved away. We don't do anything of note these days.

/ Funniest moment I can recall from those time was when the cat dined with us
// He brought his own food: a mostly dead chipmunk
2018-05-27 9:40:48 AM  
3 votes:
CSB that time: I remember when I was five or six walking with my big brother and cousins to sit on the town hall lawn to wait for the parade. I have no idea if I'd ever been to a live parade before, but from that hill I could see people gathering all along the street, and the more people that gathered, the more excited I felt. Surely this must be something really special to get everyone out like this. Then it came up the road, a couple of fire engines (one, an antique from the '30s), the high school marching band, a bunch of vets marching and some geezers riding in a car. Some adult behind me guessing out loud which wars they were from--WWI, WWII, Korea--all stuff I'd never heard about. Then a boy scout troop, some random cars. And that was it.

Such disappointment. Maybe in the '20s watching a traffic jam go past would have been as exciting as watching geeks at the traveling circus, but it was too late in this age of television. Our TV may have been black and white, but even I knew this was lame. I've never understood the appeal of parades since.
2018-05-27 9:30:09 AM  
3 votes:
The wife and I got married some forty two years ago. Before that I used to go to my aunts house on Main Street and watch the town parade. My uncle made great mint juleps.
2018-05-26 11:16:34 PM  
3 votes:
One time I went to the Indy 500 and it was the largest concentration of fat, shirtless pasty dudes I'd ever seen in my life.

There was a Steak N Shake in the parking lot of our hotel, though, so I got to have midnight impulse french fries like every day.

The end.
2018-05-27 11:42:58 AM  
2 votes:
I'm about to head off on the ATV through the woods to the German cultural center on the property behind us to bartend for their "Maifest" spring festival. I will have lots of free German beer and brats. I spent a good chunk of the morning clearing the trail as I haven't been out there at all this spring. I'm ready for beers
2018-05-27 11:07:59 AM  
2 votes:

chitownmike: idrow: chitownmike: I don't live in the woods

I live in the woods, but it's raining today.  I plan on vegging out, eating pizza and watching horror movies.

That sounds fantastic, I have a work party to attend. Not loving today

Ugh, the dreaded work party.   Because you don't see your co-workers and boss enough during the week.  The forced socialization that's supposed to be optional but is actually mandatory if you want to maintain a good image at work.  Man, how I hated those.  I'm so, so glad I don't have to deal with them any more.

Good luck
2018-05-27 10:37:50 AM  
2 votes:
I used to be a member of the SCA and would regularly attend The War of the Roses, which is every memorial day weekend. It rains almost every time, and my tent sucked for holding off water. But hey, at least I got tons of free booze and all the time at the archery range as I could stand. Good times.
2018-05-27 10:12:09 AM  
2 votes:
This is usually when a good friend of mine from high school and I go have lunch at a restaurant (lately, it's been Applebee's), then we go to one of the three cemeteries in town, and put pinwheels on another friend's grave (he died about 25 years ago). we also put pinwheels on my friend's mom's grave (she died about 10 years ago; his dad passed fairly recently), then I go do a tap dance on one of my college friend's grave (we both made a promise that whichever one of us died first, the other would do a dance on their grave), then I drop my friend off at home, and go to the second cemetery to put a flag on yet another friend's grave (he was in the Army, and died in a car accident on his way back from Nevada about 30 years ago), then to the third cemetery, and put flowers on an ex-girlfriend's grave (she drowned in the river...another woman pushed her in, then went to a local restaurant and ate dinner while my ex was drowning).

Tomorrow, on Memorial Day proper, my folks, aunt, and I are going to Spokane to clean up, and put flowers on, my aunt's and grandparents' graves (my aunt aspirated on phlegm, grandparents died of a heart attack, and dementia), then go to lunch at Golden Corral (personally, I hate it, but my mom and dad are convinced there's nothing better >:( ), while I take a computer to my tax preparer...payment for her doing my taxes this year ;) I'll also sneak over to Five Guys (or, more likely, Zip's, or perhaps Dick's) and grab myself a burger.
2018-05-27 1:14:07 AM  
2 votes:
Dad, being a career old school Marine who saw tons of combat Memorial days were usually a quiet cook out with family.
2018-05-26 11:29:56 PM  
2 votes:
Honestly, aside from my kids' marching band  being  in the Memorial Day parades, I don't think I recall anything remarkable about Memorial day ever.
2018-05-26 10:09:48 PM  
2 votes:
Memorial Day happens around the same time as my sister's birthday, if not on the same day.
So my family is spending a lot of time preparing and cooking lots of food, along with eating lots of food on Memorial Day.
2018-05-27 11:07:05 PM  
1 vote:
Years ago, there was a dirt track on the SW side of Milwaukee county called Hales Corners Speedway.  Every Memorial Day and Labor Day they had demolition derbies.  They were local traditions.  Back around '02 Menard's made the track owner an offer he couldn't refuse, so he sold out and '03 was the final year for HCS.  The owner was getting up there in age (he's still around) and the city grandfathered the track in so long as it remained in the family, but his son didn't want to continue.

I derbied there for years and finally in '03 I won my first and only feature.  A friend won the Labor Day feature, which was the final event at the track.

On a side note, they did one of the most brilliant things I've ever seen.  They only sold beer by the can.  Say you wanted a 6 pack... they'd put the cans in an empty 12 pack carton and top it off with ice.  Farking brilliant.
2018-05-27 9:31:45 PM  
1 vote:
Today, I worked and slept. I was only going in for six hours, but work bought lunch for all of us that went in, so I decided to stay.
I'll work tomorrow. But I'm making holiday rate. Not terribly fun. But, it's nice to pad my bank account.
2018-05-27 3:25:19 PM  
1 vote:

Oakenraven: rikkards: Today National Capital Half Marathon. Ugh legs cramped but decent run

*sends you a virtual banana and some broccoli*

Lol, I skipped the line today because here is  my post race recovery regimen
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2018-05-27 2:06:03 PM  
1 vote:

Truck Fump: mama2tnt: chitownmike: ... Memoral day is a greeting card holiday....

I live here IN the very town of Hallmark, tyvm, and I must say that this is the most bullsh*t thing I've read yet today.

However, I shall step aside and let the veterans to whom this day is sacred have a (figurative, unfortunately) shot at you.

/pacifist, but respectful of those who choose to serve

Why can't we do Rememberance Day like the rest of the western world, on 11/11?
Having spent some years in a Commonwealth country, I get all confused.

Because for us that's Veterans Day.

Which is different, somehow.
2018-05-27 2:05:21 PM  
1 vote:

stirfrybry: I get to enjoy an empty house for the holiday.
/working in new house doing final coat on the wood floors

I'm cutting and laying tile for a shower. Yesterday was plumbing all day. Wife and kiddo are on their way home from Omaha as we speak. I might grill up some pork steaks for dinner. She works tomorrow, but we have a graveyard about 2 blocks from our house that I walk frequently (it's HUGE, like 10-15 acres). So I'll probably take my son and dog, and we'll go lay a few flags and maybe have a teaching/learning moment. He's 2, so I don't know how much will stick, but it will be fun watching him (respectfully) run around the graveyard and put some flags up.
2018-05-27 2:04:07 PM  
1 vote:
As a kid, it was only a day off from school.  No parade, no cookout, just a day.  I do more now, being married to a Navy brat.  We observe the original meaning behind it, not turning into a weekend to buy plants and a new grill, or shooting off fireworks.  Visit graves, and spend time with the kids.  It's the second Memorial Day of our son's service.
2018-05-27 12:32:55 PM  
1 vote:
Today National Capital Half Marathon. Ugh legs cramped but decent run
2018-05-27 12:20:50 PM  
1 vote:
Track story time:  I chaperoned the older kidlette's 4th grade school trip to the track three years ago.  The track has a whole day of programming for 4th graders throughout April and May, provided you're able to get a date for your school, as it's pretty popular.  We were lucky enough to get May 21, the last open date for field trips, and as the calendar fell out that year, the day before Carb day.  The place was buzzing with activity of course.  I didn't think we'd be able to catch any track activity based on the itinerary and picnic area hidden below the bleachers, but it was such a nice day they let us all eat lunch in the bleachers along pit road.  And Ryan Hunter-Reay, who was a last-minute fill-in for an injured driver, happened to do his qualifying run as we ate lunch.  Seeing as how they couldn't run their normal track lap for museum visitors, I was perfectly content with getting to see (AND HEAR, man if one car blows out your hearing what does 33 do?) that.  Also, as our group moved from the display of safety innovations in the cars to the museum itself, we walked by all the semi trailers and had a good laugh as Tony Kanaan and another guy were racing their golf carts around that area and almost ran us over.

And just for kicks, my favorite non-kid pic of the day:

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2018-05-27 12:12:19 PM  
1 vote:
I went to the 500 about 12 years ago. Observations:

1.  A guy who shaved a checkered flag in his back hair.
2. A guy sunburned by 11am
3. People passed out before the race started.
4. A guy offering people walking by a chance to look up the skirt of his wife passed out in his truck. There was a line of guys waiting.
5. I smoked a ton of weed on the golf course and drank around 14 beers.
6. There was also a race. I can't remember who won but they were zooming around for a while out there.
2018-05-27 12:10:28 PM  
1 vote:
Yesterday I sweated my head off helping with the annual fish fry at the American Legion in Buford, Georgia.

/Free for anyone who shows up
2018-05-27 12:01:25 PM  
1 vote:
In the late nineties I was crew on a kinetic sculpture in the grand championship. I went down the the plaza yesterday to watch the start of the race, but it was so mobbed, I rode home, but not without stopping by my local bike shop to shoot the breeze with my friends who had to work yesterday.

Today is barbecue day. My daughter and her family are coming over.

Tomorrow is brew day.
2018-05-27 11:48:08 AM  
1 vote:
No racing here but I'll be watching game one of the Stanley Cup Final from in front of T-Mobile Arena (since we looked at ticket prices and said "hahaha.... nope.") It should only be 95 degrees tomorrow, perfect hockey weather!
2018-05-27 11:12:48 AM  
1 vote:
My Dad was one of two guys who decided this wee village needed an American Legion Hall.
I sold  collected donations for those crepe paper poppies (made by disabled veterans).
2018-05-27 9:29:12 AM  
1 vote:
When I was a kid, it was parade followed by cookout with the whole family. That lasted mostly until my sister graduated HS. We haven't done much on Memorial Day since then though - mostly just a day off, unfortunately. I kinda miss it, even though I remember how much work it was.
2018-05-27 9:20:07 AM  
1 vote:

chitownmike: I don't live in the woods

I live in the woods, but it's raining today.  I plan on vegging out, eating pizza and watching horror movies.
2018-05-27 9:18:34 AM  
1 vote:
Well the Mrs and friends will be at stock car races with the kids. I'm not a single-direction enthusiast so I'll be out in the hills at an old ranch my family has drinking beers, shooting guns, sitting in the river, BBQ or whatever with a cousin I haven't seen in a number of years, and other relatives. Akthough it was nearly 40 years ago on Mem Day weekend that this same cousin was bit by a rattlesnake at the same location. We'll avoid doing that.
2018-05-27 9:15:37 AM  
1 vote:
We generally BBQ or just have a few friends over for a fire and drinks. This year we're both working so it'll just be a typical day for us.

My CSB for memorial day weekend happened 10 years ago. Got to go to Maryland Death Fest for a 3 day death metal festival. Great time up until the second to last band (dying Fetus) on the last day. Was in the mosh pit for their set, and during their last song got knocked to the floor. When I hit someone stepped on my leg just behind my knee and knocked my kneecap upside down off to the side. Missed the final band that we all were looking forward to, and had the pleasure of riding back to NYS in the front of a Honda Civic with a hard brace on my leg. Had to hold myself up off the seat so I could fit. Still totally worth it though.
2018-05-27 12:32:16 AM  
1 vote:
Went to Indy in 1979. Slept in my buddy's car parked somebody's yard for $20. Cars were very fast but slow by today's standards.  Walked the whole track afterwards. Didn't wear sunscreen.
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