The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

May 12, 2008

But “Amateur” Would Imply That I Have Some Skills…

Filed under: Random Stuff — Brian Lutz @ 11:45 pm

Even though I’ve lived in my current apartment for nearly three years now, for some reason I still seem to end up with mail from the previous occupant of my apartment every once in a while.  These days, most of the stuff seems to be solicitations from insurance companies with outdated address info and things like that, but every so often, the most random things show up (at least I’m not getting their W-2 forms anymore.)  Today’s mail included a membership kit to the American Poolplayers Association addressed to the previous occupants.  Since I’m pretty sure there’s no way something like this would ever get to its intended recipient at this point (based on the envelope it came in, it looked like it could have been junk mail in the first place) I decided to take a peek inside.  Surprisingly enough, there was quite a bit of stuff in the envelope:

After reviewing the rulebook (particularly the part about keeping a score sheet) I’m pretty sure that I’m not planning to drop everything and go hang out in smoke filled bars as a pool hustler anytime soon (smoke-filled bars are illegal in Washington now due to anti-smoking legislation, so that wouldn’t be an option anyway.)  It’s just as well;  being the type of player who considers it a good game of pool when I manage to get through a round without poking someone’s eye out, I dont think I have even the meager pool skills that would be required to qualify as an amateur anyway. 

Off to the Races

Filed under: Cars, Wanderings — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 12:52 pm

Edit 5/13:  Added a few more pictures from the race below.

As I’ve discussed before, pretty much everyone in my family enjoys watching auto racing in its various forms (after all, what other reason would my parents have for naming their dogs after an Italian City known primarily for its racetrack and a defunct Formula One racing team?)  Unfortunately, the Pacific Northwest in general and the Seattle area in particular is something of a wasteland as far as high-level racing is concerned.  The NHRA does make an annual stop up here for drag racing, and the now defunct Champ Car series raced annually in Portland for many years, but beyond those two series professional racing has been basically nonexistent around here (amateur racing, on the other hand, is alive and well here, although that’s another post I’ll get around to making at some point.)  This means that going to see a race requires a road trip.  For the past couple of years, we have made the trip down to Miller Motorsports Park about 30 miles west of Salt Lake City in Utah for the American Le Mans Series race that takes place there, and will be taking place this weekend.  The bad news is that for a number of reasons, we’re not going to be able to make it to the Utah race this year, but the good news is that this means that we will have an opportunity to go see the final ALMS race of the year in October at Laguna Seca, one of America’s most famous racetracks and home to the famous Corkscrew turn

After the jump, a look at some of the photos I took at last year’s Utah Grand Prix. 

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