Friday, March 13, 2009

Day 2








Kieffer after practice




Are you ready for some more crazy stories? Ok... here we go... LOL

We arrived after driving straight through... I do not EVER want to be a long haul trucker... EVER... that kicked my butt and Sam's!!!
You know your starting to lose it while driving when you start singing the 'Smokey and the Bandit" song...
"We've got a long way to go, and a short time to get there... We gotta do what they say can't be done..."
Great.... now its stuck in my head again...

We arrived in time for Kieffer to get 3 practices in... Whew... actually they were really nice and allowed him in the 'Pro" practice because we were late... we checked in, got his transponder... [its for scoring him in a race, and giving him lap times]
The weather was PERFECT... warm, a little humid, but very nice!!!
We unloaded the trailer and got set up... out in the back 40... all the RV spaces were taken so we parked in a field, next to a field with longhorns and horses... Hey we are in Texas...
We heard rain was coming in a couple of days so we parked on a high spot...

and then...

Manny sent me another sign...

for those of you who don't believe in signs... you can skip this part then...

No it wasn't another balloon either...

Before I tell you what happened... I have to give you some information on Manny... his family was Greek and his last name was Gregor-opolis, only when his father came to the US he dropped the opolis... Ok... did you follow that?

Ok... good... so there we are sitting in chairs outside of our campsite... out in a field all by ourselves I might add....when a family comes up to us... A Grandma, A Father and a Daughter...

"Hi, we are new to racing and this is our first National... Can you answer a few questions for us?"
"Oh sure..."
"Is there another practice in the morning before racing?"
"Well you get what they call a Hot Lap... meaning you get one lap to look at the track before racing"
So this conversation led to more questions and they stayed talking to us for awhile... it was nice...
When they went to leave I said "By the way what is your name?"
the father says "My name is Manny, this is my Mom, she is visiting from Greece... helping me out"
Sam and I looked at each other.... Whoa...
We explained about our neighbor Manny who was also Greek, we told him about the Gregor-oplois thing...
Then the guy says... ""Oh wow, that is really weird my last name is Opolis!"

Hhhhmmmm? Ooooooo Eeeeeee Ooooooo..... LOL

So all I have to say is Manny is still trying to say Hi from the other side... whatta think about that?

Next entry will be a funny story about racing the next day... stay tuned...

4 comments:

Jeanne said...

OK, that Manny story is REALLY, REALLY funny!! Yep, he is bound and determined to get in touch with you!! Hope Kiefer does well and you guys have a great time!

((hugs))
Jeanne

Pamela said...

I just got home from work and when I saw your alert I was so happy! This story is so weird! When I heard it on my phone I couldn't believe it! I had to listen to the story THREE times!! I KNOW Manny is trying to say hi. He's doing a darned good job, too!
Kieffer looks so handsome in his riding clothes. I hope he does well (we KNOW he will!!) and most of all I hope you all have a good time. Sounds like quite an adventure so far! Can't wait for more stories. Don't make me wait to hear 'em!!
Do you have cell service? I'm gonna call you tomorrow.
Love ya!!! xoxoxo

Chrissie said...

Awww... I think that is so sweet that Manny is still trying to get in contact with you all. I think it's because he watched you that whole time trying to find out where he was. He knows you really cared. Glad Sam was sitting there to get that too so that you don't seem like you're the one of your rocker.
Good luck to Kief.. you guys be careful and take care.
Hugs, Chrissie

Rachel said...

LOl remember....we can always read the signs the wrong way!!! Manny was just letting you know he was still here and runnin!! :)!!!