Our company President recently celebrated his 60th birthday. Our Vice President (his loving wife, supermom/grandma "Amma") surprised him with something he's wanted since he was a little boy. Indy 500 tickets.
There are 800 left hand turns in the Indianapolis 500... Not 799. Talk about bad luck, crashing on the very last turn! Check it out:
I hate to admit it but I've felt like this before. You know, being the younger rookie about to celebrate the big win, only to crash seconds before claiming victory. That sucks. Poor guy, I really feel bad for him.
You know another thing I hate to admit? Getting beat in an ACTUAL race by my dad. I mean I'm younger, faster, more aggressive.... several ahem... lbs., lighter. (If you haven't gathered yet, we like to make fun of each other).
No, seriously though, he beat me at RPM last time we raced together. I too, crashed on one of the last laps and got passed up by my elder, wiser father. I can totally relate JR, hang in there buddy!
If that's not enough, I was also crowned first loser (2nd) when myself and our Control4 Home Automation crew was at a training event in the Bay Area this last week. More on that here. One of our technicians beat me! This guy:
Oh yeah, I crashed at that race as well, right after passing up my technician.
I'll tell you one thing that both my dad and technician have in common when it comes to racing. They are much smarter than I am. They are much more patient and know how to finesse their way around each turn. I on the other hand am just pedal to the metal, bat outta hell, watch out! Like Lightning McQueen in the beginning of the Pixar movie, Cars... He wises up toward the end though!
I think Cars2 is coming out soon. Maybe McQueen's extra smart now, but still really cool.
Anyway, In racing, and in life I think it would do us all some good to slow down, think things through and not be so impatient. I know I need to get better at that.
Ahhh, But more importantly, we are having a rematch soon. Our entire staff will be going to RPM for a "team-building event"... i don't really like that term but I guess that's what you call it. I'd like to call it the "Mark gets smarter and has vengeance on his dad and technician showdown".
Bring it! I'm sure Amma will be taking some video and pictures to share.