I had intended to put up a post late yesterday afternoon
but time got away from me. After returning home in the morning from 9 am
step class I spent a little time playing with the dogs then went to work
in my office.
After lunch I again gave the dogs a quick outdoor play time then back
to work for me. We had an observing session planned for the evening which
meant some preparation time for that. We ate an early dinner, around 4 pm,
to give us time to walk the dogs and get to the observing site before
The weather gods once again missed the weather forecast. It was to be
very windy, 20mph, but clear until around midnight. Instead, the early
part of the evening we had calm winds and clear skies. I had time to get
two objects found before the clouds starting drifting in. Then the wind
picked up, the clouds blew away but the transparency got pretty bad for
finding deep ski stuff.
We packed up and left for home about 10:30. But, it was good to get out
again. The last time we did any observing was in late November up at Fancy
Gap. The eyes and searching ability get a little rusty when we are
not out very often.
This morning I changed up the routine a bit. The dogs needed Alpo Snaps
and Bob needed Coke. The weather forecast for the middle of the week
beginning around Tuesday evening looks rather dim with the forecast of
more winter weather. I decided to make a quick run out to Wal-Mart this
morning instead of waiting until tomorrow afternoon. I also needed to
return the small bag of fertilizer I bought last week and did not need.
The large bag was enough to do the yard.
Back from my errands I ran the vacuum and dusted while Bob did the
laundry and cleaned the bathrooms for me.
The race is from Rockingham, NC this afternoon. Rockingham is another
small track in NC that more than likely will close after this year. The
big track owners took one of the two race dates away for their track out
west in the new markets. Several years ago our track in North Wilkesboro
was closed to give those two dates to the big tracks out west. Each track
on the circuit usually gets two visits per year. Money of course being the
root of all evil, out smaller tracks here in NC are not drawing large
enough crowds to justify keeping them open. Racing is big business. Big market
super speedway tracks have opened in Texas, Vegas, etc where large crowds of
100,000 plus can attend at seat prices from $50 to $75 and up. Oddly
enough, a vast majority of the race teams are based right here in NC
within a 100 mile radius of Winston-Salem. When, not if, they close
Rockingham the only track in NC will be the Charlotte track. It is owned
by one of the "big gun" track owners making it protected from