Sunday, February 15, 2009

I Really Don't Know How... son became a huge NASCAR fan. Rich and I are not NASCAR "people", never have been. Sure, the Daytona 500 was on in our house every so often, as it the "biggest race of the year" (not unlike Indy), and thus carries with it a similar flavor to other major events we (meaning my husband and I) don't follow like the Kentucky Derby - it just has a lot of ballcaps and beer instead of prim hats and mint juleps.

So back to my son the NASCAR fan. His favorite driver is Jeff Gordon. He is a diehard fan, even though #24 had a less than stellar year last season. He's not as rabid about the "sport" as he was when he first got into it, but he knows a lot more about it than I even knew existed. He used to go onto, study the track for the upcoming race, and build models with his blocks. Pretty amazing ones at that. He'd even tell me "see Mom, turn #3 is between a 27 and 32 degree angle...", and all I could think of is why would a 7 year old (at the time) know that? Is he doomed to be an engineer?

He's been to about five races or so now, and it's likely he will be begging to go to the next one at PIR in April. Since NASCAR season has officially started again, the TV is on with all things NASCAR. I have to admit, the Viagra commercials trouble me on many levels, not the least of which being that my 9 year old son is watching (Ryan: "Mom, what is Viagra for?" Mom: "Ask your father.")