Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.

4.07.2006

I was "this" close

NOT.

I didn't get Kasey Kahen's autograph. Hell, I didn't even get to SEE Kasey Kahne today.

*sigh*

This is as close as I got.

Apparently, you had to have a "voucher" for the autograph and they were distributed this morning. Nowhere on the TMS website did it say this. But, I guess you're just supposed to know. Evidently, I'm not redneck enough to know this. I almost cried when the guy told me. Pickle and I went to TMS and couldn't find the midway spot for the autographs. We actually walked pretty much the full length of the midway twice before we found it. We had a great time checking things out, getting freebies and spending time together. But, I see the line for Kasey and go to ask *for sure* where I should be. That's when we learned about the vouchers. I actually had tears in my eyes. We planned to stick around and try to catch a glimpse and sneak a snapshot while he was signing and I struck up a conversation with another gal waiting. She just stumbled upon the voucher line by accident, she said. That is also when I learned Kasey was running about 45 minutes behind. I guess winning the pole for the Nextel race *yes, he won the pole!!!* means you don't have to rush to autograph time.

So, I took a deep breath and moved on. The Dallas Mavericks Dancers were signing autographs, so I sent Pickle up there. He was in heaven.

Check him out while they're signing. That is a smile.

The tanned brunette gave him a little heart by her signature. Isn't that cute? Her name is Mallory. The blonde is Kandi. I shit you not. Kandi with a big K and little i. *insert cute giggle here*

This kid's day gets better. Not only did he NOT have to wait in line for an autograph, but he got to sit in a racecar.

You can see the reflection of the old guy manning the car display. He was a nice old guy helping Pickle in and out of the car.

He is proudly holding his Junior poster in one hand and his Mavs Dancers poster in the other.

And, yes, that is THE Radio Shack red chair form the commercials. You're jealous, aren't you? And, just so you know, I'm NOT that big of a redneck. I had on a green shirt (this was a green screen shot) and apparently, the race car images on the green screen also made it onto my solid green shirt. Sort of an interesting look, though.

This is Texas Motor Speedway's 10th anniversary, so they have a big exhibit/museum thing up on the midway. It is very cool. This display marks Elliot Sadler's defeat over Kasey Kahne by less than a second!!! It was awful. But, Hot Rod likes the M&M car, so I thought I'd take a picture. The ladies working in the exhibit gave Pickle a commemorative Hot Wheels car, too. He was thinking that was cool.

I couldn't leave without some little piece of Kasey. *sigh* So, I bought a visor. Pickle asked to wear it and looked good in it.

You can see how windblown he was here with the white lanyard around his neck flying behind him and his hair was laying down before the wind started blowing. The cold front blew in while we were at the midway. It will make it very pleasant Saturday for the Busch race, I think.

Here he is fighting the wind some more. I really like that visor. I may have to hide it from him. Even though he decided Junior is his favorite driver. We had a great time on the midway. This may be a new tradition for us even if we aren't going to a race. We can just go hang out on the midway and get free stuff. :)

4 Comments:

  • At 10:22 AM, April 08, 2006, Blogger Uzz said…

    I need that boy to carry my cards to hand out to cheerleaders! I am glad he had a blast, but you really need to let TMS know you were a little let down. I will make a comment to Eddie Gossage or Bruton Smith when I see them again...those two are ALL about making fans happy!

     
  • At 1:48 PM, April 08, 2006, Blogger MrsDoF said…

    The boy does have a way with the ladies! I seem to remember a pic of him at Hooters with all the gals there.

    Free stuff is nice. Helps to have something solid to hold the memories.

     
  • At 10:29 PM, April 08, 2006, Anonymous Sondra said…

    Sorry to hear that, but yeah, the vouchers/tickets are very common, especially for a scheduled appearance. I guess it is for crowd control/so they can work within the scheduled time frame.

     
  • At 1:06 PM, April 11, 2006, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Now, I know and knowing is half the battle. Go Joe!

    Oops, sorry, obscure GI Joe cartoon reference there for AoD's benefit. ;)

    And, yeah, next time I'll know. So, it will be better. I only teared up momentarily and then proceeded to have fun with my son.

     

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