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Just Because I Smell Funny and Snore Is No Reason I Should Have To Sleep On The Recliner

April 25, 2009 Leave a comment

 

A little bit about racing, then a lot about what has been occupying my time this week, my shoulder surgery and recovery.  Matt sent me the following article about NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TV ratings.  I am not sure if I should be amazed that the numbers continue as they are, or if I should be amazed they are not worse.  Right now NASCAR races seem to be a long version of the “bland” commercial being shown on TV.  There is simply nothing to make anyone want to jump off the couch in excitement.

 

NASCAR ratings plunged to record low levels on FOX Saturday night.

The Subway Fresh Fit 500 drew a stunningly low 3.3/6 overnight rating on FOX Saturday night, down 18% from a 4.0/7 last year, and a record low for NASCAR on FOX. This marks the first time in at least four years — and likely the first time since FOX took over NASCAR rights in ’01 — that a non-rained out race on the network has failed to draw at least a 4.0 overnight.

So far this season, all eight NASCAR telecasts on FOX have seen double-digit declines in overnight ratings.

Thanks in part to the lower number, the race finished well behind a Jazz/Lakers NBA Playoff game the next day (4.0 overnight), marking one of the rare occasions when the NBA posted a higher overnight than NASCAR.

The 3.3 overnight is easily the lowest ever for the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Since the inaugural race drew a 4.5/8 in ’05, ratings for the race have declined 27%.

 

Matt also mentioned the fantastic car counts at the IMCA Deery Brothers late model races this season.  Two races have had over 60 cars in the pits, and a make up race held on a week night had over 40 cars.  I wish that a track in western Iowa or eastern Nebraska would schedule this series.  I have never been to a bad Deery Brothers race.

 

My shoulder has been my focus for most of the past few weeks, and I wrote this post for another of my blogs:

 

I don’t know how old time journalists used to type using only two fingers.  Maybe that method is easier than using just one hand because using just one hand is next to impossible.  I have tried that this week and all it did was frustrate me. Yes, I am typing with two hands today.  Finally, thank you Lord.

 

After months of dealing with shoulder pain I had an MRI done a few weeks ago.  My family physician had suggested that in December, but anyone who injures a shoulder trying to start a snow blower is too stupid and stubborn to go with the flow first time out.  The MRI showed I had a large rotator cuff tear that would require surgery.  I had this surgery on Monday 4/20, and this cathartic experience is my reliving of what happened; at least what I remember happened.

 

I did not understand why I had to arrive at the hospital two hours before my scheduled surgery time.  It turned out to be fortunate I did.  As I was being prepped for surgery, one of the nurses told me I had to take off my wedding ring because of the potential for swelling.  I don’t take the ring off much, but normally it would slide off if I needed it to.  Not last Monday.  My ring finger was swollen, and we couldn’t get the ring off even using lotion.  When one of the nurses said we might have to cut it off, I staged a mini-rebellion.

 

I have worn that same ring for almost 39 years.  It isn’t fancy, but it was the perfect symbol for me and a long marriage.  I knew it would hurt my wife a lot to have it destroyed and I was not going to allow it.  Another nurse had a trick she wanted to try to remove it.  She inserted what looked like dental floss between the ring and my finger, and then began to very tightly wind the floss/string around my finger to just past my knuckle.  As she unwound the string, the ring moved up my finger, finally going above my knuckle where it slid off.  A major disaster was averted.

 

I was offered the opportunity for a pain block, even though it meant an injection in my neck, and I am afraid of needles.  OK, the fear borders on phobia.  I decided to have the pain block because of what others who had the surgery advised.  It was supposed to block the pain for up to 24 hours.  It didn’t last that long for me, but I was very glad I had it.  More on that later, but if you ever have a surgery and a pain block is offered, take it.

 

I can remember being wheeled into the cold surgery room and being transferred to the operating table.  I remember nothing else until I woke up about three hours later.  A sip of ice water was heavenly, as I had nothing to drink for 15 hours.  I was not terribly sore, even though the tear was “significantly” worse than expected, and the procedure had lasted over an hour longer than the surgeon thought it would take.  That was thanks to the pain block.

 

In the recovery room my wife showed me a diagram Dr. Fischer had made of how the tear was stitched.  A normal routine looked reasonably simple, but what he had to do looked like the scribbles of a five year old child.  Given my age-58 is not old to me-and the extent of the tear, the doctor said my recovery would likely take 16-18 weeks.  I was just happy that the shoulder was fixed and that at some point simple tasks like washing my hair would be simple again.

 

Unfortunately those simple tasks were not going to be simple right away.  I cannot lift my left arm above my shoulder, and I am not supposed to reach-grab-lift with my left arm.  I could only take sponge baths until I saw the doctor on Thursday to remove the dressing.  I soon discovered those were really the least of my worries.

 

When I came home I got right on the computer, which says something about me and I am afraid it is not something good.  I didn’t feel bad at all.  I even thought that my friends who had rotator cuff surgery were kidding me about the pain.  My son Matt told me he didn’t know what they had given me at the hospital, but he hoped we could get more of the stuff because I was actually quite pleasant. About 3:00 a.m. the pain block wore off, and I learned my friends were not kidding at all.  No more Mister Nice Guy. My shoulder hurt, and just like they said, it hurt worse than any pain I had ever had.  I had already been taking pain pills to try to keep ahead of the pain, but for the next 24 hours the pills barely kept up with the pain. 

 

To add insult to injury I had to sleep in my recliner.  A lot of pain with very little sleep makes someone who is cranky on good days something much more than cranky.  I think this was the patient my family had been expecting.  I stayed home from work Tuesday-Thursday, and Thursday morning went to see the doctor.  The dressing was removed, I got a different sling, and the doctor explained the surgery to me, although it was basically what he had already told Jane.  He also prescribed physical therapy.  The first four weeks were to be passive, basically the therapist moving my arm in various ways, with me doing nothing.

 

I worked five hours on Friday.  It was good to get back to a more normal routine, though one arm in a sling is not an efficient way to do my job-I am a Controller. Friday afternoon I had my first rehab session.

 

My pharmacist daughter in-law Steph reminded me to take a pain pill before I went to rehab, a very good idea.  I do have a few exercises to do-well, if you call actions like palms up/palms down exercises-but mostly it was the therapist moving my arms in various stretches.  Although I was supposed to tell her to stop when the pain increased, I suffered through most of the routine, figuring a few more seconds of each routine might be important in getting back my range of motion quicker. 

 

My arm was sore after the rehab session, and it is sore now.  I have been trying to back off the pain pills a little, and went nine hours between pills last night.  I iced my shoulder three times as was suggested, and I already have done one set of my “exercises” today. And I will do them two more times as well.

 

The father of one of Jane’s co-workers had rotator cuff surgery, and Jane’s friend said her father “wasn’t the same after.”  Well, I don’t intend to be the same either.  I intend to be better.  The physical therapy will just be part of my routine to get back into shape, and all of my goals on still on the table, although on the table might not be the best metaphor.  I am going to work hard at getting better.

 

No road trips for me this weekend.  No races, no baseball games, just me and my recliner.  A friend asked me what I was reading-I am a voracious reader-but I have not been reading much of anything.  I love newspapers, but I have only been reading the front and back pages of each section, and I haven’t read any books at all.  Maybe I’ll change that today.

 

I have been Twittering.  I don’t know if Twitter was supposed to be part of my rehab plan, but it is something I have been able to do one-handed, so Twitter and the card game ‘Spider’ have been my entertainment.  I have added quite a few Twitter followers this week, and I hope some of you will follow me there to.

 

Thanks.

 

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NU Football, Eagle, and my rotator cuff

April 20, 2009 13 comments

Along with 77,759 other people, Matt and I attended the annual Nebraska Red/White Spring football game.  Several years ago Alabama hosted a spring football game with a large crowd, but I don’t know if Crimson Tide paid $10 for tickets, or if it was a freebie.  Many fans who normally can’t attend Cornhusker games-there is a year’s long waiting list for tickets-go to this game.  I was amazed at the number of families taking pictures, obviously their first time at the Husker football mecca.  We had tickets in a different section of the stadium-right on the 30 yard line instead of watching from the north end zone, but I discovered that unless you make a big time donation and sit in the club section or suites, you climb steps anywhere you sit.  It was a mere 78 steps up to our seats in Section 26, Row 39.

 

The Huskers could have an interesting team this fall.  There are many young players with a lot of talent.  We aren’t close to the gold standard of the Osborne era yet, but I think Coach Pelini has the team following the yellow brick road. As long as the team plays hard, plays with passion, and shows improvement, NU fans will be happy.

 

What does this have to do with dirt track racing?  Well, we were hoping to follow up the game with a visit to America’s home track for the first night of weekly racing at Eagle.  The early morning rains cancelled the Eagle program, though the sun came out early in the afternoon.  It was kind of a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation for promoter Roger Hadan.  The track most likely would have been rutty, and sure as not someone would have torn up a race car and complained that he should have cancelled if he actually raced.

 

I am not sure if I will be at next week’s opener or not. Tomorrow is my big day.  After four months of continuous aches and pain, my shoulder is getting fixed.  A rather awkward move led to me tearing the rotator cuff in my left shoulder in December.  The actual incident is somewhat embarrassing to reveal, though it did involve starting a snow blower.  Or not starting one.  Let’s just say stupid and stubborn start with the same three letters. Anyway others who have had the surgery-let’s change that to others in addition to rstar who have had the surgery suggest I might not be up to attending a race that soon after the surgery.

 

Congratulations to Mark Martin on winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup series race at Phoenix last night.  I realize he is considered an old-timer, but to us baby-boomers he is still in his prime.  It is good to see someone over 50 compete with and beat the youngsters.

 

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll try to do a post typing just one handed in a few days.  My son said that ought to work since I only use half my brain on most posts.

 

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Picture Larry the Cable Guy as a racer

April 17, 2009 8 comments

One of the benefits of writing for Dirt Modified and Dirt Late Model magazines is that I get to talk at length with drivers, crew members, promoters, and fans about the sport we all love. I have never talked with a NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver-the closest I came was when Eagle promoter Roger Hadan told me Ken Schrader was calling and he had to go.  However, I think the stories I write are much more interesting than one more fluff piece on a superstar. Each interview is like a racing road trip to Wisconsin or Iowa or Arkansas or Missouri, and not only do I get to visualize far away tracks, I also get to look behind the scenes to see just what makes a person want to climb behind the wheel of a 750 h.p stock car, or see why someone wants to create a machine that will work better than any other machine at a track, or discover why anyone with any sense at all would want to get in the business of promoting races.

 

Tuesday night I had a chance to do all of the above though I talked with only one person, Jerry Hoffman of Joplin, Missouri.  Hoffman is a modified veteran and though his last full season of campaigning behind the wheel of a fast car was 2006, he still puts heart, soul, and lead foot into racing at the IMCA Supernationals in Boone each year.  He also is an experienced chassis builder-#330 was ready to roll out the door when we talked, and he does a fair job at helping modified drivers go fast and turn left.  Just ask P.J. Egbert how good a chassis builder Hoffman is.  The reason why Hoffman no longer races full time is that he and Doug Bland purchased Springfield Raceway, a ¼ mile oval in southwest Missouri.

 

Hoffman is 1/3rd racer, 1/3rd car builder, 1/3rd promoter, and 1/3rd family man.  If my numbers don’t add up it must mean I am looking for a job on Wall Street, want to be GM at a local track, or that Hoffman is a larger than life character.  Some interviews are tougher than others, but when the voice on the other end of the phone sounds like Larry the Cable Guy, you figure the next hour could be fun.  Interestingly, Jerry the Race Car Builder has tried to talk with Larry (he ain’t met nutty until he meets me), but hasn’t had any luck to date. I told him that Larry is a big race fan who likes to visit Eagle Raceway when he is home in Nebraska, so if he kept telling “Larry’s People” he was a promoter he might have better luck.

 

I can’t give out all the details of my interview-Dirt Modified has first rights and I do like the checks I get from them, even though they look a lot like Rick Bradley’s checks after a night of racing.  I keep telling you subscribe to the magazine.  It’s good. Read about Jerry Hoffman and lots of other interesting racers.

 

Speaking of Larry the Cable Guy, I would love to be able to add a video of him endorsing The Rest of the Dirt.  A couple of jokes and then a spiel saying how great the site is would be a heckuva boost to my numbers.  I guess I can dream.

 

Thanks for stopping by.  Only four days until I get this !@#$% shoulder fixed.

 

 

 

First Race of The Season-And I Don’t Mean NASCAR

April 13, 2009 2 comments

FINALLY.  The 2009 race season officially opened for my son Matt and me.  We took in the Friday night show at I-80 Speedway near Greenwood, Nebraska.  The special included ASCS 360 sprint cars, late models, and IMCA modifieds, with 42 sprints, 32 lms, and 39 mods filling the pits. And like always, the first night of the season reminds me just how much better live racing is than watching races on TV.  NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers may have the names, but the local drivers have the game.

 

Matt and I were hoping for a meeting of the Sunday  Night Irregulars, but the only other Irregular present was the almost funny, oops, make that the always funny Steve Basch, aka RaceGuru.  Tom and Don from Lincoln were nowhere to be found, and DirtIce must have been at an Omaha Lancers hockey game.  Rick Bradley phoned in his regrets-something about having six weeks of work to do on his hobby stock and the season starts next week for him.  My comment was that Rick should have thought of that five weeks ago.  I won’t mention Matt’s rude comment, or Guru’s profane statement.

 

Also sitting with us was the voice of Eagle Raceway, Stan Cisar, taking in a show prior to next Saturday’s opening night at America’s Home Track.  And, I rubbed my eyes in disbelief, but Tony “The Tax Man” Anville was on hand for a local show for the first time in what must be several years.  Tony states he will be a dirt track fixture this season, but that remains to be seen.

 

The evening was chilly, with a brisk wind out of the north.  Guru had his thinking cap on though and brought hand warmers for each of us.  Open up the package, shake the little bag, put the bags inside your glove, and they heat up to over 100 degrees and stay that way for up to eight hours.  Gloves, hand warmers, two sweat shirts, long johns, and a blanket made the night tolerable.  I realize my ear plugs make me seem like a social retard, but any more my ears can’t tolerate the unmuffled engine roar.

 

Reese Coffee won the modified feature, inheriting the lead after both the first place and second place cars dropped out near the end of the race.  Billy Alley made short work of the sprint car feature, though if Brian Brown had qualified better, he might have had something for Alley.  I believe this was the first sprint car race I have watched that did not have a caution flag.  Amazing.  Kyle Berck showed he remains on top of his game with an easy late model feature.  It looks like the only one in the SLMR series that might beat Berck this year is Berck himself.

 

Next weekend we are planning on spending Saturday evening at Eagle.  After that I will be taking at least three weeks off as my shoulder heals from rotator cuff surgery.  I am hoping to visit US 30 Speedway and Eagle in May, as well as attending the named by a genius race fan Alphabet Soup race.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

Sprint Cars or Longhorns? Both

April 10, 2009 3 comments

Well, my first race of the season may or may not happen tomorrow.  Matt and I have tickets to the Nebraska vs. Texas baseball game in Lincoln, but the way Nebraska has been playing the races might be much more entertaining.  Yeah, I am talking sprint cars, and I-80 Speedway and saying it still might be more entertaining than college baseball.

 

Sorry sprint car fans, it is just so easy to rile you.  Matt has been arguing about going to the game.  I kept telling him no, but after watching Creighton defeat the Huskers 15-0 on Tuesday, I started to see the light.  Or maybe that was the headlight of the train wreck of Nebraska baseball, with pitching giving up 110 runs in the last 10 games, hitters managing to produce only 7 runs in the last 4 games, and finding themselves dwelling at the bottom in Big XII standings.  I do like Haymarket Park, and the hot dogs there are a helluva lot better than at I-80 Speedway, but I don’t think I could bear watching the Longhorns bash Nebraska.

 

My TV ratings expert Matt informs me that the rating for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Texas were the lowest ever for the race, and the second lowest of the season.  I wonder if greater minds than mine are at work trying to solve this problem.  I am no fan of NASCAR powers or the TV networks, but I remain a racing fan, and would like to see more people becoming fans of the sport.

 

Rstar-My rotator cuff surgery is Monday, April 20th, and I thought I would be able to return to work on April 22nd.  I told that to the surgical nurse today and she laughed.  She wondered if I realized that even though it was my shoulder being scoped that my arm, my chest, my back, and my neck would hurt, and that I would be unable to get comfortable in any position.  Matt’s boss recently had this surgery, and he confirmed some of your statements (not that I would ever consider you to be a wimp or that you would b.s. me). I have been practicing washing my hair using only my right hand, and I suspect I will be wearing slip-on shoes for sometime, but I haven’t figured out yet how I am supposed to put on a shirt. And I know I ain’t being served anywhere if I show up shirtless.

 

Oh, there are SLMR late models and IMCA modifieds on the card with 360 sprinters tomorrow, and you know how I like lm’s and mods.  I’ll just buy some more hand warmers and feet warmers, take along a few blankets and a stocking cap, ear plugs to drown out the noise of the Sunday Night Irregulars, and tell Matt to turn left at Mead instead of turning right.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

PS-when I ran the spelling and grammar check it wanted me to change “rstar” to restart.  Kind of appropriate.

 

Here is an update, and not just because spell checker didn’t catch shoe for show.  Because of the rain today, the Nebraska baseball game is cancelled.  Matt had tickets to the game tonight and tomorrow.  The rescheduled game will be played in the afternoon, so we can go to the baseball game in the afternoon and go racing tomorrow night. 

 

 

 

Nick Deal

April 8, 2009 Leave a comment

The following appeared in Dirt Modified magazine several issues ago.  Yes, like always I do encourage modified fans to subscribe to this excellent publication.

 

New Deal?  More Like The Real Deal

 

John McCain and Barack Obama waged a hard fought Presidential campaign in 2008.  Both candidates stated the obvious in discussing the U.S. economy.  We are in the midst of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. In 1932 Americans elected Franklin D. Roosevelt to lead us out of the depression.  To do that he came up with a program he called the New Deal.

 

A young resident of Walnut, Iowa also waged a hard fought national campaign this year.  He had to overcome adversity and persevere in a campaign he thought would never end. His opponents were tough and wanted to win as much as the Iowan.  But with a combination of talent, hard work, and a little luck, Nick Deal won the race for IMCA 2008 Modified National Rookie of the Year.

 

At the start of the 2008 season, Nick really was the New Deal.  He had raced part time in 2007, running a Pro Stock Camaro at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE., winning three races in this very tough division. However, 2008 was Deal’s first full season behind the wheel of a race car. Actually, it was Nick’s first full season behind the wheel of any car.

Nick turned 16 in May of 2008. 

 

Nick is definitely a racing young gun, though at age 16 he might not be ready for a Gillette commercial. When Nick first put on a fire suit, he was not old enough to race in an IMCA sanctioned event, but climbing into his modified for the first time, Deal had set a lofty goal.  He wanted to become the IMCA 2008 Modified National Rookie of the Year.

 

A more reasonable goal might have been Rookie of the Year at his local track, Shelby County Speedway in Harlan, IA.  Even IMCA Modified Rookie of the Year for the state of Iowa seemed reasonable for someone with Nick’s talent and desire.  But National Rookie of the Year? Why not Nick, someone was going to wear that crown at the end of the 2008 season?

 

The ground work for Nick’s 2008 success was laid in 2007, both on the track and off.  Nick drives a Harris chassis, and went to a Harris seminar with his dad Tim.  Tim sees Bob as a mentor to Nick, and Bob had this to say about Tim:  “Nick came to one of my seminars in 2007.  He was only 15 years old, but for two days he took notes and was very attentive.  He learned the race car and that is something a lot of young drivers don’t take the time to do.”

 

The 2008 season started slow for Deal, just as it started slow for many Midwest drivers.  It seemed like for the first two months of the season there were more rain-outs than races.  Drivers from warm weather states have an advantage early in the season, and the rain-outs added to that advantage.  Things started to click for Deal after taking the last week of June off for what Tim Deal called “an attitude adjustment.” After burning out two clutches in the first six weeks of the season Nick had to learn the old racing adage that to finish first, you must first finish.  And learn it he did.

 

Nick’s first modified victory came at Shelby County Speedway, and was made even more special because he had to start in the seventh row after spinning out in his heat.  Many drivers can win from the front rows on a starting grid, but winning from the middle of the pack in an IMCA modified feature is no easy task.  Nick calls his driving style “clean and cautious,” though Tim would like him to be a little more aggressive.  Nick his a driver who picks his spots and doesn’t try to force things to happen on the track. He waits for an opening then is gone.  This mature approach helped him to his first victory and to all of his other feature wins in 2008.

 

One feature win didn’t become eight wins overnight, but the total kept climbing; 8 wins, 10 wins, 12 wins, and finally by the end of the season, Deal had 14 A feature victories.  In his first full season of racing, Nick Deal had what many would call a career year, and did it in IMCA’s home state of Iowa, where modifieds race at almost every dirt track.

 

Nick’s success did not surprise chassis builder Bob Harris.  “Nick has a great natural talent and a good driving style,” noted Harris.  “He doesn’t overdrive the car.  He has phenomenal car control for someone with so little racing experience.  A lot of kids start very young racing go-karts, and learn that control, but Tim has only been racing a few seasons.”

 

The rain-outs took a toll on Deal’s Rookie of the Year effort.  Although he ended up racing 60 times in 2008, many of those starts were in late summer and early fall when he raced Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.  Deal is just a junior in high school, and he had a ready excuse if his focus lapsed late in the season. Going to school, driving 2-2 ½ hours to a track, racing, then driving home after the races was no easy task.  Teachers did not cut him any slack just because he is a racer, and Nick’s September was a blur of school, homework, working on the car, and racing. 

 

Nick survived the grueling pace of racing for a championship, but fate played a practical joke on the youngster in his last race of the season at Stuart Speedway.  “We probably weren’t going to win the feature, but we might have finished top-five or even top-three and picked up a few points,” stated Tim Deal.  “Instead we blew a motor about half-way through the race and ended up with nothing.”

 

How tiring was the September racing effort for Nick?  Three weeks after the final race, he still hadn’t unloaded his car.  And though that final race might have caused some unease at the Deal household, Nick ended up winning the rookie championship by two points over Texan Benji Kirkpatrick.

 

What does the future hold for Nick Deal, besides the IMCA Championship banquet and a large Rookie of the Year trophy?  In 2009, Nick plans to go dirt track racing again, and has two new Harris chassis cars at his disposal.  There is also a possibility Nick will try to race a few asphalt races as well. Nick wants to make racing his career, and that means asphalt racing is his future. Fortunately, Deal’s mentor Bob Harris has some asphalt experience, helping another youngster Brett Moffitt to a second place points and Rookie of the Year finish in the 2008 ASA Late Model Division Northern Division.

 

When asked about Deal’s potential to race asphalt as a career, Harris pointed out that being in the right place and the right time and meeting the right people is very important.  Then he mentioned the success of another Harris modified driver who attended a Harris seminar in1998.  This driver was attentive like Deal, and like Deal took the time to learn the car, making communicating with a crew chief much easier.  This driver learned that with a modified having more horsepower than tire you had to be able to take a loose car and race on the edge to win.  This ex-Harris driver is now a star in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.  His name-Clint Bowyer.

 

While Nick may have been a New Deal at the beginning of the 2008 season, competitors soon found out he is the Real Deal.  Nick is a quiet teenager, who lets his racing talk for him. He has his own interpretation of another politician’s famous saying.  Teddy Roosevelt said “speak softly, but carry a big stick.”  For Nick, it is “speak softly and drive a fast race car.” The Deals are looking for an agent to help reach Nick’s career goals.   Are there any agents looking for a young, soft-spoken, talented, hard-working, knowledgeable, successful driver?  I suspect there are. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Isn’t Rotator Cuff Tear Supposed To Be A Baseball Injury?

April 5, 2009 6 comments

I’m not sure which is the craziest, Nebraska weather, North Korea launching long range missiles, or a California woman sentenced to six years in prison for causing a fatal accident texting while she was driving.  They are all crazy. 

 

For a few days this week it looked like my long awaited first night racing was going to be put off even longer than it already has.  I mentioned that my fellow race traveler and son Matt deemed our racing season officially open once Duke was ousted from the NCAA basketball tournament, but weather kept us from racing this week.  Next week two nights of Nebraska vs. Texas baseball followed by my wife’s birthday will keep us from the race track.  It looked like April 18th and the first night of weekly racing at Eagle was going to be our first night racing too.

 

And then I went to the doctor last Tuesday.  Actually I went to an orthopedist because of an injury to my shoulder.  I am not saying how the injury came about, and you can try if you want Matt, but I can control comments on the blog, so you aren’t going to tell either.  The injury didn’t just happen.  I hurt it in December.  However, my German ancestry showed up in my stubbornness to not admit my injury might be serious.  Of course another word begins with ‘stu’ and that is stupidity.

 

Anyway, I went to the doctor on Tuesday.  After examining my shoulder he said that it was a good possibility I had a rotator cuff tear, but that I would have to take an MRI to confirm it.  I hate MRI’s and not just because they are ridiculously expensive.  I am a little bit claustrophobic.  And it doesn’t matter to me that newer MRI equipment is roomier.  I suffered through the MRI with eyes closed and many deep breaths thinking about lying on an empty oceanside beach. 

 

The MRI results showed I have a large rotator cuff tear in my left shoulder, and the fact I had waited four months (please refer to stubborn and stupid sentence) made things a little more complicated.  I needed to have surgery ASAP.  I figured there goes Nebraska baseball, there goes the Nebraska Spring Football Game, and there goes the opening night of racing at Eagle. 

 

However, I didn’t realize that ASAP to me and ASAP having other than emergency surgery isn’t the same.  The first available date for my surgery is April 20th.  So I will be able to watch baseball, football, and go to the races.  After the surgery I will have to wear a sling for 3-6 weeks, so I don’t know how that will affect me going racing.  Matt says it won’t have any effect-he drives, and he is usually the designated concession stand-goer.  I wonder how it will effect my typing.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

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