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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

the road is on fire

Really? You had to tell me that? 

"The road is on fire... gotta go... [click]" is the one thing that no parent wants to hear coming from a cell phone that is connected to another cell phone that is in the car in which her child is riding.  Never.  The road is on fire.  And then, you hang up.  That's just great.

A week or so ago, there was this little get together down in Florida.  A few people congregated in a beach-side community to watch cars go around and around a track.  They sat there and watched these cars circle for an entire day.  Some even went and did it several times that weekend.  Around and around.  Wow, how thrilling. 

You may have heard of the event.  It's called the Daytona 500. 

Alex's grandmother purchased tickets for this little shindig months ago.  She even got some other "fan" ticket.  She's really trying to impress upon Alex a love for racing.  I don't know why.  I can't stand it.  Regardless, my mother thinks it is the BIGGEST sport of the future.  She believes that hoity-toity lawyers and doctors and millionaires will rub elbows at the races.  For whatever reason, she thinks that an appreciation for racing is equal to or more important than an appreciation for art, music, and literature.  She even says that racing is more important than golf to the better part of the elite.  I'm not so sure.

At any rate, I let him go to the race.  And, yes, he is enamored with Nascar.  I need to debrief him. 

So, my mother drove my son to Florida a little over a week ago.  A few hours after they departed, I received the above-referenced phone call.  Actually, first I received a call from her for directions.  She has a phone, but it isn't very smart.  So, she just calls me when she needs something if she's out and about.  It turns out she was lost.  Then her call was dropped.  Calling back, I heard her faintly say that the road is on fire and then the call drops again.  I couldn't reach her for several minutes afterwards.

There I was, freaking out and googling "Fire" and every route to Florida imaginable.  Finally, she called back and informed me that there had been a brush fire on the side of the road.  Not on the road, but on the side.  They were fine. 

My mother has a tendency to mildly overreact.  I have inherited said tendency, so I overreact to her overractions and then she overreacts some more and, eventually, there is a nasty chain reaction of women flipping out.  It really isn't very pretty. 

My poor husband.


  1. Looks like soooo much fun :). Happy Tuesday. Hopping in off the train. Hope you have a great week.



  2. Haha, great post! I also have tendency to overreact (thanks to my Mom) so I totally would have been freaking out too! I am your newest follower from the Tuesday blog hops. You can find me at:


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  4. Hahahaha! This post is great! I can definitely relate to much of what you have said. I have 3 sister, so grew up with 5 women in the house. Talk about overreacting to overreaction, lol! And we are in FL and I was a 911 dispatcher, so I've heard, "the road is on fire," many many times before, lol. And I might have to agree with your mom about racing becoming the sport of the elite. I have a close acquaintance (millionaire) that just got so in to it he sponsored a car and put his name all over it and now he gets to send everyone he knows into the pit... lol. Go figure :)

  5. Hahha, yeah definitely not what you want to hear! Too funny :) Stopped over from Totally Tuesday. Have a great one!

  6. I'm a new follower from the blog hop! I can't wait to read more of your posts.


  7. I'm stopping by from the Totally Tuesday Blog Hop. I'm a new follower!

    That would be scary to hear over the phone directly before a hang up. I would (over)react too.


  8. Newest follower! Found you from the Follow Me Back Tuesday! (:


  9. Thank you so much for participating in the Tuesday Train Hop!

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