Saturday, September 26, 2015

Chase a Rainbow, Follow Your Dreams

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I'm running late writing a blog this week because I've been engaged in what seems to be becoming an endless floor project. I took up the carpet I've hated for 15 years (wine-colored, my landlord's choice). He loved me so he bought me the best grade of carpet, guaranteed to wear like iron. And it has. There isn't even a traffic path but 15 years is long enough to tolerate something you despise so I pulled it up. My house is over 100 years old and these were the original hardwood floors beneath it. Red oak, intricate inlaid pattern but by no means in pristine condition.

I googled cleaning hardwood floors. There were a ton of suggestions - vinegar and water, peroxide, clorox for the darker spots (light = dampness, probably from a potted plant - dark = pet pee - or maybe its the other way around). I tried Murphy's Oil soap and some kind of Amish miracle cleaner. All of them might have worked on laminate or even newer hardwood but it did not work on ancient dirt and stains. However, I practically lived on Google. I learned enough to write a Master's thesis on hardwood floors.

I bought lots of stuff to go along with my cleaning - I now own 3 different kind of mops with different heads (plus extra heads for all) and a steam cleaner and two kinds of Swiffer (with extra pads) and sanding sponges and putty crack fillers and staining pens and numerous bottles and jars of cleaning products. I will probably need to build an addition onto my laundry room to hold it all.

I've spent a small fortune.

In the end, when it was as clean as we could get it, I stained it chestnut (it is still only half done and my furniture is all stacked in one corner of the living room). All the breakable items from the curio cabinets and shelves are piled on the spare bed. My cats are stressed to the max and so am I.

I mutter to my son - "dammit, Honey, where are you when I need you." If he hadn't died, I would have trusted him to sand the floors but sanding is tricky and I don't know any experts. John had advised me not to take this on and he is probably muttering back, "I told you so, Mom. I knew it would be a lot more of a challenge than you thought."

I'll stain the rest, then apply a sealer. I probably have at least another week of living in pure chaos. I hope it will be worth it in the end.

So NASCAR has taken a back seat during all this discombobulation. I did stop everything to watch Richmond though.

Congratulations to Denny. He can relax for a couple weeks knowing he's in the next round. He won with a gutty call by Darian Grubb to leave him out on old tires and in spite of being a lap down at one point in the race as well as starting 29th.

Kevin, Jimmie and Joey were involved in an incident in which Joey pushed Jimmie, who was running behind Harvick. Jimmie was forced down onto the apron and was lucky he saved his car. When he had to get back on the track, Kevin wouldn't give him any room so they touched. The result was a tire rub for the number 4. The tire eventually went down, sending Kevin into the wall and to a 42nd place finish.

Naturally, with so much at stake, Kevin was pissed and confronted Jimmie when the race was over, pushing him in the chest, like the asshole he often is. As if Kevin wouldn't have done exactly the same if the positions had been reversed. Meanwhile, Joey said he's staying out of it. Yeah, I expect he is since he was the initial cause of it all.

The rest of the race finished about as expected. Only 3 of the top 16 weren't in the Chase - Kyle Larson, Aric Almirola and David Ragan. The Chase drivers who weren't in the top 16 were: Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer. If this round ended now, the four who would be eliminated would be: Bowyer, Menard, McMurray and Harvick. The only surprise there is Harvick. His bad luck probably does mean he needs to win one of the next two races to stay in it.

To add insult to injury, NASCAR penalized Bowyer 25 championship points for some esoteric violation I don't understand, something about allowing to much play in the track bar. Poor Clint, he's had a rough year and its probably not going to get better next year although we don't know that yet.

I popped into the Xfinity series race and saw that Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth were leading and popped back out again. I checked later and yep, that's the way it finished.

It was great to see John Hunter Nemechek get his first win in the Camping World Truck series. I bet Joe was one proud Papa.

Okay, the rest of the time I was mopping or Swiffering or steaming or staining. I'll try to do better next week.