Monday, August 16, 2010

Weekend Wanderings: Monticello Motor Club

I celebrated my final summer Friday by doing nothing. For all my plans of museums or hiking, I was exhausted and took the opportunity to lay down and collect myself before running a few errands. After dinner, we headed over to a party, where I was lucky enough to see some very old friends. Even though I don't see any of these people often, there's something so profoundly comforting about people who knew you when you were a child. There's a specialness about those people, and your collective memory with them, that is difficult to match. With everyone spread so far apart now, these small reunions from time to time feel so important to me.

On Saturday, Roger's bosses arranged for us to take Leo to their son's motor club, which is essentially a country club for people who enjoy racing luxury cars. Ari showed us around the clubhouse, and then took us around their track for a few laps. We were in some sort of BMW limousine-type car, not a racecar, and we had a top speed of 160mph, in addition to squealing around several corners and turns. We all had to wear helmets, much to Leo's chagrin (he doesn't even like wearing his seatbelt and he has dreadlocks), and I still feared for my life. It was sort of like being on a roller-coaster without a track. We stopped at their garage so that Leo could take photos of some of the cars (his paintings often feature industrial vehicles), and then listened in on a class on the track. Did you know that there's a formula for how fast you can make a turn in bad weather? There is. I don't think I'll be joining a motor club any time soon, but I'm really grateful to have had the experience. It was an awful lot of fun, and I'm keenly aware this is not something most people have the opportunity to try. We headed home for a quiet dinner, and then enjoyed the cinematic masterpiece that is "The Room" with Cece and some of her amazing friends. I would strongly recommend not watching this film unless you are in a large group. It's awful, and that awfulness needs to be shared.

Sunday was a general winding down sort of day. I woke up late, and Roger came over to do some work while I knit (I'm obsessed with knitting lately - it must be a longing for autumn) and watched The National Parks: America's Best Idea. He chatted through it, so I didn't actually see much, and it was very much like all of those documentaries you watched in high school, but the scenery was lush and the story is fascinating, so I'm going to give it another try tonight. I do love the parks system. We had milkshakes with J.J. and Matt at the Eveready Diner, which is delicious, and met J.J.'s girlfriend, Kali, who seems wonderful. After that, more relaxing, and then dinner at our favorite microbrewery with Dave and Cece.

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