Monday, May 28, 2012

2012 Indy 500 and Some Baseball

The Indianapolis 500. 
I always wanted to go. 

Growning up in Houston, we followed A.J. Foyt.  In the '50s A.J. used to race at Playland Park Speedway, about 8 miles from my house, and during races we could hear the engines.
A.J. went on to win 4 Indy 500s.  In the 1960s, the Indy 500 was held on Memorial Day, which was a school day in Houston.  We would take our transistor radios to school to listen, but sometimes teachers objected and confiscated the radios -- so one had to be careful.

The day of the race, Jeannie and I got on a 7:50 a.m. flight to Indianapolis.  We met Pat, a man who goes almost every year, and he showed us the ropes.

Shuttle from the airport to the track, infield tickets, and in time to hear "Start your engines." 

To beat the crowd, we caught the shuttle back to the airport when the race had a few laps to go.

At 7 p.m. we flew to Atlanta and ate at the Waffle House.
On Monday morning, we used Craigslist to buy tickets to the Cardinal-Braves 1:05 p.m. game.  Before the game for Memorial Day the baseball players and troops stood together on the field.
Very moving.

The Braves lost to the Cardinals, but we met a wonderful lady, Marsha, who sat next to us with her son.  Marsha recommended a great local restaurant, Mary Mac's, home of great southern cooking, and we went there after the game.
We are with Michie, the world's greatest waiter.

Then it was back to the Atlanta airport for a flight that got us back in Dallas at 9:45 p.m.