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    Fargo, ND
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  1. Formula 1 - 2017

    THanks again Mika. Have a good one!
  2. Formula 1 - 2017

    You cheer for McLaren bc both Stoffel and especially Fernando were punching well above their weight. If you put Fernando in a Merc OR Ferrari, he wins the title last year.
  3. Formula 1 - 2017

    Mika, thanks again for covering this post again this year. I think it was a good year of racing but sadly the new cars we have, and will have for at least another year or two will make overtaking damn hard. Just hoping Renault gets their engine more reliable, next year should be really interesting. And I hope Honda finally gets their crap sorted out since they are likely going to need to power RBR in 19 lol.
  4. Happy Thanksgiving

    I stopped abdicating any all responsibilities this year. I wanted dark meat so I had to actually do something beyond drink, eat, watch football and drink. So I smoked a bird. Got the Kamado Joe lit a bit after 7. Bird was on the grill around quarter too 8. Smoked it with Cherry wood. After 2 hours I pulled the bird and put it in a foil pan and then put 3 sticks of butter on it (was going to be 6 sticks but my mom took 3 sticks of butter from me). After that my brother went downstairs and into the coolidor and grabbed 2 sticks, came upstairs and told me to fetch the BTUs (Mr Heater propane heater). Monte Petit Edmundo is such a damn good cigar. AN hour later we were eating, and I did a damn good job on my first turkey if I do say so myself.
  5. Formula 1 - 2017

    Ugh. Long long day here. 3 flights followed by a 4 hour drive home and 2 near crashes on the way home. Love it when the idiots close down one lane of the interstate, back traffic way behind the lane notification so we can't see that it's 1 lane, crest a hill and then in 500 feet you've got to stop. Good thing the truck stops quickly. Stupid MNDoT. Anyways, the trip was a ton of fun. Rented an Audi A4 (fun car, but the Germans seem to design fixes to non-existent problems. Also the electronic gear box is f'ing stupid) and drove that around Austin. Road construction was bloody f'ing EVERYWHERE in Austin. Which caused our GPS to freak out (and my brother to fly off into a funny rage for taking the wrong turns constantly). I spent $52 for main grandstand tickets during FP1 and FP2. Also got A-Lot parking pass which was fantastic since we could park less than a mile from our seats. Same seats were crazy money for qualifying/race. When we got to the circuit it was overcast and was drizzling rain. Enough to be annoying but not much else. Naturally the first thing my brother and I wanted was to get a couple beers. $10 for a can of Stella, so typical pro sports costs. There weren't any good cars in the parking lot either. Holy crap, one part of the lot probably had $6m worth of cars in about 12 slots. This rather pedestrian California T parked back where the other peasants (me) were parked. The main straight going up hill to turn 1 is so cool to see. I think during the race they said it goes up 135 feet. The TV and the picture below doesn't do it justice how much of an elevation change there is there. It is massively cool looking.. We were basically where 7th place lines up on the grid. Haas, Renault, and Toro Rosso were right across from our seats. For $30 you could go up to the top of this thing. $45 and you get some cheap champagne at the top. My brother hates heights so he saved me some money. I got to call him some choice words at his expense. Here's my ugly mug. Rocking the Bison gear. The folks down here know where Fargo is lol. I remembered my hat this year. The merch trailer is just ridiculous. They wanted $110 for a polo. $65 for a Tshirt. $215 or something for those cheap looking pull overs. Had the polos been $60-65 I probably would've gotten one, but for $110? Sorry F1 you can do better. Here's some car shots. After FP1 was wrapped up we went in search of some food. So we went up to the turn 1 area. Which meant walking up that bloody hill. My calves were screaming at me. It told me that I drink and eat too much and don't work out enough. Ironically we were going up there to eat and drink. I think my brain went "take that calves." I had a brisket taco and a couple heinekens. The Frito Lay Brisket thing i had last year was much better, but man I got a bunch of bark pieces in my taco which made it fantastic. All in all it was pretty fun. We bailed out after about 20 minutes of FP2. We were getting tired and it was basically more of the same. We also wanted to try and avoid the hellish traffic that Austin is known for. So naturally when we got in the car instead of going to the rental house we end up at TopGolf lol. There's my brother lining up a shot. Trip also had some cigars that were enjoyed. Had an El Morro (2012), Dip 2 (2014), Monte 2 (2014) and Hup 2 (2014) which were my first cigars I've had in some time, and man o man they were absolutely delightful. Always fun to have a cigar with my brother when we're golfing. And no trip to Austin is complete without going to a BBQ joint or two. Our rental house was about a mile away from the Salt Lick. So we had to go there. Obligatory tourist picture and BBQ porn. Awesome trip. Long ass day today when the reality that my vacation was nearly over sunk in. I definitely will come back again, but it may be a couple years. Knocking around the idea of going to the Canadian Grand Prix either next year or the year after, but I've got a couple crazy golf trips (expensive, #yolo type trips) that my brother and I have planned which may impede on those plans.
  6. Formula 1 - 2017

    Was at COTA yesterday. Will get a post up here on Monday when I get back home. Someone (might be this dumb monkey) forgot a USB cord and I am way too lazy to try and type out a post on my phone lol. Practice was pretty cool, the hill up to the first turn is immense in person. Walking that hill after FP1 to get to the food trucks was a workout lol.
  7. Formula 1 - 2017

    Disagree with Marchionne, the likelihood of them winning either the Manufacturer's or Driver's title is about as likely as me going out with Kate Upton. Can't believe the rotten luck that's befallen them in the last couple races. Looking forward to the US GP. I'm going on Friday for FP1 and 2. I will post up a whole bunch of pictures of the race and random food my brother and I feast on there. So excited =)
  8. Formula 1 - 2017

    When I was growing up my dad would take me to the dirt track races. The little cars with the big ass tired sound better than the current F1 cars. Hell, the old beaters the guys raced sound better. Last year my brother and I went to an Indy Race (IA Corn 300) and the US Grand Prix. The F1 cars are just sad sounding. Going again to the F1 race next month but going to FP1 and FP2
  9. Formula 1 - 2017

    Well, that was a start I wasn't expecting.
  10. Formula 1 - 2017

    Sainz moving to Renault. Can't say this was a surprise but I just don't see the lovefest behind him. He's certainly no Maldonado but he's not a top tier talent in my eyes. So TR gets Honda Engines next year, with possibly RBR switching to Honda if they get their poop in a group (not holding my breath). This is also a sign that Fernando will have to stay with McLaren or do WEC/Indy next year. Disagree with Gunther. F1 needs to go back to a V8 engine. Lets make it simple. It doesn't need to be high tech, look how unreliable and overcomplicated these engines have been. Shouldn't be difficult to make a bulletproof V8. And then we can do away with those asinine grid penalties.
  11. Formula 1 - 2017

    My thoughts that both are responsible but it's a 65/35 split on Perez being more responsible for the incidents. The two things that I'm left with is that team orders will be too be enforced (later confirmed by someone at force India) but I'm not sure the orders will be listened too. The second is that one of these guys will be without a seat at force India. So the silly season will involve the following. Wherlein to force India. Perez to McLaren (only spot available). Alonso to Williams I just don't see those two sticking around as teammates after this season.
  12. Formula 1 - 2017

    Highlight of the race was Force India wrecking themselves again lol.
  13. Formula 1 - 2017

    God that halo looks ugly as all hell. Curious about Honda going to Toro Rosso. I know their a #2 team, but I wonder if them going to Honda is a subtle (like a bus full of 6 years about to go into a candy shop, without parental oversight) hint to Renault to speed up their engine design or we're out of here. Of course this is presuming Honda gets their stuff together. I thought they were coming together last year and then the first half of the season was generally a god awful disaster. So the silly season isn't going to be batshit insane this year, if the rumors are to be true. Seb will be resigned and wants Kimi resigned, which appears to be a done deal. Bottas likely got an extra year at Mercedes. Red Bull isn't changing their line up next year. Haas has stated their line up is clear. McLaren likely will retain VanDoorne and Alonso (who is driving out of his bloody mind this year). Force India's guys aren't gonna go anywhere. So what seats are open next year? Does Massa re-retire? Most likely. I think if their car was better this year he may have wanted to keep on going, but the bad luck he's had may just be enough for him to move on. So who most likely gets that seat? My money is on Pascal, Mercedes likes him and they may be able to work out a deal to get him that seat. Merc is high on him and sees him long term to fill Ham's seat down the road. I see more upside with Pascal than I do Sainz. Would they go after Palmer? I don't think so. They may want a Brit in one of their seats but I don't think Palmer has done anything to deserve that seat. Sauber likely jetitisons both their drivers for Ferrari junior drivers. Also not sure who the top Ferrari junior drivers are here. Maybe Haas's reserve driver and the guy leading F2? Renault is going to boot Palmer, who mostly through no fault of his own, has had a season that is probably worse than either the McLaren drivers. I wouldn't be the slightest bit surprised if Kubica gets signed this year to finish the season out. Does well and keeps the seat for next year. This is the one that I think we could see a curveball and maybe they go after Sainz. So that leaves us TR who if the crazy season does go crazy they lose Sainz and decide to jettison Kyvat (no loss there imo, he appears aloof and lost at this point). But they have a junion program too so doubt they'd go after anyone on the market and just promote from within. My money is on a boring silly season and no more than 4 seats open up.
  14. Formula 1 - 2017

    Kind of a boring race. There was like 2 good overtakes the whole time. Alonso on Sainz was a hell of a race there. The halo is stupid and I wish it didn't need to get implemented just bc the FIA said they were going to do something. Doing something for the sake of doing something is stupid. I think revising the windscreen is the way to go if anything at all. I'm curious about who signs who in the next couple weeks.
  15. Friend of mine has a 2015 F150 and towed a rather big boat from New Hampshire to Minnesota. Managed 16mpg on that trip. I bet that would be a week plus trip on batteries. I do think EV is the future, but the infrastructure and charging time has to get close to what fuel does now otherwise your not going to see widespread adoption. And I doubt very much people will be for EV if basic goods cost three times as much bc shipping costs skyrocketed.

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