10 Items I’m Wishing for Right Now

Hiiii! Yes, it’s been awhile since I’ve last blogged about nothing. There’s no “but” to follow, I just haven’t posted anything. (Terrible, I know.) With Christmas and a New Year on its way, I thought it would be good to write about what I’m wishing for. I’m not the type to ask for a lot of things. It took me some time to come up with the items that you will see on the list below, because of that very reason. I knew I wanted to make this kind of post for this time of the year. Now that I have drafted one, I thought it would be fun and cute to share with my readers. So here it goes! In no particular order, here are my ten picks of things I am currently wishing for:

1. Axent Wear Cat Ear Headphones


Are these not the cutest headphones ever made? I’d considered purchasing the everso popular Beats by Dre headphones in one of those rad colors, but after coming across these cute cat-ear headphones I knew I had to have a pair. They totally fit my style and quirky personality (the LED accent lights come in different colors, too). It’s like having three of my favorite things combined: me, music, and cats. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! I don’t know where that last sentence came from, but I do know that whoever thought of the concept for these must’ve had me in mind when they created them. I cannot not have them!

2. Rosetta Stone


I haven’t been practicing my choice language in months now only because i think it’ll be more conducive and effective for me to have a tutor who primarily speaks the language I’m learning. I have just about every kind of language app there is installed on my Galaxy phone, but until I can find a tutor, I need something in addition to all those apps. I’ve heard good (and bad) things about Rosetta Stone. I have the app for it, too, and while it is helpful, it’s not really cutting it. I think having the entire set will be of better use. Maybe it still won’t be enough, but there’s only one way for me to find out . . .

3. Roundtrip Airline Ticket


I recently ordered a sweet leopard print 4-piece luggage set and I cannot wait to use it next year for my first real getaway to another part of the world. All I need is the roundtrip plane ticket and I will be set to go. 2015 couldn’t get her soon enough!

4. Apple Computer


Hmmm, I’m so used to using PC with Windows software that I’m not so sure how I will fair with a MacBook. I know Apple users are scaringly crazily fond of the products. I, for one, have never used any kind of Apple electronic/iPhone/gadget, but I think it’ll behoove me to have an Apple computer in the longrun. We’ll see if I really will get one or if this will only remain as a wish.

5. Zuhair Murad


You guys and dolls just don’t know how much I love this designer. Seriously, you should see my Pinterest board with pins of Zuhair Murad collections all over it. If it has sequins, crystals, beading, embellishments, anything sparkly, it’s guaranteed to catch my eye. Zuhair Murad’s haute couture gowns have all of that and then plenty of more. What I also like about the dresses is how they seem to balance the designs with the right amount of material for revealing skin. I don’t think I’ve ever looked at a Zuhair Murad design and said I wouldn’t wear it. Never. I can see myself wearing the dress shown above. I’d look good in that, don’t you think? Yeah.

6. Big Bang (comeback) Album


It’s no secret around here that I’m a fan. I think VIPs would understand me when I say I need for the OT5 to make a real comeback STAT! A real one. No solo work; no touring, singing the same hits that made their fans fall for them. I need new music from all five of them together as a group, not separately. With army enlistment fast approaching for the members, it would be nice to have a new album from the guys to add to my playlist. I bought my first KPop album by BTS (“Dark and Wild”) not long ago since they’re the only other KPop group I listen to consistently. (In a sense I blame Big Bang for this, but I don’t regret it in the least bit.) And while I have grown very fond of BTS, I need for my “first love” to get in the studio, go back to their roots (I pray), and release a good bop. I repeat, 2015 couldn’t get here soon enough.

7. Edgestick


Living in the south where every day is a struggle with humidity and sweat in the summer heat, a girl is bound to sweat out her edges and “kitchen” (note: the kitchen is known as being the hair at the back of the neck that has a tendency of being untameable, for those of you that don’t know). The Edgestick solves that problem easily. It’s designed to get close enough to the scalp and edges without worrying and wincing about being burned, leaving unsightly scabs around the hairline. Every woman should have one in her curling iron drawer if she wants to maintain her smooth edges. (I know I’m not the only one with a curling iron drawer or closet.) I’m sick of having to borrow my mother’s (which, funny enough, I bought for her). It’s time that I have my own.

8. Scrivener


I recently found out about Scrivener on Pinterest. It’s a word-processing program for writer’s who need a bit of organization in their writing life. I usually outline my chapters in a notebook, jot down ideas or dialogue in a journal, type out sentences in my notepad app, and scribble character traits on sticky notes. I have several notebooks with words written all over it, front and back, and pieces of paper all over the place. Scrivener cuts down on all of the paper use and allows the writer to arrange and manage his/her thoughts at the click of a mouse button.

I need this software in my life . . . desperately.

9. Air Retro Jordans


Because I’m not as “hip” like all the other cool cats . . .
I’ve never owned a pair of Jordans in my life. I’m 30+ old now and I’m finding myself wanting a pair, particularly the Air Jordan Retro 3, Air Jordan 11, and the Air Jordan 9 “Birmingham Barons” style. I don’t want all three, no. One pair will do just fine, that’s if I can ever find them. My homeboys tell me that I will have to get them online from stores like eBay or Amazon, and I’m like, “No!” How am I supposed to know if they’re authentic? If I’m gonna drop $400-$500 on a pair of shoes I’m buying off someone I’ve never met before I need to be confident that I’m indeed investing in Air Jordans and not Air Gordans or some crap, you get my drift. I really wish I would’ve bought them when they were sold in the Champs and the Foot Lockers and Finish Lines. I don’t know. I may just continue wishing for these.

10. Brahmin


While every other woman is asking her husband or boyfriend for the new Michael Kors handbag (or whatever hot item women are into these days, I wouldn’t know), I’m asking for a Brahmin. Well, not really, since I already have one as my Christmas present in a limited edition color. I’ve been in love with Brahmin bags since my days in college and I’ve always wanted one. Now, I have one . . . that I’m not permitted to open till Christmas Day. That’s fine! At least I know I got one now!

What are some items you’re currently wishing for? Making a list is fun to do. Do it for the heck of it even if it seems silly, and see how many things you come up with.


Getting to Know Me: 15 Questions Answered (Part V)


Source: ask.fm/elegantlychic

What’s your favorite seafood?
Somewhere between crab and grouper.

Do you want to be famous?
Yes and no. Yes, because I want to be given a platform where I can Give God the honor and glory and tell others how He got me to that point. I also want to show a different side to being a Christian. On the otherhand, I don’t want the stress of my every move being scrutinized. I’d definitely be one of those extremely private “celebrities.”

Hugs or Kisses?
Hugs. They feel really nice.

Have you ever fired a real gun?
Yes. But at an inanimate object, I swear.

What’s your favorite phrase in a foreign language?
건강하세요. (Geonganghaseyo.)

What is the most beautiful language?
Generally, people would say something like French or Portuguese. I’ve fallen in love with the Korean language, however. It’s difficult to learn because some of the words have unusual sounds. But the lilt, the various honorifics, and even the sounds are all beautiful in my humble opinion. I can’t wait for the day when I’m able to speak it fluently. (I’ve a long way to go.)
There are so many other languages that are just as beautiful, of course.

Would you rather be a lonely genius, or a sociable idiot?
Lonely genius. I think I already am. *laughs*

Do you collect anything? If so, what is it?
Odd rings. I haven’t bought any in awhile, but I’m thinking of starting a collection of watches, too.

Whom do you really love?

What is your favorite dog breed?
Siberian huskies. Hopefully, I will have one someday.

What is the best way to learn a foreign language?
The best way? Be around someone who speaks it fluently as their native language. Or you could immerse yourself in the culture and learn that way, too.

What is the most dangerous thing you have ever done?
Shoot a gun.
(Don’t worry. It was in a controlled setting.)

Are you happy with the amount of information in your head?
Not at all. *laughs* I wish my brain had an off switch!

Do you prefer day or night?
Night. I tend to function better.

What do you think people think of you?
I believe people think I’m socially awkward, which I am. But I often feel that I’m misunderstood. I don’t reveal the real me to everyone–even close friends. If I did, they’d probably think I was a weirdo. When I’m really comfortable I can be funny and ridiculous. I rarely show that side of myself to others outside of family.

Getting to Know Me: 15 Questions Answered (Part IV)


Source: ask.fm/elegantlychic

The following are questions others have asked me in the past. More to come.


What’s your favorite method of shopping?
Online. I don’t like going to the shops to look and buy unless I know exactly what I am looking for.

What is your zodiac sign?

Would you leave your home country for the one you love?
After much prayer and if we were for certain getting married, yes.

What’s your favorite dessert?
Doughnuts. I seriously, probably could eat an entire box of Krispy Kreme…by the dozen. Turtle ice cream pie is another favorite.

Do you have phobias?
I have a phobia of spiders and snakes. I hate seeing either one.

How would you like to be remembered?
I want to be remembered as a woman who always kept her word.

What do you like to do on a rainy day?
Sleep. Haha.

Do you believe in aliens?
I’m an alien. So, yes, I do. 🙂

Do you care what other people think of you?
To a certain extent, but only if it is because of my integrity. My integrity is more important to me than a reputation. I have a nonchalant approach most of the time when it comes to people’s opinion about me. In the end, people are going to think what they want to and they have that right. It’s not up to me to try and change their opinion. If they don’t like me, chances are I don’t care enough to even realize it.

What is your idea of a romantic evening?
I like to keep it simple and not so elaborate. The two of us listening to chillout or jazz music while drinking the finest wine–the entire bottle. We wouldn’t need to say one word. Our eyes would do the talking.

If you were to give someone a tour of your hometown, where would you take them first?
I would take them to the Civil Rights Institute. I think anyone who comes to Birmingham should go since the Civil Rights movement began here. Afterwards, I would take them to one of the many stellar restaurants in my city to discuss the impact of the movement over a wonderful meal.

What can’t be bought with money?
Love. Well…some people have to buy it. *laughs*

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
Racism. It’s such an ugly thing!

What are you obsessed with?
Music. Definitely. It’s almost like a drug for me.

What kind of guy do you NOT like?
I don’t like guys who use harsh, profane language. It doesn’t do anything for the listener or the conversation. I also don’t like guys who need help with approaching me because they come off as being weak. I like confidence. Asking my friends to “put in a word for you” is a surefire way for you to get the boot. Just approach me even if you think I will reject you. I don’t bite. *laughs* Sensitive/spoiled men are a major turn-off, too.

Getting to Know Me: 15 Questions Answered (Part III)

Source: ask.fm/elegantlychic

The following are questions others have asked me in the past. More to come.


What inspires you?
Honestly, music does. My music catalogue is ridiculous and so versatile. Whenever I sit down to write, my soul is sensitive to everything. I can watch others and become inspired to take cues from their lives and situations. When I hear music, though, it incites my creativity. It’s weird.

Where is the most fun place you have ever been?
Disney World. *laughs*

What is your ideal type?
A man who is sure of himself emotionally and spiritually. I’m naturally inquisitive, always eager to learn, so he should be able to teach me something new yet be teachable as well. A man who shares my fashion sense would be great. A guy who is very funny goes a long way with me, too. As long as I am attracted to him on some level, he will get far in catching my attention.

Favorite Childhood Morning/Evening TV Show? (i.e. Fraggle Rock,Eureka’s Castle, Double Dare, etc)
Just one? That’s hard. When we (my family) had HBO I loved watching Fraggle Rock. From Nickelodeon, Eureka’s Castle. Guts! was one I dreamed of competing on. For the sake of one answer, I will say Lamb Chop’s Play Along was my favorite show. (But I loved so many! And still do!)

Favorite ninja turtle?
Donatello…I think. Or was it Raphael? Raphael.

How do you learn best: by listening, watching, reading or doing?
A combination of all, really. But I learn quicker by doing. I’m a hands-on person.

What question do you hate to answer?
Why I am single. I think this has to be one of the dumbest questions ever.

What’s the first thing you notice in a person of the opposite gender?
The way he’s dressed. I like a man who is comfortable with fashion since I tend to express myself quite a bit through clothes. He doesn’t need to be a “pretty boy,” but he definitely needs to be dressed well in order to catch my eye.

Favorite restaurant?
I don’t have a favorite restaurant because I love to eat anything and everywhere. I just love food haha.

Do you prefer tea, coffee or cocoa?
Hot [french vanilla] cocoa. I like tea, too. I don’t particularly like to drink a lot of caffeinated drinks.

Have you ever been to Jamaica or any other Caribbean place?
I haven’t! I really, really want to go to Jamaica.

What’s the craziest/wildest thing you’ve done in college? btw….Jamaica is awesome. You should plan a trip and go asap, with friends of course…YOLO!
I was the one who laughed at all of the foolishness around me. I’ve always been pretty level-headed and mature for my age. Some may say it’s because of being a Virgo, I don’t know. But I’ve never been interested in doing wild things for the hell of it; even now. On top of that, I was in a serious relationship at that time, so I wasn’t thinking of wild partying and drunken nights. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy my time in college because I did. It just wasn’t in a typical way…like in the movies.

If you could only pick one….Reeses or Kit Kat? And yes, there is a right answer =)
I like both, but there’s just something about a Reeses cup.
(Did I pick the right one?)

What is your idea of perfect relaxation?

Me, alone, with a glass of wine and jazz or chillout music is good enough. I often do this when I want to unwind.

If you could hang out with one male celeb and one female celeb, who would it be? sidenote: Reeses…yes!
(YaY!) For a male celeb, I’d love to spend a day with Choi Seunghyun, who is a Korean rapper that goes by the name T.O.P of the group BigBang. Of course, I don’t know him and it will never become a reality, but I think it would be a blast to hang out with him. But really he is my [male] fashion icon. He is in my opinion the best dressed man I’ve ever seen, so I admire him for his fashion sense. For female, I would love to spend a day with Tracee Ellis Ross. She’s a sexy woman for so many reasons. I can imagine trading hair secrets with her and maybe hinting at me wanting her gaudy jewelry, especially her trademark doorknocker earrings and unique necklaces. She seems like she is a fun woman with a bright spirit who gives off positive energy. I could use more of that in my life.

Crush Groovin’: Sabi

I’m not too late, am I? Yaaaay, I’m not late!

Wow. I feel like I haven’t posted anything since last year! I’m currently in the process of redesigning Skinny Girl in a Curvy World, complete with photos and new blog entries pertaining to more than just music and girl crushes. Hopefully, I can kick it off really soon! Nevertheless, it’s the last day of January, which means I can’t miss posting about my girl crush of the month.

Now introducing . . .


If you don’t know who this beauty is, you’re about to now. Her name is Sabi (real name Jenice Dena Portlock), and I think she is hawt! If she wasn’t she wouldn’t be anywhere near my list. Maybe you know her from Cobra Starships’s fun song (one wtdtaof my favorite dance tunes, just to let you know); maybe you don’t. But that’s how I know her, and that one song led me to others she released on her own and more collaborations she has done with other artists like Britney Spears, Tyga, and Diplo, to name a few.

By the way, is it me or does the Inglewood, California-born vixen resemble August’s girl crush? Either way, she’s a beauty in her own right. I wish her all the best in finding her place in the overpopulated world of music. But I’d rather her not become a mainstream puppet. (Nevermind what I want. Those are just my selfish feels talking.)

Hit the play button here and below to see why she’s the pick for January’s crush groovin’. Any chick who can rock this deserves to be on the list, don’t you agree?


“Champagne” (This is one of those songs that always makes me want to kick it with my girls and dance the night away.)

I Love My City: Part 1

I love my city. I mean that with the utmost sincerity. When it comes to the foodstuff, there is always somewhere new to try. No wonder Birmingham, Alabama is creating a name for itself as an up-and-coming culinary city!

Not long ago, I went on a field trip (yes, I just called it that) in this city I love. I’d made plans to play catch-up with an old high school mate of mine. I was going to settle for only a quick phone call, but I thought meeting him in person over food would be more appropriate. We agreed to meet at Urban Standard, a local coffee shop located in the contemporary loft district of downtown Birmingham. We both ordered a grilled cheese sandwich made with cheddar, american, and an herbed goat cheese spread accompanied with a jelly for dipping; kettle chips; an iced tea for me, soda for him; and we shared a [tofu] urban noodle bowl. I don’t know about him, but I was as “full as a tick,” as the idiom goes.

We ate while we discussed changes in Birmingham, its natives, traveling and living abroad, retro cars, Nike kicks, music . . . whew! I even had the pleasure to meet a local musician my friend occasionally plays for. Just in casual conversation with her, she reminded me of an artist . . . someone like Janis Joplin or maybe Carly Simon. She told me about her upcoming shows and gave me her card for me to come see her performances. (As much as I love music, I just might do that!)

Faith Skate Supply's skateboard deck wall.

Faith Skate Supply’s skateboard deck wall.

After we ate and talked for awhile, we made a quick stop in Faith Skateboard Supply next door–a first visit for me. Arranged with an entire wall of skateboard gear and Vans . . . the shop must be a skater’s dream place.

“You want to go to Steel City Pops?” my friend asked, and we were soon driving on the streets of the Southside on our way to Homewood where the popsicle eatery is located. I’d been trying to go there for over a year. I was craving something sweet anyway and it was a hot summer day, so it was the perfect time to cool off with a frozen gourmet treat. FM3It appeared like we weren’t the only ones who had that idea since the place was crowded with patrons waiting to get their hands on a bizarrely mixed popsicle. I mean, kids, moms, dads, girlfriends everywhere . . . nowhere to sit inside; people were standing in the doorway waiting to order, that’s just how packed tight the little cozy eatery was.
Of course Steel City Pops has typical “safe” flavors like watermelon, strawberry, or peach for those who prefer one of the fruit variety. I wanted to be daring and try one of the more odd flavors, though; maple bacon with bourbon to be exact. Wait . . . what?!

The maple bacon with bourbon popsicle. Creamy and delicious.

The maple bacon with bourbon popsicle. Creamy and delicious.

Yep! A popsicle with bits of bacon in it. Seems bizarre, right? Let’s face it! Bacon is on and in everything! If you didn’t get the memo, bacon is no longer limited to burgers and salads. No, sweets are having their way with bacon these days. Doughnuts. Milkshakes. Cupcakes. So why not popsicles, too? Surprisingly, it was really good! OK, not too surprising. It’s bacon! Of course it was good! Bacon ups the ante on any food, right? (Goodness. I’m salivating just thinking about it. )

I had a good time that day trying new things in the city of Birmingham with my good friend. Had I settled on calling him instead, I wouldn’t have had the chance to enjoy eating a popsicle laced with bacon bits. (Oh. I enjoyed his company, too.) But on that day, I was reminded of how there are so many more restaurants my appetite for delicious food wants to explore in the city I love. Someday, I will try those restaurants. It’s only a matter of deciding where to go to next.


Painted, Splattered, Covered, and Proud: How I was color-bombed for a good cause

Click the picture if curiosity is getting the best of you. (photo credit: Color Me Rad)

Click the picture if curiosity is getting the best of you. (Photo source: Color Me Rad)

Some time last year, I decided to start a bucket list of activities I wanted to accomplish before transitioning to eternal life. Out of 25 activities on my life’s to-do list, I learned that I have a little daredevil within who is anxious to satisfy an adventurous appetite for thrills. As for some of the remaining activities, while achieving them will bring me gratification, they aren’t as terrifying; neither do they seem like anything I would want any part of.

Now, I will be the first to admit that there isn’t one athletic bone in my body; never has been and probably never will be. But one of my goals was to participate in a 5K run just to see if I could do it. I achieved that goal on June 1st for none other than the Color Me Rad 5K. The 5K benefits local charities in a given city, and for its first time in Birmingham, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama was the chosen one to receive the proceeds from approximately 5,000 participants. (I imagine the figures to be astronomical!)

Thanks to a Facebook friend’s post, I found out about the race, read about it, watched the video on the website’s homepage, and right then and there I decided that it would be the perfect race to link myself to (if you know me, then you must know that I like a collection of bright colors). Complete with an 80s-inspired theme and even a rave-like party at the finish, participants were given neon wayfarer sunglasses and were encouraged to wear a shade of white. Why white? Because at the end . . . you will see (continue reading). So not only was I able to relive all of the radness from the era I was born in, I contributed to charity too! Now that I look back on that day, I willingly allowed complete strangers to “bomb” me (and my hair) with bright colors of orange, green, yellow, pink, and purple throughout the course. Totally outrageous!

Having several friends there to experience my first 5K with made it all the more an enjoyable time. (We made it a point to go out for breakfast afterwards for the mere enjoyment of the puzzled expressions on onlookers’ faces.) A fellow blogger and friend of mine, Art Bella, is used to running several 5K’s throughout the year; so it was great having her alongside to talk about fitness, life, music, dating, and lessons learned. Record times were not measured (runners only had to finish the race before dawn), but she kept me focused, gave me a few tips, and helped push me along the way. In the end, I was satisfied with my choice to let Color Me Rad be my very first 5K–that’s one more activity I can mark off my bucket list. Color me proud!

Scroll down to see the pictures of me and my friends. We look as if we’d gotten into a struggle with a massive box of colored chalk . . . and thoroughly enjoyed it.

A rainbow of colors, you say? Color bomb me!

Picked up my race gear two days prior. Some memorabilia.

Picked up my race gear two days prior. Some memorabilia.

Taken before the first wave of runners. Look how clean everyone looks!

Taken before the first wave of runners. Look how clean everyone looks!

Yours truly. Like my socks? (WAR EAGLE!) My team name was "Kitten Kaboodle." Don't ask.

Yours truly. Like my socks? (WAR EAGLE!) My team name was “Kitten Kaboodle.” Don’t ask.

The cost of the volition to let strangers color bomb you at any moment.

The cost of the volition to let strangers color bomb you at any moment.

Memories with friends that will last always. Don't we look rad!

Memories with friends that will last always. Don’t we look rad!

(Want to know exactly what the colors are made from? Then click on the picture above this page, which will directly link you to the website, and become the rainbow too.)


Crush Groovin’: Esperanza Spalding


simply gorgeous

simply gorgeous

Massive hair. Soothing voice. Upright bass. My girl crush.
I’d heard of her long ago from a musician friend of mine, but I’d never listened to any of her music. Until one night, back in 2011 during one of my late evenings when I was hungry for new music to listen to, I decided to discover her music on YouTube.esperanza-spaulding-at-oscars Instantly I fell in love and have been in love with her art ever since. The bonus? She is a bass player! (I’ve always had a sore spot for vocalists who were also musicians.)

I had the pleasure in seeing her perform live last month at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Esperanza-Spalding-2012-Oscar-Hairstyle-19The performance easily goes down as one of the best concerts I’d ever been to in my life. If only that night could have lasted for more than 2 hours!

Esperanza Spalding: Beautiful soul, phenomenal artist.

Yeah, girl. That's what talent sounds like.

Yeah, girl. That’s what talent sounds like.

Shake and bake!: A Day at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

People. Food. Adult beverages. Michael Jackson’s Ferris wheel. And cars. Really fast cars. That is what you will find when you attend the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama races at the Barber Motorsports Park, located outside of Birmingham, AL (in Leeds, to be exact). I had the opportunity to go for the first time last weekend, and let me tell you, it was some of the most fun I’ve had since attending SEC football games in my college days.

FACT: Free stuff always equals a good time!
My sister’s fiancé works for the automobile manufacturer, so he was able to get tickets to the event for me and my family. I was only able to go on Sunday for the IndyCar races, but typically there are four races over the course of three days—Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Going on Sunday worked out perfectly for me because I wanted to see the only Indy driver I am familiar with: Hélio Castroneves.

Okay. He has an attractive smile and all, but I really want his racing suit.

Okay. He has an attractive smile and all, but I really want his racing suit.

Free parking was available for those who didn’t mind parking off-site. Assuming that this is usually how it is set-up every year, instead of parking at Barber, we parked at The Shops of Grand River outlet, which is less than three miles from the park. When we got there transits were available to transport us directly to and from the park in under ten minutes. (A cover band even played music to keep us entertained while we waited for the transits to return to take us back to the outlet; which by the way, the wait didn’t take long!) Did I mention it was free?

We were all hungry, so as soon as we were off the transit, we headed straight for the Honda tent for the free food, beverages (non-alcoholic, might I add) and earplugs. Yit-ti-TEE! (Note: So that you won’t go to this event intentionally looking for the Honda tent with the free stuff, let me tell you now that this is only provided for the manufacturer’s employees and their guests; not to the open public. Bummer, I know.)

Rows and rows of cars for car lovers to drool over.

Rows and rows of cars for car lovers to drool over.

There were various vendors selling food, adult beverages, and apparel; inflatable moonwalks for kids to burn plenty of energy on; and Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ferris wheel which provides a grand view of the entire park. So there are a few things for everyone to see and do before the races begin.
I didn't get the chance to take a $5 ride on it. Maybe next year.

I didn’t get the chance to take a $5 ride on it. Maybe next year.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!
We bumped into two of my sister’s fiancé’s coworkers as we were leaving the tent. One of them mentioned how he didn’t want to miss the start of the race since it was his favorite part. So now, I was intrigued, right? And I didn’t even know why. It wasn’t like the guy elaborated on why it was his favorite part of the race. All I knew was that I could not miss the start of the race.

If you go don’t forget these [earplugs]! They help reduce the sound of speeding cars.

If you go don’t forget these [earplugs]! They help reduce the sound of speeding cars.

Well, to my chagrin, I missed it. I have my dear sister to thank for that since she had to make a pit stop of her own on the way to the tram that would transport us to the opposite side of the park where we would finally settle. Now I will have to go next year just to witness the start of the race to see what the hype is all about. Not that I mind, but thanks, sis. Thanks a lot.

The legendary Bo Jackson acted as Grand Marshal on Sunday. He took time to briefly talk about his charity, Bo Bikes Bama–a relief effort designed to raise funds for recovery of the decimated areas in Alabama caused by the tornadoes of the April 2011 storms. (More information about the charity bike ride can be found here: http://www.bobikesbama.com.) After Jackson’s introduction, the introduction of the drivers, and the singing of the national anthem, the race was on.

The drivers were escorted onto the race track in these cars.

The drivers were escorted onto the race track in these cars.

Two hours and 90 laps later, Ryan Hunter-Reay (who dominated first place most of the race) was declared the winner followed by Scott Dixon in second place and Castroneves in third. Of course I would have like to have seen Castroneves win it all especially since he moved to first place in the 52nd lap and held it down until the 76th lap before Hunter-Reay overtook first place; however, I was satisfied with seeing him make the podium. If I was a betting woman, though, I wouldn’t be saying that. But I’m not, so it was fine.
Ryan Hunter-Reay takes the win.

Ryan Hunter-Reay takes the win.

Overall, the experience exceeded my expectations. I was impressed with the wooded nature of the park and the friendly staff and volunteers. I would also love to visit the museum someday. Would I go again? You can bet that up! And as much as I enjoy free stuff, I would even pay for my own ticket the next time. Maybe I will be adventurous and take a ride on the Neverland Ferris wheel, too.

Congratulations to the top 6. Great race, guys!

Congratulations to the top 6. Great race, guys!

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