Seven-Time

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History has been made, even if some don’t totally agree with the thought of it.

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jimmie Johnson won his seventh championship tonight, tying Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, Sr. on the all-time list. It is quite a monumental achievement, since not many would have thought the number would be caught after Dale Earnhardt won his seventh in 1994, 22 years ago. Jeff Gordon won four very quickly and there was a great possibility that he could have won more had the Chase not been implemented and Jimmie Johnson hadn’t suddenly started tearing up the racing scene, but Johnson and co. have set a new standard that cannot be easily replicated now.

The historic run was completed in only 15 years and eight of those were run for the championships; Jimmie won all of his championships since winning his first in 2006, five in a row at one time. He now has 80 wins after winning at Homestead-Miami for the first time, just 13 from tying his mentor Jeff Gordon. The run has been quite efficient and if you do the math, that is at least 5 wins per year.

I’ve been watching NASCAR racing for 13 years now and have seen drivers come and go: old timers like Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace, and Bill Elliott and newcomers like Joey Logano and Kyle Larson. Of the 13 championship seasons that have come and gone, seven of those ended in a Jimmie Johnson victory, so yes, I have gotten to know this driver pretty well. In 2006, I managed to get his autograph at the airport as he and his wife were driving away in their SUV, he scribbling his short-hand signature on a piece of paper I had with me, looking like he was in a hurry to get out of there after having just raced at Michigan. That was the summer before he won his first championship and shortly after he won his third Coca-Cola 600 in a row. I still have that autograph, being stored in a yearbook of mine until I decide what to do with it once the X-time champ has finally retired.

There is nowhere to go but up now, to go for eight and possibly more. As long as Jimmie Johnson stays competitive, there is no end in sight for one of the greatest drivers of all-time. Sure, he won all of his titles in the Chase for the Championship era, an era that die-hard fans say isn’t real racing and is quite watered down, but hey, Jimmie won it fair and square and really is the only driver who has mastered the format in all of its versions over the years. After he won six, I like to say NASCAR tried to Jimmie-proof the Chase, making it harder to win the championship, but after getting a feel for it and failing at first, the team overcame the setbacks and claimed what was rightfully theirs: Lucky Number Seven.

The legendary Hendrick team of Johnson and Knaus have enjoyed scorching their competition and don’t look to be letting up just yet.

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Piano Fingers

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These magic fingers

The ones of the pianist

Delicately dance across the keys

That sweet sound telling me what I need to hear

The clairvoyant voice in my ear

I have been reminded that the music

Is the one thing the world can’t destroy

It is the threads that mend even the most broken hearts together

And without the music I am lost without a cause

Just a leaf in the breeze, watching the days pass by

Magic

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Candyman

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Chocolate mythos

Fluffy as a king’s cushion

The soft breaking whisper

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Klondike Bar

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What would I do for a Klondike bar?

I’d probably lift a two ton car

Go skiing down a rocky mountain

Punch a shark in the back

Kiss my mouth to the drinking fountain

The ideas are even more absurb

For this delightful icecream sandwich

But this is all just a joke so no need to panic

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Missing You

Constantly thinking of you

Can’t get you off my mind

You’re like flies to fly paper

Always there, sticking behind

It’s a rooted comfort, knowing you’re still there

Like having a safety net, a place to fall when danger is in the air

My fire blanket to a smoldering fire

My escape plan to an inescapable prison

I’ll always fall back on the thought of you

Today, tomorrow, yesterday too

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One Word Day

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This is an interesting question I picked up off a website I came across today:

“If you could only say one word for a day, what would it be?”

Now, that means I would be resorting to prehistoric Neanderthal behavior, long before humans developed a complex system of language. I’d be like a baby again, saying the same word over and over again or even like a Pokemon saying just its name.

If I said any other word besides the one I had pledged to only say for approximately 24 hours, I’d have a poisonous serum injected into my system. Or my mind would just be locked into a mode that only allows that one word.

The word would probably be “Tomorrow”, because there is always tomorrow to get things done. I’m a bit of a procrastinator and tend to put things off until later.

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Supermoon

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Behold, the Supermoon
The one we’ve been waiting for
Years in the making
A shiny bulb on the shore
Now closer than ever
You can clearly see
That this moon is special
Shining, big and bright
Like a lighthouse across the sea

But tonight
I was crudely disappointed
That the Supermoon they had hyped
Was nothing more than the usual
A tiny dot in the night

Might as take pictures from before
And call them the Supermoon
Because there’s nothing really new
The old bore since June

Tiny

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