This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!
Friday, June 26, 2015
Everybody's got a little light under the sun…
May 17, 2015
Jenny, Michael & Debbie
Everybody's got a little light under the sun…
Busy Weekend as I had all sorts of stuff to do in
Indianapolis that included attending qualifications for the Indy 500, going to
an Indy Eleven soccer game, a beer festival in downtown Indianapolis, a George
Clinton and Parliament and Funkadelic concert at the Vogue and even managing to
sneak in a wonderful dinner with my dear friends Jenny and Debbie. It was an
action packed fun and also slightly scary weekend.
The first day of qualifying the rain that had avoided the
speedway all week came in and though there was an active morning practice session,
the qualifying was a rain-out, so it gave me the opportunity to head out and
attend the Sour + Wild + Funk beer festival that was being held at the City
Market in downtown Indianapolis. The festival was sponsored by Upland Brewing
and focused on the sour beer segment of the craft beer market. Breweries from
around the Midwest were on hand to feature their sour beers and ales, fruit
beers and other specialty beer releases.
The festival featured a huge contingent of Indiana’s finest
breweries including my favorite, Brugge Brewing which is owned by some good,
good friends. It was so cool to be at a beer festival where they were among the
featured brewers. I am not a huge fan of sour beers, but I was still able to
try a number of beers that I found very appealing.
After the beer fest, I headed over to Michael A. Carrol
Stadium to catch an Indy Eleven soccer game against the Minnesota United FC.
The stadium was packed with raucous fans many of whom stood and chanted and
sang throughout the contest. It was my third Indy Eleven game since their
inaugural season last year and they have all been great fun. The Eleven lost by
a count of 3-1, but even that did not seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the Indy
fans. It is cool to see such strong support for what is basically a new (to
Indianapolis) sports team.
Ed Carpenter crash
Sunday It was back to the track for what was in reality the
first (and now only) day of qualifications. It was as strange a day as had been
seen in ages at the Speedway as in the morning practice, Ed Carpenter became
the third Chevy driver to crash violently and flip over. This prompted Indy Car
officials to delay qualifying and order that all teams to qualify in race trim
and that they would only get a single shot at qualifying. This slowed down the
cars significantly and made for a much less exciting qualifying day.
Eventually they got thirty-three cars qualified with Scott
Dixon on the pole for the race and Penske drivers Will Power and Simon
Pageneaud completing the first row. Poor former winner Buddy Lazier was the
only driver to fail to qualify, as he just could not quite get up to speed in
his shortened program for this year.
Scott & Emma Dixon
Michael & Marco Andretti
Kirsten & Hinch
The saddest moment of my time in Indy came when my favorite
driver James Hinchcliffe crashed heavily in the post qualifying practice
session. It was a vicious crash made worse by the fact that one of the
suspension pieces pierced both his legs and into his hip causing life
threatening injuries. Only the quick action of the Holmotro Safety Team and the
ER doctors saved his life as they rushed him immediately to the ER at Methodist
Hospital, on the way he was given 14 pints of blood to compensate for his
massive blood loss. The average human only has 12 pints of blood in them at any
It was a sketchy and scary moment, but the good news is that
Hinch pulled through and is actually ahead of schedule on his recovery, he won’t
be driving for a while, but considering the alternative, it is fairly
Before the qualifying weekend, I had the good fortune and
the good fun to go see the crazy good George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
at the Vogue Theatre. George is getting older, but he still knows how to bring
the funk and it was a blast listening to the band tear through such hits at
Flashlight, Bring the Funk, Atomic Dog and more.
The packed house at the Vogue was grooving and it was
something of a throwback scene to those funky days of the seventies. People
were dressed to the nines and grooving hard to the funky beat. It was such a
fun time, I just loved it. I had seen them play a few years ago when George had
his groovy colored hair, he was much more subtle this time as far as how he
looked, but he rocked it out just as hard.
About Us- We are Kathy Kilroy and Michael Blades and this blog was created to document our summer travels around the nation in 2006 and we have opted to continue posting to keep our friends and family informed of our lives. We each have lived in Key West for over 20 years and met and were married here in October, 2003.