The Consequences of Life Choices


My SO is a huge into dirt track racing.  He is sort of the pit crew for a driver.  He spends a great deal of time working on the car with Scotty and I think it’s great.  We all need hobbies and racing is his.

Until last night, I had been to one dirt track race.  They were mini-sprints on a small track.  There were a handful of problems.  It was dirty.  I’m not a fan of dirt.  It was loud – millions of bumblebees screeching through the air loud.  And I sat in the pits, but the pits were in a corner, not the center of the track.  It made me slightly nauseated.  Meaning, it set off a touch of vertigo.  It wasn’t bad, I learned to stare at one spot on the track and I did ok once I walked away from the cars and into the shelter of not being able to see.

Last night, I agreed to try again.  Bigger race track, bigger cars, what could go wrong?  Everything!  

It was noisier.  Who would have thought?  It smelled really bad – alcohol fumes, gas fumes, generator fumes, body sweat, etc.  And the cars moving faster… wow!  There wasn’t a spot where I could just stare and watch them go past.  It made me sick.  But I had a solution!  I had my Kindle.  So I set in my chair, turned sideways and began reading a book.  Then I got sicker.

A lot sicker.  It became so bad, I had to pop a bunch of medicine and put my head down.  After about two hours, I was feeling better and I discovered why the vertigo was getting worse.  The way my chair was set, I could see the cars move just inside my periphery vision… on both sides of the straight away.

I made it through the night, but I still don’t feel great today.  As a matter of fact, it’s back to bed for me.  I will not go racing again.  But at least I tried to support my SO and his buddy as they did what they love.

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