Friday morning the boys disappeared to the track all morning for practice and qualifying runs. Charlie and I enjoyed the sights, sounds, and smells all from the comfort under the awning at the Silvermine.
After lunch, we headed off with Tom and Micah for the Autograph session. Charlie was all togged out in her race duds, and before leaving the paddock she posed on Helio's door mat!
The autograph session took place at the Indy Car Fan Village – the line was already long when we got there, and there was an interview of Josef Newgarden, James Hinchcliffe, and Graham Rahal going on. Hinch demonstrated some of his dance moves (from his appearance on Dancing With The Stars) with a very embarrassed white-haired woman from the crowd! While standing in line, we were able to get some good pictures of the drivers.
And that was just a warm-up! As we walked down the autograph line, Charlie did her little “dead dog” trick for each driver! I had to think of a little something different to say for each driver to get Charlie to keel over. At first Simon Pagenaud didn’t understand my instructions to “make a gun with your fingers and say bang” – but then he caught on. Charlie performed for Hinchliffe when I said “Charlie, what did you think of Hinch’s dance moves on DWS?” For Charlie Kimball, I said: “Charlie, he has the same name as you.” The favorite was when I said: “Charlie look – it’s Helio!” It took us awhile to make it through the line as drivers called us back for round #2!
I have never been able to figure out how or why Charlie responds in a dead faint at the right moment – regardless of what I say -- but she always does! If you haven't seen the trick live, Charlie bends at the waist when I am holding her and make a statement, and hangs upside down with her head swinging!
Micah stood by taking pictures of the whole thing!
I returned to my spot in the Paddock, and the boys returned to whatever-it-is-that-they-do when they disappear for hours at a time! I took a shower and visited with different people up and down the row, and finished an audio book.
Happy hour found us all gathered back at the Silvermine for grilled steaks and deep-fat-fried (well -- oven baked) macaroni and cheese bites. What a wonderful day!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown