Monday, June 28, 2010
"You want us to WHAT?" I ask the very serious looking security guy.
"You need to be wearing pants and closed shoes," he tells me.
I look around me. The temperature is well over 35 degrees (for my American friends, 35c is VFH..."Very Fricking Hot.")
There's hardly anyone not in sandals and shorts. And the forecast for tomorrow is even hotter.
"I mean it," he says, waggling his eyebrows to emphasize the fact that he is really serious.
"I got it," I say, using my #5 Charming Grin to no apparent effect whatsoever.
"Good. Because I mean it," he says again.
I look around. We are standing on black concrete. It seems to intensify the heat before throwing it back up in shimmering waves.
A race car screams out of the pits, leaving an acrid cloud of smoke in its wake. It seems like it only arrived a few seconds ago.
I see the crew stepping away from the vacuum left by the car.
I've watched these crews swarm over the cars, changing the tires, filling the gas tank...and doing a whole bunch of mysterious crap to the engine. They move in a perfectly orchestrated dance.
One of the crew members looks exhausted and way too hot.
I see their fully insulated jumpsuits, and have just witnessed the frenzied activity that takes place when the car arrives…and suddenly pants and closed shoes don’t seem so bad at all.