Gut Rumbles

February 20, 2005

the need for speed

I'm not much of a NASCAR fan, even though I should be, because it's the greatest red-neck Southern sport in the world. Good ole boys drivin' fast and a few really nice wrecks along the way. That's Southern entertainment.

I watch the Daytona 500 every year. (Congratulations, Jeff Gordon--- great race!) I was in an Appleby's restaurant eating a hamburger with Quinton when Dale Earnheardt won his first, and I was with Quinton eating pizza when Dale got killed in that same race. I missed having my boy with me today.

But I have a simple question to ask: What is it about human beings that NO MATTER WHAT IT IS, if it will roll, jump, run, bounce, float, skuttle, fly, slither, sail, crawl or move in any other way, we race it. And we bet on who will win the race. Why? Don't tell me that I'm lying, because evidence is all around us.

I'll guarantee you that when the first cave man built the first wheel, his neighbor looked at that thing, was impressed by its utility, and immediately thought, "I can build a wheel that will out-run HIS." He did, and they had a race.

I'm not saying it's a bad thing, but we seem to have a need for speed.


The point A to point B speed gene has evolved.

No shit, I kid you not.

Posted by: Sam on February 20, 2005 07:04 PM

Nature likes winners, as such the concept is implanted into the genetic goop that makes us all human.

That's ultimately why the first car race happened right around the time the second one was built.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on February 20, 2005 10:31 PM

Shit happens . . .

And the neighbor invents diarrhea to make shit happen faster.

Part of the plan. :-)

Posted by: jb on February 20, 2005 11:17 PM

The male half of the human race has a need to WIN, because winners get the hot babes. Everything else is just details.

Posted by: John Stephens on February 21, 2005 03:38 PM

Racing is the most addictive thing I have ever experienced. Luckily I managed to get out before I lost the house. Acidman, you ought to try one of the Petty or Skip Barber schools. You have the time, don't you?

Posted by: Steve on February 22, 2005 08:34 AM
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