For those who do not follow NASCAR, there has been a "playoffs" system in place since 2004. Since its debut in the 2004 season, it has gone through various different versions. The current iteration, that was put into place for the 2014 season (with a tweak for the 2017 season), mimics a championship system seen in football. Sixteen drivers make the NASCAR playoffs, with a win being an instant pass in. Should sixteen drivers not win a race, then the rest are in on points alone. Once sixteen drivers are in the Playoffs, there is a series of three "rounds" with four races each, with four drivers being knocked out of the Playoffs after each round. The same rules apply: "win, and you're in." After the third round of four races, four drivers advance to the final race of the season, the Ford 400. Whoever of the final four drivers in the Playoffs finishes the highest wins the championship. For the 2017 season, NASCAR added "stages" to all of the races, with all races having three stages (with the exception being the Coca Cola 600, the longest race of the year). These stages award points to the top ten finishers at the end of the stage, ten for first and one for tenth. The first place finisher also receives a "Playoff point." The winner of the race also receives five of these Playoff points. Because all sixteen Playoff drivers' points are reset at the turn of a round, the Playoff points are added onto that reset number, giving a driver more points to start off with.
I came up here to write. Well, to write and look at the scenery. I was hoping the latter would help with the first but it’s really having the reverse effect. I had hoped that, in the face of a pristine sunset over a landscape of pure solidified natural wonder, I would be overwhelmed with important, impactful, inspiring words begging to be put down on my paper. Instead, I am struck by how utterly incapable my own thoughts are at articulating my view from a mile above the desert valley below.
History is all around you as one wanders the streets of Ireland’s oldest city. Friendly, welcoming faces beckon to you with bright smiles. The residents sure make up for the traditional Irish weather - grey clouds. Harry, the owner of a barbers shop, tells me with a lopsided and only half committed grin. “Oh, we do see the sun from time to time, you know.”
Men love DIY projects. I almost want to call it instinctual, because so many guys really just can't get enough of cool things to make. To be fair, there are a lot of awesome things both men and women can enjoy making on their own out there.
I've always had the travel bug, ever since I backpacked around the world for a year with my bestfriend, at the tender age of 21. Traveling through Canada, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, and China.