Miami Photos Posted

I took 140 photos from the Grand Prix of the Americas in Miami September 25 - 28.

Chris and Charlotte

Perhaps the last CART champ, Paul Tracy.

Charlotte and 1996 CART champ Jimmy Vasser.

Getting Emerson Fittipaldi's autograph

CART, ALMS, and Trans-Am action shots

Mario Andretti at the wheel of the new Ford GT

Charlotte and racing legend Mario Andretti


Miami Racing

Mrs. Howell (lovey) and I are traveling to Miami this weekend to see the Champ Car race known as The Grand Prix of the Americas

We are looking forward to meeting some drivers, eating some good food, and seeing (perhaps) one of the last CART races.

The racing will be held on a temporary street circuit near the Bayfront Park area of downtown Miami. Support racing includes a 2.5-hour American LeMans race, the Toyota Atlantic cars, and after the CART race, the Trans-Am cars take the track.

Canadian driver Paul Tracy is in the CART points lead but the championship is far from decided. With four races to go, five drivers are mathematically still in the hunt for the championship. Here are their point standings:

Mrs. Howell is very disappointed that we might not see Italian heartthrob Max Papis.  She is smitten by his Italian accent, his swarthy Mediterranean complexion and his rugged good looks. It's possible that we may still see Papis because the last we heard he was dating Emerson Fittipaldi's daughter!

We know Emmo will be at the race because he owns a car competing in the race. I will be taking my recording gear to capture some of the sounds of the race. I'm considering having Paul Tracy record a message for my answering machine. It could go something like this:
Hello, this is CART Champion Paul Tracy. You have reached 357-1106. Chris and Charlotte can't come to the phone right now but if you'll leave your name and number, they will call you back as soon as possible. Oh, by the way, I was robbed at the 2002 Indianapolis 500.
There's also a little race in Indianapolis this weekend. The United States Formula One.

The Grand Prix of the Americas will be televised. Look for us in the stands on CBS and check back here because I'll have a few follow-up posts after the race.



I was never much interested in the Punk Rock phenomenon of the late 1970's. I thought it was a waste of energy to be so angry.

For those of you who were into punk (like Mrs. Howell) check out:

Punk 77! Punk Rock in the UK 1976-1979

Link found on Metafilter.


The First and Last Letter

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Thanks to The Volokh Conspiracy.


Don't Call Us

I just registered for the national Do Not Call List and boy do I feel great!  You should do it too.


RIP Warren Zevon

Warren Zevon is dead and the world is a much poorer place for it. First Zappa, now Zevon. How come all the great songwriters whose last name starts with Z die?

Yes, you must read this tribute to Zevon from Dave Barry. Thanks to Ken Layne for the tip.

Now, even though I'm unemployed, I'm off to buy Zevon's last album, The Wind.


Ebay Items

I'm selling a few things on Ebay for a neighbor. Check out: 
 Good Luck and Happy Bidding!