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The Dale Jr. Raffle is Today & I Am Still Convinced I Am Going to Win – Stay Tuned!

October 2, 2017

I am on the edge of my seat.  The raffle for winning Dale Jr.’s ride is today!  Today!

Did you buy a ticket?!

I get so excited no matter the raffle and then plunge to disappointment when I don’t win, because just like in Vegas the odds are against me.  And, in this case, it is 10,887 losers and one winner.

I cannot recall a single raffle I have won.  Yet, I am still a sucker for a raffle.  Especially if it benefits a charitable organization.

But, because I am an eternal optimist (or fantasizer,) make sure you watch the bottom of my page or follow me on Instagram (@mamabrains) to catch a picture of me in my new yellow Corvette!  😉  Except that yellow is not my color, so I may have to put that baby up for sale.  You know.  When I win it today and all.

And now I am hoping I didn’t invert any numbers in my phone number when I filled out the online raffle ticket!  I would hate for there to be a delay!

Saturday, we went hunting for countertops for the house and despite there being many reasonable and economical choices, why is it that I am drawn to the counters with the six dollar sign code on them?  Even when the dollar sign coding sheet is not visible, I pause at the most expensive slab and alert my husband of my affection for it.  We then peer behind the rock to find the bright pink tag that has inevitably flipped over behind the slab and subsequently discover I will have to sell a kidney on eBay in order to adorn my kitchen with it.

marble - raffleDale, I need that car!  And folks, I need a buyer (not for my kidney, but the car!).  Stay tuned and let me know if you are interested.  😉

Thankfully, we rounded off our day of counter top searching by going to the Charlotte Airport Overlook to watch planes take off.  And that is always a good time.

Watching Planes - Raffle

Racing Planes - Raffle

In other news.  This coming weekend is my 25th high school reunion.

Wowza.  25 years!

Make sure to tune in for a wrap on that!  It should be a good time.  We are kicking it off with the Homecoming football game on Friday night.  I’m hoping I might be able to round up some old blue and gold Indian garb from my closet at my parents’ house.

I can’t wait!

Until then, wishing you a great week filled with many opportunities and winning raffle tickets (except for Dale Jr.’s of course).

Journey on,
Melissa


The Combustion Engine

We tool around in our cars to get wherever we need to go and don’t often think about all of the science and physics that is happening right there under our hoods.  Here is how it all works:

A piston resides in a cylinder and with each stroke of the piston, a different task is accomplished.  At the first downward stroke a partial vacuum is created that sucks in vaporized fuel and air.  An upward stroke then compresses the mixture.  At the top it stets off the spark plug, which ignites the gases.  The gases then expand and push the piston down transferring power to the crankshaft.

At this point, an exhaust valve opens and the piston rises again, releasing the combusted air and fuel mixture.  And then, the cycle repeats itself all over again.

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