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Formula One -Derland: United States 2014

by Jamie Sanford on November 4, 2014

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Austin race! Everyone seems to really like going to Texas. I think I might have to go to this race next year.

The week prior to the race was a bit sad when we found out that both the Marussia and Caterham teams had been given permission to miss the next 2 races without penalty fees. Both teams are financially strapped, causing a lot of drama within the smaller teams. The larger teams with more money build better cars, get more points, win championships, which gives them more money to start the process over. Small teams have a much harder time. Hopefully everyone will be back for the race in Abu Dhabi.

Honestly, I almost don’t need to post anything else than this beard shot of Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo. We are also getting 80s teen movie villain realness from Daniel Kyvat in the back there. (Source)

Lewis Hamilton was on a roll with 4 wins in a row. His teammate Nico Rosberg managed pole position during qualifying, which made me a bit nervous.

Not sure why they have Astroturf on the track like this. Green paint would suffice. (Source)

After an AWESOME race with lots of wheel-to-wheel action (so much better than the boring race in Russia), Lewis won! (Source)

He even stole Mario Andretti’s hat because this year’s podium hats were not Stetsons! Weird. (Source)

Great graphic of the standings after the race in Austin. (Source)

Fernando and his triumphant beard took photos of snakes and squirrels on his jog in Texas. I’m guessing they don’t have those in Spain? (Source)

The race in Brazil is this coming weekend, and the final race of the year is on the 23rd in Abu Dhabi. We will be at the last race so the blog post will be delayed and also probably really long.

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Formula One -Derland: United States 2013

by Jamie Sanford on November 19, 2013

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Foggy Friday at Circuit of the Americas, just outside of Austin.

This is Heikki Kovalainen, the driver taking Kimi Raikkonen‘s place since Kimi decided to get some back surgery and not race for Lotus for the rest of the season. Could Kimi’s back have waited? We will likely never know.

Fernando Alonso was covered in medical tape to try and help him with his back injury from a few weeks back. I’m hoping he feels better next week in Brazil.

Many props to the Texas circuit, it is pretty amazing. In the back there is a 250-foot-high observation deck.

Vettel eked out Mark Webber for pole position, again, and Romain Grosjean managed P3, again.

Vettel jumped at the start again (he did not JUMP the start, that is cheating, he just went really fast, like usual), I think he led all but 2-3 laps of the race due to pit stops. Lewis Hamilton got a great start and moved up 2 spots right away.

Adrian Sutil bumped another car and ended his race at the end of turn 1, during lap 1. No word on whether or not he has a spot in Formula One for 2014.

Nico Hulkenberg continued his ass-kicking season, going P4 in qualifying and finishing 6th, giving the Sauber team great points. He has not confirmed his seat for 2014 but says he would consider staying at Sauber. He really should be with one of the bigger teams though, he is fantastic.

Vettel in the lead, whatever. What I love about this image is that you can see the crazy elevation change right after the start/finish line.

Vettel wins his 8th in a row, Grosjean is second, and Webber is third. No comment on this photo?

I have to end on this amazing look at Romain Grosjean in a cowboy hat, which just looks WRONG. Also, look at the patchy facial hair! I’m pretty sure this is a Formula One driver symptom. That doesn’t explain why he has no eyebrows though.

Next weekend is the last race of the year, in Brazil. This season has become slightly boring overall, with little to no change recently in the top finishers. Hopefully next year’s ugly cars make for some variety.

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French Art Deco Desk

by Jamie Sanford on October 15, 2010

Today’s find is from the website of a shop in Austin, Texas.  A French art deco period desk, circa 1930.

It is fabulous, and quite expensive, but this is definitely a desk that you would have forever.

Description from the site:

Stunning French Art Deco period desk in solid walnut, six drawers with nickeled iron hardware, 1″ thick solid walnut two plank top, 1″ thick drawer fronts. Apron height is 27.5″, width of seating area is 24″.

This amazing desk is available from Jean-Marc Fray for $6,900.

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