Monday, September 20, 2010

Some People Really Are Nuts. Figuring Out Figure Eight Racing

Imaging that you never stopped for red lights. Ever. You just kept driving through, hoping that the car coming in the other direction missed you.
Sounds crazy, right. Well, watch the video. Apparently, people do this all the time.
When I saw this video, I immediately thought of a former member of mine in Michigan who's a big fan of "alternative" racing, and sent him the link. We spoke later on in the day, and he said that he always tries to find the wisdom and lesson in everything he sees, quoting the famous Mishnah in Pirkei Avot, בן זומא אומר, איזהו חכם? הלומד מכל אדם - "Ben Zoma said, 'Who is wise? He who learns from every man.'"
But I'm still trying to figure out: what in the world is there to learn from Figure Eight racing? That's some people are just plain nuts? That life's a crap shoot, and you never know where you're going to get hit from?
Actually, I think that the lesson is pretty clear: if you drive into an intersection, you will get into an accident.
And some people really are nuts.

For more Figure Eight goodness, of it you just want to laugh a little - more than a little, check out this video. (At some point in the video, you can hear someone in the background say, "Only in Michigan." So true.)