I stand before you (actually I'm sitting but that doesn't sound as theatrical) a
new man, not because I'm now some driving god but because my eyes have been
opened to just how much there is left to learn. I now have a greater
appreciation of how a car behaves at the limit, which not only imbues me with
new confidence on the track but, more significantly, I look at street driving in
a different light as well.
do you want know what the weird bit is? All this happened in the Laguna Seca
parking lot long before we ever hit the track. Sure, driving the Corkscrew for
the first time was fun, but that was really just the icing on a very rich,
Great Drives: Skip Barber Racing
Turn by turn, an education worth squealing
Drives: Terrific Tunisia
On my first trip to Tunisia
explorative ten-day affair, I was as wide-eyed as a child, with an almost
unending sense of exotic fascination. Even before my initial arrival, during the
final descent of my Tunisair flight first over the azure of the Mediterranean
and then over the low-slung whitewashed buildings of Carthage, I recall being
struck by the vivid cornflower blues - of both the water and of the structures'
doors and window shutters.
my second trip, where I crisscrossed virtually the entire country in a whirlwind
that I shan't forget, rows of squat century-old olive trees, fine sugar-cane
beaches, and the still vastness of the Sahara
stuck out in my mind - to say nothing of the smiles on the face of many of the
locals I met throughout my fortnight-long journey.
third sojourn was a lesson in Roman and Punic history juxtaposed with the bustle
of Tunis' busy
European-inspired core. But prior to that particular arrival, as my Air France
A321 made its final approach this time over land as opposed to the usual sea
approach, I remember keenly gazing out of the window and at the automotive
traffic, which in a word, was chaotic. Mind you, it wasn't Cairo, but nonetheless, it
Great Drives: Terrific Tunisia
Outside the tourist beaches, a Roman ruin
Party: Sponsored by Caddy, Inspired by MJ?
If you're Shaquille O'Neal
, your 34th birthday party doesn't have to end
up at Dave and Buster's with a run-out game card and only enough tickets to get
a couple of erasers and a WWJD bracelet. No, when you're Shaq, you can ask GM to
underwrite the whole affair - and don't forget the six-month-old baby tiger,
thanks very much. The party - last Friday, if you didn't get your invite until
today - also featured the new 2007
, lest you think it was being held
strictly because GM CEO Rick Wagoner admires Shaq's free-throw skills or that
Shaq regularly hangs with regional marketing managers.
Ala. Lawman Takes Tires Into His Own
Alabama's government has its share of
characters. When they're not putting ten tons of Ten Commandments in
courthouses, they're stealing each other's parking spaces. The AP reports that
State Rep. Albert Hall is sick and tired of someone taking his reserved spot at
the state Capitol, and he's fighting back the only way he knows how - not
through the courts, but by deflating the culprit's tires. Complaining that his
car gets blocked nearly every day the legislature is in session, Hall also
called tow trucks to remove cars from his spot. Hall himself was deflated a bit
when he found out the car tire he bled down belonged to the wife of fellow Rep.
Allen Layson. The whole troublesome situation has been turned over to an
internal-affairs committee for further study.
Read the AP wire story
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