I'm Shaking My Head Right Now ...

I was going to write about the race yesterday, but I'm going to put that off until tomorrow (sorry) due to an email that I got and feel that I should address.

I don't normally talk about my emails here, unless it is to pass along information that some company or NASCAR sponsor has given me to share like contests, promos, and, more importantly, charity events, but sometimes I get emails that leave me shaking my head.

I've gotten a few good ones over the last few years let me tell you.

Some people think I have a direct line to Mike Helton and the powers that be at NASCAR. I don't. I don't know any high ranking NASCAR official although I did meet Robin Pemberton at a race about 15 years ago when he was a crew chief, if that counts.

Some people think I have a direct line to all of the drivers in NASCAR. I don't, although I do have Andrew Ranger's agent's number with his blessing to call anytime I want an interview, but that is it as far as drivers go.

You wouldn't believe all the email I got about Joe Gibbs Racing moving to Toyota, and how I was to pass the info along to them and to Tony Stewart. Up until a few months ago I had never even met the Tony and I don't think the 10 or 15 minutes I spent with him would put me in his 'circle of friends' cell phone plan - if you know what I mean.

Well yesterday I got another one that leaves me shaking my head. No, it isn't bad in the grand scheme of things but honestly, especially in this day and age, I thought we were all beyond this. Quite frankly it disappoints me. Really.

Here is the email in its entirety, I have removed the person's name and company - yep he sent this through his company's e-mail.

"I realize that new hampshire is close to Canada but why the hell would they sing the Canadian national anthem at a race in the US? I don’t care if it is on the boarder, I am pissed and would think that others would be to. I really don’t want to hear that crap. I wonder what others think but I can do without it!"

I'm not even going to go on to state the obvious reasons why the Canadian national anthem is played or defend my nation's piece of 'crap' anthem. Based on what was written it would fall on deaf ears anyway. I guess, according to his logic anyway, Canadians should stop playing the U.S. national anthem at hockey and baseball games, but I digress.

Don't get me wrong, I believe in patriotism. I'm a strong proponent of it in fact. A country cannot thrive or survive without patriotism. I envy the patriotism that is shown in the U.S. and I think more Canadians should show that type of patriotism more often, but the type of patriotism that this particular person is displaying isn't really patriotism at all, it is ignorance. Pure and simple.

A lot of people who send me email don't realize that I'm from Canada, and that this site is also based in Canada. I guess this guy didn't know that either - unless that was part of his plan. I don't know.

I just can't believe that he would email this to me from his company's address. Does he think that I will ever be interested in his goods or services ever again? As a matter of fact, I have an interest in the type of goods and/or services that the business he works for is in and, if the opportunity presents itself, I will never purchase any product related to his company or participate in any event that his company sponsors, sanctions, or anything of the like, that's for sure.

This guy wants to know what you think, and honestly I do too. Let me hear you - pro or con - I don't care. What are your feelings about this topic?

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