Sunshine, Reflection & Buckets

Thoughts from my short walks through campus…

Today is a gorgeous spring day in Minnesota.  These are the days I dream about during the depths of winter.  The sun is high in the sky with no clouds to block its rays.  The temperature is moderate in the upper 40s and there is a slight breeze, perfect “sweatshirt weather”.  Days like today make me realize how lucky I really am; I have already done so much and I will soon be a college graduate with a bright future ahead.  What more can you ask for?  Great family, great friends?  Yep, I’ve got those too.

So now I look toward the future after a bit of reflection, and realize that the potential is truly unlimited.  Beyond my big move which I talk about endlessly, and my new job, there is so much out there to do and see.  This becomes more apparent to me all the time and I can’t wait to get out there and go for it.  This sparks a thought, what kind of experiences top my (bucket) list?

1. Live in a foreign country for at least a year

2. Travel to all seven continents

3. Participate in a rally race with my older brother

4. Offer a scholarship

5. Ski (cross country) in the Alps

6. See a WRC event in person

7. Learn another language (can be combined with #1)

So many more things to list.  How can I choose what makes the list and what doesn’t?  Anybody out there have similar items on their list?



European Cars

Cars represent a true passion in my life.  I was reading a blog I recently began follow, Classic Confusion, and got inspired to share a short post with some photos.

While I was in Europe for two months last spring I was able to snap a few shots of some of the beautiful cars that I saw.  That being said, I wasn’t quick enough with my camera sometimes (especially on the autobahns).  I can recall numerous cars from Porsche: 911, Cayman, Boxster, Panamera; Ford: Escort Cosworth, Fiesta ST, Focus ST & RS; Maserati: Quattroporte, Granturismo; BMW: 1 series M coupe, M3, M5, M6; Ferrari: 360, 430 (Scuderia), 458, California, 599; Audi: R8 (V10); Lamborghini: Aventador (brand new in Munich!), Gallardo; Bentley: Continental GT; Rolls Royce: Phantom; and many, many more.

Here are some I was able to get pictures of, you’ll also notice some pictures of rally cars which I explain later on:

Now for my car fix I have begun rewatching all of the Top Gear episodes that are on NetFlix!

Besides street cars, I am a huge fan of racing.  I enjoy Formula 1, British Touring Car Championship, World Tour Car Championship, Le Mans (Euro and American), and pretty much any kind of racing that involves turning both ways (not you NASCAR).  My very favorite, however, is rally racing.  No other motorsport can deliver the same kind of excitement as rally.  Thankfully there are so many sanctioning bodies in rally racing that there is a race almost every weekend of the year to keep me happy.  I try to follow the WRC, IRC, Rally America, BRC, and a few smaller circuits as much as possible.  Also, I look forward to being actively involved in rally racing in the future with the Rally Russel‘s team.