Reading Vibe in case I want to write more for them after they took my Jesse Jackson piece last month, I picked up some nice new language that I can use in my own life, like Lil Mama's remark about why people hate on her so much: "I'm too 'hood for the good and too good for the 'hood." (Not to mention Yung Berg's explanation of why he produces his own music: "I've got to ride my own dick.")
Now I've contracted with Roadracing World to cover a vintage motorcycle race in Birmingham, Ala. in October. I'm leafing through a sample issue of that fine magazine to get a sense of the style.
The news items are … on the grisly side:
"Surgery to reconstruct racer Lee Acree's left lower leg and restore blood supply using an artery and tissue transplanted from his abdomen was successfully completed June 21 …. John Hokins underwent successful surgery July 7 to repair damage ot his fractured ankle, leg and knee …. The family of the late teen racer Connor La France is planning a memorial 5K Run/Walk …. La France, 14, died after a crash at Barber Motorsports Park ….."
… in Birmingham, Ala.
I'm starting to question the wisdom of my "trackside" campsite.