Saturday, February 14, 2015

love is...

Spending several hours brainstorming four Pinewood Derby car designs.


Spending several days carving and sanding four Pinewood Derby cars.  


Supervising the sanding and sanding and sanding and sanding.  


Supervising the painting and painting and painting and painting. 

Weighing four cars to ensure the weight is just right and does not exceed five ounces.


Flying out on a cross-country business trip - on Super Bowl Sunday - so that you can be home just in time to carefully transport four little cars to the big event. 


Spending a full day, from 7:30 AM until 3:30 PM, watching races.


Listening to scores of engineers, including those who design planes and rockets for the US Government, tell you how the best place to put weight is in the back of the car, just in front of the rear axle.  And if you really want to improve your speed, you can sand down the nails for the wheels, and put the little wooden car in an wind tunnel, or tread mill, to ensure that the sources of friction are reduced. 


Laughing when your wife tells you that you could save yourself a ton of time if you just glued the Pinewood Derby box to the car, like she suggested, two years ago.


Love is... 

Despite the large amount of time required to design and build and supervise and race, saying you'd do it all again, just to see the smiles on their faces. 


("Toothless", with our toothless).