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Dan Wheldon Post-Indy 500 Press Conference, Part 3

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Here's Part 3 of Dan Wheldon's press conference following his victory of the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. He appears with his team owners (and former teammate) Bryan Herta (left) and Steve Newey. Since YouTube only lets me post 15 minute videos, I had to split this up.


Dan Wheldon Post-Indy 500 Press Conference, part 2

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Here's Part 2 of Dan Wheldon's press conference following his victory of the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. He appears with his team owners (and former teammate) Bryan Herta (left) and Steve Newey. Since YouTube only lets me post 15 minute videos, I had to split this up.

Dan Wheldon Post-Indy 500 Press Conference part 1

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Here's Part 1 of Dan Wheldon's press conference following his victory of the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. He appears with his team owners (and former teammate) Bryan Herta (left) and Steve Newey. Since YouTube only lets me post 15 minute videos, I had to split this up.

The OFFICIAL Results of the Indianapolis 500

I released the unofficial results of the Indianapolis 500 a little while ago, but I now have the official results, delivered fresh from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Media Center. The official results are as follows, with laps completed, and their status as running or reason for going out:
1 -  Dan Wheldon - 200 - Running2 -  JR Hildebrand - 200 - Running3 -  Graham Rahal - 200 - Running
4 -  Tony Kanaan - 200 - Running5 -  Scott Dixon - 200 - Running (Dixon moved up from 6th)6 -  Oriol Servia - 200 - Running (Servia dropped from 5th)
7 -  Bertrand Baguette - 200 - Running8 -  Tomas Scheckter - 200 - Running9 -  Marco Andretti - 200 - Running
10 -  Danica Patrick - 200 - Running11 -  Ed Carpenter - 200 - Running12 -  Dario Franchitti - 200 - Running
13 -  Charlie Kimball - 199 - Running14 -  Will Power - 199 - Running15 -  Vitor Meira - 199 - Running
16 -  Justin Wilson - 199 - Running17 -  Helio Castroneves - 199 - Running18 -  Buddy Rice - 198 - Running
19 -  Alex Lloyd - 198 - Running20…

Press Conference for JR Hildebrand, 2nd Place Finisher of the 2011 Indianapolis 500

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JR Hildebrand drove a spectacular race, held it together, and looked like he was going to become the first rookie to win the Indianapolis 500 in about ten years. But a crash in turn #4 saw Hildebrand scrape his car across the finish line, resulting in 2nd place.

There was a question about whether winner Dan Wheldon's victory would stand, and whether the yellow flag came out before or after Wheldon passed Hildebrand's car. The latest I have heard (at 5:47 pm) is that Hildebrand will not contest the results of the race, so Wheldon's victory stands and Hildebrand holds on to the scariest damn finish in 100 years of IndyCar racing.




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Graham Rahal Press Conference after the 100th Indianapolis 500

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Graham Rahal did an outstanding job at this year's Indianapolis 500, finishing 3rd behind Dan Wheldon and JR Hildebrand. Here's the footage from his press conference, shot on my Flip video camera.




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IndyCar Officials Reviewing Final Finish, JR Hildebrand May Be Named Winner

Race officials are reviewing the final few seconds of the Indianapolis 500 to determine whether Dan Wheldon will be named the official winner of the Indianapolis 500. The problem is that racing rules state that no one may pass under a yellow flag. They need to determine whether the yellow flag came out before or after Wheldon passed Hildebrand for the win.
If he passed BEFORE the flag came out, he's the winner. If he passed AFTER the flag came out, even by half a second, Hildebrand would be the winner since 1) no one was allowed to pass him, and 2) he did finish the race under his own power. In essence, the pass would not count, Hildebrand would win, and Wheldon would have the victory snatched from him because of a fraction of a second.

Unofficial Finish for the Indianapolis 500

The unofficial finish of the Indianapolis 500 is as follows, with laps completed in parentheses:
1) Dan Wheldon (200) 2) JR Hildebrand (200) 3) Graham Rahal (200)
4) Tony Kanaan (200) 5) Oriol Servia (200) 6) Scott Dixon (200)
7) Bertrand Baguette (200) 8) Tomas Scheckter (200) 9) Marco Andretti (200)
10) Danica Patrick (200) 11) Ed Carpenter (200) 12) Dario Franchitti (200)
13) Charlie Kimball (199) 14) Will Power (199) 15) Vitor Meira (199)
16) Justin Wilson (199) 17) Helio Castroneves (199) 18) Buddy Rice (198)
19) Alex Lloyd (198) 20) Pippa Mann (198) 21) Ana Beatriz (197)
22) John Andretti (197) 23) Ryan Hunter-Reay (197) 24) Davey Hamilton (193)
25) Paul Tracy (175) 26) Townsend Bell (157) 27) Ryan Briscoe (157)
28) Alex Tagliani (147) 29) James Hinchcliffe (99) 30) Jay Howard (60)
31) Simona de Silvestro (44) 32) EJ Viso (27) 33) Takuma Sato (20)

Surprising, Exciting Finish to Indianapolis 500

It looked like rookie James Hildebrand was going to win the Indy 500, but he took turn #4 just a little wide, hit the wall, and got passed by Dan Wheldon with just yards to go before the end. Dan Wheldon, who is only a one-off driver, does not have a ride after this. Unbelievable. Bryan Herta was the guy who gave Wheldon a ride this year, and he and Wheldon will reap all the benefits of his leap of faith as I'm watching the celebration in Victory Circle.
From the replay, it looks like Hildebrand just took the turn to fast to keep control of the car. A more experienced driver would have backed it down just a little bit, but I can imagine all the excitement probably overcame him, and he couldn't help himself. As soon as he hit the wall, JR apologized to his crew, "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry."
Hildebrand managed to hang on to 2nd place, his two right wheels hanging off the side of the car. This was an awesome ride by JR Hildebrand, and it was a foregone conclusion t…

Helio Castroneves is Tired

It was the darndest thing. Helio Castroneves is just driving along, minding his own business and his back right tire popped off. Not his wheel, just the tire. It sheared right off, and he drove into his pit with 4 wheels and 3 tires. He got a new tire and went back out in a matter of seconds. Right now, while we're still under yellow from the Briscoe-Bell accident, Helio is running 18th.

Townsend Bell and Ryan Briscoe Make Contact, Hit the Wall

It was the first multi-car accident of the race, after about 157 laps of racing. #6 Ryan Briscoe and #99 Townsend Bell brushed tires, and ended up in the wall, putting them both out for the day. It looks from the replay like Bell drifted too far to the left going into turn #1, and Briscoe buzzed Bell's back left tire and left side pod with his own right front tire. This made Briscoe lose control, and he put both of them in the wall. And THIS is why IndyCar beats the hell out of NASCAR, also called the Taxi Cab Circuit.

Alex Tagliani Makes Contact With Wall, His Day Ends

Pole sitter Alex Tagliani made some contact with the wall between 1 and, and broke something on the right front wall. He managed to pit, but the right front suspension was wobbling like crazy. The crew is unpacking Tags from his car and his day is over. It's a real bummer, because a lot of people were hoping for Tagliani to do well. HIs was an interesting story, since he was one of the first non Big Three (Penske, Target Ganassi, and Andretti Green) to get the pole position. A lot of people loved the feel good story of Sam Schmidt's team and how well his team was doing.
Barring any problems with Davey Hamilton or Paul Tracy, Tagliani will end up in 28th, even though he's currently sitting in 26th at this moment.

Simona de Silvestro Not Done Yet

Even though she's only got 44 laps done, her crew has her car in the garage and are trying to get the thing working again. It's a right linking connection (whatever the hell that is), and IMS Radio says they're trying to fix it. There's still a chance she'll be back out, although with 126 laps down, I'm not sure she'll be back out.
James Hinchcliffe is telling IMS Radio his tires were really wearing down, and he was actually getting ready to come in and pit when they lost their grip on the asphalt and he ate the wall going into turn #3. He said it was a "classic rookie mistake," but sang the praises of his Newman-Haas crew. That's always smart PR by these IndyCar drivers: take the blame, give the praise. Looking forward to seeing more from Hinchtown this season.

Rookie James Hinchcliffe Hits the Wall in Turn #3

James Hinchcliffe (#06) is out of the race after hitting the wall in turn #3, coming to rest on the exit of turn #3, bringing the yellow flags out again. He was running around 11th or 12th when it happened, completing 99 of 200 laps. He was able to walk away from the accident under his own power. No word exactly from what caused it.
This was James' rookie year as an IndyCar driver, and was doing a great job. I've been watching James since his IndyLights season last year, since the husband of my friend, Pauline Moffat (executive director of Indy Fringe Theatre) was Hinch's engineer. I had a chance to interview Hinch during Media Day, and was looking forward to great things from him today. However, a DNF today does not mean he's finished. I think we'll see some awesome stuff from <a href="http://www.twitter.com/hinchtown">@Hinchtown</a> over the coming years.

#88 Jay Howard Hits the Wall Going Into Turn #2

English driver Jay Howard was coming out of the pit trying to get back up to speed when he lost control of the rear end of the Service Central car and hit the wall. He came to rest inside the track and appears to be okay. Apparently Tomas Scheckter nearly made contact with a safety truck that was heading out to help Howard.
The car appears to be okay, but something tells me Howard is out. It will take hours to determine whether the car is even okay, so I doubt that he'll make it back out.
A lot of cars coming into pit. Danica pitted earlier because she was nearly out of fuel. She's back in now getting a tire change, and she's back out. Literally in the time it took me to type that last sentence, she got 4 new tires.
Update of my favorites: Bertrand Baguette sitting 12th, Justin Wilson 23rd, and Simona de Silvestro is out of the race and placed 31st. So sad about Simona, because I was expecting her to kick some major butt today.

EJ Viso Accident Update, Indianapolis 500 2011

EJ Viso just told IMSRadio's Dave Wilson that James Hinchcliffe missed a gear during the restart, and they made contact. Viso said it wasn't the fact that it was a double file restart, but Hinch missing the gear.

EJ Viso Hits the Wall in Turn #1, Out for the Day

EJ Viso missed the memo that said this is a double file restart, not a 3 wide. He ended up in the wall in turn #1, as James Hinchcliffe was sitting next to him and Marco Andretti passed on Hinchcliffe's. Hinch and Viso made light contact, and Viso made heavier contact in the wall. Hinch came into the pit for new tires. 
We saw the onboard camera replay from Marco's car, and how he and Hinch didn't make contact is a testament to Marco's driving (even though I'm not a fan of the guy, I have to give him his props for driving skills).
It's 29 laps down, and Dixon is 1st, followed by Tagliani, Townsend Bell, Dario Franchitti, and Oriol Servia.
Bertrand Baguette is 12th, Justin Wilson is 19th, and Simona has pitted for the 4th time and is 2 laps down, in 30th place.

Accidents In First Round of Pits After Takuma Sato Accident

The accident that took out Takuma Sato ended up being a big clusterf*ck, as Will Power left the pit with only 3 tires, leaving his right left tire in the pit. Meanwhile Davey Hamilton and EJ Viso made contact coming out of the pits, and Davey is off the track, and was just told to shut off his engine.
As we run under yellow with 24 laps down, Tagliani, Dixon, Bell, Servia, and Franchitti are your top 5 leaders.
Helio Castroneves is 15th, Danica is 25th.

Takuma Sato goes out, Indianapolis 500 2011

Takuma Sato is the first driver to go out of the race, after he put his Mona-Vie car into the wall into turn #2. This happened right after Paul Tracy whitewalled his tires, but managed to get his car into his pits. A race official told him to shut the car off, but he's still in the race.
Right now, Alex Tagliani is running first with 22 laps complete, followed by Dixon, Bell, Wheldon, Franchitti, and Servia.
Favorites update: Bertrand Baguette is running 9th, Justin Wilson is 23rd, and Simona de Silvestro is 23rd, 1 lap behind the now out Sato.

My hopes for the Indy 500

As I've become more familiar with the Indy 500 and learning about this year's drivers, I have a few picks, hopes, and sentimental outside favorites.I'm a big Justin Wilson fan. He's always been gracious and willing to talk to me. He's also a hell of a driver, making the switch from Formula 1 a few years ago to IndyCar. If there is anyone outside the 3 big race teams (Penske, Target Ganassi, Andretti Green) who could win this thing, he's my pick. He's also the one I'm hoping wins this whole thing.I think it's more likely that it will be one of the racers from the Big 3 who are most likely to win. They have the most money, the best resources, and their drivers are full-time drivers. Most of these people are one-off drivers who make this the only race of the year. Townsend Bell races in exactly one race a year: this one. The other 364 days he spends thinking about the 500. If I had to pick one to win it, I would say Helio Castroneves, Dario Franchitti,…

Morning at the Indianapolis 500

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It's morning at the Indianapolis 500, and I've been here for nearly 3 hours. The media and staff have been showing up since before 5, and we're going to be here for at least another 8 hours. This is my third Indy 500, and I'm sitting on the outside of Row 3. If we were the starting lineup of the 500, I would be Dario Franchitti.
Once again, I'm one of the few bloggers invited to the 500 this year, and I'm surprised that most of them haven't been here. One guy, PressDog, was here for qualifications weekend, but then had to be home this weekend, and will be forced to watch it from home. Still, his live blogging of every IndyCar race is awesome, and I may be reading it as much as I listen to the race on the radio.
I think the Media Center is one of the few places in Indianapolis where you can actually watch the 500 on TV. The archaic and arcane broadcast rules means that the host city is the only place in the world that is not allowed to see the 500 on TV. I un…

Final results from Firestone Indy Lights Freedom 100

These are the final results from the Firestone Indy Lights race on Friday, May 27, courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar.
INDIANAPOLIS - Results Friday of the Firestone Freedom 100 Firestone Indy Lights event on the 2.5 mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, laps complete and reason out (if any):
1.  (2) Josef Newgarden,  40, Running2.  (5) Esteban Guerrieri,  40, Running3.  (4) Victor Garcia,  40, Running4.  (3) Stefan Wilson,  40, Running5.  (1) Bryan Clauson,  40, Running
6.  (6) Peter Dempsey,  40, Running7.  (16) Rusty Mitchell,  40, Running8.  (9) David Ostella,  40, Running9.  (17) Chase Austin,  40, Running10.  (7) Mikael Grenier,  40, Running
11.  (10) Jorge Goncalvez,  34, Contact12.  (8) Anders Krohn,  34, Contact13.  (14) Duarte Ferreira,  29, Contact14.  (18) Brandon Wagner,  28, Contact15.  (12) Gustavo Yacaman,  20, Contact 
16.  (15) Juan Pablo Garcia,  20, Contact17.  (11) James Winslow,  20, Cont…

Justin Wilson interview, Indianapolis 500 Media Day 2011

I had a chance to talk with one of my favorite IndyCar drivers, former Formula 1 racer, Justin Wilson. Justin is lucky enough to be a full-time driver employed by his racing team, Dreyer & Reinbold. D&R gets the sponsors, including companies like ZLine Design. When ZLine moved to D&R, they asked Justin if he would like to leave Dale Coyne Racing and join them at Dreyer & Reinbold.





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Tomas Scheckter interview, Indianapolis 500 Media Day 2011

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I had a chance to talk with Tomas Scheckter at the Indianapolis 500 Media Day yesterday. I asked him about his use of Twitter, his recent spat with Graham Rahal, and the need for rivalries in IndyCar as compared to the "taxi cab" circuit that is NASCAR






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Interview with Belgian IndyCar driver Bertrand Baguette, Media Day Indianapolis 500 2011

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I had a chance to interview Belgian IndyCar Bertrand Baguette at Media Day at the Indianapolis 500. As far as I can tell, he's the only Belgian to have repeat appearances in the Indy 500. However, I'm not a race historian, so I could be wrong.

But everyone is making such a big deal about having four women in the 500 again, that no one is saying a word about what may be a world's first.

I spoke with Bertrand about his sponsor, the Belgian Federation, the Best Chocolate in Town here in Indy, and the Brugge Brasserie, a Belgian restaurant here in Broad Ripple.



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Florida Man Sues Winn-Dixie Because Roses Have Thorns

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Florida Man Sues Winn-Dixie Because Roses Have ThornsIn spite of, or maybe because of, that intolerable "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" song by Poison, everyone pretty much knows that, well, every rose has thorns.

Every single rose. There is not a thornless rose that has occurred in nature ever since the first caveman decided he he would give his cavewife something nice on the anniversary of the day he clubbed her on the head and dragged her back to his cave.

There have even been other songs about roses and thorns and their inherent danger, like Linda Rondstadt's "Love is a Rose" — "Love is a rose, but you'd better not pick it // Only grows when it's on the vine // Handful of thorns, and you know you missed it // Lose your love when you say the word 'mine.'"

Even Shakespeare had something to say on the subject: "A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet, and hurteth like hell if thou fails to watch it."

Apparently Charles Imw…

Tony Kanaan on Danica Patrick's Possible Departure to NASCAR

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Does IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan know something more about Danica Patrick's possible departure to NASCAR?

I was in his interview booth when another reporter asked Tony what he thought Danica's possible departure to NASCAR would mean to IndyCar.



While most of IndyCar is pretty sure Danica is going to be driving the "taxi cab circuit" next year, I was surprised by Tony's referring to her in the past tense a couple of times. He did say what was on everyone else's mind — that everyone is expecting her to go — but I thought it was interesting that he did it, since he may have a little more insight into what's going on with Danica's plans for next year.

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Sam Schmidt & Alex Tagliani, Qualification Day #1 press conference, Indy 500 2011

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Press conference with pole sitter Alex Tagliani and team owner Sam Schmidt after Tom Carnegie Day/Pole Day for the Indianapolis 500 2011. The video got interrupted after I ran out of space on my Flip camera.




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Scott Dixon, Qualification Day #1 press conference, Indy 500 2011

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Press conference with Scott Dixon after Tom Carnegie Day/Pole Day for the Indianapolis 500 2011.







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Townsend Bell, Qualification Day #1 press conference, Indy 500 2011

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Press conference with Townsend Bell after Tom Carnegie Day/Pole Day for the Indianapolis 500 2011.





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Oriol Servia, Qualification Day #1 press conference, Indy 500 2011

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Press conference with Oriol Servia after Tom Carnegie Day/Pole Day for the Indianapolis 500 2011.




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Dan Wheldon, Qualification Day #1 press conference, Indy 500 2011

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Press conference with Dan Wheldon after Tom Carnegie Day/Pole Day for the Indianapolis 500 2011.




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Simona de Silvestro press conference, Pole Day, Indianapolis 500 2011

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Simona de Silvestro's press conference after she qualified #24 on Pole Day. The rains came right after she finished, and they managed to stick around long enough to prevent any other qualification attempts, so she sits safely at 24th. Tomorrow, drivers are competing for the remaining 9 spots. Simona impressed an awful lot of people after climbing back into the car, just 2 days — less than 48 hours — after crashing into an outside wall, getting airborne, and flipping, suffering 2nd degree burns on her hands. She got back in the car and qualified at 224.392 mph.





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Buddy Rice & Will Power, Qualification Day #1 press conference, Indy 500 2011

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Press conference with Buddy Rice and Will Power after Tom Carnegie Day/Pole Day for the Indianapolis 500 2011. Buddy is on one of the "one-off" teams that does not race a full season.











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Simona de Silvestro interview, Qualification Day #1, Indianapolis 500, 2011

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I had a chance to interview Simone de Silvestro (@simdesilvestro) after her press conference. She qualified 24th today, and because the rain put a halt to all other qualification attempts, she is sitting in 24th, and cannot be bumped. I've been really impressed with de Silvestro getting back out into the car just two days after a fiery crash that saw her hit an outside wall, got airborne, flipped, and suffered second degree burns to her hands. If that had happened to most people, me included, I wouldn't get near a car for weeks, let alone climb back into one so I can go 224 mph. She's one of my new favorite drivers this year, just because of the intestinal fortitude it takes to get back on the horse after a fall.










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A One-Sided Conversation About Music

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A One-Sided Conversation About Music"Why aren't you kids practicing your instruments?"

"I don't care if the new Batman is on, you're supposed to practice your music for 30 minutes a day. Now let's go."

"Do you want to practice for an hour instead?"

"Alright then, get moving."

"What? How is making them practice more going to make them not want to practice? They already don't want to practice. This isn't going to make it worse."

"Fine. Okay kids, if you don't practice today, I'm not going to let you practice tomorrow."

"What? You wanted to motivate them and make them want to practice."

"So what privilege should I take away from them?"

"Wait, wait, I got it. Kids, if you don't practice, you can't eat your vegetables for dinner.
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"What?!"

"There's no pleasing you sometimes."

"Okay, let's try this. Kids, the reason we want you to prac…

Our First Upside Down Tomato Garden

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Our First Upside Down Tomato GardenFinally, after 43 years, I'm getting my own vegetable garden.

Well, not really a vegetable garden. More like a vegetable pot. And it's not really mine. My wife did it.

But it's on my back porch, and I can look outside and see tomato plants growing in it, as it hangs from a bird feeder pole. So for lack of a better word, I have a vegetable garden.

It's actually based on the upside down tomato planters you've seen on TV. It's a small 3-gallon plastic bucket with four holes drilled in the bottom and it's filled with dirt. The tomato plants are placed in the holes, and will grow upside down so the tomatoes can hang like apples.

Frankly, I don't know why the tomatoes should grow upside down, or what benefit that would be, but that's what they did on the commercial. It's not like one of those exercise machine commercials that show people herniating a disc in their back whenever they do an "old-fashioned situp."…

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How a Chicago Mocha Changed My Life

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How a Chicago Mocha Changed My LifeErik is out of the office this week, so we are reprinting this column from 1998, several years before he became a coffee snob, and before Starbucks threatened to dominate the globe.

I'm not a real coffee drinker. I don't like coffee, unless I load it down with all kinds of sugar, cream, and little umbrellas, the kind you get in tropical drinks that come in hollowed out pineapples.

"How can you call yourself a journalist if you don't drink coffee?" you're probably saying.

Actually, I don't call myself a journalist. I'm a humorist. And humorists drink stuff with silly names, like Sarsparilla, Harvey Wallbangers, or Beer.

I don't know why I don't like coffee. I just don't. I've tried it before, but always thought it tasted like smoky, muddy water. I would much rather drink tea, beer, water, milk, Tang, sea water with a dead fish in it, or real smoky, muddy water.

My wife keeps telling me I'm not a real a…