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 The Lamborweenie
TBy Sonny Melendrez
here are times in life when even your dreams can be outdone by what really unfolds. It is with great
pleasure that I relate this tale of irony. May you be inspired by its joyful ending.
Let me begin by taking you back to an experience I had as a Cub Scout. I was 8 and it was the day before the annual Pinewood Derby. We had been instructed to design a race car from a small block of wood and then, race it against my fellow scouts at the derby. Trophies would be given to the fastest, most creative, funniest, etc.
My dad, bless his heart, had all the right intentions when he helped me that evening and after working on the project with limited wood carving tools, my car looked like, well, nothing to write home about. We ended up painting it with some enamel left over from a shelf he had made for my mom: pink.
So there we went, to the Pinewood Derby. Funny thing is, I didn’t think my car looked bad. I liked it. That was, until I saw all the others. Can you say, ”Batmobile?” Is it possible to feel proud and embarrassed at the same time?
I did.
We came home with nothing more than our pride and a pink car.
Years later, history repeated itself, sort of. Once again it was the night before the annual Pinewood Derby. This time, I was the dad and I was determined to give it our best shot.
My son, Bono and I decided to go for funny instead of fast. After searching the web for ideas, Bono chose the Oscar Meyer ”Wienermobile.”
Excellent choice! 6-year-olds and I think alike.
It ended up being a family project. Our older son, Joe, helped with details and every few minutes Bono would run to get Mom’s approval. After much carving, sanding, and painting, (This time, I made sure we had the right tools.) we were finished. If I do say so, we had done a pretty darned good job.
We named it “The Lamborweenie”.
Bono liked it. That’s all that mattered. And, no one would be embarrassed.
It was with great pride that we all walked
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of cement was measured at 125 F, red brick at 135 F, blacktop at 140 F, and grass at 102 F. Individuals who think a car is safer for their dog or cat may be surprised the informal study measured 152 F on seat surfaces. Provide extra water
It’s likely you will need to fill your pets’ water bowls more frequently in warm weather than during other times of the year. Be sure to provide constant access to fresh water, even for young puppies who may be learning to house train.
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If a veterinarian suggests a haircut may be beneficial for keeping a pet cool or
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into the St. George School gym. The same electricity I had experienced as a boy was in the air and the excitement in Bono’s eyes told me how special this was.
Suddenly, I was a Cub Scout all over again.
We checked in and Bono placed his car next to all the others. Most had been built for speed. After all, this was a race.
His group was the first to compete and you can imagine the looks on our faces when the “Lamborweenie” won the first heat, and the next, and the next!
With every win, our family laughed with disbelief.
Now, there were only 3 cars left. Two of them looked like race cars. The third was shaped like a weenie.
The weenie won.
Without meaning to, we had built the fastest car in my son’s division!
On the way home, Bono read the inscription over and over, “First Place – Division Champion.”
He held it tightly in his right hand. In his left hand was his other trophy, which read, “Funniest Car.”
When life gives you another chance, take it!
Sonny Melendrez is
an award-winning
motivational speaker,
Hall of Fame radio/TV
host and author, based
in San Antonio. For more
of his enthusiastic brand of inspiration and speaking information, visit his official site: www.SonnyMelendrez.com
comfortable, resist the urge to shave down to the skin. Having at least one inch of fur will protect the pet from sunburn. Outdoor hazards
Warm weather may bring out a high number of insects and wildlife. Use a flea and tick preventative product and medication to protect against heartworm, which is transmitted through mosquitoes. Snakes, skunks, raccoons, foxes, and other animals may be roaming around, and a scuffle with your pet can result in injury.
Pets need extra care during the warm weather to avoid damage and sickness from the sun, heat and more.
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