Ayrton Senna / Formula One World Champion

I’ve always loved fast cars and fast driving. Formula One racing is the only sport I watch, following it since I was a little girl.  F1 is the pinnacle of auto racing, traveling to many countries, with drivers and teams of different nationalities. Ferrari’s annual F1 budget is nearly half a billion dollars. These drivers are highly trained athletes, experiencing G forces up to 5g during cornering and braking, consistently over a 2 hour period. The highest technology propels these cars, trickling down to the average, and not so average, road car, such as overhead cams, active suspension, safety improvements, carbon fiber, sequential gearbox, tire compounds, and on.

Every year these teams compete for the World Driving Championship and Manufacturers Title. Lots of money is awarded. Countries that host these races change laws and create special tracks. Ayrton Senna was 3 time World Champion, before dying in a crash at the age of 34. From Brazil, he was THE hero of that country. When he died, Brazil came to a stand still.

Some people, who don’t watch racing, think the only reason people watch racing is for the crashes. This is not true. I watched all of Senna’s races, including the one at San Marino, Italy, where he died. It was tragic. Yet, he died doing what he loved.

He was naturally talented, charismatic, honorable and generous. He gave of his time to the people of his country, adored by millions.

Formula One is a constant reach for excellence, in machinery and men. It is a brutal, competitive environment, with little sympathy for those who don’t make the cut. The only American to have any success in F1 is Mario Andretti.

Planet Earth

© 2006 BBC

I love nature. There are many documentaries about life on this planet, hard to choose just one. So, I chose one that captures many creatures and places. This BBC documentary started as a television series, then became a feature film. It took 5 years to make, was the first to be filmed in high definition, and was the most expensive nature series ever made by the BBC. The footage of the elusive Snow Leopard was ground breaking. It won an Emmy for best non fiction series. Sequels and derivatives have resulted.

Watch the movie:


Hmm…reality or not reality? I love that Sasha Baron Cohen conceives of these outrageous characters and then throws them into ‘real’ life encounters with real people. I am entertained by the reactions people have to Borat/Bruno, who are always pushing boundaries of what is expected, accepted and considered offensive.

One revealing moment for me was when Bruno tries to interview ex presidential candidate Ron Paul. Paul is highly offended by the gay Bruno, referring to him derogatorily as ‘queer’.