Apologies for being offline this past weekend. Took my wife to VIR in Alton, VA (about a 4 hour drive). Was able to get her into the passenger seat of a high-end Beemer. Watched her orbit the track at about 180 mph. She says she forgot to breathe.
I took a much saner approach (not by much) and rode in the pace car. Learned that it's possible to return from a lap with more rubber on the tires than when you left. Also learned that, contrary to what it looks like on TV, the pace cars aren't really travelling all that slow (yikes!).
Also got to play with my camera and took a couple hundred pictures. Most of them were crap (I'm still a rank amateur) but some turned out nice. Spent part of yesterday playing with Hugin, stitching together a couple panoramic pics. Just by looking at them, I want to go back and take them from much better vantage points. Maybe next year? Wife says she definitely wants to do this again.
In any case, I'll get back to working on Asterisk code and playing with MythTV in the next few days.