James "Gator" Fiske
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Just in time before the 500, this is a story I just ran across in my e-mail archives. I submitted this to a local newpaper back in 1999, but was not published.

Being an avid Nascar - Dale Earnhardt fan at the time, one of my dreams over the years, had been to ride around Daytona International Speedway. My brother inlaw and I took the Richard Petty Riding Experience, May 22, 1999. It was a long awaited Christmas present from our wives.

As we waited in line for our turns to come up, I noticed they only had three cars on the track. The #88 Ford Tortoise, #15 Ford Tortoise, and the #44 Hot Wheels Pontiac. I asked the assistant handing out the helmets, where the #3 car was. He explained that it was in the garage. I replied, "Oh darn!", or something to that effect. I patiently waited to ride in one of the Tortoises, as my brother-in-law got in the Hot Wheels car. Just then, as they took off, I heard my wife holler, "Here comes the #3 car!" I had died and gone to heaven. My dream had finally come true...I was about to ride around Daytona Speedway in a 600 h.p. #3 stock car at over 150 mph!

I strapped on the 50 lb. helmet, or so it felt, and was instructed to enter through the extremely narrow window opening. Hey, I figured since Dale and I were the same age at the time, no problem! I flopped my leg up onto the opening, swung my other leg up, and my helmet collided with the roof as I attemped to slide into the seat.

With my head somewhat spinning, I was strapped in. The Richard Petty Experience photographer took our picture with a Cheshire cat grin on my face. I hung on for dear life as the driver floored it. We took off down Pit Road and swung up into turn 1. I thought immediately to myself that my personal car definately does not have the gitty-up and go that this one does.

The gravity or g-forces, took a weird position onto my stomach, as we went through turn 2. On the backstretch, I managed to still force this Cheshire cat grin on my face as turn 3 approached.

The driver drove all the way to the top of the banking, as the grip I had on the hold bar between the seats, gets"white-knuckled". I look out the window, through the safety net, and see nothing but very large wall, no further than six inches away, while going around the 31 degree embankment. Very fast.

I still somehow, manage the GRIN as the car tilts again going into turn 1. Coming out of turn 2, we "bottom-out", causing my gluteus maximus to "pucker" a lot tighter into the seat. My left hand has gone numb from it's grip.

Down the back-stretch, I watch the car ahead approaching turn 3. That driver seems to be one inch away from the wall. Stupidly, I look out the window again and see the "Superstretch" wall at about the same distance, whizzing by. Did I mention that my heart is pounding louder than the engine at this point?

My eyes are as big around as 50 cent pieces...but I still manage "The GRIN". I really don't remember the third lap that much, other than the loud thumping in my chest, white knuckles, forcing myself to actually breathe, and being 31 degree tilted to look at the Daytona wall.

While all of this is taking place, my brain suddenly is asking, "Hey, what if a tire decides to go flat?", while it seemed that we were upside down from the angle. Not to mention, the G-forces that have my puckered self, nailed to the seat and headrest. Did I happen to mention that Daytona is not a very smooth track?

Still, The GRIN is solidly plastered onto my face. The driver snatches the car off of the banking, starts to slow somewhat, and heads down Pit Road. I can only now, release the death grip that I have on the holdbar. My handprint seems to be permanently embedded into the bar. Through my GRIN, I can begin to breathe normally, as the thumping in my chest continues. We come to a stop, grin still attached, and somehow manage to ask the driver for an autograph. I hold the ticket out and it shakes as it being blown on by a jet dryer.

The assistant gets me unstrapped from the harness, and instructs me to stick my head out first. My 90 lb. helmet, by this time, thuds into the roof again as I push through. Once I am able to free an arm, I let out a war-whoop and throw my arm up, as if I have just won a race or something. It must have been the adrenaline. One of the assistants says he thinks I enjoyed it.

One thing for certain. I challenge anyone who says Nascar is not a real sport, that all they do is go around in circles, to climb into one of these cars, and take the ride of a lifetime!

Thank you Bill France Sr.and Jr. for Nascar!
Thank you Richard Petty for the Riding Experience I'll never forget!
Thank you Richard Childress and Dale Earnhardt!
God be with the Frances' and Dale...and of course their families.

A Christmas Poem from U.S. Service Men and Women to All of Us!

A Christmas Poem

LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq

Posted by James Everitt on December 10, 2008 at 8:23am in Inexpensive Clean Energy, http://www.pickensplan.com/

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
and I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

'What are you doing?' I asked without fear,
'Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!'
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said 'Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.'
'It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,'
Then he sighed, 'That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers.'
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother.
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.

'' So go back inside,' he said, 'harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right.
''But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
'Give you money,' I asked, 'or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son.'

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
'Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.'

PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.



Due to medical reasons, I have had to leave the auto parts store.

As a member and Ambassador of the Pickens Plan, http://push.pickensplan.com/ I am now focusing all of my attention towards The Picken's Plan and alternative and renewable energy.

There is an Energy Independence Pledge involved with the Picken's Plan that I feel every red-blooded American should go to the Plan website and endorse:

"We will no longer stand by and watch as America's national security and economy become more dependdent on the unstable foreign nations that we rely on for nearly 70% of the oil we use each day.

We spend nearly $700 billion every year buying foreign oil, which represents the greatest transfer of wealth in the history of mankind.

The new President and the 11th Congress need to enact an energy plan that reduces our foreign oil dependence by at least 30% within 10 years.

This plan must include proven American technology and resources; the development of new energy sources; and the expansion and modernization of the national electrical grid to transport renewable energy to homes and businesses.

Delaying any further means tacit support for continuing America's addiction to foreign oil.

I join with T.Boone Pickens and his army of supporters in calling for an Energy Independence Plan to be enacted within the first 100 days of the new administration".

The Second "Rain-Forest" - ALGAE

As a member and ambassador of The Pickens Plan (http://www.push.pickensplan.com/), I have learned of CNG, solar, ethanol and wind as alternative energy sources. The most promising and unique source that I have come across, is pond scum. You know that icky looking green, globby mass of yuck floating on top of a pond. This is algae - what could be the answer to our fuel problems.
Algae for commercial use is grown in a Algae Photo BioReactor and the link below is a video of a BioReactor system in Texas:

Algae is the fastest growing organism/plant on the planet. Depending upon the type of algae, 50% of it's body weight produces "lipids" or vegetable oil.
Corn will only produce about 18-20 gallons of oil per acre per year.
Palm will produce between 700-800 gallons of oil per acre per year.
Algae will produce over 20,000 gallons of oil per acre per year - when grown in an open pond system. Much, much more when done in the bioreactor. If we took 1/10 of the state of New Mexico, converted to vertical reactor algae production, we could meet all the energy demands of the United States.

Algae, like all plants, require carbon dioxide, water with nutrients and sunlight for growth. The bioreactor technology is ideal for locations adjacent to heavy producers of carbon dioxide such as coal fired power plants, refineries or manufacturing facilities, as the absorption of CO2 by the algae significantly reduces greenhouse gases.

A Photo Bio Reactor (PBR) is a system that provides an artificial environment for photosynthetic organisms (Algae) to perform a chemical conversion. Scientists and engineers have been developing several types of photo-bio reactors (PBR’s) over the past fifty years to grow microorganisms that are used in a wide variety of applications. Cultivated algae cultures can be used to produce human food, animal feed, health food, therapeutics, chemicals, fuel, hormones, and fertilizer.

The link below shows actor Alan Alda at a Photo Bio Reactor at MIT:

I asked a fellow Pickens Plan friend of mine, Frank "Palani" Cipriani of BioFarms Hawaii, "why isn't more being done on the oil production side?"
His response; " My take is the "Laws of Economics & the Law of Perpetual Motion theory", as applied to an INDUSTRY based on an "Oil-algae" is the basic stumbling-block. In order to better understand this, let's look at a comparison of another algae and market; Spirulina platensis for Nutritionals; a blue-green "super-food" according to the literature.

I've cultured Spirulina, my wife and I have eaten it on a daily basis for years, the market is under-fed, keeping the prices up. I pay $40/lb. for whole dried product for our consumption. Is a pound of oil-alga worth $40/lb.?(the extracts of Spirulina's pigments and compounds are very valuable for a number of Markets..... So, the problem state-of-the-art Algal-oil Production Lines face is scalability in the most cost-effective manner, how to achieve perpetual "bumper-crops" of oil-alga to balance out the comparative cost of production of Bio-oil and make it worth while doing....on an Industrial-scale.Meanwhile we; (my Company) continue to look at Bio-prospecting of a wide range of Algal-species, for harvesting of targeted Compounds, Extracts, and Bio-products for a variety of Products for Mankind's benefit; "the mind boggles" at the potential!" (Pharmaceutical Companys have referred to Algaes as "The Second Rain-forest"). For more information check out - http://www.biofarmshawaii.com/

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Tell us about your experience with alternative energy:
Past experience none. Within the past 2-3 months considerable. I never knew about the program with Algae until joining the Pickens Plan. I am learning more and more each day and hope to be able to incorporate it into the Florida Agricultural Museum as a teaching program.
What excites you about this campaign?
Saving The Planet and putting an end to Big Oil bringing this country to it's knees. The fact that an oil man himself is putting forth this effort with his own money impresses me and has earned my respect. For someone to finally stand up to our Government and say 'Enough is Enough" gets my attention and support any time.
What do you want to do to help?
Spread the word on my Social Networking sites, Blog Talk Radio and my Blog site. Also, any other way that will be possible within my means.

Former Welcome Wagon Volunteer - Pickens Plan Ambassador

There are 72 members in the city that I live in as of 9/19/08. I would like to see that doubled each week and get our local city, county and state politicians involved.

I am a "Farm-Hand" volunteer member (and as of 11/1/08, an assistant Tour Guide) of the Florida Agricultural Museum here in Flagler County. I hope to be able to somehow promote solar and wind power to be able to take the Museum off the grid. Thus saving money for other projects. I would also like to set up an experimental Algae Photo Bio Reactor on the grounds, perhaps in partnership with one of the Universities.
Member since 8/27/08.


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Algae is the fastest growing organism/plant on the planet.
Depending upon the type of algae, 50% of it's body weight produces "lipids" or vegetable oil.
Corn will only produce about 18-20 gallons of oil per acre per year.
Palm will produce between 700-800 gallons of oil per acre per year.
Algae will produce over 20,000 gallons of oil per acre per year - when grown in an open pond system. Much, much more when done in the bioreactor.
Algae, like all plants, require carbon dioxide, water with nutrients and sunlight for growth. The bioreactor technology is ideal for locations adjacent to heavy producers of carbon dioxide such as coal fired power plants, refineries or manufacturing facilities, as the absorption of CO2 by the algae significantly reduces greenhouse gases.

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Imagine What Could Get Accomplished

I watched with true amazement, the first time I saw T.Boone Picken's commercial on T.V. back in August. Here was someone finally coming forward with an Energy Plan that made a lot of sense. What struck me the most was, here was a billionaire oil man that's down to earth.

After listening to the Plan, I couldn't get the computer booted quick enough to join. Instead of whining about how I wanted someone to show me what to do or have somebody send me information, I dove right into checking out… Continue

Posted on October 27, 2008 at 6:04pm — 1 Comment

A Call To Arms - The Pickens Plan

This is a post from my Blogsite GatorMotorNews posted 8/31/08.

This is not a call for the militia to grab their stockpile of guns, knives, swords, etc. This is a call to arms with knowledge. Armed with knowledge we can accomplish much. In this segment, I shall attempt to cover the basic rules of journalism, by covering the who, what, when, where, why and how to be armed.

WHO? Who is needed? Volunteers - You are needed.… Continue

Posted on September 3, 2008 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

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At 3:25pm on February 18, 2010, Mike Huber said…
Thanks Gator,
I found and signed the petition, and I guess I'm already on the friends list. Hard to imagine congress not wanting to develope or adopt some good policy that does so much to adjust future benefit by action today. Sound action today. We used to think about things in these terms at it made us strong through independence and leadership. Key is keeping all the $ we can working right here to benefit us. So little else is left to afford anything else. We've let way to much dependence on (once) cheap oil, and likewise cheap everything else, that we've kind of got ourselves into a lazy state of thinking, and figuring we'll just keep on and somehow The so called American way of life will allow us to just come up with more $. We better develope something in this country again. What better way to get this done and same time turn the outgoing $ into incoming investment. Win Win.
At 7:01pm on November 15, 2009, Pr Mauricio de Jesus said…
Harvest Time

Every seed takes time to germinate.
So too in the fields of the soul.
We must never give up and sow
because the results do not
immediate to our eyes.
Let us wait with patience.
In the right moment, the seeds
have driven in the soil of hearts,
there will produce mature fruit.
Understanding and sow Joy, Peace and
Courage, Forgiveness and Love.
Jesus bless you have a good nigh
At 5:40pm on July 23, 2009, Jeff Greene said…
Is this still accurate?

Are you interested in becoming an organizer in your area?

Jeff Greene
State of Florida Leader
At 1:18am on July 14, 2009, John Paul Bernieri said…
I have ideas...
At 7:30am on March 14, 2009, Kathi Harris said…
Faye Roller – Administrative Director
Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy asked me to forward this to my Florida friends:

Could you help me?? I need people from your area to attend a VERY important event (see below) and I need to pick a captain for your area as well....please circulate as you see fit and contact me directly at:

faye@solarsource.net THANK YOU!

Thousands of New Jobs, Megawatts of Renewable Energy, Florida’s Green Economy BOOMING - ONLY YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Legislators tell us they MUST see YOUR Faces in Tallahassee in order to pass a Renewable Energy Dividend policy state wide. Transportation will be available to you from your nearest large metro area. Go to www.FAREnergy.org for details and registration.

Date: 03/24/09
Time: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Meet at: Tallahassee Community College Capitol Center
Downtown, 300 West Pensacola St

Please join us for this very important event!

Advocates of effective renewable energy policies will gather at the State Capitol on March 24th, 2009 to show their support for the most effective renewable energy policy our legislature can adopt: Renewable Energy Dividends. Join renewable energy businesses, experts, and advocates, including manufacturers and representatives from the world’s largest renewable energy industry companies. Replicating the success of Gainesville, Florida and introducing a Renewable Energy Dividend policy will bring widespread economic recovery and job creation to Florida, while establishing energy security and environmental stewardship.

7-8 am Registration
8-9:30 Briefing/Training
9:30-11:45 Lobbying
1 pm Rally & Press Conference
1-5 Lobbying
5:15 Debrief
6 pm Depart

Try to wear YELLOW. It can be a shirt, hat, scarf, ANYTHING to give a bolder message!

The Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy “FARE” is a coalition of concerned individuals, businesses, communities, associations, utilities, policy makers, non-profits, and renewable energy producers. FARE is dedicated to educating and engaging Floridians on effective Renewable Energy Policies.

Let Sunshine Power the Sunshine State!


Faye Roller – Administrative Director
Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy

Jane Maxwell - FARE Member:
Register at www.FAREnergy.org
At 1:37pm on February 23, 2009, Adam said…
Here is some info:

VIDEO of the very first design prototype:


An article recently published:
At 1:58pm on February 22, 2009, Christopher Stewart said…
Hey Gator ! Just read your message... still need help ?

At 12:49pm on February 8, 2009, James Everitt said…

Invite Your Friends to Watch the Video

President Obama recorded a video to speak directly to you about his economic recovery plan.

Invite your friends and family to watch the video and learn why our unprecedented challenges require immediate action.

You can even use our email contact importer to make it easy. Don't worry -- we don't hold on to any of the addresses you use.

After you watch the video, watch Gov. Tim Kaine answer questions from ordinary citizens about the plan and share your story about the economic crisis.

We're counting on you to collect the real stories of the challenges Americans are facing during this recession. We need to hear from you how the economic crisis is affecting your life and why the economic recovery plan is important to you and your community.

Once we receive your stories we will make them available to the public to show how critical it is to support the economic recovery plan.

Share your story click here.

Watch President Obama's video and share it with your friends and family:



The White House
Saturday, February 7, 2009

Yesterday began with some devastating news with regard to our economic crisis. But I'm pleased to say it ended on a more positive note.

In the morning, we received yet another round of alarming employment figures – the worst in more than 30 years. Another 600,000 jobs were lost in January. We've now lost more than 3.6 million jobs since this recession began.

But by the evening, Democrats and Republicans came together in the Senate and responded appropriately to the urgency this moment demands.

In the midst of our greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, the American people were hoping that Congress would begin to confront the great challenges we face. That was, after all, what last November's election was all about.

Legislation of such magnitude deserves the scrutiny that it's received over the last month, and it will receive more in the days to come. But we can't afford to make perfect the enemy of the absolutely necessary. The scale and scope of this plan is right. And the time for action is now.

Because if we don't move swiftly to put this plan in motion, our economic crisis could become a national catastrophe. Millions of Americans will lose their jobs, their homes, and their health care. Millions more will have to put their dreams on hold.

Let's be clear: We can't expect relief from the tired old theories that, in eight short years, doubled the national debt, threw our economy into a tailspin, and led us into this mess in the first place. We can't rely on a losing formula that offers only tax cuts as the answer to all our problems while ignoring our fundamental economic challenges – the crushing cost of health care or the inadequate state of so many schools; our addiction to foreign oil or our crumbling roads, bridges, and levees.

The American people know that our challenges are great. They don't expect Democratic solutions or Republican solutions – they expect American solutions.

From the beginning, this recovery plan has had at its core a simple idea: Let's put Americans to work doing the work America needs done. It will save or create more than 3 million jobs over the next two years, all across the country – 16,000 in Maine, nearly 80,000 in Indiana – almost all of them in the private sector, and all of them jobs that help us recover today, and prosper tomorrow.

Jobs that upgrade classrooms and laboratories in 10,000 schools nationwide – at least 485 in Florida alone – and train an army of teachers in math and science.

Jobs that modernize our health care system, not only saving us billions of dollars, but countless lives.

Jobs that construct a smart electric grid, connect every corner of the country to the information superhighway, double our capacity to generate renewable energy, and grow the economy of tomorrow.

Jobs that rebuild our crumbling roads, bridges and levees and dams, so that the tragedies of New Orleans and Minneapolis never happen again.

It includes immediate tax relief for our struggling middle class in places like Ohio, where 4.5 million workers will receive a tax cut of up to $1,000. It protects health insurance and provides unemployment insurance for those who've lost their jobs. And it helps our states and communities avoid painful tax hikes or layoffs for our teachers, nurses, and first responders.

That's what is at stake with this plan: putting Americans back to work, creating transformative economic change, and making a down payment on the American Dream that serves our children and our children's children for generations to come.

Americans across this country are struggling, and they are watching to see if we're equal to the task before us. Let's show them that we are. And let's do whatever it takes to keep the promise of America alive in our time.

Thank you.

At 11:15pm on February 6, 2009, Mark Hedtke said…
Hey Gator,

Wouldn't you know it, I've sent friend requests to a 100 people and the Pickens Plan limits us from requesting any more, therefor I am unable to send you one. I suppose that makes sense to someone, but it sure stiefels making contacts here. Do you know a way around this fubar?
At 6:43am on February 4, 2009, Kim Anderson said…
Hey Gator!

How are you buddy?

Let's make this 50,000 Wednesday!

We have sent over 30,000 messages to our Senators in just 2 days. THIS IS THE MOMENT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR. Real action is on the table. Let them hear from us.

Boone's team has made it so easy - it takes just one minute to forward a simple message to your Senators. PLEASE do it today. Please get the folks in your home, family and office to do the same.

Here is the easy link to our Senators:


Let's really push the needle today. Have a great one!


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