Happy birthday today to one man who is no longer with us (Dale Earnhardt Sr.) and one who is (Willie Nelson). They were born 18 years apart, April 29, 1951 (Earnhardt) and April 29, 1933 (Nelson). Dale would have been 66; Willie is 84.
We were on the Winston Cup Media Tour in the early to middle 1990s, and we'd stopped at a business that provided racers with safety products. One of the workers there had a pot-bellied pig, and for some reason a handful of women on the tour wanted to pet the pig. I looked around, and they had it trapped at the top of a short set of steps in front of a closed door, and the pig was terrified. The pig got away for a moment, then did something extraordinary. It knocked down a display to cause its own distraction. While the women were retreating a few feet, the pig made its getaway. Don't say that pigs aren't smart.