Friday, February 24, 2012

Community Event: Peace.Love.Swap

We recently learned of an organization called Peace. Love. Swap. Tallahassee organizer, Melissa Murray, says that it's a "one of a kind organization that produces ongoing kids' swaps. The swaps are for local eco-minded parents to get together and recycle (exchange) their kid's stuff (ages 0-14 and maternity). After the swaps [she donates] the leftovers to local charities and families in need".

The next Tallahassee swap is happening tomorrow (February 25, 2012) at noon at Seminole Bowl. Items to be swapped must be dropped off between 10am and 11:30am. For more information about the event, please see their website.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Winner: Monster Jam Tickets

The Monster Trucks are in town!!!

Carrie Fraser, one of the MTO Organizers and interviewer of Scott Hartsock, driver of Gunslinger, took her kids to check out a monster truck. Scott Hartsock, driver of the monster truck named Gunslinger, drew the winner of the family four-pack of tickets to see the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam this Friday evening.

Carrie's daughter helped Mr. Hartsock draw the winner!

Congratulations, Melissa!

The truck was huge!!! The kids explored, marveled at the size of the tires, and even got autographed pictures. Lots of other kids showed up while we were there, too.

Here are a couple of other things we learned:
- Do you see the smaller tires that are on the truck right now? Those are so the truck can be driven onto the trailer. The big tires are put on before the Monster Jam.
- The big tire weighs over 770 pounds.
- The truck can be driven from the front or the back.

(They were giving away hot dogs too, in case you needed another reason to head on out to meet some of the monster truck drivers this afternoon.)

The Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam will be in Tallahassee on Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18. More information is available online and tickets can be purchased at the Leon County Civic Center Box Office, Ticketmaster and by phone.

There are still drivers and trucks around town if you want to pack up the kids and head out the door! Here is the schedule of where you can find a few monster trucks and their drivers in town.

WHO: GRINDER / Frank Krmel
WHERE: Advance Auto Parts (store #9547) - 5000 West Tennessee Street
WHEN: 2pm - 6pm

WHERE: Sears - 1500 Apalachee Parkway
WHEN: 2pm - 6pm

WHO: NITEMARE / Andy Hoffman
WHERE: Tuffy Auto Service Center - 2501 North Monroe Street
WHEN: 2pm - 6pm

WHERE: Tallahassee Ford - 243 North Magnolia Drive
WHEN: 3pm - 7pm

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest! Best of luck to all the drivers for a fun (and safe) Monster Jam!

Monday, February 13, 2012

"Are you READY?" Monster Jam Comes to Tallahassee

This weekend, the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam is coming to the Tallahassee Civic Center and we are giving away a family four-pack of tickets! Carrie, one of the Mom's Time Out Organizers, along with a little help from her vehicle-loving three-year old son, Jack, had the opportunity to interview Driver Scott Hartsock and get some information about the upcoming Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam. Read what he had to say and check out the awesome giveaway at the end!

If you haven't ever been to a show before, you are in for a great time. As a tip, be sure to grab a pair of ear plugs because these trucks are loud!

Background Information:

Residence: Bushnell, Florida

Date of Birth: 5/12/62

Began Competing: 1992

One of the best known and most successful superstars in Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, Scott Hartsock balances a passion for monster trucks and a drive for success with being a devoted family man.

What led you to Monster Truck driving?

It started over twenty years ago. He was a gunsmith by trade and always went to the same location, to the same chair. He always had a truck and worked on it in his spare time. Knowing these things, a contact from Salt Lake City encouraged him to look into monster truck rallies. After talking with his wife, Kathy, and getting her support, he decided to try it. In 1992, he was hooked during his first season. His family has traveled with him to the shows.

What is it like to be inside the truck?

It’s a high, an adrenaline high! It’s such a buzz. When you climb up in them (the truck), you go up a staircase into a big seat. You feel like a giant getting into his chair. There are lots of seatbelts to keep you safe and after getting all buckled in, you become one with the truck. Lots of safety makes you feel ten feet tall and like a giant. When the truck rumbles it is such a rush and then the announcer shouts, “Are you ready to see Gunslinger?” and the crowd cheers and the hair stands up on the back of your neck.

What should someone who hasn’t been to a Monster Jam expect?

Heart-pounding, adrenaline. If you have never been to a show, you will be surprised at how many people are there and wonder “what have I been missing?” You won’t believe how big the trucks actually are. Then, just wait until they fire up and you smell it.

Were trucks your favorite toy growing up?

“I can’t say that they were.” His Dad was a mechanic and passed away when he was very young, leaving behind his tool box. Scott enjoyed tinkering with engines, lawn mowers, and tools, but didn’t ever think he would drive trucks.

Can you tell us some more about your children?

Scott has two kids, Michael (17) and Caitlyn (23). Michael is a junior who is dual enrolled in high school and college, and is following in his daddy’s footsteps. Caitlyn recently graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Zoology, and is working at a zoo in Tampa. When they were younger, they always traveled together and Scott made modifications to an RV so the kids could be there with them.

Is there anything you would like to say that I haven’t asked?

He gave a few pieces of advice. Some drivers will talk about how you hope you flip, but he says, “Win lose or draw, the most important thing is that we get out of here safe and healthy.” He wants to make sure the next day he can say that he gave the fans 110% last night. At the end of the day, he wants to be with family.

We appreciated the opportunity to interview Scott Hartsock and wish him and all the other drivers lots of luck and safe driving at the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam.

Here is the even more fun part, you could win a family four-pack of tickets to the Friday night event! To enter, check out the trucks on the Monster Jam web site, and tell us which one is your favorite in the comments below. Please be sure to include your email address with your entry so we can contact you. We will pick the winner by random drawing on Thursday, February 16. Stay tuned for more details on how we will pick a winner.

If you would like to purchase tickets to this event, tickets are available online Ticketmaster or by phone at 800-745-3000.

And for the record, Jack likes Gunslinger, because he is red!

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