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Welcome to Diana 'The Doc' Thomas' official Blog ... A radio interviewer once referred to Diana as being a 'Celebrity Drag Racing Authority & Visionary'... Diana has indeed filled the shoes (or fire boots) as truly being America's foremost 'Celebrity Drag Racing Authority & Visionary'... Diana is known for being somewhat controversial at times... She writes the truth... Diana tells it like it is about drag racing and other topical issues-- You've seen Diana 'The Doc' Thomas on our DVDs, with Bret Kepner on ESPN, and in all the major media... Don't miss your opportunity to read her daily blog right here at DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND... Diana's blog gives you a daily dose of truth and reality with heart... Diana's unique and refreshing perspective is unlike anything else on the drag racing web... We strongly recommend that you bookmark this page now... Be sure you check in daily to experience & enjoy Diana's unique insight, worldly wisdom and perspective...

reak the conventional chains which bind you to the belief that the only things in this world that exist are those we're able to touch and see in daylight. Ever heard of quantum physics?- Many credible physicists and scientists from the world's most prestigious of learning institutions now believe that parallel universes exist all around us-- We are likely surrounded by spectacular space, time, energy, and matter anomalies that boggle the brain, proving that what was once thought to be fantasy and fiction, can now be believed as truth and fathomable fact... We offer you a slice of hard science, combined with sporadic sprinklings of paranormal phenomena, as we here at Drag Racing Underground, proudly present to you...TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER...Step out of the narrow-minded mist that encircles those who wear their stagnate skepticism like an outdated peach-colored leisure suit, and allow yourself the freedom to follow the adventures of drag racing's infinite and most indestructible spirit of the afterlife... Pull up a chair, toss your inhibitions aside, and ride along with one Sebastian Conrad, strong spirited eternal speed freak extraordinaire. 


Last week's episode told of how our favorite metaphysical/afterlife drag racing dream team are together at their Heavenly Drag Racing Association sanctioned residence/racing compound. Fred The Wrench exhibited a nervous twitch after hearing leader Larry Lamb say that the next matter of business on the team's agenda is preparing for Christmas... "What's the matter, Fred?!?" asked Larry Lamb, noticing a severe twitching of Fred's eyes... Fred then broke into a fit of emotionally charged trauma, then he dropped like a rock, and began violently rolling on the floor, plunging into intense physical convulsions! All the group ran over to a now frantically convulsing Fred The Wrench. Fred then started bawling out loud like a desperate and distraught baby!... "THIS AIN'T LIKE FRED!!!" squawked Peter The Parrot "HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE OUR BURLY-BEAR TOUGH GUY OF THE TEAM!!! HE SEEMS TO BE HAVING  A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN OR SUMPTHIN!!!"... Sebastian switched into metaphysical mode, spinning at highly accelerating RPMs, and transforming himself into 'Emergency Phantom Racer' phase, in hopes that the added 'Phantom Power' might further facilitate him in helping with Fred's alarming condition...

"AAAAAAARH!!!!" screams out  a frenzied Fred The Wrench, drooling all over his grease-stained flannel shirt, and worn, torn and tattered dungaree overalls, "I-I-I CAN'T TAKE IT!!!!! I CAN'T STAND IT!!! PLEASE DON'T LET CHRISTMAS COME AGAIN!!! CAN'T WE JUST GO TO THE DRAGS AND FORGET ABOUT CHRISTMAS!!!  I-I-I CAN'T TAKE IT!!!!"... “What IS this all about, Fred???" questions Larry Lamb, while grabbing a firm hold of one of Fred's trembling hands... Fred violently twists his ample body into contortions and replies in a rage of sobbing, slobbering anguish  "WHEN I WAS JUST SEVEN YEARS OLD BACK ON EARTH, AND A MERE MORTAL, IT WAS A COLD CHRISTMAS MORNING, AND MY FATHER, WHO WAS ALSO A MASTER MECHANIC, JUST DISCOVERED THAT I LOST HIS FAVORITE SLIP-JOINT PLIERS, WHEN ME AND MY FRIENDS BUILT A TREE HOUSE IN THE SUMMER--  MY DAD GREW FIERCELY FURIOUS, AND TOOK MY ONLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT, A 1/4 SCALE 'VISIBLE V8' MODEL KIT THAT I WANTED MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IN THE WORLD, AND THREW IT IN OUR BURNING FIREPLACE AS PUNISHMENT FOR ME LOSING HIS FAVORITE PAIR OF PLIERS!!! THE VISIBLE V8 MODEL KIT WENT UP IN FLAMES AS I TEARFULLY WATCHED --  IT WAS THE WORST CHRISTMAS OF MY MORTAL LIFE!!!!! I'VE NEVER GOTTEN OVER THAT DAY -- AND WHEN CHRISTMAS ROLLS AROUND EACH YEAR, EVEN HERE IN THE AFTERLIFE, ALL THAT MENTAL MISERY, PAIN AND SUFFERING COMES BACK TO ME!!!!!!"...

Sebastian, now in 'Emergency Phantom Phase', musters the strength to securely put Fred in a restraining 'full nelson' type of wrestling hold, to keep him from physically hurting himself during his severe convulsions... "How do we make Fred's convulsions stop?!?" squawks Peter The Parrot... "I have an idea," interjects Maria, "it's a long shot, and I've never done it before, but I feel compelled to try it now!!!"... "Try what?!?" asks an anxious Larry Lamb... Maria nervously replies  "An ancient Mesopotamian metaphysical remedy for extreme mental duress that's called 'Butterfly Metamorphosis Therapy'."... "YOU'RE GOING TO TRY TO TURN OUR FRUMPY FRED INTO A DELICATE BUTTERFLY?!?" squawks a befuddled Peter... "Yes, Peter," replies Maria, "though it does come with risk, if it doesn't work just right, we could completely lose Fred for all eternity."..."I'm afraid that's a risk we'll have to take." states Larry Lamb with stern authority...

Maria continues, "I will repeat a sacred chant, that will hopefully turn Fred first into an egg, then a larva, then pupa or chrysalis as it's often called, and then, God willing, into a beautiful butterfly, free of all mental trauma and stress, and full of only tranquil and healing peace of mind."... Maria raises her arms up to the heavens, and begins to loudly repeat the ancient metaphysical chant, "FOR OUR DEAREST FRIEND FRED, FOR THE UPCOMING CHRISTMAS DAY, LET HIS CHILDHOOD ANGUISH BE SENT FAR, FAR AWAY -- TRANSFORM HIS BODY, SPIRIT AND SOUL, INTO THE FOUR STAGES OF BUTTERFLY METAMORPHOSIS, LEAVING HIS CHILDHOOD GRIEF OUT TO THE COLD!!!!" (Maria repeats this mystical chant at an amplified and progressively faster pitch, multiple times, in a desperate attempt to eventually release Fred The Wrench from his gut-wrenching, emotionally-scarred, childhood induced, mentally debilitating pain!!!)...

After the thenth time of Maria repeating the strange metaphysical chant, Fred's convulsions appear to finally subside, and he lies on the floor with his eyes shut and body completely motionless. A bright magenta beam of light then flashes down from the heavens and engulfs Fred's human bodily form. Then the sound of a sweet chorus of angels, along with an echoing sound of distant nitro cackling, fills up the team's compound -- It's an audible apparition like no other! Slowly, Fred then begins to shrink in size, and within seconds, he morphs into a chrome plated egg, no bigger than a golf ball... "WOW!!!" squawks Peter The Parrot "Is this the beginning of Fred's metaphysical metamorphosis into a butterfly?!?!"... "Yes," replies Maria, catching her breath after an exhausting round of emotionally consuming chanting "So far, so good."...

Sebastian blurts "Not to get ahead of ourselves here, but, if Fred does successfully morph into a tranquil butterfly, free of his childhood Christmas trauma, and no longer stressing about the time when his dad threw his Visible V8 model kit into the burning fireplace, will he ever then be able to return back to his human form again?!?"... "There's no guarantees," says Maria "At this point, we just have to hope that Fred can first make it all the way to becoming a peaceful butterfly."... Larry Lamb chimes in "From what I've seen in the past, this stage of being an egg, and then advancing to the other subsequent stages of butterfly metamorphosis, can go relatively smooth, providing that no evil forces from the darkside try to interrupt the process."... Then, with another flash of bright magenta light, Fred as an egg, then morphs into a larva. Then another flash of light appears, turning the larva into a pupa (or chrysalis as some people like to call it)... "There's only one more stage of metaphysical metamorphosis to go," says Maria with reserved optimism "and then Fred with be a stress-free butterfly!!"... "Will he be a big butterfly, since Fred was a big guy??" inquires Peter The Parrot... "No," replies Maria, "He will be the normal size of a butterfly."... "That's weird!!!" squawks Peter "I mean, I just can't imagine Fred being smaller than me!!!"...

THEN, the most intense of magenta colored flash of light fills the room! The sound of a chorus of angels reaches a pleasant sustaining hum, and a distant echo of what sounds like a dozen or more nitro engines, cackling in perfectly tuned harmony, blends in with the angels' soothing tones! KAAAABOOOM!!!! Fred The Wrench miraculously morphs from the pupa stage into a small, delicate and peaceful butterfly, and flies up onto one of the team's spare Chevy big blocks shelved in the shop! Everyone goes silent in awe, while they then hear a high pitched voice come from the butterfly's tiny mouth "W-W-What is this?? I'm a butterfly?? H-H-How did this happen?? W-W-What happened to my body?? H-H-How come I sound different??... Maria walks up to Fred The Wrench, who is now in some kind of blessed butterfly form, and says in a soft and loving manner "We used an ancient Mesopotamian metaphysical chant to bring you some much needed peace of mind for the Christmas season, Fred."... Then there's a slight pause, and Fred in butterfly form replies, "This is all about me losing my dad's pliers when I was a kid, ain't it? A-A-And him then chucking my Visible V8 model kit Christmas present into the fireplace, ain't it?? I-I-I'm okay with that now, it doesn't seem to bother me anymore.".... Maria looks at Fred in his butterfly form and smiles, as tears of joy roll down her cheeks... Peter The Parrot then discreetly squawks to himself, under his breath, out the side of his beak, so that the others can't hear him, "I still hope that we can eventually transform Fred back to being the old Fred we used to know, the big burly, overeating, cumbersome, wisecracking wrench of a man we all knew and loved. That's my only Christmas wish. That's my one and only true Christmas wish that this hot-rodding bird is so desperately, desperately praying for."...


Yes, my dear friends, this is the mysterious mind-bending-hereafter rebirth, and puzzling parallel universe relocation of the bewildering being, energy, and entity we call THE PHANTOM RACER...  Well, it's good news that Maria's chanting did indeed successfully morph Fred from a violently convulsing, emotional wreck of a man, into a peaceful butterfly. It appears that now, Fred isn't at all uptight and traumatized by the fact that when he was a kid on earth, his father threw his 'Visible V8' Christmas present into the fireplace, as punishment for Fred losing his dad's favorite pair of pliers. HOWEVER, NOW WE MUST ASK THE QUESTION, MUCH LIKE PETER THE PARROT'S MUTTERING UNDER HIS BREATH, WILL FRED BE ABLE TO EVER RETURN TO HIS OLD FRUMPY, BURLY BEAR, HUMAN-BODIED SELF?!?!? WILL HE?!?! AND WILL THAT HAPPEN IN TIME TO GRANT PETER'S PERSONAL CHRISTMAS WISH?!? PETER WANTS HIS BIG BUDDY BACK FOR CHRISTMAS!!!! WHERE IS THIS GOING?!?! WHAT THE HECK IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?!?!?... What's in store for our drag racing paranormal dream team as they continue to embark on unpredictable drag racing adventures throughout the parallel universes??... Can they all hold it together and successfully champion the powers of good??... Or will they fall victim to evil entities they cannot control???... These are just a few of the mind-twisting questions to be answered in future action-packed episodes of TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER!!... There's more paranormal mystical and maniacal drag race mayhem coming your way!!... You definitely do not want to miss it...

Stay tuned next Wednesday for a new chapter of the serial paranormal drama series we call TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER... Be sure that YOU follow the story of Sebastian Conrad... Bookmark this page and BE HERE every Wednesday!!... You can read prior episodes of TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER by simply clicking on the 'DOC'S BLOG' link that's conveniently located atop this page, and then scrolling to her Wednesday blog installments (because this series is published here each and every Wednesday). All characters appearing in this series are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead is purely coincidental. TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER story and imagery are copyright 2017 DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND.


YES, VIRGINIA... THERE WILL BE A BRAND NEW BIG STICK RECORD IN 2018!!!

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Today I'm posting a borrowed photo from somebody else's vinyl record collection. They've obviously got themselves a few choice Big Stick records in their possession... I thought I'd post this pic, in conjunction with officially announcing that there will FINALLY be a new Big Stick album release in the Spring season of the coming year (2018). That's right, it's been an awful looong time coming, but there are indeed 15 brand-newly recorded, mixed and mastered tracks that will be featured on a brand-spanking-new Big Stick LP-length album. And yes, it will be available on vinyl! And of course it will also be available on CD and all the popular iTune & Spotify type downloadable formats (and it will be made easily available all over the many different global markets and territories). And keep in mind that you can currently download the entire Big Stick back catalog on iTunes, Spotify and most of the popular cyber music sources. We're currently working with DRU's own Mike on getting the artwork, liners notes, and stuff like that together for the new record . As I've indicated on this page in the past, the release features some special guest appearances by some longtime musical friends, including Fred Schneider from the B-52s, Groovie Mann from the TKK, Jerry A. from Poison Idea, Johnny Kelly from Type O Negative/Danzig, Tom Timko, Paula Henderson, and Dave "Smoota" Smith among others... And yes, I promise all my gearhead readers that there's at least one new song on the upcoming album that's of a drag racing related nature. Stay tuned right here and facebook.com/BigStickBand for more developments...

 

 

A borrowed pic of someone else's Big Stick vinyl collection. There will be a brand NEW Big Stick record in 2018! 


ADDRESSING THE ISSUE OF HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING FOR GEARHEADS...

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I really do hate much of the blatant toxic commercialism that pollutes the holiday season of late, however, today I'm posting a friendly reminder to my readers regarding our massive catalog of Drag Racing Underground dvds... Drag Racing Underground dvds make spectacular stocking stuffers for you and all the gearheads on your Christmas list -- We have countless customers who can attest to that fact... Order soon so that you get 'em in time for Christmas... Below is a photo of yours truly in the Big Stick studio, holding some great Drag Racing Underground dvds, and despite what you may have read elsewhere on the drag racing internet regarding this picture, I assure you, I am indeed wearing pants, short pants, but pants nonetheless...