“A Well-Tuned Engine”
Twenty-eight year old Becka Jackson has earned the distinction of being the first African-American assistant crew chief on the NHRA Drag-Racing circuit. The demands of, “Her Baby” (the race car) keep her busy day and night. It is possible for Becka to be in a different city each weekend for a whole year with hardly any time for herself. She has skipped her Well Woman exam including Pap smear for the last couple of years, trusting to luck. Anticipating a well-deserved trip home, her younger sister, Paige asked her to speak to a group of underserved women who were very intimidated by the thought of a gynecological examination. Realizing that if she were to be honest in giving this talk she’d better walk the walk, Becka books a Well Woman exam with a doctor in Martinville, Tenn., whom she saw for her first well woman exam at the Thunder Valley Meet. Having her exam and answering the doctor’s questions gets Becka to thinking about what a wonderful machine the human body is and how all parts must be tuned in harmony for good health maintenance.
“A Well-Tuned Engine” is a 20-minute monologue performed in English.