Saturday, May 04, 2024

Friday Night Date and a Derby Party on Saturday

We tried the "new" Old Bag of Nails (pub food, noisy bar) in Upper Arlington last night with 2 other couples. The Arlington Bag had moved from the Tremont Center near our former home on Abington Rd. to that messy scramble of partially built buildings at Kingsdale on Tremond Rd. Because of the congestion and parking, we'd avoided it up until now, but we all managed.  We found a handicap spot as we were drivers for someone who needed that. There was a lively crowd, lots of middle age and some families. Since it is in a retirement building (Covenant) squished next to the new community center we weren't sure what to expect. The menu was much as we remembered from 25 years ago, and we got the Cobb Salad. The others ordered breaded fish (one order can easily serve 2 and hand helds. 

We asked the waitress to guess the combined years of marriage, but she failed the test. 185. 56 + 64 + 65. We tipped her anyway. She was very sweet and very young--but then, everyone looks young to me! It was an evening with a lot if reminiscing--the days of black and white TV, the old wringer washers, Bill and Joyce met because he was in the Army in the town where she lived, and the rest of us avoided the military because we were pregnant or had a baby, first jobs, first apartments, and most of that was over home-made apple pie with ice cream at Jerry and Joan's home after our restaurant meal. We all get together fairly often, so I don't know why we had so much story telling. Age I suppose. No one else to talk to who remembers this stuff--plus our kids are tired of our stories!  We all have or had summer homes and Bill and Joyce will be leaving in a week or so for Put in Bay on Lake Erie. Jerry and Joan go to Boyne City on Lake Charlevoix in Northern Michigan.  We sold our place in Lakeside on Lake Erie in 2022 after 34 years.

We're going to a Derby party tonight May 4, and I've been wearing the same fuchsia hat for about 5 years. Today I found a new white floppy hat for $3 (still with store tags) at Volunteers of America and wrapped it in blue flowers from the old hat to go with my blue shirt and multicolor floor length skirt I got at the Discovery Shop (cancer) for $6. 

And while I was looking for a hat at the VOA, I just happened to see a Laurel Burch tote for $3. I have one of her umbrellas from 30 years ago. I don't know if it's an old one or new one (she died in 2007) licensed with her name. It looked unused. I love her whimsical designs.

While I was at the VOA I asked the clerk for a tape measure so I could determine if a cute pair of light weight summer pants would fit. She didn't speak English, which has never happened to me in that store. She gestured to the store manager, who also spoke very little English, but figured out what I needed. They were fine. $3.

Now I need to look up the horses who are running, and who are the jockeys.   We each place a $2 bet.

The 2024 Kentucky Derby lineup features a competitive field of colts and jockeys. Here’s a look at the full lineup:
  1. Dornoch (20-1) - Trainer: Danny Gargan, Jockey: Luis Saez
  2. Sierra Leone (3-1) - Trainer: Chad Brown, Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
  3. Mystik Dan (20-1) - Trainer: Kenneth McPeek, Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.
  4. Catching Freedom (8-1) - Trainer: Brad Cox, Jockey: Flavien Prat
  5. Catalytic (30-1) - Trainer: Saffie Joseph Jr., Jockey: Jose Ortiz
  6. Just Steel (20-1) - Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas, Jockey: Keith Asmussen
  7. Honor Marie (20-1) - Trainer: D. Whitworth Beckman, Jockey: Ben Curtis
  8. Just A Touch (10-1) - Trainer: Brad Cox, Jockey: Florent Geroux
  9. (Encino, scratched)
  10. T O Password (30-1) - Trainer: Daisuke Takayanagi, Jockey: Kazushi Kimura
  11. Forever Young (10-1) - Trainer: Yoshito Yahagi, Jockey: Ryusei Sakai
  12. Track Phantom (20-1) - Trainer: Steve Asmussen, Jockey: Joel Rosario
  13. West Saratoga (50-1) - Trainer: Larry Demeritte, Jockey: Jesus Castanon
  14. Endlessly (30-1) - Trainer: Michael McCarthy, Jockey: Umberto Rispoli
  15. Domestic Product (30-1) - Trainer: Chad Brown, Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
  16. Grand Mo the First (50-1) - Trainer: Victor Barboza Jr., Jockey: Emisael Jaramillo
  17. Fierceness (5-2) - Trainer: Todd Pletcher, Jockey: John Velazquez
  18. Stronghold (20-1) - Trainer: Philip D’Amato, Jockey: Antonio Fresu
  19. Resilience (20-1) - Trainer: Bill Mott, Jockey: Junior Alvarado
  20. Society Man (50-1) - Trainer: Danny Gargan, Jockey: Frankie Dettori
  21. Epic Ride (50-1) - Trainer: John Ennis, Jockey: Adam Beschizza
These are not race horses, but may be the first original art I purchased. Artist is Alison Adams, and I purchased it at Manchester College.  1958. She may have been on the faculty.

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