Though our weekend was pleasant, it had some rather high-stress events attached with the good stuff (including a fantastic Breeders’ Cup Classic; holy smoke! as Grandpa would say—I’ve posted it below the cut). As you no doubt know, extreme highs and lows both take a toll on us, so I’m rather exhausted and emotionally beat this Monday; therefore, some cute seemed more in order than anything else, at least for those of us not still overwhelmed with all of the cute little trick-or-treaters from last week.
As you can see, our Lucy (nicknamed “Puff” because…well…mostly it’s that fluffy tail of hers) had to take a hop into the tea cabinet. Happily, my camera was nearby so I could capture the silliness for posterity, because you know they care deeply about such things.
Have a marvellous Monday, don’t forget to check out my preview of TCM’s Vivien Leigh centennial celebration, and enjoy the races after the break!
First, the Classic. I had a few oddball picks this year, but was most invested in Mucho Macho Man, being ridden by 50 year-old jockey Gary Stevens who retired at the top of the game years ago, worked as a racing commentator, and then, last winter, decided to un-retire from the jockey game. In less than a year, the man won the biggest race ($5,000,000) in the United States, horse racing’s equivalent of the World Series or Super Bowl. What a fantastic story—and, I must say, a true thriller of a race, perhaps the most exciting Classic since Zenyatta-Blame.
Also, Mucho Macho Man—trained by a woman who’s had a heart transplant—beat the much-vaunted Game On Dude…who finished 9th.
I’ll confess to loudly cheering Mucho on down that stretch, enough to scare the felines from the room (Ben just joined in with Chewbacca collie noises)—and take a look at how very close the finish was:
Ahh, all those poor folks who wasted their money on Game On Dude. (For the record, I don’t gamble, just enjoy watching.)