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Girls in hats

There’s just something about girls in hats. I can’t explain it, but they catch my eye, and it has nothing to do with how they look beyond that. I know I’m a very visual person, and maybe that’s it. The woman under the hat could be any size, shape, color, or age and I would still look.

In traditional fashion, I checked the television for the Kentucky Derby pre-game show this morning.

There wasn’t one. They always have some alternate channel that runs all day and shows parties, histories, old races, in a big lead up to the race. There are always plenty of girls in hats too. Did they kill the hype since there was a triple crown winner last year? I have no idea, but it’s kind of a let down.

Keep in mind that I’m always paying attention for Lisa the robot’s next outfit too. The network had a nice, even if shortened, pre-race show. I was able to get my girls in hats fix, but may have to google some later on. Check these out:

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Maybe it’s because they always look happy. The race was great, and congratulations to Nyquist and his team.

Why didn’t I think ahead and order some Lisa goes to the Kentucky Derby artwork? It could have made for a fun post. There’s always next year.

I used my disappointment time to get a tiny bit of work done. I read through and marked up all of my critique group assignments. I made sure to put them in the truck, because I’m prone to forget them.

The 99¢ sale for The Playground went live this morning. To be real honest with you, The Playground hasn’t been selling quite like my previous efforts. Maybe a sale early on can jar things loose. If any of you are interested, it will be at this price for a short time. Everyone who’s read it enjoyed it, just saying.

Then there was the promotion of the sale. I hit it on Twitter a few times, and in the WhatsApp room operated by the Rave Reviews Book Club. I even talked Lisa into posting it on her Facebook page.

I did some work on future Lisa Burton Radio interviews. Before Monday, I need to assemble the next one and get it scheduled. I also have a writing cabin style post I need to get written. It will probably post on Monday, and I think it’s for a good cause.

Then there is reading. It’s so hard to find reading time these days. I promised someone a read and review on a graphic novel, and need to get to it. I’m still working on a novel I wanted to read, and it’s taken nearly three weeks now. It’s a good novel, but finding a little quality time has been hard.

Yesterday was payday, and I still have to pay the bills. We’re doing something for date night tonight, but I think we’re probably doing it on the cheap.

I need to prioritize the next interview tomorrow, and the Writing Cabin post. We have tickets to Captain America tomorrow, and will watch Game of Thrones. Somewhere in between I need to get more stuff accomplished.

Did anyone out there enjoy the Kentucky Derby? Did you work on writing projects, or something equally fun? Is anyone going to Captain America? What has the world been doing while I was ignoring it?

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There is no Joy in Mudville

I did my homework for this blog post. I had some great stats to share with everyone. I’m posting something anyway, but not in the kind of joy I anticipated.

Seconds ago, California Chrome failed to capture the illusive Triple Crown. I don’t like, and never did like, his owner. He’s on TV crying fowl and calling the winners all cowards. What a jerk. Love the horse, hate the owner. California Chrome is an awesome horse, and I’m pretty sure he would be ashamed of his owner too.

This is the longest long shot in the entire sporting world. To even understand it, we have to look at global circumstances for comparisons.

Affirmed was the last triple crown winner in 1978. I don’t think there is a triple crown horse living today.

There is a Super Bowl and a World Series every year. There is a bid for the crown too, but it’s different. Sure, one horse wins the Kentucky Derby every year. To win the Triple Crown that horse, and only that horse, has to win two more prestigious races. After the Preakness, the bid for the Triple Crown is over most years. It’s kind of a rare thing to have a candidate for the Crown in the Belmont Stakes at all. It happened this year.

Here are a few of those global situations for comparison.

Since 1978 the USA has sent troops into harms way half a dozen times.

Paul VI was Pope in 1978, there have been four more since him.

The Summer Olympics have been held 10 times since Affirmed won it all.

The only thing I could find that is more rare was the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953.

In fishing we say the ones we don’t catch make the ones we do all the more special. I’m looking at the Triple Crown the same way. I hope I live long enough to see it again.

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