Monday, May 09, 2005

Weekend at Burbank's

For those of you who, like me, are great fans of Thoroughbred horse racing, this weekend was your Holy Grail, because Saturday was the 131st running of the Kentucky Derby. Nicole and I have established the custom that-absent a trip to Louisville-as long as we are living in the Tri-state area we make a trip to River Downs to watch the simulcast from Churchill Downs and enjoy the day's live races, and to place a $2.00 wager on the Derby. Last year I placed $2.00 on Smarty Jones to win, and I got $10 in return.

This year, however, there was a perfectly legitimate reason why we did not go to the track Saturday. We celebrated the conclusion of my educational endeavors with about 25 family and friends at Burbank's Real Barbecue and Ribs. To be honest, I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon. What's a late spring Saturday without good barbecue? Perhaps the most special part of the day, however, was that so many of my friends took the time to come and wish me well. I want to personally thank everyone who took the time to come and celebrate with us, and thank you all for the many cards, gifts, and congradulations that you brought. This was truly the best Derby Day I can ever remember.


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