|Man, the shit is getting real at the Kentucky Derby.|
|Nice stud, wot?!|
This weekend, I attended two charity events in two days, which I expect is a first for me. On Friday night, Ms. B. and I accompanied our friends Joe and Suzy Albanese to the fund-raising auction & gala at Piedmont Classical High School, where Suzy teaches. A few weeks ago, I went to the school to speak to students about writing (see "The Author Speaks," April 18, 2017), and this weekend, Suzy was kind enough to pick up a copy of Blue Devil Island to offer at the auction. Happily, it commanded a good price for a good cause. The school provided live music, drinks, and a massive spread of excellent hors d'oeuvres, which made for an enjoyable and worthy event.
And last night, Ms. B. and I accompanied our friends Jenny Chapman and Doug Cox to Autumn Creek Vineyards to attend the fancy Run for the Roses Derby Day, their annual fundraiser for Help, Inc., an organization that helps victims of domestic violence. Derby Day is a fairly lavish affair, with a huge auction, raffles for prizes, a catered buffet, Autumn Creek wine, more live music, and the Kentucky Derby on a huge screen TV (my horse did not win, alas). All in all, a most entertaining and worthwhile experience, and I must say I should enjoy making this a regular tradition.
|Beth and Suzy at the Piedmont Classical High School Gala|
|Ms. B. sporting a fancy-ass hat for Kentucky Derby Day|
|The crowd gathers to watch the Kentucky Derby at Autumn Creek Vineyards|
|The section of trail of Bryan Park North that runs near the train tracks|
|Tis far better to encounter one of these while hiking in the woods than while sitting at a railroad crossing|
Not a good idea, my friends.
Kimberly's birthday is coming up this week, so more festivities loom — as do sixteen tons of work at the office as well as at home. One of these days, I've gotta get some rest.
|Bigfoot's latrine? Near "VSP Get L.O.S.T. at Fairy Stone State Park" (GC6YJVW)|
|The old dude on the hunt at Fairy Stone Park|
|Arf'ing hot, man.|