Thursday, July 24, 2014

Maiden Races

I went to the track yesterday and shockingly came back with much more money than I came in with. I don't typically bet maiden races. A maiden race is for horses who have not won. They are hard to handicap because a lot of them are first time starters. Even if they aren't, how can you predict a horse who hasn't won to win? I put down an exacta box bet on a maiden race yesterday just to have rooting interest. An exacta is a bet that means the horses you bet on have to come in 1st and 2nd. I boxed the bet so they could come in any order. My bet was $2 exacta box on 1-4. So it can come in 1-4 or 4-1. It just cost me $4. Towards the end of the race, I didn't think one of my horses was going to make it. Then all of a sudden, it came flying down the stretch and my horses came in 1st and 2nd and I cashed in for $148. That was my big win that allowed me to be up a lot for the day yesterday!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Horse Racing Hall of Fame

Before I moved to North Carolina, I lived about 25 minutes from Saratoga Race Course. That is the oldest track in the nation. Every summer, I'd go about 4-5 times out of the 40 days that have racing at Saratoga. The hall of fame is about a mile away from the track. Believe it or not, I had never been there until today. It was really nice. It had a ton of neat information I didn't know. However, it had one huge factual error. On the plaque of Seattle Slew, who was the 1977 triple crown winner, it said that he was the 11th triple crown winner. There have only been 11 winners. The 11th winner was Affirmed in 1978. I just emailed the hall of fame to let them know of the error. Hopefully they will fix the plaque because it's embarrassing to have a factual error like that for everyone to see. Other than that, we only spent 2 hours there, which wasn't enough time. We had to go though because we were going to the track and the races were about to start. I would definitely go back there again and hopefully spend more time there.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Live Baseball

I went to a Washington Nationals game on Sunday. I've been to several MLB games before. My interest in baseball has gone way downhill ever since all of the steroid use. Watching a 9 inning game is kind of boring. I got that same sense this Sunday while watching live. The first 3 innings took an hour and 20 minutes. It ended up being an exciting game. There was a home run and the game ended in a walk off double with the guy scored from first. The thrill and excitement of going to a baseball game is just gone for me though. If given the opportunity, I'll definitely go again. I just won't be as excited as I used to be going to baseball games.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Segway Tour

I made a pit stop near Washington D. C. on my ride home to New York to visit a friend. Her boyfriend does segway tours in DC. A segway is a two-wheeled, self balancing, battery powered electric vehicle that people ride on. They are pretty sweet. The tour my friends boyfriend does is 3 hours long and $75. It takes people all over DC to see all the big monuments and memorials. We went last night and just went to random places. We didn't do the entire tour. Since my friends boyfriend is the assistant manager, we took them out for free! It was fun to ride them and a ton of fun to see the monuments and memorials at night.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Packing

Is there anything more fun than packing and cleaning? Not at all! Last night, I started cleaning my apartment. I wanted to dust, vacuum, clean the kitchen, clean the bathroom, and do all of the laundry. Tomorrow, I'm heading to Virginia to visit a friend and then home to New York for about a week. I wanted to make sure my apartment is as clean as possible. Obviously a males version of clean is far different than a females version. I still think I did a pretty good job though. Then I spent a little while packing today. All I'm really bringing home is clothes to wear. I don't need too much more. However, there's always the fear that I forgot something important. If I have, I'll remember it 3 hours into tomorrows trip. I guess I'll have to turn around and get whatever I forgot. I should be fine. I look forward to seeing my friends and family from home next week!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Online Training

I'm in the middle of online training required by my new district. There are 13 courses they are making me take. It will take me between 2-3 hours to finish. It isn't due until September 30, but I want to get it over with as quickly as possible so that I don't forget to do them. It's really easy and common sense stuff. It just takes an extremely long time to listen to all of the boring information and then take the insanely easy common sense quizzes. I doubt I'll finish this tonight, but I plan on finishing this tomorrow before I go home for a week.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Espy's

The Espy's is the only award show every year that matters to me. It's the awards given to athletes. They have awards for the best male athlete, female athlete, best athlete in basketball, baseball, hockey, football, etc., best moment, best play, and many, many more. It's by far my favorite awards show. It's always filled with great memories that I forgot happened in the sports world throughout the year. I'll be watching that tonight on ESPN at 9 o'clock!