Anyways, this is my first Derby Season in Louisville and it is a big deal. Not only are there awesomely decorated hats, but there are rules and routines for everything. Here are a few things that I am learning about living here in the spring.
- The weather is crazy: 85 degrees at 5pm. 50 with rain at 8pm. 75 with sunny skies at 10am. Repeat almost daily.
- Derby is bigger than Easter. How do I know this? The kids get "Oaks Day" off of school but not "Good Friday." Oaks Day is when the female horses run the day before the Derby. I guess this is the day to go to the track and you go to "Derby Parties" on Derby Day.
- There is such a thing as a "Derby Party." There is even a "Derby Pie." It looks like pecan with chocolate, but what do I know. (side note: last year at the race they served $1,000 mint juleps. It was made from ice that was taken off an imported glacier. Seriously)
- Horses are a big deal. Every Walmart has one inside. It isn't real, but good luck convincing Ana of that.
- Secretariat won't be running this year. Good luck convincing Durant of that. He has a field trip to the Derby Museum and we are pretty sure he will cry when he doesn't see Secretariat. He now wants to be a jockey. He has the height for it.
- Horses have cool names. "Pants on Fire" is Nikki's pick to win. I'm waiting for a horse to be named "Mr. Wiggletooth." He would get my vote.
- Louisville races everything. If it can go in a straight line, there is probably a race over the next few weeks.
- Nothing gets done until after Derby. People are on semi vacation. It is pretty funny. I feel like an outsider. There are fundraisers every day, basketball tournaments, and everything. I'll tell you more when I figure it all out.
- It takes weeks to prepare for, but the race is over in just over 2 minutes. Go figure.
That's a crash course in this time of year here. Have a great Easter weekend.