Sunday, August 27, 2006

Off to the Races

Saturday night we had our third annual evening at Hazel Park Harness Raceway to celebrate my Uncle Bill's Birthday. In attendance were Don (my dad), Sarah (my sister), Aunt Sue, Uncle Bill and myself. We got to the track around 6:15 and got a table in the Clubhouse so we could have dinner while we watched the races. I tried to take pictures through the window, but they're a bit fuzzy.

This a picture of a horse with his harness and rider

Here's how the harness racing works:

They've got this truck:

A modified Chevy pick-up, I think it's a Silverado. The truck was new this year. For the last 40 years they used a modified white Cadillac.

They drive the truck out on to the track

and the horses start to line up behind it

The guys sitting in the back of the truck close the gates and the driver starts heading around the track

Here's the horses as they were passing our window

When they get halfway around the track the gates open and the truck gets out of the way

here are the horses after their first lap

That platform by the yellow pole is where the guy stands to take the picture for the photo finish.

Here's a picture of the scoreboard with the odds for the next race

The minimum amount you can bet is $2 per horse. I bet $5 per horse, 2 horses per race for all ten races. That's a total of $100. I walked away with a net loss of $25.75, which isn't too bad, especially since Don gave Sarah and I each $20 to bet with.

and a good time was had by all.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Buy my father's stuff

Don buys a lot of paintings at estate sales and thrift stores. Occasionally he finds one by a known artist and can make a decent profit. Which is great, but buying paintings has become an addiction. He has stacks of paintings in his spare room and he’s agreed to help a local artist sell his work. Don knows nothing about selling art. He’s asked me to help him set up a website to show the items he’s selling. I thought I’d start out with a blog, post pictures of the paintings and write up what we know about the artists. I figured it would at least help us get things organized. Later on I might look into one of those free websites. I have a link to the blog over there -->. If anyone has any ideas on how to make it better, I’d appreciate hearing them. Also, I’m having trouble getting photos of the paintings. Most of them are under glass, so if I use a flash I get a refection, and without flash they are blurry.

As always, you are also welcome to buy my stuff. I'm selling books and movies on


when i bought the car, i was going to put up pics and write about the car buying process, but i couldn't find the cord to the camera. now it's 3 months later and i don't feel like writing about it, so all you get is pictures of my pretty purple car.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Random Picture Time

itty bitty pineapples!

Look what I can do! I made these for my cousin and his wife, who just had a baby girl.

Buddy, my dad's min pin