Derby Day Open Thread

Have you placed your bets yet ? Just haven’t been into it this year, well not since Hillary endorsed 8 Belles, the only girl running in 2008, and she was euthanized on the track. There’s a metaphor there I’m sure πŸ˜‰

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168 Responses to Derby Day Open Thread

  1. DeniseVB says:

    R.I.P sweet girl. You can search Eight Belles for the dramatic photos, I chose the one at her strongest πŸ™‚

  2. CiscoKid says:

    A BIG thank you for everyone that gave tips and clues on beating insomnia.
    Here’s what I’ve learned.
    No tv an hour or so before bedtime, same for Internet.
    No booze past 6 o’clock.
    And extra thanks to Somebody for the tip on Neurowater.
    Half hour or so before bedtime, hit the rack and just drift off to sleep.
    The SleepMango is actually quite tasty chilled.
    The insomnia has been quite bad this year, but I’m finally getting a good nights sleep.
    It’s only been 3 days that I’ve used it, but I’m averaging 8 or 10 hours of sleep.
    It may not work for everyone, but it’s helped meπŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€

    • DeniseVB says:

      That’s great news ! Though I’d be tempted to add a dash or twelve of vodka to that neurowater. Mango, yum πŸ˜€

      • CiscoKid says:

        The breathing exercise you gave helped, but with this water I only used it the night I read it.
        I’m going to alternate so I don’t build up a resistance to either.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        lol13 is better Denise!! πŸ˜€

    • gram krakka says:

      Back in the good old days, before my dear husband departed, a good orgasm or two really did the trick of putting me right to sleep with a big satisfied smile on my face. Damn!! Those were the best night’s sleep. Miss him every day and night.

      • CiscoKid says:

        I thought only men fell asleep right after sex.😊

        • gram krakka says:

          Nah. Maybe men fall asleep first and so aren’t aware that their woman is asleep too.

          Our secret code for “do you want to screw” was “what”, as in “do you want to watch a movie or what”. Since I am deaf in one ear I said “what” a lot. The kids never caught on. We had to run a box fan in the bedroom though to make some “white privilege noise” to try to mask the squeaky floor sounds and my screams and moans.

          • CiscoKid says:

            That is one hell of a story!
            I read that 10 minutes ago and I’m still laughing. πŸ˜†

      • DeniseVB says:

        So sorry for your loss 😦 ❀

        • gram krakka says:

          Thanks Denise. We had ~25 wonderful years together. We had a 100% / 100% relationship. I am so thankful that we splurged on vacations rather than a nicer house. If we had waited to travel until after I retired, it never would have happened. Memories of the life we shared, good times and not so good times, are what help keep me going.

          Now my purpose in life is to help my daughter raise her Autism spectrum “Aspie” kids. Being useful is better than sitting around feeling sorry for myself. Sometimes I want to get in my car and just drive away and not look back. But I know that they need me and if I am honest with myself, I need them too.

          Would I really be happier sipping pina colladas and flirting with some old geezer by the shuffleboard court at the senior center? Not likely! When you’ve been fortunate enough to have a soulmate like I had, you can’t help but compare other men to him and find that the pickins are slim, especially the older I get. Older men can look distinguished, while older women often look extinguished.

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    • 49erDweet says:

      Shopping for it now…….

    • swanspirit says:

      Going to check it out, for those nights when sleep won’t happen!

    • jenlyntx says:

      Also, imagine what you want to dream about. Visualize it — make it a good one. Sometimes you even dream it if you are really lucky!

  3. DeniseVB says:

    I have my Derby hat on πŸ˜›

  4. CiscoKid says:

    Battle of Midway, there’s an omen there.
    State of Honor and Irish War Cry.
    Going with a martial theme.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Isn’t today election day ? Good Luck France !

      • DeniseVB says:

        Thanks, I did catch up thinking Thursday was the last day of campaigning, but they go into a 2 day media blackout before the actual voting? I think I saw that all tweets from France will be removed, but not the US folks, lol, #MacronLeaks was trending !

  6. gram krakka says:

    Run for the roses.

    • swanspirit says:

      πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™ Love Dan Fogelberg, and I lived on a thoroughbred farm in Hartford County, Maryland, for about 6 years. I got to see foals born, and raised, and trained. Even worked at the track (whoa back!) for a very brief time. I love thoroughbreds, but they are very high strung. Some have very sweet dispositions, and there are some that are downright rank. But I love them, every one.

      • taw46 says:

        Oh, lucky you! I was just thinking how nice it would have been to be a part of that, if only for a short time. They are such beautiful creatures.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    My FB friends are always posting “skinny” recipes, so how skinny is this one if you can eat the whole tray?

    • elliesmom says:

      I have a recipe for mini-apple strudels made with phyllo. The recipe is from a cookbook for diabetics because there’s no added sugar. But nothing about them is low calorie. They’re dripping with butter. I put them out and tell my diabetic friends how many exchange points are in each one. Then they’re on their own.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Sounds like another healthy recipe I can eat a tray of πŸ˜‰ My friend has a recipe with bite sized pieces of raw chicken marinated in lemon juice and olive oil, then each piece wrapped in well buttered phyllo and baked for a short time. I can eat that by the pound, I have no self control, lol !

  8. helenk3 says:

    backtrack is the macron template

    Jadzia did tell us this

  9. helenk3 says:

    I am so confused!!!!! California is taxing driving miles, mile we go into space but giving free access to electric cars to public housing tenants. Any taxing there??????

  10. Dora says:

    OT but too good to pass up. πŸ™‚

    • 49erDweet says:

      This is for new or changed hires. In several recent high profile cases the “public” input was quite obviously a delaying tactic, creating additional public expenses and turmoil. The end result in each was additional public cost. The entities and the persons doing the hiring/change already represent the public. It was overkill and about to be thrown out by the courts, anyway. I have no problem with this. Your results may vary.
      You do realize EVERY $ spent in this process comes from taxpayers, right?

  11. taw46 says:

    Surprise, surprise. She is a Hillary supporter.

    “Angella Reid, the first woman and second African-American to hold the position of White House chief usher, was fired because she made no secret of the fact that she remains a Hillary supporter and she refused to pander to the president.
    ‘Angella is and was the consummate professional, and she was always respectful to President Trump but didn’t go above and beyond,’ a White House insider told ‘And she he made no secret of the fact that she was a die-hard Hillary supporter.’
    ‘Angella was not expecting this, she was totally caught off guard,’ added the source. ‘But she got a hefty exit package to soothe any disappointment.’
    ‘We are very grateful for her service and wish her the very best,’ an official told the Washington Post.”

    • DeniseVB says:

      Well since pandering to the First Family is the #1 responsibility of Chief Usher and a yuuugely non-partisan position, she had to go.

      One of the many books I’m reading now is “My Life with the First Ladies” by J.B. West who was head usher from the FDRs through Nixon. It’s a different era, before Obama permanently divided the major parties with his handy race card. Trump needs to get rid of every Obama appointee to unclog those swamp drain pipes.

      • taw46 says:

        That was a good book, I read it years ago. Yes, Obama and the lefties have ruined everything, politicized everything. And why would you ever want to keep someone who reminds people that she is a die-hard Hillary supporter? Probably part of the Resistance, too. So long, Angella.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I’m up to the Trumans, what a lovely couple they were. It’s why I read non-fiction, I can’t just read one book at a time, ADD. πŸ˜›

  12. DeniseVB says:

    I think it was dumb of Lauer to even ask Ellen the question, he wanted to start something, right? I like Ellen, but I think this is the only “safe” answer she could have given since her audience is mostly butthurt Hillary supporters and they really miss the Obamas (“Michelle is the coolest FLOTUS evah! POTUS also gave Ellen a Medal of Freedom!”). WTG Mattie, let the Ellen pile on begin.

    • gram krakka says:

      Well then sit down and shut up!

    • lyn says:

      Word. Ellen, who?

    • taw46 says:

      Her show is a safe space. God forbid they have to listen to a different point of view. I don’t watch her anyway, so I don’t care.

      • DeniseVB says:

        There’s a lot of shows I haven’t watched since 2008 when the Obama adoring began and he seemed to be off limits to “comedians”. I bet Ellen wouldn’t have Milo on either πŸ˜‰

        • taw46 says:

          It isn’t that I “dislike” Ellen, I just quit watching all those people who praise Obama and the commie left.

    • nerdle says:

      Ellen’s talk show used to be fun, until she became preachy and sanctimonious. The biggest issue I have is that I feel her show is exploitative of emotionally and financially poor people. I stopped tuning in when she started this sort of “Ellen’s people” segment where she gives needy or downtrodden people money or material items. It’s gross.

      • mothy67 says:

        My dad used to watch her daily. He just stopped. He is very religious. I wonder if it was sanctimony that put him off. Now its Steve Harvey and Family Feud.
        Before Rosie went off the rails she did mindless daytime the best. I have only seen a few episodes of Ellen. I prefer Kelli Ripa. I have seen her with her kids, she and Randy Johnson left an impression on me because of parenting. Sadly I waited on many tables when I was young. You get a feel for people with kids. Rippa also likes to kick a few back. I like drinkers. People that let the hair down and cut loose. Not meanies that have two drinks and go Doctor Jeckyll.

  13. elliesmom says:

    Our friends who talked us into moving to Ri are moving out of Providence and out into the country with us today. They’ve been in a hotel that will only allow one dog all week so their younger Golden has been staying with us. She has been an indoor dog all of her life only going outside to do her business. This week she discovered the wonderfulness of a fenced yard. If I called her to come in and she wasn’t ready, she’d go sit in the farthest corner of the yard and stare at me until i gave up and closed the door.. On Monday I gave her a lesson in walking on a leash, which she took to very quickly. On Tuesday I taught her how to share a leash with Ellie. She’s been out walking an average of 2 miles everyday. Yesterday, she got brave enough to go for a swim in the pond. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed having her here. Elliesdad doesn’t want to give her back, but we’re taking her to her new house later today. I think our friends are going to have to invest in a fence pretty quickly because I don’t think they have an indoor dog anymore. I’ve been sending them pictures of her having fun at “camp” all week, and they coo over them, but I don’t think it’s set in she’s going to expect them to get off the couch. lol

  14. AFVet says:

    From two of the best movies I ever saw.

  15. DeniseVB says:

    Since Milo was about 45 minutes late to his own event last night, here’s my attempt to edit you tube to when he finally appeared. Not much new was revealed, his book is coming out next week (can’t find it on Amazon?), he’s suing Simon and Schuster for 10 mil, will start his own publishing company and tour again at paying public venues, college kids will be admitted free. Much more to come he promises πŸ™‚

    • lyn says:

      Dangerous Books will be Milo’s publishing company, and he said his book will be out in seven days.

  16. DeniseVB says:

    Couldn’t help myself, commenters were calling the guy a Trump supporter……

  17. DeniseVB says:

    In honor of Derby Day, this is a real sport in Scandinavia. I think it would be a hoot for pro-Trumpers to show up at an AntiFa riot riding stick horses and swinging nerf swords and CHARGE! Mockery is our best weapon !

  18. CiscoKid says:

    PATCH, a horse running in today’s Derby has one eye.
    He was named before he lost his eye.
    I really hope he at least “shows”.

    • mothy67 says:

      I had a dog, Maddy, who was born with only one eye. No lie she was a great dog but she would eat the one eye out if every one of shay’s stuffed animals. She also loathed Barbie. I was constantly finding a foot here a hand there. Kid got a healthy dose of dark humor at a very young age.

      • CiscoKid says:

        What is it with dogs and Barbie dolls?
        My aunts daughter went thru 3 or 4 of them because of Skipper, a 3 year old mixed breed, aka mutt.
        If my niece left the doll unattended he’d grab it go underneath a bed or behind piece of furniture and just chew the hell out of it.
        I understand dogs chew shoes or slippers, but Skipper was a Barbie doll gourmet.

        • mothy67 says:

          I would say jealously. Maddy resented shay playing with a doll. Dogs can be needy. With my family away I have been staying upstairs. Bella needs so much attention. I cannot go to the bathroom without her. She is under my feet constantly. She was chained to a tree when some good neighbor called animal services. Just a wee pup left out in storms. To this day she panics when she hears thunder.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Thanks to our springer spaniels, my dd had many disabled Barbies. I think it was that soft chewy plastic they craved so mush. On day on poop patrol, there was a Barbie hand sticking out of pile, as though it was signaling me. Creepy πŸ˜€

        • My friends had five daughters and the world’s largest collection of naked Barbies.

  19. mothy67 says:

    Family returns today. How long do you think I will hold out before buying brat a new phone? I am shooting for an hour. Her devastation at wrecking her iPhone was a relief. Watching Big Little Lies again. Nicole Kidman gets her ass kicked. If you’ve ever known anyone in abusive relationship its chilling. Not something you can explain. My sister was married to a real gem. Getting them to breakaway is nearly impossible. They always claim staying together for the kids. Well knowing mom gets the shit beat out of her teaches wonderful lessons. There’s a reason we dropped 6 figures fighting for pup. Twisted but hearing her express great genuine remorse was a relief. Not borderline. You hold your breath and pray you are doing something anything right. Genetics plays a big role. My ex brother in law was Allegheny County’s most wanted. Constant threat of suicide. Thank God my sister ended it but her kids bear the’s only 7 episodes and Reese Witherspoon never shuts up. It’s not a new story. Desperate Housewives and Pretty Little Liars run with same themes. But its HBO so a bit more graphic.

  20. CiscoKid says:

    PATCH, 14-1…maybe?

  21. Dora says:

    Come on Irish! Let’s go!

  22. taw46 says:

    Forced starvation. And some of the idiot children in our country actually want this. Socialism/communism.

    • taw46 says:

      And I don’t know why he is “astonished”. This has been going on since Chavez or before, now becoming a real dictatorship under Maduro.

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  24. DandyTIger says:

    Some fun liberal logic:

    • DeniseVB says:

      I just read an interview blurb in my new People with The Handmaid’s Tale author(she’s 77). Really, it’s just like Trump’s world? Pathetic.

  25. CiscoKid says:

    A $2,500 mint julep?
    Mixed with a bunch of, imo, crap.
    Me, Bulleit bourbon, fresh mint and simple syrup. Lots of crushed ice.

    • Hold the mint and the syrup.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I saw that segment, gross. I can get the same buzz from my invented Mojito-Julep. Smash some fresh mint and fresh limes in a tall glass, fill halfway with vodka and add ice til it almost overflows the glass. Hold the flowers, straw and other garbage they added, very refreshing πŸ˜‰ $2.00

      TCH PSA: Top shelf Bombay Saffire Gin has been recalled because it has too much alcohol and has actually killed a few idiots. (In my Trump room, it was part of the mini-bar, on the dry shelf, a half bottle, not a fifth. Had I cracked the seal, $185. )

      • CiscoKid says:

        Vodka with a sprig of mint, and the lime is a nice touch.
        Definitely on my to do list. Sounds like it would make a refreshing summer drink.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Fresh lemonade and a jigger or six of vodka makes a poor man’s margarita too. Nice blend of tart and buzzy πŸ˜‰

    • DandyTIger says:

      She finally figured out how to rake in Clinton Foundation level money again. Trying to imagine people stupid enough to give money thinking it won’t all just go in her pocket. Oh wait, progressives are that stupid. Almost forgot.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Obama is organizing a permanent “army” or something. “Training” will be part of his “library” in Southside Chicago. How will the Dems ever recover if they let the Obamas and Clintons continue to suck all the oxygen. Wow.

      • swanspirit says:

        They won’t recover. But they will keep on whining.
        I guess Hussein is taking his ideas from Farrakhan. Not surprising, he never had an original idea of his own.

  26. DeniseVB says:

    When you need a break from politics, read Cripes Suzette. Have been for years, just smart funny blogging and her hysterical personal life and observations. Of course her topic today would crack me up…..also a link to a recipe for Basted Eggs ! A TCH Foodies bonus πŸ˜€

    • swanspirit says:

      That’s how I make my eggs! I didn’t know they were called basted eggs, I thought they were just a combination of fried and poached. I love them that way. Now I might have breakfast for dinner.

    • Somebody says:

      She’s about a mile and a half from me.

    • Jeffhas says:

      The only at I’ve ordered eggs all of my adult life… I can thank my wife for that tip.

  27. Dora says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      …..and long forgotten if s/he doesn’t win the next two legs of the Triple Crown πŸ˜‰

    • swanspirit says:

      Those are some gorgeous horses.

    • Constance says:

      I won $37. on Always Dreaming, and I lost my $2. bet on Patch to place. Also had my first official Mint Julep at Emerald Downs. Yikes, I was really thirsty after eating Chinese food however I leaned the hard way that Mint Juleps are sipping drinks. All in all a great day though.

  28. helenk3 says:

    now this is a group

  29. DeniseVB says:

    Am I on to something?

  30. CiscoKid says:

    Tyler. A 22 year old jockey and a one eyed horse in the Kentucky Derby at 13-1 odds.
    Only in America.

  31. jenlyntx says:

    I always bet the underdog. Well, almost always. I bet on Trump πŸ™‚ but in actuality he was the BIG DOG!

  32. swanspirit says:

    Has Bob Costas botoxed his entire face? His lips are moving, but nothing else.

  33. Dora says:

    Congratulations to Always Dreaming.

  34. 49erDweet says:

    Wow! #2 gs just had me check him out prior to his big prom night tonight. Wow! Black tux, black shirt, black tie, black shoes, uum, uum, uum! Handsome!!!! Hearts are gonna melt tonight!!! His late daddy would be PROUD!!!!!!

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  37. Jadzia says:

    I am losing it. How many more years am I going to have to support a 45-year-old teenager while I work 3 jobs and do most of the child care? I am so exhausted.

    • jenlyn says:

      Dr. Phil always says you don’t have to do what you don’t want to do you just have to make your mind up not to do it you control all the power. In my own life I was always wondering why others were not reciprocating in any way shape or form to the extent I was working or helping and I extrapolated and figured out it was because the situation was perfect for them it just wasn’t perfect from me and what was interesting is when I stopped the situation immediately rectified itself they never came to the table with anything and I was able to have my life back. Now I give my time to help people who really need it appreciate it

      • Jadzia says:

        I’m glad that worked for you. It hasn’t worked for me, but I’m glad that it did work for you.

    • swanspirit says:

      Hugs!!! Hopefully, things will change for the better! Maybe you can set some limits?

      • Jadzia says:

        I wish I could. I already have my own room and my own bank accounts and I don’t even go downstairs when he’s home unless the kids are here. I’m not sure how else to make my point. (“Please help pay the bills so maybe I could have only 2 jobs and be more of a mom” didn’t work.)

        • lateblum says:

          Jadzia, I actually hurt for you in that situation. I wish I could help. I’m certain we all feel that way. 2 days ago, my brother sent me a cd of a songstress I’d never heard of. (He is wise when it comes to knowing what I might like. In fact, he introduced me to Pink Martini – now my favorite musicians.) Anyway, I heard this and latched onto it right away. I hope you enjoy it…. At least a little bit.

          • lyn says:

            I like your brother’s taste in music.

          • lateblum says:

            Me, too. πŸ˜‰

          • Jadzia says:

            Thank you. I feel so bad today. May is always hard–lots of three-days weekends for everybody else = lots of days that I have to do all my regular work plus ride herd over the kids because there’s no school.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Sorry to hear. Sounds like one of those situations where you and the kids move and don’t tell him where you’re moving too. I hope you can somehow get to a better place. ❀

      • Jadzia says:

        Thanks. I have thought about that but because I am on the (expensive) lease for this house, that course of action would result in having to work EVEN MORE because of the need to pay 2 rents. It would be nice not to have to see or hear him any more, but I don’t think I can afford to pay a couple of grand a month for that luxury.

    • blowme0bama says:

      Yeah, you’re in a tough sit with all those kids. Don’t know what the answer is. I was married for 19 years to an alkie. The nature of alcoholism was that it just slow got worse and worse until I woke up and realized I’d spent the last 10 years being a mental health care orderly, basically. We didn’t have kids so it wasn’t as difficult, only expensive.

    • 1539days says:

      I thought that was normal in France, except the government takes care of the kids or no one has any

      • 1539days says:

        Sorry. that came out much worse on screen than it sounded in my head. I know a few people who have immature guys taking up space in their home.

      • Jadzia says:

        The nobody-has-kids thing is more a Paris thing. Red state/blue state kind of stuff. My next-door neighbors have four kids, the only lady I have ever socialized with in the neighborhood has four kids, and there are tons of 3-kid families at my children’s school. Two brothers-in-law have produced 5 kids between them (and no divorces). Paris is like Manhattan, it’s different.

  38. Jadzia says:

    Election day. I was so depressed I really didn’t want to leave the house. So I made some bacon (nope, not making that part up) and felt better for long enough to drag my ass (and 4 kids and a dog) over to the polling place and Do My Futile Civic Duty.

    I leave you with this interesting article:

    On a related note, boy, does Jean-Marie make me cringe. “Salt in soup”? Oy.

  39. foxyladi14 says:

    All eyes are on France Today.
    May the Best Woman Win. πŸ˜€

  40. foxyladi14 says:

    My President ❀

    • CiscoKid says:


  41. Anthony says:

    SNL got Mika down pat; Joe not so much

  42. Dora says:

    • DandyTIger says:

      Ugh. I don’t think this will end well for our candidate. And frankly, I’m not sure it will end well with France in that case. The road with open borders and the EU doesn’t end well.

      • lyn says:

        A U.S. artist who is French-American is so proud to have voted for the first time in France’s election. I know she voted for Macron, because she hates Trump.

  43. CiscoKid says:

    5:55 Paris time.
    Polls close at ????

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