Thursday, May 03, 2007

A Weekend of Memories

When Ace and I were dating, he took me to the Kentucky Derby. It was an experience and a half. Of course, we were poor college students, so it was the infield for us.

Lel E. Tee, ridden by Pat Day, was the winner of the Derby that year. I remember walking around, looking at all the drunk people. I remember seeing a group of people with a cutout of E.T., and couldn't understand their craziness. They weren't crying that year, I'm sure, as their pony made it to the wire first. I remember watching a group of guys start rocking a port-a-potty with someone in it. I remember losing my $ 100 Ray Bans (remember those!) at the bus stop BEFORE the Derby started, having to buy an obnoxious plastic pair with the Derby logo on it. I was SPORTING.

The following year, I was already back up in Ohio but I made the trip back down to the 'Ville to attend the Derby. That year, you can bet that I did not pick Sea Hero. My luck with the ponies was NOT good. We would go to Keeneland in Lexington, KY, and I think I won maybe twice. And we went a few times. It was embarassing, really.

That year, we were there with Ace's friends. And I remember one friend, one IDIOTIC friend, saying "has he asked her yet?"

This didn't register with me. I attributed it to Scott just being ... Scott. You just have to know Scott. He is his own enigma.

So that night, Ace had a night dinner out planned. I sort of suspected something was up. He was nervous. He kept his pocket away from me. We ate dinner at The Galt House, and he took me up on the Belvedere in downtown Louisville.

And then he asked me. THE question.

And of course, I said yes.

So this coming weekend hold a lot of memories for me. I have no idea who is running the field at the Derby. I haven't followed horse racing. But I will be there, watching it on the television because I just have to.

It's tradition.

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Blogger The "Mind" said...

Aww, what a wonderful memory. I always find it funny, when proposal stories are told, at how nervous the guy is.

7:21 AM  
Anonymous Robin said...

Whip yourself up a mint juliep, just for the memories!
ahhh...sweet little story of you and ace..I'll have to blog mine someday!

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Jacque said...

How is it that me the KY girl has never actually been to the derby. Yeah, I even lived in Louisville for a couple of years. Oh well, we'll be watching it too.

Sweet proposal story :o)

8:23 AM  
Blogger Knitting Maniac said...

Jacque, it would be just like how I don't go to any of the tractor pulls over at the fairgrounds ... even if it is there, if the want isn't there to go, it really doesn't mean a lot.

Ace had been there a few times before. However his favorite part of Derby time is Thunder Over Louisville. You know, men and fireworks....

9:10 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

What a nice memory! Dominic is due to a Kentucky Derby party :)

10:41 AM  

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