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Postcards From the Road

Posted on 07.02.2015

Postcards from The Road

Posted on 06.30.2015

Postcards from The Road

Posted on 08.06.2013

Zen Puppy Vol.2

Posted on 08.05.2013

Zen Puppy Vol.1

Posted on 05.17.2013

Induction Speech and Thank You's from Ann and Nancy

Posted on 10.02.2012

Fanatic out today!

Posted on 05.16.2012

more thoughts

Posted on 03.19.2012

March run...thoughts from Motley Sue

Posted on 12.09.2011

Heart News - December 1983 - A Letter from Lou Wilson - to Ann & Nancy and the fans...

Posted on 10.21.2011

Oz blog 3

Posted on 10.17.2011

Motley Sue - New Zealand Blog 2

Posted on 10.16.2011

Our trip down unda ~ Motley Sue's Blog entry 1

Posted on 07.24.2010

Writing Mistral Wind

Posted on 06.01.2010

Dear class of 2010

Posted on 12.05.2008

funny things that Nancy has said....

Posted on 12.05.2008

Cheerful Earful!

Posted on 08.30.2008

Debbie Shair's Q&A's

Posted on 08.13.2008

man is it hot on the road

Posted on 07.29.2008

Week three already?

Posted on 07.21.2008

As promised - here it is :) Ann's new tattoo.

Posted on 07.11.2008

Summer Tour entry one

Posted on 03.12.2008

Greg Upchurch

Posted on 10.26.2007

Happy Halloween!

Posted on 04.18.2007

Last nights Dreamboat Annie Performance

Posted on 12.05.2006

Impact Awards, May 2nd 2003 [ 12/5/2006 ]

Posted on 10.31.2006

Response to Craig Ferguson, and this year's Halloween Party

Posted on 10.20.2006

Helllooooo

Posted on 03.16.2006

A Sad Note

Posted on 12.20.2005

Holiday Greetings

Posted on 12.20.2005

Holiday Greetings- Posted by : The Band

Posted on 10.31.2005

The annual halloween party

Posted on 10.13.2005

Frank Cox's son Chris - sends us a journal ~ he's a volunteer who has been doing animal rescue

Posted on 10.05.2005

Elizabethtown

Posted on 09.13.2005

Hold On

Posted on 08.31.2005

To our Southern Mongers

Posted on 08.31.2005

To Carl ~ Posted by : Mike InezHey

Posted on 07.20.2005

Kentucky Derby 2005 - The Last Bash

Posted on 07.11.2005

Derby Day II

Posted on 07.07.2005

Kentucky Derby day

Posted on 07.05.2005

"Bling Bling" The Derby Part 4

Posted on 06.26.2005

Derby Continued (part 3)

Posted on 06.23.2005

Where do i start... part 2

Posted on 06.23.2005

Where do I start...

Posted on 05.29.2005

Nancy and Cameron go to the pacific northwest to show th film and support independant record stores

Posted on 05.16.2005

Scoring Elizabeth Town

Posted on 04.11.2005

Hey There Mongers!~Posted by : Debbie Shair

Posted on 03.29.2005

Spring has sprung

Posted on 03.29.2005

What have I done... Well...since i left the witness protection program...~Posted by : Craig

Posted on 03.23.2005

Mike Inez - checking in

Posted on 12.31.2004

From My family to yours

Posted on 12.31.2004

Mongers of the world unite!

Posted on 10.06.2004

Hellooo heartmongers!!!

Posted on 07.11.2005

Derby Day II

Posted by: Ann Wilson

No one sees Giacomo coming. The odds on this horse are 40-1, and only a tiny handful of lucky or 'clued in' people put money on him. To me, all the horses are miraculous. They are extreme athletes; big, buff, cut, shiny equine royalty...nothing like the sweet old riding horses we have on the farm in Seattle (though there have been moments my little Morgan mare does dare to dream!).

The moment they leave the starting gate everyone in the place is on their feet. All eyes are locked on the pack. Whoops turn to yells, yells turn to screams as every person throws every bit of energy into his or her chosen horse. Blood is pumping wildly, people are up on their chairs. Afleet Alex is doing well, but strangely doesn't spark...and then out of the blue, here comes Giacomo like a locomotive on fire right up through the pack! People can't believe what they're seeing, people suck in their breath, hearts do an odd dance, eyes struggle to focus and brains to believe what they are witnessing. The horses are still building steam as they get closer to the finish...Giacomo has his mind made up. He gives it a blast and crosses the line...several horses together with him. The jockeys stand in the stirrups. They are the only ones who know the truth at this moment.

There is chaos in the stands and in the infield. No one understands who has won, no one has expected this. It is a photo finish, so there is a long moment where people can be heard saying "who won? Who won?" Finally the giant reader boards down on the track read "Giacomo". It is an upset. One for the books. Where did this horse come from? People are indignant, and the whiskey in their veins makes them yell about it. I look around me...'wow! These folks are serious.' From another table we hear the overjoyed yell of a winner. He has won and won big. With Giacomo's odds at 40-1, he has won $40,000. People let out a collective sigh and collapse in their seats. I look down at this wonderful horse who now has roses draped across his wet withers, and stands proudly in the winner's circle being photographed. I wish I could touch him and smell his horsy scent and tell him personally I thought he truly rocked. But...he knows.

People start making their preparations to leave. The race day is over for most. They have parties to go to. They need to go freshen up before the next round of social events. Tracy and I are having a little trouble leaving though. There are a couple of more races as the sun starts to set, and we chill and watch them, betting the rest of our money. We don't win. Our luck has turned and as the last race ends we clink our glasses together and toast each other. Here's to friendship and horses and Marianne and Louisville! Oh yes, and here's to our hats!

To be continued.

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