Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Flaking Out at the Cabin

We spent a few days at our cabin near Mt. Rainier making sure it was clean and ready for a small horde, or maybe herd, which will congregate there after Christmas. We fight an interminable fight with mice. They do manage to get in no matter what we do. The fear is hanta virus which can kill. So armed with a bleach mixture in a sprayer and paper towels we wipe everything down, just in case.

Other than that we had several days of relaxation. I listened to some blues on my disc player and read almost half of The Home Run Horse: Inside America's Billion-Dollar
Race Horse Industry and the High Stakes Dreams That Fuel It
by Glenye Cain. I love thoroughbreds and racing. One of the highlights of our recent trip was attending the races at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky and visiting Churchhill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville. This is a well-written book that describes everything about the business, from buying a yearling at the sales to breeding and bringing new foals into the world. 3300 new foals every year of which 17% win less than $1000 and 9% never race at all. This book tells you how much money is involved. I could never have enough to own and support a claimer but I'm willing to lay down a dollar or two at the races at Emerald Downs near Seattle.

Meantime Anna was reading The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I had read it and recommended it to her. She doesn't often take my recommendations but she admitted that she could hardly put this aside to eat. It is a good one, indeed.


Blogger Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Thank you for cleaning the cabin, Grandfather. I look forward to again enjoying its cozy confines. Happy Holidays.

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