“Let us then be up and doing with a heart for any fate. Still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labour and to wait.” Longfellow
This is one of my favourite inspirational quotes. I am going to use it to take a look at my winter season in Florida.
Let us then be up and doing.
Mid December; Biasini and I were off down to Florida. This year to a new barn, Standing Oak Farm. I knew that my Florida coach, Lou Denizard, had moved his horses there so that meant it had passed muster with him. Large stalls and good ventilation, each stall with its own fan above the stall and openings on both sides of the stall, so horses can look out into the aisle, and also out to the outside.
But even the most glamourous barns are useless if the staff is not good. So, when…
I peeked around the corner of the street and there they were. Hundreds of odd looking anime characters. Some presumably schoolgirls, and others, disturbingly ugly creatures that you’d think would haunt you in your nightmares during the depths of the night.
As a complete outsider to the Japanese culture (19 and I just had my first successful attempt at sushi) and having barely any anime knowledge, I walked into the eighth largest anime convention in North America, wearing what is my failed attempt to cosplay Lulu Bell from D. Gray Man. Who is Lulu? Don’t ask me, because I went with the idea after simply Googling “easy cosplay ideas” and there she was.
This event from April 7- April 9 at the George R. Brown Convention Center covered three floors of everything from cosplay, music, fashion, anime, to art and collectibles. It was overwhelming to say the least but I…
As it does each year, it brings with it the reminders of why we love the game…
The National Anthem played while the boys stand there with their hats held across their hearts, the smell of burgers and popcorn fill the air, volunteers everywhere, little siblings running up and down the bleachers-laughing, screaming, crying because they just dropped their ice cream-parents cheering for each and every kid on the team as if they were their own.
Yes, a sense of family is born each season- and with that, means teaching the boys to be humble for days that end with a win and dust off the clay when losses come their way, learn from them and keep on, keeping on. I venture to say this is true in most aspects of our lives.
Fair is Fair! There is absolutely nothing wrong with The Legend of Billie Jean. Nothing. It’s a mid-80s girl-power rebel anthem. Adults are assholes. They don’t understand kids. And the kids band together to fight back. One of their hideouts is an abandoned miniature golf course which had got to be the coolest secret headquarters ever. The Joan of Arc symbolism alone is incredible. Helen Slater’s cropped hair, Christian Slater’s blond hair, a Honda Elite Scooter, all perfection. Do yourself a favor and watch it soon!
The Legend of Billie Jean
Directed by: Matthew Robbins Produced by: Rob Cohen Written by: Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal Starring: Helen Slater, Keith Gordon, Christian Slater, Peter Coyote Music by: Craig Safan Cinematography: Jeffrey L. Kimball Edited by: Cynthia Scheider Release date: July 19, 1985 Running time: 96 minutes
Don’t give up your dream because someone tells you it isn’t worth it. No one knows what destiny has planned for you, so believe. Believe in yourself for your self-satisfaction. If not for yourself, then believe for the sake of the people who took risks in life and made something great of their lives. Respect them, and respect yourself.
When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have. Sir Winston Churchill
This week’s Word Press Photo Challenge is the word “Atop”. Perfect. I have just received, from professional photographer Susan J. Stickle ,four photos of me atop my horse Biasini at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival last weekend. Here they are. All these photos were taken while I was riding the Prix St.George test.
THE EXTENDED TROT
THE SHOULDER-IN TO 8 METRE VOLTE
Winston Churchill was correct.When you are atop a great horse ,it is the best seat you will ever have
To learn more about Susan J. Stickle, photographer, read my interview with her here.
I want to try something new and requires your interaction or it dies. It is a “I remember when…” segment.
It goes like this…
Recently my mom bought me a tub of mixed nuts. And in that tub were pecans which are not my favorite, but I ate a few of them and the taste caused a lost memory to come flooding back into my mind. I remember as a small boy cracking pecans so perfectly so as to extract the entire pecan out without it breaking apart. I also did the same with walnuts. I would have to be so delicate with the nutcracker and then surgically remove the entire nut. For some reason I experienced great joy from accomplishing this task. I might have been 9 or 10 years old. I had not eaten pecans in so long and it was amazing that that memory hit me like a fastball to the gut.
Now your turn. What memory has recently entered your mind that had been lost for years, but is now found? Please keep it clean, after all, my momma reads this blog! lol (Hi Mom!) You can leave your thoughts in the comments to the thought or even a post, whichever works.