down & derby


I woke up grinning like an idiot. I’m pretty sure I was smiling in my sleep, the little I had after staying up and watching that episode three more times.  I still don’t know what else happened because my mind was a blur.  I think Maggie ran over somebody with a tractor, Sasha and Jesus were dancing to some loud music, and Carl and Enid were roller derbying down the road, lol!  I’m not going to get anything done today because those two have wrecked me for good, and we haven’t even gotten to 7.12 yet which is Richonne heavy.  I’m not gonna make it, y’all *sighs*  

But that look at the end and the forehead rest was the cherry on top of a sundae of Richonne goodness.  Rick needed that kiss like he needed air to breathe and so did we.  If anyone can give Rick Grimes his mojo back, it’s Michonne She’s A Freaking Goddess Grimes!  Rick said thank you for all of us:0 

i asked twitter what i should draw, and the results were 50% ‘arima’s face 50 times’ and 50% ‘more roller derby au,’ so i compromised (◡‿◡✿)

(his referee name is White Knightning)


Barbaro remembered in Kentucky Derby tribute

As mentioned earlier on this blog it’s the 10th anniversary of Barbaro’s Kentucky Derby. Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby remember Barbaro and his legacy in this official video featuring trainer Michael Matz, jockey Edgar Prado, and owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson. Watch Barbaro’s Derby.


Doin my skatey skate

anonymous asked:

If you were to send someone on a historic home walking tour in Salem, what would you recommend?

…there is a good book on Salem architecture by a guy named Tolles, I believe. If it was me I’d start next to Hawthorne s birthplace, walk through to the other side of the House of Seven Gables, then down Derby Street to the Derby House and Custom House. Take the walkway next to Derby House that brings you over to the 1680s Narbonne House, then cross Essex Street heading to the Common. Get over to the Washington arch side of the common, walk a bit in Winter street, then back towards the big federal houses on the common.. Take in the grand Andrew-Stafford House, turn onto Essex and head past the Essex Institute and go behind the place to take in the McIntire designed tea house from the 1790s. By now you’re into downtown Salem, with the museum. Lots to see here, obviously. I’d head down Essex Street all the way to Ropes House and its garden. Walk through garden over to Federal Street to see  Pierce-Nichols House, walk to see its carriage house. Back to Federal I’d walk full length of Street to Assembly Hall , then over to Essex Street again. Just great residential streets. Ending up over on Chestnut Street……I’d soon be over at Gulu Gulu Cafe with their beer list. lots to see in a small area….thanks for the question….

Ten years ago, after months of exhaustive study - charts, color coded note cards, poring over the Blood Horse - I called Barbaro my Derby Horse. I watched with bated breath and shaking hands, shrieking and whooping when he made his move and blew the field open. In a competitive class of three years olds, he stood supreme. I thought he was The One. We all thought he was The One, but it was not to be. But today I’m not thinking about the tragedy that would come. I’d rather watch that amazing race over and over again and feel my heart swell with emotion every time. “It is all Barbaro!”

Every year at the Kentucky Derby, crazy hat-wearing, mint julep-guzzling horse-gazers break into a passionate rendition of Kentucky’s state song, “My Old Kentucky Home.” As tradition goes, the University of Louisville Cardinal Marching Band accompanies the crowd as they croon a ballad that seems to be about people who miss their happy home. “The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home/‘Tis summer and the people are gay” begins one version.

But Frank X Walker, Kentucky’s former Poet Laureate, suspects that most people are missing the point.

“I’m a Kentuckian, and I love my state,” Walker says. “But at the same time, you know, the memories, the history this conjures up, I think people sing it and are totally disconnected from the history, from the truth.”

Churchill Downer: The Forgotten Racial History Of Kentucky’s State Song

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