Monday, May 07, 2007

The Gold Standard

This weekend my wife and I attended the 82nd running of the Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase race in Virginia. A fixture on the greater Washington metropolitan area social calendar, the Gold Cup draws more 45,000 spectators for races that begin with Jack Russell Terriers and end with seven hurdle and timber horses races. Invited to attend with some dear friends from D.C., we positioned ourselves right along the fence where we were able to watch the steeds thunder past.

Despite nearly constant rainfall and an egregious degree of old-world pretension (a friend described it as “NASCAR for snobs”), it was a load of fun. There was a strict dress code--ladies had to wear spring dresses and hats while the men had to don their best spring formals or seersucker suits. We dined on a menu that included mimosas, quiche, deviled eggs, a trifle, a cheese plate, Bloody Marys, chicken salad, pecan pie, chocolate tarts, Mint Juleps, and more. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday, if I do say so myself.

In fact, it’s a good week overall for Stephanie and me. Today, she was at the White House for the arrival of the Queen of England. And Thursday she’ll be back in New York where we’ll take in a Yankees' game. Come to think of it, that's not a bad way to spend a week!


Anonymous Will said...

old-world pretension and “NASCAR for snobs”...guess you and your wife fit right end, eh? hahaha.

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Anonymous Deletha said...

For a student, you are having way too much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This southern gal dreams of going to the Kentucky Derby. I know y'all had a grand time!

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Calvin said...

Let me comment on how well you look at the races. Well fitted I must say. And the Queen? Stephanie, I must say, you certainly picked an interesting time to be working for NASA. Glad to see you puttin' on the Ritz!

4:54 PM  
Anonymous deon said...

Wow I was invited to this event, but opted to go and see the "Bodies" exhibit at the The Dome in Rosslyn, VA. It looks like it was lots of fun too. Maybe next time I will go.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Andrea said...

Heck that is a great way to spend a year. How fun. Life has been good to you. Stephanie and you looked so British. Cheerio Mate...

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Bethany said...

Tell Stephanie I loved the hat!

9:46 AM  
Anonymous BC said...

Loved that you guys went to Gold Cup – you both looked awesome!

Glad you had fun! They are a blast!!!!

10:00 AM  

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