A Day at the Track

May 22, 2013
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One of my fun days since I am retired is to take off and spend an afternoon at a horse track. This year it is going to be harder, because my favorite track is shut down for renovation. River Downs is in a multi-million dollar makeover, so it can not only feature live racing and OTB racing, but also slot machines. This is the new trend in tracks. I am only interested in the live racing. I like to watch those beautiful thoroughbreds run. However, with the increased cost of developing a race horse, fewer horses are available and people seem to think they cannot loose enough money just betting on live races. Therefore, tracks are forced to supply the full line of gambling to bring the crowds to the track. If they are successful, then the horses will appear in larger numbers again and everyone will have a chance to make more money. I will have to go to Shelbyville and see how I can do at their track. It is a beautiful facility, but in the past did not feature thoroughbreds as much as I liked. This has changed, so I will have to see how that goes this summer. With my $2 bets, I doubt if I develop a gambling problem. I just like to see how I can do against the odds, and as I said previously, watch the horses run. I have been known to spend 4 hours at the track and spend no more than $20. I usually can match that in winnings, so at the end of the day I am all even. I am the last of the big-time bettors!

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22nd Annual Metamora Grad School... @ Old School Grounds Shelter House
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This is a casual reunion for anyone who ever attended Metamora Grade School, and an excellent opportunity to reminisce about the good ‘ole days at Metamora School. Take yourself back in time as you visit with some of your former schoolmates. The Metamora School days are remembered by many from this era as days of hardships, yet they also remain as some of their fondest memories of youth. The school has been gone about 36 years now, since about 1979. Please feel welcome to bring your family, old photographs or class pictures, or any old school mementos. All ages are welcome. Attendance in past years has ranged from 25 – 100. This event is very informal and will begin with a pitch-in lunch at noon. Dress appropriately for visiting at the outside, open shelter. Restrooms are available a couple hundred yards away at the State Building. Please bring a covered dish and your own beverage. Let’s keep our memories of the old school alive as long as we’re alive. Call Jim Hunter at 812-350-8253 for more information.

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