We started off the day with several games of bowling. Albany Bowl has a great low price special on Thursday and Friday days. I won all the games, but that hardly mattered since Munchkinhead explained she doesn’t care how many pins she knocks down, she likes bowling because she likes throwing things. O_o
Somehow, after bowling and a nice lunch at home, our day turned into a sort of accidental let’s-be-rich-people day. We spent the afternoon at the race track and then went for dinner at the yacht club with our uncle.
I’ve driven past Golden Gate Fields well over a 100 times and had never been in it. Munchkinhead’s visit seemed like a great excuse to finally check it out. It was lots of fun, especially since it was an absolutely gorgeous afternoon with bright sun and not too much wind. We watched 7 races and bet on a total of 11 horses from those races. Munchkinhead had been to races in Kentucky before (she went to college in Kentucky), so she knew how to place the bets.
Overall, we won half our money back. We started off picking horses based on the horses’ names. That didn’t work too well. By the end, we were picking based on jockeys and their rankings and the horses’ names. That worked better. In the 7th race, we picked 2 of the top 3 horses.
Here’s a fabulous picture of the two of us in the stands, in between races. Munchkinhead borrowed my hat. (Well, I put it on her head and she made a face. But her faces are always so much better than mine.)
We almost got a picture of the two of us in front of the track when a gentleman offered to take a picture for us. However, he turned out to be totally inept. Couldn’t understand the concept of “no, you have to look through the viewfinder,” no matter how many times or ways Munchkinhead explained it. Then he couldn’t find the shutter button. Then the camera turned off, after which, in trying to turn it to find the power button, he dropped it 5 feet onto the hard concrete and said, “good thing it’s electronic!”
Munchkinhead was horrified, especially when she discovered the fall had broken the camera. Part of the retractable lens had come out, the lens couldn’t close and the camera screen would only give us “lens error. reset lens.” Needless to say, by the end of this, we didn’t get our picture. Though I did get Munchkinhead’s camera to work again after some minutes of futzing with it.
So instead of both of us in front of the field, here’s Munchkinhead in front of the field, and me in front of a tree in the parking lot.
Our Uncle had invited us for dinner at his yacht club, so we headed directly over to Sausalito after our day in Albany. The yacht club is at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge and it happened to be very clear and sunny when we got there. The fog rolled in while were having dinner. Munchkinhead was thrilled and super excited about the fog. Until we went outside and she learned what the fog meant. Brrrr.
She got some great pictures of the bridge, and got a nice picture with it.