Random Thoughts

The Racehorse…

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So today is the Preakness Stakes, and just like with the Kentucky Derby, Stef and I will be watching. The money is not just in the races though. The big money is in the breeding of horses.

A horse such as American Pharoah can earn his owners tens of millions of dollars in a brief period of time, perhaps just a couple of months. You see a winning stallion, can have a stud fee of $100,000- $200,000 and could breed four times a day, resulting in hundreds of potential champion foals.

Imagine that…A horse doesn’t have to win every race to be a big winner in the long run. Which horse will be the big earner today?

 

Stay groovy…

–Susie

(Copyright 2019 Susie Krivacic)

 

 

The Swimming Pool…

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So when we moved to Miami, I was 10 years old and having spent quite a few seasons in the cold and snow while living up North, Florida was almost a shock. It was warm year round, even in the dead of winter.

This difference in climate was most evident in our relationship with our swimming pool. With six kids aged 16 and below, we seemed to spend every waking moment in there. Jumping, splashing, playing Marco Polo, chicken fights, and even shooting hoops, we were never at a loss for games to play in the pool.

Then the day arrived…Christmas morning. After all of the morning festivities, we wound up, once again, in the pool. It was chilly, but still warm enough for us to indulge. My mom took an awesome photo of us gathered around the pool ladder.

That picture became our Christmas card for the following year. It represented us well and might have also served as a “na-na na-na boo-boo” to our friends who were freezing up North. I’m sure that photo inspired many a visit from people on our Christmas card list…

 

Stay groovy…

–Susie

(Copyright 2019 Susie Krivacic)

They Grow…

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One of my lines is “You feed them, you water them, and they grow.” No, I’m not talking about plants (although the premise applies). I’m talking about our children.

My son, Ethan, turned 18 yesterday. He graduates high school in a couple of weeks. Where has the time gone?

You see, kids come home from the hospital swaddled in a cozy blanket. They know nothing of the world…They’re sponges, if we may…

I am so proud of the man my son has become. He overcame autism (Asperger’s Syndrome) to become an amazing photographer and an even better friend to those who know him. He’s intuitive, empathetic, hardworking, and kind. Ethan begins college in August, and I know he will be successful with wherever his future takes him.

From a little bundle of joy to a man…and it all happened in the blink of an eye. I’m not kidding! Time goes so fast…an important fact to be aware as you bring your infant home.

With a tear in my eye…

 

Stay groovy…

–Susie

(Copyright 2019 Susie Krivacic)

More Iris Apfel…

Iris Apfel

So our “Accidental Icon” Iris Apfel has done it again. At the age of 97, she is the new face of Magnum ice cream. After signing with IMG models, Iris has been giving the likes of Cara Delevingne and Bella Hadid (previous Magnum models) a run for their money.

During the past decade, Iris has been a brand ambassador for many including MAC Cosmetics and Kate Spade. But you won’t see her walking the runway.

“How can I compete on runway? That’s ridiculous,” Iris has said.

 

Stay groovy…

–Susie

(Copyright 2019 Susie Krivacic)

The Race…

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So as I have entered my mid-50s, I find my thoughts often drift to the past. It was a time when children left the house in the morning and only popped back in if they got hungry around lunchtime. We played outside until the street lights came on or mom rang the dinner bell (whichever came first).

We spent a couple of years in South Bend, Indiana living on a cul-de-sac called Brandon Lane. As citizens of Indiana, we had a fondness for the Indy 500. This love naturally became visible in our outside play as we embarked on an intense race that tested our physical fitness and mental acuity. It was a bike race. It was the Brandon 500.

The whole neighborhood participated. I’m not quite sure for how many laps we circled that cul-de-sac, but the event was full of kids flexing their athletic prowess and experiencing controversy as accidents, bike malfunctions, and the occasional foul call made it an exciting experience for all.

The largest dilemma, that is still argued to this day, was the fight to the finish line. If we had video back then, it would surely have been akin to the disqualification of Maximum Security in favor of Country House at the 2019 Kentucky Derby. My eldest brother and sister were neck and neck just shy of the finish line. As they approached what would have required a photo finish, my brother’s bike pedal broke. This mishap helped ensure my sister’s victory.

To this day, my brother will declare that he would have won if his pedal had stayed intact. My sister disagrees. If you want to watch an exciting debate ensue, bring this topic up at a family gathering.

Keeping the memories…

 

Stay groovy…

–Susie

(Copyright 2019 Susie Krivacic)