suffolk DOWNS

Yesterday was a spectacular day here in Boston, 86° and bright sun all day.  My husband and I decided to make a trip to Suffolk Downs, the local race track, located near Logan Airport.

In 2011, the state passed a law that would allow for 3 resort style casinos and 1 slot machine parlor to open in Massachusetts. One of the coveted spots, would be in the greater Boston area.

Suffolk Downs (backed by the Mohegan Sun group) was one of the locations being considered.  But, lost out to a Wynn Resort which will be built in nearby Everett.

Because of this, Suffolk Downs will be shutting down forever on October 4th. He thought yesterday would be a perfect day for us to go.

I don’t remember the last time I went to Suffolk Downs. I think I was part of a big group, and the excitement in the air was palpable. Today the crowd was just there. I felt no excitement around me.  The track wasn’t crowded, and had no life to it. People were watching races from other parks on TV’s set up near the betting windows.  I remember listening to the people around you strategizing about what horse they were going to pick.  Not today, just a bunch a lackadaisical people mulling around.  I wondered if I was missing something.

We stayed for 5 races, the last being the 7th race, the most exciting for us.  The number 1 horse was Everyday Dave, how could I not bet him, my husbands NAME.  I always bet on Number 7 in the 7th race.  I went to the window placed my bet. $5.00 on 7 across the board, $5.00 on 1 across the board and a $1.00 box on 7 & 1.  We got the tickets and went outside to watch the race. We picked our spot right in front of the finish line, so we wouldn’t miss anything.  The bugle sounded and they were off, our horses were in the top 3 while they were coming towards the finish line.  It was hard to make out who the winners were.  A photo finished was needed. My horses came in first and second, I won $71.00. The excitement was back.

Even if I ended down a couple bucks.

All the pictures were taken with my iPhone 6!

“another reason why i’m an iphone LOVER”

Here is a picture that I took with my iPhone…and edited in Adobe Photoshop cs5…which one do you prefer?

If you want a better look, click on the picture.

This piece is on exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  There is one on display at the Institute of Contemporary Art as well.

Here is a link to the ICA’s website where you can see a picture of the whole piece and information about the artist.

Click HERE

“iPhone CRACKED”

Yesterday I dropped my phone, facedown onto the concrete pavement.

Do you think it still works?

I just had an argument with my daughter, it was something so stupid , I can’t remember what it was.  Wait, I know, it was about driving in the snow.  My daughter got her license in October. She is a new driver, and has no experience of driving in the snow.  I was a bit apprehensive (who am I kidding, irrationally hysterical) about her driving!   We were on our way home from an earlier appointment.  The snow had accumulated and the roads were getting slippery.  On the way home she suggested that she take herself to her appointment.  By the time we got home our conversation had escalated.  We were not talking about driving anymore…it was more about trust.  I was aggravated, grabbed all my stuff and headed for the door.  My phone was resting precariously in my left hand.  I took my first step, I could feel  the phone falling out of my hand.  The next thing  I heard was the crackle of the shattering glass, after it hit the garage floor.  I looked down, then looked up at my daughter.  I was upset, I knew my phone was shattered and wanted to blame her.  If we hadn’t had that argument, I would have calmly gotten out of the car and taken all my belongings safely with me.

I can't believe it still works!!!!!!

Instead, I’m angry, and my phone is smashed!  I really didn’t want her driving alone in the snow.  What was I going to do?  The first thing I know I need to do was call AT&T to find out how to get my phone fixed.  He told me I need to take it to my local Apple Store and they would either give me a new one or fix it.  They assured me it wasn’t going to cost more than $199.  $199, I can get a new phone for that price, what to do?  Should I fix it…upgrade to iPhone 4 or wait for Verizon?

My visit to the Apple store will have to wait, my daughter still has that appointment to get to…We compromise, she drives, I’m passenger.


I’m surprised how quickly she has “adapted” to the elements and how badly I haven’t.  I feign confidence,  tell her the roads are slippery, apply light pressure on the brakes and explain quickly about the ABS system (you know when the brakes take on a life of their own and you feel like you have no control over the car).  I praise her newly acquired tactical skills and wait for her to take us home.

Off we go to the Mall.  Me to the Apple Store my daughter chooses to walk around.  I walk into the store and immediately encounter 10 Apple employees all wearing bright red fleeces.  ‘Tis the season….I give my name to the concierge and wait my turn.  Raj finds me and I present him my phone, “no problem, I will take care of it.  You just need a new glass screen, cost $99.00  I’m relieved  my phone will be fixed and  I won’t have to decide on upgrading my phone at this time.  Raj is done and ready to check me out.  I hand him my credit card,  he attempts many times to put the repair order into the system. He reports the system will not allow him to charge for the repair.  I leave, my phone fixed, no charge.  Thank you Apple computer!!!

All fixed 🙂