Thursday, February 21, 2008

Happy Working Song.... and Oaklawn Race Track

.... in the past week I have visited Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, and now - Texas. There has been a lot of driving time and in between all that driving - a lot of shooting time. This particular week - I have really enjoyed the busy-ness.... kept my mind elsewhere - centered on just the photography and all the road-tripping. I have appreciated more moments this week than I have in the past four months...

Friends and family are all a little pissed that I have not called - sorry about that. I turned my phone off for the week.... I do not like my cell phone right now....

I left Little Rock hoping to go soak in some of the Baths at Hot Springs (I LOVE hot springs... I have them bookmarked for every state I visit)..... The roads are a little strange in Hot Springs, AR though - they kind of weave in and out, around in a circles. Neat town though, Route 66 is still alive and doing well in many areas. Somehow, weaving in and around the roads, I managed to locate the Arlington Hotel (Al Capone's favorite hotel in the area) which had a neat little spa... I passed up the hotel, though, to go check out the thoroughbred racetrack (actual photo of OakLawn Racing Track below). Again, I got kind of disoriented with all the roads and turn offs for the track.... so I ended up pulling into the stables. Maybe it was the out-of-state plates or something, but they definitely made a mistake and just waved my car in. I got to watch the race from the point-of-view that the photo was taken. Eventually some jockies came over, trying to figure out what I was doing, we struck up conversation .... I never knew how tiny jockies are. They are so itty bitty and so talented. I have never learned so much in a single day - I learned how to pivot a race horse, how to gamble, where the horses go after they are no longer racing.... they explained the track, the different kind of races, what the score boards were about. It was the most entertaining mistake I have made in months..... Eventually as the guys were getting ready for the 10th race or something, I made my way to the actual track.... I made a bunch of new friends, and this cute little Grandma and I bet on a horse together.... I filmed a little part of the race. Perhaps I will put it in my blog this Friday.....

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

he is actually out of town till the 12th, I love you and I cannot wait to see you...

Anonymous said...

Funny how some things work out. Did your horse come in in the 10th race? Don't take this the wrong way, you look intimitating in that black mask.

London Andrews said...

Matt, is that you?! Ha, that was such a cryptic message - I had to read it a few times to figure what you were saying... : )

I am getting into NYC on the 6th or 7th, headed to Northport, and could stay with you the 9th-11th... ? I don't really have any work planned then so I am going to be super bored when you are working.... but I'll do it if it means drunken fillet mignon in your bed again. : )

Ha! That was such a mess.... but too much fun. I'll see you in about 2 weeks! Yay!

..... moving on......

My horse came in 3rd, which basically means that I won nothing... but it was a hell of a lot of fun. I can see why people go to the races....

And that mask... it ... fucking.. rocks. : ) I bought it in Ft Laud at the Fetish Factory... that place is a trap for a model looking for crazy wardrobe.

Anonymous said...

You are just adorable. Your style of writing is so creative and funny. It's nice to know SOME beautiful women have a sense of humor and don't take themselves so seriously--God how I love you Bohemian types. As a writer myself, I appreciate that. I wish I was down south right about now. We just got hit with a nasty snowstorm here in NYC and now it's all turning into dirty slush. Oh well. Please keep us posted. We look forward to hearing more about all the eccentric characters you continue to encounter. And I think that mask is hot--I've always found "intimidating" to equal sexy--especially when you're wearing it. Ciao! xo

Duff Man said...

That sounds like 100 pounds of fun, per jockey! We don't hear that often about entertaining mistakes.

Anonymous said...

hey london,
if you LOVE hotsprings as much as i do you DEFINATELY need to stop on your road trip for a week in IDAHO, one of the top 5 hotspring destinations in the USA, its incredible.

Love your work, you are absolutely stunning and its seems your personality matches your beauty. Oh yeah and check out the book "The Golden Spruce" by John Vaillant. I think you would enjoy it based on what you've said in your blogs. Your reading preferences are similar to mine.

paul