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Long time no see , besides the title of Marc Lawrence's autobiography , is also an apt reference to my 37 months in the online wilderness .
But now I have my new Net connection to my new house I can once more partake of things Chan .
And especially CC at the Racetrack that is next week . Of course here in Melbourne the talk has been of The Cup for months . Indeed last week the mystery of the death of the horse Phar Lap ( upon which the CC movie is loosely based ) , was again front page news when the latest forensic tests proved he was poisoned by arsenic while in the USA . This and a recapping of the mystery for a younger generation filled 4 pages of the leading daily paper ! ( Rush , those pages and the famous 50 cent coin for 2006 for next weeks winner is in the mail , watch for them in the next few days ).
I will be online for the event as usual but somewhat more comfortably this year than in the last few years when I have had to be online in Internet Cafes full of teenagers playing ferocious online games !
This year I will cook my infamous Charlie Chan pork (Karate)chops for the lunchtime online Cup session . ( Well it will be lunchtime here anyway ) Together with Hawaiian (sucker) Punch .
See ya then if not sooner .
I received the letter along with the cherished Winner's Coin for this year and the article on Phar Lap's sad demise. I may try to scan it and include it with our image for our Chat on Monday.
Could you please send me a list of the horses who will race in this year's race, please? I can look them up, but, to be safe, can you send me the latest information, please?
Take care, and we shall see you, hopefully, for the Melbourne Cup.
Wow , it seems like only a few days ago I posted that envelope . I just looked up the latest feild for the Cup and they still have 50 horses listed ! Only about 25 will actually run . And one of the favourites a British horse has just been put down due to some accident in training . There is always something dramatic happening in the lead up to the race .
One of the most charming tradtions of the Cup is the day before when all the previous winners still in the country parade down the main street , even ones from 25 years ago are still around living in pampered retirement . Thousands of people turn out to cheer the old champions .
I'll have a better idea of the field after the weekend .
See ya , STEVE
How many men would enjoy that kind of pampered "retirement", especially since many of they are put the dreary second job of "stud"!
Welcome Back, Steve!
Thank you! This should be a very fun evening. We have, usually, around a dozen "regulars" for our Chats these days. We'll see how many turn out for the Big Race.