A weblog about all the inconveniences we encounter in everyday life. Diapers, junk food, cruelty to animals, hostile people, rude cell phone behavior, cancer, terrible customer service (also known as "why the hell am I giving this company my money?"), ignorance, parking, bad spelling, family disturbances, office politics, death (the biggest inconvenience of all) and more. Thanks for saving me thousands of dollars in therapy by reading my blog. It might even make you laugh.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Smitten by A Horse

I'm smitten by a horse. It seems crazy, I know. But I love this horse. I'm in love with this horse. The horse is Afleet Alex, and the trouble is Alex is a racehorse. I don't even like horse racing.

You're more likely to see me out protesting at animal circuses with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or the Animal Protection Institute than cheering on horses from the side of the track. I love horses and all animals, and I don't like any sport or any kind of entertainment that exploits animals (I also don't like gambling so much).

So why I am cheering for Alex to win on Saturday in the Belmont Stakes? I simply can't help it.

I first heard about Afleet Alex on the web site of Alex Scott, my tiny heroine (see previous post). As you may know, Alex founded Alex's Lemonade Stand and has raised over a million dollars for pediatric cancer foundations. Sadly, Alex passed away last year at the age of eight of neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer. But her lemonade stands and her spirit live on, and Afleet Alex is helping to raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stands through merchandise sales and even a percentage of his winnings.

There are so many reasons to love Afleet Alex. Just look at him. He is simply gorgeous. I can't take my eyes off of him. He's in the air in this picture! He only had a ten percent chance of surviving after birth when his mother couldn't nurse him, yet he thrived. He is a survivor, and that inspires me and many other cancer survivors.

He's also a fighter, and a champion. A few weeks ago at the Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown (he came in third in the Kentucky Derby), he fell TO HIS KNEES during a collision with another horse, but recovered to win the two-minute race. Two seconds of that video and I was head over heels. As much as I hate to say it, this horse loves to race and to win. And he looks beautiful doing it.

There are now Alex's Lemonade Stands set up at the tracks when Afleet Alex races, and this weekend coinciding with the Belmont Stakes there will be Alex's Lemonade Stands all over the country, check HERE for a location near you.

There's a great article in USA Today about Alex, and if you read it, read more about Alex on his web site, and check out Alex in the Belmont on Saturday, you may just become smitten, too. With a horse. In the meantime I will be silently cheering Alex on. There's just something special about that horse.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Roses for Lori

Roses for Lori -- these pink ribbon roses are in memory of another Lori, a Lori whom I never had the honor to meet. I came across her web site and now I keep thinking of her and her family. Lori's husband Keith and her twin sister Kelly are raising money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation in memory of Lori. I hope you will visit her site and read her story. It's a sad one that's produced a wellspring of tears from me, but Lori's sunshine and joy shine through her memory.

If Laura, the winner of the contest, doesn't mind, I am going to donate Laura's prize to the 1st Annual Lori Lenfert Tilton Memorial Bike Ride. (Laura, let me know, as the charity is your choice!) I'm honestly even thinking of going on the ride, which seems like a crazy idea as it's in Southern Indiana, but a seed has been planted in my head and we'll see how the summer pans out.

Lori, you are very much missed and I'm sorry we never had the chance to meet in this lifetime. These roses are for you.