Weekends With Friends

Queens Cup at Steeplechase

Joe RestivoA Saturday afternoon in the Carolina countryside… what else could a guy ask for? How about adding your friends, family, finger-food and alcohol into the mix, and you’ll have quite the fun day!

The Queen’s Cup at Steeplechase is like no other event in the Charlotte area. Thousands of people flock to Steeplechase from across the country to partake in the festivities. Other than the normal excitement of the actual horse racing, there are several other family activities. Steeplechase has spectacular views of the entire racecourse from wherever you sit, which is pretty cool!

One downside to this race is the fact that gambling is illegal in the state of North Carolina. There are ways to ‘bet’, but I’m not going to share them here. Just know that I won the first race :-)

The weather was OK, as we were hoping to sunshine, but we were still able to have a good time without it. It took us some time to get there, but traffic to Steeplechase was not as bad as we were anticipating. It’s fun to dress up in bowties and funny hats, as is something I’m sure me and my crazy friends will go to again next year.

Atlanta, GA & Old Friends


Over the past weekend, Christie, Roo, and myself set off on a road-trip, to visit our old friend Jenny. Jenny has been living in Atlanta since we all graduated from The University of Dayton. Roo and I went to kindegarten with her, and Christie went to high-school with her. We’ve been friends for years, but it’s been about a year since we went and last visited, so it was long overdue!

The weather worked turned out to be perfect. We spent Friday night just hanging out at Jenny’s, playing some of our old ‘college-day’ video games (such as Mario Party). Saturday we spent the entire day at Piedmont Park, in which ‘Lucky Fest’ was going on. Saturday night we went to a couple different bars and resteraunts, and got a good ‘tour’ of Atlanta. ATL is actually a pretty big city (a little too big for my liking). It was a great day and even better mini-vacation!

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