One of the most fun things we’ve done since arriving in Pretoria is go to the SANSUI Summer Cup, which is like the Kentucky Derby for Horse Racing in South Africa. It was also much cheaper than the actual Kentucky Derby. We purchased tickets in the Summer Fair section of the arena for around $30 each and quickly realized we were in a premium location. We were apparently mingling with all sorts of South African celebrities (though we didn’t recognize or know who any of them were) and even got interviewed on Fashion TV. You couldn’t get that kind of experience for $30 at the Kentucky Derby. 😉 It was my first horse race and I didn’t officially gamble, which turned out to be a good thing because every single one of my pretend picks didn’t do so well.
Other items of interest we learned that day include:
1) Contrary to rumors, Walt Disney is not cryogenically frozen. Ted Williams, of baseball fame, is cryogenically frozen (just his head). You can, and probably should, collect donations online if you feel that one day you should be cryogenically frozen. The going rates for utilization of this technology are between $10,000 and $200,000 depending on how much of your body you’d like preserved.
2) There is a mythical creature that exists in Africa, mainly the Zulu culture, known as the Tokoloshe. He is a dwarf-like hairy creature that creates mischief and frightens school children. The existence of the Tokoloshe requires that you should place paint cans or bricks under your bed to raise it high off the ground for safety.
I realize at this point some of you are probably raising your eyebrow slightly over our topics of conversation. To detract from that, I’d like to include some pictures from the Thanksgiving we hosted at our house for Brants birthday.
Love from South Africa! xoxoxoxo