It was a pale glimmer of the excitement that overtakes our community during the annual dash to the Kentucky Derby. We have it all here: parties, parades, pins, late nights, early mornings, friends, family, and food. The city seethes with anticipation, festivity, and the hum of lawnmowers, followed by the clop of horses' hooves, the click of stilettos in the grandstand, and the shuffle of sandals in the infield. A major advantage is that you don't have to be present to win; the thrill can touch you whether you watch at Churchill Downs, a sports bar, a party, or in your own living room.The city has healing powers on its way to Derby. As a community, we agree to throw off the bulky clothing and boots of winter and kick up our heels. Sometimes we get a little carried away. In case you're having trouble staying on track, I'm offering a list of suggestions that will help keep you hale and hearty.Be gracious. Don't go bragging about your hat. Rather, walk up to your closest competition and say quietly, "You and I have the prettiest hats in the place." She doesn't need to be told that her hat comes in a (distant) second.
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