Friday, May 5, 2017

Rolex Part the Fourth: Parting Thoughts

We're going with a bullet pointed list here because 1) this is a lot of writing and 2) headcold+vertigo is not helping the higher cognitive functions.
adios
  • 11/10 would go again right this minute--I had so much fun and loved the entire experience. 
Topline Leather represent!
  • The people really made this for me. Well, and the shopping. If you hate people or shopping, this might not be your jam. Or your jam might be different than my jam. Either way. 

great dogs, too
  • Covered seats=worth. it. For stadium at least. Especially if you're not from the special hell that is the midwest. Humidity=murder. 
stadium communal sweat pool
  • I'd heard horror stories about lines and prices at the concessions, so we brought drinks/snacks and never visited the concessions. My observation was that as long as you didn't hit prime times, concession lines were fine. Prices were off the charts though. Think $10 for a drink. Yikes! 
free shots on xc tho
  • Fauxbarrys (or the real thing) are a super smart idea if you ever leave pavement. That grass is long and thick and wet feet are not the funnest.
plus great shots
  • Do your research! I'm a shopper, so I kinda know what stuff sells for. I got some killer deals on things I needed (gloves and shirts), did not regret buying some things that never go on sale (Eponia), and passed on things that had marginal-at-best pricing (LA MUNDIAL AND C4). No harm in paying full price if it means you're not paying shipping (or get to handle stuff in person), but gotta be smart. Or loaded. Prefer both.
yes plz
  • If you're from the northwest, be forewarned that they don't really do coffee there (there=Kentucky generally). You will have to look harder to get your fix. Learn to love gas station coffee.
or drink not coffee
  • A backpack or messenger bag was absolutely invaluable. I loaded it with snacks and drinks in the morning and then swapped those things out for purchases as the day went on. 
CAT BAG
  • Parking is not that bad. Unless it is Saturday. And then it is THAT BAD. 
we've already walked a hundred miles AND THE CAR IS BY THOSE TREES
  • Driving around the back roads and seeing miles and miles of beautiful black fences and rolling green hills was like being in fairy land. IF FAIRY LAND WAS BUILT IN HELL. Regardless, must-see experience. Plus your car likely has all-important climate control. 
Um... I think that about covers it? 

35 comments:

  1. MOVE HERE PLZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Also come back next year, or give my job a reason to send me to Idaho. Had so much fun hanging out with you!

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    1. Uh HARD PASS on the moving there but I'll definitely be back to visit. We need to hang out again and I want to meet your pony!

      PS sadly there is never a reason to come to Idaho and we are on the way to nothing and nothing happens here. I mean. Keeps the population low?

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  2. And here I thought the weather was quite pleasant. Haha!

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    1. Yeah possibly much mocking was done of the poor Idaho girl by people who are used to humidity. I thought Sunday was livable as long as you stayed in the shade and didn't move and Monday was actually pleasant.

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    2. Imagine being the Canadian. We were dying. Too bloody hot. We don't do humidity here on the Prairies

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  3. Hahahaha I am never disappointed by your wrap ups 😂 agree with everything basically. Except as someone already acclimated to Midwest weather, I thought it was pretty nice 😋 I can see how our delicate western​ flower might struggle though 😘

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    1. "nice" is the stockholm syndrome speaking.

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  4. I don't think you guys got the breeze in the covered seating that we poor folk got in the bleachers, because the weather for showjumping was some of the most pleasant all weekend, I thought. The cool breeze was quite nice compared to Saturday's steambake. As for parking - if you make friends with someone who has a campsite, see if they can snag you an extra parking pass (they gave us 2). ;) Then you get to park at their campsite.

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    1. We did get the breeze and it was definitely the best day, weather-wise. That said I already had a murderous sunburn and do not have a zip code in a lower circle of hell, so I'll take all the shade I can get.

      Plus my interest in ass shots of riders is minimal at best. #tradeoffs

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    2. Bobby's interest in ass shots of riders is really enough for an entire crowd of people.

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    3. Granted. Kind of you to oblige him.

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  5. 💜💜💜 next time I'm coming with. I've decided getting fired would be worth it

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    1. How was it not worth it in the first place? Grandma and I are awesome!

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    2. Because no paycheck limits the amount of stuff I can buy. Which means I probably would have been arrested for trying to steal Rocana.

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    3. You can't afford her with the paycheck, so I'm confused why that's a reason.

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    4. I would resort to stealing her if I couldn't afford the tack is where I was trying to go with that.

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  6. As a Northwesterner currently exiled to the Deep Bayou South, I can relate to the weather comments on a spiritual level. Though I've sort of acclimated after three years (one spent in Missouri), I will never acclimate to the lack of coffee down here. Never.

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    1. Right? Like. Do they just not want to wake up and function because life in hell is that depressing? I can't figure it out.

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    2. That was my conclusion as well. But all the stores here close at or before 5 pm so if they don't wake up early, how do they do anything? So many riddles.

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  7. We may not do coffee here in KY, but we do BOURBON!!! :) Great wrap-up girl. Rolex is def what you make of it. I had a total blast and enjoyed hanging out with everyone!

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    1. Haha the only bourbon I had was a shot on xc. Guess we'll file that under "operator error".

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  8. All the adult beverages :) I'd definitely be going after the free shots with y'all if I were there

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    1. You had to answer quiz questions to get it. All the nice southern people stood in line while the weird rude northern girl is all BAM ANSWER GIMME PRIZES.

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  9. the people really made it for my trip too - what a great time! i think rolex can be basically whatever you want to make it if you're interested in being out and about in an electric environment!

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    1. Your trip prolly sucked on account of how I wasn't there. Wtf girl. GIT ON THE BUS.

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  10. I'm glad you had such a great trip!

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  11. All very real observations. Boots are key. And a rain jacket. You guys actually got really lucky (you guys being Rolex first timers or out of towners). The weather was much btter this year than past years. Glad you had fun!

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    1. Haha I nearly died of lucky. Dunno how you live through unlucky.

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  12. Great list for me to remember for when I get to go! I've been lucky enough to visit the KHP twice for Pony Dressage Cup and it is truly a magical fairy land. The farm tour was a highlight for me as well :)

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    1. I'd prolly get kicked out of a pony show on account of SQUEEEing too loudly.

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  13. Thanks for the recap. Wanna come to WEG?

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  14. Yep. Humidity blows. And it exists everywhere but the Rockies and like Alaska I've discovered. Still, I think I preferred it to standing around in the rain like Rolex usually is. Meep.

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    1. I'd think Alaska would be nasty in the summer. Who knows.

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