The 40th Annual Chad & Dad Day At The Races!

By
Home Builder with CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS 521400, 1501015, 01795582

The 40th Annual Chad & Dad Day At The Races!

 

Not a little tale to wag nor a dog to bark or even bite about. This tale is a tale of two stories about some really big doggies. My son, Chad, turned 41 on August 3rd. and my Birthday just happens to be August 8th. So from Chad's first birthday this has been an annual tradition filled with a lot of great family and friend fun and memories.

 

The photo to the right is my lovely soul mate, Janis, and youngest Grandson, Wyatt, just coming out of the famous tunnel that goes under the racetrack to the infield. Of course they had to

stop and pose. 

 

One of my fondest memories was on Chad's first B-Day. We lived in Newport Beach, Cali then which was an hour's train ride from the Orange County whistle stop to the old downtown Del Mar whistle stop on the beach. We used to always take the train because it dropped you off within walking distance to the racetrack. 

 

On this particular day one of my friends, Eddy, and his son Royce, Chad's age, Chad and I had  to leave the track early in order to catch the train back home.  I wanted to walk which meant walking across the trestles that the train tracks were on. This was easy to do as long as you knew the train schedule. But Eddy wanted to wait for the shuttle because it was getting down to the wire, time was of the essence and he wanted to make sure he got to the station on time.

 

L to R Colin, Bobby, Chad, Pops (me) and Bryan. All Chad's life long buddies joined us at the track yesterday to celebrate our birthdays and place a few wagers.

 

So Chad, fast asleep in my backpack, and I said our goodbyes and took off over the trestles. We got to the old Del Mar whistle stop and barely got on the train thinking that Eddy and Royce were probably already on the train waiting for us. I was prepared to see Eddy sitting there wit a big told ya so smirk on his face.

 

Big brother Chad and not so little brother Scott (Bubba) sharing a tender moment at the BBQ at Chad's home after the races. Although 4 years apart they have always been very close.

 

But much to my surprise I looked out the window and there was Eddy and Royce in his back pack standing on the wrong side of the train knowing that they would not be able to board. The shuttle didn't get to the whistle stop quick 

enough to make it through the railroad crossing. So there Eddy, with a very long face, and Royce stood waving good bye to us as they watched the train leave the station.

 

Albeit Bubba is a very talented general contractor in his own right his real mastery is a gourmet chef. No wonder his brother was giving him such a warm hug. He proceeded to prepare a yummy feast for 40.

 

They had to wait 3 hours for the next Amtrak and Eddy didn't have enough diapers. Our journey over the trestles was a bit chancier but we were already home and Chad was  comfortably tucked in for the night when I finally heard from Eddy.

 

But don't think for a moment he was brutally sequestered away in a hot kitchen. He was the hit of the party and believe it or not Chad's view in the distance is, you guessed it, the Del Mar Racetrack. Hmm. Something eternally strange about this I think.

 

So every year since then, and I do mean every year, Chad and Dad along with family and friends still spend a day at the races. In fact a few years ago Janis and I joined his family for an educational experience through Normandie, France during our birthday's and we actually had to spend a day at the races in Deauville. It was indeed an experience. It rained cats and dogs and everyone was drenched to the bones in early August but it was indeed one of the best racetrack experiences yet. 

 

 

 

Janis and I love and embrace our family traditions and have been so fortunate to have had the lifelong blessings of fun experiences with our family of 3 Daughters, two Sons who blessedus with 7 Grandsons and 7 beautiful Grandaughters. 

 

 

 

 

Posted by

Why To Choose Us?

John DL Arenden, Broker 

TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments

TAG (The Arendsen Group) Real Estate Sales & Investments is a full service, one-stop, turnkey, family owned and operated real estate brokerage, General Contractor, Manufactured Home Contractor, Developer, Investor, Property Manager, Interior Design, Engineering, architectural, Landscape design, Expert Witness, Consulting, Curative Title and Troubleshooting company with over 100 years of combined experience in the San Diego real estate sales, construction, design & development arena.

 

 

 

 

SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG VIA EMAIL: Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

 

 

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Topic:
Just for Fun
Location:
California San Diego County Solana Beach
Groups:
"Whacked"!!!
ActiveRain Ambassadors
Bananatude
Bartender, Make it a Double
Old Farts Club

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Rainmaker
2,036,474
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Fort Worth, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

John DL Arendsen - What a great tradition and family story. I absolutely enjoyed reading it and could visualize everything as you described the events unfolding. You're a great storyteller too! Happy Birthday to you and your son Chad. It's wonderful that you keep the tradition of family unity and celebration going. After all these years, life is good because you made it all possible with Janis. 

Aug 05, 2019 02:11 PM #1
Ambassador
675,930
John DL Arendsen
CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor

Thank you for such kind works Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP It's always been a very special time for us and so many friends and family make it so.

Aug 05, 2019 02:22 PM #2
Rainmaker
2,803,621
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

John DL Arendsen the 40th annual Chad & Dad Day at the races is a fun event to attend.

Aug 05, 2019 03:00 PM #3
Ambassador
675,930
John DL Arendsen
CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor

You're more thtn welcome to join the party anytime your in town John Pusa 

Aug 05, 2019 03:13 PM #4
Rainmaker
2,556,143
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Your photos and words are a testament to fond memories being made during the 40th Annual Chad & Dad Day!

Aug 05, 2019 03:59 PM #5
Rainmaker
2,556,143
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS John, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Aug 05, 2019 04:07 PM #6
Ambassador
675,930
John DL Arendsen
CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor

Myrl Jeffcoat you're always so kind and generious featuring so many of my posts and it's so appreciated.

Aug 05, 2019 04:39 PM #7
Ambassador
2,876,603
Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
603-380-4886

Hi John DL Arendsen loved your post!  It's all about what makes life totally the BEST!  Great entry for the Dog Days of Summer Contest!

Aug 06, 2019 10:12 AM #8
Ambassador
675,930
John DL Arendsen
CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor

Thanks Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 Couldn't beleive the timing for this one. Fit like a silk stocking. 

Aug 06, 2019 11:21 AM #9
Rainmaker
469,904
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Enjoyed your post and love your family tradition - 40 years - a life of memories!

Aug 06, 2019 10:05 PM #10
Ambassador
675,930
John DL Arendsen
CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor

No doubt about that Diana Dahlberg Thanks!

Aug 07, 2019 05:12 AM #11
Ambassador
3,350,578
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, I love your family, John - traditions are important to them AND you have a great time together too. That makes a world of difference, doesn't it?!

Love the story and the resulting tradition.

Aug 31, 2019 08:53 PM #12
Ambassador
675,930
John DL Arendsen
CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor

Thanks for such kind words Debe Maxwell, CRS . I really do thoruoughly enjoy my big fam. As the oldest of 5 myself my Mom used to always say I'd get it back in spades but I think I got it back in Hearts.

Sep 01, 2019 10:43 AM #13
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Ambassador
675,930

John DL Arendsen

Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor
Questions about Manufactured Housing?
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Additional Information