austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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Horses chasing 'cause they're racing so they ain't so far

Back to January 2020 when the pandemic was a thing happening elsewhere, and I was elsewhere. The weekend was uncannily warm; what would I do with that time? Well, revisiting old haunts, of course, because that's so very comforting and comfortable.

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So I stopped in at the Freehold Raceway Mall and found they still had a Sears! That was exciting. It was closing down, though; so I could stop in for a last sad look at the place.


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And the Sears Auto Center which I think was already closed. I remember that at least once we got a car battery there, because it was close to home and my father was willing to yield on not going all the way to his preferred mechanic for something that small. I think that's all we ever did there, though.


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And, ah, whoops! They'd already sold off the bathrooms, which was the joke I was going to make before getting in there.


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The carousel at the Food Court, which has always been one of the fixtures of the Freehold Raceway Mall.


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Looking up at the scenery panels which are quite horse-themed as you'd think from the name of the place.


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More of the scenery panels. Freehold Raceway had been a harness racing center for a long while. I saw old races on Cheap Seats.


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It's a two-storey carousel, that's why there's so many decorative panels like this. (This explains nothing.)


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See? There's the upper level. It's the same modern model that they have at Morey's Piers, and had at La Feria, and many other places.


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The first level of the carousel and decorative figures on the center.


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Scenery panel showing just a jockey uniform here.


Trivia: During Alan Shephard and Ed Mitchell's first moonwalk, Command Module pilot Stu Roosa did an 18.50 second phase-change maneuver that adjusted its orbit to 67.1 by 57.7 nautical miles. Source: Apollo By The Numbers: A Statistical Reference, Richard W Orloff. NASA SP-4029. He was supposed to.

Currently Reading: Chariots for Apollo: The NASA History of Manned Lunar Spacecraft to 1969, Courtney G Brooks, James M Grimwood, Loyd S Swenson Jr.

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