Sunday, March 6, 2011

An Evening At The Races

In researching 'must do' things for our stay in California, I came across one thing that I simply HAD to do.  I found out that Los Angeles has a racetrack. 

Car races?  No.  Horse races?  No.  Dog races?  No.  If not that, then what?
Turtles, baby!!  So one evening a couple of weeks ago, we were off to the races!  A small pub called Brennan's in Marina Del Ray is home to Thursday Night Turtle Races!  It is a pub so I am sure with the right crowd and with enough alcohol, things can get a little on the rowdy side.
Three members of Team Tiny Tim

You can bring your own turtle or rent (for $5) one of their turtles.  Not having a pet turtle handy, we chose to rent one.  Next, each team must select a female to place the turtle in the center of the racetrack.  And this is where it could get rowdy.  The turtle placer is supposed to place the turtle while bending at the waist and without bending her knees.  Yes, it is meant to give everyone an eyeful!  And if the placer does anything wrong (or she is really good looking), they will throw a flag and make her do it again.  And again.  And again.

Team Tiny Tim chose the beautiful and sexy Sopheak to be our placer.  Since she is good looking, she had the flag thrown several times.  But she got Tiny Tim placed correctly, even giving him a little pep talk!  In the final race of the evening, there was one chick that went "the extra mile" in the eyes of most of the guys present.  She took off her shirt to place her turtle.  The male population really, REALLY liked her - as you can imagine.

The race has several rules:
  1. No Pointing At The Turtles - While they are racing, it is very, very hard not to point.  But if you get caught, you are fined $10 and the race is re-started!
  2. Stay seated during the race - It scares the turtles!
  3. Don't throw anything at the turtles - Well, they are dealing mostly with drunken college students....
  4. Keep the alcohol lanes clear, we need our alcohol - Seriously, we need our alcohol.  We are racing turtles!
  5. Don't be a douche - Again, they are dealing mostly with drunken college students.....
We had a ton of fun.  But the burning questions is.....So did Tiny Tim win?  Sadly, no.  However, he did come in a VERY strong second!  This is a video of his race.  Sorry for the quality and seriously, will someone remind me to keep my mouth shut when I am holding the camera!!


Nelson's Mama said...

Come home!

Let's open our own Turtle Race place!!!!!

Mental P Mama said...

Okay. This is just wonderful!

Lisa said...


Betsy from Tennessee said...

What can I add to that blog post???????? Good Gosh--I've heard everything now... Sorry he didn't WIN--but a strong second is really good... Did he get a prize --like more alcohol????? ha

Thanks for sharing so much fun...

Tammy said...

Haha! That's great.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I am laughing at the rules. Seriously thinking of posting them on my kitchen wall.
I have a hard time NOT talking while video taping is a disease.