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The Notebook October 16, 2014

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Out of the Gate with ... Georgina Castellucci

Georgina Castellucci is a 20-something lifestyle blogger, stylish philosopher, freelance writer and engineering admin who is savoring as many moments as she can. She's an aspiring novelist and recently spent her first day at the races with America's Best Racing.

Name: Georgina Castellucci

Blog: Notes On Lifestyle

What I do for a living: Nuclear engineering administrator and freelance writer

First Thoroughbred track I ever attended was: Saratoga!

Other sports/teams I follow: Baseball, basketball (very casually) and football (my Boston teams only); some golf.

Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Thrilling, beautiful and skillful

My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred racing: Our time at Fasig-Tipton was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and definitely the most memorable!

My favorite jockey: Chris McCarron (though retired!)

My favorite trainer: Jimmy Jerkens

My heroes: My mother, grandmother and Maya Angelou

Person in Thoroughbred racing I’d like to have dinner with: Either Sheikh Mohammed [bin Rashid al Maktoum] or Kenny Troutt – probably two of the most high-profile men in horse racing. I would love to visit Mr. Troutt’s WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky.!

My philosophy on life: Live in a way that I can look back and not wish I had taken more chances, pushed myself more or taken additional time/effort to help others. There is something much greater than myself, but on my own, I am a mighty force.

Favorite quote or motto: “A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” (Maya Angelou)

Favorite animal other than a horse: Dogs and koala bears

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: Red Sox games!

Favorite food: Anything Italian or Ethiopian

Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere on the beach

Favorite city: Chicago (so far)

Favorite musician/band: Lady Gaga

Favorite all-time movie(s): “A Bronx Tale”

Favorite TV show: I rarely watch television

Favorite hotel: The Colonnade in Boston

Websites I visit daily: cnn.com, refinery29 and tumblr

What I drive: At the moment, a Chevrolet Volt and I love it – thank you General Motors!

Pet peeve: When too much focus is placed on negativity

Favorite movie about horse racing: “Seabiscuit”!

Which actor would play me in a movie: Joy Bryant

Alma Mater: University of Massachusetts

Best book I recently read: “Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953,” by Elizabeth Winder

Favorite memento: An antique pin gifted to me from the owners of The Barn at 17 and my antique books

Favorite dessert: Apple pie

Favorite drink: A glass of Villa Russiz Pinot Grigio Friuli 2006

Favorite scent: Jo Malone’s Rain & Angelica

What I like about my job: The challenges and variety of duties

Favorite Tech gadget: My iStick and FitBit

Twitter handle: @BostonGeorgina

People I follow on Twitter: Joyce Carol Oates, Scott Schuman, Alton Brown and Sloane Crosley

No. 1 Bucket-List item: To be penning one of my novels mid-flight between two continents.

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