About Carol Rutz

Carol Rutz in front of jockey statues at Keeneland.  Carol is showing off her arm tattoo, a lily with the inscription,

I graduated with an AAS from Ivy Tech Community College in 2009, majored in Computer Information Systems. Prior to that, I got a BA in History/Political Science at Concordia University-Irvine, and an MA in Historical Theology from Concordia Theological Seminary. In addition, I got my CompTIA certification for Network+ and A+ as well as its Security+ certification, and looking forward to be certified in Linux+. I have spent 5+ years in merchandising and events. In the past, I’ve have promoted Glidden paint for Walmart in northeast Indiana, worked with various sporting goods brands, and gave out food samples at Kroger. I have worked with the folks at the Winner’s Circle off-track betting facility in New Haven IN, processing bets as a mutuel clerk, being its resident handicapper, and selling programmes for races. Now I am a hub operator for United Tote in Louisville KY, maintaining the country-wide network that is the backbone of horse and greyhound races. We make sure to maintain the integrity of pari-mutuel pools.

The views expressed on CarolRutz.com are strictly my own views and not those of my past and present employers and institutions.

I regularly play the horses, mainly thoroughbred races. I prefer watching simulcasts from the NYRA racetracks and Tampa Bay Downs. I stink at harness racing. Don’t ask me to handicap horses from Northfield or Hoosier Park! I have been handicapping regularly since January 2016, but I have been a fan of horse racing since 1985. Everyday, I learn something new, and I want to share what I have learned to interested players. I have no secret formula for successful playing, but I do expect those learning to invest weeks in learning how to read the Daily Racing Forms, recognising pedigree, and implementing money management. If I can describe my style, it is trying to avoid playing favorites (aka “the chalk”) and instead find very active longshots and value plays that actually have a fighting chance to win a race. My favorite horse is Mind Your Biscuits.

The rest of my time is spent surfing the web and listening to 80s Synthpop, early Gothic and British New Wave. A sampling of what I listen to: Bow Wow Wow, Slow Children, Daft Punk, Depeche Mode, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Secret Chiefs 3, Adult.,Fad Gadget, Felix Da Housecat, and the early synth works of Kitaro.

I am currently doing a formal inquiry into the Orthodox Church. I love its Liturgy and I am learning so much about the Early Church. From 1998 until 2017 I was a Confessional Lutheran. I stayed there to hopefully see a change, but I felt it was time to move on. I’m High Church but I wear Low Church-style outfits consisting of a Kentucky-themed or horse racing t-shirt and black sweatpants. Why yes, a Preakness shirt is perfectly fine to wear at the communion rail. I espouse a “warm orthodoxy” in which I believe in clarity of mind and charity of heart. I have faced and survived discrimination as I was deemed unsuitable for church work by the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod due to my disability. It is because of that I have written a small self-care guide for those who were wronged by institutions of the church, a permanent work in progress.

I am openly Autistic. Diagnosed at 3/4 years, mainstreamed in elementary school, and learned to adapt and accept myself. I am not ashamed of it, and the more I am open, the better the opportunities for me and other fellows on the Spectrum. This website chronicles how my interests in horse racing and Kentucky helped me recover from years of mental anguish and self-loathing and have led me to acceptance.

For 20 years, I’ve been an Amateur Radio operator, and my call sign is KF6FNS. I hold the Extra Class license ever since the FCC removed the 20 wpm Morse Code requirement. (At the time, I had my Advanced ticket with 13 wpm and passed the Extra written element. And I was ready to take the code exam when the FCC made its announcement.) Most of the time, I’m listening on the 2 meter band. It was my interest in Amateur Radio that landed me in Concordia-Irvine and thus set off events leading me to my conversion to Lutheranism.

Finally, I was married to the Rev Wayne Rutz until his death in August 2017. Some of his nicknames I used in reference online were “Preggie,” “The Prediger” and “Mr Theologian.” Most of the time, it was Preggie. Preggie was 37+ years older than me, which means I was in an age-gap/May-December marriage. He has been my biggest supporter and blessing and I miss him very much.

This page uses mostly British spelling conventions. The date format is DAY-MONTH-YEAR.

I thank you for stopping by at my page and encourage you to come back often.

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2 thoughts on “About Carol Rutz”

  1. Wayne and Carol, I’ve been trying to communicate with you since your first call. Unfortunately, you didn’t give us an area code, that, by calling your district office, I have found was changed. Anyway, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! If you were in the area over Christmas, we were in town, rather than up in Lodi with Conni’s folks because Conni was sick. All is well now, however!

    Blessings,

    Marty

  2. Carol, your blog will soon be added to our Actually Autistic Blogs List (anautismobserver.wordpress.com). Please click on the “How do you want your blog listed?” link at the top of that site to customize your blog’s description.
    Thank you.
    Judy (An Autism Observer)

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