stark wrote:Quoting Andy.... "I don't think I'm going to see anything new. I suppose if the reincarnation of Secretariat showed up for the race I could always go back. It's a real grind there."
I hope I never get that olde, jaded, burned out, call it whatever you want.
And to think that he was on an expense account all those years, that'$ the only thing holding me back from more. My one and only sojurn was a week in 1989 when I had wagered on Sunday Silence @ 50-1 in the future books. That didn't quite cover the $10,000 we spent at the Galt House next door to Charlie Whittingham or the box seats tour guide Jane Dempsey provided, but I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I had a friend who said, 10 grand??, Geezus---you could've gone to Europe for that! And I replied, yep, but then I would've missed the Derby!
Can you imagine saying I don't think I'm going to see anything new so what's the point in going to the World Series or SuperBowl, the Arc, heck even the Academy Awards if you're an actor could be viewed as a grind, but there's no place I'd rather be if that was my year-round passion.
I don't understand your shock here, nor would I write it off as being jaded/burned out/etc. Personally, I can't stand crowds, crowded places, etc. They aren't something I seek out. Why would I want to deal with the crowds, lines, traffic, cost, annoyances, etc. every.single.year when when I can sit at home, drink my own beer, bet online and get a MUCH better view of the race in HD? It's one of those things that everyone should do once or twice, but that's enough for most people. Spending an afternoon with my 170k closest friends, in a venue or area not made for it, sounds nothing more than a hassle to me.