Those who didn’t desert us for favour of the Race Track had a lovely quiet Melbourne Cup Luncheon in the workshop and LOADS of Pavlova. We bet on the horses, we listened to the race. What a great Aussie Day.
I am in agreeance that it should be a Public Holiday. It’s a traditional Australian Event. I think we should pull one of the public holidays that don’t mean so much to Australia and fit this one in there instead. I had a lady in today who didn’t agree, she argued that it made people spend too much money on gambling, and that families would go without next week as a consequence. That gambling is a bad thing.
Ok, so I agree that gambling isn’t so great, but really consider the whole “Melbourne Cup” tradition. Me, I couldn’t give a hoot about the horses, who wins, who get’s scratched and all that fuss. I don’t really care about fashion and I certainly don’t wear hats. The whole Melbourne Cup is traditional to get dressed up, to actually wear a dress, and a big fancy hat. It’s tradition to have a bet, it’s tradition to at least know who won the race. Even if you forget 10 minutes later. Who cares. It’s Australian.
Arguing against betting on Melbourne Cup Day is like saying you shouldn’t have a “New Year’s celebration. It’s tradition to have a drink, to make a resolution, to stay up till midnight. If you overdo the drinking, then thats not New Year’s fault, it’s your own. Drinking is just as sinful as betting. Just as if you bet too much money on the Cup, then it’s not Melbourne Cup’s fault, it’s your own.
Me, I lost six bucks. But I had fun doing it.