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Author Topic: Hawthorne Contest gave me a headache  (Read 1052 times)
Horse Voice
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« on: February 26, 2006, 09:01:55 PM »

I thought I'd give the Hawthorne contest a try today. I didn't do very well, but I have an excuse.

There was this guy there, and he never shut up.

Constantly, yak, yak, yakking every contest race, loud enough for everyone to hear...annoying as nails on a chalkboard. This guy sure does love the sound of his own voice.

If you are a regular at Hawthorne, you know the guy I'm talking about.

No, silly, it's not Paul, the harmless rotund old black gentleman, that gave me a throbbing headache.

It's DAK -- would someone please toss him a few bucks so he can go back to producing his little racing show, instead of blathering over the microphone every 30 seconds during these contests?

P.S. Can someone upload some Advil? Tks...
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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2006, 09:10:59 PM »

Ahahaha..very funny. Was Joe in the contest or only narrating?
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2006, 09:15:56 PM »

Glad to see you back amongst us, HV.

Yes, there was a lot of yakking today, compared to previous weekends. But I really didn't notice it. You see, there was a goofus maximus who sat down with his friend at the table next to us, and proceeded to dick with his too-loud cell phone, and every ring tone and other tone known to mankind, for about three races running, non-stop, doing God only knows what, punching and prodding his phone with his fat fingers. BEEP! BOOP! Bwa da beepy boop boop boop - squawk!, plus any number of really badly transcribed dogcrap songs, at ultra maximum cellphone volume, on and on and on and on. That inane noise drowned out DAK and everyone else! If you have a cell phone, please keep the G-DAMN! thing to yourself. Thank you.
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2006, 09:18:53 PM »

Ahahaha..very funny. Was Joe in the contest or only narrating?

Joe seems to have been retained at Haw in some capacity, and is now helping out on contest days. More important than Joe, the blond girl from Horsing Around, Molly, is helping host on Saturdays. My goodness, the Saturday contestants appreciated Molly!
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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2006, 09:20:44 PM »

It sorta sounds like they have their own ways to disrupt others concentration so they have more of a chance of winning..LOL
At least he didn't smell bad and fart.
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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2006, 09:29:20 PM »

It sorta sounds like they have their own ways to disrupt others concentration so they have more of a chance of winning..LOL

Yeah. It's always a fix, isn't it.

Geez louise again.
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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2006, 11:51:42 PM »

No, Joey-Boy wasn't in the contest, and ClockerTerry is right -- he has been retained by Hawthorne in some sort of manner. Which means I won't be at any more of these contests.

(Here's a bon mot from "Duh K" today: he referred to a mare named Really Nice as "the overlay winner of the 2nd race". Uh, sorry genius, $11.00 for a 5 year old mare making her first lifetime start for a tag is NOT an overlay -- it's one of the worst bets in racing. Hmm...I think it was after I heard this that my headache started.)

Now all I need is for Maven The Human Gasbag to show up where I sit on the clubhouse side, and I'll be joining APCD Dan up at Trackside, enjoying the OTB surcharge-infested mutuels and extolling the virtues of Dick D.



 
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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2006, 12:02:53 AM »

I thought Haw was scaling back the workforce?  How many of those handicapping "experts" and horseracing "personalities" up on the 3rd floor are actually on the payroll?
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« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2006, 12:05:53 AM »

Now all I need is for Maven The Human Gasbag to show up where I sit on the clubhouse side, and I'll be joining APCD Dan up at Trackside, enjoying the OTB surcharge-infested mutuels and extolling the virtues of Dick D.

You are in luck, then. On contest days, when the Mave is in the house, he seems to come over to the contest area and sit with us plebes at a regular patron type contest table. Here's some things I have observed about the Mave.

#1 - The man can pick some horses. Sorry to buck up against the "common wisdom" here, but he can.

#2 - The man is not at all that obnoxious, and is actually as pleasant IMHO as any horseplayer you might speak with casually. He does get a bit loud when he hits a big winner, but then, don't we all.

Keep in mind that's just me observing from a distance, and making the occasional small talk with a fellow contestant. I don't know the Mave personally.
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« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2006, 12:12:07 AM »

I thought Haw was scaling back the workforce?  How many of those handicapping "experts" and horseracing "personalities" up on the 3rd floor are actually on the payroll?

It's a convoluted story you can hear versions of from 30 different people, depending on their motivation, and get 30 different answers. No normal human being who might wear an occasional python boot knows for sure, except maybe Joe the guy who runs the whole shebang. I've decided, as a patron, to simply enjoy things while I can, and try not to worry about those things I cannot change. The contests are enjoyable. I have fun with my friends. Period.
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« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2006, 12:22:27 AM »

Not bothered by it, just curious.  Agree that the contests are very entertaining, tho frustrating for me so far.
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