Has Terry even been to Haw?
Terry was at least a weekend regular there for quite awhile. When he stopped coming, I just figured he had been given the same ultimatum as some of my friends who also stopped coming to the track.
And sadly, I'm kind of excited for Haw to open. As much as I complain about it, it has a certain quality about it.
It's...earthy. It's unpretentious. You look around on a Saturday, when the grills are going outside and everyone is drinking beer (that they didn't have to pay a small fortune for), people of all kinds and colors, just having a good time talking about horses and betting on horses...and you say, this is for ME. This is for EVERYONE.
This is my modern day "dive bar", where, if I am already out in a t-shirt and jeans, I can just stop in and have a few beers -- no need to go home and change into something fancy or corporate or preppy. Hawthorne ain't no fashion show, and God Bless them for that: let the other
track's patrons try to Keep Up With The Kardashians.
Yeah, you catch a whiff of industrial P.U. sometimes when you are outside, but I never saw anyone that had to leave in an ambulance because of it. The toxicity of the exhaust from your car in your closed garage, or cleaning your cat's litter box at close range, is likely to be far more damaging to you than anything in the air surrounding the Hawthorne oval. It's a cheap punch line for the haters to stroke themselves with; another flimsy excuse for the 'fraidy cats who think everything south of Roosevelt Road is Southern Illinois.
You want to see and be seen with The Beautiful People? Sure, go to Arlington...but if you want to just come out and have a good time, relaxed and comfortable, with good food and drinks at reasonable prices -- and the same exact horses you see at Arlington -- come on out to Hawthorne.
And if you want to bring some friends and family out to the place, stop in at Customer Service and tell them you will bring some people with you next time, and ask the gals for some free passes. (Try THAT at Arlington!)