Must proffer, I have not had an opportunity to visit this site in weeks because of my work at the university but have emerged quite gleeful that I have. Some of the comments following my listing about my last visit to Arlington Park with My Woman From Tel Aviv were outright brilliant. (Others, regretfully, were below pissleak in their lack of verve---that OFO lad reads like a floundering flipped swill from a Scottish tealand bog.) I read the originals of others rife with perspectives about the area and outside racing matters but must admit many were beyond my limited American course ken. I apparently will be good for one final visit to Arlington Park this season, most likely on Saturday, September 21, and will make public my local stationing. As it is now, a colleague in my division has access to a "box seat" (
) at the AP course and I believe m'lady and I will be there with mates on the 21st. I'd punt that the fare bill will outpace my modest betting pocket.
Got an outrageous charge from the fellow who posted to the scene from "A Clockwork Orange." I always felt Kubrick was horribly unpredictable as a cinematic overseer and *** pretentious. As for the source work, I've always felt it was debathingly fraudulent. For the keenest of minds who chose to read this, I strongly urge acquisitioning a copy of Zaymatin's "We" as a primer on the path to modern dystopia (with your own Jack London's "The Iron Heel" also suggested). In truth, the lineage of "Clockwork" can be traced even farther back through Sir Thomas More's "Utopia" all the way to Plato and "The Republic" if one chooses to elasticize one's literary and societal imaginations. You Americans have a sadly implosive tendency to allow your cogencies to be immediately drawn into auto-reponses of black/white, good/bad when it comes to other people and other cultures. That growth will eventually bring down your republic as you know it with your current United States eventually segmented quite similiarly along the lines of what was once the U.S.S.R. The only other alternative is a Pax Americana, and as your more enlightened leaders - notably the unfortunate John Kennedy - predicted, that's simply not going to happen.
Back to your Arlington mandala: I've viewed a few turns on the racing telly and must admit, I think your version of the sport is quite suitable for the media racing intelligences extant on this site. We all choose our own circuses and a large portion of our own self-perceived realities. You have a few good lads in evidence at Arlington and a preponderance of fellows who couldn't get nighttime work at a mid-resourced yard in the U.K. Still, punting is punting, whether it's Tottenham-Arsenal F.C or cheap virgins at AP. So I'm sure a good time is had by most and the spectrum of smarts in evidence on this site is why the Parisians opted for the group bet all those fondues ago.
Finally, I thank The Intelligence for the Web, without which I would never have known who "Mr. Peanut" was. When I mentioned it to my Israeli concubine, she said, "Mr. Pen-s?" since my bridge reaches well beyond London. (Hah, hah, kind of.) Funny animnation to go along with the better-spirited inputs that followed my last. In the interim, to all good chums on "The Barn," very best of punting amid the waning days of summer,