Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The Cup, Well The Cup Is Half Empty

Today is a little race day called The Melbourne Cup. Australia's richest horse race. The horse race that 'stops the nation'.

Except, it doesn't actually stop the whole nation. Oh no. True, it stops most of the nation. Seriously, not a lot of work gets done this afternoon as workplaces all over the country set up tvs, turn on radios, and lay out the chips and party pies. Sweeps are held. Drinks had.

That is, unless you work for the Methodists. Yup. Gambling, drinking, riding in a buggy without a chaperone and dancing are all verboten.

(Ok, I made up the bit about the buggy.)

9 comments:

mrpeenee said...

Repression is so fabulously stimulating. There is nothing so hot as a methodist who breaks out into a steamy little buggy ride around the block.

Cecilia said...

Are you telling me you're not making up the bit about the dancing??

thombeau said...

What's their stance on hot man-on-man action?

The Other Andrew said...

Monsieur Peen, I'm imagining Amish porn all of a sudden.

Cecilia, have you seen "Footloose"?

Thombeau, secretly I think some (maybe one or two) wouldn't mind a bit. Official stance is another thing.

M-H said...

It would be a realief for me. Every year I have endure this thing - buying a ticket in a sweep and drawing a horse that is either scratched or comes stone last. Making polite conversation with people I don't particularly like. Meh. I'd rather spend the afternoon knitting infront of a good DVD. Or sticking pins in my eyes.

Jodie Sorrell said...

TOA, you should get in the spirit without them. Make yourself a funky fasinator out of forks, chop sticks and a napkin ;-)

John C said...

"What's their stance on hot man-on-man action?"

Wide stance?

(Couldn't resist.)

bernard said...

Melbourne Cup was going to be held off this year due to EI; but then Canberra wouldn't have gotten it's "not-the-Melbourne-Cup but 1st Tuesday of November" holiday. Poor petals; for their sake, Victorian racing was nice and Staunch.

Cecilia - don't u know the old joke "Why don't methodists like sex standing up? - It may lead to dancing"
Then again, not so much of a joke...

M-H - I'm with u; but I actually am upfront and say "Yeah, I'll join u in the buffet and cheap bubbly in the office, but I gave my sweep money to charity instead"

jodie sorrell - remember what TOA's original livelihood was? Sure he could do far better than that!

Quatrefoil said...

Somehow this year I was blessed and managed to avoid the whole thing. I don't know who was in it, I don't know who won and I wasn't even offered a spot in an office sweep. I'm maintaining the media lockdown until the day after tomorrow. How unAustralian am I?