From: Monday, January 24 2011
One of the fun things about going to the track is listening to all the conversations and laughter.
That's something you don't hear too much at a slot machine.
At the track, there always are some comments floating around, whether it's about the racing qualities of a dog or a horse, or how to use one of them in a bet.
Of course, there's a lot of good-natured kidding there, too.
That's what it's all about: Having fun.
Now, I know this is online, but at big jackpot betting (click HERE), there's a similar theme.
Click on the virtual clubhouse, and you'll enter the races at Mardi Gras. You can watch and bet them. But led by former Dubuquer Randy Birch, you can get that conversation going through a chat room.
It's an entertaining group, called "the Odd Squad." There is lots of joking, handicapping ideas and entertaining. You can always get a chorus of D-U-B-U-Q-U-E, that's Dubuque, the meats for your family from Randy when he finds out a Dubuquer is in the room
Give it a try on those off nights. Catch some races from another track, add in some entertainment and learning and sit back and enjoy.
I get laughing so hard sometimes I can't keep up with the races.