Today in the United States, registered voters will go to polling booths to vote for the next President. I usually spend much of Wednesday constantly refreshing news feeds as voter polls close across the U.S. getting a sense if blue or red will prevail. Me, I’m supporting the Joss Whedon view on the whole election shebang…
Meanwhile today in Australia, everything stopped at 3pm to watch 24 horses run around a race track. I was one of millions who tuned in to see the Melbourne Cup.
Everything stops. Melburnians celebrate it as a public holiday, often taking the Monday off as well, and many Victorians in regional areas work the, morning and take the afternoon off. Schoolchildren watch the race on their smart board (I watched it on a TV right through primary and high school), ladies lunching watch it on plasmas, quaffing champagne and nibblies, those unlucky to be still at work watch it on their computers, gripping their sweep tickets firmly in their hands. I have even been in university exams where the exam has stopped so students could listen to the race on the radio.
It’s a day where it is de rigeur to wear silly flowers in your hair, silly shoes on your feet, drink too much alcohol, and place bets on horses, even if you have never set foot into your local TAB.
Now, my feet are a little sore, my head is a little sore, but a lovely day was had mingling and lunching.The watching of 24 horses race around a track was a bonus :).