For the record, I hate Derby. Never been a fan. Sure, I have a lot of good memories, but as a whole, most of them have always been bad. Not horrible, just bad. But once again, here we are. At Derby time. The entire city shuts down, the streets are blocked off and in general, it's a pain in the ass. I don't know if it's because I'm not from here or what but I almost dread this time of year. But it is a sign that Summer is here in Louisville, KY and like it or not, Derby is here to stay.
I don't have to like it, but no matter how I feel, to me Derby is a time of change. For good or bad is another story...
So, to give some clarification, around Derby season in Louisville, it would seem that the city turns into some unholy amalgamation of Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl, with the poorer parts of town setting up tents and hawking their wares, people charging five to fifty bucks to park in places that normal people would normally be able to park in for free. But the biggest issue is that a lot of people my age, men and women alike consider Derby time like the NFL draft. Although they already may have a good team, they still scout for free agents.
Now, don't get me wrong, not everyone thinks that way. But I'd say a good 60% have that mentality. I've had girlfriends that virtually forgot that we were dating and a couple of relationships ended on Derby weekend or the days following. Badly. But it's also a time for family and friends to come together and take side bets on who'll win the fastest two minutes in sports. For the record, the Kentucky Derby brings more money to the city of Louisville than the Super Bowl and a couple of other sporting events combined.
How will I be spending my Derby? Hiding, for the most part.
Or at least, that's what I say will happen. Will I stick to it, probably not.
I'm sure that one group of friends or another will drag me out of the house Saturday night to have me hang out with them in their drunken debauchery but I'd not bat an eye if this Derby went by without a hitch. After all, nothing lasts forever right?
Maybe that wasn't the best idea to say with my track record before this particular weekend... oh well...