Melbourne Cup Day

I thought that the term “The Race that Stops the Nation” was one of those exaggerated terms coined in a fit of patriotism, and then hastily taken up by every advertiser in the country.

But it’s TRUE!. It was my first Melbourne cup day where I haven’t been at school, and it was weird as. I was at work, the quietest day ever. There was a smallish rush at about 2:30 when some office people came to buy newspapers so they could do the sweeps. But that was it really.

I had my lunch break at 3. I walked out of the shop and into the centre, and it was as empty as it is at 9o’clock on a Sunday morning. There were four customers. The music over the centre switched to the radio coverage of the horse race and all the workers went to the doors of their shops to listen. The manager from Michel’s patisserie was huddled over his own personal stereo completely oblivious to the lady at the counter who wanted to buy cake. There were 5 workers in the travel agency huddled in a group clutching their betting slips while an unattended customer sat watching on.

Everything went back to normal after that – as normal as stuff can get with half the number of customers you usually get. We started packing up an hour early than normal. We served lots of tipsy people coming down from the hotel upstairs. There was nothing to do so I sat on the counter and started read Job. It is a good book.


14 thoughts on “Melbourne Cup Day

  1. tibbycat

    It’s true. At the Crime Commission no one worked in the afternoon on Melbourne cup day. Everyone sat around the tv and watched the race and ate chocolate and cake. It was great.

      1. josef_stylin

        it was sweet! I avoid work as best I can as it is, but we got chips and free lunch and everything! And got to sit around and watch the horses run in a circle and got to watch my $7 go down the toilet! FUN! I learnt a valuable lesson about gambling.

  2. indubitableduff

    I was really angry today, because I woke up specifically to watch That 70s Show, but the race was on instead.

    Job’s pretty awesome. I underlined all the bits where Job hates on God. There ended up being more underlined verses than non-underlined.

    1. Alison Post author

      It’s going to be a great read.
      1:22 says “In all of this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.”
      I want to get to the end.

      1. tibbycat

        I enjoyed reading Job. It’s so relavant to life today still too that whole problem of pain and suffering.

        Coming up is the Psalms which I’m about a third of the way through. It’s um, good, and uplifting and hopeful in parts. David seems to have manic depression though during the pslams where one minute he’s all angst ridden and then the next minute he’s praising God for rainbows and lollypops. But eh, life has its ups and downs. God is our constant. Listening to the Sons of Korah CDs makes the Psalms even cooler as you can get a glimpse of how these songs might’ve been recieved in the time when they were written as pieces of music to be performed.

      2. indubitableduff

        People say, “Job was good because all this stuff happened to him and he never once blamed God.” Those people have obviously never read Job.

        Job’s friends say that Job must have done something wrong, and God is being just in punishing him. Job says he hasn’t ever done anything wrong, so God is punishing him without reason. The young guy (Eliphaz maybe?) pulls them all back into line, and then God steps in and basically says “You guys have such limited ability and understanding – who are you to say what I’m doing?” The only reason Job comes out looking good is that he ends up saying, “You’re right, I’ve got no idea, sorry for blaming you.”

  3. Anonymous

    Job is a good read. One thing I’d like to say though is while we know what scripture says just reading it doesn’t automatically tell us what it means. Remember there’s more to the Bible than simple narrative – there’s also a lot of culture and history.

    I’m going through the gospels in the Jerusalem Bible translation, which is a brilliant one because of the massive crossreferencing. If you ever get into the deeper meaning of the verses (not just what they “say”), I’d strongly recommend it. Even if you don’t go into the head-faith, it’s good to see you’re reading at all. =)


      1. Anonymous

        Yes and no. The Bible only ever “says” one thing, and that’s what’s on the page – but what it “means” depends on how you’re reading. Yes, if you take each verse independently, out of context, then it will “mean” whatever you want it to mean. But if you put it in its proper context (cultural, linguistic, historical and doctrinal) then for the most part the meaning is restricted to truth.

        Of course, those acontextual interpretations are what give rise to heresy.

      2. Anonymous

        But when you stop taking what it means and reading into it what you want it to say, THAT gives rise to heresy.

      3. Anonymous

        Yes. But I put forward this question – how do you know what it means? How do you know your interpretation, to the exclusion of all others, is the correct one?


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