Like most things in life, in order to truly understand the depth of emotions felt by others, you have to experience the situation for yourself.
I get it now. I get the love for this venue and event. I get the outrage at it’s removal. I get the joy at it’s return. I get it.
I don’t understand why it took me so long to experience it for myself. For some reason it seemed so far away and primitive. Boy was I wrong about that. Barely an hour flight from Toronto, and incredible facilities, it is neither far nor below standard. In fact, I couldn’t imagine NOT staying at the track now that I’m here. As others have said… hotels are for pussies! (ya… I”m such a lady aren’t I?)
It’s an odd juxtaposition of serenity and exhilaration. Those two things shouldn’t, by nature, go together, but here, somehow, they just do, and it feels right.
Again I am overwhelmed with a sense of happiness and belonging. I belong here. I belong in this world. No doubt about it.
What makes these weekends perfection is of course sharing them with old friends, making new friends, networking like a fiend, talking shop, mending fences, laughing, swearing, drinking, brainstorming, cheering, and of course taking a moment every day to just pause, quiet your mind, and take it all in.
The absolute highlight of my night last night was meeting a long time net friend, and making up with and enjoying a drink and a laugh with a long time “netemy”. Brad it truly has been a pleasure putting a face to the name!! And JC (I know you won’t read this, but fuck it, I’ll say it anyway) You have my respect. Class and stones my friend. A lesser man wouldn’t have made the effort. I missed your point of view! LOL! you crazy bastard!
Ok, I’m heading out to the track for CC qualies now!
At this moment in time, all is right with my little world.