I used to be the extravagant sibling but I think my sister in America has just taken over. She won an all expenses paid trip to the Indianapolis Grand Prix thingy involving meeting the teams and first class accommodation. It was a very expensive prize; let me put it this way, in the US they have to pay tax on prizes and the tax on this prize was $ 5,000. Her interest in racing prior to this was nil. The Grand Prix was not as exciting as it might have been either as they had some problem I don’t fully understand with tires and a lot of the cars had to withdraw. Nevertheless, she is keen to go back.
We had the following conversation the other day:
Her: Our loving brother didn’t understand this at all but I am sure you will.
Me: Try me.
Her: I was thinking that once every couple of years it would be good to pay $4,000 to go to the paddocks when you go to the Grand Prix.
Her: I was sure you’d understand. You get as much food and drink as you want and it’s only 2,300 euros.
Her: Well not every year.
Me: YOU’RE JOKING.
Her: You’re not as extravagant as you once were.
Me: Splutter. Can I blog this?
And at the time, I thought that “the Paddocks” was some fabulous hotel linked to the race course but as far as I can work out from a quick look on google, it seems to be an enclosure for cars. With food and drink. Oh yummy. Good Lord.
It should be noted that at the moment she spends most of her money on buying and posting presents to the Princess, so I may have ulterior motives in not wanting her to spend her money in the Paddocks.
on 18 July 2005 at 21:24
A key difference betwen siblings – Belgianwaffle is spends to have the best everything. I, on the other hand will be quite sane and sensible and save up money to do crazy things.
I will add, if you haven’t been to the Paddock club, you cannot have the full picture. I liken it to a cruise – its not for every holiday but the odd one here and there is nice.
on 18 July 2005 at 23:27
Hello Sister in America. That would indeed seem to be a basic – perhaps even bi-polar – difference in world view. But while I can understand (really – truly & deeply) your tendency towards what a more flat-shod* sister might see as the profligate, I can equally understand her predilection towards the maturity of searching out the substantive and material. BelgianWaffle is one of those people who builds dreams. You (on the evidence of previous postings to this blog) are someone who chases them. There is no reason why you can’t each be true to your own style and capacities. And anyway, she’s probably a bit jealous.
on 20 July 2005 at 04:21
I can understand the appeal of the Paddocks. I just cannot understand the appeal of paying for it. Now if Sister in America were to go, say, every six or eight years and pay my entrance as well, yes that would be very appealing.
on 21 July 2005 at 19:53
SF, ok, if you say so…
Sister, I do NOT. I am very restrained.
JD, see previous, and yes, probably a bit jealous.
FT, welcome back. Have you been sitting around thinking dark thoughts about the new pope?
on 22 July 2005 at 03:44
RE: dark thoughts, I suspect it is the other way around.
on 23 July 2005 at 12:46
Gosh, FT, he is all powerful. Trust all is well with you all the same.