The Hunt 2008 (Far Hills Race Meeting)
Two weeks from today, is the annual “Hunt” – or also know as the Far Hills Race Meeting.
Hoboken411 is grumpy
Years ago, this seemed to me to be a “bigger deal” than it is these days. Preps and Yuppies would schlep out to various “spots” where various parties ensued. A “must do” event that everyone felt like they had to be part of. Most importantly, this glorified tailgate party is mainly considered an event to consume mass quantities of alcohol.
While Far Hills, NJ is only about 40 miles away – most folks don’t drive. They either take the NJ Transit train directly there, or organize some kind of chartered bus.
But many fancy dressed aristocrats end up soiled in mud and vomit by the end of the day – and pretty much hate life. Like a super bad hangover that makes you swear off drinking – the Hunt has the benefit of only being a yearly event – and most people forget how crappy they felt after the previous years gathering.
I myself, have “gotten it out of my system,” experienced it a half dozen times, and feel that the “profit vs. loss” factor leans toward the losing side. Maybe it’s because of the amount of beer historically consumed – or just plain lazy – who knows. But I’m done – and for the sake of efficiency – can have a party and booze whenever and wherever I want. Suppose even single-day shin-digs like this are just too much for me to get excited over. Or as some might say “big deal!”
The painful (and early) trip there, the sheer size of the event, the complicated organization, and then the dreadful ride home – is not worth it to me. You can call me a bore, a buzz-kill, or a party pooper all you want. Perhaps I’m no longer impressed by this kind of social scene. Frankly, it’s nothing to be impressed by that I can’t do anytime I please (Other than the actual steeplechase – and the associated gambling.)
Maybe I’m getting old – or better yet appreciate the simpler things in life. But to go through the motions (and pay the money) – just isn’t up my alley anymore. Sure the first few times it was “new” and had a sense of adventure and excitement to it, but the phrase “been there, done that” now applies in full effect. Or you could say “yawn” instead.