Last year the Indianapolis Motor Speedway served over 1.1 million hot dogs to customers. $3.00 a pop. That grosses $3.3 million. If you figure each one costs IMS, say $.35 each, that is nearly $3 million in pure profit. I know that drives the haters crazy, and good for them. Their mental deficiencies are fun to laugh at. But that does not REALLY bug me. What REALLY bugs me are people who take it upon themselves to stick their noses into other peoples’ business and believe they have the right to even suggest how others lead their lives.
It happens all the time. The most egregious offenders are religious nuts who continually try to shove the concepts of God, Jesus, redemption, being ‘saved,’ etc., down our throats. They show up every year at IMS whenever there is a crowd offering two choices: Submission to the Almighty or eternal damnation. Some choice. There is very little difference in their uncouth presentation of an otherwise OK when you are in church topic than the approach the Phelps family takes at funerals, and that is scary. At the 500 they bus entire loads of these morons in.
For years other holier-than-thous have altered the way society functions. There was a time when anyone could smoke cigarettes anywhere. Even though people are bright enough to know smokes can kill them some still enjoy puffing away. Smokers these days are usually relegated to the same category as lepers. My problem, as usual, is not the message…it is the way in which dogma is shoved down the throat of society.
The cause of the moment is trying to police food. People are smart enough to know that if they eat hot dogs every day they will die young or at the very least be very fat and diabetic. Yet a hot dog every now and then, like at a sporting event, is really good and WON’T kill you. Everything in moderation. The latest group of well intentioned but in your face do-gooders is something called Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. They have stuck a billboard up near IMS that compares hot dogs to cigarettes. Come on. Their solution is an all plant-based diet. Chances are that won’t fly at the race track for a few decades.
I have reached the conclusion that the more I try to enjoy something the more likely it will be that one or more assholes will come around to try and spoil the fun.