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Sun May 30, 2021, 03:58 PM

Indianapolis 500 attendance: 135,000 fans!

Well, America is opening up again, some places much quicker than others, and more extreme:



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Reply Indianapolis 500 attendance: 135,000 fans! (Original post)
True Dough May 2021 OP
dawg day May 2021 #1
True Dough May 2021 #2
brooklynite May 2021 #10
smirkymonkey May 2021 #31
LeftInTX May 2021 #20
msongs May 2021 #3
True Dough May 2021 #4
SheltieLover May 2021 #6
shrike3 May 2021 #18
captain queeg May 2021 #23
Crunchy Frog May 2021 #5
SheltieLover May 2021 #7
Crunchy Frog May 2021 #8
SheltieLover May 2021 #9
shrike3 May 2021 #15
shrike3 May 2021 #16
A HERETIC I AM May 2021 #11
underpants May 2021 #17
GulfCoast66 May 2021 #21
A HERETIC I AM May 2021 #25
GulfCoast66 May 2021 #26
global1 May 2021 #12
True Dough May 2021 #13
FoxNewsSucks May 2021 #14
SoonerPride May 2021 #19
Ms. Toad May 2021 #28
SoonerPride May 2021 #30
Ms. Toad May 2021 #32
Ace Rothstein May 2021 #22
True Dough May 2021 #24
Ms. Toad May 2021 #27
MichMan May 2021 #29

Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 04:00 PM

1. Safe race! Only two yellow flags--

No injuries.

And a great finish for the old Helio.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 04:00 PM

2. And, across the country, masses of people on the move too...

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Response to True Dough (Reply #2)

Sun May 30, 2021, 04:20 PM

10. Amtrak now selling all seats (previously was only 50%); this weekend's trains were almost full

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #10)

Sun May 30, 2021, 11:04 PM

31. I'm taking the Downeaster (Amtrak) up to Maine next weekend.

It's not full yet, but I am taking business class since nobody passes through the BC car.

It's either at the very front/back depending upon which direction you are going so it's just an extra measure of precaution since it will be the first time I have travelled in well over a year. I'm kind of nervous about leaving my neighborhood. It's been so long!

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Response to True Dough (Reply #2)

Sun May 30, 2021, 06:47 PM

20. My daughter is down in Cancun this weekend

She's vaccinated

But yeah, I guess she's bored....

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 04:03 PM

3. all it needed was a diatribe by trump nt

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 04:06 PM

4. I wouldn't want to be in the same place as this guy...

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Response to True Dough (Reply #4)

Sun May 30, 2021, 04:10 PM

6. Waste of lettering

Simple "L" on forehead or "IDIOT" would suffice.

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Response to True Dough (Reply #4)

Sun May 30, 2021, 05:05 PM

18. Oh, I've met more than a few of those.

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Response to True Dough (Reply #4)

Sun May 30, 2021, 07:47 PM

23. Guess he didn't know Seuss was anti-nazi.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 04:10 PM

5. It's Indiana. I wonder how many are unvaccinated.

Could this end up being another super spreader event?

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Response to Crunchy Frog (Reply #5)

Sun May 30, 2021, 04:13 PM

7. Likely vast majority

IN is like the Twilight Zone - no offense to a great show - land where time stood still.

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #7)

Sun May 30, 2021, 04:17 PM

8. I have some roots in Indiana, and have lived there for some brief periods.

I wouldn't want to even set foot in that hellhole. And I was mostly in Bloomington, the "nice" part.

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Response to Crunchy Frog (Reply #8)

Sun May 30, 2021, 04:19 PM

9. I hear you!

Used to travel from Chgo burbs for kids' sports tourneys. Always dreaded that fking state.

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #9)

Sun May 30, 2021, 05:03 PM

15. I wish more Illinoisans felt like you.


They're all coming over here in droves. While developers tear up what prairie we have left and destroy habitat for mink, hawks, etc.

Please pass the word to your friends that we're a hellhole and maybe they'll stop coming.

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Response to Crunchy Frog (Reply #8)

Sun May 30, 2021, 05:04 PM

16. Please pass the word that we're a hellhole and everyone will stop coming here.


It's getting out of hand.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 04:26 PM

11. Just for a wee bit of perspective.....

The Speedway used to get 130,000 in on a Friday practice day on week one of ďThe 90 Days Of MayĒ as it used to be called.

I was working as a participant in what could be referred to as the Glory Days of IndyCar, and there would be 50,000 in the stands on a Wednesday afternoon, the 1st week of practice. That Friday would see in excess of 130,000.

It was said that the single largest gate take of any Sporting event in the world was race day at the Indianapolis 500, where close to a half million would come through the gates between 5 AM and the Start Engines command at 10:50. The second largest was Pole Day at The Speedway, where in the 90ís, 300,000 was expected.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #11)

Sun May 30, 2021, 05:05 PM

17. That's a lot of people

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #11)

Sun May 30, 2021, 07:09 PM

21. My wife is from an hour southwest of Indy.

They had 6 tickets and we went every year between 89-93.

That crowd had to be seen to be believed. The Snake Pit(4th turn I think) was still there and during one rainy race day morning I witnessed impromptu female mud wrestling which always involved the rapid removal of the participants tops. I was only 23 at the time and was awestruck. By the entire spectacle. Nothing awing about the participants!

Is my memory correct that it was on a Sunday so you had to bring your own beer?

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #21)

Sun May 30, 2021, 08:02 PM

25. Ahhh yes...the Snake Pit!

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And youíre right, for years it was inside turn 4.

I donít profess to be a a Speedway historian by any means, but inside Turn 4 has as much history as almost any other place on the property!

It was inside that turn back in the 60ís where the infamous scaffold towers were constructed and one of them collapsed, killing two and injuring scores more, leading to them being outlawed. Nothing higher than a lawn chair on top of a van, basically.

Pics herein are of the accident in progress;

http://indymotorspeedway.com/scaffold.html

People would drive into the infield with all the materials needed to construct temporary towers. These were commonplace for years;



Open prostitution happened. Illicit liquor and drug sales. Nudity, public sex acts and all manner of good fun! Bonfires that would require several Indy Fire Department pumpers to put out after the race. Ahh yes, the good olí days!

A lot of that moved to inside turn 1 in the 90ís because of crackdowns, and as things moved forward and the speedway management changed hands from grandmother to son, they really put the kibosh on a lot of that.

I was a participant in the years before, during and after the refurbishment of the infield portion of the golf course. After they redid the holes on the infield, they really clamped down on where people were allowed to go and what they were allowed to do during the month of May. After all, the Speedway spent millions in an effort to attract a PGA event (which they ultimately did) and did not want their investment trashed by race fans! I played golf on the old course during practice one day. I remember specifically teeing up my ball and watching Emerson Fittipaldi doing 220 down the back stretch, not 50 yards away from my left!

Once they constructed the F1 style infield road course, they cut back on the number of people allowed inside the track by a dramatic amount. The general count is around 330,000 seats around the outside of the track. They used to get another 150.000 at least inside. No longer.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #25)

Sun May 30, 2021, 08:37 PM

26. I was there when Rick Mears set the speed record.

I think he hit 253 on the backstretch. A year or so before they switched to carburetor engines to slow things down. Just did not sound the same without the injected superchargers. That whine was amazing.

Little remembered fact: Indy Racing actually held a race on Disney World property for several years in the 90ís. Disney built a track near the Magic Kingdom parking lot. Think it was a tri-oval. We went to all of them. That track was just demolished a few years ago. Also went to the first few brickyard 400ís. It was just too hot and we quit flying up.

Canít believe I saw that as fun. Now it seems a nightmare!

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 04:32 PM

12. If After 2 - 3 Weeks Pass After This Holiday And We Have No Covid Surges....

I'll give a sigh of relief and say - it looks like we've made it back.

In the meantime - I'll still be proceeding very cautiously.l

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Response to global1 (Reply #12)

Sun May 30, 2021, 04:33 PM

13. And I think that's about as fair an assessment

as we could possibly get of where things stand.

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Response to global1 (Reply #12)

Sun May 30, 2021, 04:54 PM

14. That's how I see it too.

The percent of Americans who are vaccinated seems too low to just throw the masks away and take up where we left off.

The next few weeks will tell.

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Response to FoxNewsSucks (Reply #14)

Sun May 30, 2021, 06:01 PM

19. The ones that get sick will be the unvaccinated

So they had a choice.

If there is a surge it will be among those who think they know more than science.

So whereís the problem?

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Response to SoonerPride (Reply #19)

Sun May 30, 2021, 10:39 PM

28. Not everyone is eligible to be vaccinated yet, for starters.

0-11 year olds won't be eligilble until next summer. Until then, it is our responsibility to protect them.

Next, 5% of a very large number (of COVID-causing exposures) is still a very large number. The more exposure those of us who are vaccinated have, the more breakthrough cases there will be.

Finally - variants. So far, with very limited data, the vaccine seems to be holding up against variants. But a new variant was just discovered today (a combination of two already in existence) tat combines the worst of each.

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Response to Ms. Toad (Reply #28)

Sun May 30, 2021, 10:58 PM

30. The discussion was the 135,000 at the Indy 500

If there were 5 year olds there I would be surprised.

And unvaccinated people (whether by choice or not) in that throng should be wearing masks.

So again, if there is a spike among those that went to the Indy 500 then whatís the problem?

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Response to SoonerPride (Reply #30)

Mon May 31, 2021, 12:08 AM

32. This sub-thread is broader than that.

The post to which you responded was discussing the timing of removing the mask mandate, not just people in attendance at this event. You responded talking about surges which, again, aren't limited to this event.

A quick look at crowd shots tells me you are wrong about 5 year olds (not to mention 5-11 range). In the the one shot I found, I spotted at least 3 in the roughly 0-5 range. It's our responsibility to keep them safe - so unless they are checking cards at the door, slapping wrisbands on everyone who isn't yet vaccinated, and wandering around enforcing mask wearing by the unvaccinated, they should be enforcing mask-wearing among everyone. Because that works, and doesn't require the tough step that no one seems willing to take - selective enforcement against the unvaccinated.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 07:21 PM

22. Went to a MLB game today for the first time since July 2019.

Felt great to be back!

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Response to Ace Rothstein (Reply #22)

Sun May 30, 2021, 07:53 PM

24. Well, we know one thing

The Ace wasn't on the mound at that game. He was in the stands!

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 10:35 PM

27. Two in that crowd are my second cousin and her husband.

He's a flaming idiot. Not sure what happened to her, since she used to be rational and liberal.

They at least had masks around their necks in the pictures they posted . . .

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 10:40 PM

29. That is less than 50% capacity

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