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Dollar Days at Golden Gate Fields

Just when the summer doldrums start and the weather gets reliably warm, Dollar Days at Golden Gate Fields get under way. Starting Sunday, August 13, and every Sunday till the racing season is over, entrance is a dollar, hot dogs are a dollar, beer is a dollar, and the bets are two bucks, all rounded out with cheesy live 1970s soul and disco hits from a live band in a corner stage. How can this not be heaven? The thunder of the hooves, the static announcements crackling over ancient loudspeakers, the brief ecstatic joy of victory and the crushing loss of defeat, does life get better? Where else could you watch a mixture of Laotian betters, porkpie-hatted debtors, and families young and old with kids in tow learning about how life really works? If you win it's all free, if you lose, it's a day's worth of entertainment for twenty bucks, and you don't even need to bring a bag of oranges to discipline recalcitrant debtors, à la The Grifters. Cheap beer, cheap thrills, hot sun, and the view of the Berkeley Hills is great!
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