Ok, I admit it. I gamble. Not a lot, but I like to visit the casinos in the area, on occasion, and I buy lottery tickets too often. I don’t know why, really. It’s part of that Amerikan Dream thingy… or the last vestiges of it in my brain. I never really thought about what I would do with any major winnings( that have yet to come…big surprise, huh?) until recently.
I know, I know…the lottery is the “idiot tax” or a jew’s game and casino gambling is for fools. Well, there’s no fool like an old fool.
There is something inside me that says that I can beat them at their own game.
Before you reach for that phone to call gambler’s annon for me…rest assured that I have never spent more than I can afford to lose. Perhaps I should. Maybe this blog is such an expense. That in itself is an interesting statement…never spend more than you can afford to lose. Maybe these folks at an Irvine California college are risking more they can afford by shouting down the ambassador from israhell. Perhaps they will be expelled and have to change their life direction. Perhaps not. Perhaps these students are gambling to beat the zio-scum at their own game. Life, if you live it properly, is filled with gambles. Merely staying alive in places like Palestine is a constant gamble. One that we in the Occident can only imagine. But the “house odds” are coming down.
Anywho, back to my BIG WIN dream. For years I didn’t play the lottery at all, holding the view that it was fixed. Then, one day a kid that worked for me came to work and told me that he was going to quit. “Why?” I asked. His father had won the state lottery for 14 mil, only the night before. He said that all of his siblings were to either get $250K or their father’s support in opening any business that the kids wanted. This particular son decided to quit his job and open a pet store…something that always took his fancy. Good for him. His venture was a success I hear. His father didn’t fair so well. He quit the two jobs he had always worked, bought a huge home on the beach…and literally drank himself to death within a couple years.
That made a big impact on my view of the lottery, and what wealth can do to those that never had it.
I’m sure you have heard similar stories, and my take is that they are entirely true.
If you don’t have a “post-win” strategy (even if it isn’t 14 millions, or bringing down fascist regimes), I feel you will lose sight of your objective. Double-down. Let it ride. Keep going for the big one. And yes, at times you must gamble more than you can afford to lose.
My dreams of a mansion on the beach and all the creature-comforts that it entails have dramatically shifted over the years. I will always gamble…one way or another. But as you might guess, I will double-down on anything I win. Letting it ride for those that have nothing left to place on the table.