I’ll Have Another Wins… But I Didn’t
I am here to tell you something. Listen to your first instinct. Always.
I didn’t do that the other day and it cost me $160. I planned to go to Emerald Downs to bet on I’ll Have Another in the Preakness. But I never made it to the track. I was going to bet $50 on him to win. It paid $8.40 for a $2 ticket. So 25 times $8.40 is $210… I think.
Here’s why I didn’t go…
I went to the ATM to try to withdraw $100. I’m one of those guys who never has much of an idea what my balance will be. I’m never surprised when my request is denied – like it was Saturday.
All I could get was $60, and combined with the $40 or so that I had in my wallet, I figured I could still put $50 on the horse and have $50 left over. But then I thought: “Come on, Jim, that’s stupid, why don’t you just stay home and not blow your money.”
As soon as I made that decision, I knew that I’ll Have Another would win the Preakness.
I blame my wife. Why? Because she didn’t want me to take the kids to the track. She thinks a bunch of losers, drunks, and smokers hang out at the track, and she doesn’t want to expose the kids to that kind of riff-raff.
The thing is, that’s my kind of riff-raff. I revel in riff-rafflers because I’m a riff-raffler myself – minus the smoking. Thank God I never took up ciggies because I know I’d never be able to quit. Food just flat out owns me, and cigarettes would too.
I happen to like losers and drunks who gamble on the ponies. I mean, why not. Life’s too short. Let’s have some fun while we’re here.
My wife didn’t care if I went to the track without the boys, but I decided to stay home and listen to my inner “responsible” conscience. And when I talk about my inner “responsible” conscience, it’s buried very deep and rarely makes appearances in my life. Unfortunately it appeared at an inopportune time yesterday.
Oh well, Go Cougs.
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