posted on Nov, 15 2005 @ 02:51 AM
The only gambling that ever interested me is the horses.
I used to go to "Lone Star Park" in the Dallas Area.
I loved that park because you could get within 10 ft. of a horse before the race. (You have to understand that I paid my way through college with
student loans and working on ranches in Texas. Anyone who knows horses can spot 2/3 of the losers at close range.)
I would tuck $30 in my shoe, and go for the Friday evening. It was a ritual. Cut work after a multimartini lunch, pick up the daily racing form, run
my numbers . . . (I have a formula I used on the horse's stats.) Then go down to the track for the first 6 races.
Most Fridays, I had a net loss of $10 bucks in all races. The reason was, I won a little bit, but after you subtract parking, beer(!), a burger from
the restaurant, etc, the evening DID cost about 10.
I'll tell you this though. I when Frau Dr. told me she was preggers for the first time, I've never played since. This father doesn't gamble when
he is responsible for childrens' welfare. period.
See, I can say all that because it was a ritual, but not an addiction.
So we won't talk about opiates, which for a number of years were, to paraphrase Marx, the Masses of my religion.
Everybody's got their demons. What you don't master will eventually master you.