It's Gambling Awareness Week!

Ok, Yes, I do purchase lottery tickets. And, regularly.  That is because I win more than I lose.

 I had to laugh when checking today's mega millions numbers to see if I had won anything ( I didn't), I noticed that at the top of the ticket it says 'Mar3-9 National Gambling Problem Awareness Week'.  How ironic--it is printed right above the words 'quick pick'.


I think it just fine to have this on our lotto tickets--but is anyone reading the ticket or just checking the numbers?Thank goodness I have never had a gambling problem. I just buy lotto's.


 I envision typical gamblers as old west wastrel types with je-ne-sais-croix looks in their eyes.


There are romantic, rich legends about gamblers and I swoon when I see Clark Gable at the gambling table at Belle's in Gone with the Wind. How about Val as Doc Holliday?


On a warm summer's evenin' on a train bound for nowhere,
I met up with the gambler; we were both too tired to sleep.
So we took turns a starin' out the window at the darkness
'Til boredom overtook us, and he began to speak.




He said, "Son, I've made my life out of readin' people's faces,
And knowin' what their cards were by the way they held their eyes.
So if you don't mind my sayin', I can see you're out of aces.
For a taste of your whiskey I'll give you some advice."



So I handed him my bottle and he drank down my last swallow.
Then he bummed a cigarette and asked me for a light.
And the night got deathly quiet, and his face lost all expression.
Said, "If you're gonna play the game, boy, ya gotta learn to play it right.




You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.




Now Ev'ry gambler knows that the secret to survivin'
Is knowin' what to throw away and knowing what to keep.
'Cause ev'ry hand's a winner and ev'ry hand's a loser,
And the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep."



So when he'd finished speakin', he turned back towards the window,
Crushed out his cigarette and faded off to sleep.
And somewhere in the darkness the gambler, he broke even.
But in his final words I found an ace that I could keep.




You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.

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