Sunday, January 10, 2010

Life Is A Crap Shoot

Anyone who says that they don't gamble is either a liar or is sadly out of touch with reality.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary gives us these quick and easy definitions of 'gamble':
1a: to play a game for money or property b: to bet on an uncertain outcome - 2: to stake something on a contingency: take a chance.
Everyday we stake our lives, our reputations, our health - our every things - on uncertain outcomes.
I'm betting that tomorrow morning I will drive safely from home to work and back again. The odds are not in my favor and yet come tomorrow morning I will get into the old red Jeep and get on the freeways where the lanes are narrower to accommodate more traffic and the drivers are less cautions because they (and I include myself in that they) are increasingly tired and angry and on the best of days are already late for work. I will eat food prepared by someone else or grown by someone else and bet that what I eat is carrying neither Escherichia coli nor Hepatis and that I will survive my meal. I may during the day risk legal action or reprimand by asking a fellow worker about her well being because, of course, members of protected minorities are legally allowed to take offense from common courtesies. I'm betting that won't happen when I say, 'How you doing?' to a colleague. I'm betting that the MetroLink signals will work and when I cross the tracks there will not be a train about to boot kick me into Arizona. I'm betting that the driver approaching the intersection I'm about to enter will stop at the red light. I'm betting that my heart will keep beating for many years to come.
But I'm not a betting person because when I visit family in Las Vegas I only play the penny slots. That way, I'm confident my losses will be survivable.
Except, of course, for the daily losses I risk by simply living.
By the way, the word dice is plural for those numbered cubes made so famous in 'Guys and Dolls'. The singular of dice is die.
All of which just goes to show that there is safety in numbers.
You can bet on that.


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