Down the Hall on Your Left

This site is a blog about what has been coasting through my consciousness lately. The things I post will be reflections that I see of the world around me. You may not agree with me or like what I say. In either case – you’ll get over it and I can live with it if it makes you unhappy. Please feel free to leave comments if you wish . All postings are: copyright 2014 – 2019

The Odds Are…Odder Than Most

ticket1Well, plans for Christmas are now in place. We will be flying down to Texas and spending  a week or so visiting with Family. I can’t think of a better way to spend the Holidays. OK – maybe hitting the jackpot on the lottery while there would be better, but the odds are not in our favor.

My wife, the lovely and optimistic, Dawn will go for a “Quick Pick” lottery ticket on occasion. She doesn’t do it all the time. She has standards – the jackpot has to be at least $100 Million Dollars or it’s not worth the investment of a dollar bill. I can’t argue with that. It really is a game of “Go big or go home,” so she goes big and then goes home anyway.

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So far we haven’t hit the jackpot. That much should be obvious. If we had hit it big this blog would be delivered to you by a courier in a cheesy uniform. I think our biggest payoff so far has been $4.00. You can’t hire a reliable courier for $4.00.

Dawn is the usual lottery ticket purchaser, but I will drop a dollar or two. I like to wait until the top prize hits “significant portion of the national debt” numbers. If I’m going to become one of the “Nouveau Riche,” I want to really emphasize the “riche” part. I’m too old to be much of a “nouveau” anything anymore.

If we did hit it big I’m sure that Dawn and Moi would still be the same down to earth people we are now. We’d just have a better car, a bigger home, and a suddenly developed affinity for food that doesn’t come with an expiration date.

ticket5One thing we actually have discussed in response to a sudden acquisition of wealth is, “What about the house?”

Our home, while a warm and comfortable house, is just not big enough to contain our varied interests. Dawn is a weaver and it would be great to have a studio just for her looms and yarn. I do stuff like this blog and other writing projects. I could use a space for my computer, notebooks, and varied medications.

Fortunately, the house sits on a double lot in a nice neighborhood in Terre Haute (That’s French for, “Do you want any ‘scratch-offs’?”). If our ship, the S.S. Season Tickets, comes in we would move into some temporary digs while a new and much bigger house goes up on that nice wide lot.  I don’t think the neighbors would mind. We’re quiet and I would make sure that the new shooting range was fully soundproofed.

Oh, we can dream, can’t we?ticket4

While it would be nice – more than nice actually – to have enough money to indulge in such fantasies as our very own “Casa Absurda,” we could be happy with much less. We don’t need a hundred million dollars. Fifty million would do. Why, we would even settle for twenty million. We’re not greedy, we just have expensive tastes. “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” – As the cliché goes.

I really don’t think the neighbors will object to the new Satellite Uplink Facility in the yard. I mean, what’s a Compound without a decent Satellite Uplink Facility?

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