I know my ABCs, I can write my name, and I can count to 100
Things I Know
I haven’t heard from my kids since my daughter arrived in China on Wednesday to visit her brother. I’ve heard that there is trouble with email traffic between hear and China, so that’s probably the reason. I’ve also heard that the Chinese government is deliberately slowing down such traffic, especially gmail traffic. I don’t know if that’s true, but I do know my son is using a gmail account.
Mega Millions is $312 million (or so) tonight. I know the odds are something like 175 million to one against, but I play anyway. Why? I pay taxes on some things that amuse me, but the lottery is the only tax I pay that amuses me all by itself. Knowing better than most people how small my chance of winning is, I like to tease my wife about how cheap I’d be if I won, and that running joke with my wife amuses me too. A Mega Millions ticket is also cheaper than a lot of other things that amuse me. If I buy a ticket in the upper deck, and go to a baseball game by myself it’ll wind up costing me $60 for the ticket, parking and food as opposed to a buck for the lottery ticket. My trip to Las Vegas last October cost a lot more than that; so did tickets to the shows, and restaurants we patronized while we were there.
And speaking of major league baseball, opening day is less than a week away
My wife, Saint Karen (she has to be a saint to put up with me), came home today and told me she had signed up for the office lottery pool. This makes sense, because in the extremely unlikely event that they do win, why would she want to be the only one left in the office
I told Saint Karen that all she has to do to join my personal lottery pool is remain married to me. So far, so good.
I absolutely hate people who make grand plans to give away huge sums of money before they win the huge lottery. Because I know how little chance I have of winning, I have a much simpler plan. If I win, I’m going to keep it.
Anyone who bemoaned the passing of fifties music from commercial radio should take note that sixties music is also disappearing slowly from the airwaves. It was inevitable. The reason is that advertising professionals believe older people are less influenced by commercials. Radio is funded by commercials, so the people who buy the commercials want to reach a younger audience they can easily convince to buy their products.
If you like music, you should collect what you like. That way, it won’t bother you a lot when the music you likes isn’t played on the radio anymore.