Winner and Losers

This morning I am watching the news (I seldom do this) because I was curious as to how this Black Friday Thing went down.  It was kind of disheartening, almost to the point of downright revolting. 

Seeing all of these people pushing and shoving to get inside a store to buy the latest, the newest, the best of the rest, well it was just was a sorry spectacle of events.  Fistfights, people pushing and shoving like animals, arrests and pepper spray … Attention WalMart shoppers evacuate the building!

It is my understanding that the retailers are going to have a beneficial reward from all of this, increased sales and more money in the till.  But to me, a casual observer it made me ashamed I was an American, almost to the point of wishing I was not a member of the human race, a proud species with opposing thumbs. 

If this is the best we have to offer, then maybe it is time to stop the bus and let me off.

It is getting hard, dog-gone hard to find a winner any more.  I set out on my daily trek across CyberLand and found this one from Blogging:  Why I Don’t Worry About People Subscribing To My Blog 11-26-2011

“Subscribing to even one blog, that updates frequently, is like signing up to get spam. It’s spam you presumably want, thus it’s not technically considered spam. But in terms of quantity and value, it winds up having the same (lack of) appeal. And since I don’t care to use feeds, changing my subscriptions to that option is pointless.”

What this author doesn’t seem to understand is this.  You have four basic types of readers on the Internet.  Those who love your stuff, those who pay no attention to your stuff, and those who detest your stuff, and those who send you surly emails to prove it.  Couldn’t be farther from the point, subscribing keeps you on top of what other people are doing and that is what we are all about.  A man wrapped up in himself (his own blog) makes for a pretty small package on most days.

By the way, this blog had “3 subscriptions” so I don’t think they will have to worry about it with content like this.

Sitting in my old trusty comfortable leather chair, the television barks out, “Man wins the lottery seven times!  Tune in after the break to find out his secret.”  I just love it when they “dumb us down like that.”  Turns out that he did NOT win the lottery seven times, he has in the past won large sums of money playing LOTTERY GAMES but he never won the lottery.  You see, the biggest payout he had was $824,000 and as we all know, the lottery (if you are the winner) pays out in the “millions of dollars” so it is safe to say, he never won the lottery.

His winning strategy?

Set a budget to play the lottery (yes, he actually said this) and do not use the grocery money.  Play ONE GAME only (Scratch off tickets) and stick with that game (note:  scratch off tickets, are usually huge losers most of the time) and NEVER use quick picks (note: the largest percentage of lottery winners, are from quick picks).  He also went on to say “I drive a big fancy car, live in a huge wonderful house, have plenty of money and we take a lot of cruises.”  So what do you think he is going to want to talk about, when he plops down next to you on the promenade deck, and unfolds his deck chair?

Nope, it is not working here, dear old late breaking, live on five … I am not taking this advice to the bank.

Speaking of banks?  (Nice blend eh?  Yeah I know, on some days I just cannot help it, just a natural flow to it)  Speaking of banks?  A hooded robber burst into a Texas bank and forced the tellers to load a sack full of cash.

On his way out the door, a brave Texas customer grabbed the hood and pulled it off revealing the robbers face.

The robber shot the customer without a moment’s hesitation. He then looked around the bank and noticed one of the tellers looking straight at him. The robber instantly shot him also.  Everyone in the bank, by now very scared, looked intently down at the floor in silence.

The robber yelled, “Well did anyone else see my face?”

There are a few moments of utter silence in which everyone was plainly too afraid to speak. Then one old cowboy named Bill from Oklahoma slowly raised hand and said, “I think my wife got a pretty good look at ya.”

Winners and Losers, Black Friday, life such as it is this day. 

I am going to keep putting out my Spam and hope that some find it interesting enough to cop a subscription because that is what the wordpress community is all about … sharing. 

I am going to keep playing the Lottery, I don’t want to be stinkin rich, but I would not mind smelling bad. 

Best Buy has NOTHING I am willing to spend the night sleeping on concrete for. 

Money-Money-Money … It’s the new American Dream

Not real sure which category that puts me in, but rest assured, whatever it is, I can live with it. I am fairly confident at this point in the game, that I know which side of the bread the butter is on. 


5 thoughts on “Winner and Losers

  1. Have I told you lately that “You make me laugh!”? Yeah, I thought so.
    You would be someone I’d invite to my next dinner party…..IF you are as funny and witty and intelligent and sarcastic in person as you are here. WOw…..does your wife laugh all day? Nah, don’t answer that.

    I will admit, there are times I am GLAD I am not American. Don’t get your knickers in a twist, mate. Let me tell you …..well we were traveling throughout Europe about 20 years ago…, it was 30! yikes…anyway when we encountered RUDE Italians or Greeks (Hey I do love these folks but somehow we attracted the bad ones on that trip), anyway they would yell at us in broken English, “You damn Americans!” Well I was more than happy to say WE ARE NOT AMERICANS dummy!

    But then there are so many more times I WOULD be proud to be American…..I love that country and its people. Except for the pepper-spraying-shop-a-holic NUTS at Walmart!
    When the Japanese were on top, and had all the money, they were traveling in Europe they referred to them as “The Little Americans.” For some reason, I always find that funny, don’t know why. For what it is worth, I have been to most of the countries you listed, some on numerous occasions in my youth.

    My wife will be quick to quote Robert Redfords’ Movie, “A River Runs Thru It” and say, “Norman is not funny.” I am what I am (unfortunately) I do however beg to differ with you on the sarcastic viewpoint, I am cynical yes, but not so much sarcastic.

    People often come up to me and say something like … Are you the Witty and charming Don Smith, The BoxcarOkie on Creative Endeavors that writes all that wonderfully engaging and self-absorbed humor … those right on articles that are so in time with the pulse and heartbeat of America … chocked full of wit … the daily contributor of good news on … are you him?

    And I always reply …. “No, I am only five foot eight and one-half, sorry.”



  2. It is funny that I heard on the TV where they said they would be interviewing that guy for the lottery. Can’t remember when, maybe during a commercial break for the OU game. I didn’t bother seeing how the guy won though as I don’t play the lottery. My hubby does sometimes, but I try not to encourage it, lol.

    As for shopping, I’m sticking to Amazon. All those crazy people can have their deals in the stores (and their bloody noses too).
    It was run on Saturday morning, early in the AM on KOCO Live .. Local … Late Breaking! (Yawn?) .. and it was a crock of …. Well, it is bovine excrement, you spread it on your flowers in the spring, and when it rains, it makes them look all wonderful and such. We thought it was a real hoot, as the article commented.

    We didn’t get any numbers last night at all … Not one. But we are used to that.

    I order all of my movies and my CD’s from Amazon and for the most part, stay out of the stores. I am sort of a disinclined recluse when it comes to shopping and OKC.

    Thanks for your comment.



  3. Great article! I’m with you, sad to watch isn’t it? I have never partaken in a “Black Friday” event, but then, I have an aversion to shopping, especially during the holidays. TOO MANY PEOPLE.
    Incredibly sad, and when you stop to think about it, it is all crap. Nothing is going to visibly make their lives any more richer than it possibly could be, nothing is going to fulfill their needs, and in the end, all they will have is more stuff.

    This is one prime reason the Chinese own us.



  4. Sunday Email

    You nailed it. I cannot imagine needing anything so bad I would spend a night on cold concrete to wait for the doors to open. To the maximum extent possible we get whatever errands we have to do done on Wednesday before Thanksgiving an never leave the house until after the weekend at the earliest. To many pushy people in stores and on the roads. I cannot imagine my grandparents acting the way people are shown acting on TV. I can’t remember my parents acting that way.

    And why do they always interview people (for the 6:00 news) who look like they have an IQ of room temperature, and when they speak they confirm their IQ?

    Geographically eastern TN is not a large area. Yesterday we had three accidents that shut down 2 interstates in the Knoxville area. There were fatalities associated with at least one of them. A car crossed the median, hit another car head on, flipping it, and then it went on to hit an oncoming semi on I-40. I-75 south of Knoxville and just north of Knoxville was also shut down at each accident scene during the day as well. It ain’t a fender bender when the interstate is closed. Were these people hurrying to Walmart or Best Buy?

    We will be counted among the losers. We have never purchased a lottery ticket of any kind, anywhere. When we lived in NY the lottery would climb to big numbers if there was no winner the previous week(s) and on the evening before the drawing which was actually on during the news people would line up at the news stands or convenience stores to buy tickets. Maybe one of these days someone can explain to me what possesses someone to buy a lottery ticket. Or worse, multiple tickets. You know the four questions we always get asked on the CB in the bus don’t you? Do you have a band on board? How many does it sleep? How much did it cost? and the ever famous Did you win the lottery?

    Jon Wehrenberg

    Thank you for your well written comment on the piece Jon, it is (so far) receiving favorable review, I have had one detractor this weekend, but I even have him to thank for inspiring me to write another article, so I guess it all works out.

    As you usually do, you made some excellent points, and we really appreciated your comments on the subject. No one has ever asked me the questions about our bus that they ask you, but then again, ours is just an old hoopie, one guy asked who was on it once at a truckstop … and I smiled and said, “I cannot tell you.”

    Always leave ’em wondering eh?

    Take care,



  5. Another good one, Don. Enjoyed it as usual.

    Comment on quick pick: The reason the majority of winners come from quick pick is because the majority of bettors use it. The odds are around 14 million to one on a 6-number bet, no matter where you get the numbers. And for all the folks who think betting their cat’s birthday plus its weight every time gets you a better shot — wrong again. The odds are 14M/1, regardless.

    Not that anyone will listen.

    Now I have to go buy my ticket for the week. You can’t win if you don’t play, and “hope springs eternal,” as the man said.
    Thanks so much Bill, we really appreciate it. Yeppers, “you gotta play if you want to win it” that is the rub. The odds are terrible (how many grains of sand are on the beaches of time?) and most will never collect a paltry dime.

    But we play.

    A sucker born everyday as P.T. Barnum used to say. Thanks for stoppin by.



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