“Hi, my name is Ofthesea and I’m a gambler.”
OK, that is not entirely true. I don’t frequent casinos or play online poker. I don’t care for sports betting and horses only interest me if I can ride them. Lotto? Once a year only, for the Christmas special. Scratch cards? Not since I was 12 and got them as presents. Bingo? Bah.
And although I have a mad passion for Backgammon*, I never play for money, only for bragging rights (and occasionally for drinks.)
Yet I bet often, and follow through on my wins and losses.
“Ms. Lilly, I bet you two bucks that C’s going to eat that dead lizard.” (I lost, but only because she stopped him. Bad sport.)
“Adi, I bet you a dollar that Ms. Lilly will come up with an excuse for not coming to the beach!” (I won, but she changed her mind, so I guess I lost. But she’s coming, so I win!)
“You two are nuts: I AM NOT PREGNANT and I bet you a pastry each that this test comes negative!” (I won AND I got pastries!)
And now I’ve gotten my little C hooked in the gambling lifestyle.
“C, you’re gonna fall if you keep jumping on the bed and I bet a dollar you’re gonna land on your ass.”
“Damn, you don’t have to pay because you fell on your face!”
Sometimes I am not entirely fair:
“Hey, C, I bet a dollar that I can get this coat on you in under a minute!”
*a few nifty Judo moves*
“WIN! Pay up, sucka!”
And then there was tonight:
“Baby, you know what happens when you crawl under the table. I bet you ten dollars you’re gonna bonk your head and cry. TEN. I’m that sure.”
*C dances under the table*
“Damn, he dodged it!”
*C does the limbo with the chairs*
“Ack, he’s getting good at this!”
*I start to reach for my wallet*
“Oh come ON, bonk already!”
“Yess!! What did I tell you? Cough up those ten bucks!”
What? They will come handy for his college fund!
* Anyone wanna play some BG online? Bring it!