Week II of the Born to Lose Chronicles: Losers Always Lose, Ibis Sitting on a Fence
If you recall, last week I had dinner with my wife at Pei Wei. Before we left the self-titled “Chinese Diner”, my wife stuffed a self-serve take-out container with fortune cookies because our daughter loves to snack on them. Always looking for a get-rich-quick scheme, I figured I try my luck with the Florida Lottery and play the "Lucky Numbers" that are on the "fortune slips" . Well, last week’s results were a flop.
Undaunted, and keeping with my original home state’s (New York) motto: “Excelsior” (which means Ever Upward), however, going against conventional wisdom, I decided to try, try again because, if at first you don’t succeed, you should give up; why make a fool out of yourself a second time (to paraphrase W.C. Fields). I instructed Little Trudgette (Who isn’t so little any more; why can’t they stay nine forever?) to put the fortune slips in the little basket in our kitchen where I keep my Coke Rewards bottle caps (Don’t laugh. I’ve been getting some cool stuff for the last few years without having to consume mass quantities).
So on Saturday before I went to get gas at my local gas station (where else?), I drew three slips from the fortune pile. The first one read, “The time is right is make new friends.” The Lucky Numbers were 46, 2, 56, 28, 37, 27; the back read, “Gift” and the Chinese Kanji for it and how to pronounce it “IÄ Wù". The second slip read, “Many new friends will soon be attracted to your friendly and charming ways”; the numbers were 33, 20, 5, 18, 39, 16; the word on the back read “They” it is pronounced “tÄÂÂÂ men”. I lost the third slip, but its numbers were 12, 17, 21, 28, 33, 42.
Today, after my morning run, I checked the results: 6-12-19-26-30-31. Oh well, as that old Wall Street saying goes “the bulls and bears make money; the pigs get slaughtered”.
Oh yeah, the Ibis. During my cool down from running 10K (6.2 miles) this morning, I happened upon a flock of Ibis in front of Riviera Middle School which is not too far from my house. I was hoping to scare them off by banging on the fence so I could get a cool shot of them taking off but these are Miami birds, and they don’t scare easy (oh grow up! you think National Geographic doesn’t “coach” the animals in their videos?).
Enjoy the video…