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Monday, April 19, 2010

The Elderly have Better Odds

I saw something interesting on T.V. last night. It made me stop and think. One of those short stories told quickly because they have 2 minutes between a commercial and the next guest. Better known as a filler in "newspaper days".

Simply stated the 2-minute blip said: "You are more likely to win the lottery than to be struck by lightning"

Now, that was surprising to me. Actually, I thought you were more likely to do "anything," than to win the lottery. That's what my dad always told me and I believed him so I've never been much of a gambler. But now, I may have to give the lottery a second thought. If I'm more likely to win the lottery, than to be hit by lightning...that sounds like much better odds to me.

My children disagree with the fact that winning is easier than a lightning strike, but do believe that lottery wins are bias toward the elderly. "Only old people win the lottery!" my children say. "They're in their sixties and seventies. What do they want with all that money?"

I'm thinking (maybe they want to replenish what they've spent over the last 25-30 years on diapers, infant formula, school supplies, designer clothes, not to mention 4 years of underwriting teenage car insurance!)

Wait a minute, I'm one of those elderly. I think I could have a lot of fun with a lottery win! And now that all my children are in their mid-thirties, I'm only buying food and clothes for two, insurance for one car, no school supplies or formula or designer clothes...wait a minute.

Fewer expenses equals more cash on hand, more cash on hand equals more lottery tickets, more lottery tickets equals better odds... I think I got it.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

That time of year

It's nearing that time of year again. Usually, I take little notice since all of my children are in their mid to late 30's. But this year I have a 17 year-old grandson and that means a high school graduation.

Strange, it seems like only yesterday that my own children were that age, and not much before that, I was a senior in high school, myself. My goodness, time happens in the blink of an eye. Hubby and I hear news of something on TV and are flabbergasted that so many years have past.

  • We landed on the moon when? No way. I remember that first step like it happened yesterday.
  • That they could actually blow the Texas Stadium into oblivion is outrageous. What a waste.
I remember when discussions were underway to broadcast football games on Monday night. I thought that was pretty outrageous too. We already had football every Sunday afternoon. Who on earth would watch football on Monday, it's a week night for Pete's sake.

Friday, April 9, 2010

My Point of View

When I first saw this gadget, I couldn't help but think....What a way to read a book!

After learning more about the Kindle, I thought I'd need one about as much as I need one of my adult children to move back home. I mean, I love all my children but when they're in their 30's and 40's it's time to cut the cord.

A book is not a book unless you lick a finger and turn a page. Is it?

Then, this week we see the IPad introduced to rave reviews. Regardless of the price for a new way to play with photos, buyers are flocking to the stores to get their very own video manipulator. Oh my goodness.

I will admit, though, I would like to have one of these, myself,  for no other reason than to play with my digital photo albums. Those guys on TV make exploding and shrinking photos look like a lot of fun. But $500 for a photo album. That's a little much...