Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Off to the Races.
"Tell us a story, Uncle Allen. Pleeeeese?"
""Ok, kids. A long time ago me and your uncles Neal and Jack went to the Pimlico racetrack in Maryland. Your uncle Jack did what he always did. He bet on the fourth horse in every race to win. Then he brooded over the race form for the rest of the afternoon. Uncle Neal, who'd never been to the track before, bet on every horse in every race. He had about 90 tickets and he'd spent all his earnings from the parking lot for the last 2 weeks. He was like a kid in a candy store."
" Luck being luck, Uncle Jack won twice that day and broke even. He was still brooding as we drove back to Brooklyn. Neal won in every race, though he was still down nearly $150.00. He was the happiest I'd ever seen him. He bought us some hamburgs from a diner and went home completely broke."
"With your uncle Neal, it wasn't about winning. It was about the race."
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