Magic Man Was Very Happy
Walking Round The Town
It's mid evening here and still light (just after 9pm). I had to go out an errand and my husband asked me to bring him back a chocolate bar from the shop. We couldn't both go out because he painted our front door today and the undercoat needs to finish drying, so we can't lock it yet.
At The Shop
As I was walking through the car park, a young man started talking from the front of the shop It looked like he was talking to me but I didn't know him. Only when I got closer, I realised he WAS talking to me and asking me what did I want from the shop, he would buy it! He told me he had won £2000 ($2,500) on the horses and he was so happy, he just wanted to buy things for everyone! He was of course, somewhat drunk. Not so much he was falling over, or slurring his speech but happily merry. He told me they called him "The Magic Man" and he had a small bottle of vodka under his arm. One of the shop assistants was standing at the front door trying to make sure he left and the others inside were also on alert to make sure he didn't come back in. While I was in there, he did try to get back in and the shop assistants were worried. He was pleasant enough, just happy and excited, that I didn't feel threatened, so as I went out I started talking to him and he walked down the street with me, telling the shop assistants that I was walking him home!
What If You Had Lost It?
I got regaled with his torn ligaments (he pulled them at the weekend and had his ankle bandaged), that he was a gambler, that the bottle of vodka was for his friend to celebrate and that he had bought a flat with previous winnings. He then told me he had put 2 weeks' wages on the bet today. I asked him, "But what if you had lost?" "But I didn't," came the reply, "I won £2,000". I then got a quick hug (he did ask) and he went on his way, not back to the shop.
I could never be a gambler in that sense. The worry of losing a substantial sum of money and what I would do then, would far outweigh the pleasure of winning but The Magic Man seems to have gamblers' luck. I hope it doesn't desert him.
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VinceSummers wrote on July 3, 2019, 4:55 PM
If you could check his book balance over the years, he may still have lost overall. I remember reading about a man who sold his rather fancy home and bought lottery tickets with the entire proceeds. He did win some, including fairly big strikes, but he still lost considerably overall.
MegL wrote on July 4, 2019, 6:37 AM
I wouldn't doubt it. There are not many bankrupt bookies! And the lotteries always have enough cash to pay the owners high salaries. I read the best story ever about gambling many many years ago when I discovered the Don Camillo books about an Italian priest and the communist mayor. Very funny. There is a blog about him, though I just found it now https://doncamilloblog.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/comrade-don-camillo/ and there may also be a film - the little world of Don Camillo.
VinceSummers wrote on July 4, 2019, 1:30 PM
Downloading a movie from 1983 to see what you mean...
MegL wrote on July 8, 2019, 5:03 AM
Hope you enjoyed it VinceSummers . I have not seen the film but I certainly enjoyed the stories. I used to look for the books on my Saturday morning trip to the library as a child.