Posted Monday evening, November 7, 2016.
The friends of Tommy Two-Gun were back at McDonald's this morning. I learned they have another mutual friend. Big-Head Jimmy. Big-Head Jimmy doesn't seem to impress them as much as Tommy does. But then Tommy is "the eyes and ears" of the world.
Their conversation was, as it was last week, focused on their gambling. It being Monday, they were trading stories about yesterday's football games. None of them did all that well. One of them had a lot of money on the Eagles.
All of them have higher hopes for next week. One plans to bet heavily on the Steelers against the Cowboys. The guy who'd lost big on the Eagles was skeptical about that paying off. But the Steelers better was confident.
"They're playing Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh!"
"I don't care if they're playing God in heaven."
The talk turned briefly to the election which they still seem only interested in as a betting proposition. It wasn't even clear they planned to vote. Except for one. The eldest. He's pushing 90. And he's voting for Hillary. Enthusiastically. It's a vote for her. But he's also voting against Trump. Because Trump's a billionaire. He doesn't want a billionaire as President on principle. He didn't elucidate the principle. This billionaire, though, he's against on practical grounds too. "He's a crook!"
The others seemed a bit gloomy at the prospect of Hillary winning. Again, this was about gambling. You don't clean up by betting the favorite. Who was going to take Trump? The HRC supporter was gleeful at their gloom.
"You were in your glory when she was down! When she was down you were in your glory!"
Before you get gleeful along with him, he's not the luckiest of them. In fact, he admits to being unlucky.
“Want to know what my three main downfalls are? I’ll tell you. Horses. Horses. And…” He was talked over here by two others who were on to something else, but I’d bet his third downfall is horses. Might be baseball though.
"I had a horse at Aqueduct. The jockey fell off. I had the Yankees in the World Series. They lost four straight."
I think he meant the 2012 AL Championship Playoffs against the Tigers. But it chilled me to think about what he said are two if not three of his main downfalls as a gambler.
Let's hope the political media's wrong about presidential elections being horse races.