Friday, June 01, 2007

My mistakes are so clear to me now

As I've pondered my losses in Vegas this last weekend, it's become abundantly clear to me that I should have cut my losses while they were still at $0.

We made amazing time to Vegas...5 hours, leaving at 6 pm, on the Friday of Memorial Weekend. That's crazy. I expected us to get there at like 2 am, but we were on a casino floor by 11 pm (since we decided not to go to stop at our condo on the way). Things started so auspiciously!

But as we walked in the hallway from the parking garage at the New York New York to the casino floor, things all went awry. David took a piece of paper trash from his pocket, balled it up, and threw it in the trash.

Except it missed. Bounced off the rim and onto the ground.

We paused for a moment and looked at each other. A bad omen, no doubt, but we were going to ignore it. It was Memorial Day weekend, we had made such good time, all was well in the world. I picked up the fallen trash, tossed it in the trash can, and started toward the casino.

Except it missed. Again. Bounced off the rim and onto the ground. Again.

We pretty much panicked at that point and just continued on into the casino in silence. There was no point in attempting to toss the paper a third time...someone else would get it, and at that point, it was just taunting us.

Why would I be surprised that I couldn't get an ounce of luck for the weekend? If I was smart, at that point I would have either turned around and driven right back home, or resolved that the weekend would be spent on golf, food, shows, and massages. That would have been prudent. That would have respected the obvious omens. That also would have cost well under $850 and probably been a lot more fun.

Lesson learned.

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