A crap shoot in Maryland, part 2

Maybe what I have taken for my opposition to gambling is no more than a personal dislike of the activity.  That is, gambling is just something I don’t myself enjoy.  But that doesn’t adequately explain my feelings, either.  I don’t like asparagus, either, but I don’t object to expansion of legalized asparagus production.

Maybe this is part of it:  Most gambling I have personally observed has been on the part of people whose lives are going nowhere and who really need to find something better to do.

I can respect games like stud poker and blackjack, that can involve some degree of skill.  Ditto playing the horses.  But games of sheer chance, like draw poker, craps, roulette and slots, strike me as just plain stupid.  Even if I were good at it, even if I were a “winner,” why would I want to take away my neighbor’s money?  I don’t see the point.

Somehow I can’t get excited about the prospect of winning money.  Instead, I always wind up feeling bad about the money I lost, and wondering if I couldn’t have spent it on something better.

I would much rather create something.

If you’re going to feel really, really bad about saying something, maybe it’s something you shouldn’t say.  Throughout the writing of the prior post, my feelings were so negative I began to question whether I was right to write it to begin with.  Looking for a way to put a positive spin on things, I came up with a short list of things you can do instead of gambling; and writing this felt good:

  • working
  • looking for work
  • volunteering with the Red Cross, a Scout troop, a soup kitchen or hospital
  • scrubbing floors while listening to The William Tell Show
  • popping corn while listening to The William Tell Show
  • learning how to “can” peaches, cherries, etc.
  • praying
  • studying the Bible, Koran, Talmud, etc.
  • earning your GED, BA, etc.
  • making candles or soaps
  • calling The William Tell Show
  • vaccuuming the carpets
  • doing laundry while listening to The William Tell Show
  • baking pies
  • making pancakes
  • gardening
  • helping the kids with their homework
  • shoveling snow
  • raking leaves
  • fixing up the house
  • mending clothes
  • baking cinnamon rolls
  • painting pictures
  • washing the car
  • jogging
  • playing basketball or tennis
  • hiking
  • fishing
  • reading bedtime stories to the children
  • playing with house pets
  • swimming
  • folk dancing
  • tending houseplants
  • cleaning the alley
  • reading biographies of inventors
  • creative writing
  • whoring
  • sprucing up your web page
  • practicing music
  • writing music
  • making pottery
  • ironing clothes while listening to The William Tell Show
  • lifting weights
  • sculpting in clay or plaster
  • woodworking
  • birdwatching
  • polishing shoes
  • polishing floors
  • tobogganing
  • mowing the lawn
  • balancing your checkbook

Note that most of these activities cost little or no money.

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