Friday, March 19, 2004

The Cure for All Ills: Charles Barkley

I've been having, to put it mildly, a bad week. I've been sick as a dog, our house has been without running water due to plumbing problems, our son has been repeatedly vomiting all over us and the furniture, and I just found out that some bastard used my name and Social Security number to run up $550 of charges with Sprint PCS (Lord knows what I'll find when I finally get my credit report).

At any rate, it's been a really crappy week. Then I read this series of Charles Barkley stories, and I can smile again.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Why people play the lottery

Tim Rivers, a recently laid-off factory worker, was the sole winner of an $89 million Powerball prize in Indiana. Tim and his wife Pam, both 24, plan to move out of their mobile home and buy a new house for themselves and their son, 6, and their daughter, 4, with the $49.9 million in cash they'll receive for their prize.

Of course, the question is, why was a laid-off factory worker living in a mobile home with two young children spending his precious cash reserves on lottery tickets?

Unfortunately, no news service ever runs the headline, "Local man could have bought car with the money he wasted buying lottery tickets over the past 10 years."