Hedging My Bets

My mom is convinced that John Kerry is going to win the election.

I think she couldn’t be more wrong. I’d like for John Kerry to win. I’d like for George Bush to lose. But I don’t see it happening. I do have to say that her logic is pretty compelling: she says that I’m a guaranteed jinx when it comes to politics, and since I’m so certain that Bush is going to win, he won’t.

She was pretty sure, though, so I got her to put her money where her mouth is, and we made a bet. If John Kerry wins, as she says he will, I have to buy her a couple of bottles of the Nippozano Reserva Chianti by Frescobaldi (plus maybe a few bottles of Two- Buck Chuck), totally about $50. If George Bush wins, as I bet he will, she has to buy me the videogame of my choice, up to a value of $50.

It turns out that Halo 2 will be out the week after the election. So if Kerry wins, I’ll be thrilled to send my mom the wine she wants. And if Bush wins, at least it will mean that I’m getting a free copy of Halo 2. Even if you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, I’m still going to try.

At 8 pm on Tuesday, November 2nd, as election returns roll in, I plan on not watching them, but will instead be online playing Counterstrike. Drop me a line if you’d like to join our little group of people shooting each other and shouting “LA LA LA I CAN’T HEAR YOU” at the electorate.