God Damned Gambling Young People Drive Me Batty!
The problem with young people today is that they gamble.
When I was a boy, gambling was considered a vice. Our old dads would play poker one Friday a month but it wasn’t about money – it was just an excuse to get away from their families, drink whiskey and smoke cigars.
The only gamble a young person made was when we selected a spouse. And that was just because we were 18 at the time, barely knew the person we were marrying and didn’t believe in divorce.
But these young people today, they gamble something fierce. They bet on sporting matches, play on-line card games and buy lottery tickets by the gross. You’d think they’d be satisfied with drug and alcohol addiction but apparently that’s not enough for them anymore.
I spent my allowance on a Squirrel Nut Zipper or a shiny new comic book, not on lottery tickets and an appealing 7-point spread on Sunday’s football match. If I wanted to double my money I took a second job, I didn’t pin my 12-year old hopes on drawing to an inside straight in a game of Texas Hold’em.
I see the damned young people down at the 7-Eleven going through scratch lotto cards faster than a fat kid goes through a new pack of Skittles. They stand at the counter all hopped up on the gambling bug and forking over their parents’ hard earned cash. They’re wagering their future on pipe dreams and easy money – firm in the belief that lady luck will ultimately triumph over hard work.
If I had ever frittered away my quarters on a loser’s bet I’d would have been the odds on favorite to get an ass-whipping from my old dad. He’d have “scratched” the hide off of my behind with his belt and turned up three matching welts.
If I were a betting man, I’d wager that young people today are in for a Hell of an awakening when they realize that the only get rich quick scheme that is really going to work for them is a decent education, a 50 hour work week and a compound interest savings account.
And I’ll give you to 10 to 1 odds that time will prove me right.
They gamble. That’s the problem with young people today.