What's so fun about gambling? [Tuesday, Dec. 07, 2004, 6:57 pm]
It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it's also the most commercial time of the year. Businesses are polluting the airwaves with their ideas and telling us why their products would be the perfect gifts for everyone on our Christmas lists. Sure, happens every year. But there's one that I've never really understood:
Apparently, according to the lottery itself, lottery tickets make perfect gifts, and are SO much fun to play. I'm not so sure about that. I've wasted money on things before, and "fun" isn't exactly the word I'd use to describe how it felt.
That's why these commerials for Powerball and the Maine state lottery always make me laugh, because they're just so pathetic. My dad's always referred to the lottery as "the tax on the stupid". I'm glad to say that I've never had to pay it. And it makes me sad to see ordinary working-class people spending so much money on this, hoping to win it big someday. Seems most of the people who do it are the ones who can least afford it.
I've found another good thing about being a Northerner - we get snow days. I never got snow days as a homeschooler, so this is a new phenomenon for me. But maybe finals week isn't the best time to be worrying about the weather. Oh well...
Did anyone hear that Orlando Bloom has apparently become a Buddhist? That's wild.
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