The gambler left the tables when he hit break-even point.
Sounds simple enough but that had taken most of the day.
He was in a fairly deep hole. When he finally could stand on level -ground he and the day were both exhausted. He had beaten the day. Or, he wondered. Had the day beat him?
He avoided all delays to dream time that night, hitting the mattress after only removing his shoes. He didn’t take off his pants. He didn’t take off his flowered shirt. He didn’t even check under the bed to see the briefcase he knew nothing about.
He had no trouble falling asleep. It wasn’t long before he was visiting his less-than-favorite pawn shop.
He found himself sitting in his usual chair tucked in safely by a copious amount of duct tape. This time something was missing, Gone was the feeling of impending doom but the gentle reminder of the duct tape was an indicator that he was not here by choice.
The curtains to his right soon parted and the pawn shop owner appeared. Gone was his five o’clock shadow. Oh gee, he thought. He shaved for the occasion.
“I am very happy,” said the proprietor. “Can you guess why?” he asked.
“You discovered disposable razors,” said the gambler while waiting for the beating that did not occur.
“Very funny, I won’t even beat you because you finally started to play ball,” replied the clean-shaven man.
“Is this about the company softball team because I already told you I have a trick knee .”
”Ha-ha funny man. No, of course not, it’s about you turning that briefcase into cold hard cash.”
“Oh, I’m sorry. Was it cold? I tried to keep it warm,” replied the gambler.
He had no idea what clean-shaven man was babbling about but it was his dream so a little babbling was part of the package.
“Haha. Yes, it took you some time but you did well.”
“Oh, great, I’m happy you’re happy but why the duct tape,” he asked.
“Sorry, forgive me, old habits,” said the clean-shaven man as he cut him out of the chair.
The gambler awoke not much longer afterward. If there was anything more to the dream he could not recall. He only knew he felt great and decided to hit his favorite coffee shop/used record store for breakfast. Taking stock of himself he decided he should take a shower first.
Her day was like the previous work days. This time, however, she returned a “lost” item, relocating it to under the bed where she found it.
At the end of her day, she was beat.
She barely changed for bed that night before remembering the next day was Saturday. She set her alarm clock for her Saturday wake up time so she could have breakfast at her favorite place.”
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