This actually happened back in November, for my Dad's birthday.
Not easy to come up with a gift that's fresh and new, you know?
I've given him so much Cubs stuff over the years - doesn't that ever get old?
(We all know the answer is "no", but whatever...)
Then I suddenly had an original thought: "What if the gift itself is making a hundred dollar bet for him on the Cubs to win the Series?"
Sure, a hundred bucks is alot, but it's my Dad.
And that amount seems to give the whole idea some... heft.
Since I was already late with the gift, I made a certificate-looking card which explained the bet and sent that off.
It looked like this (but I filled in the blanks, of course):
He loved it.
But... I didn't know anything about how to actually place a bet, so I hadn't actually done the deed.
I asked Oif who didn't know how to place a bet either, but he knew some guys who might.
So I asked them.
My conversations went something like this:
ME: I made a card for my Dad's birthday that said I made a hundred dollar bet, for him, on the Cubs to win the Series. Any idea how to actually do that?
1st GUY: Take a one hundred dollar bill and light it on fire.
2nd GUY: ARE YOU INSANE?
3rd GUY: Fold a hundred dollar bill into a little Origami ostrich and toss it out the window.
ME: But... ostriches can't fly.
3rd GUY: See how smart you are? Now get out of here.
Hmmm... a pattern!
Finally someone said he knew a guy who could do it, but the best thing would be to find someone going to Vegas to place a bet for me.
And it turned out my own brother was going there, so I asked him to do it and now the gift is complete!
Anyway, the thing is this - not once in my life has such an idea occurred to me.
To bet on the Cubs to win it all.
And no, this doesn't feel jinxy or anything like that.
It's just... fun.
Is it not the greatest time ever to be a Cub Fan?