Rising gas prices drive me to Seinfeld

March 04, 2008 4:40 AM
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I drive by the same gas station every morning at the same time on the way to our GamingToday offices and I see this guy with his pole changing the gas prices.

For some reason it got me thinking about all those classic gambling movies in the 60s and 70s. Some of my favorites were The Hustler with Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason (he did all his own pool shots in the movie), The Sting (also a Newman great) and The Cincinnati Kid with the great line at the end of the movie "you’re not ready for me Cincinnati."

One of my favorite horse gambling movies was Let It Ride. If you never saw this one in the theater, you just got to rent it. If you are able to find a copy, there is a super line in it when Richard Dreyfuss was winning and doing the walk saying "I’m having a very good day."

Also in this movie you must catch Jennifer Tilly in her very skimpy red dress. A must see. Now, you ask me what the heck does this have to do with the guy changing the prices of the gas on the way to GT?

Well, on Friday I pulled in and got some of that cheap gas before it went any higher. I asked the guy if new fuel came in every night as he was changing the price each morning. The guy just looked at me, laughed and said he just leaves his pole by the sign. He didn’t put it away in over a week and was thinking about getting a tent in order to camp out under the sign.

 What really got me was that he and a fellow worker had bets every day on how much the price would move each morning. He said he was $4 ahead.

That reminded me of one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes when Kramer was at the airport betting a guy which planes would land or take off first. Kramer lost all his money and had to bet a mailbag that I believe Son Of Sam had used when he was a mailman which Newman somehow acquired.

It was hysterical, just as my conversation with the price changer. However, the price of gas is nothing to laugh at. Maybe a bike is the answer.

By the way, I know we do have a few younger readers out there who may not have seen the above mentioned movies. If not, I would suggest getting off the computer one night, purchase a six pack, pop some corn and rent them. Have a great time and a good laugh. Not much violence, very little sex, no foul language but great entertainment.

Last week NASCAR was in town and the six packs were flying out of the grocery stores. Or, should I say cases of beer. My cousin Greg Lamatrice worked the gate at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for The Knights of Columbus. The K of C donates time and energy with the track donating big bucks to the Knights, who do great work with the money.

Anyway a very funny thing happed to Greg while he was at his gate taking tickets. A guy comes up to him, flashes his FBI badge and asks him if he was at the doctor this past week. Greg tells him yes and that he had some test. The FBI agent then asks him if he had dye put in him for some of the tests. Seems he set off some kind of radio active device that they use to guard against any kind of terror attack.

Greg did have the dye in him and he was very happy just keep collecting tickets. I am very happy that we have such great security at these big events.

Every year I release a few bets that you can lock up your money for a long period and hopefully cash later. I love these bets because you totally forget about the money. When you collect, it’s like a windfall. Well, here are two that I believe you will collect regarding total wins in baseball.

Brewers OVER 84: The "Brew Crew" won 83 games last year with a bigtime dropoff in the last month of the season. Look for better years from Rickie Weeks, J.J. Hardy, Bill Hall and NL Rookie of the Year Ryan Braun. Prince Fielder will continue to supply the power.

Starting pitching is solid especially if Milwaukee has a healthy Ben Sheets. A few additions to the bullpen has me expecting the Brewers to be more than just one win better this season. The Brewers are the best team in the NL Central.

Phillies UNDER 88: Philadelphia benefited from the biggest last season swoon of all by the New York Mets. Do not expect that to happen again this year. The addition of Johan Santana and a healthy Pedro Martinez to a solid Mets lineup means more wins in September. Those victories are going to come from somebody and that team is Philly. The Phillies are the third team in the NL East behind the Mets and the Braves.