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If There’s One Thing I Keno…

This post is, in no way, promoting gambling. It is merely for entertainment and informational.

Originally, I wanted to talk to you all today about the lottery in China. My understanding was that it is a once a year lottery and the winner would win one billion yen. So, I looked up “Chinese Lottery”.

I was directed to a couple of sites on Keno. I knew nothing of Keno, so I started reading. Fascinating.

Paraphrasing, it seems that Keno was a gambling game that stemmed from putting sets of characters on a card. There were a thousand of them, originally coming from the poem used to teach young children how to read Chinese.

The game was invented by a leader of a city under attack. He needed more money to fund the army, but people were unwilling. So, he created this “game” and raised enough money on this lottery to fund the army. In fact, this way of raising money was so successful that most of the Great Wall of China was financed this way.

Moving ahead, when the Chinese immigrants came to America and ended up working on the railroad, they played this game. Americans found out and began playing their own version of it. They named it a horse racing game in Nevada to keep out of legal problems with gambling. When those laws changed, the people again changed the name to Keno.

“Off to the races” was a term that came from playing this game under the racing name.
Over the years, the game has changed and become the familiar game of lottery we use today.

I found it fascinating that something played in China in ancient times to raise money for the military is now played by people all over the United States and the money, well, I imagine a lot of it still, indirectly, goes to the military.

I was going to talk about how much money a billion yen was and how well we could live here on that and discuss how we could alter the lottery to, perhaps, help more people, but I got off-track and had more fun with this.

My description is vague in parts. The two articles I read for these are: Here and here. Read them both. It will take a total of around 10 minutes and then you will be an expert on Keno – well, you will know its history! Lol

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Namaste,
Scott

To Sleep, Perchance, to Talk

Okay, know that I am so very tired tonight that I can’t really even tell you a whole lot about being so tired. I am not sleeping well and the new schedule this has created is not working for me at all. I go to the doctor on Monday and we are going to “discuss” this situation.

The medication I am now taking to help me sleep more than two hours at a time is no longer doing much of anything. I can’t go off it because it does something, but not nearly enough. I have tried Melatonin and that didn’t work. My son has made a couple of suggestions that I will speak to the doctor about.

The doctor has told me before that the next medicine step up is tranquilizers and I don’t want to feel like that. However, I will say that the way I feel now is not a whole lot better.

Anyway, so instead of a standard post I am going to tell you a story which I hope you will find funny.  Last night I was awake, so I was playing Wizard101, an online game I have posted about some time ago (I looked and couldn’t concentrate enough to find the old post to link to, sorry).  It works hard to be a safe chat environment, so you can’t just say anything.

I have several friends on there who I met during the course of the game.  I have one friend who I met elsewhere online and we email and play the game.  Her character is a much lower level than mine, so we can’t really play together, but we can chat when both in the game at the same time.  Anyway, I will call her J and me S.  The conversation below is approximate.  I don’t have a listing of it; however, the idea should come across.J: Hi!

S: Hi!  How are you?

J: Fine.

S: Aren’t you up awfully late?

J: Yeah!

S: I miss talking to you.

J: You sound depressed.  What’s wrong?

S: I am just very tired.  Not sleeping well at all.

J:  What time is it where you are?  It’s only 9 or 10 here.

S: What?  It’s 1 here.  We are on the same time zone.  You are in A and I am in B.

J: S, I am in C.

S: Oh?  Oh!  Same name different J.  I am sorry.  I thought you were someone else.

J:  No problems.  lol

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The online names are created by putting three names together from 3 different lists.  For example, I am Scot Fairydreamer.  The lists are long, but not unlimited.  What I am wondering now is that, since I have two people with, apparently, the same names and both are friends and they are about the same level in the game, how do I know who I am talking to without a lot of who? and where? and such?

Lol it gets funnier each time I think about it, but also a lot more tiring.  I did tell the correct J, who happened to email me after the fact, about the story, and she still thinks it’s funny.  I hope you get to laugh, too.

By the way, in closing, I wanted to let you know that one of my poems was reblogged today!  I consider that a bit of an honor.  You can check out that person here —-> link <—–

Have a great day/night…I am going to sleep very soon.

Namaste,

Scott

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