Get Lucky

19 Mar

We have made it through one of those weird holidays that many Americans have adopted because it is a good excuse to get drunk. We have Cinco de Mayo, which I’m not sure is that big of a deal in Mexico. We also have the most recent one – St. Patrick’s Day. I always find it interesting because most Americans are not Catholic and are not of Irish descent. I wonder how many revellers in green actually know who St. Patrick is.

Anyway, this is not a post about holidays of drinking. This is a post about something else that is associated with Ireland. I have always heard the old saying about “the luck of the Irish”, and I have been thinking quite a bit lately about luck. I have always considered my self lucky, and this is not just some useless opinion on my part. There is scientific proof.

Many years ago, some friends and I went to a psychic. Some of us actually believed in fortune-telling, and some of us were going for the fun. We were instructed to only tell the lady our birth date and time. Honestly, we were kind of nervous because she was a local celebrity of sorts. She was a morning personality on the local Rock station that we all listened to.

So, I go into her room with my information, and she plugs it into a computer program that brought up the alignment of the stars at the time of my birth. She studied it for a while before saying that I had the highest quotient of luck of anyone she had ever read. I thought that was cool and somewhat accurate.

I have been very fortunate in many aspects of my life. I won’t bore anyone with details, but I have been able to do the things that I have wanted to do. I have seen the places that I wanted to see. I have had the job that I have always wanted to have.

I only hope that my luck doesn’t run out.

What makes luck? I don’t know. Some people say that we make our own luck. That could be true. Others say that luck just happens sometimes. That could be true, too. Heck, it could be a little of both.

To help keep my luck going, I have decided to list a bunch of “lucky” things.

Lucky Brand Jeans – I wear them, so maybe that will keep the luck flowing.

I don't wear them as well as she does.

I don’t wear them as well as she does.

Luck Be a Lady – Hey, this song was good to Sinatra, so maybe it will be good to me.

The epitome of cool.

The epitome of cool.

Lucky Luciano – He must have been lucky because he is one of the few Mafia guys who died of natural causes.

The Father of Modern Organized Crime

The Father of Modern Organized Crime

Lucky Charms – I have never eaten them. Perhaps I should.

I'm not sure about that guy.

I’m not sure about that guy.

Is that enough luck? I thought about listing Luck, the HBO series, but they killed a couple of horses. I wouldn’t consider that very lucky. There is also this great movie called Lucky Number Slevin that I have seen a thousand times, but almost everyone gets killed. That’s not very lucky, either.

That settles it. I am sticking with the “lucky” things that I mentioned, and I hope everyone that reads this gets lucky.

8 Responses to “Get Lucky”

  1. sittingpugs April 2, 2013 at 02:55 #

    I see your jeans, Luciano, and Charms. I raise you Happy-Go-Lucky, Good Night, and Good Luck, The Joy Luck Club, and Better Luck Tomorrow.

    • Rick April 2, 2013 at 03:09 #

      Hey, those are good ones. I especially like Good Night and Good Luck.

      • sittingpugs April 2, 2013 at 03:48 #

        Thanks. What is your historical specialty? Do you ever watch period pieces and cringe that the cars/carriages/window treatments/weaponry aren’t historically accurate?

        Or, can you list all of the reasons that Rome fell? (and not just the standard 3 or 5 reasons that ancient civilizations class in high school tend to promote).

      • Rick April 2, 2013 at 04:12 #

        I study the American West of the 1800s. Specifically, prostitution in mining camps. I have a few posts about that subject. When I watch movies, I tend to focus on the accuracy of the story. But, if I watch a movie enough times, then I will start to notice other things.

  2. sittingpugs April 3, 2013 at 00:44 #

    “Specifically, prostitution in mining camps.”

    Fascinating. Yet another example of human trafficking in America’s “youth” ? Even though it is the 21st Century, America still seems like a young country to me.

    • Rick April 3, 2013 at 03:55 #

      There was definitely tafficking of Chinese women during that time.

      • sittingpugs April 3, 2013 at 23:38 #

        Something else that one doesn’t get to learn in high school.

        What’s your favorite book (fiction or nonfiction) that depicts the American West of the 1800s?

      • Rick April 4, 2013 at 12:14 #

        Wow. That’s a good question. I will go with a fictional work by James Michener called Centennial.

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