Daily Prompt: Cliché

by michelle w. on February 25, 2013

Clichés become clichés for a reason. Tell us about the last time a bird in the hand was worth two in the bush for you.

I'm thinking I might get one one these. Sure, I'll get gas-mask hair, but at least my lungs will be safe from all the crap in the air. It's a freaking danger zone out there, People!

I’m thinking I might get one these. Sure, I’ll have gas-mask hair, but at least my lungs will be safe from all the crap in the air. It’s a freaking danger zone out there, People!

This old adage means “it’s better to have a lesser but certain advantage than the possibility of a greater one that may come to nothing.” I couldn’t agree more.

Why?

Because I’m what you’d call risk-averse. While I’m socially liberal, I’m personally and economically conservative. That is to say, I’m conservative when in comes to my safety and my money. And that puts me with about half of the population when it comes to money at least. Only 10-15% of the general population are willing to take risks with their life, like jumping out of airplanes (with our without a parachute), running with the bulls in Pamplona, or eating fast food seven days a week.

Eating that thing fast has got to be dangerous on so many levels.

Eating that thing fast has to be dangerous on so many levels.

 

Just this weekend I was standing in line at my local pharmacy (where else, eh?) and the man ahead of me purchased $15 worth of lottery tickets. The woman ahead of him was checking a stack of lottery tickets she had already purchased. It looked as if she was a dealer at a Black Jack table. Except she wasn’t dressed in a tux. She was in a sweat-suit.

Maybe she would fit in at a casino. How would I know. I don't go to casinos either.

Maybe she would fit in at a casino. How would I know. I don’t go to casinos either.

Me? I purchased my various personal care items (never mind what they were) and skipped the lottery tickets.

I don’t gamble. Will I ever hit the big jackpot? Absolutely not!  And that’s fine by me. I’ll keep my dollars in my hand and not risk them for the chance at the big payoff.

I hear that even those “lucky winners” end up being miserable a lot of the time.

Yeah. This is what it's come down to. I got "family" and "friends" I ain't never even heard of wantin' money from me. So I gotta go, shall we, say, incognito for the rest of my freaking life.

Yeah. Dis is what it’s come down ta. I got “family” an “friends” I ain’t never even heard of wantin’ money from me. So I gotta go, shall we, say, incognito for the rest of my freaking life.