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The Running Bets

I like to bet. For those of you who have read the story about how I was a professional gambler, this is obvious. What I don't like to do is exercise. At one point in my life, these two activities joined to provide an interesting story.

I have a friend named Hayden. He likes to bet me. For a while we had a running string of bets, and I was down overall because I failed to get 10x his score in a Tony Hawk competition. At one point I was one of the top 10 Tony Hawk players in the world. That lasted for about 5 minutes until someone from Japan beat my score.

Hayden and I sat across from my kitchen table.

Business and Time


Argument isn't the right word. No, we weren't arguing. But we sure were having a spirited discussion.

We had a super talented team to do a quick project. The chief programmer/engineer and I were having - well, we weren't arguing, no, we weren't doing that. But we were spiritedly discussing. He had realized that the general technology stack we were going to use had some limitations, and he wanted to go back do it in Ruby on Rails from scratch.

"Timetable?" I ask.

"Three weeks," he says.

"Unacceptable. Let's go forward with what we've got. I'm aware of the flaws."

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