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When the kids were small tots, life was hectic for my wife, Gloria. I decided to take her to Las Vegas for a short respite because my parents volunteered to baby sit. The reason I wanted to go to Las Vegas was because my friend, Bernie, had taught us both his special system for bucking the odds at Blackjack.

I typed out his system in size 8 font, and Gloria kept repeating it over and over until she could play blackjack in her sleep. I had it pretty much down pat also.

As soon as the plane landed, Gloria made tracks for the nearest phone. This was the longest she had been away from the kids, and it was killing her. There was a line of phones on the wall separated by partitions, and she dropped a quarter in the phone. A second later, quarters started falling out of the telephone box, way too many for my pockets. I was drinking a large cup of cola, which I dumped too make room for my winnings.

Gloria looked at me in shock. She said maybe we ought to go home right then. After all, it’s better to go home a winner. I laughed and told her I told it was a harbinger of things to come.

The next morning we woke up ready to break the bank. The only blackjack table in action had every seat taken. We watched for a seat to open and, when it did, I sat down because Gloria was too intimidated. It was a middle seat, but according to Bernie I had to sit in the last seat. The woman sitting in the last seat was a beginner, hitting on 18 when the dealer had a 6 showing. She caused everyone to lose. I studied her carefully, wondering if she was a shill but I wasn’t sure. I went down to a stunning defeat, but fortunately I was at the $2 table.

Gloria went to play the slots and found a large cup of quarters that someone left. So far she had killed the casino and hadn’t made a bet yet. All I could do was try to limit my losses.

Finally, we’re ready to leave but had some time to kill before our plane took off. There were even  blackjack tables at the airport, and I persuaded Gloria to play. I stood behind her and watched  her use Bernie’s system to perfection. She began winning, and all she kept saying, over and over, was  is, “This has never happened to me before!” She won twelve straight hands, stood up and said to the dealer, “I think I hear my plane coming,” She’s so funny, and Las Vegas has never been the same since she left!

(photo courtesy of David Castillo Dominici/Freedigitalphotos.net)

Jerry Goldberg About Jerry Goldberg

Jerry Goldberg grew up on the west side of Chicago. After high school, he was drafted in the Army during the Korean conflict. Upon his honorable discharge, he joined Local 130 in Chicago as a plumber, working from 1952 to 2000. Jerry has been happily married for 60 years, residing with his wife, Gloria, in Huntley, Illinois. They were blessed with two wonderful children, and have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
When his son encouraged him to get online, Jerry replied, "What do I need that for?" But all that changed a year into his retirement, when his daughter gave him a modem for his birthday, opening a whole new chapter. Finding stained glass insufficiently fulfilling, Jerry discovered the AARP message boards and began his one-finger magic. Eventually, he became quite proficient (two fingers), starting a board called, "Jerry's Corner."

This board was the second most popular board on AOL. Jerry bantered with any and all, and began writing humorous true stories of his past life. The stories you see here are a compilation of most he has written ... enjoy!

Jerry Goldberg About Jerry Goldberg

Jerry Goldberg grew up on the west side of Chicago. After high school, he was drafted in the Army during the Korean conflict. Upon his honorable discharge, he joined Local 130 in Chicago as a plumber, working from 1952 to 2000. Jerry has been happily married for 60 years, residing with his wife, Gloria, in Huntley, Illinois. They were blessed with two wonderful children, and have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
When his son encouraged him to get online, Jerry replied, "What do I need that for?" But all that changed a year into his retirement, when his daughter gave him a modem for his birthday, opening a whole new chapter. Finding stained glass insufficiently fulfilling, Jerry discovered the AARP message boards and began his one-finger magic. Eventually, he became quite proficient (two fingers), starting a board called, "Jerry's Corner."

This board was the second most popular board on AOL. Jerry bantered with any and all, and began writing humorous true stories of his past life. The stories you see here are a compilation of most he has written ... enjoy!

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