I've just won the lotto! Sort of......
OK. This is a bit of crazy story.
We've got a long layover and I happened to meet up with a co-worker in the lobby while on the way to buy beer at the local gas station. I paid for the six pack, but he insisted on buying a scratch-off lotto ticket and promised to share any winnings in exchange for beer. Being a person of some scientific and mathematic background, I admonished him about the odds of winning the lotto, etc, etc....
It was the kind of a place which refers to this as, "food".
...Dammed ticket turned out to be a $100 winner.
True to his word, my co-worker shared $50 of his $100 winnings. The story might just end here. I COULD
have saved the money and bought something practical and worthwhile. But instead I said to myself, "Self, you should buy something utterly frivolous and stupid, an item of dubious value to mark the auspicious occasion of having just won a considerable sum in the Missouri state lottery. I used the cash to buy a Zippo lighter and a hamburger.....(I still have $10 left over!)
A word here about Zippo lighters: I don't smoke; but the Zippo lighter is an American icon and also a bit of a collectible. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zippo
The Zippo is one of those perfect objects you can just put in your pocket. Its deminsions are set to those of the golden ratio, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_ratio
They're still made right here in the US, sort of a throwback to the 1940's era of making things for ourselves rather than just consuming products made by others. Also, a Zippo lighter makes a wonderful "sprue stretcher". They produce a quite, stable flame much like that of a candle. They work just right for those times when you need to make stretched sprue. And because they produce that most fundamental of all human inventions, fire, holding a Zippo is like holding a bit of genuine magic in your hand.
So there at the gas (petrol) station they had a big plexiglass case with about a dozen examples of Zippo lighters decorated in various themes. Two of them were decorated with zodiac signs, one of them mine! The odds of this I reckoned to be one in 6 as there are 12 signs and this gas station only had two. Clearly, It was my lucky day. So I bought the tacky, purple, Taurus lighter for far too much (didn't matter, it wasn't my money) and then went to dinner for a high fat meal. (But probably lower fat than the "Cheese Burger Roller Bite" sold at the gas station.)
(Don't worry, new Zippos are sold inert, without any fluid. It's just a shiny steel box at this point.)
And a burger for about 1/3 the cost of my new Zippo lighter.