Friday, November 14, 2008

A Long Weekend That Turned Into A Week, Thanks To The McCain/Palin Ticket

Photograph by Kilroy_60

Republicans whined and bitched throughout the general election campaign because Barack Obama's prolific fund raising effort, which I was happy to support as much as the law allows,
positioned him to run what amounted to a 50-state campaign.

McCain's fund raising on the other hand was meager and some of his delusional supporters point to that as the reason he was trounced. Interestingly, they don't mention that the campaign essentially imploded as election day neared.

Photograph by Kilroy_60

What made it all more interesting for me, as a gambler, was that there was no problem finding supporters of the GOP who wouldn't contribute to the McCain/Palin ticket, but didn't hesitate to bet that Obama would lose. I suspect some of them contributed to the national party's smear campaign.

Needless to say, the election worked out quite well for me. In fact, since election day my tally sheet improved when President-elect Obama was named the winner in North Carolina. I still have a few bets outstanding in individual races as well as Missouri.

Photograph by Kilroy_60

TheSpecialOne and I went to California last week for what was to be a long weekend. That came from a bet I made on who would win the big job. We landed in San Francisco Thursday evening and I collected on two more bets, a quarter pound of BC Bud and six bottles of Johnnie Walker Blue Label.

Over the weekend we headed South to collect on the best bet I made this election season. I won two rounds of golf at Pebble Beach.

Photograph by Kilroy_60

As beautiful as I thought Pebble Beach was before going there it was over whelming to see in person. I shot one photograph of the course from the clubhouse and then put the camera away.

I didn't keep score in either round that I played and didn't know the course well enough to play for skins, but we did bet on individual shots.

You could say the good karma of the election carried over to the golf course and, from some of the bounces I got, the golf gods must have been smiling on me.

Whether Missouri goes blue or not, suffice to say, I won't be any worse off.

Photograph by Kilroy_60

We stayed a few extra days in California before heading home this afternoon.

I'm not sure whether I'll be playing golf again this season. Other than going to the driving range it doesn't look likely. Autumn has stretched out pretty well, but then, all good things must come to an end they say.

I couldn't end the season with a better round than I played in Pebble Beach. That's a definite.

Photograph by Kilroy_60
I launched this blog shortly after returning from Cape Cod. That makes it all the more interesting that I had an opportunity to visit the left coast not long after my three-year blogiversary.

It looks like convicted felon Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska is going to win re-election. I'll lose a bet there if that happens, but already have a double-or-nothing bet on what will happen next. More on that when the time comes.

If all goes as I hope I just might be seeing more of the Pacific Coast.

Thanks, again, to Senator John McCain, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and the GOP faithful for a great week.

Photograph by Kilroy_60


Anonymous said...

A lot of us bet on Obama, won and will benefit...But, damn why didn't I think of this!! A little extra goodies on the side never hurt anyone. Good job Kilroy60..and beautiful photos by the way.

Anonymous said...

You are a wonderful writer and photographer too. Thanks Kilroy for sharing your exciting adventures. Cheerio, Rox

SlateReport said...

Best synopsis of the election I've seen yet.

Rachel said...

Wonderful pictures! Makes me wanna go to a beach.

EarthBound said...

I wish I place some high stakes on this election, too.
Gorgeous pictures as per usual!

Anonymous said...

I should of bet on Obama, but oh well, I won't have too now that he president.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing life you lead. Thanks for sharing with us.

Unknown said...

Well, like everyone else, I'm feeling like I should have placed some bets!

I was Very unimpressed with All of the candidates this year. While I don't like to classify myself under one party or the other, (I usually look at the "whole" picture and vote according to the candidate's previous service, voting record, etc.) I do usually vote for more candidates on the Republican ticket though.

This year I knew without a doubt that Obama would win. Let's just hope that everyone who has voted for change, boosts the economy by investing in the stock market and spending their money in the private sector. As of right now my retirement is looking pretty Bleak and Very Far Off. I am self employed and my company's future is not looking too prosperous right now either~

Getting back to betting...I could have Won Big this year Kilroy!

Thank you for your beautiful photos and your comments! I'll be visiting here frequently~

Anonymous said...

For some reason I got snookered into the notion that Frank Sinatra Jr. was going to run for candidacy, so I bet on him. Turned out it was a crock...

Ah well, the right man won so we were all winners in the end. ;-)

Looks like you had a great time, Michael, and good to have you back with us.