Omar's grasp of American football was improving. Two years ago he thought a football was round.
"How did you get so smart so fast?" I asked.
"Well," he said, after giving my question some thought, "maybe it is because I studied American football very intensively for 10 years before I even met you."
I laughed at him. "We will see," I smirked. "I will bet you $100,000 that I will pick more winners than you do this season."
He reached into the pocket of his long black jacket and pulled out a fist-full of money. "Yes," he muttered, "I think I have it right here." He smiled faintly and dropped 100 big ones down on the bar.
I was stunned, but not entirely surprised by his bold maneuver. "Fair enough," I said. "I will go along with just about anything, in September. Can I give you a check?"
"Of course," he chirped. "Money means nothing to me, nothing at all." He paused. "Why are you staring at me like that?"
"Because I hate people like you," I said sharply. "Your instincts are Evil, and you are overcharging me for petroleum products." I flashed a grotesque-looking grin at him, a face he had never seen before. "You might get away with that oil rip-off," I told him. "But you will never get away with pretending to know Football. I will beat you like a gong."
It's all a matter of perspective.
Wednesday, October 09, 2002
I realize that I am a few weeks and two columns late, but I just discovered that Hunter S. Thompson is back from his summer in Lebanon.