Donnie Johnston:
Wouldn't 7-11-07 be just as lucky as lucky as 7-7-07?
Wed Jul 11, 2007 16:48
 

Wouldn't 7-11-07 be just as lucky as lucky as 7-7-07?

Will tomorrow be your lucky day?

If you're superstitious you might think so. Tomorrow is July 7, 2007, or 7-7-07.

Some are saying that this will be the luckiest day of the century because of the three sevens in the date.

Personally, I would think that July 7, 2077, (7-7-77) would be luckier because in poker, four sevens beats three sevens.

What about July 11, 2007? Wouldn't 7-11-07 be just as lucky as lucky as 7-7-07? After all, both 7 and 11 are hot numbers when shooting craps.

Oh, but then there is July 11, 2077. How much luckier can you get than 7-11-77?

Unfortunately, I am not all that superstitious (although I won't walk under a ladder). I won't be heading off to Colonial Downs to play the seventh horse in the seventh race on July 7, 2007, even if his odds are 7-1 and the jockey is the seventh son of a seventh son.

And I won't head for Atlantic City or Las Vegas to shoot craps on July 11, 2007. I'm just not ready to put that much faith in a number.

Still, there are those who insist that 7-7-07 is the day their ship just might come in and you probably won't be able to stir the crowd with a stick at racetracks and casinos tomorrow.

Many such establishments, including Colonial Downs, are planning mass wedding ceremonies on this "luckiest of lucky days."

Now, I might feel lucky if I met the woman of my dreams on 7-7-07, but I doubt I'd feel very secure getting married just because someone said it was a lucky day.

You know, I didn't hear all this hurrah last year on June 6 (6-6-06). Certainly those who feel that 7-7-07 is the luckiest day of the century also felt that 6-6-06 was the unluckiest (unless you're a disciple of the devil, of course).

No, that day just passed like any other. That's strange because people like to dwell on the bad as much as the good--maybe more so.

Certainly, for some 6-6-06 turned out to be a very unlucky date. As with any other day, there were auto accidents, deaths and other tragedies. But, I'd be willing to wager that there were those who also won big at racetracks and casinos on that day.

The opposite will likely be true tomorrow. Even on the luckiest of days, people will die and get seriously injured. And there will be those who head off to the gambling venues with high hopes and lose their shirts.

In other words, tomorrow will be just like any other day.

Some may not want to believe that, and if something good happens to these people tomorrow they will always attribute their good fortune to the fact that it happened on 7-7-07.

Even if the date had nothing to do with their luck, at least it will make for good conversation.

As for me, I'm going to hold out for 7-7-77. Of course, by then I'll be 120 years old, so all I would have to be is alive for July 7, 2077, to be my lucky day.

"What's that you say? July the who? Where's that nurse with the bedpan?

"And that horse I bet on on July 7, 2007, finally hit the finish line? You keep the money! Just get me the bedpan!"
Donnie Johnston:
Email: djohnston@freelancestar.com
 

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