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A final note: I don't gamble much. I certainly don't play to *win*; if I did, I'd spend a lot of my life being disappointed. I don't like playing instant tickets because once you've scratched all the numbers, you're done with that ticket. As soon as you've picked up the ticket, your destiny has already been decided. Not knowing the hidden numbers will not change the result. Someone else may have already bought the few tickets with the maximum payout on that series. What about the MegaMillions or Powerball lottery? Each ticket is a potential jackpot winner because the winning numbers haven't been picked yet. Every ticket has an even and fair (though microscopic) chance of winning. I get to "enjoy" the ticket for a few days. I also limit my spending by allocating $1 for every 40 or 80 million dollars of jackpot. I'll never just throw a lot of money at the lottery; this puts a limit on what I'll spend.
From the macro level, shoes will pick up germs and dirt when you walk around outside (not to mention, any lawn chemicals and even less savory "stuff"). It doesn't just magically fall off your shoes when you enter a house. Even if it did, what about the water and bacteria on your shoes? Do you really want to tramp that stuff all over your friend's (or your own) house? I remember when I kept smelling dog crap near my front door. I finally figured out that someone had stepped on dog crap and then came into my house. I saw that it was grounded into the rug just inside my front door; I was lucky and just had to replace the rug; imagine if someone had walked through my house with that stuff on their shoes? (and let's face it: no one deliberate walks on dog crap).
From a personal level, though (and now I know I've already written about this), if you prefer to keep your shoes on when going into someone else's house, you're actually telling them that their floors are dirtier than the outside. You might as well slap them in the face because that'll be more open and honest about your feelings.
And if you go to someone's house and you see a lot of shoes arranged by the door, you shouldn't need to ask "Should I take my shoes off?". Asking that question just tells your host that you're not very perceptive. If you see all those shoes and keep your shoes on anyway, that means you don't care about other people's feelings. The hosts might not say anything but they're not going to forget it.
It's interesting how a little bit of color can turn a white undershirt into streetwear or the lack of color (i.e., "white") can turn street clothes into underwear. (Well, technically, "White" is the presence of all colors in projected light, but you know what I mean).
We know that Donald "The Donald" Trump refused to show up at the last Republican debate because of his on-going feud with newscaster Megyn Kelly of Fox News. If he can't get along with someone from Fox News, his relationship with any other reporter has got to be very sad.
I'm sure that most people will have drawn the obvious conclusion:
If Donald Trump can't handle Megyn Kelly, a news reporter, then how can he handle Vladimir Putin or Xi Jinping (China head of state)?
However, I think most people will not think of the better conclusion:
If Donald Trump can't handle Megyn Kelly, then maybe Megyn Kelly is bad-ass and should be the one running for President, not Trump.