So many wonderful and daring gamblers, along with a few cowards. Thank you all for playing my game!
As I analyze it, Red bets have trumped black ten-to-five, with three totally confused people and/or shameless fence-straddlers, or six if you count all of NewMe’s multiple (charming) personalities.
Today I point out the lines that struck me as funniest (without revealing anything about the contest winner) and I hand out special kudos to those who came up with new boxes for our ever expanding Big Fat Roulette table. Let’s start with those:
- Demographics. Mulberry points out that an aging population is an ever fatter population. Good call. Add it to the black side.
- Proffered by DeeLeigh: Dieting during pregnancy makes for fat offspring. While this is an interesting addition to the board, right beside it we would need to place a box for excessive weight gain during pregnancy. Both, apparently, can cause the offspring to be fat adults. In other words, always blame mothers regardless of what they do, unless it’s absolutely perfectly in the middle. Sigh. Oh, heck, blame mothers anyway, even if they do nothing but get pregnant while fat. That’s three additions to the black side. While it is personal choice, it is Mom’s personal choice that makes an offspring fat.
- Attack-Laurel pointed out that prescription drugs frequently have weight gain as a side effect. And as we use more prescription drugs we risk more of that side effect. Put that on the Red side.
- Mo brought up genetics. Now, we’ve always had genetics, and that’s probably why there’s always been a bell curve with some people small, some big and the majority in the middle. However, the bell curve could be moving by way of changes in our genetics. Thanks, Mo. I’d call that a black entry.
- Hope brought up our societal obsession with weight/food. Why didn’t I think of that? Paul Campos is one of my heroes!
Now to recognize our funny people. For clever abuse of the English language, Pubsgal used “Weight Watchers” as a verb. I have never seen that before: “I Weight Watchered it back down about 30 pounds . . .”
For an always welcome jab at a spouse, I commend Jen for her observation:
“I attribute that to the fact that if he (spouse) sees an open bag of Doritos, he can literally say, “Meh, not hungry. Maybe later” (Seriously. I mean, is that even a human response?!?) I will topple small children (even my own) to get my hands on that bag of Doritos and I’ll inhale more than half of it before I notice the orange gunk all over my hands and start to wonder how the heck it got there.”
Given that there is no logic in the scientifically recognized “Dorito” response, is it proof that something hormonal is at play? Hmmmm.
Viajera swept in to get the “grovels best” award with her post that began on this note:
“Can I choose “all of the above”? Pretty please with sugar on top (or maybe not, seeing as it’s a white carb and all). But seriously, I think most-all of these factors are at play, and have a hard time identifying one grand, unified theory of obesity.”
Of course, she’s right (if cowardly). It IS all of the above and there is no “unified theory of obesity,” but later this week, I’m gonna put my chip down on a single box. Foolishness or bravery? You will be the judge.
LNJ gets points for this bizarro mental image, where she links our ancient past to the here and now, while placing her chip on red, and our personal choice to eat highly palatable foods: “. . .if I found 3,000 calories worth of TGI Fridays appetizers lying around in nature, I could eat the whole thing with gusto – not a bad thing, if one’s food source is scarce and uncertain.”
Hmmmm. Let’s all agree to keep LNJ away from dumpsters, okay?