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Bud Cline 03-04-2010 07:19 PM

American Idol
OK I'll admit it, I enjoy watching all those goofballs in the early stages and then later enjoy even more all the great talents as they develop their gifts of voice.

I didn't get interested until Season 5 tho.

Here's the thing. At the point of choosing the Top 20 contestants, I picked Taylor Hicks to win and damned if he didn't.

I missed season 6 with too much work and evening activities.

Then in Season 7 at the selection of the Top 16 I put my money on David Cook and he won. My wife thinks I must know someone inside.:)

OK, those two were a fluke, anyone could have done that. The scary thing is that last year my pick at Top 16 time had become a family tradition. I chose Kris Allen over the obvious favorite Adam Lambert but I don't know why. I just wasn't ready for leather and feathers.

So this year since the talent is better than ever I have picked four favorites at this point and will narrow it down soon but right now I'm going on record with two girls and two guys. I have one girl in mind to win, but I'm not ready to commit just yet. There is one guy that also shows great promise.

My picks for Season 9 are:
Lilly Scott
Crystal Bowersox (sp)
Michael Lynch
Lee Dewyze

If anyone else is also paying attention, what do you think will be the outcome of Idol's Season 9?:)

oldognewtrick 03-04-2010 07:30 PM

Bud, I really like the Bowersocks girl. Shes different. The only show I saw was last nite. Last week the wife was watching and I was walking through the house and i thought she was watching a show where they were skinning cats. :eek:

I'm with you, the best is the adutions and the final weeks.

Nestor_Kelebay 03-04-2010 10:42 PM

He11, if I had picked two winners in a row, I'd be at the race track instead of watching TV.

Cork-Guy 03-04-2010 11:02 PM


Originally Posted by Nestor_Kelebay (Post 41823)
He11, if I had picked two winners in a row, I'd be at the race track instead of watching TV.

You couldn't have put that better.

Bud Cline 03-05-2010 02:47 PM


He11, if I had picked two winners in a row, I'd be at the race track instead of watching TV.
Actually we have horse races here and they are running right now. I just came from the track buying tickets to an upcomming Kenny Rogers concert and I'll tell you the truth......I was tempted to go to the two dollar ticket window while I was there. There were only two races left on today's card and I thought maybe I shouldn't get started that late in the day. I haven't bet the track in a long time. In years past I don't think I've ever won a damned thing on the ponies. The beer was always cold tho.:)

They (Idol) is looking for a replacement for Simon, maybe I should apply for the job. I have the qualifications...sorta. I'm as big a prick as he is.:)

Nestor_Kelebay 03-06-2010 02:47 PM

We've had legalized gambling here in Manitoba since 1986. And, to this day, I have yet to put a quarter into a video lottery terminal.

I know dam well that the machine is set up to let me win back 90% of what I put in, but that's still a loss in my mind. I'm not dumb enough to pay 10 percent to have a machine entertain me with buzzers and flashing lights. That's not far away from buying an electric fireplace so you can watch it show you the same flame pattern over and over and over again. And, that in turn, isn't far away from staring at a blank wall.

I like horses, but I've never bet on a horse race.

TxBuilder 03-08-2010 10:15 AM

My relatives all watch horse racing. When it gets nice in the spring they all go out to the races.

I'm with you on the gambling Nestor. I don't take any moral issue with it, I just don't derive pleasure from losing my money (I've gambled and lost enough to know that I should not gamble.).

Nestor_Kelebay 03-08-2010 12:00 PM

When I worked in Edmonton, there was a "casino" (if you could call it that) across the street from the place where I worked. It was a stark place with no carpets and they used the folding tables you find in community centers as poker tables. They even had stamped aluminum ashtrays like McDonald's restaurants used to have, for crying out loud. Every person I saw in that place looked like they couldn't afford to lose any money at all, and that gave me a pretty low opinion of gambling as a recreational activity. I used to think that drinking that money or buying drugs to get high would almost be more responsible.

I heard about a guy who drove to Las Vegas in a $250,000 car and got driven back in a $750,000 bus.

TxBuilder 03-08-2010 03:15 PM


Originally Posted by Nestor_Kelebay (Post 41967)

I heard about a guy who drove to Las Vegas in a $250,000 car and got driven back in a $750,000 bus.

So then it all worked out? Kidding. My parents used to go every year and broke even. I think my Pops won some cash on Craps but I'm not sure.

Bud Cline 03-08-2010 04:07 PM

The Vegas slots are the only gambling device I partake of when there. The casino slots are set up to keep most the money but they are also programmed to pay off a little now and then based on averages and percentages. They must have payoffs making a lot of noise and drawing attention to keep players interested on a regular basis.

You can't walk through any casino without hearing the payoffs when they arrive. The coins are designed to make plenty of noise when they drop into the specially design metal trays. There is no mistaking the sound.

The thing with slots is you may catch one ready to dump a load so I have a fifty dollar limit per trip. I consider it recreational and I'm not greedy so I don't spend fifty-five dollars on hopes and dreams. The downtown casinos that are open to the sidewalks allow their slots closest to the door to pay off more frequently so they can be heard from the street. Those are the slots to play.

It's all a scam and I feel sorry for those addicted to gambling. The local lottery's are the biggest rip off. That is the form of gambling that steals money from the kids mouths and consumes whole paychecks of people that can't afford to be wasting their money. You have your Federal government to thank for that.:)

Saw a bumper sticker the other day that said:

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