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Goodbye Watson

Story written in 1968

it's after a bad day at the track that you realize that you will never make it, coming in stinking at the socks, a few wrinkled dollars in your wallet, you know that the miracle will never arrive, and worse, thinking about the really bad bet you made on the last race on the eleven horse, knowing it couldn't win, the biggest sucker bet on the board at 9/2, all the knowledge of your years ignored, you going up to the ten buck window and saying, "eleven twice!" and the old grey-haired boy at the window, asking again: "eleven?" he always asks again when I pick a real bad one. he may not know the actual winner but he knows the sucker bets, and he gives me the saddest of looks and takes the twenty. then to go out and watch that dog run last all the way, not even working at it, just loafing as your brain starts saying, "what the fuck, I gotta be crazy."..

Books

Erections, Ejaculations and General Tales of Ordinary Madness - pg. 312 - 1972
Tales of Ordinary Madness - pg. 72 - 1983

Alternate titles or versions, draft titles

Notes of a Dirty Old Man

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