My Parents “Surprise” Gambling Experience
|My Mother and Her Trophies|
|Whaley Family 1954|
|My Mother and Sister in Japan|
As I said, Dad was a good golfer, but Mom, compared to other women, was excellent, and the two of them were soon playing matches against any two men on Yokota Air Force Base and nearby similar bases. They almost always won these matches, and Dad began betting small amount on the game by making a bet with the other two golfers as to which would be the winning pair. Evidentially the amount escalated over the course of a couple of years of such competitions, and therein lies this story.
I heard him tell this story a number of times and it was always the same, but what it really meant didn’t register on me until recently. I got to thinking about the amounts and what they meant in the mid-fifties. I looked this up on the internet. In 1956 the value of $100 would be worth $900.87 in 2017. This surprised me greatly. It meant that a $400 bet was the equivalent in today’s money of $3,603.46! Yikes! That was a lot of money for a couple with two children living on the salary of an Air Force major! They must have been living much better for awhile—at least until Mom started spending the money over and over again.
|Lenore and Robert Relaxing|