You never count your money, when you're sittin' on the Metro

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I had some errands yesterday anf found myself sitting on the green line heading south back to Shaw/Howard U. Sitting next to me was a woman who as we approached U St took out a wad of cash and began counting a few 10s, gobs of newish 5s and a bunch of 1s. We were both sitting near the door and she was still counting as the train pulled into the station and the doors opened. She was done counting when the doors closed and we pulled off to the next station.

As she was doing this I couldn't but help but think of that classic Kenny Rogers song The Gambler.

You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table

They'll be time enough for countin' when the dealings done

Where she was sitting, how she was holding the money, there was opportunity for a quick theif to make off with about $60-$80 in cash. I didn't say anything, because from experience it seems people don't like being told they are engaging in high risk behavior.

But thinking of Kenny Rogers and his song, we are all gamblers taking some risk with our stuff and our safety. In my walk to the metro I risk getting hit by a Maryland driver running a red light, and a bunch of other possiblities that go with living in the city. And with living in the city we've got to make decisions to lessen the risks (like not walking around mesmorized by our little phone gods), as Kenny says:

You gotta know when to hold em

Know when to fold em

Know when to walk away

And know when to run

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