10 or 12 years ago I was looking to see what all the "surfing" the net was. What was "out there", or "on there", as the case may be. I had a clapped out 2nd hand pc, with dial up connection, felt like riding a bike to get power or a page refresh.
All I ever did was "search" for racing and or sports sites, and there was never much about. To there credit PPM were one of the early adopters with their PPM Daily site, I'm sure they made a squillion back then. Then I found this site called "Racenet", it was interesting, informative, and a few weeks later when clicking on various buttons that I'm sure had been there all along I found this thing called a "forum".
Now this looked interesting . . . .
I read it for a few weeks every now and again, and quickly this "forum" thing hooked me. All of a sudden there were like minded persons talking about horse racing, and enjoying it!!! My family, many friends, and most associates hated horse racing, and like many turned their nose up at my interest, little alone my passion. They could live with the fact that I loved footy, but racing had that gambling stigma.
As the weeks passed I noticed an occasional new member join the Racenet forum, and they be invited to a thread called something like "welcome new members", which encouraged you to say hello, introduce yourself, and tell us a little about your nic name. Some of those intro were classics. Often times there'd be what you did, where you lived, your interests in racing, and alike. "Champagne" from WA (who I later met and was a great racing judge and guy to boot) always made me laugh, his occupation was "the guy who sticks the stickers on oranges".
Mmmm. Forum nickname. Now what do I disclose, and where do I start. 7 was my first and then only lucky number, after my darling wife whom I'd met some probably 7 or so yrs prior to this date
, born on the 7th and obsessed with any bloody thing 7!!! We married on the 7th (her birthday), now have an immediate family of 7, you get the drill. Race 7 no 7 was always a fun interest bet, but my goodness it has returned some over the yrs.
And so when I first ever ventured to the Casino's on the eastern seaboard - well roulette and that red 7 just had to be the play didn't it!! And, yes it's also been bloody good to me over those yrs, as a very infrequent visitor (a few times a year). Cup day the yr Saintly won had been huge, thanks to the great horse himself, I'd waited patiently all day to have a whack at him, took the 8's, off to the then temporary Casino we went after the races. Couldn't move, drink restrictions of 2 drinks per person (about 10 of us), hopeless, we had one drink and decided off to Chinatown to celebrate. Hang on I said, I'm not walking in and out of here with out a play at 7!! Just one spin, that'll do. Walked over to a table on our way out, 100 straight up please why break the note - bingo 7 straight up. Peaking Duck here we come!! Same one out story has happened twice since!! That's the 7's for ya!
And so the "dream" visit to the roulette evolved, a 7 straight up, then again, then again - the triple!! I've got two in a row 5 or 6 yrs ago on the Gold Coast, and I have seen it 2 or 3 times (on the indicator boards above the wheel for each table).
Ahhh, "triple7", that'll do.