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» Conspicuous Consumption

I spunked £250k in a year
on gambling.

I haven't got an addictive personality. Well, I don't think I have - when I realised it was taking over my life, I just stopped. Didn't wind it down slowly or anything along those lines. I realised that it was making me a person I didn't want to be.
I have a young son, and would spend Saturday afternoons looking at all sorts of mental football leagues. Not putting hugely risky bets on, but £2k a time on a team that was 5-0 up with 5 minutes to go, just to get a 20 quid profit. Stuff like that.
It didn't seem like there was highs, or lows, but equally I'd still feel my heart beating faster. But, equally, I felt like I was missing out unless I was in front of a laptop and internet connection. Spending time together as a family over the weekend was difficult. Evenings were spent betting on Bulgarian's Women's Netball Divison 3 playoffs and other lesser heard of sports.

Best profit of all was winning 900 quid on some crap bingo website. Paid for a new Smeg fridge freezer. Worst loss? Chasing losses on a Liverpool/Chelsea game. 1200 quid down in two hours.
Highlights? Walking out of Ladbrokes every two days with 5 figure piles of money. Just to spend it all again.
Lowlights? Getting turned down for a mortgage because the bank regarded me as a significant risk. They looked back over 6 months of statements, and pointed out me spending 12k in one weekend.

Those that want to call this is Honda Accord territory - I've got accounts, screenshots, bank statements, etc.
(Wed 3rd Aug 2011, 11:15, More)

» Caught!

Having shat the bed...
The usual course of action would've been to clean up after myself. In all of the commotion, I totally forgot.

It's fairly obvious how Mum found out.

Would've gotten away with it if it wasn't for those bedlinen skids.

(So sorry)
(Mon 7th Jun 2010, 12:55, More)