I'm sitting at a $100 minimum bet blackjack table in Vegas. I've taken $300 out of the bank but I only intend to bet $100. The other $200 is just for show so my buddy Trent and I can get free drinks at the high roller table.
In the first hand the dealer gives me a five and a six. I've got eleven showing. My buddy Trent tells me to double down. "Double down baby. You gotta double down on eleven." He says.
"...but that's two hundred dollars!" I protest.
The dealer only has a two showing. We don't want to look like we don't belong or know what we're doing so I reluctantly double down and put down a second $100 chip.
The dealer deals himself a king, then a four, he's gonna bust...then a five. He has twenty-one and I lose $200 just like that.
Wait, no, that wasn't me. That was the 1996 movie Swingers with Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. Life and movies get blurry sometimes. The point being though that you always double down on eleven even if it might mean losing. The payout is too good to pass up.
We were all set to double down to Tuesday when things went wrong.
Further down the road we pulled off again. We'd come to the turn to go to Laguna Atascosa NWR and suddenly there is discussion of going there instead. I'm starting to realize I am birding with people who aren't real keen on making plans or sticking to them.
After a brief discussion we decide not to go to Laguna Atascosa yet and keep heading down toward the coast. Along the way we see a distant Swainson's Hawk, Turkey vultures and several Harris's Hawks. We pull off on the side of an even busier road when we see some smaller birds. There is a huge flock of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers and a Kingbird hanging out with them. We spend some time trying to figure out if it is a Tropical Kingbird or a Couch's Kingbird but since it isn't singing it is hard to say. Given our location it was probably a Tropical Kingbird.
|Three Scissor-tailed Flycathers and a Kingbird in the bush.|