I think it was back in late 2009 that I first bet Trevor Donelan a dollar that he could not stay up past midnight on New Year's Eve.
It became an annual wager.
Trevor, who is now 9 or 10, has won every year.
This time around I paid off in advance, giving his mother a shiny dollar coin on Tuesday to pass along. I offered to call off the bet and said the dollar could be presented in recognition of Trevor doing well in school. But his mom said he had already been practicing staying up.
So when I came in to the office this morning and checked my phone messages, one left just a few minutes into the new year was from Trevor. As he always does, he had called to cheerfully report that he was still up.
I don't begrudge him the buck. I feel like I am investing in a promising future.