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Theoretical beers and betting on sports

Because of losing sports bets, I have owed one of my colleagues, a hard-drinking page designer, several beers for years now.

We kept sort of a loose, running tab. No actual beers were exchanged.

But the other day I proposed that we go double or nothing on a Thursday night college basketball game. Had I lost, I would have owed him, well, I'm not really sure how many beers. Quite a few.

Alas, my team won. So I am out from under that crushing debt.

Will I quit while I am ahead? We'll see.

Have you ever had an ongoing wager that never really resulted in anyone being paid — at least not in any traditional sense?

Sort of reminds me of Bitcoin.

Trevor Donelan remains undefeated

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.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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