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The Back Room – Gut Feeling Call

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The only mouse you’ll find in the back room of the Farm Barn is one that scurries away from the light and the sound of a poker game that runs late night once a week – no computers, no internet poker, no electronic gadgets allowed.

“Hi, Lum.”

“Wha…? Oh. Hi, Mary.”

“This is Ate, Lum.” Mary said, indicating the short, fair skinned blonde and not particularly pretty female at her side.


“Yes, Ate.” Mary is grinning. “As in ‘ate your meal,’ ate.”

“Got it,” I said. “Why?”

“Why did my family name me Ate?” asked Ate.

Now, I will admit to some confusion at this point. By the way, I’m Lum, short for Lumbar, I run the game at The Back Room.

“Lady, the fact your family named you “Ate” tells me about all I need to know about them. Now, why is Mary introducing you to me?”

This woman seemed likable enough, but there was just something here. What? I didn’t know. But there was something.

Mary had a funny look on her face, and said to me, “Later, Lum. We’ll talk later.”

“OK then, why now?”

“Oh. She wants to join the game.,” Mary sair.

“That’s nice.” I said. “No!”

“No?” the not pretty woman questioned, voce rising. “Why no?”

“I cannot really say, Ate. I really can’t. But NO it is, and NO it will remain,” I told her.

There was a pregnant pause as I turned to Mary and suggested, “Why not take her to Bean Bag.”

“Bean Bag?” Ate raised an eye brow in question.

“Yeah. He’s the municipal superintendent of everything nailed down and chargeable to the tax payer. He also runs a game behind the fire house, about once a week or so.” Then I added, “On the other side of town,”

So they left. Mary looked over her shoulder and mouthed “Later.”

And later proved to be late evening and I had a fire going with mood music and things on my mind. We’re sitting on the blanket covered floor in front of the couch watching logs die, when Mary said, “Lum?”

“Um.” I’m a brilliant conversationalist most of the time. But I was well fed and very comfortable.

“Lum,” she continued, “Why’d you send her away?”

“It’s like I said, Mary. I don’t know. There was something wrong there.”

“Have you ever read “Inside the Poker Mind,” Lum?”

“By John Feeney, Ph.D.” I said. “The things aren’t always what they seem on the surface book? The reason a guy calls and raises a five card flush spread with none of the suit in his hand book? The read it twice to get a handle on it, and read it again to begin to make sense of it book? Yeah. I have. Several times. Why?”

“Well. I think you put some of the tenants in there to practice today, Lum.” Mary spoke out. “You acted straight from incomplete information,” she paused a bit, then continued.
“She’s new in town, you know.”

“So how’d you come to hook-up with her?” I asked her. “If she’s so new, you seen her around or what?”

“I think she looked me up, Lum. I’ve been thinking about it since I dropped her off with Bean Bag. She just appeared in the shop one day and started talking poker and kept insisting she wanted a game.” Mary shrugged. “I also did a bit of reading before you picked me up this evening.”

“I’ll bite.” I said.  “ I’ll listen to your reading. That is where you were going, wasn’t it?”

“Well, yes. Lum, do you know who else was named ‘Ate?’”



I sighed.

Mary giggled, and said, “The personification of error, delusion, and blind folly. Zeus took her by the hair and threw her out of heaven.”

I thought about what Mary had just said and started laughing.

“What?” Mary demanded.

“Well,” I said, pausing for breath. “Everyone has wanted an excuse to let Bean Bag seek greater opportunities. How long - do you think?”

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