A Blood­less Vic­tory


Special Focus - - Contents - Dong Hai 冬亥

There is an old say­ing that goes, ev­ery fam­ily has hap­pi­ness and sor­row. And an­other one that says, be­hind ev­ery suc­cess­ful fam­ily man, there is a woman whose in­tel­li­gence is off the charts.

My old buddy Curry is an ace Mahjong player. Known as the “one- finger mas­ter,” he could guess a Mahjong tile just by touch­ing it with one finger. He used to call or text us to join him for a game or two by say­ing “one short three,” mean­ing he was ready to play with three oth­ers, as Mahjong is a game of four per­sons. Then one day out of the blue he an­nounced he was quit­ting gam­bling.

I was thrown for a loop. Could he re­ally make a clean break of gam­bling? Or was it that his wife had had a fit which changed his mind?

“Well,” sighed Curry, “she is the per­fect woman. She has never once ob­jected to my Mahjong hobby. Ac­tu­ally, when­ever I played, it was al­ways her serv­ing the food and drinks, and even help­ing me keep track of the gam­bling chips so that I could fo­cus on the game.”

I was floored. Could any wife be so per­fect?

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