I ran across the phrase, “busted flush”. It was used to describe a man’s life and I was just floored.
I realize this may be my own weirdness. I played a lot of cards when I was young…when I was a kid. I know what it means when your flush gets busted. It means you were holding all the cards…but the last one did you in.
I spent hours now, trying to figure out how and if the concept of a “busted flush” applies to life. I’m sure some people think it does. I even googled the term to make sure I was understanding the phrase in 2015. I am sure some people think they (or their enemy or whoever) had it all…and then lost it. But I just can’t see it.
A busted flush is not a flush in the first place. A flush consists of five cards of the same suit. If you have four cards, that is not a flush. All that means is you have to sit at the table with strange feelings in your crotch and see what you’re dealt next.
Do you see this the way I do? It’s an all or nothing proposition.
Also, even if you have a flush, you’re not going to have it for long. One hand, then you need to come up with something else.
I bet there are people who inflate their losses in this way. “I had a flush but then…” It reminds me of this other old saw from my childhood, “close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.”
Is your life a busted flush?