Friday, May 05, 2006


Miguel Cortez was born on Cinco de Mayo, 1955 at 5:55 a.m., the fifth son of a fifth son.

On his fifth birthday, his mother hit the Loteria and won 55,000 pesos.

Time passed; Miguel grew to be a handsome young man. He married a girl from his hometown, and in time they had five children.

On his 55th birthday, Miguel – now a successful American citizen living in New York (in a luxury apartment at 55th and Fifth) took $5,000 to Pimlico and put it all on the fifth horse running in the fifth race.

The nag came in fifth.

[My Cinco de Mayo post, which you can listen to at the 100 Word Stories Podcast.]

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