It seemed like a sure bet

I was in a vehicle maintenance shop recently, watching the goings-on while trying to be unobtrusive.

One of the more veteran technicians came over to me and said: "Come with me. I want to show you something."

He lead me over to a medium duty truck that was being serviced.

"Look at this mess," he said, pointing to a sticky wade of gum on the passenger's side of the bench seat. "I'll bet you I can remove it with just soap and water."

"Good luck," I replied.

The technician came back with: "Care to make a little wager?"

Knowing how difficult removing gum can be, I quickly answered: "Sure."

It's not important what the wager was. What is significant is that I soundly lost the bet. More correctly, I was schemed.

The gum disintegrated into a fine powder as the technician used mildly warm water and agitation.

It wasn't until later that I learned I had been taken. A couple of the technicians had decided to play a trick on me using removable chewing gum. Who knew there was such a thing?

This chewing gum, called Rev7, is not only removable, it is degradable.

I managed to locate some of this gum and have recouped my losses, and then some.