I started this blog over nine years ago and have always used the 13th February post to remember my uncle who passed away on this day a while back.
This year's story doesn't even involve him. Not physically, anyway.
Back in late October of last year, I spent an evening going through all the horse races that were scheduled to take place at the Breeders' Cup meeting on the weekend of October 31st and November 1st.
I looked through the names of every horse to see if anything stood out. Yes, I know - it's a road to ruin. When we're talking a few pennies and pounds it's nothing. I'm a recreational punter when it comes to horses.
As I scanned through the list, two names struck me.
Carpe Diem: 'Seize the day' a motto that my uncle lived by made famous by Robin Williams' John Keating in Dead Poets Society.
The second nag that caught my attention was Daddy D T. The D T stood out as it was my uncle's initials. The 'Daddy D T' could have also meant my father as he's a DT, too.
Carpe Diem was given a 3/1 price whilst Daddy D T found himself a 20/1 outsider. I stuck £1 each-way on each horse and then placed £1 each-way on them in a double.
Neither horse won their respective race.
However, they both placed!
The single on Carpe Diem brought back £1.75 - a loss of 25p. Daddy D T's finish saw a return of £6 (£4 profit). The double made £8.50 on top of what I laid out.
This is the part of the blog post where I'm meant to end things with a thought. I'm supposed to finish off at this point with a 'I bet he was looking down and fixed it for me to win' and thank him.
If he had done that, the horses would have won, right?
Not so fast..
You see, the two horses weren't the only bets I placed that weekend.
With nine events, I decided to place two special bets on all the races using some tips that I found in newspapers and online. I placed four horses into a Lucky 15 at 10p each-way a line (£3.00 in total) and then stuck the remaining five racers into a Super Yankee at 15p each-way a line (£7.80 total stake).
The Lucky 15 had two winners and two losers. The winning horses came in at 11/10 and 5/1. The bet returned £2.71, so it was a loss of 29p.
The Super Yankee was a whole different story.
I didn't bother watching any of the Breeders' Cup, but was keeping an eye on the results through Twitter. After each race concluded , I would check the horse's name and think to myself 'that sounds familiar, was it one of mine?' I would then refer to the betting website.
After doing this for a number of races - and noticing I had at least a few wins in the two bets - I decided to quit looking and check how I did the following morning.
As I was turning in for the night, curiosity got the better of me. I had to take one last look. Doing so woke me up.
In my account was the sum of £470.57.
I was gobsmacked to say the least.
Three of the five horses in the Super Yankee won straight up. Their prices were 8/1, 14/1 and 16/1. The bet had returned £443.48.
Still in shock, I showed my father the online betting slip that was still showing on my iPad. He looked at it puzzled then laughed.
'You doctored this!'
This was not the reaction I was expecting. In hindsight - and based on the times I have pranked him in the past - maybe it was appropriate.
After finally realising I was not pulling his leg he uttered the three magic words I hadn't heard in a long time.
You. Lucky. Bastard.
And that I was. There is no way I will be able to top that horse betting weekend from last year. That's not to say I'm going to quit while I'm ahead. I'll be back doing the same thing later on this year.
The following morning, I sat at the computer I'm at right now and started to type about the win. I then paused and deleted. It was a perfect moment to share the news.
But there was an even better day.