What mighty contests arise from trivial things. ~~ Alexander Pope
Throughout the whirlwind of my life during the last several years has been one constant, the game of poker. I admit it, I’ve become a poker player and in a big way. Here’s a few of the reasons why.
I liked poker professional Annie Duke when I watched her second-place finish during season 2 of the TV reality show Celebrity Apprentice. It was the spring of 2009 and a disappointing loss to the totally classless, foul-mouthed comedienne Joan Rivers. I knew very little about poker, not even the difference between a full house and a flush. But it was Duke’s example and how she held up to the ridicule of her profession that would influence my decision to learn more about her game. It would turn out to be a life-changing event.
I know what some of you are thinking. Poker? That disreputable game of degenerate, down on their luck, addicted gamblers? Those sad souls hoping for that one big score, playing in smoke-filled backrooms full of dog kickers and child molesters? You’re just another gambler wasting your life in a loser’s game! How unfortunate it is that poker in the minds of some is so misunderstood and regarded as a socially unacceptable way to pursue competition. A game likened to visions of zombie gamblers glued to slot machines. It’s true people are mostly down on the things they’re least up on.
You’re a poker player? A poker
player? That’s beyond
white trash. Poker players are trash
darling, trash! ~~ Joan Rivers Continue reading
Life is an everyday occurrence, until one day it’s not. ~~ Susanne Strempek Shea
A few weeks ago I was looking at hand tools, many of them with a lifetime replacement guarantee. As I read those words I was reminded there really are no guarantees, not with tools and not especially when it comes to lifetimes. Here today, gone tomorrow — no time outs, no second chances and few replacement parts.
Like most of us when young and stupid I thought myself invincible, that I would live forever. At least I envisioned the inevitable so far off that it seemed that way. Even when I experienced the death of contemporaries my attitude, my life style and the risks I often took spoke of an assumed immunity. That only happens to the other guy, tomorrow never comes! But as one ages — receiving experiences and education that almost always come with the passage of time — we realize the years quickly pass us by. For me the inevitable is a lot closer than it was once perceived. So, I’ve changed my mind, time to savor the moments. Continue reading
My iPhone is a constant companion that I use throughout all my waking hours. It’s literally the first thing I grab in the morning and the last thing I relinquish at night. Really, it is! When I dreamed of owning one I knew I would have many uses for it, but I never imagined how much it would become an integral part of my everyday life. How it would become… my best little friend.
I’ve often said that if I lost my laptop computer, it would be like cutting off my right arm. With my iPhone and its instant ease of use and portability it’s far worse! (The same said arm and a leg of your choice below the knee). And the funny thing is… I rarely use it to make phone calls! Maybe they should name it something else. iPhone no longer does it justice! Continue reading
I’m reminded of an associate at work who regularly objects to what he perceives as abuses of the English language. Just the other day I was asking him about “digital multimeters.” He corrected me — as if I were a six-year old — and said, “you mean numerical multimeters,” “No Jack,” I replied a little annoyed, “I’m talking about ‘digital’ multimeters, just as it says on the package.”
Sometimes, no matter how intelligent we wish others around us were, we just have to go with the flow… accepted usage and all… avoiding being an annoyance and even worse… no matter the cause.
Maybe things aren’t as bad as we perceive… but then again …
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I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some … stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. ~~ Gilda Radner
Hard to believe that so much time has gone by and not a word from me published in this blog for many months. To say my life of the past year or so (or more) has been one of ups and downs would be an understatement. And believe me… I feel tremendous guilt, even remorse that I haven’t kept up with my ideal to post regularly here. So much to say …
But, nevertheless, a myriad of reasons have kept me away. Ranging from personal to financial to legal… to new employment, new homes and changed surroundings; along with lost friends but new relationships, computer breakdowns, issues of health, issues of politics and even poker. Yes poker! All and more have conspired to keep me from writing, but enough about my “living the dream,” time to stop and smell the roses! Better yet, time to write about the fragrance. Taking the moment, making the best of it and not knowing what’s going to happen next.
I have no ambition to govern men. It is a painful and thankless office. ~~ Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, December 28, 1796
Being a politician is tough. No doubt about it. It’s a thankless job steeped in cynicism, distrust, even vile hatred and personal attacks from the very people they’re trying to represent. I have little regard for cynics, never have. never will!
The politician’s job requires them to be ever visible, and accountable to not only a belligerent and fickle constituency, but to a hostile and often biased press. That makes a politician a very easy target. I can’t imagine being one. It’s far too high a price to pay to be under such constant scrutiny, on an unlevel playing field and unable to please everyone. The majority of us would never allow such close inspection. Frankly, most of us couldn’t stand the heat. Better it is to complain, point the finger. Nevertheless the question should be asked; If not us, then who? Continue reading
Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only Law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited….What a paradise would this region be!
~~ John Adams, 1756 ~~
We call it “modern times.” We’re up-to-date, we’re high tech. At the cutting edge, the leading edge, smarter and brighter than ever before. We’re enlightened! We have the Internet, and much of the world’s knowledge right here at our fingertips. In so many ways, we are a truly blessed nation.
Some say they don’t care what the older generation thinks. After all, what do they know? Others quote the Founding Fathers to validate a point, usually political, while at the same time ignoring the Supreme Being, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe those same founders wrote and spoke so much about. Continue reading