Yesterday afternoon, she called me and announced a rather ostentatious master plan to crack open a classic bottle of vintage 1982 Chateau Margaux, one of the world’s premium Grand Cru’s. One bottle retails for something in the neighborhood of $5,000, According to my bad math that comes down to $150 a guzzle Only the V-VIPs were invited to join this festive occasion organized for no apparent purpose whatsoever other than celebrating self-indulgence and pompous grandiosity. Naturally, I made the haughty invite list, along with a few uber high-level casino executives, their names unmentionable until their deaths or someone offers me a six-figure book advance.
When I run during the morning, that’s about the time of day when the kids are going to school. On weekdays, I mean. That means the children from a nearby elementary school are usually walking on the sidewalks. Most of the kids are between the ages of 6 and 10. While running, I often pass them by without paying much notice. But sometimes I can’t help but hear their smart-ass comments. Little shits.
You wouldn’t believe what those bastard kids say sometimes.
I get to dine out with some really amazing people. Names that you would certainly recognize. Even the names you don’t know are often just as interesting, if not more so.
This is all taken for granted, of course. Every night is a potential feast, not only for the food and drink — but for the fresher garnishment of fond memories, provocative ideas, good fun, and plenty of laughs.
Still, I must say this. My favorite dinner companion remains the one person I never getting tried of being with, or listening to. She’s full of more memories, ideas, fun, and laughs than anyone I know, or could hope to know. Of course, I’m talking about Marieta.
Lst night’s dinner was truly special as I was joined by two special close freinds.
On my left is Dr. Arthur Reber, a former professor of psychology at Brooklyn College, in New York. He now lives on an island off the coast of Washington State (seriously). Check out his website, which has a lot of interesting perspectives about poker, politics, and life. CLICK HERE.
On my right is Mark Napolitano, who is perhaps best known for founding PokerPages.com. CLICK HERE Mark is originally from London and now lives in Austin.
Today is one of my favorite days on the World Series of Poker schedule. The Seniors Championship is played today, which is open to any poker player aged 50 and up.
The Seniors Championship brings a lot of old faces together. However, the emphasis here isn’t on “old.” Frankly, I’m always surprised to see who’s turned 50. I suppose no matter what our age is, we all hope to be able to play in this tournament at some point. It sure beats the alternative.