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Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Blog, Personal, Travel | 7 comments

Black Sambuca: A Cathedral to Licorice




Today, I returned to sacred ground.

One doesn’t normally associate a cramped airport bar combined with a long flight delay with an epiphany.  But when the muse of inspiration called alcohol is involved, the blank canvass called the imagination becomes quite splattered indeed.  Call it the art of the possible.

My epiphany happened in “Providence” — which just so happens to be the airport located in the capital city of Rhode Island.  So, let’s just say it was a small epiphany.  I passed through here today for the first time in more than a decade, make that a decade and a half.  For those requiring quick geography lesson — the Providence Airport is the closest connection to the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos, located in nearby Connecticut.

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Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Blog, Personal | 6 comments

What’s the Most Memorable Sporting Event You’ve Ever Attended? (Part 2)



Boca Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina — home of the legendary Boca Juniors


Let’s continue with the best live sporting events we’ve seen.

Yesterday, in Part I (READ HERE), I featured several games I attended from 1969 through 1979.  Today, I’ll look back on sporting events from 1980 to the present which I saw in person.

Feel free to add your favorite sporting event memory, either in the comments section or on Facebook.

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Blog, Personal | 3 comments

What’s the Most Memorable Sporting Event You’ve Ever Attended? (Part 1)



“23 August Stadium” in central Bucharest (Romania), site of the bitter annual soccer grudge match between rivals FC Dinamo Bucuresti and Steaua Bucuresti — photo from 1990


What’s the most memorable sporting event you’ve ever attended?

I don’t attend many games in person these days.  That’s because I’d rather watch the action on television.  Ticket prices have become so ridiculously expensive, along with parking and concessions, that I’m no longer interested in spending hundreds of dollars while fighting crowds and blowing an entire day getting to and from the ballgame.  Besides, there’s no betting windows at stadiums.

That said, I have attended some really interesting games, although most of the sporting events that I’ve seen took place many years ago.

Listed chronologically, here’s a look back on some of the most exciting games and sporting contests I’ve seen in person.  Today’s list is from 1969 up through 1979.  Part 2 will include memories from 1980 to the present:

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Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Blog, Personal | 1 comment

My Cat is Smarter Than Your Baby




Let’s talk about how much smarter my cat is than your baby.

According to science, the average feline has the intellectual capacity of a two-year-old toddler.  But I contend the typical house cat is much smarter, and far cleaner, and considerably cheaper to raise than a child.  Especially if it’s spayed or neutered.  The cat, I mean.

Want proof?  Let’s compare babies to cats and judge both creatures according to several characteristics.

Here’s my “Cat vs. Baby” scorecard:

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Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Blog, General Poker, Las Vegas, Personal, Picture 1, World Series of Poker | 5 comments

More Classic Poker Photos from My Private Collection



(Photo:  At the 2002 World Series of Poker….with no grey hair yet) 



Here’s another sampling of my private collection of poker photography.

All of my snapshots were taken between the years 1997 and 2003.  They were locked inside a file cabinet for more than a decade.  Now I think is a good time to share these images with those of you who enjoy looking back on the game’s history.  With the 2014 world championship November Nine as well as the Poker Hall of Fame announcement and induction ceremony coming soon, let’s now take a look back on some of poker’s best.

Read my original display of classic photographs here:  POKER HALL OF FAME:  PAST AND PRESENT (A PHOTO ESSAY)

Accompanying each photo, I’ve added some personal thoughts as to what I remember about the photos and the people in them, when they were taken.

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