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Playing Poker at the Trump Taj Mahal

I came home with some of Donald Trump's money this week. Fortunately, he probably won't miss it much.

Kristen and I went to Atlantic City this week to visit my sister, whom recently moved there with her husband. As many of you know, I am an avid poker player, but haven't ever had the opportunity to play Texas Hold' em in a casino. To date I'd only played in charity poker tournaments locally and hadn't done extremely well.

We arrived in Atlantic City Sunday night. We stayed at the Resorts on the Boardwalk. The hotel is a great old hotel turned casino in the '70s. I'm a little bit of an architecture buff, and enjoyed the building more than most of the pieces of garbage in Atlantic City.

I remember a few years ago, shortly after 9/11, when every resort city in America was scrambling to get tourism re-fired. At that time, the casinos were offering dirt cheap rooms and relying on slot machines to generate profits. Well, times have changed. Weekend rooms average…

The incredible shrinking world

I read an interesting article the other day. It was about family values. Specifically it was disputing the rhetoric put forth by many groups that Americans values are actively deteriorating when it comes to family life.
In an era when the Ten Commandments, Nativity displays and menorahs are banned in every school or government building, church attendance is on the rise. In the era of Brittney Spears and Gangster Rap, album sales are plummeting and there are far more faith-based cable networks than music stations.
Okay, okay. My head isn’t buried in the sand completely. We live in a world that pummels us with messages that challenge us. What I’m suggesting is that we are living up to the task. Why? Well, my belief is that we owe some of our success to the fact that technology is shrinking our world faster than ever.
People perceived automobiles and airplanes as world shrinking, but that wasn’t true. In fact, those devices expanded our world. As little as 100 years ago, most families neve…

I'm back...

... after a few months away. It's been crazy since November. I made one feeble attempt in January to resurrect my blog, but failed pretty miserably. I'll try to do better.

Anyhow, let us begin.

I've been experiencing a pretty intense case of "caregiver syndrome". It's very typical among severely disabled individuals who receive intimate levels of care. This situation is a little unique, however.

Generally, "caregiver syndrome" is characterized by amorous or sexual feelings toward a someone whom provides a fairly intimate level of personal care over a period of time. It's common among people with disabilities and individuals who have experienced traumatic injury.

Almost every disabled person I know has experienced it from time to time, although many deny that the emotions aren't genuine. I suspect this is because many disabled people lack legitimate romantic experiences, therefore sexual feelings towards caregivers seem extremely real.

I've al…