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Blackjack afternoon

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Hi blogsters:

I decided I needed a break from the numbers and all the mud and blood, so I headed off and spent the last nine hours or so playing blackjack.  A modestly spiritual experience, as blackjack tends to be on a good day.

Anyway, it was good, the cards were right except for a couple of dealers who kept bringing me back down to even, after which I had to begin the long struggle upward again.

As I got my old levi jacket around my shoulders and prepared to come home and face the angry cats and whatever comes next after blood, pit boss came over and gave me a high-roller card for a meal.  I took it down to the snack bar and got two meals, instead, one to go.  Then sat around talking to a guy about my age for an hour, us telling one another how sorry young people are today compared to how unsorry we were when we were that age.

Talked a lot about how the country's gone to hell in a handbasket, how young people don't know nuthun, don't work, how the whole shebang is doing the long swim down the commode because smart, hard-working, literate, mostly wise men like ourselves ain't going to be around to pull things out, etc.

First time I ever came across talk of that sort I was a lot younger listening to old guys saying much the same things around the time Sputnik I went up.  Then a little later I read Pliny the Elder stealing the ideas around 100 AD.

Ah well.

Jack

Entry #499

Comments

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LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - December 23, 2005, 11:24 pm
i'm 30 years old but i can already see the difference in the younger people that are in their teens.after paying for my meal at the restaurant drive thru window i said "thank you" instead of a "your welcome" or "have a nice day" i got the window slammed in my face.or i called customer service at aol only to get someone speaking chinese,lol.better yet after that the computer automated machine kept wanting to ask me questions.those things irritate the hell out of me.
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Comment by Rip Snorter - December 23, 2005, 11:30 pm
Hi Mike.

No point in getting irritated. You have too many years left to tolerate it. Just lean back and be smug about how good things are, as compared to how they gonna be, amigo.

You might give some thought to moving somewhat off to the left or right of the New Madrid.

Have a great holiday, amigo.

Jack
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LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - December 24, 2005, 1:18 am
i've been thinking about the moving.new orleans got destroyed by a natural disaster.memphis will be next.these things come in threes.an earthquake is said to be 7.7 if it hits here which will destroy the whole city.most of which is not earthquake proof.something even more scary to ponder is i called for earthquake insurance and safeco said last year was the last year it was going to be sold.not a good sign....
4.
Comment by Rip Snorter - December 24, 2005, 7:00 am
Morning Miguel:
My old buddy Mel used to say of insurance, "You crazy? I'm supposed to bet against a rich guy who wants me to bet that I'm going to (get sick), (wreck my car), (get my house burned down)?

I'd say if the rich guys don't want you to bet against them earthquake wise it's time to batten down the hatches. The 'rats leaving a sinking ship' syndrome applies.

Thanks for the comment.

Jack
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konaneComment by konane - December 24, 2005, 10:22 am
Seems that at our age we need to show by example how the younger generation should behave then perhaps the ones who have some background and substance will catch on after they grow past rebellious teen years. The ones who don't have it will simply have to learn in the school of hard knocks, but isn't that the way it's always been?????????
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Comment by Rip Snorter - December 24, 2005, 10:36 am
Not much likelihood of them learning anything positive from us by example, konane. We teach them by example they ought to squander their resources, feel a callous disregard for human life, believe everything politicians say to them and parrot it back to everyone who will listen. Believe we know what's best for every human being on the planet while ignoring the idiocy in our own lives.

Nope, I sincerely hope they don't follow our example. I'd like to see them serve out their decades on this planet with some peace and harmony in their lives. With some respect for the lives of others. With some respect for the planet we've chosen to live on. With a regard for their descendants and a determination to leave some resources for them to use in an environment that doesn't poison them. With sufficient water to drink and wash with that doesn't catch fire when it gets too close to fire because of all the extra stuff we've put into it.

I surely hope they don't follow our example

Have a great Christmas, konane.

J
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konaneComment by konane - December 24, 2005, 11:16 am
What I meant by that statement is to be super polite to them which is something they may not expect adults to do. I find that and a smile from the heart works wonders to melt barriers.
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Comment by Rip Snorter - December 24, 2005, 11:48 am
I suppose you're correct, konane.

If they'll just learn to smile and be polite while they bomb one another into oblivion,

box one another up and ship themselves to prison,

rob from their progeny

and make a poison desert of the place they're going to have to live, they'll have learned something worthy from us.

We'll have heaped countless blessings on them and taught them a microbe of wisdom we haven't managed on our own.

It's an ill wind that blows no good.

Jack

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Comment by Rip Snorter - December 24, 2005, 11:56 am
Incidently, I appreciate you playing straight-man for me on this. Sort of brings a little extra joy into the day for me when I thought my cup already runneth over.

J

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