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Sushi, euphoria and video poker …

I hope you are asking yourself how could those three seriously diverse elements possibly be related. If you are, good. That is precisely the reason I am writing this post. Maybe you can answer that question.

I have just returned from four nights at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. I have written about going to Las Vegas and gambling there previously. Last May I wrote – Off to Las Vegas – The agony and ecstasy of video poker. In several past posts I also talked about the various wonderful meals we have had there.

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This is the Nobu specialty – black cod – from our meal last week.

Over the last couple of years on at least five occasions, something weird and wonderful has happened to me that I can not explain except that it is a series of the most incredible coincidences I have ever experienced. I am writing this up in the hopes that a reader will be able to point out what I am missing in understanding it.

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This was our dessert when we went on our anniversary.

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Did you win in Las Vegas …?

Did you win? That’s always the question people ask when I mention having gone to Las Vegas. Please consider this a companion piece to what I posted May 12 –The agony and ecstasy of video poker.

Back 20 years ago when I was married, my wife and I had a subscription to Chicago’s famed Lyric Opera. A night at the opera would easily run in the neighborhood of $500, considering the ticket prices, well north of $100 each, cabs to and from, dinner out and a baby sitter. No one ever asked – Did you win? upon hearing that we went to the opera. How was the performance? What did you see? How was the production? Those were the kind of questions asked.

The fact is that my girlfriend and I played a lot of video poker on the trip. BUT, that wasn’t all we did.

Here is a shot of the beautiful fountain at Bellagio out the window of our room.

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You can see the dancing waters of the fountains. At night the view was more spectacular.

Like any trip there were lovely meals out. Here are pics from a few of ours.

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These were delicious baked clams at Rao’s on our first night there. New York readers are familiar with Rao’s.

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One of my pet peeves – Bad Dice

pet peeve
noun informal
something that a particular person finds especially annoying.
“one of my biggest pet peeves is poor customer service”

Do you have any pet peeves? You know, those actions or situations that just make you crazy. Why can’t they get it right? Of course, possibly the most frustrating aspect of the pet peeve is that very few other folks share your feeling. At least, that seems to be my experience.

This is one of my pet peeves. It may seem very insignificant to you and maybe it is, but I find this really bothersome. You can be the judge. Is this totally neurotic of me, or does it indicate something that just isn’t right with the world?

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My pet peeve is the graphic depiction of dice – done incorrectly. I don’t know when I realized that there are correct dice and incorrect pictures of dice, but ever since I noticed it, incorrect depictions of dice make me crazy. Following are examples:

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This is in the McCarran airport in Las Vegas.

I bought the shirt below at the theater in New York where I saw Guys and Dolls, Damon Runyon’s classic story about gamblers who get involved in a giant dice game. I couldn’t believe the dice.

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The truth of it is utterly simple.

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This is an accurate die. Notice that on the sides exposed you can not add up to a total of seven.

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As you can see: They continued on the soundtrack album

When a die is constructed correctly whatever number is on the top has a corresponding number on the bottom that adds up to seven. So, if there is one on top, the bottom number is six. Two on top, five on the bottom. So simple. But apparently not easy for some artists.

The ad agency that created the sign in the McCarran Airport in Las Vegas couldn’t take the time – to get a pair of real dice – in Las Vegas. They screwed up their illustration.

Likewise, the company that produced the Guys and Dolls shirt – about gambling – couldn’t be bothered with getting a pair of real dice to reproduce on its product. Also, while I don’t have a photo, they used the same shot on the marquee outside the theater where it was performed.

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How would you like to carry incorrect dice around your entire life?

Sorry, but I find this kind of carelessness intolerable.

There, I got it off my chest. Thanks for taking the time to read this. Feel free to share your thoughts on this in the comment section below.

For the record: Yes, I gamble. Regular readers know that I go to Las Vegas around four times a year. Have been playing there since the late 60’s. When I first went there, all I played was craps, betting against the dice and laying the odds. I don’t any longer. Video poker is my game now.

Tony

 

 

 

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Study links intelligence and chess skill

For the record I got very involved in playing chess in my younger years. I loved the game’s many facets and spent hours poring over the board. Ultimately, I gave it up to play backgammon. I found the element of chance in backgammon to be more appealing. That random aspect coupled with the fact that a lot of people played backgammon for money won me over. That was never the case in chess.

Intelligence – and not just relentless practice – plays a significant role in determining chess skill, indicates a comprehensive new study led by Michigan State University researchers.

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The research provides some of the most conclusive evidence to date that cognitive ability is linked to skilled performance – a hotly debated issue in psychology for decades – and refutes theories that expertise is based solely on intensive training.

“Chess is probably the single most studied domain in research on expertise, yet the evidence for the relationship between chess skill and cognitive ability is mixed,” said MSU’s Alexander Burgoyne, lead author on the study. “We analyzed a half-century worth of research on intelligence and chess skill and found that cognitive ability contributes meaningfully to individual differences in chess skill.” Continue reading

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What is a Yoga Trick for Getting to Sleep Quickly?

Regular readers know that I started doing yoga more than 30 years ago while in my 30’s. I did it religiously for the first couple of years, then slacked off some. But, I never stopped doing yoga. I use yoga techniques when I do stretches on bike riding breaks. The yoga breathing sends oxygen-rich blood to my leg muscles and refreshes them to extend the ride.

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I wrote previously about being in Las Vegas on a trip with my girlfriend and dealing with the huge portions of food being served. Another difficulty of being here is that your mind gets going gambling and then when you finally get to bed, your brain is still in high gear. Continue reading

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