Roulette

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On my most recent trip to Las Vegas I discovered Roulette for the first time.

And I won! (Just a little, but I did double my money!)

Of course it is clearly a game of luck and chance. The odds of a single number win are 35:1. And that’s what I did. Perhaps to never win like that again.

What I liked about it was the ability to randomly choose different betting scenarios. You get your own colored set of chips and can place them anywhere as long as your minimum is reached either insdie the grid or outside.

Here is the basic premise from Roulette30.com: The rules state that players are supposed to place their bets before the ball starts dropping, but it is possible to wager when the wheel is in motion. The dealer is the one who calls the end of the betting phase, and once the ball stops in its final resting place, the winners are paid and a new round begins

Source: http://www.roulette30.com/2014/04/how-to-play-roulette-beginners-guide.html

For someone who doesn’t enjoy all the pressure that comes with BlackJack or Poker, this provides a random, less pressure, fun option.

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New York Times

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The New York Times.

Had the fortunate opportunity in my life to live in NYC. While there the New York Times is arguably the only way true new yorkers get their news.

What I’m excited about is The New York Times really is a global leader in news. As much as we have been hearing attacks towards the news media, they really are the pillar of freedom and the First Amendment to the Constitution.

And worthy of our support.

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call me by your name

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Call me by your name is a novel by Andre Aciman. It is set in the Italian Riviera and is about a romance that forms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest. It is set in 1983.

It first got my attention when I saw the trailer for the upcoming film, based on the novel. It stars Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet and is directed by Luca Guadagino. Currently,  the film sits at 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and is not released until November 24th, 2017. So there is just enough time to get and read the book before the film is released.

Was curious about the novel because of the storyline of gay characters meeting each other unexpectedly, and via a romance. Plus, the film looks lush, well-made, and well produced. That it is starring Armie Hammer, was also intruiging as he is a fairly well known actor.

As it turns out, the novel is so well written in exploring and exposing so many emotions which come from love, lust, and romance. It unabashedly goes to the heart and body. It’s fascinating to me when gay stories are becoming more mainstream. Bigger directors, actors, and producers are geting behind different projects like never before. Perhaps the Oscar Best Picture winner, Moonlight, signaled a new future of more inclusive and diverse stories.

The novel evokes such longing, such desire, such passion. These are universal human experiences, and through the story of Elio and Oliver, we get a chance to swoon with the warmth of a summer romance in a little Italian town.

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Come From Away

Come From Away is a new musical based on true events from September 11th, 2001.

It tells the story of how 38 planes were diverted to Newfoundland, Canada with a population of around 7K and about that many passengers decended on the town.

This musical is a story about kindness in the face of tragedy, openness in a time of fear, effort in a time of panic.

It’s moving, heartfelt, memorable, and important.

If you get to NYC or have a chance to see it on tour, do it.

It will be worth the trip.

Instagram Story

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I’m sure you are aware of Instagram. It’s an app that let’s you upload photos and share them. It’s a visual way of sharing your social media story.

Recently, Instagram launched Instagram Story as a way for users to now create photos, videos, boomerang, and more to share.

It’s only posted for 24 hours and allows the user to be playful and quick with giving some insight into their days.

At the top of the scroll it lists all the people you follow who have created stories and allows you to watch them one after the other.

And for the person who posts, you get to see who viewed it. Plus you can save it or post it to your regular feed.

And it’s just a little bit addictive. Have fun sharing.

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Dixie Chili

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Dixie Chili has a long history in my family. The original location opened in Newport, KY and is still open. Most of my extended family still lives in the area. Every  visit includes at least 2 trips to the iconic location.

From the website:

Founded in 1929 by Nicholas D. Sarakatsannis, Dixie Chili set the standard for quality food at reasonable prices. “Papa Nick” developed his secret chili recipe using only the highest quality ingredients: 96% Fat Free Beef Chuck, Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese, Bermuda Onions, and 100% Semolina Wheat Spaghetti. He passed the recipe down to his sons — George, Chris, Panny and Spiros — who continue to serve the delicious and nutritious chili Nick served back in 1929, fresh from the kettle, everyday.”

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Basically three options exist for us; coneys or chili, or both. Coneys are hot dogs with chili, mustard & cheese. Chili can be plain or eaten as a 3-way (chili, spaghetti & cheese) all the way up to a 6-way (chili, spaghetti, cheese, onion, beans, and garlic)

It’s a place that not only has great food, but memories of family and good times together.

It’s more than a restaurant for my family. It connects us to memories of the past and new experiences in the present.

And we always leave with cases of canned chili to take home.

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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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We recently had the opportunity to stay at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

What a place. Totally hip, booming, and the new Vegas experience. If you like that kind of thing.

While Vegas is not for everyone, for those of us who find Las Vegas to be an adult playground, this is an excellent place to visit.

They have everything you need, pools, clubs, bars, restaurants, casino, shops, and some awesome rooms.

Smack dab in the middle of the strip. It really the right amount of wrong.

Oh and make sure you look for the Chandelier Bar and the hidden pizza place.

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