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It is a little hard to wear sunglasses while swimming.
Jose, why didn't you just take a day or two to do your own thing? I went for the first time a few months ago, and was in a similar boat - the group I was with wasn't into gambling, or shows or anything like that. They just drank, all day long. So I hung out with them when I felt like drinking, and spent most of the time on my own, doing what I wanted.
if you're in a state of perpetual post-adolescence, like the Sports Guy and his type.
Over on the NBA thread, I gather that people actually regard him as some sort of authority.
This is not true at all.
and you have no interest in cavorting with slappers
If he means: In the NBA thread he is acknowledged generally as an authority - I think that is true. (Edit: Though most don't think he is, but he does have a big audience)
Perpetual post-adolescence is not all that bad.
and you have no interest in cavorting with slappers
I ... I don't know what this means.
I see no problem with the occasional (as in annual or semiannual) post-adolescence behavior...
I neither hate nor especially like Vegas. It's possible to have fun there like any place.
Have people never been around beautiful women or seen pictures of them? Sitting in a pool with good looking women around you isn't something unique to Vegas.
Sounds like the inside of every single club I've been in on a Friday or Saturday night in my entire life.
Also, if you're already drunk at noon, WTF is going to feel up to going to dinner, much less a club later on?
127. McCoy Posted: July 12, 2013 at 11:23 AM (#4492156)
The Commander's Palace visit would have been about 5 years ago, my last visit to Vegas. The food was bland and I got sick, don't know what to tell you.
News flash: celebrity chefs don't actually cook.
Guy or Joel or Mario aren't actually cooking your meal, supervising the people who do, nor running the day to day business of the Vegas restaurant.
If it wasn't directed at me who was it directed at?
You can have your celebrity chefs, I'll Italian grandmas any day of the week for cooking.
Basically every professional, even those who play or played primarily online, comes down for this. Some for profit, others just for fun. When online poker was running in the US, the WSOP was something I did for fun, as I made more money online. Today, I rely on it quite a bit financially.
Vegas doesn't have great local farms, they don't have great local products, wines, beers, liquors, or types of cuisine. Not only do that not have any of that at the "great" level they have virtually none of it all. The amount of ingredients they can get and the depth to those ingredients is far smaller and shallower than virtually any other spot in the country that isn't in a desert.
Did you just take a permanent hit when online poker went down?
Do you get bored playing the same game day-in and day out?
Except Vegas isn't cutting edge. Vegas is trying to clone the experience of other places.
What, you don't have advertisements for prostitutes thrust into your hands every time you walk down the street in your hometown?
Though I do find it funny that Las Vegas is part of the "beauties of the natural world". So thank you for that.
Not only do that not have any of that at the "great" level they have virtually none of it all. The amount of ingredients they can get and the depth to those ingredients is far smaller and shallower than virtually any other spot in the country that isn't in a desert.
Other than Macau, no other place has that type of gambling breadth, depth, and quality
Oh God, yes. Tournament poker is not a reliable or particularly lucrative way to make a living, and live cash games are soft, but so, so, so slow.
An online professional essentially turns himself into a mini-casino. Create a small edge, then ram that edge through an enormous amount of volume. The volume just isn't there live.
My brother went through the same thing, and just quit playing because the money wasn't worth his while.
The only really workable way to approach it is to partner with other professionals and split the buy-ins and payouts. It smooths out the variance and lets you defray some travel/lodging costs.
And all of those ingredients cost a boat load more in Vegas than tehy did in LA or California and thus a lot places won't order as good of a product as they would if they were in LA or they'll pass those cost onto the customers because they know the tourists will pay it.
, and he knows a tremendous amount about pro basketball.
His book also shows that he can't distinguish between Mel Daniels & Jim McDaniels.
o be fair, anyone over the age of 25 who acts like a fratboy should be hit in the face with a shovel.
Not even close, even if you're just trying to be facetious. Mel Daniels was before my time, but I know he was a hell of a player, but he was an ABA guy, not anywhere near as important in basketball history as Ted Williams was in baseball history, and is largely anonymous today even to very knowledgeable fans. Simmons did a lot of research on the book, but he has never sold himself as an historian.
You're conflating your intense dislike for Simmons and his overaged sexist fratboy thing with what he brings to the table in terms of basketball knowledge. Like I said, people react to the schtick in different ways, and there was some stuff in the book that was sexist enough that I (and many other people--several reviewers brought it up) felt that it crossed the line to offensive. But that is a separate issue from what he knows about basketball.
Simmons and his overaged sexist fratboy thing
Yes, adolescence is a ######## modern concept. There wasn't any toleration for that nonsense when you went to work at 15 (my paternal grandfather) or even 12 (my maternal grandmother).
Adolescence is a ######## experience but I wouldn't let my disdain for it color the fact that I'm glad my kids won't have to work in the fields at 12 like my grandparents did. A work ethic is important. Brutal and poorly ocmpensated labor that precludes you from getting an education, not so much.
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