Sunday, June 05, 2005

I'm back....Who missed me?

I'm back from my Bahamas vacation a little tanner, a bit more knowledgeable, and looking forward to summer in Nashville. I traveled with my girlfriend and her mother(!) to Paradise Island at the Atlantis resort. Atlantis sits at the top of the resort food chain: everything is very expensive, employees are numerous and somewhat responsive, attractions are numerous, and they have a casino. Basically, it's Las Vegas in the Carribean, except the casino was clearly not the main attraction.

Actually, funny story - one of the craps dealers got downright passive-aggressive with my girlfriend. He wouldn't acknowledge her, place or pick up her bets. That is, we had a $5 dealer yo - 11 - bet that paid 15 to 1 for the dealers. The pit boss was also rude to her when she complained. I actually saw another dealer - blackjack this time - make change for $400 and give the player 20 green chips, which is $500. The unfortunate player wanted more red chips and gave them back, at which point she made correct change.

I don't know if it was the casino's bad management or my good luck that I ended up $300+ from video poker and craps. So that was good.

The beaches, pools, and other water attractions are the real centerpiece of the resort. We spent plenty of hours in the mostly cloudy skies (Nashville is much hotter right now than Nassau). Still, I got some good reading in. In the last week I've read:

Betting Thoroughbreds (a graduation gift from my girlfriend's parents)
The Golden Ratio
Blink - Malcolm Gladwell
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (for the 2nd time; gearing up for July 16th)
The Elegant Universe - Brian Greene
Super System 2 - Doyle Brunson

Each book is excellent in its own right, but the most intriguing right now is Blink, who's author wrote the equally excellent The Tipping Point. You may have noticed from the list that I have a penchant for non-fiction. For some reason, I just don't love fiction that's not of the fantastic variety. I think that the non-fiction describes the world the way it is and fantasy the way our spirit wants it to be. Our hearts want to believe magic is real, even if our heads convince us otherwise.

Hopefully, this week will produce a job and a few beer buzzes. Out.

7 Comments:

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What a shithead! Atlantis?!?! You want to drink, eat and gamble go to Tunica you moron.

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