Friday, January 13, 2017

My Final Thoughts on the Next Four Years

Try this thought exercise of my own making.

1. Think for a moment how you felt when Barack Obama was elected in 2008. Really try to recapture how that made you feel, not think, feel.
2. Next, think how you felt a couple of months ago on election eve, when it was clear Donald Trump would be the next president of the united states.

Got both of those feelings clear in your head, heart and/or the pit of your stomach?

The people who are on the other side of the political spectrum from you had exactly the opposite feelings on both of those occasions.

If you were sick to your soul on election day 2016, they were elated.

If you were happy, proud and delirious in 2008, they were feeling what you were feeling just two short months ago.

Doesn't matter which side you are on, try for a moment to understand how those "other people" will be feeling next Friday - January 20th, inauguration day 2017.

Will this bring us together?

HELL NO! Not as long as we keep measuring ourselves by the people who run for political office. Over and over again, I say it and say it again. You pick the lesser of two evils, you still get evil.

Monday, January 02, 2017

A Blog Decade

I've been offering up my Opus-like opinions on this blog for a decade as of today. Considering the average blog lasts slightly less than four months, I deserved either a pat on the back or a slap on the head.

I was in Australia in 2006 when I first opened this space with lots of poker linked posts. Since then, I have wandered far afield from the felt of the poker world, which is far behind me.

This past year, I managed to mostly stick to my 'Friday Only' posting scheme. At times I had a bit more to say and at others much less.

I don't really know what comes next here, hopefully something will emerge and there may well be a conversion towards promoting my new book. I do have one other idea, I'll let you in on it next week.

Whatever happens, what will be, will be, as long as we have free will, at least two years of no presidential politics, warm olive bread, an agreeable climate and friends.

Enjoy the ride, everyone.