May 10th is my wife's birthday. She would have been fifty-four. She died on August thirty-first of last year. It's hard to imagine that it's been only eight months, and yet it seems like a lifetime ago. Jenny's birthday has always been a celebration for me, another year of her winning against Death. She was… Continue reading My Wife’s Birthday
Zankou Chicken is an Armenian-style fast food restaurant in the Los Angeles area. I lived a block away when the first Zankou on Sunset Boulevard opened in 1982, and I was so ready for something different to eat in the neighborhood that I kept and eye on the restaurant when it was being built. Finally, on… Continue reading Suicide and Zankou Chicken
What a day. I woke up once again wondering how the hell Donald Trump could have been elected to the presidency. It still seems unreal to me that enough people in enough places voted for this guy, enough to edge out a flawed, but much more qualified candidate. Unlike some of the liberal persuasion, I don't… Continue reading Cautiously Optimistic
I am the son of gambling professional Jerry L. Patterson. For thirty years, my father took money from casinos, wrote books on gaming, had a casino gaming news letter, and held clinics on gaming techniques and systems for Black Jack, Craps, and Roulette. He predates the MIT kids who won all that money playing Black… Continue reading Casino Royale Pain
Now that Trump is the official nominee for the GOP, and Clinton will be made official next week, for what it's worth, here's my take on all of this. With Trump winning as presumptive nominee in May, I realized that the only hope was for Hillary to be president. There are reasons Trump inspires a… Continue reading Why Hillary?