Tomorrow, January 18th, Brad will be 81!
People often ask about his health – and he likes to say he hasn’t been in the hospital for almost 4 years. Of course that last visit was a serious one, when he went into cardiac arrest for 5 minutes. Fortunately there was no permanent damage from that, they put in a pacemaker, his heart meds have been adjusted, the 7 stents in his right heart artery seem to be doing a good job. So we feel blessed that he can do pretty much what he always could do and still wants to do. He goes out almost every day: doing errands, or collecting free play, or playing some video poker. We both find we don’t want to put in long hours in a casino anymore. Our average playing session is about two hours.
As a birthday gift for Brad, I thought I would look for a funny story in my old Might-Use-in-My-Blog files. I found this news item, but I failed to add a reference - and I have now forgotten where I read it. So with apologies to the original reporter, I am sharing this story, one which I found very humorous, as did Brad.
Moscow City Council intends to hire actors to pretend to be destitute beggars whose lives were ruined by gambling to discourage people from games of chance. They will tell passers-by that they were once rich executives who lost everything after becoming addicted to gambling. Some actors will even be given accordions so they can turn the story into a sorrowful lament.
After Brad pondered this story, he commented, “I wonder if these would be better on the Vegas Strip than the porn slappers?