The mighty oak was once a little nut that stood its ground.
August 31, 2021

I got back to Vegas late last night and am feeling pretty good after ten hours of sleep. I had felt like a truck just ran over me after sixteen hours of flying time going to Macau and fourteen hours coming back. This old body needs lots of rest to get back into playing shape. I'm afraid this cancels my plans of going to the WSOP Europe. I may think of myself as young, but I'm not.

You have to understand that for the past 55 years, all I have done is look for a poker game or a new golf course. I've forgotten most of what I learned in school, particularly about what happens in the Far East. I taught a course as a graduate student in a University in Texas. I've always had an interest in money, so it was appropriate the name of the course was "Money and Banking". After that, I was after enough money to live on at the poker table.

When I got off the plane in Hong Kong, I was absolutely amazed. I'm not sure what I expected; perhaps to see the streets full of rickshaws, and coolies in the rice fields. Maybe to look out on the waters surrounding Hong Kong and see Steve McQueen on a gunboat like in the movie, "The Sand Pebbles". Instead, I saw a modern city that puts most of ours to shame. There are tall buildings, some of them 100 stories tall as far as you can see in both directions. They are beautifully designed and look brand new, which some are. Most all the residents live in apartment buildings which are anywhere there is any vacant land.

I'm sure I learned in school that Hong Kong is an island off the coast of mainland China. I'm sure I used to know the British had a 100-year lease on Hong Kong that expired in 1997. But I had forgotten it and felt like a red-necked tourist because I asked so many questions. Speaking of rednecks....I saw where all the Wal-Marts in Alabama sold all the ammunition they had. When a local farmer was asked why, he replied, "Russia has invaded Georgia, but they sure as hell had better stay out of Alabama." :)

I'll write more tomorrow, but right now I'm going to bed. I got more people coming up laughing about Daniel and the golf jokes, so here is another.

Daniel N. - "Do you think it's a sin to play on Sunday?"
Caddy - "The way you play, it's a sin on any day."

@BlutoBird... Hey Matt, tell the old folks hello and that they aren't too old to get on twitter.

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