I've already spoken with Vegas for the degenerates among us and I've been told the pre-show Hee-Haw o/u line is set at 3 after a measly showing of 2 Hee-Haws at Fenway 2. Live lines to come.
Just finished off way more food than anyone should eat from my favorite Chinese joint! What're y'all feasting on tonight?
Finishing up AHS Asylum before the show, first time seeing this. Man this show is faaaaacked up but so good
SET ONE COMMENTARY
Right out of left field with that call there Troy
Let's hope for a little yam in this one!
HOLY SHIT THIS ONE'S GONNA GO
This is absolutely looking like its gonna be one of those shows
Surprised this only the second Maze of the summer! I'm still hunting one with Lengthwise
That pinterest line makes me seriously consider taking a header off of a high ledge
Love Sample! Bit of a resurgence after being somewhat of a rarity the past couple of years
We're all in this together!
I love Fish's new trigger pad with the gong and triangle sooooo much
Oh fuck yeah let's get weird with this Gin dudes
SET TWO COMMENTARY
I'll be totally honest, I was at the debut of Soul Planet and absolutely despised this song at the time. That being said, it's grown on me more than any of the other new songs I think
Really cool beat Fish is playing there with the triplet on the hi-hat
Wider, Debut. Definitely digging this one so far. When they did that second transition in the Soul Planet jam I was wondering if they were moving to something composed but didn't recognize it. How lucky we are!
OH JESUS THAT WAS SMOOTH
Final Hurrah is another one that has really grown on me. The faceepluntintorokk sample has always driven me nuts cause I really enjoy the song portion but I think I can look past that going forward
Oh man this takes me right back to the lawn on that beautiful night in Camden. By far my favorite debut of the summer
You know how sometimes a song was just SCREAMING to be played...yeah now's one of those times
Loving the big Birds this summer!
Love to see some Rambo Big Red!!
Seems like the shows have been trending towards the longer side side this tour...me likey
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"Pride and Prejudice", February 19 - March 8This isn’t your grandmother’s Austen! Bold, surprising, boisterous, and timely, this Pride and Prejudice for a new era explores the absurdities and thrills of finding your perfect (or imperfect) match in life. The outspoken Lizzy Bennet is determined to never marry, despite mounting pressure from society. But can she resist love, especially when that vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aggravating Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn? Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent adaptation. Thu. 7:30 p.m., Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $17.50-$40. Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Rd. West Hartford, CT
39th Annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, February 20 - 23The colorful, fragrant show covers almost three acres with the 2020 theme, "Connecticut Springs into Earth Day, " with creative and practical ideas for house, apartment and condo dwellers alike. Highlights include: Over an acre of gardens in full bloom, created by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations, and include naturalistic, low maintenance, native, organic, herb and pollinator gardens. The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut's 2020 Advance Standard Flower Show: more than 12,000 square feet of a design, horticulture and photography competition with more than 500 judged entries, all with the "Spring into Connecticut" theme. Over 300 booths of displays, activities, and shopping. More than 80 hours of seminars. Thu. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $18, seniors (Thu. and Fri. only) $16, children (5-12) $5, under 5 free. Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT
Friday, February 21st, 2020:
39th Annual Southeastern Connecticut Home Show February 21 - 23Offers a diverse array of home products and services by local, state, and national vendors, presenting innovative and imaginative displays. Local crafts on display as well in a Home Show that combines high tech with hometown flair. Fri. 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.. Adults $10, seniors $8, children (12 and under) free. Earth Expo & Convention Center, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT
"Looped" February 21 - March 21Looped by Matthew Lombardo depicts an actual 1965 recording session in which an intoxicated Tallulah Bankhead, played by Kelly Boucher, required eight hours to dub a single line from her final movie Die! Die! My Darling! While antagonizing the film editor, Danny Miller, assigned to the job. Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m. $37, Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31 Webster Square Rd. Berlin, CT
"Daisies on Harlem's Doorstep", February 21 - 23The lights and glitter of the Harlem Renaissance attract an innocent young woman searching for her sister. Daisy finds herself with the help of four very different women. An award-winning play by Sharece M. Sellem. Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Adults $20; seniors, military, students $18; member $17. Donald L. Oat Theater at Norwich Arts Center, 62 Broadway, Norwich, CT
Atlantic Broadband Garde Cinema Series: "Us"Director: Jordan Peele Writer: Jordan Peele Stars: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss Studio: Universal Nominations: Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by Female Actor; Four Critics Choice Award nominations Awards: Critics Choice Award: Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie; New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Best Actress A mother and father take their kids for an idyllic summer getaway. Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. After spending a tense beach day with their friends, Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves. Rated R. Presented in association with the Black Engineering Council of Electric Boat. The 2020 Atlantic Broadband Garde Winter Cinema Series Pass brings you – for one package price – twenty or more critically acclaimed and Oscar and Golden Globe nominated films with state-of-the-art 4K digital projection and full surround sound. Passes can be used by other than the purchaser. Limited availability so buy today! 7:30 p.m $12; series pass $62. Garde Arts Center, 325 State St. New London, CT
Ice Cube, February 21Widely regarded as one of the most important figures in Rap history, Ice Cube began his career two decades ago with N.W.A — aka the World’s Most Dangerous Group. After penning some of the most memorable lyrics on N.W.A’s groundbreaking tracks “Straight Outta Compton” and “Fuck Tha Police,” Ice Cube broke away at the height of the group’s success. As he moved on to launch his solo career, his debut studio album AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (Priority, 1990) sold more than a million copies. A concept album about the fall and rise of the black man, Ice Cube’s solo sophomore effort Death Certificate (Priority, 1991) debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, eventually selling over two million copies. His impressive musical career also includes the multi-platinum success of his two-part album War & Peace, as well as the hit albums Lethal Injection, Bootlegs & B-Sides, The Predator, the gold-certified and independently released Laugh Now, Cry Later, Raw Footage, and I Am The West (a 2010 release that debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200 and proved to be one of the most successful independent releases in Hip Hop that year). 7:30 p.m. $29-$39, Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT
"Sex N' the City - A Musical Parody"This “Super” Unauthorized Musical Parody follows your favorite single gals looking for love in the big city. The show tackles serious questions like "will I ever find the one," "can you ever really be over your ex," and "for the third time, it’s a neck massager!" Come join Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha on a hilarious trip through New York in the 1990s. 8pm, $35-$40, Shubert Theatre, 247 College St. New Haven, CT
Fitz & the Tantrums, February 21There came a point, in the time following the release of HandClap, the biggest song of Fitz and the Tantrums’ career, when its ascent crossed the threshold of successful, zoomed past game-changer, to just plain, WTF?! The double-platinum, Top 5 smash, which racked up 1.5 billion streams in China alone, was synched on countless shows from American Idol to The Oscars. Fitz and the Tantrums were invited to perform for the masses on primetime television and such cultural institutions as Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and FOX’s Super Bowl preshow after “HandClap” become something of an unofficial theme song for the NFL. 8 p.m. $35-$55, Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Mashantucket, CT
"Constellations", February 21 - March 7How might the smallest change in our life dramatically alter its course? Playwright Nick Payne's brilliant love story explores Marianne and Roland relationship and all of its infinite possibilities. This exploration of love, science, heartbreak and hope raises the question, what is the difference between destiny and choice? Due to subject matter and language, this is not recommended for children. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. (March 1) 2 p.m, $20-$25, TheatreWorks New Milford, 5 Brookside Ave. New Milford, CT
Champions of Magic, February 21The five world-class illusionists that make up this mind-bending theatrical production are back on tour in 2020, following sell out shows across the globe, rave reviews and a run in London’s West End. Don’t miss this incredible show to entertain the entire family. With more than 30 million online views between them, this cast of top magicians includes international award-winners presenting incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions. Their skills have been seen on screen around the world with appearances on The CW’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us, NBC’s Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon, The Today Show and Access Hollywood Live. Champions Of Magic has been seen by tens of thousands around the world, now’s your chance to see why fans return to see one of the world’s biggest touring illusion shows time and time again. 8 p.m., $41-$76, Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Mashantucket, CT
Saturday, February 22nd, 2020:
Special Olympics Winter Games, February 22 - 23Powder Ridge is proud to host Special Olympics Connecticut 2020 Winter Games. Over 900 athletes of all abilities from across the state are expected to participate. Events are free and open to the public. Spectators are encouraged to attend. Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing, Figure Skating and Speed Skating, Unified Floor Hockey and Skills, & Gymnastics. Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., FREE, Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort, 99 Powder Hill Rd. Middlefield, CT
From the Heart Racing, February 22Join us for a Prize-Drawing Giveaway, 50/50, and fundraiser. All proceeds will help support causes such as school sports programs and diabetes relief. 1 p.m.-6 p.m., FREE, Witchdoctor Brewing, 168 Center St. Southington, CT
A Tribute to Cher and Lady Gaga, February 22Lisa Carter and Nicole Fuller bring the voices of Cher and Lady Gaga for a fantastic cabaret style tribute performance. 6 p.m., $55 (plus tax and service charge). Waters Edge Resort and Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd. Westbrook, CT
Disney's "Frozen Jr.", February 22 - 23The students of the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education will present the enchanting musical on the Warner's Main Stage! Based on the 2018 Broadway musical, Disney's Frozen Jr. brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all the memorable songs from the animated film. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen Jr. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and load with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen Jr. is sure to thaw event the coldest heart. Sat. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., $15, Warner Theatre, 68 Main Street, Torrington, CT
Sunday, February 23rd, 2020:
The Bolshoi Ballet in HD: "Swan Lake" February 23Prince Siegfried is summoned by his parents to choose a bride. However, he encounters a mysterious and magnetic swan-woman, Odette, by the lake and is captivated. His vow of eternal love to her will have irreversible consequences. Tchaikovsky’s essential masterpiece returns for a live broadcast of the most-beloved ballet in the classical canon. Technically challenging and filled with vibrant emotion, with a stunning and world-famous corps de ballet in perfect unison, the legendary love story between Prince Siegfried and the dual personalities Odette/Odile, born at the Bolshoi Theatre, is a must-see. 12:55 p.m., $15-$25., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Ridgefield, CT
"Pete the Cat", February 23Everyone’s favorite rockin’ blue cat takes the stage in this musical performance. When the unsuspecting Biddle family takes in the fantastic feline, Pete the Cat rocks the family’s world with his strumming and strutting. Everybody loves Pete the Cat, well, everyone except Jimmy, the planet’s most organized second-grader. That all changes, of course, when Pete the Cat takes Jimmy on a once-in-a-lifetime road trip. Based on the New York Times #1 best-selling children’s books by authors Kimberly and James Dean, Pete the Cat is also a popular animated series on Amazon Prime Video. A Theaterworks USA production. Recommended for ages 5 and up. 2 p.m. $18-$22, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Rd. Storrs, CT
Atlantic Broadband Garde Cinema Series: "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood", February 23Director: Marielle Heller, Writers: Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster, Stars: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper, Studio: Sony, Nominations: Oscar for Best Performance (Tom Hanks); One Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards; Two Critics Choice Awards, Lloyd Vogel is an investigative journalist who receives an assignment to profile Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers. He approaches the interview with skepticism, as he finds it hard to believe that anyone can have such a good nature. But Roger’s empathy, kindness and decency soon chips away at Vogel’s jaded outlook on life, forcing the reporter to reconcile with his own painful past. Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor. Rated PG. 3pm, $12, Garde Arts Center, 325 State St. New London, CT
A Cliff Notes Summary of the First One Out Interviews
If you haven't had time to listen to seven hours of podcast interviews, or you didn't retain everything you heard, here are some key points. I didn't think to do this until just now, so I'll be posting it as a work in progress and updating it throughout the afternoon. That way more people will have a chance to read up before the premiere. Karishma Patel, 37, Personal Injury Trial Lawyer, Houston, TX -First generation Indian-American Her mom was as a legal assistant, and got her a filing job at her law firm when she was 14. "I didn't have other options. I was basically told I was going to be a lawyer and I didn't disagree."She has watched every season and regularly listens to RHAP. She sits close to the TV to study the inflections on people's faces when something is said to them, so that she can think about what that means. But, her parents and husband don't share her enthusiasm for the show. Asked if it's her dark pleasure she says, "It is completely bright. It is a beautiful pleasure of mine, but it is mine and mine only. I haven't been able to find people to share it with." -Doing the show has caused her conflict. "Not only is it not expected, it's not allowed. It's kind of like being a disobedient Indian girl. You're not supposed to be doing this. What you're supposed to be doing is having babies. But I don't care. I'm a risk taker. I'm here to prove to myself that I don't need to listen to anybody else. I don't need permission from anybody else. This is my journey and I'm going to take it. I hope that people watching out there can see that an Indian woman's value does not come from doing what she's told." -She doesn't currently have children, and she says she has some decisions to make as she enters a crossroads and the next stage of her life. -Her law firm told her they'll replace her if they're able to find someone, and she can have her job back if they don't. "I didn't flinch." -Her strategy is to be non-threatening and play a social game. She doesn't look 37, and she wants to use that youthfulness to be disarming. She wants to build relationships other people believe in. She defines success by other people vouching for her loyalty when they go off and have private conversations with one another. "That means I got 'em, because it's actually the other way around." Asked if she wants to find someone she can trust, "I'm not going to be capable of it. I'm too skeptical for that. I overthink things, so I'm not going to be able to trust somebody the way I want to be trusted... If I do, that's the end of my game." My take: Oh my God. Poor Karishma. Her story hurts my heart. She reminds me so much of myself in her isolation, her defiance and her deep feelings. I worry that her fear of trusting people could get in the way of her forming genuine bonds. But, there's nothing she can do. Society has made her the way she is. I hope she gets a lot of screen time so she can be a star of her favorite show. Missy Byrd, 24, Military Veteran/App Developer, Tacoma, Washington -Originally from Georgia. Her family was 'decently poor.' She played basketball for the Air Force Academy because she thought it was her ticket out. -She had a brain tumor. She stopped menstruating for a year and two quarters. "I'm not dating anyone but I have breast milk. I'm a literal cow... I would look down and my shirt would be wet, and I thought, 'Dang you're clumsy. I knew you were clumsy, but you're clumsier today than you were yesterday. But it was - it was - uhh - milk." She had crying fits. She developed a stutter and couldn't look at people. Doctors told her she was just stressed. When her dad died she couldn't process emotions normally. She was about to go to the French version of the Air Force Academy, École de l'air, after graduation but because of her mental instability she was removed from school. The military shipped her to the same Air Force base as Sandra (Fort Lewis.) "I don't want to be there. Super sad. Check into the post office - fuck this. Check into the dorms - hate that." The doctor there found the tumor. She got an MRI and all weekend she believed she might have cancer. Over the next year and a half she eliminated the tumor and the symptoms using vitamins. She enlisted and worked logistics. -She made a list of the things she wanted to do now that she was going to live. "The first thing was go see Beyonce. Beyonce costs way too much money for a normal person to go see, but if you've just almost had a near death experience you go see Beyonce, bro!" She was feet away. She drove across the country. She tried weed. -She had an idea for an app, but didn't even have the computer literacy to use social media. She found a veteran's association and asked if she could intern. "They said, 'No, you should build this out yourself. We want to work for you.' I said, 'No, the fuck you don't. Okay, lemme call my grandma.'" She wrote a grant proposal and won a $1,500 office space in the center of Seattle. "Just to do whatever I want. It was like a laboratory for a child. I had Play-Dough up there. I had a white board... Just mind blowing shit when I could have been dead." -She'd seen every episode of Survivor at least three times. She started watching because her Air Force Academy basketball team was getting decimated, and she related to Foa Foa getting decimated in Survivor: Samoa. She added the show to her list. Josh suggests, "The bugs are eating you because they want some of that magic." -She isn't going to tell people her story until she's in the Final 3. "That's that Final 3 magic." She doesn't want to overly rely on strategy. She doesn't want to win individual challenges. She to build a social game and find ways to relate to everyone. My take: She's so full of exuberance. There's not a negative bone in her body right now. She's too young and her life experience is too necessarily limited to talk around three years of her life. If she shares her story, the beauty of her perspective will cause everyone to fall in love with her and want her to do well. If she doesn't, people will sense that she's hiding a lot. I think she'll figure that out and course correct within the first day. Since she was at the same Air Force base as Sandra and she was a massive fan, does that suggest she knows her? Ronnie Bardah, 35, Professional Poker Player, Henderson, Nevada-Born and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts, 20 minutes south of Boston. They were the only Israeli family in town. 50% of the people in Brockton were from Cape Verde, and he considers himself an "honorary Cape Verdian." A couple of his friends were shot and killed at a young age. -He was a good kid and had a good heart, but he was always hustling. In Junior High he was flipping Oatmeal Cakes and Fudge Rounds for a profit. Slinging baseball cards. Both his parents gambled. They were always at the dog tracks or Mohegan Sun. He had his friend make him a fake ID and got stuck with the name Alaja Jones. He went by Al and started playing the casinos. Quit his job at Sears Automotive to play poker full time.-He played Atlantic City, Vegas, then internationally. He had his first big score in 2010 when he took 24th place in the main event for $320,000. Got to keep $150,000 after taxes. "Poker's a hard way to make an easy living. Lots of people try. We risk every day. You have to get to a point when you can manage your bankroll and I've never gone broke in the 16 years I've played." -In one of the most viewed poker hands of all time, he was bluffed out of a million dollar pot by a supermodel on a poker TV show filmed in Monaco. "She made a sick play. She had no idea what she was doing but all the stars were aligned."-He watched Borneo when it aired and got back into it when fellow poker player Anna Khait was on. He calls Jean-Robert, "kinda a lazy guy...He's really good at befriending multi-millionaires." "Anna Khait... is probably the least poker player out of all of us. She played for a couple years." "And then Garrett - He's a very, very smart, smart kid... Self-made millionaire. One of the very, very few." -He only drank water for 7.5 days and lost 25 pounds for his health and to get an idea of the conditions of the show. He thinks he'll thrive in the survival situation. "People like being around me. I like to fucking bust balls and joke." He thinks old school alliances are a good plan, but you have to adapt. He says that like in poker, Survivor players can have every advantage, but they have to really smell it. -He wants Vince out. "There's an Asian Zeke in there. What value does he bring besides ruining people and getting in people's heads? He's a liability in challenges. He looks like a little corn puff. We gotta get him outta here. Sorry to sound so mean but it's the truth." My take: Ruuuuude. He has no way of knowing how other people on the cast are talking in their interviews, and may assume the trash talk is standard. If he were playing on some seasons it would be. But, in this particular season it sets him apart in an unflattering way, and it seems a part of the tough persona he's built up to escape a scary situation growing up and enter a fantasy career. We'll see whether his tribe thinks he's a straight talking character or a jerk. Tom Laidlaw, Former NHL Player, Brampton, Ontario, Canada -He was with the New York Rangers for 7 years and the LA Kings for 4. Now he has his own podcast, True Grit Life (truegritlife.com). Does it with a friend, Kevin Allen, who writes for USA Today. Does motivational speaking. -Growing up on a dairy farm outside Toronto there was a pond to water the cows. It froze over in the winters and he'd play hockey because there wasn't much else to do. Went to Northern Michigan University - four year hockey captain, ranked #1 team in the country. Drafted as a 20 year old. "My buddy had a horse farm. We were cleaning horse shit out of the stalls. There were no cell phones back then. This is 1978. My father got a call at our farm house from the New York Rangers at the draft. Back then nobody went to the draft - it was just teams. They said I'd been drafted in the sixth round. He calls the farm house where I'm working. They bring me up. He says, 'Son, you've been drafted by the Rangers.' I said, 'Great. What do I do now?' He says, 'Finish cleaning the shit out of the stalls.'" -When he played intimidation and fighting was strategy. There were guys tougher than him, but he could fight and he could also play. Problem was, he fought a guy once, and from then on the guy wanted to fight him over and over. -Jerry Bruckheimer, big hockey fan, called the NHL and wanted to get some players on the Amazing Race. Tom had kept himself in shape, he had his passport. They ended up asking him about Survivor. He'd watched it before but not for a while. He wasn't so sure he wanted to play a game where you hurt other people, but friends helped him get his head around it. He was very impressed by Christian's toughness in the endurance challenge. To prepare for the show he studied how he reacted to different situations, how to control his heart heart, etc. He wants the mental challenge. My take: Tom really ticked me off when he spoiled a couple of outcomes of this season. That's a betrayal of the producers, his cast and the viewers. But, if that hadn't happened I would like him. He's an easy-going, charming guy. His life experiences are a bit different than anyone else who's been on the show, which is what you want. Vince Moua, 27, Admissions Counselor, Merced, CA -His family is Hmong. His parents lived in Vietnam in the destruction left by the war - dead bodies, guns, people who wanted to kill them. They went to refugee camps in Thailand. Then his dad became a Montana farm hand. He met Vince's mom in the US, but she came from the same place. -Vince is from small town Merced, California - the 209. Few people he knew went anywhere but the UC system and community college. He went to Stanford, one of only 7-10 Hmong. He realized the significance someone can bring to people from the same community. He tried to be pre-med but realized "no, not today." The issues of access he cared about came well before people got to the hospital. He ended up going with education. His mom was a teacher, "But when I was growing up she said, 'Yo, if you become a teacher Imma disown yo ass.' To all of us. But, that's always kinda been my jam." -He lived in South Korea for five years. He taught English in a town. Then in Seoul ahed worked with low and middle income students who wanted to study outside of Korea. -He's a Survivor superfan, who even mentions on his Tinder account that he plans to be on Survivor. His parents were worried about him doing TV because he's not out as gay to his extended family. He comes from a clan where his dad is the "top dog" and Vince is "the next top dog." In the Asian American/Pacific Islander community when you come out, it's your family who faces - in a sense - dishonor. For a long time he distanced himself from his family, hoping they'd all be less hurt if they found out and disowned him. He always tried to find friends who would be there for him should his parents not be. A year ago his mom asked him rhetorically if he was gay. "I was try'n to go around it. I was like, 'Gurl, you don't wanna know! Yo ass keeps asking!' But she kept asking, asking. So finally I told her 'Yeah, I am!' and she was crying. My dad was like, 'Oh, my son!'" But, Vince is fine with who he is and wants to show kids like him that "let's hope that it gets better." Now his parents just want him to win. -He'd like to play an old school strategy but "I'm not afraid to cut a bitch." With the tribe he's going to be Homeboy Vince from the 209, but when he talks to the camera he's going to tell people "Don't underestimate your narratives." This past year with Crazy Rich Asians, he wants people to know that there are some Crazy Hood Ass Asians. My take: What a character. Vince has a clear point of view - Hmong, blue collar, gay - which is unique to him in Survivor lore. Even though double minorities have sometimes had trouble fitting in socially on Survivor I think somehow he's going to pull it off. As unlikely as this sounds I could even see him being a Cochran-esque winner. Aaron Meredith, 36, Personal Trainer, Warwick, Rhode Island -He's very keyed up at Ponderosa. Rambling so fast it sounds like you're listening to 1.5x. He's read four books so far - Relentless by Tim Grover, Can't Hurt Me by Dave Goggins, Iron Cowboy by James Lawrence, Harry Potter. -He was an engineer at a building insulation plant. He was miserable, too antsy sitting at a desk. Couldn't focus. So, he drove up and down the East Coast popping kettle corn - from Maine to Florida - traveling with carnies. Bartended for a while. He'd played college football and baseball, lifted since high school, and he and his friends wanted to get "huge and jacked and ripped." The owner of the gym suggested he become a personal trainer. He ended up working mostly with middle aged women and it taught him empathy. Now he owns two women's-only fitness studios. He puts supportive women around one another and offers them the positivity to seek self-growth. -He's also a party boat emcee. Lights, DJ, bar, drinks. He's an extremely social person. -He'd first applied at 23 - 6 or 7 times over the years. He was in the mix for Cook Islands and David vs. Goliath. -He's been married 7 years and has a 5 year old son. His son is a huge fan of Survivor. Libby Vincek is his favorite player. Kara Kay was his next favorite. Aaron is already sure Molly will be his son's favorite. "He has a type. He He likes the attractive blondes. He says, 'I like them because they have a nice face.' I like mommy because she has a nice face too." The boy was very concerned about his dad going on the show. He said, "Dad, I don't want anyone to laugh at you and make fun of you." Aaron said he wanted to win. His son said, "But you might not win." When they watch the show he'll always ask, "Do they like him? Do they like her?" If Aaron is portrayed in a negative light he'll have to sit down with his son and talk. He doesn't want to play a deceitful game, but he will, because he doesn't care how he's portrayed. My take: His story about his son is one of my favorites from all these interviews. I hope he gets to work with Molly. His adrenaline is too high. I hope he calms down a lot when the game starts. But, someone so social and sweet hearted who can win challenges and take themselves to the end has got to be a contender to win. Chelsea Walker, 27, Digital Content Editor, Los Angeles, CA -Chelsea just took the cast photo and they put her in the third spot from the bottom, a good omen because a weird number of winners have been in that position. "Your girl's number three. I got this!" -She's a Jersey girl. She went to the University of Maryland. "I didn't do Survivor: Maryland or anything." She studied Broadcast Journalism. She knew the generic emails for NBC Universal and emailed random people until someone replied. Now she's been in LA a year. She did coverage of award shows. Now she works at IMDB, where she helps Kevin Smith with his show. She just interviewed people at SXSW. -She's been watching Survivor since she was 8. She's cried in every interview because this means so much to her. She's trying to explain that at the point she starts crying again. "It's been such a dream of mine and To be told no year after year after year - these past six years have been a total mindfuck. I've basically been called every single year. I've been to finals three times. Survivor is my one true love, but the one year they didn't call me I got really pissed off so I tried out for Big Brother. I ended up becoming the alternate and got my key being filmed and all of that crap. But I don't like that show anyway." -In September 2017 she was at a WeHo bar for her friend's birthday when, "Oh shit that's Jeff Probst." Her girlfriends all know she's obsessed, so she pulled the waiter over and asked what that guy was drinking. So, Chelsea sent another one over. "I told my friends, 'Take my credit card. Split the bill, because I can't come back after I do this. As soon as the waiter drops off the drink I'm like, 'Jeff, this one's on me. You can buy me the next one at finals.' And I just walked out of the restaurant... That was a big move!" They didn't call her again that year, but Jeff still remembered when they talked this year. -She's been working out at four different gyms - weights, pilates, yoga. Push ups. Memorized puzzles. Reading How to Win Friends and Influence People, which she keeps in.a Bible sleeve so people will think she's religious. She also carries Harry Potter because she would trust someone who read HP. She wants to keep it cool. Make one on one connections. Eventually find idols - and not tell anyone she has one - and make calculated moves. "I don't want to be a Jacob. No offense." My take: Hearing this girl cry from joy because she's so happy to be on the show makes me emotional. She's a real go getter. I wish I were that damn fearless. Truly, I wish I were more like her. I hope her pure zest for life comes across on TV and she doesn't get stuck with a purple edit just because of her age and gender. I also hope no one decides to get threatened by her as a competitive girl and vote her off premerge. I think she'll go far. Hope so. Dean Kowalski, 28, Account Executive, New York, New York -Referring to himself in the third person, "Dean is 28 years old. As we mentioned, he lives in New York and he prides himself on being a well rounded person when it comes to interests, abilities, personalities... If I'm listening to Drake and Lil Wayne, I gotta go home and cry to This Is Us.. I can play basketball but also think about our place in the universe." He likes to tag basketball courts with a peace symbol with a ball on it which he makes using a stencil. -He structures most of his interview with Josh around an Outwit, Outplay, Outlast format, explaining why he excels at each. -He grew up in an affluent suburb. His dream was to play in the NBA. He was 5"9 3/4, so he set his eyes on college basketball as a realistic alternative. In order to get looks from colleges he went to a school 30 minutes away - top five in the country, Nike would fly them around for games and give them free Jordan sneakers. He was one of only 4 white guys in the whole school and the only one on the team. He played with Kyrie Irving, the #1 overall draft pick. "My friend said you look like the Make a Wish Kid who just wants to be on the team for a day." He played at Colombia University, where he was co-captain his senior year despite averaging two minutes a game. He became a teacher, then did sales for a tech startup in New York. He now sells ads for Google. -He's a fan, but far from a superfan. He started watching Brenda's season. (He thinks it was Nicaragua, but it was actually Carmoan.) He works with a superfan who freaked out when they had a meeting at H&R Block with Carolyn Rivera and they went out to Bourbon Street with her. He kept watching for five years and thought he could do well. He hates when people are all talk, so he sent in a tape. For the video he interviewed random strangers on the street, who had never met him or seen the show, and asked them, "Why am I going to win it?" A barber, a construction worker. He's going to tell people he's in marketing, not sales - people have sales. My take: I'm just not that into him. Elaine Stott, 41, Factory Worker, Rockholds, NY -When Josh asks her not to touch the table she asks him, "You seen that Bart Simpson commercial, right? Don't touch my Butterfinger? I'm already hungry thinking about it." -"I had a pretty rough way to go growing up." Her single dad raised her and her three brothers. She was the youngest. "I was raised like one of the boys. Know what I mean? Daddy didn't know how to raise no little girl." He worked 16-17 hour days. The kids raised themselves. "When little children make their own decisions, they make poor ones." She was a hellion. -She's originally from Woodbine, Kentucky, Nick Wilson's hometown. Her god sister went to school with him and she knows him through the grapevine. "We rode on different sides of the track. 20 years ago he coulda been my lawyer, because I was on the other side of the law. I'm not bad. I've just done some things." Public intoxication several times. "I come from a dry county. It's like Footloose. We cross the state line to get a beer and when you come back you're in trouble." She stole a newspaper stand once and had to do community service. "I was a little bit mean." -She went to live with her grandpa and cleaned her act up, by which she means that she started smoking a little weed and playing sports - basketball, softball, track. She played softball and judo in college. "I couldn't do nothing real technical. We had Brazilians on the team who could do flying arm bars. But if I got these claws on you and got ya on the ground I'd waller you to death." In casting she put this guy Will in an armbar. She was gonna choke him but didn't know if she should. -When she graduated, her girlfriend was a college Freshman so she went to all the same parties and ballgames for four years. Then she realized she needed a job. Now she drives a Ford truck for a factory. She's been there 15 years. She works 12 hours, 7 days a week. -Growing up her mom "was always in my life in some sense. She'd never miss a birthday. She'd be homeless, but she'd still call." Elaine and her brothers bought her cars, and places to live, and got her jobs. "In a sense I've been mourning the loss of my mom my whole life." Once Elaine was homeless herself and there was snow on the ground. It was cold, and her teacher took her in. Gave her Christmas presents. Made her go to prom. Survivor was a thing they shared, and the teacher was gonna be Elaine's loved one. But within a one year period the woman lost her daughter, her husband, her dog and then had a stroke. Now "she walks like Frankenstein" and can't go. Elaine got Probst to talk to her, and she can't wait to watch. In October Elaine's biological mom went into a coma. She was on life support, but Elaine wouldn't unplug her. Her mom came out of it and seemed to be doing a lot better only to die very suddenly of a heart attack. -Her girlfriend and her girlfriend's two sons are gonna be watching. The 18 year old doesn't know because he can't keep a secret. The 13 year old helped her lose 20 pounds doing crossfit to come out here. She wants the money, but she really wants "some of that soul searching, that life adventure, that life changing - some of that. You know what I mean? Gimme some of that soup! Lemme eat some of that up! I want this show to build me up, because I feel like it can. I sure hope to hell it don't tear me down." My take: About 12 sobbing emojis in a row. She's my favorite. If she gets voted out premerge I'm going to go into mourning. And how can you not sort of expect that? I am going to be so upset if they just dismiss her because she's older and looks out of shape and sounds country. If that happens, I want another Second Chance season next year. Elizabeth Biesel, 26, Olympic swimmer, South Kingstown, Rhode Island -Josh says that Elizabeth was outright identified by one of the other contestants because they'd been watching YouTube videos about how to be a better swimmer. Others guessed she was an Olympian based on her rings tattoo. -She's from the Ocean State. They lived a block away from the beach, so they wanted her to take swimming lessons. She was a rambunctious child and swimming was the only way they could calm her energy. She started breaking records when she was 7 or 8. When she was 13 she made her first national team. At 15 she went to the Olympics. She got good early. Women peak around 22-23, and she ended her career at 24. You couldn't make much money doing it. She swam one of the longer, more grueling races, and her body said "no more." She listened to her body and retired. Some athletes lose their love for swimming because they're embittered by losing by 1/100th of a second, or they leave injured. She left on a good note. Still, if she could swim competitively for the rest of her life, she would. Now she doesn't know who she is or what she's going to do with the rest of her life. Every hour of the day used to have a purpose. Now her days are wide open. She can't keep eating 5,000 calories a day. "It's sort of like I'm mourning the death of Elizabeth Biesel the swimmer." -She was a Survivor fan as a kid because Richard Hatch was from Rhode Island. In her area "Every single household that had a television set was watching Survivor." When they asked her if she'd do the show, she felt pure joy. She said absolutely right away. She's excited about the competition of Survivor. No heated Olympic pools. You're stripped down to your core. She's amazed by the scope of the production apparatus. She's not a schemer. She wants to be a challenge beast - not the best woman but the best overall. She'd love to have a Wendell and Dom relationship with another woman. But, she wants to avoid the drama as long as she can. My take: Could Chelsea be Wendell to her Dom? She's so wholesome. She's just so "Olympics." I love her and everything she represents. I'd love to see her rocket through the swimming competitions, lapping everyone else. Go Elizabeth.
Should I feel bad about working at a racetrack while being a vegan?
I work as a camera operator for harness races at one of Mohegan Sun’s casinos in Pennsylvania. Of course yesterday was derby day and there were thousands of people betting on horse races. The races that I film are harness races which, while debatably are easier on the horses, still treat these animals as commodities and not as living beings. The job was offered to me by one of my professors and I took it since it was part of my internship before I graduate. My initial plan is to only be there for a few months and then maybe get a job at my local news station. Thankfully I may have some luck in there since my brother in law works as the producer there. So what do you think? Should I feel bad about this or should I just gut it out and work on it until the end? There’s other people that work there that don’t attend or bet on horse races because of how the animals are treated and I feel like them too. I generally like most of the people I work with and it’s super easy work even though it only pays minimum wage.
Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias: Friday, April 20, The Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St, Stamford, 8:00PM, $51.30-127, - Iglesias is one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians performing to sold-out concerts around the world. He is also one of the most watched comedians on YouTube with over 300,000,000 views. The comedian has also had the distinct honor of being one of the few to headline and sell-out Madison Square Garden and The Microsoft Theater. Celebrating 20 years in standup comedy, Iglesias is currently on the new world tour, FluffyMania World Tour: 20 Years of Comedy.
Smokin' Hops Brewfest: Friday, April 20, The Great Hall, Union Station, 1 Union Place, Hartford, 6:00PM-10:00PM, $46, - Ticket Includes: Smokin' Hops Brewfest Commemorative Tasting glass, Tasting of 40+ Beers from 12 Local Breweries, Tasting of an exclusive small batch collaborative beer brewed for the festival by Still Hill Brewery!, Live Music
George Lopez: The Wall Tour: Friday, April 20, Grand Theater, Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, 8:00PM, $45-55, - For two seasons, Lopez hosted Lopez Tonight, a late-night television talk show on BS, which represented Lopez's return to series television after co-creating, writing, producing and starring in Warner Bros. Television groundbreaking hit sitcom George Lopez, which ran for six seasons on ABC. George Lopez remains a hit with viewers in syndication on both broadcast stations and cable's Nick at Nite, ranking as one of the top-rated shows on the network and among the top five comedies and top 20 weekly programs in syndication.
CARL PALMER'S - EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER LEGACY: Friday, April 20, Infinity Hall, 32 Front St, Hartford, 8:30PM, $44-59, - Carl Palmer (Drummer) of Emerson, Lake & Palmer is taking the show on the road to pay special tribute on continue the legacy of his band mates and friends, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake. In this special show he covers the catalog of ELP mega hits with some fun new takes on some of the songs as well.
Jay Mohr (April 20-21): Comix @ Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Various times, $30-65, - Comedian, actor, radio host and best-selling author, Jay Mohr has been performing stand-up comedy since he was sixteen years old. With a career that has spanned over three decades, Jay has become an artist that is very difficult to define. Never wanting to rest on his accomplishments, Jay has always pushed himself to be more than just a comic. After landing his dream job of Saturday Night Live, it appeared as though Jay had reached the height of comedic success.
Saturday, April 21st:
Day out with Thomas Big Adventures Tour (April 21-May 6): Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, 15 Plains Rd., Essex, 9:00AM-5:15PM, (departures every 45 min, ride is only 25 min), $21-25, - After meeting Thomas, guests will also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor, and Percy the Small Green Engine! But wait, there’s more! Included in your ticket price, you and your little ones have access to unlimited rides on 5 carnival rides, face painting featuring Day Out With Thomas characters, Isle of Sodor storytelling, a special Thomas the Tank Engine video theater & magic show, and Thomas the Tank Engine play areas! PLUS, Caboose the Clown will be joining us and creating colorful balloon characters, while Sunny Train presents her beloved music show!
Stamford Symphony presents Tchaikovsky & Saint-Saëns, - Guest Maestro Rei Hotoda (April 21-22): The Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford, $25-76, - The Stamford Symphony aspires to build a lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of classical music among all populations of Fairfield County. It fulfills this mission through passionate, professional performances of the highest caliber, diverse and innovative programming, and inspiring educational initiatives. The orchestra is an ensemble of professional musicians from the tri-state area.
BARCADE - Bring your Kids! (April 21-22): 56 Orange Street, New Haven, 12:00PM-5:00PM, FREE, - Our first Family Weekend in Connecticut was such a success that we’ve decided to do it again! Now that spring is here, bring your kids to Barcade New Haven on Saturday, April 21 AND Sunday, April 22, from 12-5PM! From Dig Dug to Rampage, show the next generation of gamers the classics that you grew up with! We’ll also have a special Kids Menu both days.
Bubble Guppies Live: Saturday, April 21, Oakdale Theater, 95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford, 2:00PM, $24-34, - Put on your water-wings and jump into a swimsational adventure! The Bubble Guppies are getting ready to rock n roll with some totally fin-tastic tunes, but when a special band member goes missing, the show cannot go on! With a little help from Mr. Grouper and giggly little fish, Molly, Gil, and the gang embark on an adventure as they search every corner of their underwater world for their missing friend! Including a wave of playful characters, energetic song and dance and theatrical magic, Nickelodeon's Bubble Guppies Live! Ready to Rock will have kids, parents and grandparents singing and dancing along with this rockin interactive show!
Wanda Sykes: Saturday, April 21, Grand Theater, Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, 8:00PM, $25-48, - Wanda Sykes has been called “one of the funniest stand-up comics” by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America. Her smart-witted stand up has sent her career in many different areas.
Dane Cook: Saturday, April 21, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, 8:00PM, $19-59, - Dane Cook has maintained his reputation as one of today's most prolific stand-up comedians, while simultaneously distinguishing himself as a charismatic and versatile actor in a variety of film and television projects.
First day of National Park Week: Saturday, April 21, - Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2018:
Sunday, April 22nd:
Brass City Comic Con: Sunday, April 22, Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Pkwy, Waterbury, 10:00AM-5:00PM, $5, - Waterbury, CT is the birthplace of the comic book, so it stands to reason that there should be a comic con there! Meet creators from several different publishers, buy their comics and have them signed...better yet, buy a print or an original sketch! Meet some of your favorite comic characters, or become one and join the cosplay (yep, there’ll be a contest)! And of course, the gaming you love is back, courtesy of Brass City Gaming.
2018 Stars on Ice: Sunday, April 22, XL Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, 4:00PM, $35-135, - Every four years, the Winter Olympics give us a chance to revel in the performances of our favorite athletes, as well as celebrate any medals they might have won. The U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team delivered against tough opposition winning a Bronze medal in the team competition, while Maia & Alex Shibutani, the brother-sister two-time National Ice Dance Champions and three-time World medalists also took home an Ice Dance Olympic Bronze. Despite narrowly missing out on the podium, two-time National Champion Nathan Chen delivered one of the Olympics greatest single performances with his record-breaking free skate that featured SIX quadruple jumps! Those Olympic memories will be at the epicenter of the 2018 Stars on Ice tour that will feature many of the skaters who medaled for the U.S. in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Gluten-Free CT 2018 Spring Expo: Sunday, April 22, 11:00AM-4:00PM, $5-15, - 70 vendors, 4 food trucks, Nut-free area, Speakers & Food demo, Allergy testing onsite, Local vendors & national brands
Dweezil Zappa: Sunday, April 22. $60-188, 8:00PM, Infinity Hall, Hartford, - Legendary rock guitarist, pusher of musical boundaries, and of course son of the famed guitar improv wizard Frank……Dweezil Zappa is coming to join us for a night of some serious ground breaking tunes a Sunday night this April. We couldn’t be more excited to bring in Dweezil for his Infinity Hall debut, so come out and join us for this one of a kind show. Both seats and standing are available, for those who like to get up and dance it out, and those who enjoy the mind bending solos whilst grounded to this earth. Grab tickets now, and join us for this ride, before they are all gone.
TL;DR - I'm putting this at the top. If you have questions, you can read the extremely long post I wrote out, or you can ask in the comments. Buy in for $500. Leave as soon as I hit $500 profit, or I lose the original $500 buy in. $5 on the Don't Pass line. (Darkside Player) If the point is... 6 or 8, I lay $60. Pays 5:6 5 or 9, I lay $75. Pays 2:3 4 or 10, I lay $100. Pays 1:2 For each of these bets, if a 7 is rolled, I win $50 from my odds bet, and $5 from my original DP bet for a total of $55. Notice I lay more money to win less. That's how the darkside works. Never put any bets in the center of the table (Hardways, any craps, C&E, Horn bets). Never. They are the worst bets in the casino...not even just on the craps table. Also, no field bets. And no hedge bets. Hedging your bets is a losing proposition. You either don't win, or you lose a lot. It's a grind. And I bet a lot of money to win a little, but the %'s are in my favor, and if you stick to this, and learn to throw the dice, you can win a little bit over a long amount of time. There are more bets I make as I go, but this is the basics, and I stick to this the entire time. In the last 4 sessions I've played, I am up about $2450... however lifetime in craps I'm still very much in the red. Warning... Long read. Sorry, I got on a couple of tangents. I hope it helps someone out there though! I've been playing craps on and off for over 10 years. Never seriously, and never fully understanding the rules, the pay outs, the odds, etc. I also flopped back and forth in the betting strategies I used... and mostly because I just tried to copy what someone else was doing - and usually I'd end up with horrible results. Recently I started researching and reading a lot more about the game. Specifically the odds and payouts. When you understand the odds of the dice, the payouts, and the difference between place bets, and odds bets, you get a MUCH better understanding of the game and what bets are the best to make in the house, and why. To be clear, if you only play the "best bets" on the table, two things will happen. 1 - You will be very bored. 2 - You still lose money in the long run. That's just the nature of the game. That's why casinos are still in business. The only way to have a chance at beating the casino, is to learn how to control the dice, and to only make bets that lower the house edge (i.e. placing/laying max odds). The first step is learning what bets to make, for how much, and why. As far as controlling the dice/setting the dice... there are a handful of people who claim to be expert dice shooters, and claim to make a living doing it. There have been a couple of books written and there are videos on youtube you can watch, and there are "dice control" classes you can take which will cost you thousands of dollars. Most people think this is impossible. And they wouldn't be crazy to think this. The table is designed with those small pyramid shaped rubber backings so that when the dice hit the wall (which they have to, or you get yelled at by the dealers), the dice randomly bounce in multiple directions, completely negating your special "dice setting". The more the dice bounce, the more it becomes randomized. And the casino wants random rolls... its how they win. The casino also doesn't care if you "set the dice" or think you're a controlled shooter, because they don't think it's possible, and they have billions of dollars in winnings to show that craps is a losing proposition for players. So as long as you don't take more than 10 seconds to set the dice before each throw, they won't care. I happen to think controlling/setting the dice does make a difference. I also think it takes a LOT of practice in how you set the dice, how you hold the dice, how you release the dice, how the dice bounce on the table, then hit the back wall. Its just like anything physical... the more you do it, the better you get at it. But you have to pay close attention to detail, and try to be precise on every throw. And even if you are... you are still only at a SLIGHT advantage to win. I'm not going to go into anymore detail on this. If you want to discuss it, we can. Craps is not a game you're going to win a lot of money at in a short amount of time. The swings are tremendous. You can go from $500 to $5,000 to $0 in a matter of minutes. The key is consistency, and bankroll management. I have kept track of all of my gambling winnings/losings since I was in college. I've been a poker player for longer than I can remember, so keeping track was always important to me. When it comes to craps, I am an overall loser. I am very much in the red. This is over about a decade of playing craps in casinos from Vegas to Mohegan Sun and everything in between. However, since last October, I have been on a winning streak. I'm still very negative, but I've been slowly getting closer to even. And it has to do with 2 things... the bets I'm making, and how I set/throw the dice. Here's what I do. I always try to find $5 tables. $10 if I can't find any 5's, but nothing higher than that. My bankroll just can't support it. My buy in is $500. I always stand either immediately to the left or to the right of the stickman. This is the best spot on the table for consistent throwing of the dice. If I can't stand in those spots... I don't play. As soon as I hit $500, I leave the table. No questions. Doesn't matter if I've been standing there for 10 minutes. My goal is to win $500. By doing this, I limit the crazy swings that will inevitably happen. I didn't do this twice. One time I won $1300, the other time I lost it all back and only won $120. See what I mean? Swings. They suck. When you hit your goal... LEAVE! Also... if I lose my $500 buy in... I'm done. no going to the ATM. I don't even bring my ATM cards or extra cash with me. If I can't do it with $500, it's not happening. This helps limit how much I can lose per session. I learned that the hard way in Vegas last year. Kept chasing my losses, and ended up losing almost $3k in a couple of sessions. Ok, strategy. I am a "Darkside" player. I play the Don'ts. People at the table hate me. The dealers think its hilarious, and they like me cause I tip. And cause I know the rules and how to bet. It makes their jobs easier. My first bet is $5 on the Don't Pass line. If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11, I lose. If he/she rolls a 2 or 3 I win, if he rolls a 12 I push. This is the worst bet I'll make because I'm at an EXTREME disadvantage here. However, it's just $5, and I'm happy to lose this bet. Why? Because when a point is rolled, I now have the best advantage possible. The don't pass odds are the best bet on the craps table. Even better than the pass odds. Here is where I make my money. Important to understand when laying odds on the darkside... is you have to put more money on the table to win less. I'll explain below. For each example, we will assume the max odds are 10X (cause that's what they are at the casinos I play at now). The higher the max odds, the less advantage the house has over you. If you go to a table and see 2X odds... RUN! the least you should be doing are 3X4X5X odds. If you find a table with 100X odds... well, I hope you have the bankroll for it. If the point is... 6 or 8, I lay $60. Pays 5:6 (notice... opposite of what the pass line pays. You pay more to win less). 5 or 9, I lay $75. Pays 2:3 4 or 10, I lay $100. Pays 1:2 For each of these bets, if a 7 is rolled, I win $50 from my odds bet, and $5 from my original DP bet for a total of $55. Max odds are calculated by the most money you can WIN. So 10X a $5 bet is $50. That's the most I can win on my odds bet. So in order to win $50, I can lay whatever amount pays out $50. For a 6 or 8, it pays 2:3, so I can lay $60 to win $50. For 5 or 9 it's 2:3, so I can lay $75, and for 4 or 10, its 1:2, so I can lay $100. To be honest, I really only lay max odds when a 4 or 10 is the point when other people are shooting. Even though they roll random, I still like to be the one in control when I'm putting my money out there. Plus, usually when I've been playing the DP for a little while, people get pissed and leave, and I have the table to myself. When I roll, I play max odds on every point number. I set the dice a very particular way for come out rolls, and for whatever the point number is. As the session goes, I take note of what numbers I tend to throw. I usually have patterns. Two nights ago, I was throwing a TON of 5's and 9's... so I stayed away from 5 and 9 Don't Come bets. As I start to build up my winnings, I'll begin placing a $5 bet in the Don't Come bar. The best part of this bet, is that unlike the Come bet, you don't have to put the bet up on the number. So if I roll a 6, my Don't Come bet doesn't have to go on the 6. I just tell the dealer NO ACTION, and it can either stay in the Don't Come box, or I can take the bet down entirely. This is actually a good thing for the house because they don't want you laying odds on the don't come bets... because it's a good bet. So they gladly let you take it down. For me, like I said, I try to notice trends in how I'm throwing that night. Two nights ago, I didn't throw a single 10 when the point was established. So I started laying money on the 10... or if the point was a 10, I would put a $5 don't come bet, hope to hit a 4, then hit a 7. If that happens, I win 2 or 3 bets. The beauty of the Don't Come bets, is that you only lose one bet at a time... so it makes it much harder to go broke all at once. You often see when a point gets established, people throw out 100's of dollars into the box numbers... and then the shooter 7's out. You lose ALL those bets in one roll of the dice. If I have a don't come bet with max odds on the 4, the 10, and my DP bet with max odds on the DP line... There is no way I can lose all 3 bets in one roll of the dice. The shooter would have to hit a 4, a 10, and then the point without 7'ing out for me to lose all the bets. That just doesn't happen all that often. So even though you're betting more money to win less, your money stays on the table longer. I never make any bets in the middle of the table. Never. no hard ways, no fire bets, no C&E, no craps bets, and no horn bets. Ever. SOMETIMES I will play the field, even though it's not a good bet. But sometimes you get bored by just doing the DP bet. But I limit it to 2 losses. If I lose twice in a row, I stop making the bet. When other people are shooting, I give each shooter 2 chances to 7 out. If they keep hitting the point, I stop betting against them and wait for the next shooter. I'm happy to discuss any of this if you want to.
This is the sixth of my “Missing in Connecticut Series.” I will be introducing you to the missing people of Connecticut every Wednesday (according to this list on CharleyProject: http://www.charleyproject.org/geo/eastern.html ). Please see my history for the previous submissions and share your thoughts about this case below! Kevin John Belknap was born on May 24, 1950. He was 5’10 and between 185 and 190 pounds. He was white. His brown hair was going gray. Some sources state he had brown eyes, others state they were hazel. The only identification information on file in this case is dental records. Kevin was a blackjack dealer at Foxwoods Resort Casino. The casino is located on the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Reservation. 25% of the casino’s revenue goes to the state; as of 2007 that amounted to $200 million. Foxwoods is much more than a casino - it also has hotels, fine dining, and shopping. There is another popular casino nearby, Mohegan Sun. If this sounds like an advertisement, I’ll admit that I am one of the many people who enjoys going occasionally (although I am in no way affiliated!). The Pequot Museum is nearby, it’s the largest Native American museum in the world, and it rocks. If you are ever in the area, you should definitely check the area out! 83 current or past employees rated Foxwoods on GlassDoor and gave it a 2.9 out of 5 for overall work environment. One common complaint listed is that there is not a lot of upward mobility at the casino and that tribal members are preferred for positions over other people. Was Kevin unhappy with his job? Kevin had just gotten off of work on April 8, 2001. He was last seen at his residence at 20 Cutler Street in Stonington, Connecticut at 5:00 pm that day. The house can be seen here to give context to his case: http://bit.ly/2deWNJT. Stonington is a small coastal tone. It serves as the backdrop to the 2012 film Hope Springs if you are interested in getting a visual of the area! Kevin has never been seen or heard from again. His wife reported him missing four days later on April 12, 2001. What was the state of Kevin’s marriage like? Was there some marital unhappiness? Why did she take so long to report the man as missing? Or, was it that he ‘disappeared’ often? Or did the police give her difficulty in reporting him missing? (Some jurisdictions seem to make people wait for long periods before making official reports.) His blue 1998 Buick LeSabre was later found abandoned in the vicinity of Watch Hill in Rhode Island. According to google maps, this trip would take about 12 to 20 minutes during 5:00 traffic on a weekday (this assumes that he left right after he was supposedly last seen.) Watch Hill is an exclusive, wealthy coastal village located in Westerly, Rhode Island. The village is filled with sprawling Victorian-style cottages which may look modest, but are extremely expensive. Taylor Swift, Conan O’Brien, Henry Ford (of Ford Motors,) and Clark Gable are only some of the town’s past and present residents. Kevin’s car was unlocked and his work uniform was left in it. There was no other sign of him at the scene. A search was conducted of the surrounding land and sea but nothing was located. Bolleswoods commented stating that despite the wealth of the area, the beaches are public. Due to the fact that it was April, they may not have been populated heavily at the time. This is especially true when you consider the fact that it was cold and windy on the day he went missing (thanks deeperintomovies for looking it up.) She states that one beach in particular, Napatree Point is long and isolated. It has an abandoned fort from the 1900s with underground tunnels. She posits that if Kevin wanted to take his life, it may have been a good place to do so. Did Kevin run away from an unhappy life? Did he have a mental break which prompted his leaving? Did he take his own life? Did Kevin’s disappearance have to do with his job at the casino? Did he anger a wealthy client and get lured back to Watch Hill to face the consequences? If that was the case, why was his uniform located in his car? Why was there no other evidence? Could a murderer’s financial or social status make it easier to do away with a body? Does Watch Hill keep secrets for its residents? Hopefully this secret will be leaked someday. http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/b/belknap_kevin.html Bolleswoods commented that [s]he used to live in Stonington and has family and friends who still do. According to their dad community belief is that Kevin ran away from a girlfriend and is no longer considered missing. He is still listed as actively missing on some sites including the Charleyproject (hence my post,) NamUs, etc. I am not sure how frequently the sites are updated, though. Perhaps that is the informal, popular belief and police haven't found evidence so they have to keep the case open.
My success story, and the importance of patience and persistence
I wanted to share this story with you guys because I often see posts on here where young people ask if audio engineering is a viable career choice. As we all know, audio engineering is one of those fields that everybody and their mother wants to do, but the job market is extremely narrow compared to the amount of people who go to school for it and try to get into it. I've seen so many people get discouraged very quickly and easily, and dismiss this field as not realistic and they move onto something else. Well I just hit a major milestone in my career (at 33 years old) and it had nothing to do with luck and everything to do with me and my choices alone. First of all I went to a four year music school and majored in music production and technology. A lot of people say that a degree is meaningless in this industry but I personally disagree. Am I still swimming in a sea of debt? Yes, but I don't care. I wouldn't trade in my experiences at school for the world. It shaped who I am today. Also that little piece of paper does matter to potential employees. At the end of the day it's about your skill level and work ethic, but if a studio is receiving stacks and stacks of resumes (which they do) they will never contact everyone. So the ones with a little degree attached do stand out over the others. Of course the rest is up to you. When I got out of college I started interning at a few different recording studios in Connecticut (where I grew up). I was a good boy and kept my mouth shut for the most part and got people their coffee. Eventually I got friendly with the chief engineer and over time I was allowed to run some sessions there. Not nearly enough to make a living though. Then I got a job doing live sound and general stagehand stuff at the Mohegan Sun Casino. There would have been great job security there and I could have made a whole career out of that but there wasn't all that much room to do anything great and really make a name for myself. At this point I was in my mid twenties and having a so-called "quarter life crisis" and I decided to drop everything like that, pack my car, and move to Los Angeles. I had one friend out there.. that was it. I knew nothing of the industry out there. I just thought maybe I could look into sound for TV and film. I did not go to school for film though and knew absolutely nothing about the process. So I get to LA and start by living on my friends couch for 4 months. During those 4 months I put together a resume and sent it EVERYWHERE I possibly could. Email, regular mail, and walking directly into facilities. I put an insane amount of work into finding something and was getting nothing. I was starting to get worried I made a bad choice but I kept on keeping on as they say. Finally when I was about to run out of money I stumble upon a craigslist ad (not randomly stumble by luck, but because I was combing through those fucking ads day in day out like my life depended on it). I see an ad "post-production facility for major network TV shows seeks 'audio scheduler'." I looked up the place and I find that they do full post production sound services (editorial, ADR, Foley, and final mix) for several popular TV shows. I went for the interview and at first they told me that the position probably wasn't for me because they knew I wanted to be doing sound and they really needed somebody long term for that position. It was a very demanding administrative position and they needed somebody who would learn that job and stick around for a while. I said "That's totally fine by me, I'm just happy to be in LA and have a job working in the entertainment industry." So I took this desk job and I ended up doing it for 4 years. The job was a fucking nightmare. But I stuck with it because prior to this job I didn't know the first thing about TV post production. So during these four years I got very friendly with all the guys and girls in the sound department. I sat in on sessions when I could, I hung out with them after hours, and soaked in every little piece of information I could. I absolutely hated my job but I loved the facility and the people around me. The only problem was that nothing was changing. Everybody in the audio department had their job locked in and nobody was moving around. But I maintained my plan. As soon as somebody leaves or something changes I'm running to my boss and saying I don't wanna do this scheduling stuff anymore! Well because I stuck with it for so long, that exact scenario happened. One of our mixers got a better gig at a bigger studio, so another guy who worked in the machine room moved into a mixing chair, and that machine room position opened up. Over those four years in scheduling I always performed my job extremely well and did everything with a big smile on my face, even during the most stressful times. Because of that my boss loved me and he wanted to see me happy and succeed. So at that point it was a very easy transition. He was able to get me into the union (motion picture editors guild) and little did I know before that point, editors guild pay rates are very pretty to say the least. It is now 4 years later (I'm on my 8th year at this facility), and I have made myself useful in just about every possible way. I can edit, I can record ADR / Foley, I can cover engineer, do laybacks, deliverables, anything they need. Up until 2 weeks ago I was doing just about everything except for that elusive mixers chair which has been my ultimate goal. One of the shows we do all the post sound for is Grey's Anatomy. The producer, who is our client, just fired one of the mixers off of the show for reasons I won't go into. So they were stuck needing a new sound FX mixer and fast. Well my boss convinced the client to give me a shot. She (the producer) was reluctant because I don't have any mixing credits yet and they are a major network show. But she was out of options so they let me mix the effects for 2 episodes. After we were done mixing the second episode I received the news that she was thrilled with me and I got the job. This was YESTERDAY! The episode I mixed last week aired two nights ago and I got to listen to my mix over the air and see my name in the ending credits on national TV for the first time. I will be mixing the rest of the season (17 more episodes) and most likely the rest of the series, however many seasons it keeps getting picked up for. It's been on for 10 years and it's still going strong! My mixing partner, who mixes the dialog and music, is somebody who has done a ton of shows and movies and knows almost everybody in this whole town. This is a door to a potentially major career here. So to circle back, about 8 years ago I was the kid having a crisis and wondering if I did something very stupid by getting myself into massive debt for a career field that is "not realistic." The moral of my story is if you fucking LOVE doing this stuff then keep doing it. Do everything you are asked to do with a giant smile on your face. NEVER complain about anything. What you'll find out in the real world is that many people are very negative and complain constantly. I am the one who is always happy no matter what happens or what goes wrong. That personality trait has made me stand out over others and has helped me advance my career. Do everything with a smile and in addition to being persistent, be patient. Since I've moved up in the ladder we've had some younger twenty-somethings come in and out of our facility. A lot of them leave quickly because "nothing is happening" for them. They want instant gratification. I try to give them advice but most of them won't listen. Do what you love, love what you do, and don't stress if success seems like some distant unattainable thing. Focus on what you can do today and the rest will unfold over time.
Me [26M] with my sorta GF [22F] of ~5 months. How to proceed? Please help. Need advice.
Hi Reddit, I'm not one to usually ask for advice, too stubborn, but I am losing my mind. We met at the bars in mid November. The next few weekends, I invited her out for casual drinks with my friends and I - sometimes she came other times she already had plans with friends. We began texting each other nearly daily. In mid December I asked her out for an official dinner date and it went spectacularly - she spent the weekend with me at my place and went home Sunday morning. This is where I think I fucked up. After our great first weekend together, I asked her to be my girlfriend. She said it was too soon and she wanted to take things slow. Fine, I continued inviting her to do fun things with my group of friends - we spent a night at the casino (Mohegan Sun), celebrated New Years Eve at a magical house party in Vermont, and had (and continue to have) normal shenanigan fun on the weekends. Please note that we live approximately 50 minutes apart, but she lives in a neighboring town of my hometown so I am usually near her on the weekends. We continued to (and still do) discuss how I want her to be my girlfriend. I like to think we have above average communication skills - her mother is a guidance counselor and my step mother is a social worker at nearby high schools. She started a new job (her first professional post college job) in January and so she would tell me how she doesn't want a boyfriend right now because work and family are her priorities. I assured her that I understand, but that there will come a time in the future where I tell her she needs to be my girlfriend or get out of my life as I am not strong enough to just be friends with someone I have such strong feelings for. She said fair enough and we continued the way things had been. Fast forward to the present, we are still continuing the way things have been. I refer to her as my part time or half girlfriend because we only get to spend one or two nights together each week. We've been having frequent fights where she accuses me of trying to force her into a relationship. I know that a relationship cannot be forced, but she interprets my reminders that I'm interested in developing this into a romantic relationship as trying to force her. I feel like we are in a romantic relationship though - we are both loyal to each other, talk daily, fuck like rabbits, and genuinely care about each others happiness. All the elements, except the title, are there. She thinks I want to "settle down" whatever the fuck that means because most of my friends have serious girlfriends and one of them is getting married NEXT June. Is wanting to have a loving girlfriend settling down? I don't see it as such, I simply want her to be my most trusted adviser and sidekick for weekend adventures - AKA continuing what we have been doing. I feel like I am trying to define our relationship because I am worried about losing her. I also think I am jealous about how enthusiastic she is about her new job. She goes into work 45 minutes early everyday, participates in work related extra curricular activities, goes to happy hour with coworkers bi-weekly, gets out at 1 on Fridays all summer long, gets to travel a few times a year, and got a better starting salary than I had at my first post-college job. Meanwhile I have been at the same job for over 4 years, I'm unchallenged, bored, 20+ age gap between the other employees and myself (small office), and am lucky to get out at 430 one Friday a month. She also claims that she does not want to be in a romantic relationship right now because she is not happy herself - which is why she drinks almost daily and smokes daily (I myself smoke daily but only drink on the weekends). I assured her that I am content being just her best friend and not her boyfriend, as long as she is not sucking or fucking someone else, and half jokingly said that as long as I am the first in line to submit my application to be her boyfriend when she is ready. She tells me she hasn't been with anyone but me since we started seeing each other - I believe her. I just worry about us going forward, I feel like without the BF/GF title that she might end up hooking up with someone else and then turn around and tell me that I should have known that we weren't in a romantic relationship so it shouldn't bother me. I have communicated this to her and she assures me that she won't. I just don't get why she won't let me label us then. If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. What would you do in my shoes? She doesn't have many good friends, she's even told me that she is jealous of how close my group of friends are, so I don't want to just end the friendship but it is also torture to me to continue to physically and emotionally have her while not being "official". She hates when I publicly display my affection and wants me to just treat her like any other friend when we are out. PS my friends think I am crazy. They tell me that I have the sweetest deal/arrangement ever and that I should just STFU about it and let it play its course. My problem is that I need to always be working towards closing the deal, in this case making her officially my girlfriend. She's the prettiest girl I have ever known and I just want to make her happy but I don't know what to do. I don't want to be a pushover but I also don't want to be pushy - I am having trouble finding balance between the two. Feel free to ask me any questions, I'm leaving quite a few details out but I already wrote a novel and am thankful for anyone who has read this and especially grateful for anyone whom offers advice. tl;dr: Girl is basically my girlfriend in every aspect but title. wtf do I do?
Wynn Resorts outshines rivals in Boston casino race
East Coast casinos in the United States are struggling and those in Atlantic City are trying to stay afloat. This is why, the competition between Wynn Resorts and Mohegan Sun was particularly surprising, as the two companies try to win a casino license for the Boston area. Apparently, there are lucrative opportunities for those willing to invest a lot of money here and the race took quite a while, but in the end it was Wynn Resorts that presented the more compelling arguments. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission was the one to make the decision and apparently they favored Wynn resorts by three votes to one. As a result, they will build a casino worth $1.6 billion north of Boston and the winners plan on starting the new project right away. It wasn't very easy for the gambling commission to reach a conclusion as both parties made a strong point, but with only three licenses up for grabs, they had to do their best. Wynn representatives only have to perform a formality, more precisely to accept the license, something that will happen this week. Mohegan Sun did their best to prevent their rivals from getting away with the trophy but they fell short and they need to look for investment opportunities elsewhere. The Massachusetts gaming commission made it crystal clear that the winners will have to meet certain requirements, before opening their casinos. The top priority is to create as many jobs as possible, with Suffolk Downs racetrack employees being the ones that should benefit from these programs. The reason for why they were consulted is that the casino for which they had been working is going to shut its doors shortly. The local authorities are hoping that by awarding Wynn Resorts this license, they will boost the local economy, by creating new jobs and direct more money to state coffers.Mohegan Sun had a tempting proposition as well, as they were willing to invest in excess of $1 billion and not surprisingly, they were very disappointed. The CEO said that their project was the best for the flagship casino and that the commission made a mistake by awarding the license to the competitors. Having said this, there is nothing more to do or say on this matter and both parties need to accept the new reality and try to make the most of it. Internet gambling is a threat for all land-based casinos and the East Coast states have been particularly willing to hear the arguments of online operators. Deuce Club Casino is yet to establish a beachhead here, but with their operations around the world being increasingly successful, tapping into the immense potential of the US market is the next logical step. As brick-and-mortar casinos struggle to attract customers, many of them migrate over the Internet and once proper legislation is in place, this migration will only accelerate. from via Casinoreviews
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Best man looking for some input for a bachelor's party
Hello /Connecticut! As the title states, I've been saddled with the unfortunate honorable job of being the best man in a friend's wedding. With that said, I'm not at all from the area and so I'm coming here looking for some feedback/advice on some of the places I'm looking at us going to. Firstly, I'm looking at taking everyone to Delta Arsenal. It's a shooting range that's about 20 minutes north of New Haven. Their website is kind of sparse on some specifics and even though I've only emailed them just last night I was hoping to see if anyone has heard anything about them. They seem to offer rentals of fully automatic weapons but I've been told by the bride that Connecticut is pretty strict on their weapons. So I'm left feeling a bit unsure of where that leaves Delta Arsenal. Going there and renting semi-auto weapons could be fun but not as fun as if we were able to rent fully automatic guns. If there is another shooting range within a somewhat reasonable driving distance that does have fully automatic weapons available for rent, I'd love to hear about it. Next I'm planning on us going to a steak dinner somewhere. What kind of bachelor party is it without a nice steak? Not the kind I want to be a part of says I. Carmen Anthony seems like a good steakhouse, and the price is about what I'd expect to pay at around $30-$40 for a steak, but what are some other recommendations for the New Haven area in regards to steakhouses? Finally we're going to be ending the night with some time at one of the casinos. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun seem to be the most popular, and maybe only, ones in the area. Does anyone have any thoughts about one versus the other or just either of them in general? What about the steakhouses at/around either casino? Going to a steakhouse here would certainly make things a lot easier for everyone involved but I'd rather have a nice dinner experience rather than save myself a bit of money on gas. It also looks like we might end up with a few hours to kill in the afternoon so if anyone has any suggestions for something quick, cheap, and simple that we could do to just kill some time while hanging out together, I'd love to hear them. Thanks!
I am looking at top 20 B-schools. For several reasons (in addition to prestige and graduation placement) I am very determined to get into one of them. It goes without saying that these schools are super competitive and I need to be able to make myself attractive, imperfections and all. To start, I did only so-so in my undergrad - I walked out with a 3.5 GPA with a major in general business. It isn't spectacular, but I attribute that to two major factors: a.) I was working for my dad full time throughout college (more on that in just a bit) b.) I have just recently been diagnosed with ADHD and a serious case of sleep apnea which despite the sincerest of efforts by my doctors and myself, was only just diagnosed. This made work exceedingly difficult and contributed to less than stellar grades. I don't want to make it sound as if I am using these as excuses - they are what they are, and I mention them because I have managed to learn from them and learn how to cope with some difficult medical situations. ADHD is a challenge, and I learn how to better myself while fighting it. As for work, I was part of an effort to bring legalized gaming to Massachusetts, including opening up a casino there. It was as much of a life experience as it was work - I learned a tremendous amount not just about business, but about politics and people. It has been inspiring, exciting, heartbreaking and enlightening. I have had private dinners with the Governor of Massachusetts three times, worked closely with the executive team of one of the largest casinos in the world for four years on all aspects of legalizing gaming in the state, worked with politicians, sold ideas, put together land transactions and saw the worst and best in people, time and time again, and I'm not even 25! But part of me worries that this isn't enough. I am nervous about my GPA and I am nervous that my six years of job experience (all of which was full time) won't cut it. I took a GMAT practice test about a month back and got a 700. While this is certainly good, since that point I have strangely struggled with my studies. I believe part of this is due to my medical issues which cause me to be exhausted nearly all day, every day. I am working with doctors diligently to resolve this and hopefully, I will be able to (I was able to get through the practice test only because I consumed three large Red Bulls in a three hour period which I am told can be quite dangerous, so that's not a long term solution) I want to be able to explain to schools that by past performance was due to medical issues and not my inability to perform, but I also don't want to come off as making excuses for myself. How I go about doing this, I'm not quite sure. I'm also not sure as to how I sell my business experience - my career experience has been both very unique and very educational, but is this what schools want? How do I appeal to their desire to build a diverse student population? How do I overcome my past shortcomings and prove that I am worthy of a top 20 institution? Additional questions: I worry that because I work for my dad, grad schools might be skeptical of my work history. In other words, "did his dad just give him a pass?" I have numerous references from people I've worked with backing up my work history, including from the CEO of Mohegan Sun detailing how I worked with executive management and from a VP of development at the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, detailing my work with him involving land transactions, but still, it does give me pause. Because some students (myself included) worry about a low GPA, I've heard that some schools will allow you to take a few courses pertinent to their curriculum and submit your grades to them to prove that you're able to handle their courses. I've talked to people at both Chicago Booth and NYU and they weren't very helpful in answering this question. Does anyone know anything about this and if so, how would I go about looking into it?
How do I make myself attractive for top B-schools?
I am looking at top 20 B-schools. For several reasons (in addition to prestige and graduation placement) I am very determined to get into one of them. It goes without saying that these schools are super competitive and I need to be able to make myself attractive, imperfections and all. To start, I did only so-so in my undergrad - I walked out with a 3.5 GPA with a major in general business. It isn't spectacular, but I attribute that to two major factors: a.) I was working for my dad full time throughout college (more on that in just a bit) b.) I have just recently been diagnosed with ADHD and a serious case of sleep apnea which despite the sincerest of efforts by my doctors and myself, was only recently discovered. This made work exceedingly difficult and contributed to less than stellar grades. I don't want to make it sound as if I am using these as excuses - they are what they are, and I mention them because I have managed to learn from them and learn how to cope with some difficult medical situations. ADHD is a challenge, and I learn how to better myself while fighting it. As for work, I was part of an effort to bring legalized gaming to Massachusetts, including opening up a casino there. It was as much of a life experience as it was work - I learned a tremendous amount not just about business, but about politics and people. My time working on that was inspiring, exciting, heartbreaking and enlightening. I have had private dinners with the Governor of Massachusetts three times, worked closely with the executive team of one of the largest casinos in the world for five years on all aspects of legalizing gaming in the state, worked with politicians, sold ideas, put together land transactions and saw the worst and best in people, time and time again, and I'm not even 25! But part of me worries that this isn't enough. I am nervous about my GPA and I am nervous that my five years of job experience (all of which was full time) won't cut it. I took a GMAT practice test about a month back and got a 700. While this is certainly good, since that point I have strangely struggled with my studies. I believe part of this is due to my medical issues which cause me to be exhausted nearly all day, every day. I am working with doctors diligently to resolve this and hopefully, I will be able to (I was able to get through the practice test only because I consumed three large Red Bulls in a three hour period which I am told can be quite dangerous, so that's not a long term solution) I want to be able to explain to schools that by past performance was due to medical issues and not my inability to perform, but I also don't want to come off as making excuses for myself. How I go about doing this, I'm not quite sure. I'm also not sure as to how I sell my business experience - my career experience has been both very unique and very educational, but is this what schools want? How do I appeal to their desire to build a diverse student population? How do I overcome my past shortcomings and prove that I am worthy of a top 20 institution? Additional questions: I. I worry that because I work for my dad, grad schools might be skeptical of my work history. In other words, "did his dad just give him a pass?" I have numerous references from people I've worked with backing up my work history, including from the CEO of Mohegan Sun detailing how I worked with executive management and from a VP of development at the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, detailing my work with him involving land transactions, but still, it does give me pause. II. Because some students (myself included) worry about a low GPA, I've heard that some schools will allow you to take a few courses pertinent to their curriculum and submit your grades to them to prove that you're able to handle their courses. I've talked to people at both Chicago Booth and NYU and they weren't very helpful in answering this question. Does anyone know anything about this and if so, how would I go about looking into it? I've found a list of courses that according to one MBA application prep agency, are some courses schools would want an applicant to have under their belt. Is this a good list? III. How far back should I reach to demonstrate my skills? When I was a freshman in high school, I managed to help put together a marketing deal with Mercedes-Benz USA and a resort hotel in Vermont. That was 10 years ago, and I haven't had any other dealings with these people in that time - i.e. getting letters of recommendation from them might be difficult.
My situation: I'm six months away from being 21. I live 45 mins away from two huge casinos (in CT) and I've recently gotten into playing texas hold-em. My friends, who used to play weekly games with me, have lost their jobs and/or interest in the game and online poker just doesn't do it for me. Without getting a fake ID, would I be able to walk into Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun and play poker without getting my ID checked? (I know not to buy drinks, but I think I'd be okay otherwise, right?)
My thoughts after I got off a long shift of work (2pm - 1am) and hit the g-pen (7)
SO I got off my 11 hour shift at work at a country club I work at, hit the vape a little, and had some pretty epic thoughts. Here they are:
"This hits like magic" For any wax smokers that don't have a lot of money to spend on quality vapes, it's fantastic. Sometimes it breaks, but it hits like a charm, and portable and small, and good quality for not a high price.
I was looking in the mirror with my shirt off after getting ready to go to bed, I thought "Damn! Veins are so god damned cool" Mine looked like a pattern and a spiders web and it looked so cool.
I started thinking about space and its blackness populated by little stars that turn out to be massive planets and how it's an infinite are and my mind somewhat blew up. It's crazy. Try it some time.
It's nice to be home, in bed, cozy, and high after a long day of doing hard work of serving rich assholes who are so against weed but get fucking wasted as hell at 40th birthday parties and treat us workers like shit most of the time.
"We are an amazing group of people". I remember being at Black Sabbath's "13" tour in August at the Mohegan Sun Casino. I was \young at the time, and my friends and I went with two J's for the 4 of us to smoke during the concert. It was about halfway through the concert, and we had all split the first J, and we where about to spark the next one, when this older (60 or so) gentle man next to me said "Here, hit this" and pulls out his chillum (one hitter) and has me take a hit of his bud. That blew my mind. I loved the fast that there was this really cool older guy ready to pass the best music (Sabbath) and the best hobby )(smoking) down to the next generation.
Well folks, time to get some shut eye, as I get to wake up and be another productive member of society tomorrow at my job at 8 am. Good night to all, and everyone keep on tokin.
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