and I can't remember the other two. - Norman Wisdom.
When I was a much younger man - 42 - my parents gave me an original copy of the New York Times for December 24, 1946, my birth date. The paper cost three cents when published.
Times have changed; bought the same publication just last Friday for two dollars.
And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln
Much has changed.
Back then, at all Horn & Hardart Automats, you could get a Christmas Day Special of selected young turkey, roasted to a golden turn by expert chefs, for 80 cents. Dinner included savory filling, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and carrots.
Gives some historical perspective to today's 99-cent menu at the local drive-thru.
In youth, we run into difficulties. In old age, difficulties run into us.- Beverly Sills.
Northwest Orient Airlines had seats available on their four-engine, 44-passenger luxury service from New York City to Portland, Oregon, for just $118.30 plus tax.
I am guessing the stewardesses were young and pretty and you would get a halfway decent meal at no additional charge. Oh, and your bags rode for free.
The bad news was the flight took 15 hours and 25 minutes.
You can live to be a hundred, if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred. - Woody Allen.
Prices were low, but so were salaries.
In 1946, 47% of American families had an annual income of less than $2,000.
In the classifieds, under Help Wanted-Female, bookkeepers were being offered $35-$45 weekly. Another ad, this one in Help Wanted - Male, asked for "BKKPR, alert, commanding personality, managerial timber; $50 start."
An alert male was probably harder to find.
I didn't get old on purpose, it just happened. If you're lucky, it could happen to you. - Andy Rooney.
The president of the New York Stock Exchange had just received a raise to $40,000 annually. RADIO - that was the name of the company - led the most active trading list at 19,300 shares. Total volume was 1,170,000. (Today, every day, NYSE trading volume can exceed three billion.)
In 1946, on Christmas Eve, radio - the communications medium - was the most popular form of commercial entertainment. That and pro whittling.
A half page of the N.Y. Times was devoted to a schedule of programs hosted by such superstars as Rudy Valee, Arthur Godfrey, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Red Skelton and Amos & Andy.
Not exactly The Morning Zoo.
How old would you be if you didn't know how old you was? - Satchel Paige.
A basketball game between Duquesne and Tennessee was called off when the Volunteers refused to take the floor unless assured Charles Cooper, the Negro freshman star, would not play for the Dukes. More than 2,600 fans were already in the gymnasium when the cancellation was announced.
If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself. - Eubie Blake. And Mickey Mantle.
An advertisement for the Capitol movie theater promoted Claudette Colbert and Walter Pidgeon in MGM's "The Secret Heart." That sentimental gentleman Tommy Dorsey, complete with his trombone and an augmented orchestra of 40 - plus comedian Jack Carter - was appearing in person.
The ad reads... "Parents! Is your daughter a problem child? Must her romantic ideals agree with yours or may she follow her own heart? Girls! Are your parents' ideas of love and life old-fashioned?"
There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age. I missed it coming and going. - J. B. Priestly.
I guess change is relative.
I have long been amazed by one woman's experience. When my grandmother was three years old, the Wright brothers flew the first airplane 120 feet. Just 66 years later, Grandma watched as Neil Armstrong landed on the moon.
My next few years could be interesting.
Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week. - Louis Kronenberger.
I'll be honest with you. When I three-bet out of position with two napkins and some mouthy punk folds like a beach chair, gosh, parts of me feel practically unused.
I play poker because it keeps me young. I am married for the same reason....
The PPA reminded me a period of 15 months without legalized online poker may be more beneficial than continued industry decline: “We believe that the trade off for getting regulated, permanent U.S. online poker market is worth a temporary blackout of some sort. It’s not what we want, either, and it’s not what we pushed for in Congress, and we don’t even like it. But when viewing this from the perspective of maintaining a sustainable internet poker market, the 15-month period is short-term pain for a long-term gain.” U.S. regulation will reduce - hopefully - the continual chipping away at our freedoms by local authorities.
As a poker player, I first looked at the blackout period as an egregious assault on the game.
I wondered about the young family men who completely support a wife and children with their online income.
Or the single moms who might supplement their incomes with online poker.
Or the kids who dropped out of college to pursue a poker career and must now find a job.
Or the old guy on Social Security who prefers the virtual green felt to driving to a distant casino and playing slowly with a bunch of stinky drunken loud rude buttwipes. Wait, that's me.
No, not the buttwipe part... the old guy part.
As a life coach, on second thought, I wonder how online players might use this blackout period to our advantage.
I could finish all those poker strategy books I half read.
I could learn to enjoy live play.
I could get in better shape.
I could write my novel.
I could spend more time with my family.
The list goes on.
If each online poker player carefully analyzed his life as currently played, we all can find alternative uses of our time. Positive uses. Ameliorative changes.
And I would so like to see the next Russ-Hamilton-cheating son-of-a-bitch lose his house, his car, his clothes and the ensuing five years of his freedom.
Legalized internet poker, regulated by the government, might just grow the game into a respected profession.
Like Wall Street. Or prescription drugs.
You could even make 15 months the minimum jail term for cheating. - JDW
Some people study poker strategy. I study life strategy. This comes from Joe Tye.
Never Me-ject Yourself!
Me-jection: Giving in to the fear of rejection by rejecting yourself before you even ask for what you want or need.
Me-jection is a number one cause of failure and unhappiness.
It is why salespeople don't meet their sales goals - they don't make the necessary calls because they hear the word "No" so concretely in their imaginations it paralyzes them from picking up the phone or knocking on the door.
It is why would-be authors stare at blank yellow pads year after year, never getting around to writing the books that are burning in their souls - they can already see the stack of rejection letters before they've written down the first word.
It is why so many people waste away in soul-stultifying jobs - they'd rather face the certainty of misery than the misery of uncertainty.
It is why so many people sit home lonely in front of the television on a weekend night - they are afraid of being turned down if they ask for the date or ask to be included in the group (or worse yet, they imagine going on the date or going out with the group and being "discovered" to be frauds).
Nobody likes to feel rejected - the bone-deep fear of rejection is what makes the threat of exclusion or excommunication so powerful. Yet the only way to achieve your goals in life is to run the risk of hearing that awful word "No" when you were hoping for "Yes."
In today's world, rejection is like the Red Badge of Courage - cowards don't earn very many because they don't take the risk.
Here are five actions that can help you make sure that you never me-ject yourself.
Action 1: Be a Dionarap (don't go racing for your dictionary - I made the word up). Dionarap is the word paranoid spelled backwards. Assuming that everyone likes you and wants you to be successful - unless and until proven otherwise - will help you assume the best when you're asking for what you need.
Action 2: Don't take "No" personally, because it's usually not about you. If you apply for a job and don't get it, it only means that someone else had qualifications that were a better match than yours. More important, if you are a Dionarap, you will appreciate that it also means something even better is right around the corner.
Action 3: Practice the Aladdin Factor. In their book of that title, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen say that if you keep asking until you have asked the right question of the right person at the right time, you will almost always - eventually - hear the right response.
Action 4: Recognize negative self-talk for what it really is - mental graffiti, the echo of some vandalously painful remark someone made to you long ago that is still echoing around up there in the attic of your mind. That nasty little graffiti artist is only happy when you are miserable, because that's the only time you listen to it. But if you are to achieve success and happiness in your life, you need to confront that spoiled inner brat and tell it to shut up.
Action 5: Take to heart what the late Randy Pausch said in his book The Last Lecture: brick walls (aka rejection) are not there to stop you, they are there to make you prove how much you want something.
Finally, keep your perspective. You might not be able to choose whether or not at any given time you are "rejected," but you choose whether or not to be dejected. And while rejection is an inevitable part of life, as long as you are breathing no one can eject you from the only game that really matters.
And trust me, it's not poker. - JDW