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  1. Remember the golden rule, do unto others, love thy neighbor, etc, etc. There are a million ways to express the same sentiment, and that is, to simply, do the right thing. When we broach the subject of ethics/character it can get touchy, as some believe there are gray areas, while others believe there is only black and white. One thing is for certain, it is an issue that can lead to massive threads and heated viewpoints. I know, I know, here he goes again on his high horse. Let's get a couple of things straight. I have made more mistakes than just about anybody on the planet, so I just want to refute the tag that someone laid upon me that I was trying to come across as "saint brsavage." I have a couple of reasons for being so outspoken, and I have absolutely no problem candidly sharing them with all of you. I'll gladly share with you these mistakes that I made so that later when we get back to ethics, you can understand I am speaking not from the "I'm better than you" throne, but more from the "I have been there and gone down that road" path. In a land far, far away, there was once upon a time a very young man that thought he had found what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. It seemed to come natural to him, and being young and foolish he believed that he was invincible and would soon conquer the world. The problem was I was only 15 years old. I had been galloping horses for a little over a year, and there was no doubt in my mind that I had found "it," that thing I would do for the rest of my life. When I was a little kid, I grew up in a house that had parking lots for the New Orleans Fair Grounds racetrack literally on either side of it. You could watch the races from my backyard, and I did so on a daily basis. While some kids dreamed of being NFL players, I daydreamed of one day being a jockey. The problem was I was raised in a very conservative household by my grandmother. Being a jockey didn't fit well into her plans for my going to private schools and doing something she deemed productive with my life. As a freshman in high school, I became friends with a guy whose brother was a true "baller" in every sense of the word. He was the consummate action junkie. He was an oilman, horse owner and trainer, oh, and a gambling fiend. As dysfunctional as it may sound, when I was fifteen I became best friends with a twenty eight year old guy. I was still a wet behind the ears teenager who had no idea what planet he was on. I began galloping horses for him every morning before school, and I scheduled my classes so that I could make it to the racetrack in the afternoons. It was very soon that I got caught up in the fast lane that would be my undoing. I was getting drunk frequently, not coming home, and I had more money than I could spend, the surefire recipe for doom. I wasn't worried about school, grades, or life in general, as I had it all figured out. In just a few months I would be 16 and able to be licensed as a jockey. Certainly fame and fortune would be mine forever when this happened. Wrong. My world got turned upside down in one 24-hour period. My best friend and benefactor had been arrested. Apparently embezzling millions of your own dollars is illegal. He had a bunch of oil wells in a tract of land, and one of his major producers was in the name of a man from Mobile, Ala. who was a family friend. There was a limitation on the number of wells that could be owned by one interest, so hidden ownership was common, although quite illegal. When the family friend from Mobile died, my friend handled his estate and simply diverted the checks to his own account. The U.S. district attorney was a bitter political enemy of my friend's father, so it wasn't surprising that he filed federal mail fraud charges against him (check came in the mail). Fast forward....friend loses everything, grandmother has family intervention with me, and I find myself angry and basically believing my world had ended. I was forbidden to have anything to do with the racetrack, and I was practically chained to the house, unless I was leaving to go to school. In retrospect, I knew that a lot of what I was doing and how I was leading my life was wrong, but I just rationalized my way into justifying a lot of my actions. Not only was I devastated to give up my dream, but I lost my best friend to prison. I had no one to be angry with except myself, but I just wasn't able to admit that to myself back then. I was in complete denial. There is a country song that has the lyrics, "thank God for unanswered prayers." No truer words could be spoken in terms of directly relating to me. I now know in my heart that it was a blessing that I was made to finish high school and have to find another way to support myself, even though I still had to go through mistake number two to really "find myself." When I was supporting myself through college, I started to sell cars part time at a local Chevrolet dealership. Within 6 months, I was promoted to sales manager and started to make a way above average income. I was young and full of piss and vinegar so to speak, so I had no problem working a lot of hours. Ambition is a very powerful motivation to succeed, and I wanted a lot of things out of life. By this time my friend was out of the federal pen and was now trying to reclaim his life training horses. I still was very attracted to the horse business, so I started to buy thoroughbred racehorses. It was exciting to own and race them, and I was all about having a big baller image. One horse led to two, which led to many. My world rapidly became consumed with my stable of horses. As anyone who has owned them can attest, racehorses are not for those seeking a low overhead business enterprise. Then it happened. I came home one day to a letter from the I.R.S. The day started out with me worried about where I would eat lunch and how many cars we would sell that day, and it ended with me staring at a letter that claimed I owed the government over $400,000. Apparently they don't like it when you fail to claim the income from your horses on your tax return. I was so stupid. Obviously the racetrack had to report my income to the government. So how would I respond to this? I was just a kid who thought he had the world by the tail, and now I was facing the infamous I.R.S. and all its doom. I responded in the worst way: I hid from it and acted as if it never happened. Rather than face my problems head on, I continued to ignore the subsequent I.R.S. notices and then didn't even bother filing a return either of the next two years. Had I been thinking clearly, I would have realized that I needed to get a good attorney and try to settle my tax debt. I didn't actually owe this much money, as they only had considered my income and none of my expenses, plus much of the calculated penalty and interest charges were based upon incorrect income numbers. Then my world ended. The I.R.S. filed multiple liens against me, and my checks from my job were now being garnished. In the few years that had passed in which I hid from my responsibility, the tax bill grew to well over half a million. I now had the added weight of knowing that I had further compounded the problem by not filing tax returns for several years. There were nights that I would sit alone wondering if I could ever see daylight. I was finally starting to come to my senses and realize that I had to put one foot in front of the other and make my way forward. I had no one to blame but myself. When you're young and stupid, you don't realize that, well, you're young and stupid. You never realize that there are consequences for your actions, or for that matter that such actions can haunt you forever. It's kind of a right of passage to have to make your own mistakes in this world, kind of like having to touch a flame to really believe you will get burned. It took ten years of my life to finally be clear of all the problems I created for myself many years earlier. There's a line from one of my favorite movies, the Shawshank Redemption, that applies perfectly to how I feel today about how I acted earlier in my life: "I want to talk to him (my younger self). I want to try and talk some sense to him. Tell him the way things are. But I can't. That kid's long gone. This old man is all that's left." That's the funny (and kind of sad) part about becoming older. The more you age, the less people tend to listen to you, even though the voice of wisdom can be profound. So, now to the ethics issues and how they are so much more important than what many believe. We live in a world quite different from what it was over two decades ago when I was a young man. If you made a mistake back then, it wasn't instantly communicated to the free world for all to see and pass judgment upon you. You HAVE to consider how your actions today can affect your options for tomorrow and the next day. But this is NOT the reason you need to have ethics and be of good character. Many of you read one of Rizens' articles that talked about making bad calls even though in your heart you sensed you were beaten. The problem with ethics is that there is no such thing as pot odds, no such thing as immediate payoffs. Most of the time, doing the right thing has purely implied odds, where the payoff is that you gain long term credibility and righteousness in your soul. Furthermore, even though we may rationalize making poor decisions, not too deep down we know in our hearts that we are making the wrong decision. It eats away at your soul when you do the wrong thing, and over time it can really beat you down. I certainly can't take credit for establishing the standards for ethics and character. About the only thing I can take credit for is that I made a ton of mistakes, and I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to rebuild my life. There are numerous articles on the web about this, but let's try to get a basic description of how good ethics and character can lead to a good life, while a lack of it can lead down the wrong road. Some of you ask me why I bother to openly take stands on certain things, even when I know that by expressing these opinions I will alienate many members of the community who feel I am patronizing them. It's a fair question with a simple answer. I owe. We all have milestones in our life that mark our coming of age or the significant event that marks the point when the lightbulbs seemed to to go on in our heads. For me that was when my children were born. Many of you know the story; my twins were premature, and my little boy developed numerous complications. All is fine and well now, but as any parent will tell you, from the minute your children are born, a miraculous change overcomes you, and you automatically put your children first. The fact that my babies had to overcome health issues early made us that much more appreciative of when we finally had them both at home. Well, here's the funny thing. It wasn't just the pure intrinsic fact that we had two babies added into the family that was the blessing; we were also blessed with a better appreciation for people in general. I have been cynical and distrusting most of my life. Maybe because I had a rough childhood, maybe I was dropped on my head at birth, but for whatever reason, I have not been very "social," so to speak. When we went through the many difficulties with Brayden, EVERY day was gut wrenching, so much so that it was overwhelming. I was forced to have to allow outside people into my world: doctors, nurses, family, friends, etc., and I couldn't hide the fact that I was in a shear state of weakness. I'm convinced that I am a much different person now as a result of this forced interaction with other human beings. Poker had kind of hermitized me, and I was not a very happy person. Having our children saved me from that reclusive lifestyle and opened me back up to enjoying other people. Less than a month after we finally got Brayden home, Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. I had several family members lose everything, but all told our family was spared any loss other than physical possessions. I know there are so many horror stories about post Katrina in New Orleans, but there is also so much evidence of the resiliency of people in overcoming disasters. You just really can't comprehend what it is like to have hundreds of thousands of people who basically lost everything having to start completely over, finding new jobs, new homes, and new schools. Close your eyes and picture everything that you have in your life, every possession and every detail, and now imagine what it would be like if I shipped you to another city and told you to start from scratch, and that there is nothing left of where you came from. In the two years that have passed since Katrina, I have seen firsthand how an entire infrastructure of a community does what it has to in order to absorb countless thousands of people. It has created a lot of complex issues for Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas, but everyone is adapting extremely well overall. How do all of these tales of woe tie into ethics? Simple. We are in fact responsible for not just ourselves, but also our neighbors. We can't just make decisions based purely on how they will benefit ourselves, but moreover we HAVE to consider the consequences for others. In the end, how we interact with and treat others is part of how we define the human condition, the very justification of our existence, and it is what encompasses and composes the very core of our souls. So now you know that I was blessed to be able to turn my life around and be on solid ground. You have all heard the expression, "feel comfortable in your own skin." For me that rings true. I am very confident in who I am and what my life is about. One week at church our pastor challenged us to find an area of need that in which we could help others. It was at this point that I made the decision to try to do what I could for those that were following the path of being a poker player. It is a road that I have been down, and one that I feel is littered with pitfalls if you let it consume you. If you read Green Plastic's article about when he played at the WSOP, it was hard to ignore his perception that so many of the long time touring live pros are basically miserable people. I agree with him. I only toured for about 6 months, but in that short time I definitely felt like the majority of those that I encountered when playing live were leading an unhappy existence. You can almost feel the void that is in their lives. It was an easy decision for me to quit playing professionally. I had two newborns, I could make good money playing mostly online, and I had the ability to have a good income from a corporate job. (For the record, I think GP is wise beyond his years, as he always seems to recognize and accept things for what they are instead of trying to make things be what he wants them to be.) The same choice that I had can be much more difficult for young, up and coming players. They have the luxury of still having time to figure out their lives, and most have no added responsibilities such as having to support a family. In my opinion, the major hurdle they will cross is when they have to face the adversity that will certainly will come their way, though it will come more quickly to some than to others. Having a strong ethical foundation can carry you through the toughest of times. I implore the better players to not patronize or speak down to players of lesser ability. You are playing a game, and you're blessed to be talented and live in a time where you can use your talents for financial gain and all the fame and exposure that comes from success. I can tell you with near certainty that in a couple of years there will be a new influx of players, who all think they are superstars, and invariably some of them will make insane posts such as "Waco is horrible at poker," or "Imperium is overrated, etc." It's going to happen, as I have seen the cycle happen several times now in just over four years. What goes around comes around, and Karma is most certainly waiting to snap you off at the knees. So for the million dollar question, why do we want to have ethics and be of good character? Here are some of the notes I wrote down from a sermon I recently attended: * You want to be ethical and of good character because it leads to success for yourself and for those around you. When your reputation is that of a person of high ethical standards and good moral character, it communicates to others in a manner that is beneficial to you. *Good character communicates consistency to others that who you say you are and how you act are one and the same. *Good character communicates influence. When you are understood to have integrity, others no longer need assurance that your words are truthful. *Good character communicates longevity. There is an old wise saying that states that "the only thing that walks back from a funeral is a man's character." *Good character communicates to others that you make wise choices. What are the character flaws that hinder success? 1) Impulses to give up before trying 2) Inability to handle adversity and/or face challenges 3) Settling for mediocrity 4) Shirking the problem - Avoiding the question of what is the problem and how do I solve it? 5) Doing the minimum 6) Avoiding taking action How can I develop character? A.) Don't give into adversity B.) Remember the 3 R's. - Be Responsible - Do the Right thing - Respect yourself C.) Take control of your life I hope this article is helpful in some way to those that play the game we all love. GL All, Chris
  2. Kill Phil: the Fast Track to Success in No Limit Hold'em Poker Tournaments by Blair Rodman and Lee Nelson I had the pleasure of playing with Blair Rodman at my first table at the Bellagio Five Diamond main event, and after only 12 hours of begging, I managed to guilt him into giving me a free copy of his and Lee Nelson's new book - cleverly titled Kill Phil. Please don't ask Blair for your free copy! He had only 4 left that his publisher gave him to hand out at Bellagio, but you can buy your copy now since the second print has just become available. Unfortunately, I busted out on day 2, and had plenty of time to begin reading it. Then on my flight home, I had over 12 hours of delays and missed flights, so I was able to finish it. This is a very well written book, and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who plays poker, both beginners and seasoned professionals. One of the greatest things that we can do as poker players is to always stay commited to learning, and to never sucker ourselves into thinking that we know it all. This book hits a home run in explaining the psychological mindset regarding aggression in poker. When I first started playing poker I read Super System, and gleaned the basic components of how to be a "solid" player. As I became better and had success, I would start recommending Dan Harrington's book to any of my friends that had a solid poker foundation, but wanted to take it to the next level. is a book that I will always recommend to my friends because it gets thru the clutter of poker psychology, and does so almost effortlessly as it is extremely well written. The book outlines a technique to counteract the experience of the better professional poker players in the world (referred to in the book as phils), thru a hyper aggressive style that takes the seasoned poker pro out of his comfort area. The more I have played across the world, the more I have come to realize that almost all great players want to play small pot poker until they have the nuts. They prefer to chop, chop, chop away at small and medium pots without risking their stacks unless they have the nuts, which of course means they aren't risking anything.... Most professionals highly prefer to get their chips in post flop after they know they have the best hand. strategies take the pro's right out of their game. I will stress once again that this book is not just for intermediate players looking to adopt a style to counteract the experience of better players. Blair and Lee do such a wonderful job of conveying the thought processes and intelligent decision making of great players, making it a must read for ALL PLAYERS to remember and refresh many of the things that we have forgotten about poker. It is rare to be able to get "inside information" from top players who have been playing against the best for many years. It is even rarer that these same players write it down for us in a manner that is so easy to read and comprehend. To buy this book on Amazon.com click here:
  3. You should respond: Sounds like a bunch of trumped up charges to me, mbn to have one person to blame your entire life on...
  4. wwotd

    Company certainly fails without this astute advice.
  5. Blah - OT super horse jinx in effect !!
  6. This mofo just dropped from 3-2 to 3-5 which is a ton of cash!
  7. You OT bishes must be pounding this horse - odds shouldn't move with a parimutuel pool as large as Santa Anita's! Now I am just praying for even money (and to win) (and for 6 to run second, if not then the 2).
  8. Sorry guys, just realized my secondary post regarding the second steamer at Tampa on Saturday didn't have the name!! Horse is My Johnny Be Good # 9 in race 11. I had him as a 5 star after watching his race at Keeneland going a route - he had tons of horse, was forwardly placed and came again on the turn and was finishing really strongly - his last at Tampa in an allowance non winners of 2 was just effortless. Again, he is taking on a much better caliber group and certainly is taking on some well bred horses who also appear to be improving - but I will certainly love putting some money on this horse at what will be good odds. His video isn't online at Racereplays.com because Tampa doesn't participate - but here is a video of a video so you can see his stretch run
  9. Agreed on Ocean Knight being a potential big time horse - however, I will stick with my wager on My Johnny Be Good at what will probably be an attractive price. Ocean Knight won very easily and well within himself - but he beat King Rontos by a few lengths and he's an ordinary 6 time maiden race loser - that along with facing winners for the first time makes him not a sure thing - but that's the beauty of these young horse stake races - they are all developing and stepping up in class and the fun part is figuring out who can do it, and who can't. First things first. Time to bet the wad on Tall and Sweet in the 3rd race at SA today. GL all
  10. 3rd race at Santa Anita today Jaybone I'm betting $500 to win, a $200 exacta 5/6 and a $100 exacta 5/2
  11. Bonus selection. Second horse on my watch list is running Saturday in the 11th race at Tampa Bay in a 250K stake race. Huge jump up in class but worth a small play with what will be generous odds - I had tabbed the horse after he ran a monster race when bottled up the entire way at Keeneland - then he came back and destroyed an easy soft field at Tampa - but certainly steps up huge.
  12. The horse is the second choice on the morning line and speed ratings have him 5 of 6. If you bet $500 and get back $1400 it's better than a kick in the nuts. Dick
  13. Based on your nearly 500 posts per month over an 8 + year period I think you would have qualified as an ancient scribe yourself... : - )
  14. 3rd race tomorrow at Santa Anita - horse name is Tall and Sweet, #5. 2nd choice on the morning line, 5th choice of 6 horses in the race in the speed ratings - very clear to me this horse is a potential future stake caliber horse. I like Exactas 5 with 2 (Rattataptap) and 6 (Henrythelovepenny). Will probably make a significant win wager and heaviest exacta with the 6 - I think Henrythelovepenny goes straight to the front and Tall and Sweet mows her down.
  15. I guess the existence of ancient Egypt would also be complete bullshit if not for those damn pyramids, or for that matter the basic concept of how humans measure time in terms of before and after Jesus death. Who would have thought that for over 1500 years they have been perpetuating this scam to fool the all knowing intellect of OT.
  16. I assume some of you (such as bfactor) will curse the planet with offspring that 50 years from now will be making posts such as lol@ 911 - that's a fairy tale. Of course there isn't the type of empirical evidence any of us want for anything from ancient history - or for that matter just from 100 years ago - there simply wasn't any other methodology during the life of Christ of documenting historical events other than the written word. If you don't trust historians (including many non-Christian) as to the documentation of the life of Jesus Christ, then look at other historical figures that are mentioned along with Jesus - such as Pontious Pilate etc.
  17. - Intelligent people do not doubt the fact that Jesus Christ actually lived and walk the earth, because his life was documented by both Christian and non-Christian scholars, as well as being documented with archaeological evidence. - Of those intelligent people some are considered Christians, and they follow his word as a path to leading a life that they consider to be more purposeful. - it's fine to be agnostic/atheist etc, but it's absurd to point to the one needle in a haystack story of the "speaking in tongues " type of churches that are out there - anything that is debated on any topic can attempt to point to the one off examples of the negative on any topic - but it simply doesn't apply to the majority - the reason many go to church is because it typically has reoccurring themes about how to better focus yourself on taking care of your family, and of course how that ties in to helping others - far and away one of the better aspects is the prevailing sense of community in an area that has a well served church with a pastor who is engaged with those he seeks to serve - the inverse of believing in the works and word of Jesus Christ is for you to have your own set of faith driven principles - you have to believe that from absolutely nothing came everything - that from some sort of cosmic soup that life magically spawned itself - and if you are of that belief then you yourself are already showing great faith - for example, I actually enjoy church - I would walk out if someone actually attempted to speak in tongues or anything similar to church revival type displays - but I obviously don't feel that way. The church I belong to has a wonderful pastor, and his wife and children are super people (Methodist church obviously, they can marry and have a family) - each month has a theme and the weekly sermons are related to that topic. More often than not I take away nuggets that help me to remember things I have forgotten - with the large majority of the time my recalibrating and remembering all the wonderful things going on that I need to appreciate more fully, since our society typically inundates us with all that is terrible in the world. About 1500 total attend - and there are 3 different services offered for the day. I do understand those that have had bad experiences, as my experience with the Methodist Church is completely opposite of what I went through when I was raised Catholic by my Grandmother - the Catholic Church where I lived had an older pastor and was completely disconnected from the people it was supposed to be serving - the tone and temperament was completely dysfunctional. I understand the compelling need of those that call themselves atheists to disparage Christians (many are actually agnostic - calling yourself an atheist is actually quite silly as you can't prove something doesn't exist). The reality is that it's easier to accept your own existence if you at first attempt to mock or belittle others that believe or follow a different path than you do. I fully respect those that after careful research call themselves agnostic. I completely laugh at those that have never bothered to find answers for themselves other than what they find on Google or Wikipedia, especially those that don't have the common sense to research what is historical fact as opposed to what is fiction, i.e., that Jesus Christ was in fact a real person documented historically. For all of the above reasons listed above I wish you all the same sense of community that I feel when I attend our church.
  18. 15 pages for this thread and you peeps have let this nimrod cumquat get away with no Pics? This is not real or he would have posted pics already. If some douche goes to the lengths this fucker has to declare to the world his wife is a whore, and then gives non-stop updates on multiple sites - then he shouldn't mind posting a mutha fukin pic or 20. This entire magical situation where her brothers become your whore stalker and conveniently always track her friends down proving her alibi's are all fake simply isn't believable - and if it is- fuck you - PICS OR GTFO.
  19. Love having been able to watch two big games with the winners playing for the right to go to the Championship game. Oregon did as expected vs Fla. State - Oregon isn't the type of team FSU could make mistakes against and then pull a miraculous comeback - mean green keeps the accelerator mashed the entire game and doesn't let anyone breath. Ohio State showed they belonged - excellent team speed - and I actually think they were better poised to win a championship with Jones as QB as opposed to Barrett. I'm amazed there were actually arguments in this thread about the costs of hotels and travel - as if the world owes you the ability to be able to afford to attend either of the games - if you can't afford the games 10 days apart you wouldn't afford it 17 or 24 days apart. No system is perfect - the new playoff system is an upgrade - has to be as it allows for more inclusion of teams so as to settle it on the field. Progress...
  20. Gary Danielson - I hate this mother fucker - him and his jabba the hut partner Verne Lundquist suck... I literally cringe when Danielson speaks. #1 he is ignorant, and #2 he always wants to interject something about when he played 4 decades ago as if it is relevant. It never ceases to amaze me at how the NCAA and the NFL can't find sharp intelligent coaches and announcers - some of the shit they say and do is so ignorant. Peace/
  21. Saw a little article with this chick. WOW. Brief search didn't show anything - if it's a repost, kill it. If not, all you pic posting geniuses have at it - she's pure beauty and smoking hot.
  22. Blah. Played the Breeders Cup Betting Challenge at SA for the BC. Actually had the lead with 7 races to go in the day - but fired one bullet trying to win the whole enchilada and missed. 5 major bets and 2 monster bets were my keys - both monster bets won and 2 of the other 3 majors won - but couldn't finish it out. Sad part is my high water mark of 38K would have been good for an additional $30K/$35K in prize money but I put myself in position to try and scoop the extra $230K and don't have it in me to play safe. Overall satisfied with my play and how I approached the tournament despite not getting some of the added prize pool. Turned my $7500 live bankroll into $23879 plus I finished plus $8K in my own cash bankroll that I played pick 3's and superfectas with (couldn't play superfectas and multi race exotics in the contest, just win/place/show exactas and trifectas) 2014 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge End of Day 2 - Final Results Row # Position Display Name Score NHC Prize 1 1 Robert Traynor $71,000.00 $230,000.00 2 2 Paul Weizer $54,770.00 $130,000.00 3 3 John Conte $44,958.50 $80,000.00 4 4 Nicholas Tammaro $44,674.80 $60,000.00 5 5 Bob Graham $39,071.90 $45,000.00 6 6 Matt Bernier $38,154.00 Q $35,000.00 7 7 Gordon D'Angelo $33,126.10 $30,000.00 8 8 Ed Briggs $31,950.50 $25,000.00 9 9 Kenny Mayne $31,833.60 $20,000.00 10 10 Anthony Acierno $31,211.00 $15,000.00 11 11 Jose Raphael $29,769.00 $14,000.00 12 12 Mark Myrick $29,415.00 $13,000.00 13 13 Jeff Komins $29,260.00 $12,000.00 14 14 Harry Fry $28,297.00 $11,000.00 15 15 Curtis Meyer $27,083.10 $10,000.00 16 16 Todd Urbina $25,300.50 NHC Spot 17 17 Chris Savage $23,879.80
  23. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  24. I'm a self professed movie buff - love seeing a movie period, even the bad ones are enjoyable to me - although I obviously appreciate the great ones more so... This movie was good, but like others I feel it was a let down - mostly because it could have been so much more. 1.) They released the plot way too soon - they didn't have to give away so fast that she had faked her own death and was in actuality a mentally messed up looney. 2.) It was almost comical at points, first with being far fetched, and two with simply being over acted in points. My wife and I literally lol'd at several points - and that's not what I go to a suspense thriller for... I liked the movie - but felt cheated - I just believe they overthought the plot development when simpler would have been so much better. I don't think a single person believed that he would stay with her after she tried to frame him for murder and it was proven she was a psycho since she was a teenager - plus having parents that referred to their believed to be deceased daughter as "Amazing Amy" made me want to barf. The fact that he hadn't slept with her in a millennium and the kid couldn't have been his was also was silly - they conveniently threw in the sperm clinic letter at the tail end of the story to try to explain how she could have been pregnant, but that would then make us have to believe that she went to the clinic either right before or right after her disappearance and thus the woman who hated her husband and wanted to frame him for murder was also simultaneously moving to have herself impregnated with his child. They should have kept it simple - loved that she was proven out to be a lifelong psycho, love that her parents were the weirdos who used their child to make money, wish they had simply kept on point with the audience not knowing if she was dead or alive for a bit longer, and certainly wish they hadn't asked us to believe he was now going to be with her again. If I were him I would be going back after the super hot girlfriend with the rack and perfect nipples.
  25. You obviously don't have an inkling of an understanding as to what it means to have your word be good in the poker world (or in the real world). He owes $4500 - all the other bullshit is just that - bullshit. This isn't about agreeing to sell him a dildo for $10 and then changing his mind and then deciding he wants $15 - this is about a debt that is owed. It doesn't make one lick of difference if his grandmother stole it, if JJ Prodigy owes it, or if his mother didn't love him as a child - he owes the money - rationalizing any other outside circumstances that would affect the debt owed are exactly rationalizations. Someone with integrity pays the debt. Someone without does not. That simple, everything else is a smoke screen.
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