Dealing – almost there

New Hampshire State Route 3A
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I have just about completed my dealer training. Enough so, that I went for a dealing audition at the local poker room. I passed,

Now on to the next stage of being able to deal in the great state of New Hampshire.

First, I need to arrange to be fingerprinted. Next, sign off on a criminal records search. This is standard for all persons seeking employment with a poker room or a casino. I also have to submit my picture in passport photo format – no smiling with the gaming commission. The fee is approximately $100, which is a great price. For each poker room I would like to deal at, I would need an additional license. This is still a small price to pay as an experienced dealer can make at least $20-25 an hour in tips. More if you are employed in a casino.

Last month, the poker room I spoke to said that they were not currently hiring. This month, I got an audition with the possibility of employment by next month.

Why the change? Well, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts just passed a casino bill and will be opening at least three casinos. They will need hundred of dealers. Many of the current New Hampshire dealers will probably cross the border to earn in excess of four or five times a day at a casino as opposed to their salary at the poker room. Capitalism at work.

All I need to do for the next thirty days is to practice, practice, practice. You know … it makes perfect.

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Have you ever seen a Moose?

My brother, Paul McKinney, lives in northern Maine. Seeing moose can be an every day occurrence in his world. The pictures in this post were taken by him. We were chatting last week. He told that he saw the two moose in the picture by the side of the road. Moose are unpredictable and may make sudden moves. They are large so you want to give them lots of space. He stopped the car. He decided to take their picture. As he reached for his camera, he noticed in the rear view mirror of his truck that there was a moose nosing around in the back of his truck checking things out. Paul waited and the moose wandered off.

I was born and raised in northern Maine. I lived in Massachusetts, and New Hampshire – all New England states with moose. I have even gone on Moose viewings, but I have NEVER seen a moose – in real life. Steve and I were out riding the ATV trail through land that was made for moose. Even though I looked very hard, I didn’t see a moose.

Moose are not particularly beautiful, friendly, graceful, or nice to live with. With that in mind, I think the only reason I want to see a moose up close and personal is for the danger element. What is happening to me?

Have you ever seen a moose?

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Suicide Run – A Book Review

Suicide Run by Michael Connelly is a book of three short stories: Suicide Run; Cielo Azul; and One Dollar Jackpot. This Hachette Audio book is read by Len Cariou.
The book is well written, but the short stories are just that – short. They do not have all the normal speculation and investigation of a Michael Connelly book. Diane missed the investigation, but Steve liked it.
Ah-oh! Diane totally supports her thoughts with her facial expressions.

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