As I get older there seems to be little reason to go “shopping for anything beside food.” I have enough clothes for the rest of my life, well maybe not underwear, one more six pack should do it.
A few images from San Francisco
When I was in my first year of college living in the dorm there used to be a perpetual poker game going in one fo the “relaxing rooms.” On popular game was known as “man or mouse,” which had a one penny ante, winner took the pot and losers doubled the pot. and the game would go until there was only a winner. If you dropped out out of a hand and there were losers who doubled the pot and if you had made the initial one penny ante you would still be in the game until there someone cleared the pot with no one to accept the challenge.
Even with a one penny ante these pots could get up to $30 or $50 pretty rapidly and$100 + pots were not unusual . In the 1069s this was a good idea of money for a college student, well maybe not at at the “famous schools where legacy admissions are prevalent but at most universities.
I was mostly a by stander, although I liked playing poker for small stakes when I was young, a few days before going on a family vacation I lost all my “vacation savings” in a card game and since then I have never allowed the hopeful temptations of gambling to guide my judgement.
This game, “man or mouse,” could move very fast and some kids very “into it” and for college kids too much money changed hands very quickly. It lead to stealing, first some would steal from store, mostly clothes, towel in the dorm and then things started missing from student’s dorm rooms,
The United Nations Plaza in San Francisco, there are interesting quotes written into the walk way and maybe some truth is written on the wall.
Students became more suspecting, more wary of each other , still the games went on until one day one student was caught cheating in a game.
Saints Peter and PaulChurch inSan Francisco one afternoon
Some broke into the student’s room, he did not share, but dormed alone, and as they began searching, they discovered all missing stolen property.
But they also found —this student had attended a Big Ten school at one time but dropped out—a Rose Bowl sheepskin, one given to a football player in recognition of their participation in the Rose Bowl. This student never been a football player, and as the discussion “got heated up ” it because obvious, and then known for sure, that this student had stolen this sheepskin from a football player who had earned it.
When I was young , maybe 6th grade, 7th grade, there were a few times I did steal stupid , inexpensive things from stores, I got caught once, my father and I had to meet with the store manager, it was a lesson. I think honesty and integrity are important, and there were times as an adult when have regrets about things I did, as there were times when I have pride as to my behaviour in a situations where there were “temptations.” The thing is, it seems easier for people to remember the negative things no matter how few than to remember the positive things no matter how many, which in itself is a good reason to try to maintain some level of integrity. But then again maybe some of the negative things I have done were just so bad that they overshadowed all the positive thingsI did.