Can You Control the Game?

I remember a story I read about Meyer Lansky.  He was a young boy on New York City’s Lower East Side.    He found a dice game, (not hard to do on the Lower East Side).  His mother had given him a nickel to bake the Cholent

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(Many buildings in that era didn’t have stoves as we know them.  For religious Jews, cooking is considered work, so Meyer was sent to the bakery with the nickel to make the Sabbath meal).

The game sidetracked young Meyer.  He bet and immediately lost the nickel and had to bring the raw ingredients back to his disappointed family.  Never wanting that again, he didn’t bet but watched the game, the shylocks loaning the gamblers money.

The lesson.  Sometimes you don’t want to play the game, but work on the rules and run it.


About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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