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Unread 08-19-2007, 03:03 AM
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Hi guys,

I know some of this doesn't apply here. but most does. I made this post at CAP but you all are also so deserving. I wanted you to read it.

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guess I'm a bit emotional today. but i am just so touched by the constant kindness shown by those who are literally competitors.

I have not found this in almost any other aspects of my life. (and I'm old).

You're the best. Probably the biggest reason I didn't leave the industry when it might have been wise. I couldn't let go the people I've encountered.

yes there are those who are less than honorable. But the majority are so outstanding that I couldn't stand the thought of not still being a part of the community.

Dom ...... you're guilty too lol. I have grown to know you well enough to know the biggest reason you didn't walk away .. was because you recognized what I do.

these are outstanding people. Same is true for the community at GPWA. I recall someone was facing losing their house. the people came together and made the difference. There are churches that don't go that far.

I just wanted to point this out. That how lucky I feel to be a part of such a community.

I can go on and on about instances where people in this community have pulled together .... given advice..... I know Greek39 isn't here anymore .. but I always felt he was a great example. He spent his time helping competitors when he should have spent it trying to help himself.

he's just an example. Its true of sooooooo many. The Prof has stepped up many times at the risk of loss on his own behalf .... to speak up for others. Dom goes without saying. And so many others.......

I feel honored to be a part. and wish to thank you all.

I could go on and on. but I've taken enough of your time.

I leave you with this thought. anybody who questions their choice of industry ..... need to remember .... you don't talk people into gambling. You simply try to lead them to where their best chances of being treated right may exist.

That is nothing to be ashamed of. people will gamble regardless. You at least give them their best chance at being treated fairly.
please forgive the parts that aren't direct towards you guys. But in the same breath... please understand the parts that are ..... are heartfelt.
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Unread 08-19-2007, 06:37 AM
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this is to B:

my friend. I have just tonight found out a friend of a friend ...... has died.

i don't mean to scare you. but I felt compelled to write you. this friend lost someone who was what we call a "gentle giant".

he was only 47 yrs old. died of a massive heart attack.

I couldn't help but write. I care about you brother.

hell,....... I'm more likely to go than any other..... but that's my worry.

I just wanted to say ..... please check your health. Please take care of yourself. I know we don't trade drinks on a regular basis .... but it takes nothing away from how much I care for you.

I'm a bit emotional. a lot has happened in my life recently. then this. like I said...... first person I thought of was you because of your size.

luv ya man. take care. sorry because I don't mean to scare you. I just care.

....same goes for the rest of you guys. you're all the best!
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Unread 08-19-2007, 10:04 PM
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Hi BB1

Sorry to hear about your friends loss and more sorry to hear that it has hit you so hard. I also have these moments when I realise that the names just change but the events still happen. I truly don't want to make the newspapers in the obituary column. Much rather want to do it in the sports section

Yeah, I take a few pills to keep the BP down but my main motivation to stay alive is 8 years old and the "apple" of my eye. So, I have done all those things that one must do before sitting back and am now slowly getting a life back. Bought a boat, got some new rods and reels, and am ready to pursue the bucket mouths of the world (yep, we got Florida strain black bass here).

I am also saving hand over fist to try and buy property at the coast in about 2 years time. I want to build 8 holiday cottages and my house plus one for my sister and her hubby. My sister works for me anyway and her hubby could run the complex. It will turn a neat profit and won't require stress to do so. Living in the subtropical greenery will have a significant impact on my and my families health. The humid sea air is so much better than the smog laden 2000 meter altitude air in Johannesburg.

Things to avoid

Smoking - I smoke but I am cutting down slowly but surely
Overindulgence (alcohol) - I have a max of 2 beers and 3 glasses of wine in an entire year. I don't like alcohol anyway
Stress - To my mind a killer. I am seriously destressing. I hardly ever get angry and am terribly relaxed
Cholestorol - Got mine down from a high of almost 8 to just about 5
Diet - We eat a lot more cooked veggies, lean meats, fish, chicken, and so forth. All that eating out is not gone, but it is a rare treat and not the norm.

Now, tell me, are you looking after yourself?

CPA, Universal, Mr R, are you guys looking after yourselves?
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Unread 08-20-2007, 04:14 AM
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Hi B:

I really wish I could claim your self control. But it warms my heart to hear you're taking care.

I like you so much. that goes for all you guys.

Ya , .... things have been hard here. no getting around it.

my light of my life is now almost 20. although I have stepkids that i also love who are 10, 12, 17 and 19. *just came into my life in the past 5 years.

I am going to try and follow your lead. Make a better effort.

I wish I had you here for a moment. I'd give you a big hug and embarrass us both
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CPA, Universal, Mr R, are you guys looking after yourselves?
An intelligent and interesting question, Brian

Your list of "things to avoid" is a good one.

Alcohol... None... stopped drinking completely 11 years ago.

Smoking... toughest addiction of all for me... have tried quiting a few times... just can't seem to do it. Still smoking 2-3 packs a day... and have done so for 40 years...

Stress... I have learned to deal with stressful situations pretty well.
I take the attitude of "does this really matter all that much"... and the answer 99% of the time is... NO.

Cholesterol/Blood pressure/Blood sugar... I take medications for all three.
Exercise is a recommended treatment for all of the above... and I need to be more diligent with that.

Diet... not very much red meat... very little fried foods... trying to cut down on high carb foods (to lower blood sugar) which is difficult. I like starchy foods... bread... pasta... potatos... need to eat more veggies.

Diet changes and exercise are the top two things my doctor has recommended.
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Unread 08-21-2007, 10:09 AM
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Hi Race,

think you have it going on.

my brother has had trouble in many areas. he's cut down to eating like ..... ground turkey ..... (yuk.... IMHO) ... but it working. the little shit who has out-weighed me for years . ..... has actually turned the corner and I''m ashamed to admit he now has the advantage over us.

man if I was half as good as looking out for my friends as I am for myself....I'd be giving superman a run for his money.

Big B also has it going on .... and here I was worrying about him.

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Although I do eat healthier now than I ever have in my life, the answer to the question is sometimes.

I have way too much stress in my life right now to answer any other way.

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Interesting question. It makes you take a look at what you're doing.

For me, things are still be evolving within the family that take their toll.
My oldest Daughter, now almost 30, is pretty good, and doesn't require much from us anymore.
The two boys, and my 14 year old daughter however, manage to keep me busier than I would like at times. Also, being 53 myself, my parents have reached the point where they are becoming more and more like my children, and less like my parents.

In the last 12 months I moved them to Florida which was a challenge, and my Dad underwent his 4th major cancer operation. We discovered a muscle problem with son #2 that they thought might be a Dystophy. Between the two of them, I did over 80 doctor apointments between October 2006 and June 2007.

While it all worked out as good as it could, there were lots of stressful days associated with all of that. That seemed to elevate my, "end of the day" couple of beers, or glasses of wine, so that bothered me a bit too. Switched to Arbor Mist because it's half the alcohol, and you can't really drink enough of that stuff, fast enough, to get drunk!
Alcohol management!
Add Uiega to the fold, and all the stuff in this business that occurred as a result, and I would say STRESS has been a recent factor on some level for me. At the same time, it wasn't all bad stress really, just the stress of getting the things done that had to be done, and then getting the two boys, {young men, 21, and 26}, back off to College. The older one is still in Law School, and the younger one has about 35 or 40 more credits to procure his BA.
That was whirlwind because we weren't even sure he could continue until after all the testing was done and his Biopsy evaluated!
That was just June, and I just got back from Arizona where he is finishing up. If you've ever been thru the college process, it's a lot to get done in just a couple of weeks.

The final results are all good, so that makes it worthwhile.
Now I'm trying to get back to my previous self, and the retired lifestyle which had been a much more laid back just a year ago.

Stress is a killer for sure, and everyone should do whatever it takes to get it out of your life. Like Mr. Racetrack says, 99% of the time, whatever is stressing you out can't be more important than your own life.

I eat pretty good, just TOO much! I've always been a BBQ type guy, and since moving to Florida, that is almost a daily thing. I could throw the stove out, and never miss it! That pretty much eliminates the fried stuff. I cook literally everything on the grill. Having had 4 kids over time, we are pretty much conditioned not eat out that often. When we do, it's usually fairly upscale. If I'm going to go out, I want the top shelf service or I'd actually prefer to just stay home.

I still smoke like a chimney, so that's got to be my biggest long term liability. The stress would be, but that was just temporary, so it's not a long term, dominating factor in my life. I have always taking steps to eliminate stress when required anyway.

Excersise is definately an issue. Bad back, and hips make it hard sometimes. I try to do things that keep my muscles toned up, but I have limits. I plan to get some new hips in the next 5 years, and that will be huge for me. I miss being active, playing golf, and some things like that.

So, if the kids don't kill me, and I can get lucky in the cancer department, I'm hoping to make it another 25 or 30 years!
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Unread 08-23-2007, 05:01 AM
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We have even more in common than I thought CPA.

I wish the best for us both. But I think we both know ... we face an uphill battle.

almost all you said aside the son's health .. is me.
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And I thought CPA was a young pup, I see he's an oldie also....grin

Doctor tells me to quit smoking, I threw away the pack that was opened, and never missed them, but I gained weight, too much, and not by eating or snacking to replace them. I naturally gained, then one day at the doctors office, he told me to start smoking again, the weight was hurting me more than the cigarettes. I bought a pack, began smoking again.. lost the weight

My main probelm is stress, it has now elevated my blood pressure, and have tried 4 different types of medication to reduce it, tried 4 different types, I couldn't take them, one lowered pressure too low, I slept day in, day out. Another stopped the kidneys from functioning, another caused chest pains with rapid heart beat. So now I'm trying to do as MrRacetrack said above, " does this matter all that much", but I keep answering YES to 99% of it... smile
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