Atlantic City is all about being a winner, but it looked like to me that there were only losers there in the casino. Once in awhile I saw a momentary happy face, maybe with a shout of joy, but the face immediately turned back to the job of winning. It take so much effort and money to be a winner, I didn’t feel like playing.
I was in the Hard Rock Cafe where my daughter Shannon Conley was the singer in a Karaoke rock band, which is a really great way for people to feel like a winning rock start. Ironically, the Hard Rock Casino is in the building by its previous winner Donald Trump. He too came to Atlantic City to win big, but he lost, and took the city down with him. Trump has moved on to bigger gambles, and his once towering pile of chips is now another casino, and Atlantic City seems to be coming back.
But what seems to be coming back are the jobs needed to run these giant hotel/casino complexes. There are almost as many service workers as guests. The whole of Atlantic City is the home of workers employed to keep the winners coming back.
The crowds of people who strolled the famed board walk and the carnival games and machine on the pier looked to me to be minorities or undocumented aliens, certainly no one who can afford the 10-15 dollar rides and skill games. You pay at least $10 to get shaken and stirred by a machine for a few minutes. I’d rather have a martini. Posted picture in Trump’s Taj and the Showboat complex.
Seagulls flew by my window. I was higher than a bird.
The Irony of the Atlantic City pier where the old carnival amusement are still spinning and shaking the young. You don’t see many my on them. I see them as metaphors for the people riding on them or play craps in the casino inside. Life is a Merry-go-round that lasts for a few rounds where you go up and down, and then you fall off.
Live band Karaoke is a great way to find you Voice, to step up on stage LIVE and speak your Word with no apologies. I do it here every day on my LIVE FB talks, but I don’t have a band to back me up. My talks are Facebook Karaoke where I pretend to be a philosopher or spiritual expert with something valuable to say. I speak my Word here.
The psychedelic Ferris wheel rose about the pier, the Wheel of Samsara Buddha wouldn’t ride on. The longest rid on the pier—$15 for 15 minute— you got three life time rounds to get liberated from suffering.
Life is Bumper Cars, a Newtonian universe where things just bump into things— only humans enjoy it. The woman in this image took special joy in tying her boyfriend up in the corner so he couldn’t move.