Tuesday, February 26, 2013

still grinding away

first of all, i am reading online about suspending tmobile phone service, and i will call and check on it once i get back in my room (been in here too long and about to go back out to the VBJ. am up $40, new roll $856). Not sure why bigshow wouldve thought i would even know this option would exist, truthfully i dont think it will exist, and i dont know of a single other person reading this blog whose ever been able to suspend service and avoid a lot of penalties and cutuffs when they got so broke they lost everything and couldnt pay none of thier bills. so im shocked why he would think id know this option existed, and naturally im going to think the only thing to do is cut off automatic bill payments thru my bank, and then just be unable to pay, and without auto bill payment, no way they can charge me. i do need to do this right away, may already be too late, might actually have a roll of $90 less than i think. i dont have too long to go on the tmobile contract, is supposed to expire in Oct, and then my bill will go down to $50 from $90. big savings.

i see they created a seperate thread for me to post about my VBJ plan on roughing the punter and to ask for advice in bet spreading. wish axb001 from AVP was still around.

----2 hours later-----
went to play 1 more session, won $9, new roll, $865. went to eat the buffet. played a very short time, with the full intention of quitting the second i was up 1% of my roll, providing of course, the count was negative at the end of the hand.

a bigger concern is the wisdom of cutting off my phone. how would i stay in touch with sickcallmggee as much as ill be needing him? Him, kingofdonks, and lightning have proved themself to be true understanding friends. also without a working phone, how can welfare and ssi stay in touch with me seeing i dont have an address? sickcall said i was welcome to use his address. (for getting mail that is). i cannot afford one, but i need one to live.

and an even more important thing i need to live is to keep my bank acct with enough money in it to stay functioning. for without a working bank card, id be unable to get hotel rooms at all once i leave Jean. and what should i do with my walmart debit card? it has only $7 on it, and $3 is about to come out march 1 as the monthly service fee unless i spend the whole $7 before then. if the balance goes below $0 it stays that until money is added. But it wouldnt close like my bank acct would. am wondering if i should spend that $7. and if theres not enough in the bank to cover an automatic bill payment deduction each month, is that treated like a bad check with a huge fee, or does it just get reversed without a fee?

i get charged $14 a month by my bank, which id never have to pay each month and could save a lot of money if i had a daily average balance of $1500 or more. main thing is to make sure i dont lose the bank account or id have no way to ever rent a hotel room.

i am in no rush to find out about moving to canada, wouldnt have the money. was in no rush even when i had the money. although it would be nice to play on stars.

the reason i think right wing people are more nicer and caring than leftwing people even though they mostly dont believe in govt assistance is a lot of things. for one they give far more to the poor and charities. there's 2 guys in toledo ohio in a law office thats by a gay bar. or used to be however. one is named John, the other Kerry, and ive not seen either in about 20 yrs, nor do i remember their last names. its in a very old building and probably no longer there. they were both strong pro-life activists, and thats what they did with thier law firm, defending those out protesting abortion clinics. They also cared a lot about the homeless, and i was homeless a lot in toledo at the time. made my living panhandling back in the days people still gave, and also lived in a lot of $130 a month rooming houses. even though the city didnt really allow it, they let about 4-5 homeless guys sleep in an old room at nights connected to their office, and Kerry often slept there too. guy with a large beard and fat in his 30s-50s. i was one of those homeless guys, and i stayed there off an on within a year. they were very close to God and often talked about the rapture. This was back when i was going out to toledo mental health center to visit sue daily after i was done panhandling. they also knew i gambled every weekend at all the catholic church and VFW monte carlo nights for charity they had way back then. back when i first learned poker, and played stud, 50c $1 and $1 $2 fixed limit. also pineapple.

the other homeless shelters i went to (often in areas its not good to go to after dark on foot) were mostly run by Christian organizations. not govt shelters, but ones where u had to listen to a gospel service. i often wouldve preferred to skip the service and just go to sleep, but i didnt resent it like an anti religious person would. But now that im old i just dont want to do that anymore and thats why i am so scared of being homeless now, and it seriously effects how i manage my finances. been too many years ago and im too old. but i thought giving a little background would help others understand where i came from.

almost all the jobs i ever got were thru panhandling. i never had any luck getting called in to be hired the regular way, with the exception of that one place in cleveland called RL Polk. (a mailing firm). a secular homeless activist who let me and Sue live with them for a week gave me that job, and of course she didnt have permission to leave toledo, and went back. and that also violated my probation, leaving toledo myself. the job lasted over 2 months, and i found a room for $60 a week on lorain av.

the way i got jobs thru panhandling was people would drive by, see my sign and offer to put me to work. since i sometimes took the work, (when none of the other bums would) i have always felt to this day a sense of superiority and am unable to believe i "refuse to work". one of the jobs lasted 3 days in a furniture store in wichita ks, one of them a week at a warehouse in memphis, and some of them in clarendon Hills very wealthy suburb outside chicago helping an elderly lady around her house. am too uncomfortable to do that anymore, not after a guy ripped me off once by not paying me after id done the work. one day i went around knocking on doors in iowa looking for odd jobs to earn money too, but thats an idea from the old days, nowdays its no longer safe. i did get offers a lot of stuff i felt physically unable to do and thats why i would like it to be something that didnt require a lot of strength, sometimes indoors simple and easy like the RL polk job, something where i can use my mind, for its still sharp. and truthfully the only jobs that fit are playing VBJ and playing poker. its the only skill i have, unless i was working at milton bradley inventing board games.

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  1. "the only thing to do is cut off automatic bill payments thru my bank, and then just be unable to pay, and without auto bill payment, no way they can charge me."

    You signed a contract with them, agreeing to pay various penalties if you terminated service before the end of the contract. Now you're saying that you are deliberately trying to arrange it so that they can't actually collect the money that you will owe them--the money that you signed a contract to pay.

    This is dishonest, Tony. It is reneging on yet another agreement. Just like you failed to live up to your agreement with the apartment and ran away from it rather than pay what you owed. Just like you reneged on the agreement to sell your comped hotel rooms. Make all the excuses you want, but it's a flagrant and recurrent display of a lack of integrity.

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    1. no thats not being dishonest, dishonest would mean u knew 2 yrs ahead of time that 2 yrs down the road u wouldnt be able to pay. Lots of people run out of money and cant pay bills they owe, do u think that means they are dishonest? theres a difference between not paying because u cant afford to, and not paying because u just dont want to, but have a lot of money.

      also i cant understand why people think its wrong to leave an apt when u can no longer pay the rent. whats wrong is to stay there, and make the management wait for u to be legally evicted by the court, before u leave. when i realize i cant afford to stay there any longer, i just go into the office, turn in the keys and tell them im leaving, this is the ethical way to go about it when u become too broke to pay. at least thats what i did by samstown. the harbor island place, i had not yet fully decided what to do and came back 2 days later with my decision made, although it turned out they had already made the decision for me since i had not said anything to them. But i didnt do what most people do without any money--and whats morally wrong--and thats to stay there refusing to pay until the court evicted me.

      thats what most people do when they go entirely broke--and is why apt companies are reluctant to rent to people who cant prove their income. me, i consider myself an ideal tenant since i dont do that, instead i just move out. its easy to do when im not on a lease.

      running out of money and not being able to pay ur bills due a lack of enough incoming income isnt dishonest, alot of people have that happen at times in their life. and as far as the comped hotel room, i dont feel obligated to "let someone rip me off and take advantage of me."

      lets say a woman had agreed to let her teenage daughter be used sexually by an older man in exchange for money. then later thought better of it and went back on her agreement. who are u to say that woman is wrong to go back on her word, and she should stick to the agreement over the money? no moral difference is there?

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    2. Grump, desperate times call for desperate measures. I know that's hard for you to understand but try not to judge.

      Tony, I was with you until the last paragraph where you sited paying for raping a child. That's where you lost me.

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    3. "woman had agreed to let her teenage daughter be used sexually" - What planet do you come from? WTF? How is this a relevant comparison? You're talking about someone who is not only not selling themselves, but selling their daughter into slavery. WTF?

      I agree with Grump in that you need to stick to something you've signed up to do. Otherwise, you have to deal with the consequences. To put it bluntly, it is immoral to sign a contract and then re neg on the contract - moreover immoral to skate on the agreed-to fees when you do re neg on the contract. It's both illegal AND immoral. It isn't what Jesus Christ would do (amirite?)? The DEVIL would do exactly what you are doing.

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    4. Well, "ideal tenant" may be a bit extreme . . . but I see your point.

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    5. Tony Bigcharles said YESTERDAY: "vook the only thing thats really bothering me is this--u once gave me ur word, that no matter what happens, u wouldnt leave me holding the rug unable to get my money out of lock."

      Wait....so Vook should stay true to his word that he will exchange money for you on Lock Poker even though he can't get his money in and out anymore, but since you are "broke" you don't have to live up to your agreement with the cell phone company?

      You can't have it both ways Tony.

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    6. "Desperate times call for desperate measures."

      Truth is that "Desperate" is not the same definition in this discussion.

      Tony's version of "right" by just avoiding things he said he would do because he now suddenly can't afford them is different than my version which would be to Find Work to pay for things that I've already given my word for.

      If I give my word I do it, I don't change my mind later because my poker and VBJ skills aren't good enough to keep me in good financial standing.

      Tony causes his own problems by not taking responsibility for his life and actions.

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    7. Setting aside the obvious moral issues for moment — In contract law an agreement that has illegal purposes or terms is instantly void: in other words, it's not a contract at all to begin with. So pimping someone out (especially for God's sake a minor!) is not something about which you can make a legally binding contract.

      Tony: you are failing. You are failing at your "jobs." You are failing at thinking clearly. You are failing at being responsible for your own life.

      Go get help now from people who are trained to help. For years you have accepted the help of people who have been kind and compassionate and helpful without you offering them anything in return—most of the time you can't even be bothered to say thank you. It is ABSURD for you keep making demands on the friendship of others (which comes with putting up with ridiculous amounts of nonsense).

      Be grateful that you live in a country that has SOME kind of safety net (even if it's not particularly wonderful). Think kindly of the hardworking taxpayers who have paid into a system that will benefit you. Consider doing the right thing, swallowing your totally inappropriate pride, and getting a modest even menial—if necessary—job, and eventually becoming a taxpayer yourself.

      I know that you have a difficult time negotiating social circumstances. I also know that you put very little effort into TRYING to learn. You keep repeating the same behaviors and getting the same results. Surprise!

      How about being humble? How about setting aside what you think you know, and accepting the possibility that there might be a better way of approaching life? There are people with autism who have applied their considerable intelligence to learning how to participate in society in a way that is satisfying both to themselves and to those with whom they interact.

      How about putting in some actual effort? IT'S OKAY IF IT'S HARD. Almost nothing worthwhile in life shows up without some effort, patience, and discipline.

      You are leading your life as if you are owed a winning lottery ticket. That's not how it works.

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    8. that mightve not been the best example --but the point is, i was trying to make the point that sometimes things u agree with someone else that u are going to do, are so terribly wrong, so sinful, and so inappropriate that changing ur mind about doing those things is a GOOD IDEA--even if it causes u to go back on ur word. and i felt like that was one of those times. maybe most dont see it as one of those times, but i see the world differently than most of u, and i did see it as one of those times. so i changed my mind.

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    9. So agreeing to pay a cell phone bill is "so terribly wrong" and "so sinful" that it was morally correct for you to back out of it?

      You lost me there.

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    10. no i was referring to taking advantage of a person with emotional problems, and bullying them into doing something thats detrimental to their wellbeing. (which is essentially what herbie was doing, he wasnt a real friend, and thats why he no longer reads the blog). and that was something that i decided wasnt right for me to be a part of. tons of people go broke and get to the point to where they cant pay their bills anymore. u are claiming its a sin to run out of money.

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    11. No. I agree that sometimes it becomes impossible to live up to what one has promised to do, whether financially or otherwise. But there are honest ways that one can handle such a situation. What you are proposing is to unilaterally take steps to be sure they can't get the money you agreed to pay them. That is not the honest, forthright path of integrity. That's running away from a problem and hiding--which is another pattern of yours. You're not even giving them a chance to come to a new mutual agreement. They might agree to reduce your rate, or waive the last few months of the contract, or waive the early termination penalty, or let you turn in the phone for a partial refund, or who knows what else? I have no idea how they'll respond if you explain your situation to them honestly and politely and humbly--and neither do you.

      Two parties agreed to the deal. You are planning to run out of your obligations without even talking to them to see what alternative arrangements they might be willing to make. Is that really what you think Jesus would say is the right thing to do here? Is running away from your contract, from your word, really the way that you think a person of the highest integrity would handle it?

      But what if they refuse to bend on anything, and won't cut you a break? In that case, you could send the phone back to them with a letter explaining your circumstnaces, apologizing for not being able to fulfill your commitment. That way at least they can resell the phone as a used item and recover some of what you owe them that way. (IMO, the phone is not yours to keep, because you have not finished paying for it yet.) If you did that after they refused to make any other alternative arrangements that you could agree to, then I, for one, would judge that you had made a good-faith effort at handling the situation honestly.

      But keeping the phone without finishing paying for it and not giving them a chance to make some other offer--well, that's just wrong.

      And BTW, saying that somebody "bullied" you into a decision is a big fat copout. You're an adult. You make your own decisions. Nobody is putting a gun to your head. If you think you're being offered a bad deal, you can just say no to it.

      If you genuinely think you're incapable of being responsible for your own decisions, then you should be in a guardianship arrangements, with somebody else legally responsible for making them for you. Is that what you want? Is that what you think you need?

      If I sound scolding, it's not from lack of friendship. It's because I believe you are capable of doing better, and hope to press you to act accordingly.

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  2. Most banks have a checking account that is free without all the bells and whistles of earning interest and having a set amount of dollars in the account. Maybe you bank has one of these available. If you were to talk with the phone company and told them the circumstances they might be willing to do something for you and decrease the contract. Just talking with them and letting them know could help. Good Luck.

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  3. Here's what's going to happen if you don't pay the bill and don't pay the early termination fee:

    - They will turn off your service
    - They will attempt to collect the early termination fee from you
    - If you do not pay, they will send the account to a collection agency
    - The collection agency WILL file paperwork with a court to collect the money (that's their job, that's all they do basically)
    - The court can order a levy on your bank account, which basically means they take your money and there's nothing you can do about it.

    The first 2 of these steps will happen right away. The collection agency part you don't need to worry about for at least a few months. Your phone company will spend at least a few months sending you letters trying to get you to pay up before sending the account to a collection agency.

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    1. This is just a phone contract, not child support or alimony. There's no way a collection agency is getting a court order to go into Tony's bank account for something like this.

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  4. I don't think you should refer to your poker and VBJ playing as a "job". I certainly wouldn't trumpet your "skill" at them either. Your net worth has taken a steady plunge for over 12 months now. If you're earning money at either activity, it certainly isn't enough to offset your meager expenses.

    Show some intellectual honesty by referring to poker and VBJ as your "hobbies". Very, very expensive ones when considered relative to your net worth.

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  5. Almost all the "free" checking accounts have some kind of catch, like requiring direct deposit (for a paycheck from an employer)

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    1. one of the reasons i cant lose the bank account is i always used direct deposit for my SSI and if i can get back on, will need direct deposit to have a way to get paid.

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    2. You can also get Direct Deposit on Debit Cards such as GreenDot and/or NetSpend and I am sure others

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  6. Tony, you need to find a job that pays a real wage instead of trying to beat variance with that tiny roll. You might be miserable for 40 hours/week and you'll probably think the job is beneath you...but that's better than living on the streets, right?

    I'm 100% positive you could get a job at a place like McDonald's if you're willing to do some light janitorial work for $7.25/hr.

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    1. i tried that when i was ages 17-20. 3 different fast food jobs at various times. wendys, burger king, and arbys. none ever paid above $3.35 an hour, and none ever gave me more than 12 hours a week, so i said fuck it, ill never do this again. riding the bus back and forth an hour each way to work 1 and a half hours over the lunch hour was ridiculous and i quit solely because i couldnt get at least 30-40 hours a week. none of them hired full time.

      nowdays its much worse, most of them hire practically no white men at all. only hispanics and blacks and asians, or women. if u dont believe me, walk into any mcdonalds in a large city that isnt in a rich suburb but in the poorer section of town. try the one in the fitzgeralds.

      and of course at even 20-30 hours at 7.25 an hour (about $5 an hour after auto deductions taken out) certainly wouldnt be anywhere near enough to get off the streets. would have to sleep outside the building unable to shower. to be able to afford rent, would need at least 40-50 hours a week at $10 an hour or higher.

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    2. You are high as a fucking kite if you think you need to gross $400 a week in order to sleep indoors.

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    3. Tony your fast food experiences 24 years ago in a different state aren't applicable to what is possible now.

      Especially with your diagnosis. A lot of places can get a subsidy for hiring disabled people.

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    4. I personally would respect the hell out of you if you went and obtained steady income.

      As for your minorities comment, welcome to diversity. America isn't the white bread place it was 20 years ago.

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  7. good news is the roll is now $966 instead of $865. won $101 on the 3rd and final session at the machine before i now must sleep. no ones advised me on whether giving up my phone is a wise move, just on the right way to give it up

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  8. Ok I'll chime in on that. It may be a good idea to get rid if it. You can always IM people via your computer and you may even be able to send a text.

    Of course there are different opinions about breaking the contract. IMO it's the right thing to do. I would do it in a second if I was in your shows so I can't sit here and say you should do differently. Lots of people have done the same thing due to financial difficulties. Hardly the end of the world.

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  9. Matt, if someone ignores a court order to pay a judgement, the court can order a levy on their bank account regardless of what it's for. Otherwise collection agencies wouldn't exist for things like phone contracts because nobody would pay them! But again, this is something that takes a long long time to go through, so it's probably not tony's concern right now.

    As for the bank account, it's in your best interest to keep that because you need a bank account/debit card for so many things.

    As for giving up phone service.. is having the phone worth $90 a month to you or not? Only you can answer that question.

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  10. Tony.

    Working and grinding VBJ are not mutually exclusive.

    You can work 10 - 20 hours a week, and then spend the rest of your time grinding VBJ.

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    1. no i couldnt, not unless someone was to drive me back and forth from Jean daily to whoever was giving me 1-2 hours of work a day. who would do that for $5 a day? (my entire days pay?)

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  11. Tony, like it or not, you are a MINORITY. There are thousands of programs to assist Native Americans. Have you ever considered looking into any of those programs?

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    1. theres no proof of my fathers native american heritage, except my grandmothers word before she died that his father was native american. he grew up never knowing his dad, the same as i did.

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    2. Look in a mirror. You are NOT white!!!!

      You remind me of the character Clayton Bixby from The Chappelle Show.

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  12. Tony call T-Mobile and talk to them about changing your current phone plan, i am sure T-Mobile will work with you on this matter. When you contact T-Mobile ask to speak to a manager or someone who has authority to make changes.

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  13. And another thing.. you can't seriously be complaining about a $7 / hour wage being too low.

    You're trying to make like $2 / hour on VBJ.. WITH variance. Compared to $7 / hour with no variance.

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    1. the $2 an hour on the VBJ, feels like fun instead of like work though, its not something u dread each day and cant wait til it ends. also it includes a free place to live, so its like earning $12 an hour instead of $2. no commuting back and forth to work either, which is worth a lot too

      im sure most people would be glad to reduce their income by 90% if they could then get out of doing things they hate to do.

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    2. Okay, at least you're honest. You hate to work. You just wanna have fun.

      How much fun are you actually having now? Is it fun to be worrying about money all the time? Fun to be afraid of homelessness every day? Fun to realize that you'll be broke soon unless you get really, really lucky?

      Maybe you should suck it up and accept that sometimes you have to do work that is not fun, but actually pays money. Maybe you need to get a job alongside those hardworking folks that you talk so dismissively about—like, say, the Hispanics who hold down 3 lowpaying jobs that no one else is willing to do and work 18 hours a day so that they can afford to feed and house their families.

      Shame on you.

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  14. Tony, all I am going to say is that you have NO CLUE how the world works. Other than that I am just wasting my time


    Best of luck to you, Mr. Tony knows best

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  15. No, most people would NOT be glad to reduce their income by 90% regardless of circumstances. Most people like being able to pay their bills every month.

    And you don't sound like you're having fun on the VBJ. You sound more like you're frustrated and stressing out because you don't have the roll to handle all the variance. And most part time jobs aren't 1-2 hours of work a day. A lot of it is shift work. Like if you were bagging groceries, you might not get 8 hours a day, 5 days a week of work, but you'd probably be working at least 4 hours at one time.

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    1. well about all i know is what i experienced as a young adult 18-21. the fast food places would give me hours like 11am-12.30pm or 11-2 at most. so i said fuck this, ill never do this again the rest of my life.

      and i learned to play poker, and never felt cut out to do anything else. u see my mom and I sat around and played board games, uno, scrabble, Rook, skip-bo etc, all the time i was growing up and games were ever all i really knew how to do, so i naturally took to poker. the only reason i dont get along with my son is because im bitter about the fact he dont like me gambling, because mom taught him its a sin.

      i dont care much for right wing religious bigots like my mom, although i still try to follow Gods laws on the important issues like not drinking, smoking or having gay sex. but gambling isnt a sin, its not listed in the Bible, and the disciples used it to make decisions. gambling is what enables the poor to have the opportunity to use their brains to have a better life for themself so it really irks me when religious people treat it like its one of them other sins in the Bible.

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    2. Someone should have told Jesus that drinking is a sin before he turned the water into wine.

      And I don't think Jesus was thrilled when the soldiers cast lots for his vestments.

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    3. " i still try to follow Gods laws on the important issues like not drinking, smoking or having gay sex."

      Are you fucking kidding me?

      According to your own Bible, your own New Testament, your own Jesus--what are the two most important commandments that a Christian is supposed to follow? Hint: Neither one of them has anything to do with drinking, smoking, or gay sex.

      Do you know what they are? Serious question.

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  16. First, I'll say this: I've been following this blog for years, and I am amazed you have lasted as long as you have grinding on your bankroll and living off comps. I know I could not have done so with the success that you have shown. I would have been broke LONG, LONG ago. I also think that it must be incredibly difficult to even attempt to play poker given the constant pressure you live under to make enough money to simply afford to eat. Poker is a mental game, and I'm not sure how you can play successfully when you are so stressed about every aspect of life. In short, I don't think you've failed at poker; I think you've done a lot better than 90% of us would do under similar circumstances.

    That said, you need to reevaluate your situation and decide what your plan is for the future. I don't think there is a person who reads this blog that expects to see you succeed at poker or gambling. That may sound harsh; but it's the truth. You will go broke (as would any of us); it's just a matter of when. You've had a lot of people try and help you over the years - Vince, Sickcallmagee, Josie, s.i., serge, Lightning, etc. I venture to say these folks probably put more effort into the relationship than you gave back. At some point, when nothing changes in your life, people get tired of wasting their time. At some point, these people are going to be unwilling to help you further. Some of them have already shut down. You need to finally, for once, follow through and put some effort into helping yourself.

    Decide now whether you want to be a gambler who goes broke and ends up homeless and panhandling; or whether you want to put real effort into taking your life in a different direction. Forget about small things in life like whether to cancel your T-Mobile service or your internet. It's just noise; it gives you an excuse to avoid the big picture. Decide to pursue social services to the end, even if it takes effort. Look for work in Vegas at a food store, or a cvs, or some other entry level position. Work part time, whatever hours you get, and play poker in your off time. 20 hours a week at minimum wage would give you $150 or so a week. That's $600 a month that you could put towards an apartment. Would you be living a great lifestyle? No. But it would be a start. And, you have to start somewhere. Worse comes to worse, move home to Lyons. I find it hard to believe your mom would charge you ALL of your earnings as rent. That would be absurd of her. Negotiate a deal with her. Even if it's temporary until you get back on your feet.

    You can try and do any of these things. You may not succeed; but you can try. You can decide to be a man and work just a little bit to get your life turned around. Or you can continue to rely upon excuse after excuse after excuse to continue to do nothing all day but gamble, sleep and play Candy Crush Saga. It's really up to you.

    -P3


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    1. The man speaks wisdom. (As did NT earlier today, largely on the same themes.) I would disagree only with the poker part. The hard truth is this: Nobody should ever be gambling--including playing poker--with money that he cannot afford to lose. Somebody on the meager income from a disability check or a minimum-wage job cannot afford to lose any of it to VBJ or to other poker players.

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    2. Tony, that may have come off harsher than intended. I should say that I doubt anyone thinks you can succeed at poker under your current circumstances. Get a part time job, or get a job and save up some money, and give poker a shot. Maybe you can beat the game then.

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    3. Fine, fine advice. But deaf, deaf ears.

      At the end of the day, Tony is an addict. He will do whatever it takes to gamble. A job, despite providing money, will also provide responsibilities which are an obstacle to his gambling. It's easier to panhandle and have the freedom to run off to the tables (virtual or otherwise) the moment he scrounges up enough cash.



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    4. Tue Feb 26th 4:13PM

      The Wall Street Journal News Alert
      Christie Signs N.J. Internet Gambling Bill

      New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill making the state the biggest yet to allow online gambling within its borders.

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      Just to give you all some idea of how long it will be before any sites start-up based on this legislation, I was listening to the Caesars Entertainment earnings conference call yesterday when the CEO discussed it...

      In Nevada, we received an interactive gaming operator license from the NGC, a key conceptual lunching of real-money online poker in our state. We expect to begin offering online real-money poker in Nevada in the coming months...

      I would hope that the New Jersey regulators will take a look at what Nevada has already done since a lot of great work has been done by the Nevada authorities to get ready for online gaming in Nevada. With a little luck, perhaps that takes a year, for the regulations to be in place and suitability to be established given that applicants would all be existing offline operators. And then one could imagine that you'd be up and running within several months of that. So I would say, at the more optimistic end of the range, maybe 18 months -- somewhere between 18 months and 2 years following the governor's filing of this piece of legislation.

      As far as the software they will use:

      Well, I'll try to give you a little bit of a flavor of the software licenses for Poker. So we have 2 tracks underway at CIE on Poker platform. The first is the use of the 888 software with minor modification, and we have the right to use that software and introduce it, for example, in Nevada under what we consider to be quite reasonable terms. And I would expect that when we go live in Nevada, you'll see us on the 888 platform. We also, as you recall, acquired the right to use and customize the software platform of Barriere Digital all from France. We think that is a state-of-the-art perform. We have developers working on its modification to suit the World Series of Poker as we speak. So at some point when that modification is complete, we'd anticipate that we might migrate off of the 888 platform and onto the Barriere platform in due time.

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    5. Tony, et al:

      I like this P3 character - kid's got some common sense, and more than a smidge of empathy. I'm guessing he must suck at being a lawyer.

      P3, perhaps due to low blood sugar, has brought the message home to you, Tony. You can seek out social services, get a housing subsidy set up, food stamps, SSI, AND gamble.

      Now, I think this board needs to turn it's collective mind back to the more pressing issue: WHY IS GRUMP UNWILLING TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST THE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF MINORS????

      Why is Grump unable to see the moral difference between backing out of an agreement to sell a minor into abusive sexual bondage...and renegging on a cell phone contract??????

      It appears to me that, since leaving safe harbor in Las Vegas for the wilds of North Carolina, Grump's navigation has exhausted his moral compass. I think ALL of us need to stand against him until he publicly acknowledges his wrongheadedness here.

      I say he either apologizes or agrees to move back to Vegas, a city in which he at least knew right from wrong. There can be no middle ground. With enough pressure from the rest of us, both here and on Grump's own blog, those of us who DO understand that not selling children for sex is not morally equivalent to not breaking a minor service contract, can help Grump see the light and help this new citizen of The Tar Heel State live up to the state motto of his adopted home "Esse Quam Videri" ("To be, rather than to seem."), and claim again the better nature found in Cicero's words:

      "Fewer possess virtue, than those who wish us to believe that they possess it."

      "The fact is that fewer people are endowed with virtue than wish to be thought to be so."

      "Not nearly so many people want actually to be possessed of virtue as want to appear to be possessed of it."

      "The Numbers of the really virtuous are not so great, as they appear to be."


      s.i.

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    6. I am scum. No two ways about it.

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    7. I am sure even Grump has things hidden in his closet, we are all human and make mistakes, some more than others.

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    8. I have a blow up sheep in my closet

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  17. Am I the only who find it absurd to measure the fulfillment of a phone or rental contract using morality or sin as a yardstick?

    There are many many thing we are obligated to do as a member of society, but not everything can/should be a moral obligation.

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  18. I know you said you 'appealed' your Social Security claim. Did you really just ask for reconsideration? If you did not add additional medical documentation to your request there is an 80% chance they will deny you again and you will have to do a formal appeal. Appeals take considerably longer around 290 days at a minimum.

    I'm not trying to discourage you but if you are betting on Social Security starting soon be sure you have a solid Plan 'B'.

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  19. I know you said you 'appealed' your Social Security claim. Did you really just ask for reconsideration? If you did not add additional medical documentation to your request there is an 80% chance they will deny you again and you will have to do a formal appeal. Appeals take considerably longer around 290 days at a minimum.

    I'm not trying to discourage you but if you are betting on Social Security starting soon be sure you have a solid Plan 'B'.

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  20. To solve your cell phone issue - ask to temporarily suspend your service, it happens all the time when people are hospitalized or on vacation or whatever, and look into a prepaid phone. Most are free with a purchase of minutes, and you have to buy a card every month or the minutes banked up will expire, but its usually a $10 minimum commitment and most come with free texting, and you will be accessible.

    I'm not doing any research for you, but its a solution I would take in your situation.

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  21. Like P3, I have been following for a long time and only made a few comments back on AVP and have been following along. I think Pete just summed up everything really well here. I don't have much to add or anything but it's pretty clear to me and I'm sure everyone else that the road has ended here. Taking action and bettering your life is a necessary step that needs to be taken.

    I may not agree with a lot of the things you do Tony but I don't wish anything bad to happen to a fellow human being. Only a very select few get that treatment and you're not one of them. No matter what you decide to do I pray you are safe and find your way.

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  22. I don't know about your carrier but on Verizon you can suspend your cell phone for up to 90 days at a time without breaking any contract. I do it several time a year when I travel overseas.

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  23. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/9895948/Jobless-Indiana-teenager-rewarded-for-long-walk-in-the-snow.html

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  24. Tony the only reason a person would need to "try not to have gay sex" is if they were gay.

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    1. but notice i also listed drinking, and of course i have no desire to do that either since i never have. everyone knows im not gay.

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    2. Gay sex is ok when you are drinking because drinking clouds your judgement.
      Sometimes you can confuse a small penis for a big labia.

      you know, that's just what I've heard

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  25. won $23 on VBJ, new roll $989. am reading tmobiles website where im logged in about ways to suspend service and for why. dont say anything about becoming homeless, although it does list not going to be using ur phone for a long period of time. my last charge of $94 went thru feb 12, and my next charge of $92 is scheduled for mar 12, so it would need to be done a few days before that.

    heres some interesting stats about my phone usage. its almost always been used for reading email and accessing the web. if u do suspend service, can it still be used to do things like play games, look up others numbers, and use the alarm?

    average of 420 text messages a month, 125 minutes a month on the phone talking, and 0.7431 GB of internet, certainly far too much for any of those free obamaphone program or the kind u buy in 7-11. everything on my plan is listed as UNLIMITED everything, unlike my verizon internet modem, which is limited to 10GB.

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    1. Put your phone into airplane mode and you will find out what u can and cannot do without phone service.

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    2. Your phone will work on wi fi for everything other than calling and texting.

      And you can't afford your $90 a month phone, which is why you would need to suspend your service for a bit, and then pick up a prepaid phone for voice calls and texts so that you're reachable. The prepaid phone requires no verification of who you are.


      You're smarter than this.

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    3. Tony, if you suspend your phone, you will be able to use it thru wifi. Please download the Google Voice App and the GrooVe IP Lite App from the Play Store. With these two apps, you will be able to text and make calls thru wifi. Do not forget, you have to pick a number at https://www.google.com/voice. The number you get is a regular US number like your cell phone number. Google Voice has a web based voicemail. You can start giving this number to your bank and welfare offices. This is a free service!

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    4. How about skype over wifi? You can make "phone" calls to other Skype users. You can also Skype text them. Try it out using free wifi after u cancel your phone as I'm not 100% sure it will work. Wifi won't work in "airplane mode" sobi can't test that way

      U dont need to wait till march 9 to put your service on hold. In fact I suspect if u called tmobile you'd discover you owe a prorated bill. I've found in life the best way to tackle any problem is to face it head on.

      Call tmobile. Tell them your situation. Near homeless, autistic, almost broke, want to freeze service and payment till u receiver social services and can pay again

      It's better than avoiding it

      Good luck !

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  26. "certainly far too much for any of those free obamaphone program or the kind u buy in 7-11."

    Tony, everytime I start getting a guilty feeling and want to help you, you come out with something racist, or something equally offensive, and that takes away any guilty feelings I have.

    Koala

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    1. My tracfone's 90 days of service cost is $20 plus tax. So it is about $7.xx a month. If you own a prepaid phone you can't really yack on it endlessly obviously. Same for texting. The best part of my plan is that I never changed the voicemail greeting from the lady who previously had my number.

      Never thought of it as an obamaphone though....

      Regardless, Lester

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  27. Yes you can use any of the services that don't include making calls or accessing web/ txt message. Therefore the alarm and games, etc will work (unless the game is online or has online components).

    Don't tell tmob you will be homeless, just tell them you will be out of the country for a while, they wont ask for proof. Just don't phone them every 10 minutes asking to be reconnected / disconnected as your roll changes.

    HTH

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  28. Tony; I really don't see how you can justify spending money either on your cell phone contract or your mobile internet service, considering how low your roll it currently.

    Surely there are places in Jean where you can connect to free WiFi periodically, to check email, update your blog etc? (Coffee shops, McDonalds, etc...)

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  29. Tony:

    While I'm not generally one to fact check your posts, I do want you to know that you are factually incorrect on the following:

    "the reason i think right wing people are more nicer and caring than leftwing people even though they mostly dont believe in govt assistance is a lot of things. for one they give far more to the poor and charities. there's 2 guys in toledo ohio in a law office thats by a gay bar. or used to be however. one is named John, the other Kerry, and ive not seen either in about 20 yrs, nor do i remember their last names. its in a very old building and probably no longer there. they were both strong pro-life activists, and thats what they did with thier law firm, defending those out protesting abortion clinics."

    While "John and Kerry" (quite the coincidence!) may have given a great deal, recent studies show that conservatives and liberals donate equally. Conservatives are more likely to give to religious orgs and libbys to secular orgs, but they donate at equal ratios across the economic spectrum.

    s.i.

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    1. If you exclude "donations" to churches which, let's face it, are nothing more than an attempt to buy oneself into a place that doesn't actually exist :pointsandlaughs: pro-rated charitable donations by liberals are significantly higher than those from conservatives.

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  30. Well put Mr Peters. On behalf of everyone who reads this blog thanks for summing up all of our thoughts. If tony would only put on his grown up pants he'd be much happier. I still wonder if the combination of autism and addiction makes these virtually impossible for tony to realize.

    Love to hear more from tony on this and less about the stupid cell phone. Call tmobile and ask. Enough said!

    Thoughts on P3's comments tony? He's been a true friend... Thoughts on what he wrote?

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    1. Vook, you know the answer to this already. Tony prefers grinding $2/hour playing VBJ than working because it is "fun." It may be an addiction issue, but it isn't an autism one. He doesn't "get along with" his son, cos the latter disapproves of his gambling. THIS JUST IN: Parents are not required to "get along with" their kids, they're required to raise them. But that wouldn't be "fun" either, would it?

      Grown-up pants? See above. Much easier to dump all responsibility on others and behave like a spoiled child who won't do anything unless it's "fun."

      Having said all that, I'd like to apologize to Tony for the name-calling I engaged in in a previous post. TBC you may be the most maddening individual that has ever crossed my path, but as a fellow human being I am striving to maintain compassion for you. You're not making it easy.

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    2. "TBC you may be the most maddening individual that has ever crossed my path"

      That is one of the central issues we (those that come to this blog)face. So many people trying to help Tony, so many suggestions, plans and pleas that fall on deaf ears.

      It is encouraging, however, that despite the few nasty people who seem to be rooting for Tony's downfall, most of the people who post here are genuinely trying to help him. I realize there is also a lot of frustration when we see Tony be his own worst enemy. But ... it is what it is.

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  31. Tony won't be able to play at any of the Nevada Internet poker sites coming soon because you have to register in person at the casino so they can check your age and make sure your not banned. He better work on getting bans lifted quickly.

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  32. Wow! Stop Press on Twitter....

    Tony seems to have dusted off tree-fiddy today!

    "@sevencard2003
    new roll $715 instead of $1066, and ive got far more important worries than updating blog"

    Hang in there Tony.....!

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    1. Tony:

      Where did the $350 drop come? Congrats on getting the roll up to 1066 - that was a couple benjamins better than you had when you arrived in Jean.

      Sup?

      s.i.

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    2. $350 on that good VBJ machine. The one that if you only bet 1% of your roll you will never go broke that machine, more info please, lol.
      Tony will never learn that no machine FP or not is not beatable in the long run.

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  33. Time get serious on the board game development efforts Tony!

    How about the greater Las Vegas metropolitan area on the board and all casino locations are involved (strip, downtown, etc)????

    You got to have some sort of original and unique ideas to incorporate to earn some serious money off of this new board game???

    Good Luck (of course), Lester

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  34. I can picture this board game now.

    You land a square that says to martingale at VBJ. You either win $1 or lose $500.

    Instead of Go To Jail you have a "Take a $800 cab ride" square.

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  35. Tony:

    What's the plan, sir?

    s.i.

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    1. Gamble gamble gamble gamble gamble gamble gamble gamble gamble gamble CandyCrushSaga gamble gamble gamble gamble gamble Ramen gamble gamble gamble gamble gamble

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    2. PLAN B would be to have blog readers send money orders or certified checks to:


      The mailing address for the Gold Strike Casino is:

      Gold Strike Casino
      1 Main Street
      Jean, NV 89019

      ATTN: Hotel Guest Tony Bigcharles

      PLAN C is that I will buy another powerball ticket for Saturday night's drawing and if this one hits I will deduct only my travel expenses to personally deliver it to Tony at the Gold Strike.

      Good Luck (of course), Lester

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  36. By my math, Andy gave tony $800.

    Good luck to you, hopefully all the VBJ persistence pays off.

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