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No No Gambling

Was it a famed pre-Socratic philosopher or was it Mae West who declared that the way down and the way up are the same?  Whoever said it first sure got that right.  And if you don’t believe it, then have I got a book for you.

I mean, what do you do when they pick on you in school and won’t give you a break, when you hate what you see in the mirror, and when you just don’t see the point of anything—when you’re so down, you can’t even get out of your own way?  Well, if you’re Danny Basavich of New Jersey, maybe there could be a way up and out, but not one of set or prescribed methods.  You might hustle baseball cards so effectively that the proceeds were considerable and the feeling of success was a high.  You could drop out of school and get a diploma by studying in a special school for unwed mothers—no more bullies, and the credential problem was over before you were 16.  And then there would be the chance to engage with that intriguing game played on what they call “the green felt ocean.”  The more Basavich played, the better he got.  The experience was therapy for deep depression and, therefore, its own reward.  Yet it would lead to others, for there might be opportunities to cut some corners and maximize profits in ways unimagined by Sir Isaac Newton when he declared that, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. ...

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