Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Have you seen the movie Casino? I haven’t, but I read this and it got me thinking it might be worth 2 precious hours of my life. It's just that I’ve been on a movie watching bender lately. I find myself continuously looking for suggestions, as a result. I guess the whole thing has to do with that addictive personality of mine. I’d appreciate any feedback though, if you feel the aforementioned film is worth a watch.

It’s funny to joke about such said personality disorder, but it’s more important that I figure out how to live with it. I’ve realized that this strategy of adoption is more likely to help me succeed in the world, than just trying to blatantly ignore my character “flaws.” I know, know, it’s important to do everything in moderation, but that’s just not my style. Unless there is a pressing sense of urgency, or novelty for that matter, I hardly ever partake in anything. And when I do partake, you know I dive right in, very promptly after I dip that first toe. Besides, I would argue that everything in excess, equates to moderation. Can you follow that math?

Whether it is drinking, exercising, work or studying, I tend to get easily excited, and engrossed with, any given activity. I find myself enthralled with a pastime. Then I quickly get bored of it and move on; or, in the case of my brief Internet poker addiction, until it becomes too expensive to justify. Besides, I was always more of a blackjack guy anyways.

On the topic of gambling in Slovakia, aside from the mini-casino at the Hotel Carlton, which for lack of sheer size is unable to accommodate the plethora of games you might find here, there isn’t much in the way of establishments I’d want to invest a Saturday night at.

Don’t get me wrong; there is an array of what I’ll call “gambling shacks,” brightly colored storefronts complete with roulette wheels and flashing jackpot signs, that will happily take your money. It’s just that when you take into account the seedy location of most of these places, coupled with the lack of regulatory compliance and prevalence of organized crime in the country, it seems I would have a better shot at being complicit in a money laundering operation than beating the house. Given my predisposition to binge behavior and risk-taking then, it seems I’d be better served to stay home and virtually attend the Red Casino. As per my own business, I’m obviously a fan of the online way of doing things anyways.

I think most kids at Queen's exhibited this to some extent too. Never have I met so many people who hustle hard during the week, only to find themselves upside-down on top of a keg, come the weekend, -err Thursday.

So this has been the first step, recognizing behavioral patterns. I’ll keep working on strategies to curtail, and maybe even leverage, the way that my brain seems to be wired. Yes, if I could turn a seemingly negative thing into a strength that would be good…


  1. Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
    - Oscar Wilde

  2. I have an addictive personality too. It's occasionally gotten me into trouble, but only when I didn't stop to make sure the addiction was actually good for my life.

    "All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it's possible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer." -- Niccolo Machiavelli

  3. Casino is definitely worth it. Also, Adaptation is one of my all time favourites; I think you'd enjoy it as well.

  4. @amit I'm reminded of our giant towers of coffee glory, which we always erected in a post-binge hangover at Stauffer.

    @justin I dig your approach. I should check first too. I also am elated that you are thinking of me and quoting Machiavelli. My pencil-note-ridden copy of The Prince is always within reach. Seriously.

    @jiash I will investigate, on both fronts. Thanks for the heads up.

  5. Casino is a great movie, an instant classic. I totally relate when it comes to a binge type personality. I can't tell you how many projects I've started with incredible gusto, just to abandon them in a few short days or weeks. It's very interesting, all the gambling in Slovakia. Good luck staying out of the casinos!

  6. The movie "Casino" really captures the glitz and glam of the Casino world and could be very addictive... Internet seems to have some of that charm also... in it can also be so addictive, but allot of fun.