I ran across a series of letters from Eddie (a friend for many years) that details his (and my) rise from "just having fun" to "serious and having fun" in game of chance. I'll publish them as I straighten them out.
Our tour began in east central Michigan and went north into the Upper Peninsula. There were several stops to pick up passengers on the way. There were food comps and free play at the casinos along the way.
The sprawling area of Bossier City/Shreveport offers a lot of activities and places the go and see.
Al Capone, Alvin Karpis, Owney Madden, & Lucky Luciano were among the many figures that influenced the expanding of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Politicians abounded and peddled influence. Young politicos were seen - it is said that Bill Clinton attended school there. These stories are at the museum.
During our time in Tunica, we stayed at several casinos and hotels, which made this trip a fun but fragmented one. Read on to find out which was our favorite and why.
Not only a space museum but a research facility that tests the rocket engines used in space exploration.
Wildlife abounds in the confluence of 5 rivers near Mobile. This museum illustrates the wildlife of the area.
There are almost always an unusual group of people playing the games in a casino. Some are happy and having fun. Some act ornery and out of sorts. Here's a couple stories.
Recently I discovered a personal diary from 1985. One of the series of days was about a trip we made to Nevada from south Florida.
A small lighthouse on a peninsula in northwest Michigan was a fun trip.
The Walmart Museum is in the original Walton 5 & 10 on Main Street in Bentonville, AR.
Ferriday, LA, a small town boasts a strong musical history.
After spending a couple months in Destin, FL, we spent a couple days over my birthday in Biloxi, MS.
The outside are of the museum is devoted to aircraft rather than the weaponry associated with it and is impressive by itself.
An afterthought on the trip and this commentary. In rereading it, a lot of it is sort of a rant about the bus trip. If I've veered too far off the subject, I apologize.
A short term trip with some enjoyable stops at a couple museums and a distillery.
The National Corvette Museum is just off the expressway and down the street the factory where Corvettes are created. The museum is open daily.
A relatively small distillery, they made it easy to follow the process from distilling through the bottling and shipping.
Jerry Lee Lewis is featured in this small but informative museum. Mostly pre 1900 information, artifacts, and pictures.
A summertime auto trip to southern Indiana for some culture and a short casino visit.
I combined a trip to a family reunion with 2 nights at an area casino to have a good time in southern Indiana.
This small, sleepy town on the banks of the Ohio River in southern Indiana houses an impressive collection of memorabilia.
Near the scene of his last escape from a local jail is the John Dillinger Museum. Information and artifacts about his career in crime are displayed as well as history of law enforcement at the time.
Two nights in the Upper Peninsula with video poker to keep me busy and a slot tournament for fun.
One of the first casinos in the United States located outside of Nevada, the Soaring Eagle has grown and prospered over the years.
This is a story about how feelings evolve over time. And if a mechanical mouse evolves, then can we assume that people also evolve.
Our annual spring pilgrimage from Florida to Michigan took place. We took a different route this time, though, and saw some different places. Patronized our favorite casinos however.
A comprehensive collection of art works representing the western United States from the days of the cowboys and indians through the current times.
This small museum in downtown Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia, is a repository of many items from Civil War times to the present.
Tellus Science Museum is one of two museums in Cartersville that are affiliated with the Smithsonian in Washington.
The Isle Of Capri Casino / Resort is adjacent to the Mississippi just outside Lula, MS, on Highway 49. It features 2 hotels, 2 casinos, and a sumptuous buffet.
The small town politician that became president is defined in his home town of Plains, Ga. A museum has been established to illustrate the path he took.
After a dark and stormy night with high winds, lightning, and thunder the day trip to the IP in Biloxi, MS, began early but turned out pleasant. There's a couple pictures of good wins on video poker.
This article is about the planning a vacation trip to Northern Mississippi from Michigan can be easy and fun to do. It is also about the fun and food involved in that vacation.
The following is a comment about a Father's Day I saw occur.
A human interest story before the game even got started for us.
Our annual trip home from Florida to Michigan meandered through Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi.
One of three active resort/casinos in the cotton fields of northwestern Mississippi, Sam's Town keeps changing. From a conglomeration of restaurants, hotels, and resorts, these three are c lusutered.
A modern look at the history of country music in Texas. Many Texas musicians are featured. A recent inclusion into the museum is the Tex Ritter Museum.
The museum shows the life and times of the 41st President of the United States while in office and the history of his life and family before and after the presidency.
The Coushatta Indian Tribe owns and operates a large resort complex west of Baton Rouge that includes hotels, golfing, rv camping, chalets, and a casino.
Accredited Wildlife Sanctuaries are not plentiful. In Louisiana, Wings Of Hope is a standout facility. Animals unable to function are rehabilitated so that they may be released into the wild.
The 16th President of the United States is memorialized in the small complex of museums in downtown Springfield, Illinois.
A fun way to spend a day at a reasonable cost is a bus trip to one of the Biloxi Casinos. This is my experience with one.
I'd always been a little intimidated by most table games in a casino. Card games were not as difficult for me as others because card playing thrived in my family. So, I usually played blackjack or video poker. Occasionally I would venture into a...
Evangeline Downs Hotel and Casino - Opelousas, LA Don Rust Three very different looking buildings are the pieces that make up the Evangeline Downs Racetrack, Evangeline Downs Casino, and Evangeline Downs Hotel. They are clustered just east of...
Memorabilia from old time cattle drives to the modern oil industry are on display in this ultra modern museum that caters to both children and adults.
George W. Bush Museum - Dallas, TX Don Rust On the edge of the campus of Southern Methodist University is the George W Bush Museum. We arrived shortly after opening on a Saturday morning and parking was not a problem in a paid lot just across the...
Some dealers augment their paychecks in an unsavory manner while some dealers just allow you to have a good time.
Casual, laid back fun can be had at this remote location in southern Indiana.
This land based casino was originally designed as a riverboat but with changes in the law became Indiana's First land based casino.
Several bridges that we cross between our winter residence in Destin, FL, and the resorts of Biloxi, MS, have long intrigued me. On this trip I attempted to get some answers.
An unusual run of luck provided a happy experience for a newbie.
Great American Art on display in the western slopes of the Ozarks courtesy of the Walton family and Walmart
Honoring the Negro Baseball Players of the past, this small museum is crammed full of memorabilia.
The home of the 31st president of the United States and the library / museum dedicated to his memory.
Basketball as a modern game was created in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith. The game, however, has roots in a much earlier time. The Olmec people as far back as 1,000 B.C. played a version of a ball game that was a combination of a soccer-like game...
The Strategic Air And Space Museum is located in east central Nebraska just off Interstate 80. It is home to quite an array of Air Command Memorabilia.
On the banks of the Mississippi River in northwestern Mississippi has been built a resort on land that used to house cotton fields.
In theory Biorhythms can help predict lucky and unlucky periods in one's life. This article is about that assumption and how to put it into practice
After several winters in the United States Southwest, we decided to make Florida our winter destination. Here is how we planned it.
After falling on frozen ground, my femur was broken and I was hospitalized. This is the account of that nearly catastrophic hospitalization.
The site of the John F. Kennedy assassination has been preserved in the Book Depository as a museum. The assassin's firing site is set aside as an exhibit as are many other artifacts.
Five governors of Louisiana were from in and around the Winnfield, Louisiana, area. This museum exhibits information about all of the political figures in Louisiana history.
The first casino in Michigan was located in Brimley, MI. This is a modern version of that original casino.
A historical museum dedicated the men and the ships that were lost in the turbulent waters of the Great Lakes.
While playing blackjack in Las Vegas, I accidently found a professional blackjack player at the table with me.
Watching newcomers play the video games in a casino can be a lot of fun.
A pleasant sunny afternoon amongst the animals of the world at the Dallas Zoo.
The Blackjack Table in a casino offers many stories. This is one about wildlife and hunting.
Dedicated to the wild, wild West and the rodeo, the museum highlights that history.
A true story of a Hold "Em game in Tunica, Mississippi.