January 7, 2003

By Michael Strickland

Wheel of Fortune

As I'm hoping for a better year in 2003, I suppose it was appropriate that I played the Wheel of Fortune slot machines during my stay at the Mandalay Bay. As it turned out, the Wheel was good to me, so hopefully it's a sign of good fortune in the year to come.

This was, in fact, my most successful stay ever in Las Vegas, from a financial standpoint. Not only was my two-night stay complimentary (thanks to a special offer which brought me here in the first place), I am also leaving here with enough winnings to pay my gas expenses for the past week's 3,000-mile trip (not an insignificant amount for a gas-guzzling SUV).

Now, at long last, I return home. It's only been about a week and a half, but after so many miles on the road, it feels like I've been away for much longer. After my first semester of law school, I was exhausted and in much need of a break. Now, I'm chomping at the bit, ready to jump back into the fray. In that sense, at least, this expedition has been worthwhile. And, frankly, I'm looking forward to getting busy and working hard again, so I won't have the time to do so much thinking and so little doing.


©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

What is "The Daily Strick"?

I have long called myself a writer, but too often I don't do what a writer must do daily: write. So you, dear reader, are the beneficiary of my resolution to make a positive change in at least one area of my life. Every single day of this new year, I will write something, anything, and post it here (though some days' writings might be posted late, if I am out of town—such as right now). It is my intention to use this daily exercise to jump-start my too-long-dormant creative energies, and perhaps generate some worthwhile material this year. Hopefully you will find at least an occasional amusement or insight in my daily musings.

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