Hot & Spicy & So Good

Posted: April 24, 2015 in poker

Evaluating Risk.  One of the best poker players I know is a former base jumper.  The guy has guts.  He might have a sensitive palate, I don’t know, but the point of this writing prompt, for me, isn’t about food.  It’s about being delicious.  It’s about taking chances.  It’s about doing what you love, no matter what the consequences. Or that’s what I’m making it about.  If you get in a hand with base jumper, and he has a shot at the money, he won’t back down.

Which brings me to Kris Kristofferson, who I had the chance to see in person at a little bar ten years ago where I could look at his lovely blue eyes and say hello.  My, oh, my.  Anyway, someone posted a video of him yesterday singing a Tom Petty song, “Won’t back down.”  It was sort of lovely & sad, like Cash’s song “Hurt.”  I adore Kristofferson, having been able to see him play up close at “Phantom Canyon” here in Colorado.  He was waiting for Steve Earle so they could play, and by god, while he was waiting he glanced over at me.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/hear-kris-kristoffersons-somber-cover-of-tom-pettys-wont-back-down-20150423

If there is anything to learn from playing poker, it is to DO WHAT YOU LOVE.  You can evaluate your options until the clock runs out, but most often it’s just better to go with your instinct. Your subconscious mind is already at work before you even look at the cards.  You’ve made guesses as to other peoples motivation, what their demeanor means, whether they feel strong or want to leave.

The same goes for food.  IF you think it’s made of undercooked cat, well all the spice in the world won’t save you.

And as with anything, tomorrow may never come.  A little risk? What the hell, you’re not jumping off a building.  As long as the cost isn’t more than you can lose.

My personal thoughts on food: It is better to have loved & lost than never to have loved.

kris
Now Kris is an old guy, but he wrote so many beautiful songs.  Bobby McGee for one.
I happened to google the original video of “Won’t back down,” and there is Tom Petty with Ringo Starr & George Harrison.  Which makes sense as Petty & Harrison did the Traveling Wilburys together.  Ringo is my favorite Beatle. It all comes together.

As Ringo says, Peace & Love.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Ring of Fire.”
Ring of Fire: Do you love hot and spicy foods or do you avoid them for fear of what tomorrow might bring?

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