I really enjoyed being a Gentleman of Leisure these past few months. Basically, I haven't done a damn thing as far as work is concerned since last July. That's when my company was 'merged' and my workload went from "Light and easily managed" to "Damn near non-existant". Then of course I got laid off at the end of December, so that gave me two more months of doing nothing while waiting to move here to Nevada.
After I arrived in Vegas I immediately enrolled in dealing school, and that kept me busy for a couple of weeks. But March Madness rolled around, and I found myself goofing off for a week while all of my friends were in town. Then I got sick and spent a week in bed. That time has now passed, and I spent the entire day today in school--like seven hours straight, working on my craps game. I've been playing the game for years--but dealing it is a different animal entirely--and just today the lightbulb went off for me. And it went off before anyone else in my class, so while they were there scratching their heads and wracking their brains trying to come up with answers to all the ridiculous prop-bet questions the instructor was tossing out, there I was answering them all in my head and keeping my mouth zipped to give others a chance to 'figure it all out'.
Not that I'm an expert--not by a long shot. But today I reached the summit of 'competency'. While the others in my class are struggling with the green felt crevasses and ice fields, I get to enjoy the view for another day or so. In the meantime, more study and practice, but I *think* I may be ready for an audition in a week or so. We shall see.
Anyhow, the point of all this is that it's nice to actually be making some sort of progress, instead of just floating along like I have been for the past several months. Sure, I'd love to be sitting around posting on Travel2Vegas.com all day, but now I actually have better things to do!