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How I Became a Professional Gambler

I had never gambled before and knew nothing about it, but I'd gotten too many e-mails like it. I was at my parents house for winter break during my first year at UT, and I was bored.

"Free $50 just for downloading our casino!"

Hmm. That doesn't seem very risky. I might as well download to see what it's all about.

Just Business


The lease at one of the apartments I've got in Beijing is up in six days. The owner's... "manager / friend / agent / something" (the role is unclear) didn't want to give the security deposit back. Apparently this is very normal in China.

The manager/friend/agent/whatever said we had to give them notice we were going to move out of 30 days to get the security deposit back.

Which seems like nonsense -- with about six weeks left on the lease, we were negotiating with them the rents, but they dragged it out and looked for it to take a long time. They got back to us with their offer of an increase in rents only a few days ago.

I said no, and we'll leave. "Well, you had to give us 30 days notice..."

The manager/agent/friend was being tough on the phone. We just met today, and she came in like a whirlwind of toughness ready for a standoff.

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