My friend Lee told me about his first trip to Las Vegas about fifteen years ago.
“It was not long after my wife and I were married,” Lee said. “I was just 27, and very excited to be staying at a nice hotel overlooking the famous ‘Strip.’”
“But from the time we arrived, until the second day of our trip, my wife had been feeling under the weather and we basically remained shut in the room,” he continued. “Needless to say, I was chomping at the bit and had the biggest case of cabin fever ever.”
Finally, the following morning, Lee’s wife was feeling better and they decided to go have breakfast. During the meal Lee expressed how eager he was to visit the different casinos and sights of the famous boulevard. They decided, with no agenda, they would just visit each resort and let fate take them where it may.
To prepare for the outing, his wife elected to wear high-heels. When he mentioned it was not a good idea because of the considerable walking, she became even more determined to wear them.
“We walked from one end of the strip to almost the other, and let me just say, her feet were hurting,” Lee remembered.
“Let’s get a cab,” Lee’s wife finally decreed.
Lee and his wife agreed before the trip that with a limited budget each would have a certain amount of quota cash they would spend each day.
“Needless to say, it was okay by me as long as she paid for the cab,” Lee winked.
I laughed and told Lee it reminded me of the time my daughter Jennifer and I went to hike on a trail of a nearby park when she was seven. She insisted on wearing high heels. After a bit of a debate, I gave in and chalked it up to this being a lesson she would have to learn. To my misfortune, it didn’t take long before I was piggy-backing Jennifer for a couple of miles because of her aching feet.
Lee and I had a good laugh about this and agreed that perhaps both of these quick stories represents many of our problems in life.
How many times do we make decisions on our appearance or what others may think of us (even total strangers) versus what is practical?
What percentage of our problems are self-induced and caused by our choices?
How often are we asked to bale others out, and we obediently comply, because of their hasty choices?
Raised in San Antonio, Jack Dennis’ early experiences were as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. With a Texas State University bachelor’s degree, Jack studied journalism, education and psychology. He was the founding vice-president of Sigma Delta Chi, the Association of Professional Journalists at the University. Jack has received numerous awards, including Investigative Reporter of the Year from Rocky Mountain Press Association, David Ashworth Community Award, and Leadership in Management.
Some of the people and groups Jack has interviewed include:
Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, George Strait, Roy Orbison, Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler, Freddie Mercury, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Steve Wariner, Tanya Tucker, Scotty Moore, Fats Domino, Patty Page, Tommy Roe, Emmy Lou Harris, Johnny Rivers, Charly McClain, Kinky Friedman, John McFee, Guy Allison & Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) , Randy Bachman (BTO), Jim Messina, Todd Rundgren, Alvin Lee, Gary Puckett, The Ventures, Freddy Cannon, Augie Meyer, Christopher Cross, Whiskey Myers, Sha Na Na (John “Bowzer” Baumann), Flash Cadillac, Jerry Scheff, John Wilkinson, Darrell McCall, and more.
Politicians & News
George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Greg Abbott, Rudolph Giuliani, Larry King, Jack Anderson, Tom Bradley, Connie Mack, and more.
Clint Eastwood, Mike Myers, Taylor Lautner, Cameron Diaz, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Selena Gomez, Tippi Hedren, James Earl Jones, James Woods, Jim Nabors, Martha Raye, Rosalind Russell, June Lockhart, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Howie Mandel, Meg Ryan, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, James Drury, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Alan Thicke, Lou Diamond Phillips, Clint Howard, Tony Sirico, Cesar Romero, Michael Berryman, Tracy Scoggins, William Windom, Warren Stevens and more.
Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Wally Schirra, Dave Scott, Gene Cernan, Walt Cunningham, Scott Carpenter, Gene Kranz (NASA Flight Director), Ed Mitchell, Richard Gordon, Bruce McCandless, Vanentina Treshkova (first woman in space, Russia), Alex Leonov (first man to walk in space, Russian), Al Worden, Dee O’Hara (nurse to astronauts) and more.
Sports: Joe Torre, Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes, Billie Jean King, Manuela Maleeva, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, George Gervin, Tony Parker, Shannon Miller, Cathy Rigby, Bruce Bowen, Wade Boggs, Fernando Valenzuela, Bernie Kosar, Dale Murphy, Jim Abbott, Dick Bartell, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pastorini and more.
May Pang, Bob Eubanks, Vernon Presley, Vester Presley, Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito, Rick Stanley (Elvis’ step-brother, Harold Lloyd (Elvis’ first cousin), Doyle Brunson, Kara Peller, Hank Meijer, Norman Brinkler, Stanley Marcus, Jerry King, Mac King, Nathan Burton, Zach Anner, Louie Anderson, Owen Benjamin, Steve Byrne and more.
As head of Facilities for a major retailer (H-E-B Food/Drugs) for 20 years, Jack co-founded Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) and was elected President to establish PRSM magazine. Jack is a writer, speaker, golf-concierge and happiness coach. He has researched and studied happiness for over 40 years.
Jack was a prolific writer for Examiner.com, with over 1,900 articles written in six years. His articles and stories have appeared in AXS Entertainment, The ROWDY Country Music, Memphis Flash, and numerous magazines.
He is author of “Miracles of Justice,” a true courtroom drama novel about social injustice and miracles.