Not Poker — Chess. I Am Not Captain Kirk.


I, on the other hand, view Captain Kirk as the closest person that I would want to emulate. I do not believe in the rule of law. If the rules do not serve what I wish to accomplish, then like Kirk, I will attempt to change them to my benefit. Many people give me the ‘What the fuck’ look when I say this, but you either let yourself be limited by the rules of others, or express your individuality and grit and elect to change the rules to accomplish the task. Too often, the rules are constructed by those that ‘have’ to prevent the ‘have nots’ from obtaining their piece of the pie. It is up to the ‘have nots’ to either wallow in self-pity or arbitrarily change the rules and cloak the maneuver to hide the deception. Captain Kirk is my hero.

Not Chess Mr Spock


Something I have in common with the fictional Captain Kirk, from the original Star Trek series, is that I enjoy playing both poker and chess. In the scene depicted above, from the episode “The Corbomite Maneuver,” the Enterprise is facing an adversary who dramatically outpowers them — and Kirk escapes the situation with an outrageous bluff, right after making this reference to the game of poker.

Unlike Captain Kirk, however, I am not skilled at bluffing, with two consequences:  (1) I’m a terrible poker player, and (2) I do not attempt bluffing as a strategy, unless I am actually playing poker.

I’ve been an activist for a large variety of causes, for decades, and, because of this activism, have acquired a rather large number of adversaries. Many of them have figured out that I don’t bluff, but some — rather surprisingly, considering they have known me for years — have…

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