Friday, June 27, 2008

Good health, good hockey

High rollers know Macao is the epicenter of all the gambling in all the world, earning $10.3 billion in 2007. That’s more than Las Vegas. And Sheldon Adelson,who owns the Sands Macao among other properties, allegedly earns a million bucks an hour. Early in his career, he sold newspapers on Boston street corners. I had a paper route in Ft. Worth but the similarities stop there. I’m taller.

Think back to “Brigadoon” with Cyd Charisse, Gene Kelly and Van Johnson. Remember the discovery shot where the village emerges from the mists? They filmed it backwards. First, they shot the village (actually a set in Culver City) on a clear day and pumped in fog to cover it over. Then, they projected the sequence in reverse and Brigadoon emerged as if by magic as it does every 100 years. Does, too.

The United States, richest nation on Earth, is not the healthiest. Not even in the top 40. Plus, being poor is bad for your health. In the U.S., if you are in the 95th income percentile, expect to live nine years longer than those at the 10th percentile or lower. Even that’s not very good compared with the rest of the world.

Up north, they call hockey groupies puck bunnies. Ohhh, Canada.

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