I Write For Me
following article was posted by Jim on the
on September 11th,
Every once in a while I will
receive an email from an individual who is active on the
chip board asking why he cannot find any of my articles in
the club magazine. I will also receive emails asking me when
am I going to write another article about a Las Vegas
experience. The questions I receive are generally from newer
club members who may or may not know that I have 38
individual articles located within the category titled “The
This can be found here.
Before this site, Andy had been hosting my articles ever
since creating the
Nevada Casino Chips portal, and I want to publicly thank
him for doing so. Andy gives me free rein to write what I
want, when I want and has never requested I change or soften
any article. I realize Andy does not always agree with what
I have written, but like the true professional, he's
NEVER said a word to me about changing anything.
For that I want to again thank
Now why can’t anyone find my articles within the club
magazine? The answer is easy…….I have not written any
articles for the club magazine. Our club magazine is an
outstanding publication. However, I write for me. I have
stated this before but I wanted to state it again. Because I
write for me and subsequently share my writing with whoever
cares to read it.
I maintain my
independence, writing style and select the subject matter I
want to write about.
When an article writer has total freedom, and I do mean
total freedom, what he/she writes reflects a form of
expression that could never be found within a controlled
magazine environment. Does anyone honestly believe a
truthful critique of our convention, if it was to contain
negative comments, would ever get published in our club
magazine? I think not nor in my opinion should it. I believe
you understand my point. This is why I write only for me.
In the early Prodigy, "board posting" days, certain
club individuals referred to me as a “muckraker”. I was
accused of having ulterior motives when I wrote about
changes I wanted to see made for our constitution and
procedures. Soured relationships were created over, “new
ideas” and still exist to this day over the posts I wrote
and the changes I suggested. I challenged board decisions
and fought very hard to incorporate new ideas. Sometimes I
was successful, sometimes I was not. Regardless, I was
always told I was too hard on volunteers’ even if those
volunteers who appeared to me to be in over their head and
should never have been elected or appointed to those
positions in the first place.
“Why don’t you do it”, was the
standard reply and still is today when there is no other
rational reply for the incompetence of one’s action.
I did not spend more than an hour at our last convention. I
missed speaking with my many friends and associates but left
as soon as I picked up my dealer badge and my wife’s pre
I don’t know but I’m sure it is
I’ve lost a little interest and
am tired of trying to correct, what I believe, is the
direction our club is heading. I did manage to spend a few
minutes with our President Doug Smith, a fine individual,
who I am proud to have as a friend and leader of our
organization. He works hard at improving the organization
and making the changes.