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Audio: “Sex Standards,” as Read by the Author

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See Link: A Man Tells Women That Women Ask to be Mistreated by Doing THIS

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Ladies, there is a path that does not lead to happily ever after–and the dead end path begins with the words “I am not ready for a commitment,” and you walk down the bumpy toad by overriding his objections to commuting to you. The name of that dead end road is “I know I can change him” Lane.

Sisters, if you are interacting with a man and he does not make a move on you and you want him to, the relationship expert in the above link says forget him. If a man does not initiate a COMMITTED romantic relationship, he does not want that from you. Do not think you can win him over by propositioning him. Do not make the first move on him bc by doing so you are freely offering yourself. Remember ladies: you are the prize. Prizes are won, not offered

Ladies you are volunteering to be mistreated when you hear him say he does not want a commitment but you do not listen. He will cheat. He will lie. And he won’t feel bad bc he told you what time it was. Do not, I repeat, do not, try to change the terms of the relationship as time goes on. A man knows what he wants and if he says it is not you, believe him. These words sound harsh but they are nothing compared to the words guys use with each other about the women from whom they don’t want commitments.

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An ex-sex worker looks back at how it felt to head for a “date” with a client

A look back at life as a call girl
Listen to the words as a brief story of a sex worker is read aloud. Find out how it felt to head to a “date” and see people look at you knowingly. The way the smirk…Yhe way the cab driver asks you what hotel you’re going to before you say a word. He is right, you are headed to a hotel, but it would be nice if he pretended not to know. But people do know. Why? Bc you’re alone and kinda dressed up by Hawaii’s easy going standards? Bc you’re black? Or is it some undefinable X factor that tells people what you’re all about. Not just the people you want to know bc they will give you money…But everyone who looks in your direction. You hate them all, those lucky people who begin and end their evenings with the same person bc they can sustain relationships unlike some people. Unlike you. You know you’re lucky to have even temporary company. The adventure of meeting new people has its appeal and you could have had fun, If only you weren’t on your way to have sex with a stranger. And if you didn’t fell the contempt radiating from the people who notice you get in the elevator without a hotel room card-key bc you’re hoping someone will let you off on the correct floor. People, well, only the men, will help you gain entree to a hotel floor by sidestepping the security measure that only allows people with cards to insert to press elevator buttons. Non-guests can’t get out of the lobby without an escort or the kindness of strangers. But in truth the polite strangers are not motivated by kindness as much as they are motivated to be a bit player in a story they can share with guy friends. “I let the girls ride up with me!” is what they are sure to say when recounting their vacations. They push the button for the floor you request but you feel their vibe in the enclosed space. Lust,superiority, derision, curiosity—you feel their mood as if it’s palpable, solid enough to hold in your hands. The concept of you as some sort of “other,” certainly not part of “us,” will be shared by many others long after these days are over; that palpable mood is more real than even you knew at the time. You look at the elevator doors like every other person on the elevator, but still you see. The dismissive shake of their heads. And that hated smirk. When it comes to “us” and “them” you are always them.
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Touring Honolulu’s Hooker Streets, First Video Guided Tour

Touring Honolulu’s Hooker Streets, First Video Guided Tour

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Xhookr Life Hack #7: Use Your OWN Pix To Keep His Attention On You Not Porn

Given the choice of looking at pictures of the woman handing a guy a phone or looking at the woman standing right there, guys are drawn to the pictures. Once they start looking at pictures they almost ignore the woman in the room even when the pictures show that woman!

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Watch “Racist Attack Caught on Film +Unpunished” on YouTube

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November 19, 2017… get a call 📞 at 5:30 a.m. by someone who saw my number on the site that allows providers to post ads free. He wants to see me a short drive away in Waikiki. I have to work out bc a taut body is my best feature. So of course I am late but only by 10 minutes which is enough to have the acquaintance who served as my 🚖 cab driver fuming. It’s funny to rush somewhere then wait then find out you received directions to wrong hotel 🏙 then walk up 1.5 blocks then wait then appointment time and hence compensation cut in half. Typical time. Glad to ultimately make it worth my while. But I was definitely glad to take the bus and use my bus pass rather than need a cab! I hate the sly, knowing smirk on the driver’s face. I have been told that a single Black woman in Waikiki at night is always assumed to be a hooker. I can’t get mad. In my case this assumption is right on the money. I feel conspicuous, like all eyes are on me and they know what they are seeing. In my case it is not self centered to think I am getting attention because I am. Will I be able to get up to the room without security stopping me to ask, do you need help, miss? They ask if I need help but not once has anyone offered any real assistance! In 45 minutes I will be getting high and none of this will matter.

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Beat Photo Recognition, An Example

Make your selfie a cartoon and software

Will report “No face detected”

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New (to many) Mask Advice, Summarized w/ Article Link, July 31, 2020

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New (to many) Mask Advice, Summarized w/ Article Link, July 31, 2020

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Eye Opening Pointers

1. Layers of different materials, 2 or 3 layers

2. Cut Panthose for snugness for layer closest to mouth

3. Materials: flannel, terry cloth (bath robe material), lab coat material–like the material used for scrubs. Walmart carries all of this.

4. Scotch Guard the outer layer to repel moisture

Main points in public education for prevention of virus transmission, as of today, July 31, 2020 are:

1. Stay out of groups of more than 10 people

2. Wear masks in public (I a as m not sure if they mean always or only when you’re within 6 feet of another person).

3. Avoid being cooped up indoors with other people. Seek well ventilated areas, breezy outdoor areas are best.

4. MY OBSERVATION: people use a tissue to press elevator buttons, other objects touched by may people. They promptly forget the tissue is theoretically contaminated, and ball it up in their hand for use at the next area of “touch concern.” Use an itty bitty piece of tissue and dispose of it after one use. Without littering!

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A Reader asked me: why don’t you offer a solution to addiction? I am correcting the oversight

I was scrolling through the results of a search I did on my site. I put “expertescort2018.com” in the search box and I stumbled upon a 2019 comment written on Savvy Life 101:

I like that you are willing to talk about addiction. But there are no solutions offered? Why don’t you offer a solution

Savvy Life 101, 2019
I have so much to share with you all about what happened. I never thought of myself as having solutions for anyone else. I do not believe there is a solution to addiction but I DO believe there are lessons in life I have learned and many of the lessons came from addiction. Therefore, I have something to teach about what works, in life. I will offer this bit of wisdom about HOW TO be teachable: I am open to correction. I am willing to say I could do things differently. Pay attention to conversations from here on out and you will discover that hardly anyone says “I could be wrong.” This might be the first time you are hearing the phrase. I could have been wrong about not offering solutions, big or small. Allow me to fix my oversight.
Solution: There is a way to be teachable, though you may not find it pleasant. Earnestly say “I could be wrong.” Ouch! That one smarts. Endure the pain of admitted imperfection. Then, change your behavior to test the hypothesis. Both steps are necessary to be a teachable person who is open to correction.
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Prostitution’s stigma hurts, and I’m not 100% positivity, but I live to blog again. Can you relate?

When I think about yesterday’s blog about how lonely it can be in sobriety, I had to consider that no one has really paid a lot of attention to the loss involved in getting clean. There’s loss involved in making any change. It is stressful when things work out right. We think we have no right to “complain” about how difficult it can be to succeed and get off the streets or reach some other longed for milestone. But we are not complaining as much as we are expressing the truth. Yes our old life was fraught with difficulties to say the least. But there are things we miss, and we feel ashamed to miss them because we are told they were bad. For example, I miss the way cars would pull over for me and give me that fleeting feeling of being chosen in a life full of rejection. There’s nowhere I can say that given the stigma surrounding being a sex worker. But also, there’s so much emphasis on being relentlessly positive I feel there’s no room to be honest. I am not talking about dwelling on self pity but just talking about the feeling of an experience, knowing it will change but it is my reality now., this moment. So for all of you who have moments of pain, loss, sadness, a lot of bloggers won’t say this: me too! Lol!

Truth is a form of positivity, even when the truth is sadness. It’s how we relate.

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Beat the Breathalyzer, an alcoholic’s trick

I do not advocate drunk driving

Let me be clear on my position. I’m just sharing what one heavy drinker picked up from another heavy drinker in a bar before they both drove home. I do believe one of the guys was a high ranking law enforcement officer who knew whereof he spoke.

How To:

When people are given the tube to blow onto , they put their lips around it, as instructed, and blow through their mouths. It never occurs to people to place their lips round the tube, as instructed, and then blow through their noses. A small amount of air will still go into the tube but not enough to “blow numbers.” This is an example of how people can learn things in prison that enhance criminality

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People don’t always want to escape prostitution. Sometimes they visit

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People don’t always want to escape prostitution. Sometimes they visit

People talk about prostitutes “escaping” the streets. In my experience, people can’t stay away from downtown. They miss it. I don’t know about other places, but in Honolulu, it’s not that dangerous here. I mean, yes, you will absolutely have all of your stuff stolen if you live on the street. Come to think of it, if you are separated from your belongings in any way, like leaving them in your car, you will experience theft. As they say in the American south, this is the stealingest place I have ever encountered. Yet, I never worried about my physical safety. I hear rumors of the influence of high level organized crime I have heard of the Japanese Yakuza or what the local equivalent that Hawaiians call the Syndicate. These are powerful players controlling politics and bulk drug transmission. You would never expect to see anyone from those groups sitting on the sidewalk with the homeless. The people you see who look like they are homeless are not all without dwellings. Social workers help people get services, get off the street, and once the get an apartment there is a big surprise. Crushing loneliness. No one ever talks about how it feels to transition from the street to living by yourself in a box. On the street I can sit with any group of people. There are no fences. No one has the right to tell anyone else to leave a public area, and I have never seen people make a stranger go away. If they think the person is an undercover cop, the people will leave rather than risk angering the police by getting territorial. When people get older, lose mobility, and are confined to one of those wheelchair/scooters, they are daily fixtures in the areas with level sidewalks. There’s an area in downtown called Hotel Street where most of the busses pass through. Hotel Street has a rich history of prostitution, at first catering to World War II enlisted men. Today this street (that also runs through the heart of the small and bustling Chinatown) is being gentrified. Some self important hip bars and trendy eateries now exist within view of what used to be crack cocaine central where addicts privately smoked drugs in tiny 24 hour establishments full of booths where miniature tv screens played porn for 25 cents a minute. The peep shows are gone but the mentally ill remain as well as the dope dealers and addicted homeless

Right along the bus line you’ll see a stop called Fort Street mall. There are stores and lots of people hanging out. A few are homeless but most are not. Maybe they sell dope there. Or maybe they come to visit. After years of doing drugs people can lack longstanding relationships with regular people. The street is one place a person can go where they have to let him in. Isn’t that the definition of home?

The street is one place a person can go where they have to let him in. Isn’t that the definition of home?

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Come with me for exclusive inside angle, to listen in on people we call criminals–prostitutes, drug involved, gamblers, thieves

Click on the above title to do a bit of eavesdropping into the criminal lifestyle while you are safely separated from the action by the screen. Yes, I am recording, and no, ultimately the participants do not mind when I ask their permission to use the recording because they are on the ath to more money for more dope.

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List of reasons why addicts steal. I confess, the last one is mine. definition of theft as taking someone’s money or property from that particular someone , either openly or sneakily , with no intention of ever returning it. This includes traditional theft, as well as borrowing without any intention of repaying, and/or scams , frauds, etc. Here is a list of why addicts say it is OK for them to steal. 1. I have helped that person out, and she owes me. 2. I have helped that person out and she owes me more than this. 3. I taught that person a valuable lesson about not trusting people. That person would have lost a lot more than this if someone else had taught him the lesson. (This reason kind of falls under the category of they owe me.). 4. The certain item is not very good quality, or it is old technology, or it is shabby and dirty. (You get the idea) 5. I am having a hard time. 6. I am having a hard time and that person ought to want to help me. 7. I am having a hard time and that person would want to help me if that person knew about it. 8. that person would want me to have this item or money. 9. He would do the same thing to me if he had the chance. 10. He did the same thing to me when he had the chance. 11. He did worse to me. 12. She is flaunting her abundance of items when she knows that I do not have even one item, and the person knows that I want or need the item. 13. That person is lucky I don’t take more than this or that i don’t have other people take more than this. 14. He no longer deserves to be repaid because of some offense towards me or towards someone else. 15. The circumstances under which I made the commitment to repay have changed. 16. It’s not for drugs. 17. He shared with someone else and not me. 18. She doesn’t use it and won’t miss it. 19. I only steal from stores not people. 20. The person only loses the first $50. The bank covers the rest. 21. At least I’m not hitting little old ladies over the head and taking their purses. 22. It is not my fault that I need it. 23. It is not stealing if it is for something important. 24. I used to be a lot worse. 25. I had a bad childhood. 26. I really feel bad about taking it. 27. This next one is not popular but I find it amusing. By stealing from someone I am helping him repay a karmic debt because in some lifetime the person must have stolen from another. 28. I know what rules to follow. I do not need society to govern my behavior the way some people do. 29. I want to show that person that we are not as cool as the person thought we were. 30. That’s what she gets for making an unwanted and disgusting sexual advance. 31. This is the first or last or only time I do this. 32. Had I asked the answer would have been “no.” 33. Because he hit me in the past, I am going to tax him by stealing from him every chance I get until one of us is dead. It’s like a weird form of marriage.

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https://youtu.be/lgyf6UTzqb0–CNN disagrees with me because I agree with Nelson Mandela: I could support a racist

CNN is not impartial and it is troubling

It’s clear to me CNN hates Trump. It would not ordinarily matter. However our American press is supposed to strive for neutrality. Instead CNN is ready to dispute everything Trump says. The network is quick to explain why he is bad. CNN eagerly counts every Trump lie. Someone in the network feeds his family by doing the job of counting Trump’s lies. Why does it bother me? No one at CNN balances the info with the number of times Trump is honest or correct. Trump has to have done at least one thing right or his enemies would’ve ousted him by now. I do not support Trump. But I trust him more than I trust CNN.

I want to hear CNN go against its own position as a Democratic voice instead of a media outlet. Here’s an example of the foolishness we can expect from a top news creator (not reporter):

You have to think about would you support a racist?

Chris Cuomo commenting on an official pausing to consider if he would support Trump if Trump said “I am a racist.” Trump never said that. But what if..?

Chris Cuomo was happily unhappy about the official who did not jump to hypothetically withdraw support from Trump in the hypothetical scenario that described Trump saying “I said that bc I am a racist.” Chris Cuomo posed a hypothetical question he said had nothing to do with anything Trump said. Why would we waste time speculating about something that did not happen? Why bother? To get the words out there. Maybe someone only tunes in long enough to think they hear a report of Trump’s racism.

I would absolutely have to pause to consider if I would support a racist. Who cares what he believes. I only care what he does. Nelson Mandela has some great teachings on leadership and he taught things I never thought of. Mandela had to work with racists who had blood on their hands. People who had helped keep him unjustly imprisoned for twenty years. Mandela knew it had to be done and therefore he did it. He knew to lead you put aside your feelings and you don’t consider the feelings of the people you work with. Only deal with their actions. President Kennedy was beloved by all and considered a champion of civil rights when the truth is he did nothing, zip, such, zero, for civil rights. It was Johnson, the Southerner who signed legislation that protects us as I write this.

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List of reasons why addicts steal. I confess, the last one is mine. definition of theft as taking someone’s money or property from that particular someone , either openly or sneakily , with no intention of ever returning it. This includes traditional theft, as well as borrowing without any intention of repaying, and/or scams , frauds, etc. Here is a list of why addicts say it is OK for them to steal. 1. I have helped that person out, and she owes me. 2. I have helped that person out and she owes me more than this. 3. I taught that person a valuable lesson about not trusting people. That person would have lost a lot more than this if someone else had taught him the lesson. (This reason kind of falls under the category of they owe me.). 4. The certain item is not very good quality, or it is old technology, or it is shabby and dirty. (You get the idea) 5. I am having a hard time. 6. I am having a hard time and that person ought to want to help me. 7. I am having a hard time and that person would want to help me if that person knew about it. 8. that person would want me to have this item or money. 9. He would do the same thing to me if he had the chance. 10. He did the same thing to me when he had the chance. 11. He did worse to me. 12. She is flaunting her abundance of items when she knows that I do not have even one item, and the person knows that I want or need the item. 13. That person is lucky I don’t take more than this or that i don’t have other people take more than this. 14. He no longer deserves to be repaid because of some offense towards me or towards someone else. 15. The circumstances under which I made the commitment to repay have changed. 16. It’s not for drugs. 17. He shared with someone else and not me. 18. She doesn’t use it and won’t miss it. 19. I only steal from stores not people. 20. The person only loses the first $50. The bank covers the rest. 21. At least I’m not hitting little old ladies over the head and taking their purses. 22. It is not my fault that I need it. 23. It is not stealing if it is for something important. 24. I used to be a lot worse. 25. I had a bad childhood. 26. I really feel bad about taking it. 27. This next one is not popular but I find it amusing. By stealing from someone I am helping him repay a karmic debt because in some lifetime the person must have stolen from another. 28. I know what rules to follow. I do not need society to govern my behavior the way some people do. 29. I want to show that person that we are not as cool as the person thought we were. 30. That’s what she gets for making an unwanted and disgusting sexual advance. 31. This is the first or last or only time I do this. 32. Had I asked the answer would have been “no.” 33. Because he hit me in the past, I am going to tax him by stealing from him every chance I get until one of us is dead. It’s like a weird form of marriage.

Because he hit me in the past, I am going to tax him by stealing from him every chance I get until one of us is dead. It’s like a weird form of marriage.

Caroleena’s theft justification

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True Words, Secretly Recorded: A Childhood in the Drug World—An Anonymous Woman Talks about Childhood in Crime

August 19, 2020

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Ethical Issues: People don’t know they are recorded while they are speaking. They do give permission after the fact for this blog to feature their words. Anonymity is mandatory. In order to humanize people I know I would have crossed the street to avoid, they need to be totally unselfconscious.

People feel free to speak to someone who they feel lacks the status to judge them. At first, this may seem insulting but on a deeper level, people feel safe, safe from being judged. I can hear things they’d never tell anyone. It doesn’t matter if I haven’t been downtown in a decade or more. That’s how they remember me. I want to make that dubious claim to fame an inducement to talk truth. What a great gift I can give and what a great gift I have received.

If I did not know the identity of the speaker I would not know who was giving this exclusive inside view into a childhood in crime. She felt confident that her anonymity is safe. I will share this video on YouTube and provide the link. Thanks for listening!

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SEE LINK ILLUSTRATING THE FOLLY OF REWRITING HISTORY WITH A BIG ERASER AND NO PENCIL: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/planned-parenthood-to-rename-health-center-due-to-margaret-sanger-s-racist-legacy/ar-BB171bdM?ocid=msedgdhp

Getting Rid of the names of racists on buildings? Good luck with that. We might as well stop naming buildings after people because no one is going to be able to pass the morals test. We do not know what we will consider appalling in the future that is accepted now. People will look back at us, aghast, and say, “can you believe the ignorance of people at that time? We must remove all remnants of 2020 from the present. And do NOT show their hairstyles from 2020. What were they thinking?” I ask you, if not for these reminders of the past, what will we use for reminders of the past? How many people Googled the word “eugenics” who would never have done so had not Margaret Sanger’s name come up. Didn’t she do a lot for her cause? If I understand it correctly, wasn’t she pro-abortion? There was a time when I would have objected to a tribute to someone who supported abortion. Now, I understand the issue is complex and the main thing I can do is use my freedom to not have an abortion, personally. I do not involve myself in other people’s reproductive decisions because I am not in a position to take care of all the unwanted babies that would be born to unwilling mothers if we did away with abortion. Given the mixed, even contradictory feelings I have, do I think Margaret Sanger is good, or bad? It is impossible for me to come up with The Moral Answer. I will immerse myself in feeling a sense of gratitude that I have a chance to learn of her existence because the information is presented. Leave the names. Let us learn from them. Either that, or do full background checks on everyone, including their stances on stray dogs and littering, etc…Ridiculous

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A secret Peek at Illegal gambling establishments in Honolulu-“Game Rooms”

I can understand addiction from the point of view of someone who has had an addiction, and from the point of view of someone dealing with other people’s addiction. Now, I can understand how people feel when they have no clue about how an addiction works and cannot understand how powerful the addiction has overwhelmed another. I am speaking about gambling. Yesterday I discovered through conversation that a long-term acquaintance has been going to so-called “game rooms.”  Game rooms are not just for the young. My associate is a senior. He was looking for something new and he found it. I will explain game rooms as best I can from the perspective of a person who as accompanied gamblers and sat next to them while they played.  

In my experience, game rooms are establishments where people go to take part in illegal gambling. They have slot machines and large machines about the size and shape of picnic benches with tabletops. The tabletop is some other electronic game that requires the player to watch the screen and shoot the passing digital marine life as it appears on one side of the screen and travels horizontally across the screen until disappearing on the other side. Lots of bright multicolored flashing lights and noises. The “fish game” is hugely popular. The “fish” looks like a twirling blue whale wearing a fedora. This fish is what a gambler must hit to win big.  I am told that hitting the fish feels better than sex.   

People decide if they are going to go to a game room or choose of one of its many rivals on the availability of the fish game and how often the game is rumored to “pay out.” There are small one or two player versions of the fish game that can line the walls of the perimeter of the game room like slot machines. Some game rooms are the size of a small mom and pop convenience store, or slightly larger. In fact, it is the local mom and pop stores that sometimes serve as fronts for game rooms. There are a few random items for sale in the front. The sparse inventory is supposed to give people a pretext for entering the store where they quickly disappear through a rear door. The larger game rooms sometimes have doors that front the sidewalk.  

  Now that I think about it, game rooms might be close to big chains like 7-11 but they are never directly next to nationally recognized chains. Game rooms are local endeavor. When I go to the state office that handles professional licensing I glance into other rooms to see what else is going on int the building with its important committees and important people that run things in ways that everyday citizens do not know about. There is extraordinarily little Hawaiian influence in the professional decision-making arena. It is mostly white and Japanese who are in positions of power and authority in Hawaii. But the game rooms are a different story. with people of many colors like an ironic integration success story. A diverse population feeds the jangling machines bill after bill after bill until the pockets are empty. The machines are locked around their bodies with the kind of lock and chain used to secure motorcycles. It is not a complex security system, just a small box within a large box. I do not know if the guards are armed. A few years ago, someone I knew vaguely was fatally shot in a game room. It was rare to have a shooting in Hawaii and the lack of gun violence is what makes me feel brave enough to enter these gambling establishments, especially when I have no intention of playing.  

 When someone “cashes out,” it means they want to take their winnings and go, or they want to quit before they spend all their money. I have noticed that people more often run out of money than cash out. The money waits in the machines before it reaches its new home. Wherever its new home will be, it is far from the gamblers who gave the dollars up. Korean women, sixty-ish, guarded by large Samoan men are the people I have seen collecting the money. I wondered if they owned the game rooms. They unlock the chain, open the simple door, and take out the money. I have seen proprietors making use of both hands to press the six-inch stack of hundreds together to remove the money without any of it falling. To “work” in the game room as security or as cashier or as someone selling snacks you must be part of a group. Remember, I am not giving you facts, no statistics, just what I think I have seen as my observations have been interpreted through the lens of my experience. 

I have seen older Korean women collect the money from the machines in game rooms. I never see these women play. It appears that a game room will have one older Asian woman keeping a watchful eye on the players, never more than one. I do not know where they take the money because I don’t want to be caught watching the person with the money. Like everyone else, I try to appear not to notice what she is doing.

The establishments differ from their neighbors in that they do not exhibit their presence. Windows, if any, have black out curtains. There is no signage to show the name of the establishment. The doors are locked. The locked doors are staffed by large men who watch what is always an elaborate camera system with six or so screens giving various views of the exterior from the establishment itself to 20 feet out relatively small area. The proprietors make sure no one can sneak up on them from any angle. Now and then I have seen game rooms that are quite large, I would estimate, I do not know…about the size of the produce section of a sizable Safeway. Normally the fish game is the star of the show and the big draw. The player is in a cartoon world underwater where cartoon fish swim by, along with other cartoon marine life that approximate the appearance of squid, schools of fish, shark. The player wins the grand prize by shooting the largest fish, the one that swims slowly by and takes up most of the screen. I do not know how the machine determines the fish is hit because it makes no effort to avoid detection, obviously, what with it taking up most of the screen. The fish has no defenses. The person is frantically pounding away on the red button, releasing harpoons that all go in the direction of the hat wearing fish. Looks to me like they should take the whale out. But the harpoons do not hit the target, according to the game. However, although almost everyone loses almost all of the time, someone is always winning. I suppose that example is essential to draw people in. Someone will win and now and again that someone is you! Daily players win like, twice a month.

I was surprised by the amounts people win. I had no idea they win as much as $20,000. The only way to really get excited about winning is to never, ever keep a running tab of the amount of money spent. Nothing makes you feel frustrated in your addiction than a correct account. You feel frustrated but you still cannot stop the obsessive thoughts so there is really no point of that. 

I could not get secret video. I go in to sit with people, as I said, and I use the opportunity to read something educational because people feel self-conscious when a non-gambler watches them although they do not say so. When security sees me with my phone out instead of having my eyes glued to the screen of the fish game like, all the other observers, security makes a bee line to me. No one else is interested in the story and they worry that I might be an undercover who is not working with the people they already know. I did not dare chance getting any video. Just like I did not dare put one tiny dollar into the fish game. All I would need is to win and have another problem. A Pyrrhic victory is a win that costs more to achieve than it is worth and winning at gambling is just that sort of victory-a win which is really a loss. That’s why I do not play.

It is way too boring to sit there and watch people feed the machine money. It is also uncomfortable to be around gamblers because they are constantly lying to themselves and me that this is the last one, just one more and then we are gone. They feel like I am watching them and judging them, and I suppose I am but not in a bad way. It is observation I can use for the blog.

Whenever I am languishing in a Honolulu game room, I entertain myself with vague plans to get a box with flashing lights and bells, attach a button that clicks every time people bang on it, until, at random intervals, they are rewarded with less money than they put in.  Gambling Does not sound tempting when it is phrased like you are waiting for your turn   You must give people the illusion that there is some sort strategy to winning and that they are experts in this strategy. Once you put all of this together, combined with the trick and the sense of danger, the intermittent receipt of money due to your intermittently effective genius is impossible to resist.