If you Google the phrase “Old Fashioned Penny Candy” (using the quotes as shown) there will be about 1,500 hits you can explore. They cover the waterfront from present-day sources of old fashioned penny candy to nostalgic reminiscences about the ‘good old days’. While most of you may think that buying a piece of penny candy was a pretty simple after school proposition, I prefer to think that there was more to it. I suggest you get comfortable, forget Google for the time being, and read about the lessons you can’t find in Google about old fashioned penny candy.
Yet another example is the Stock Market. A few years ago, the common belief was that stock prices were a random game of chance. This idea was formally put forth in 1973 in a book by Burton Malkiel called ‘A Random Walk Down Wall Street’. Malkiel’s premise was that the profits earned from carefully selecting five stocks based upon a detailed analysis of their past performance would fare no better than play black jack five randomly selected stocks.
Betting is also simple and very similar to red or black roulette. Your money on the banker will net you 2-1 less a 5 percent commission while a wager on a tie is 9-1.
Bet. The Vegas visit can only be completed once you have tried your luck in the numerous casinos found all over the place. From slot machines to dice rolls to black jack to roulettes, it’s important to experience them all.
Case in point: A coin is flipped 100 times. The results are 65 Heads and 35 Tails; an obvious trend here. So, the mathematician says, “You have to run more trials. And, eventually the results will be equal.” So, the coin is flipped 10,000 times and, lo and behold; 5008 Heads and 4992 Tails. For all intents and purposes, the occurrences of Heads and Tails are equal and the mathematician happily sends us on our way knowing that he has proven the game is random.
Take in a live show. Vegas is famous for its entertainment and you’ll see why with your first show. What you’ll see is a first rate, professional production, akin to what you would expect to see on Broadway. The variety of entertainment offered here is staggering and many shows have ticket availability on the day of the performance. Be sure to visit one of the official discount ticket booths to get the best possible price on the show of your choice the same evening.
Want to learn more about Examiner.com Columnist Keith Wilkins? Read part 1 & part 2 of an interview with Keith Wilkins that was published in the San Antonio Single Parenting Examiner Column on October 4th & October 6th, 2010.