Photo by Jim Marshall
Janis Joplin photographed by David Gahr outside of the Chelsea Hotel in New York City on March 3, 1969.
I don't gamble. Or buy lottery tickets. It's not that I have any moral objection to gambling, or that I judge people who do gamble, many of whom are my friends. I don't. I just love visiting casinos and taking advantage of any and all inexpensive inducements to gamble, like buffets. And I love to people-watch - especially in Las Vegas, to which I have traveled often to attend business conferences and trade shows.
One of my favorite places to relax in Las Vegas is in the Sports Book at Caesar's Palace, where wagers are possible on just about any proposition you could imagine. The seating is comfortable, the drinks are cheap, and the action is non-stop, especially while there is a major sporting event transpiring.
When I saw this graphic, posted by a friend of a friend on Facebook during this time when a number of major rock and roll figures are exiting the stage for good, I was reminded that Rock and Roll stars used to be young when they died - Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison, for example..
And I was moved to make the following comment on the graphic:
I'm sure the Vegas oddsmakers have already set the odds. If you can wager on whether the next play will be a pass or a run, you can get action on who's going to be the next to go.
Maybe it will make it a little easier. Because it's not easy now.