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At Sea With Big Denny

What an adventure!

by Max Shapiro |  Published: Feb 19, 2010


I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by. I have always loved the sea, and these lines of poetry by John Masefield enchant me. But after spending a week at sea with Big Denny, I think I’ll just stick to dry land for a while. I saw the big guy a few months ago when I made my usual stop at the Barstow Card Casino and asked how business was. “Kinda crappy, Maxey,” he growled. “I’m gettin’ tired of all dese cheapskate farmers here an’ needs ta take a break. Any ideas?” “Well,” I said, “Barbara and I are taking a seven-day Card Player Cruises vacation to the Mexican Riviera next month. Why don’t you join us?” “A boat? Anyt’ing ta do on it?” “Oh, it’s nonstop fun,” ...

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