Meet William, age 43, gambler and writer from Las Vegas
I’m from Canada. My father was always a very committed hunter and when I was growing up he used to take me with him on hunting trips. I guess it doesn’t affect a man’s psyche very well.
When I was older I started to feel compassion for all those poor animals. I became a vegetarian. I was wondering what power brings them in the wrong place at the wrong time, so that a huntsman can kill them just for sport.
Soon I realized that this reflection may concern people as well. Very often they die accidentally. Interestingly enough, I noticed that this observation is not limited to physical death. Every misfortune affects the course of things in at least a small way.
I’ve been struggling with that problem my whole life. I’ve always been looking for answers. That’s why I started studying sociology. Unfortunately it didn’t provide me with any solutions.
At this point of my life I turned to gambling. I mean gambling in any form: playing cards, roulette and even forex and stock exchange. At the peak of my addiction, I experienced physical reaction to gambling similar to those of drugs. Tingling feeling on the skin, heart race, unusual excitement and fidgety. I gambled to escape my pain. But this addiction persisted even after I found happiness again.
Soon enough I started to observe others and writing about them. I’m not ashamed to admit I was fascinated by ruined people. Paradoxically it made me a better person. Feeling the pain of others provided me with many answers. Writing books helped me to limit my addiction. This was also the time when I returned to eating meat.
Honestly, I don’t like tea that much. I love strong alcohols, especially whiskey and drinks based on it. When I prepare them myself, I usually add some chocolate for taste.
But I can’t drink alcohol all the time. One addiction is enough. That’s why my favourite tea is Smoky Black. It has a unique taste of Irish Cream and chocolate. Its strong, severe aroma makes it the only tea I really like.
On the other hand I drink a lot of coffee. I have to stay alert when I gamble or write. I have two favourite coffees and each of them has its fixed place in my daily schedule. Before work I drink New York Coffee. It gives me a perfect energetic kick and helps overcome my laziness, lack of sense and other excuses.
I work a lot, so I need constant energy shots. During work I drink Tokyo Coffee. It’s not as strong as New York, but it warms me up and makes me feel filled with energy.