07 May 2014

Allyn Shulman's Day


This morning Allyn had foot surgery for the third or fourth time. Hopefully they finally got it right. It hasn't been fun. 

This afternoon she was elected into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame. That cheered her up.



30 Apr 2014

Julian Jaffrey Horan

Congratulations to Allyn's son, Julian Jaffrey Horan who not only passed the California Bar, but has landed his life-long dream job as a criminal defense attorney for the Orange County (California) Public Defenders Office.

He follows in the steps of both of his parents who were also criminal defense attorneys.

Indeed, Allyn, worked for this exact same organization for 20 years before upgrading to the life of a professional poker player. 

29 Apr 2014

Daytona Beach, Florida

A person gets tired after 100 days on the road, even in luxury, but we had one more stop to make.

Allyn and I were asked to speak, train poker, and be honored guests at Daytona Beach’s 6th Annual Deep Stack Charity Classic along with World Series champions Phil Hellmuth and Greg Merson. Nice company.

They had an amazing 700 players turn out for a terrific evening of fun. Over $70,000 in prizes were given including all expense paid trips to Las Vegas for the entire final table as well as buy-ins to various Venetian events.

The big winners, though, were charities all over the community as well as a special school in Israel.

The tournament was held at Datona Kennel Club & Poker Room.  I had never been to a dog race previously.

28 Apr 2014

New York City, 2014

Starting at the end, we finished our New York visit with a relaxing lovely dinner at the famous Friars Club with our good friends Marvin Rosen and M/M Steve Schlesinger. Marvin, a member, invited us (along with Allyn’s new Harrod’s hat). We love private clubs. I always get a little nervous, though, with a menu without prices. I never want to seem like a schnorer.

It culminated three days of running. Having just come from London, it is extra disgusting to take New York taxis with drivers who don’t speak English, have no clue where they are going, have dirty, dented autos, and are rude to boot.

The entertainment highlight was seeing Kinky Boots, winner of six 2013 Tony awards, including Best Musical.

Part of every day was spent with Allyn doing a major wardrobe replacement with her friend and world famous designer Kalinka. It’s a good thing she won those tournaments recently. I’m still making the payments on the last batch she bought from her five years ago.

We had a room a bit above the Central Park tree line. That is always a treat.

We took a ride uptown and went by Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater.


 On the way back we drove by my old residence at 1133 Fifth Ave. Good memories.

I love delis, deli food and all of the accouterments. Katz’s is just too frenetic though. We ate there because we were down in the lower East Side for a trip to a newish museum – The Tenement Museum.

Besides other things they actually bought an old tenement building on Orchard Street and we took their hardship tour. It’s one thing to have read about these places and another to see them. They really bring it to life well.

Note the kitchen with no running water. 20 families in this typical building  (average 5 people in 325 square feet) shared outdoor water with the bar next-door as well as the outhouse. 

24 Apr 2014

Crystal Serenity 2014 World Cruise Review

How was this year’s World Cruise? - The BEST yet!

It was like going to your favorite summer camp with the addition of being spoiled with unrelenting luxury.  The experience of traveling for three months with the same people offers an intimacy not usually found in daily life. And while cruising in general has become very popular, Crystal just does it better than the rest.

World cruisers discuss the concept of whether the PORT visited or the SHIP ITSELF is the ultimate destination. Half our days were at sea and Crystal made the ship the ultimate destination.  No higher compliment can be given to a cruise line.

Besides just hanging out (an important activity) there is fitness, yoga, pilates, trivia, scrabble, piano lessons, many levels/types of computer lessons with university credits, dancing and instruction, bridge and lessons, knitting, needlepoint, and memoir writing every single sea day.

Did I mention fun?

Additionally, every sea day includes a number of lectures ranging from port information, current events, physical issues, general information to celebrity talks and first run movies with warm popcorn! We had real ambassadors, generals, POWs, Olympic champions, and experts on a vast range of subjects.

Every single night has much varied entertainment.

Where else would I be able to meet and eat with Hank Aaron?

Did I mention food?  As you know, I LOVE my food. Though not needed, they are always happy to customize meals and preparations. I asked for a favorite salad once and it was there nightly waiting just in case I wanted it. Whatever can be done for a guest, will be done.




Of course popping by many cities in 15 countries including Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Mauritius, South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, Senegal, Morocco, Portugal and the UK is not too shabby either.

We love our travel experience on Crystal so much, we are going to make ourselves available by hosting our cruises for those who may want to join for some or all of where we go. Details will follow shortly.