Tyler Texas and Tunica Mississippi, Dec 2002


Time to visit my cousin Larry and wife Janet and his two sons, Gabe and Zach. My aunt Ruth is also here from New York. We are in Tyler Texas, about 2 hours East of Dallas.
This is Avi and his wife Mira, and my aunt Ruth.

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Cousin Larry and his wife Janet.

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Avi and Mira.

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Aunt Ruth and I go through a bunch of photos my dad had from the 30's and 40's. Ruth remembers everybody and tells me many stories of the old times.

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Gabe lights his 12'th birthday cake, a cornbread cake made by Janet.

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Zach likes birthdays. The next day we go to the mall and Zach gets to sit on Santa's lap. Gabe is Tyler's next lady killer. He is the master of the guitar, PS-2, and GameBoy Advanced.

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On the way home, I stop to throw cubes at a few casinos near Tunica, Mississippi.
This is a shot of the Helena bridge over the mighty Mississippi river, and it always scares the shit out of me evry time I drive over it. FACE YOUR FEAR!! The second shot is taken from the levy, with the Isle of Capri Casino behind it, just over the river.

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mvc-003xb.jpg 2002 12 10 5:17:38 PM I stay at Sam's Town East Tower in a jacusi suite and get on a very hot roll on the "Never-Ever Craps" table, winning over $400.00 and paying for most of the trip. So, seeing this sign, I jump in and go for a helecopter flight. This is only the second time I've been on one, and the first time in over 35 years.

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mvc-007xb.jpg 2002 12 11 3:36:28 PM Pilot: Darren Objective: Photos of the casinos from the air Duration: 4 minutes Price: $42.50 Fitzgeralds...

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mvc-009xb.jpg 2002 12 11 3:40:32 PM Gold Strike...

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mvc-007xc.jpg 2002 12 11 3:42:30 PM The Horseshoe, Sheraton, etc...

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mvc-008xc.jpg 2002 12 11 3:42:48 PM The bridge is lot scarier than the chopper.
Once again, the Chevy Astro Van does well and the CB radio lets me jam with the truckers on the 14 hour drive from Tunica back to Livonia. Its now 13-Dec-2002. So, I just drove to Albuquerque and back, then Tyler and back... hmmm... Vegas for x-mas???