Contemplate the virtue of gratitude this Thanksgiving through viewing my past reflections.
I create Stoic Philosophy content to inform and empower. Please support me through Patreon or Paypal. Here’s my monthly pitch and what I’ve been up to.
Last month, I launched a Patreon.com page offering rewards to supporters of my work who would like to donate to help me produce content. I’ve been active since July and have many plans for the future.
I’ve continued to produce episodes of my Stoic Philosophy Podcast including discussion of complaining; finding meaning in work; moderation and self-control; humility (with special guest Dr. Regan Lance Reitsma; and death with dignity. I’ve also added my podcast to iTunes; published an piece on stoicism and suicide; recorded a discussion with American Muslim Tim Maloney about Islam and community activism which should be released next week; hosted a Stoic Philosophy discussion group on the topic of death with dignity with the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia; and recorded discussion about Stoicism with the Apostasy Now podcast.
I have a list of guests for upcoming podcast episodes; multiple new topics to discuss; and recorded footage I can upload. I’m also open to suggestions from supporters of my work – especially those who donate at the $10/month level or greater per month. For supporters who contribute $20 or more a month, I’ll host a monthly Google Hangout. Supporters at the $50 level will gain access to a monthly private call to discuss whatever they’d like. All support is welcome and can make a difference.
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I’ve launched a Patreon.com page to garner support from people who appreciate my contributions. I offer several rewards for patrons.
See my new page on Patreon.com I launched today where I offer rewards to supporters including Twitter follows and shout-outs; ability to offer a topic for a future Stoic Philosophy podcast; a monthly Google Hangout; and a monthly one-on-one discussion. Your monthly support — allowing me to better improve the audio quality of my podcasts and appearances & produce more content — would be appreciated. You can also support me through Paypal with one-time and monthly donations.
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Join me in 2015 for free food and drink at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs & exercise at Planet Fitness in Kingston, PA.
Via Facebook, I have invited local friends to join me for free food and drink and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs & have also extended invitations for people to accompany me at Planet Fitness in Kingston, PA, but have yet to explain the details in a blog post.
Since late 2011, I have been purchasing deals on ReferLocal.com which grant food gift certificates and free play at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The best deal, for Rustic Kitchen, offers $25 in free play and $25 in food for $25. I use the free play to play Jacks or Better video poker and through optimal play (see my YouTube series for more information) receive 97.65% [the game returns 96.15% and my credit card rewards award 1.5%] of my investment back (or lose 2.35%) in the long-run excluding additional promotional offers. I consider the food gift certificates to be worth far more than the 2.35% lost — $2.35 for every $100 invested — so view the ReferLocal deals as excellent deals.
Although the ReferLocal.com deals are limited to two deals per person per account per month, ReferLocal allows gifting of deals which enables me to go with friends. I make the initial investment (there’s no cost for you/you don’t have to purchase the deals), coach video poker, split food, and split profits past my initial investment with friends who accompany me. As an added perk, new players to Mohegan Sun and people new to ReferLocal.com can get an additional $20 in free play through a referral and new player bonus which allows for an even more profitable session.
Deals typically alternate — in the Spring — between Timbers buffet at Rustic Kitchen – one each month. Although the Timbers deal only grants $20 in free play, it’s still a great deal because it offers two buffets for what is essentially a low cost of about $3.09 per buffet when considering the return from video poker.
Since I have regularly been playing Texas Hold ‘Em at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, I have attained the Leap membership status which allows me to obtain unlimited energy drinks & alcohol/mixed drinks including wine. Friends who accompany me may use my Leap perk and even bring the drinks into casino restaurants.
I recently attained a Black Card membership at Planet Fitness in Kingston, PA where I have been regularly exercising during afternoon hours. This membership allows me, at no cost to the guest, to bring a guest to exercise while I am exercising/checked in to the gym. Planet Fitness offers cardio machines, strength training/building machines, and much more. Guests may also utilize the private showers, locker room, and everything Planet Fitness has to offer save the Black Card Spa.
If you’re interested in joining me at either Planet Fitness or Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, please contact me (e-mail justinvacula [at] gmail [dot] com or message via Facebook) for more information and to set a time during which we can meet. I’ve taken dozens of people to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs who used the ReferLocal deals coupled with my video poker coaching and have received excellent feedback.
I reflect upon some highlights of 2014 in both my personal and activist life & discuss some changes taking place for 2015.
2014 included many milestones: I purchased a car; obtained my driver’s license; left my hometown to live more independently in a shared house; lost about 40 pounds through exercising; completed two more semesters of graduate school; reached a two year work anniversary; and excelled in both online and casino No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em play following considerable study, play, and focus.
Although some have doubted my ability to profit from playing poker, I’ve had considerable support and have demonstrated that I am a winning player through online results. If I can excel in online play — a more competitive environment with more skilled players compared to casino players — I will excel in casino play as I have been during my last month of play spanning almost 175 hours.
Following many attempts to advertise on County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) buses, an advertisement promoting the NEPA Freethought Society — a Northeastern Pennsylvania group of secular freethinkers I lead — was accepted and displayed thanks to supporters. I challenged government-led prayer at Wilkes-Barre City Council meetings and provided a secular invocation during a council meeting. I again protested the annual National Day of Prayer event held on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. I attended and reported on the James Randi Educational Foundation’s Amazing Meeting thanks to supporters.
My work with the Arc of Luzerne County’s Transition to Community Employment (TRACE) program — an initiative to prepare adult learners who have intellectual and developmental disabilities for the workplace — has been especially rewarding and meaningful. I especially enjoyed attending and speaking, as an Arc of Luzerne County Employee, at the Pennsylvania Disability Employment and Empowerment Summit (PADES) event in Harrisburg.
I’m resigning from my position with TRACE to play poker, dedicate time to exercising at a local gym, and continue pursuing my Mental Health Counseling degree which would interfere with my [TRACE] work schedule.
I would like to thank students I worked with in the TRACE program since its inception in 2012 for their cooperation and motivation which easily made my job the best I ever had. I’d like to thank co-workers/staff for their assistance and dedication. Keep in touch.
As always, feel free to comment below and check back for happenings in 2015. Have a happy new year!