Monday, November 8, 2010

'Making it rain' can be a tough call

I faced a tough decision the other day. I found myself in O'Connell's Cocktails in Long Beach, Calif., with a festive atmosphere consuming me and the patrons.

As I looked in my wallet, I noticed I had six singles - I rarely have that many singles. The major question I faced was this: Should I make it rain?

Although "making it rain" typically occurs at gentleman's clubs, when classy men shower dancers with money, I figured O'Connell's could provide a proper setting for me making it rain. The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized that making it rain with money hardly ever is a smart idea.

A few years ago, NFL troublemaker Adam "Pac-Man" Jones attended Minxx, an exotic dancing club in Las Vegas, where he told police he brought $100,000. He had at least $40,000 in singles in the club. Pac-Man appeared to have a solid plan - make it rain.

Unfortunately, trouble for Pac-Man ensued because he became upset when dancers picked up the singles after he made it rain. He preferred the ladies dancing on the singles and allegedly grabbed a dancer by the hair and slammed her head on the stage. A shooting then took place outside the club, and someone was paralyzed.As I sat in O'Connell's with my six singles, I thought, "There will never be a better time to make it rain than now."

I stared at my singles but just couldn't shower my friend, Paul, with them. Instead, I told him I was running out of cash and probably wouldn't be having any more beers.

Life can be filled with regret if you let it to be. Still, what if I never find myself with such an abundance of singles again?

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