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LAS VEGAS 2019

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I enjoyed my first day on my lottery trip to Las Vegas and it was one heck of a good start. I enjoyed a luscious buffet, a dazzling magic show, and I was on a number of heaters in the slot machines. I did so well in the slot machines that I broke even twice! It is far from a jackpot, but I’ll take it. Rule number one: “never walk away when you’re on a heater.” I look forward to what else this trip has to offer in the days ahead.

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SECOND BARONS’ WAR

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The Second Barons’ War took place during the reign of Henry III of England. It was caused by Henry III constantly trying to extract new taxes from England’s barons, but due to the restrictions of Magna Carta, the barons were not legally obliged to the king’s commands. This created a power struggle between the king and his barons. Eventually, the barons were united under the leadership of Henry’s former best friend turned sworn enemy Simon de Montfort. After defeating and capturing Henry, Simon de Montfort used him as a puppet to take money, land, and power for himself. This was the case for over a year until Henry’s son and heir the future Edward I raised an army and defeated Simon de Montfort. After Simon was killed, his corpse was butchered as a warning to the rest of the kingdom, “no one defies the king and lives.” Simon was castrated before having his privates rammed into his mouth before having his head cut off and mounted on a spike. In the aftermath of Simon de Montfort’s defeat, every baron who sided with Simon were stripped of all their land and were given the opportunity to buy back their lands and a pardon with heavily punitive fines. Even though the monarchy had to abide to Magna Carta, the rebellion left the barons’ severely weakened and explosively increased the power and authority of the monarchy.

 

For my third fantasy book, I am thinking of portraying a civil war that will be based on the Second Barons’ War. However, I have a puzzle to solve. The main character’s family commands dragons, the Sword of Power, and other mystical secrets. What would it take to tip the scales to make this civil war a more even fight? I am currently brainstorming on ways the rebels may fight the ruling dynasty on even footing.

MASTER OF THE IMPOSSIBLE

This is the magician my mother and I will be seeing on our first night in Las Vegas: Mat Franco. Apparently, he competed in the show America’s Got Talent, which is one of my mother’s favorite shows. Before watching this video, I did not know he existed. Now, I am convinced that he truly is a master of the impossible and sorcerer supreme. I am eager to see what else this wizard is capable of when I see him up close and personal.

VEGAS BABY!!!

In my earlier posts, I reported that I won a free trip to Las Vegas in a lottery. Next week, I will finally put that trip to use. I will be going to Sin City with my mother and meet my beloved cousins. On the first night, I will be treating my mother to one of the countless buffets in Vegas. I love spoiling people and Vegas gives me a golden opportunity to spoil my relatives to the fullest. After dinner that night, we will be seeing a magic show. I have never seen a magic show in person before so it will be an interesting experience for me. I don’t know what other plans my cousins have in store, but I look forward to it. I may try some of the slot machines and hopefully win a jackpot. If I win a jackpot, I want to split it four ways. One quarter will be donated to the people of Puerto Rico, one quarter will be donated to autism awareness groups, one quarter will be donated to groups that advocate for pit bulls, and the final quarter will be invested. There are no guarantees that I will win a jackpot, but you never know. This could be my lucky day. Wish me luck!