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September 27th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

You may have noticed a slowdown in the quantity of content here over the past few weeks. The reasons are twofold.

First, a family scare. Early last week my older brother (I’m the middle sibling) was hospitalized with a serious intestinal infection that ultimately required surgery. The surgeon informed us that had he gone untreated for a few more days, my brother could have went into septic shock.

I’ve looked up to my brother all my life. He’s the one person who I could say has been through more than me as a sibling. So when I first learned of his hospitalization and the seriousness of his condition, my world came to an abrupt pause. I couldn’t bear the thought of possibly losing him so prematurely. I was afraid of losing a part of me.

After the news settled in, I found myself stepping into his shoes in an effort to provide the immediate family the emotional strength we’re accustomed to seeing in him. Naturally, my mother did not take the news well. As my father said on the day of the surgery, “You can’t get your mom out of that hospital with a bulldozer.”

I hadn’t spent as much time in a hospital all my life as I have since my brother was hospitalized. This period of time has forced me to temporarily live outside of life’s daily routine. It has reminded me to always appreciate the time you spend with the people most important to you. We just don’t know what tomorrow brings, good or bad.

I’m happy to report he is recovering as well as expected to this point. There’s a long road ahead, and a better qualify of life awaits.

Second, I’ve been in the process of slightly shifting the blog’s focus. I will continue to highlight tax issues relevant to the gaming industry. Going forward, however, I plan to also write more about gaming law developments in general, and scale back a bit of the non-gaming tax pieces. Feel free to suggest topics of interest.

Yes, I am a tax lawyer. And as I continue to chart the path of my career, I further realize that my long-term place is likely somewhere in gaming. The gaming industry will continue to evolve and present challenging and stimulating legal issues. I’ve learned a lot from the many sharp and engaging individuals that the community has to offer. I also hope I’ve shared with you an interesting concept or two.

Now’s a perfect time to queue up a very cheesy 80s tune that, well, sort of captures the moment:


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  1. Matthew Rappaport
    October 1st, 2012 at 13:19 | #1

    All the best to you and yours in the recovery process.

    And I think it’s always a good idea to follow your own advice; I remember you telling me not too long ago that you should focus on your passion.

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