Returned to Naperville IL area for the first time in 25 years to celebrate a friend’s 70th birthday today. We were in the same first grade class in the Fall of 1957 at St Matthew’s Elementary in Baltimore. Coincidentally, we both worked for Monkey Wards for many years and Wards moves us to Chicago in the ‘80s. Today was my first trip to a casino since Covid ended the world. We arrived at 10 am. One of their two tables was open. $15 minimum, 10x odds and they only allowed three players on each side. They were taking names for others who wanted to play. No plexiglass. You wouldn’t have expected the limited number of players rule, but….No bubbles. Nice mix of the older slot machines mixed with the new graphic styles. Table was a little warm but got very cold and stayed that way. I was fortunate to escape only $116 down, playing 6/8 (and Pass/5x odds when I had the dice). The guy next to me dropped > $1500 during the time that I lost $116. A cute but very small casino. They had one $25 BJ table open. Birthday boy won $400 on the BJ table. I don’t recognize Naperville anymore. There is no commercial or residential real estate left to build anything, anywhere. Birthday boy pays > $12,000 a year in real estate taxes. How do retirees afford to live here? Traffic and congestion abound. A nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live here. Back to beautiful Ohio on Wednesday and getting ready for Travers Day at Saratoga on Saturday. SIX Grade 1 races at the Spa. Arguably the best racing card of the year other than the Breeders Cup. Where has summer gone?