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WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS … GOES INTO THE NEWSLETTER? The Birthday Trip I Won’t Forget FEBRUARY 2022 GIBSONLAWGROUP.COM (817) 769-4044 DIVING DOWN WITH GLG
The night we found Hugo’s, we’d split our big group of 15 up into several smaller ones. Eight of us were looking for somewhere to eat, but it was Valentine’s Day, and we didn’t have reservations! Eventually, we ended up in the basement of the Four Queens Resort and Casino on Fremont Street, ready to beg the maitre d’ at Hugo’s for a table. The lobby was packed, but incredibly, Richard, the maitre d’ we now know well, whisked us off right away into a private dining room. The red brick walls, dark furniture, and tuxedo-clad staff gave the restaurant a great 1920s vibe. Our steak and seafood were delicious. On the way out, I realized that the entire restaurant was filled with couples. No wonder we hadn’t had trouble getting that giant table for eight! No one else wanted it on Valentine’s Day. As I write this, I’ve already made our reservation at Hugo’s for Michelle’s 2022 birthday/Valentine’s Day trip. Eating there is usually the highlight for me, though over the last five years we’ve seen Vegas acts like the Blue Man Group to “The Beatles LOVE” and Paula Abdul. It’s nice to spend some quality time with my wife between trips to the poker table. If you ever visit Vegas, I highly recommend giving Hugo’s a try. I’m also happy to set you up with any other recommendations you need, from hotels to entertainment! Michelle and I have even done daytrips outside of Vegas to places like the Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon, and Zion National Park. Even when it’s a weekend (and I’m not physically in the office), I’m always making mental notes for my clients when I go somewhere new. I’ve traveled enough at this point that I can help you plan your itinerary pretty much anywhere. Of course, if you need legal help this month, I’m your go-to for that, too. This Vegas trip will just be a quick weekend getaway, then I’ll be back in the office. As always, you can reach me anytime you need me on my cell phone — even in Sin City.
Most of the married men I know worry a little bit about Valentine’s Day, but not me — I’m used to getting the double whammy every year! My wife Michelle’s birthday is on Feb. 13, so we usually roll the two big events together and celebrate in high style. And Michelle being Michelle means just one thing: a weekend trip to Vegas. This tradition started five years ago when Michelle turned 40. We and 15 of her closest friends flew out to Sin City for a couple of days of celebration. We stayed at the Mirage, played blackjack (Michelle) and poker (both of us), and caught a Cirque du Soleil show — basically all of the Vegas classics. During that trip, plenty of events happened that will absolutely have to stay in Vegas (as the saying goes), but there’s one thing I can share with you: our discovery of our favorite restaurant, Hugo’s Cellar.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Brock vs. Brock The Man Who Sued Himself
In a move that shocked no one (except, perhaps, Brock), Judge Rebecca Beach Smith dismissed his case. While she did call his claim “ludicrous,” she also praised his creativity, stating that he “presented an innovative approach to civil rights litigation.” Perhaps the lawsuit against himself wasn’t his first or last attempt at legal restitution. He once filed 29 complaints in a single year. Due to the repeated suits, the court removed his ability to file further litigation. “None of Brock’s allegations have ever been found by any court to have any merit,” the decision read. “Because Brock’s repeated, frivolous claims have placed a significant burden on this court, as well as on the district court ... we hereby impose sanctions upon Brock.” Brock’s case ranked No. 3 on Time Magazine’s list of Top 10 Outrageous Legal Battles. So, while he didn’t achieve wealth, he did gain fame. It was an impressive feat for a man who found a novel way to take personal responsibility for his actions.
On July 1, 1993, Robert Lee Brock made a mistake. By his own account, he had a few too many alcoholic beverages that evening, and in his drunken state, he committed breaking and entering, as well as grand larceny. Brock was arrested, and the court sentenced him to 23 years behind bars at the Indian Creek Correctional Center in Chesapeake, Virginia. In 1995, Brock decided he deserved restitution. Reasoning that he had violated his own civil rights, he sued himself for $5 million. For his family’s pain and suffering, as well as his children’s college tuition, he requested $3 million. He also asked for $2 million to support his needs during his 23-year prison sentence. Central to Brock’s claim was that, due to his drinking, “I caused myself to violate my religious beliefs. This was done by my going out and getting arrested, which caused me to be in prison.” And since he was a ward of the state, he explained that Virginia should pay the $5 million on his behalf. After all, he was incarcerated and unable to work, and the state was responsible for his care. Plus, he promised to pay the money back after his release.
More Than a Pinch of Salt 3 Ways to Reduce Your Sodium Intake
seasonings available to liven up your food. Experiment with new spices; the bolder the flavor, the less you’ll notice the reduced salt. Garlic is a popular choice, but check the nutrition information — salt is included in many spice blends.
The average American adult eats 1,000 milligrams (mg) more than the recommended amount of sodium each day. Salt enhances flavor, is easy to add to food, and tastes pretty delicious. Unfortunately, too much of it is unhealthy and can cause high blood pressure or kidney damage. Here are some steps you can take to reduce your sodium intake without sacrificing flavor.
Keep the shaker out of sight. If you want to reduce the amount of salt you use, try putting it away. Keeping
Read food labels. Processed foods tend to contain a lot of sodium, so it’s best to shop for fresh meat, fruits, vegetables, and dairy. In particular, avoid premade sauces whenever possible. If you need to buy prepared meals, always read the label and look for items with less than 6,000 mg of sodium — the highest amount a meal can contain and still be labeled “healthy” by the FDA. Check serving sizes as well; 400 mg of sodium in one meal sounds good until you realize there are 2–3 servings in the package.
salt on the table increases the temptation to sprinkle a little bit more on your meal. You can still get up and get the salt out of the
cupboard if it’s really needed, but you’ll have the opportunity to reflect on your actions and make a more conscious decision. It will also help kids, who may instinctively reach for the salt or copy their parents.
Cutting salt takes time, but the preference for salt is an acquired taste, and it can be unlearned. It may take several weeks or even a couple months to get used to the flavor of reduced salt, but those who successfully do often find salty foods they used to eat unpalatable. Once the extra sodium is gone from your diet, you probably won’t miss it — and your
Try other flavors. We have easy access to more types of salt than ever, but unfortunately, sea salt, Himalayan salt, and kosher salt don’t contain any less sodium than the table variety. Luckily, there are plenty of other
body will be a lot healthier for it.
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TAKE A BREAK
Roses, chocolate, and fancy restaurants are Valentine’s Day staples for a reason. They’re classic and timeless, but if you’ve done them year after year, they could also get a little bit boring. To wow your significant other this Feb. 14, think beyond the most famous ways to celebrate. They’ll probably appreciate a twist — and the time you spent making their day special. Get Creative This Valentine’s Day NOT ANOTHER CANDLELIT DINNER
Create a relationship scrapbook. Nothing says “I love you”
like a gift you’ve made with your own hands. By making a scrapbook of your favorite memories with your partner, you’ll also amaze them with your sensitivity and dedication. A scrapbook can consist of photographs, restaurant menus, movie tickets, wedding invitations,
This succulent chicken stuffed with cheese, artichokes, and sun-dried tomatoes is impressive on the plate but easy in the kitchen! MEDITERRANEAN STUFFED CHICKEN BREAST
vacation souvenirs, and some carefully chosen words about why you value the relationship. Don’t be afraid to get inventive with your decorations or scour the internet for tips and tricks. Go stargazing. What’s more romantic than staring up at the stars? Your first step will be to find a local spot that’s dark and secluded enough for a good view of the nighttime sky. Once you do, your next course of action will depend on the weather. If it’s temperate, get a picnic blanket and enjoy the outdoors. If it’s cold, stay in the car, turn off the headlights, and snuggle up. Don’t forget to bring wine and a romantic snack. If all goes well, you might end up watching the sunrise. Schedule a couples’ spa day. Forget what you think you know: Spa days are for everyone. Your other half will love the opportunity to experience a massage, sauna, and other assorted treatments. Plus, many spas offer romantic couples’ packages with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. Once you’re both sufficiently relaxed and looking your best, you’ll likely feel closer than ever. Some spas also offer overnight stays so you can transition seamlessly into a romantic evening. All of these ideas will take a little bit of planning, so it’s time to start dreaming up your big surprise. When you see their reaction, your only concern will be how to top yourself next year.
• 10 large basil leaves, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, chopped • 1/2 tsp curry powder • 1/2 tsp paprika • Salt and pepper, to taste
• 2 chicken breasts • 2 oz mozzarella cheese, cubed • 2 canned artichoke hearts, chopped • 4 tsp sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 365 F. 2. Cut a slit lengthwise to create a pocket in the middle of each chicken breast. Place the breasts on a baking sheet. 3. In a medium bowl, combine the mozzarella cheese, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, basil, and garlic. 4. Divide the mixture in half and stuff each chicken breast pocket. Using toothpicks, seal the edges of the pockets. 5. Season the chicken with curry, paprika, salt, and pepper, then bake for 20 minutes or until the chicken reaches 165 F. 6. Remove the toothpicks and serve with rice, potatoes, salad, or roasted vegetables!
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
What Really Happens in Vegas
The Man Who Sued Himself Reduce Your Sodium Intake With These 3 Tips
Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken Breast Creative Valentine’s Day Ideas
Clean Hydrogen Explained
Is Clean Hydrogen the Energy of the Future? What You Need to Know
entirely and use less electricity overall. In the case of blue hydrogen, they also say that simply capturing the carbon is not enough to ward off climate change. Energy experts who otherwise support clean hydrogen also point out that it’s currently much more expensive than fossil fuel production. The U.S. has launched a plan to bring the cost of green hydrogen down significantly by 2030, but its use currently accounts for less than 1% of total annual hydrogen production worldwide. Before clean hydrogen can be a viable energy alternative, governments and industries need to deploy significant resources to develop infrastructure, expand production, and drive down costs. Whether clean hydrogen will be a major future energy source depends on how much the world is willing to invest in it.
hydrogen is produced with methane, but the carbon is captured instead of released into the environment. Detractors argue that blue hydrogen is not more environmentally friendly than other existing technologies and point to its high costs. Proponents, however, consider it a stepping stone to the cleanest form of hydrogen. Green hydrogen comes from electrolysis, a process that splits water into oxygen and hydrogen. For the hydrogen to be green, the electricity used to create it must come from renewable sources like wind, solar, or hydropower. The process almost completely eliminates emissions, and it’s the form of energy the EU is investing in the most. One day, it may even power cars. But clean hydrogen has its detractors. Some environmental activists argue that we need to move away from gas power
4 GIBSONLAWGROUP.COM Whether or not blue hydrogen is “clean” will depend on whom you ask. Blue Hydrogen is already used today as an energy source, and while the hydrogen itself is clean, the process used to make it is not. The energy industry describes hydrogen using a color-coded system — hydrogen created with steam methane is gray, and hydrogen produced with fossil fuels is brown. Neither is considered clean energy. The European Union has made substantial investments in clean hydrogen as a renewable energy source, hoping it can help reduce carbon emissions. With the infrastructure bill Congress passed in November, the U.S. is also looking to invest in new energy sources, including clean hydrogen. But what is clean hydrogen, and why has so much hope been placed on it?
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