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Ben Raskin

Born in El Cajon, raised in Las Vegas, educated in Reno and living in Salt Lake City. I bartend, write, box and live in Sugarhouse UT.
Ben Raskin has written 218 posts for Raskin's Rhetoric

End on a High Note

It’s stunning the amount of celebrities who passed away in 2016. Losing Muhammad Ali was horrible but the end of two decades of Parkinson’s disease for the Champ made it easier. Not a huge fan of Prince but his guitar solo in “Let’s Go Crazy” and “While my Guitar Gently Weeps” reminds me that on … Continue reading

These Are Serious Times

The idea of drinking a glass of Martinelli’s sparkling apple cider over Thanksgiving is absurd. Holiday meals and celebrations demand more fortified drinks: bourbon, red wine, gin, canned beer, grass whisky, Jameson or some other fermented or distilled beverage. Except vodka. These are serious times and we need serious drinkers. Vodka is reserved with children. … Continue reading

It’s Going to Be Okay: Election 2016

There’ only one thing for certain after today’s election. We’re going to be okay. The world is not going to end on Wednesday even if my hangover has something different to say. There won’t be any runs on the banks or long lines outside gas stations. There’ll still be food on the shelves at supermarkets, … Continue reading

Drive with a Purpose

There are too many cars in Salt Lake City. When did this fair city become a God damn parking lot at 8:30 in the morning? I must be crazy but it didn’t seem this bad six months ago. One could easily drive from Sugar House to West Valley City without packing provisions for a transatlantic voyage. … Continue reading

Fly the W

In April of 2003, I made my first trip to Chicago. I had saved all winter bartending to make a pilgrimage to Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. In fairness, I actually flew out to watch my beloved San Diego Padres play at the Friendly Confines. More specifically, it was a chance to see … Continue reading

It Takes a Politician

As of today, we’re 21 days out from the 2016 presidential election. Three weeks and we’ll find out if Secretary Clinton wins big or if business mogul Trump take the Oval Office. I’m understand because Trump is slightly divisive there could be some real implications for control of both the House of Representatives and the … Continue reading

I’m Just Trying to Get Down

Third time might be the charm when hiking Angel’s Landing. Check out a pictured filled romp through Zion National Park. Continue reading

Fear the Walking Ben

I killed a black widow in the bedroom last night. The lady had spun a web about two feet from my nightstand and was making herself pretty cozy in the nook underneath the window. Growing up in Las Vegas, you get used to living around black widows—they’re everywhere. Thick and glossy, the red hourglass is … Continue reading

Cracked Tooth Blues

Between testicular damage or dental pain, I’ll take a kick to the nuts any day. I think I cracked a tooth. No, I’m positive I’ve cracked a tooth. Somewhere between eating a bowl of marbles or letting a temporary crown fall off after two years, I’m sitting at my desk with my tongue doing triage … Continue reading

Cockpit Part 2

NOTE: It only took 10K words to realize that the second half of Cockpit was being written in third-person. Oops. Back to the drawing board. Just in case you’re interested where the second half of the novel is/was going, I’ve posted it here. Be a mensch and tell a friend. Cockpit Part 2 It sounded … Continue reading

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