It's been said that in the poker game of life, women are the rake. I never really got that expression. Does the author just mean that spending money on women without much to show for it is the cost of doing business? Makes no sense to me.
In the poker game that is my life, traffic is the rake. I think people in LA have actually found a way to drive multiple cars at the same time. It's really the only plausible explanation for how fucked the 5 is 23 hours a day.