Sorry for not posting yesterday. I didn't feel anything I could say would add to all that was going on in the news and in the blogosphere honoring the memory of September 11th. I spent a low-key day at home, watching some of the special programming of the day, and after a bit of a nap, prepared myself for a little MNF and my last night of work for a couple of days.
But now I'm back and ready to go! I have to admit, after that uber-post about the cruise and craps wins, I ran into a huge wall of writer's bloc for a few days and just didn't feel very creative.
Sometimes, it just comes in spurts.
I don't know if this is one of those times, but I'm gonna take a shot.
First of all, I had a very good weekend picking the games. Even though my just-for-fun parlays were throw-aways, I more than made up for it with some well placed bets on Ohio State and the San Diego Chargers. Unfortunately, I didn't have the Loins of Steel needed to coax out a bet on the Rams, who not only covered, but beat down Denver like a bunch of little bitches, causeing the donkey faithful to spend the week calling in to all of the radio shows demanding Plummer's head on a platter.
I think that loss in the Rose bowl, where ASU got jacked by two bad pass interference calls, robbing them of the national title, got inside his head. That might be Jake's tipping point. Had the Sun Devil's won the game, Jake Plummer might've exploited his greatness into the second coming of Joe Montana (the words of Bill Walsh) and he wouldn't be considered one of the most erratic quarterbacks in the modern NFL. Instead he spends his Sundays running around throwing passes to the guys in the wrong jerseys.
Maybe the dude is just color blind. I wonder if the team doctors could arrange to have his eyes checked before they ship him off to someplace like Kansas City or Oakland in a gesture of *ahem* good will.
Anyhow, where it counted, I went 6-1 in my college picks, and 10-5 in my pro picks. Not a bad weekend. And I cashed more tickets in the sports book than I tore up, so I got that going for me, which is nice.
I also had so much fun writing my 'Pick the Pros' column, that I think I'm going to do that every week, except I'll write it on Thursday after work, so it'll be ready on Friday morning. My traffic meter shows that while I get almost 500 hits a day during the week, page views drop to almost nil on the weekends. So I need to reward all of my readers who are out there making me proud by goofing off at work!
Also, while my priority was to get a second income, it seems that I waited too long and dang near every poker dealing job in this city has dried up. I don't know if there are too many rooms and not enough players, but it certainly seems that after the World Series ended, several hundred poker dealers went out and started pounding the pavement. Word on the neon telegraph is that over a hundred dealers applied for four spots at the Flamingo last week. Don't know how accurate that is, but I heard it more than once.
So I'm considering looking for a second part-time dice/blackjack/pai gow dealing gig instead. In fact, today I'm finishing up the the online application process for a certain secret casino. Hopefully they'll call me back soon so I can jet over there for an audition and maybe take care of a huge stack of in-processing paperwork. I'd love to work there, and I'm craving a second paycheck, so I hope it all works out for the best.
Besides, I need to start planning my vacation for next year. I can't take holidays off, but I still have four days I have to use before I suddenly get ten days' worth in my account next May. Big surprise--I've decided on a 10-day Caribbean cruise next fall. Between that and March Madness, that should just about take care of it all.
It's been far too long.