Monday, March 16, 2009

Speeding Towards The Weekend

Holy crapola--I feel like I'm in a time warp and the clock is speeding up. That's cool, because I've got something fun to look forward to this weekend, but right now, it's a little overwhelming. It might have something to do with the fact that I've been up for the past 18 hours straight, and I'm about to head to bed and get some much-needed rest, but damn, this past day has absolutely flown by.

First things first--no, I'm not taking time off from the keyboard. I was just frustrated last night because I don't know what the fark I'm doing sometimes, and this site was giving me fits. Finally, I just said the hell with restoring stuff back to the way it was and figured what's gone is gone and it ain't coming back. I won't lose any sleep. But, I *will* be taking some time away this coming weekend. I'll be checking out of reality around noon on Thursday, and I won't be coming back until Monday night or maybe Tuesday. And I'm pretty sure I won't be bringing my laptop with me when I go check into the hotel and start living like a drunken tourist. Updates? If you want to know what I'm up to on a minute-by-minute basis, bring your asses to March Madness!

Oh, I'll have my camera, and I'll be taking a few notes here and there, but this may be the *busiest* Madness I've had in the past ten years, so a running dialogue ain't gonna be in the mix. No time for love, Dr. Jones!

Anyhow, enough housekeeping...

Last night, I was kickin' around the house around 10:15 or so, and the poker room called, asking if I could come in at eleven instead of one. I was cool with that--more hours when it's busy is just fine with me.

There were three games going when I got there, and I pushed in at the top of the line-up, doing an hour-and-a-half straight. That was a good start. By 2:00 am, however, we were down to a single 4/8 game. By 3:00 am, the players decided that they wanted to change it to a 5/10 game, and then it was off to the races.

I don't know if anyone has ever played in a 5/10 or 10/20 game, but they are action-packed and amazingly fast games. I don't know why more casinos don't spread 'em. But the cool thing was that the pots were huge, and since it was mostly all dollar chips in action instead of the $5 redbirds, the pots looked even bigger, too. So instead of getting a buck or two for a tip every time I pushed a pot, I started getting two, three, or four bucks after every hand. Very nice!

It got so crazy that I had to get up twice in the next two hours and empty my pockets because they wouldn't hold any more chips. I love when that happens. The game finally broke just after six this morning, and man, I was wiped out. What a great night it was, though--I made almost $300 in tips for the shift--we call that 'stripper money'. I guess if I'm only gonna work twice a week, I'll take days like this and be happy.

Once we got everything shut down and the day shift crew showed up, the floorman and I took off and headed over to the bar for breakfast and a few drinks. We hung out there for a couple of hours, drinking and socializing with one of the bartenders and one of our cocktail waitresses who'd been hanging out, too. It was a fun morning, but man, I didn't realize how tired I was until I paid my tab and headed for the door.

But I couldn't go straight home--I had to do some Madness shopping. First of all, I had to get some powdered coffee creamer and a can of Folgers for the old women. I also needed to get a new suitcase, too. So I went over to the Walmart Supercenter and spent a few bucks, doing my part to stimulate the economy. I ended up getting a decent four-piece luggage set for a good price, as all I had for luggage until now was a garment bag and a couple of too-small duffles. Now I've got a proper matching set with wheels and straps and pockets and such. And the crazy old women will get their morning coffee fix this weekend without having to wander down to Starbucks.

After that, I came on home and unloaded my goodies, took a shower, then talked to Ed W, finalizing our plans for the Madness. The family and most of the crew will be there by Thursday night, but he's rolling in on Friday morning, due to his work schedule. No problemo, though--there will still be plenty of buffoonery on tap by the time he gets here.

Right now, however, it's time for me to get some sleep. I doubt tonight will be nearly as good as last night was, (the last two weeks my Tuesday am shift has been cancelled outright), but I'm hoping it holds together for at least a couple of hours. Regardless of what happens, I need to get some rest.

Talk at ya later.


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