Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Who Doesn't Love A Hump Day Post First Thing In the Morning?

Everyone loves it!

I just rolled in from a quickie at the casino--There was a decent no-limit game going on when I got there, and I figured it would last all night, but when there is a four-way all-in and the big stack wins, well, that pretty much kills the table. So it was an early night for me.

After closing down the room, AC and I went and grubbed on some free breakfast in the cafe, and then I came home. AC stuck around and hit four Aces on video poker (he just sent me a picture text), so his night was made.

Ok, so what else is new? Well, let's see. First of all, Josie the guest blogger went and won another tournament up at Seabrook the other night (I got a text message when they got down to the money, and a phone call when she won the thing outright!). That was pretty cool--and it makes me proud that she's obviously a much better tournament player than I am--I've never won first place in anything bigger than a sit-n-go, and the closest I came was being 'declared' the winner of a four-way chop at Binion's last year.

Oh, as far as the Henderson Writer's Group goes, I haven't read anything to them yet. First you gotta join and go to a meeting, then you gotta sign up to read at a future meeting (of course, it might help if you had material prepared when you sign up), so no, they haven't yet experienced the awesomeness that is Hurricane Mikey. And while I appreciate the suggestions, most of the ones everyone likes are just waaaaay too long to share with the group. I have to read them out loud, and I only get 15 minutes. And I need a few minutes for feedback at the end, too, so that's why it's gotta be something I can read in like ten or twelve minutes. The Flagstaff trip and the floating craps game posts are just waaaay too long. Oh, and the post about 'My Guitar Gently Weeps' is also a favorite--and I really like that one--but again, too long for my purposes.

There is, however, one that sticks out in my mind that I really like a lot. It's a bit shorter, and although it didn't get the critical acclaim that I thought it would when I wrote it, it's probably one of my all-time favorite posts. I consider it some of my best work. Which one is that? Originally, it was called The Slippery Slope to Old Age, and I wrote it during the holiday season back in 2005. I tweaked it a little bit and re-posted it a year later, and I think I'm gonna tweak it some more and have it be the first one I share. My second choice would be the 'Reggie Miller' story, as some of you like to call it. That was some funny shiat. And if I can get away with it, I'll probably bring along the Dalmation and the vibrator story, too.

Anyhow, that won't be for a few weeks, maybe a month (I only go to the meetings they have at the coffee shop on Horizon Drive, but half the time they're down at the library on Flamingo), but I'll give a full report once it happens.

I've also got to give a shout-out and a word of thanks to reader Brian S--yesterday the UPS man made a surprise visit and dropped off a couple of books to add to my ever-increasing 'to-read' list. I've got another WWII aviation book, along with the original story of the man-eating lions of Tsavo (the movie The Ghost and the Darkness was based on the story). It's kinda funny, because a month ago, all that African safari stuff wasn't even on my radar of interest, and now I can't seem to read enough about it--it all makes for great armchair adventures.

But besides all these great books I have to read, my puzzle is coming along nicely, too, although I'm kind of stuck right now. So I took a break for a couple of days. And I find that I'm getting the itch to get back in the kitchen and bang around. First of all, the other day I was at Costco, browsing their book section (oh yeah, like I don't have enough already!), but there was a whole table full of cookbooks. I looked at several, but my eye kept going back to the Chinese and Thai ones. I love me some good Asian grub, so I think my next purchase will be a wok. And a new cookbook. Besides the normal dishes, I'd really love to crack that walnut-and-honeydew chicken recipe they have at PF Chang's that gives Angy a foodgasm every time she eats it. As they say down south, that is some damn good vittles right there.

I could probably go buy all that stuff today, but I think I may wait a week or two and see how my cash flow is looking. I think I'm done working for the week, except for that big free-roll tournament this weekend. If that's the case, then I'll probably just spend the next few days holed up here in my cabin like the Unabomber, railing against The Establishment and not spending any money. Well, at least not spending any money. I'm cool with The Establishment.

Speaking of which, I just got a notice last night that I need to go and renew my Gaming license. I'm coming up on my fifth anniversary in Vegas, believe it or not, and I guess I have to go pay a fee or something so that I may continue to exercise the privileges of being the casino's whipping boy. Sweet, huh? Hard to believe that I've been here five years already. It doesn't seem like that long ago I was living with the strippers, dealing dice at the Golden Gate, and pimpin' around town in the Ghetto Sled.

Kinda makes me wonder what kind of adventures I'm in for over the next five years.


No comments: