Thursday, November 29, 2007

Assorted Thoughts and Stuff

Best insult yet: "You suck so hard that you can't even hear it over the sound of you sucking! It's like you drowned in a bucket of fail!"

While my game hasn't been completely sucking, it has been up and down. I just finished up a $33 9 player SNG on Tilt where I basically folded my way to second. I was fourth out of four, sitting on the bubble, and every blind I hit, big and small, my hand was J2, J3, or J4. And being the short stack, they were ganging up on me (as they should), so I rarely had the opportunity to even check an option. Finally, UTG raised and the button shoved. AA vs KK and the bubble bursts! But wait, we're back to the shitty blind hands. 93o, T4o. Finally UTG min-raised me and I called with J4d. Flop comes down 2 diamonds. I bet, hoping to induce a fold. He stays. Turn is a 4. I bet and DH shoves. I fold and he graciously shows his set of 4s. That cost me half my stack. But wait! There's a little more! I picked up Big Slick in the next BB. SB has me covered and shoves. I call and he flips over A5o. I flop a K and double up. Next hand, UTG who doubled me up shoves. I fold and BB thinks about it and calls with a 56c, to UTGs JTo. Flop comes down 565 and I land in 2nd! I'll freaking take it!

Last 5 songs in my WMP shuffle:
The Voices - Street Commander
Abandoned Pools - Mercy Kiss
Queensryche - Eyes of a Stranger
Jeff Kashiwa - Saratoga
SOD - Speak English or Die!

How's that for random? And for slightly less random, the last 5 songs on Sirius Hair Nation while I drove home from work:
Ozzy Osbourne - Shot in the Dark
Van Halen - And the Cradle Will Rock
Guns and Roses - You Could Be Mine
Scorpions - Big City Nights
Krokus - Long Stick Goes Boom

Peace, love, and goo.

Monday, November 19, 2007

What I Am Thankful For

I am thankful for A9 s000ted. Full Tilt, 45 player $10+1 SNG. Over the course of 2 hours, I was dealt A9s 6 separate times. The first one I took down a smallish pot (it was early and blinds were still only 30-60) with TPTK. The second one boated up 9s full on the turn and let me stack somebody who had limped Big Slick along. The third one let me hit my flush on the turn. The fourth one was a flopped flush. The fifth one was a river boat of 9s full again that let me stack someone slowplaying their AQ 2 pair. The last one busted the money bubble. I had 4 to the flush, and was looking at a board of TQ9J. Victim shoved, and showed his K9 for the K-high str8. The river brought a glorious K, allowing me to complete Broadway and pop the money bubble.

So I'd led since we had been down to about 12, and then I started taking some hits and bleeding chips. I ran JJ into KK. My AK didn't improve against 44. And I'd gotten down to 5th of 5. And then the cards woke up. AK, AQs, KK. Inside of 5 hands, I was back in first place. Honestly, when we got down to the final four, it felt like a damn blogger table...lots of fun girlie chat. But somebody eventually had to lose, and somehow I had channeled CJ and here was the final result.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! See ya on the felt!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I've been...tagged!

OK. Our boy Brian tagged me, so I gots to properly respond. The rules:

A). Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog...
B). Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself...
C). Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs...
D). Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog...

Seven random things:

1. I got lost at the Grand Canyon as a little kid.

2. I got pulled over for doing 110 miles per hour in Utah, and got away with a warning.

3. Unless I have a meeting with clients, I can wear shorts every day to work.

4. I had season tickets to the Chargers for 10 years. They were the dark years, and the first season after I sold them, they went to the playoffs.

5. I should really be working right now.

6. I got snowed in on Interstate 80 in a little, podunk town called Wamsutter, Wyoming, and spent the night drinking in a school gymnasium with probably 100 of my then closest friends.

7. Ben and Jerry’s Brownie Batter Ice Cream is my all-time favorite ice cream flavor.

There. That ought to cover things. Next to be tagged:

River Driver
Drewspop (still there man?)
President Dave
Wolverine Fan

Friday, November 09, 2007

The Randomness of Friday (it's a whole new week!)

Well, it’s been a busy week. The major proposal I’d been working on for the past several weeks was selected as the winning one, so now I get to work on a project that will generate somewhere north of a million dollars for my company. Job security…after 2006, me likey job security. Of course I’ve got one other project that just started up and another proposal that I need to write.

Managed to play a little poker on Monday. Hit the Daily Doubles on Tilt. One of them I busted out somewhere in the 500s, but the other one I survived a field of 1250-something and held on to 54th place. Not a high-dollar finish, but it’s always nice to go deep in these tournaments. That finish was even more impressive given that, approaching the 2nd break I was down to 787 chips. I get dealt A3c UTG and shove. One caller with 89c. I catch an ace on the flop and double. Next hand, I get KQ in the BB. 1 limper, 1 min-raise from MP, and I shove. Limper folds, MP calls and shows KJ. Ship it beeyotch! And the next hand I get dealt AA in the SB. 2 limpers, button raises 3x, I shove over the top. Limpers fold and button calls, showing AK. What do you know! I’m back over 6k in chips! I got lucky several times, and committed a couple of bad suckouts, but by and large I just played solid poker and got cards when I needed them. One hand I was particularly proud of, I got dealt 99 on the button. UTG+1 limps, MP min-raises, I call, SB folds, BB calls, and UTG calls. Flop comes down 4 9 T rainbow. Jackpot! Gotta slowplay this one. BB checks, UTG checks, MP bets just over half the pot. I hesitate for a bit and then call. BB calls and UTG folds. Turn brings a duck. BB checks, MP checks, and I check as well. River brings a ten, giving me 9s full of tens. BB checks, MP bets a little over half the pot. I think and hesitate, and finally min-reraise him, figuring he was on AT. BB folds and MP shoves. I’ve got him covered and I call. As expected, he shows his AT and leaves the table when my 9s full are shown. One of the best hands I’ve played in a while.

Finally, some of the random Friday crap.

Last 5 songs on WMP shuffle:

Survivor – American Heartbeat (back in the Eye of the Tiger days, baby!)
St. Germaine – Alabama Blues (more ambient acid stuff)
Cobra Starship – Bring It (I’ve had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!)
The Specials – Pressure Drop
Fates Warning – Through Different Eyes (excellent late 80’s prog metal)

Car of the Week

I still don’t know if this is going to become a regular feature, but I had this one and decided to share. The bank branch for my bank that’s closest to my office happens to be next door to an automotive repair shop. But this isn’t just any repair shop. This is the authorized body shop for Ferrari/Maserati of San Diego and Symbolic Motors of La Jolla, which is the San Diego dealer for Bentley, Rolls Royce, Lotus, Lamborghini, Panoz, Spyker, Bugatti, and all those other exotic makes. Those two dealerships are the strip clubs that DAPGF lets me go to occasionally (still haven’t managed to get a lap dance, tho’), with some of the hottest automotive bodies you’ll lay eyes (and other body parts) on. But back to the COTW. I went to the bank, and sitting in the parking lot of the body shop was this:

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. This is one of the sexiest cars on the face of the earth, IMHO. The lines and curves go beyond sensuous, and despite the fact that the best colors for Ferrari’s are Red and Black (with the occasional white Testarossa hold out from Miami Vice), this is the first one ever that I’ve seen in Maroon. And you know, it looks damn good. It dials back the “arrest me now because I’ve obviously done something naughty” look without taking away from the gorgeousness of the car. Frankly, as a car nut of the highest order, I’m lucky to live where I do. We have the population that loves the pimp-mobiles from last week (why do I have this eerie feeling that Smokkee was going to call on that one?), and the high-dollar crowd that rolls around town in the Rolls Royce Phantoms, Lamborghini Gallardos, and those beautiful Ferrari 599 GTBs. Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 02, 2007

The Randomness of Friday

Welcome to The Randomness of Friday. A random collection of thoughts, observations, and other time-wasters to fill out the work week. Enjoy.

Last 5 tunes to come up in my WMP library shuffle (IT won't install iTunes on our laptops, the bastards):

The Aquabats - Super Rad! (one of my favorite Friday tunes, and the reason why Ska is cool)
Authority Zero - Mexican Radio (killer remake of the Wall of Voodoo original, pimped by Alcanthang like a year ago or something)
Bone Thugs 'N Harmony - Fuck tha Police (another killer remake of the original, that I first heard featured in the Getaway in Stockholm street racing video)
DJ Helixx - These Days (this is a house mix Helixx did for Maigrey. It can be downloaded from Helixx's Mix Depot page)
The Propellerheads - Take California (Decksanddrumsandrockandroll. Just a killer electro-rock groove)

Last 5 websites I visited (blogger and sites I needed to copy links don't count)

Wil Wheaton
KGTV Channel 10 (as if the fires weren't enough, a bomb scare closed down the freeway I take to get home)

And the original plan for this post, the Car of the Week. This feature will randomly appear when I find something worth posting. Basically, if I come across an "interesting" vehicle (which can mean insanely cool, insanely ugly, insanely expensive, or whatever), I'll post it for your viewing pleasure. And now the vehicle that inspired the concept. I'm sure most of you are aware of the trend of cars having huge wheels (20 inches or larger, generally referred to as Dubs and variants on that). The latest trend is to lift a car, much like a tricked out four wheel drive truck, and put even larger wheels on. The largest currently are 30 inch rims, referred to logically as Treys. And the cars that started the trend are called Donks, Boxes, and Bubbles. Donks refer to pre-1976 Chevy Caprices and Impalas. Boxes are 1977-90 Caprices and Impalas, called Boxes because of their, well, boxy shape.And then the Bubbles. These are 1991-96 Impalas and Caprices that are, well, bubble-shaped.Other cars can receive this type of treatment, among them the 80's vintage Monte Carlos, Lincoln Town Cars, older Cadillac Fleetwoods, etc., but to be truly called a Donk, Box or Bubble by a purist, it's got to be an Impala or Caprice. The one consistency with the majority of cars rolling Dub4s, 6s and higher is that to achieve the suspension lift, it's got to be a body-on-frame car. Think older American cars, pick up trucks, SUVs like the Tahoe, Explorer and Durango. By having the body mounted on the frame, as opposed to a unibody car where the body and frame (and thus suspension mountings) are an integral unit (any modern front drive car like an Accord, Taurus or Jetta, minivans except the Chevy Astro and Ford Aerostar, and crossover utility vehicles like the Toyota Highlander, Nissan Murano, and Ford Edge). Today's COTW is none of these. It's an early 90s Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, a front drive unibody mid-size sedan, and truly the first one I have ever seen pimped out at all.This was spotted on the 805 Freeway in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego. I'm not sure what appeals to me more. The huge rims, the pristine beige paint, or the fact that it's for sale. Judging by the license plate, the current owner just registered it, too, so the tags should be good until probably August 2008. I can't possibly imagine how this thing rides or drives. Being a unibody front drive, the steering has got to be heavy and probably not all that smooth. But the suspension! It's not like anybody makes a lift kit for this, like they do for most trucks. So that means that it's homemade. There's a recipe for disaster. Anyway, I just had to share. And call now, before somebody else buys it.

Have a great weekend!