Thursday, July 31, 2008

July has kinda been teh suck

Pretty much an entire month spent searching for a decent beater car to commute in. All my spare time on teh interwebs was spent on and Craigslist, and time that would've gone for such things as golf, gym, or buying groceries. Certainly there's been very little time on the digital felt. Finally I thought I'd found one, in a 1997 BMW 328i. Salvage title, but it was straight and ran smooth. It had its scars and problems, but it was loaded, only showed 81k on the odometer, and the airbags were still in it. And because of the salvage title, the price was phenomenally low. As it turns out, one of the critical things that needs fixing is preventing me from getting the car smogged and registered here in Cali. I've spent days visiting several garages and repair shops who admittedly work with the guy who sold me the car and have cut me good deals to do work on it. Finally, after spending 5 hours standing in the sun at a wrecking yard in Chula Vista on Tuesday (and not feeling the earthquake because I was too far south), the check engine light was out and (supposedly) the vacuum leak was fixed. It was the end of the day, so I couldn't get over to the guy who I was referred to for smog, and Wednesday I was up in Riverside County, and I'd already made an appointment to get the Jeep in for an oil change and brakes on Thursday. So Friday it would be. Except for when I left work Thursday afternoon, the damn check engine light was on again! I pulled over and lifted the hood. I did check and sure enough, the engine was there. But the light remains. So Friday morning (probably 8 hours from now, which is currently 12:23 a.m.) I'll go back to the yard in Chula Vista to see if they can band-aid my car together enough to pass smog. If they do and there's enough time in the day, I'm going straight to the smog shop to get it smogged. Once that's done, registration and plates are mine! Then I'll probably sell the damn thing. We shall see...

Thursday evening, for a change of pace, DAPGF went out for drinks with a friend, so Hoff had some time for the poker machine. I managed to play 3 sngs, the first of which was one of those "Super Turbos" that are on Full Tilt, in which I managed to place second. That was the end of my luck, because the next one, an 18 player SNG had this result:

Yeah, it's always fun to get your aces cracked. Aaaaaannnnd Hoff is sent to the rail. So SNG #3. Maybe this time will give me a shot.

Yeah, it's always fun to flip the carsd over and realize that you've got your opponent dominated. And then they catch a 2 outer on the turn to really screw you in the ass.

I'm tired and I'm going to bed. See ya out there!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Assorted Stuff

Well, the new gig at work is keeping me teh busy. No more cushy train ride for it's a 130 mile round trip drive in the gas pig Jeep! Boooo! No train service near the new client, so Hoff is SOL. I've spent the past week and nearly the entire weekend looking at older Accords, Camrys, Eclipses, Preludes, Integras, etc., hoping to find a not too expensive beater that will get me 25-30 mpg that I can drive the wheels off of. So far, no such luck. I know the cars I'm looking at are old and high mileage, but I've owned old and high mileage before...doesn't anybody know how to take care of their cars these days? This week will be more looking, and hopefully purchasing. The Jeep's fuel economy is bad enough, but this is absolutely going to destroy the mileage cap of my lease if I don't do something. Sigh. Anybody out there own a nice 5 speed mid-90s Honda Accord they want to part with? Shoot me an email at iamhoff at the gmail dot commie.

Poker. Due to the aforementioned automotive issues and job issues, it's been a while since I jumped onto the tables. So with DAPGF out with friends tonight and with it too late to call people about their crappy cars on Craigslist and Auto Trader, I decided to jump into some micro-limit ring on FT. Just a little .05/.10 to scratch the itch. I do a min buy-in of $4, and sit down at UTG+1. I thought about waiting until I hit the BB, but I wanted to play, so I posted my BB. And the first hand goes like this:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to iamhoff [9d 7h]
dredayp5 raises to $0.20
iamhoff calls $0.10
georgiarealtor folds
poeticinterlude folds
MagBoy TNT calls $0.20
chadd17 folds
mpingel1981 folds
conanav calls $0.10
*** FLOP *** [7s 9c Qd]
conanav checks
dredayp5 bets $0.85
iamhoff raises to $3.10
MagBoy TNT calls $1.90, and is all in
conanav folds
dredayp5 raises to $14.65, and is all in
iamhoff calls $0.70, and is all in
dredayp5 shows [Jh Js]
iamhoff shows [9d 7h]
MagBoy TNT shows [Jd Qs]
Uncalled bet of $10.85 returned to dredayp5
*** TURN *** [7s 9c Qd] [4h]
*** RIVER *** [7s 9c Qd 4h] [Kc]
dredayp5 shows a pair of Jacks
iamhoff shows two pair, Nines and Sevens
iamhoff wins the side pot ($3.45) with two pair, Nines and Sevens
MagBoy TNT shows a pair of Queens
iamhoff wins the main pot ($5.90) with two pair, Nines and Sevens

Well hot-freaking-damn! That's the way to start a session. I only hung around for a few hands, saw a couple of flops that went nowhere, and ultimately subscribed to the Pauly rule of "hit it and quit it". And I left with my slightly better than double up inside of 3 minutes. Fun is where you find it, peeps.

Went and saw the movie Hancock on Friday. I wasn't sure what to expect given the deviation from Will Smith's usual good-guy 4th of July fare (see Independence Day, Men in Black, etc.), but I was surprisingly pleased. He's a great actor, and to see him playing what likely amounts to a superhero version of Alcanthang (in reality, we all know that Al is a hero unlike any other...SoCo Man!!!) was actually pretty damn funn-ay! And as a bonus, we got out of the flick just in time to drive up to the top of Mt. Soledad in La Jolla (just a short way from Casa de Hoff) where we had nearly a 360 degree view of San Diego, and the finales of 4 or 5 different fireworks shows. Good stuff.

As a slight change of pace, instead of the last 5 songs I heard at the gym this morning, let's go with the first 5 songs...which ones served to pump me up. I added a bunch of tracks to the mp3 player, so I manually created a playlist, started with one particular song, and shuffled the rest. I was not disappointed.

Motley Crue - Kickstart My Heart
AC/DC - Whole Lotta Rosie
Pantera - Mouth For War
Testament - Electric Crown
The Vines - Ride

FWIW, the next 5 were equally motivating:

Megadeth - High Speed Dirt
Iron Maiden - Invaders
Iced Earth - Declaration Day
W.A.S.P. - Blind in Texas
Babylon A.D. - Hammer Swings Down

Only made it to the beach once over the weekend (looking at cars most of the time), and the waves kinda sucked. Still, I was at the beach enjoying the San Diego weather (and massively attractive scenery, and yes, that's one of the lifeguards!)

and lots of other people weren't. Life ain't too bad, I suppose. Stay classy, peeps!