Thursday, May 29, 2008

I love California.  Not LA, but California as a whole.  I think I will live somewhere here sometime in life.  More later...

Thursday, May 22, 2008

I'm Alive!

I have really neglected this page forever.

That being said, I'd like to congratulate Pete and Jess, and MB and Tieds on the arrivals of Dylan and Natalie into this world! I can't wait to get home and see them in person. I'll be home a month from tomorrow for good, and I really can't wait.

I've been getting into Frisbee Golf lately, and it's alot of fun. My best score so far is a +7 on a 9 hole course. I shot 18 out here in the desert in Arizona in Monday and shot a terrible +19. The triple bogey on 5 and throwing my putter in the water on 9 really killed me. I did make the best shot of my short career though, nailing a putt on 16 on my knees from under a tree about 20 feet away. The past 2 weeks we were in Houston and there was a park with a course directly behind our hotel. Since it's free to play, it's nice to have it so close so there's no "cost" involved with taking a cab there, like there is here. I probably won't get to play again this week, as rain is in the forecast for tomorrow. The weather is just crazy here in Tempe. It was 106 the first 2 days when we got here and today it's 65.

Also saw the midnight screening of Indiana Jones last night, and I won't give any spoilers, but I was very disappointed. The first 1/3rd of the movie was classic Indy, great cinematography, great sequences and everything. But once the plot got set into motion, I understand why Speilberg didn't give anyone a broad sense of what the movie was about. What really makes me upset is all the reports I had read about how they kept rejecting scripts. But after seeing the film, there HAD to be a better story to choose than this. I know that this is Steven and George's love of their childhood movies come to life, but it just didn't feel like an Indiana Jones story to me. Enjoyable, but nowhere near the hype that it had been built up to. If this is indeed the swan song for Indiana Jones, I feel sad.

That's all that's going on for now. Peace out from Arizona.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

First Try!

This is just a test, seeing if I can post to my blog via my Mac's Dashboard.  Hopefully it will work, and it will curb my laziness in updating about my life.  

Saturday, March 17, 2007


So I'm a little behind with my reporting, laziness has ensued again. Vancouver is hands down the best place that I've been to on tour in the last year and a half. The city itself is beautiful, kinda like a less crowded Manhattan at times. Lots to do, enthusiastic audiences, beautiful sights, and a casino 3 blocks away. Let's just skip to the poker.

They have morning tournaments every day for $30 so I played in the Wed. morning one and did quite terribly, something like 38th out of 66 or something. Played some side games for a little while made $300 or so, then went back to the hotel. Then I did some sightseeing around the riverwall downtown.
I wish the bottom translation was easier to read. It says "You Not Afraid Here". Which I thought was appropriate as Vancouver is full of Asians that moved here after it was given back to China I believe (maybe Hong Kong...)

Played a bunch more poker, including the next morning making the final table and busting 6th out of 40 ppl. No money, as I was the bubble boy. Was going to play in more side games, but got a txt message from Colin informing me that Lingerie Lunch was happening in our hotel. I had no idea what to expect...

When I got there, I met up with the other straight guys in the show and we made our way to the restaurant. Lingerie lunch is held the last Thursday of every month and it's a competition with 6 girls who walk around the restaurant in bikinis, and very loosely "evening wear". The men all applaud them as they come around and are then "judged" and whittled down to 3. It was kinda a great day, scantily clad women, poker, beer, and chicken fingers all before 1:30.

Will and Erin came on Friday and I met up with them after the show. They've already put up a nice report on their website

We left on Monday morning, extremely early, about 430am to make an early flight to Saskatoon. I played poker all night and then hopped on the bus to the airport, up for the week $870 winner (including tournament losses, yes tieds). A good couple of weeks in the poker front, could it continue into Saskatoon? Or would I have a losing week? Time will tell in the next blog report. And that will hopefully be soon.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Feeling Better

Ok, where to begin.

2 weeks ago, we were in lovely Edmonton, AB. I didn't think I'd believe it, but they did indeed have the largest mall in all of North America. Suck on that Minneapolis! It was around 8 blocks long I think and boasted a rollercoaster (more on that in a minute), sea lion show, water park, and Urban Outfitters. Well, the rollercoaster was quite impressive for being next to a food court. Our group went on and halfway through on a piece of flatland about 50 feet in the air, the ride suddenly stopped...Turns out Aaron, one of our trumpet players, had decided to film the ride with his digicam and security was on to us. They harnessed a woman onto the track, and she climbed up to remove the camera from the ride. In all fairness, they were very nice about the whole thing and didn't even delete the footage. I'll try and post the video if I can get my hands on it.

It was then onto lunch where I realized that Canadians are very confused about American cuisine. KFC does not include biscuits here in the Great White North! Scandalous! Also, they have a Boston Pizza (which I don't believe they're famous for) and New York Fries (which again, I've never heard of the triumphs of fries in NY). Bizzare.

They also have a casino in the mall too. Fairly nice as well. There were picketers outside of the entrance that were former casino workers who wanted more stuff. I didn't really listen as I just wanted to play poker. There was no game going on, so I just wandered around for a while and chilled out. Met up with some people by the Urban Outfitters and found a jacket for $180, marked down to $100, and then take 75% off. 25 CAD for the jacket! ($22.63 on my credit card receipt.)

Walked by the ice skating rink, oh yeah forgot to mention a full size ice skating rink in the mall too. The place is sick. Went to the water park, but 40% of the rides were closed, so only having 90 minutes left in the mall made that not the smartest move. Aaron almost went bungee jumping but that didn't pan out either. We then passed by Flamingo Bay, nothing happens, just flamingos hanging out inside a glass wall.

This was connected to a large tank of water with a Pirate theme.

The sea lion show was next to this and ran 2 shows a day. We watched the show and I was pretty impressed with what sea lions can do. I had videos, but somehow lost them. After that I got a haircut and went back to the casino, still no game. Met up with people and went home. Fun day all around.

Did I mention I played poker?

Been a long time since I've typed that. Admittedly, off my game the first session back in a 3 months, but the game was different!

In Edmonton, boy do they love to play Omaha. In fact the 1/2 NL game was not just NLHE. It was "dealer's choice" meaning you the button picks, and you can choose from HE, Omaha, Pineapple or Crazy Pineapple! 95% of the hands were Omaha, (NL Omaha, mind you...crazy), and I occasionally chose HE when I realized people saying, "How can you play with just 2 cards?" and just muck like crazy. In about 3 hours, I was stuck $800 playing 1/2 NL. Those are the swings of NL Omaha I guess. I came back and finished only $165 down after playing some big pots and having things go my way. My big hand was flopping the nut straight and getting check raised by a guy with top pair, no redraw whatsoever, just top pair. Thankfully he missed perfect perfect after we stuck it in on the flop.

The next night I went back and played more of the same, winning $185. Things got interesting the next 2 days when I went back to play inbetween our 2 show days. I ended up killing the game playing 1/2 NL on Saturday and 4/8 with a kill on Sunday. In the 4.5 hours I played, I ended up $1040 winner. It was sad to leave, but it was time to go to Vancouver! Most definitly the best place I've been on tour so far. More pictures and poker in the next blog entry.

Monday, March 05, 2007


Canada posts and pictures will be updated tomorrow. I'm not feeling well today. Time for 24, pizza and bed.

Thursday, February 22, 2007


Canada is cold, and far away. I've realized it's just like America, but everyone's nicer on the whole. Even the plane was nicer aesthetically. Weird. I spent a nice couple days in NY with Karen, and left far too soon for me. But, it's back to work, the show must go on, whatever other cliches you can think of. Tomorrow, I'm supposed to go to the Edmonton Mall, supposedly the 2nd biggest mall in North America. I've heard rumors of a water park, sea lion show, rollercoaster, flamingos, and an Urban Outfitters. Should be fun. Pics as they become available...