April 27th, 2004

Andrei in the office

1 of 2 - Two quickies. Bathroom humour

I was inspired to write a filk on Thursday. The topic of the filk is torturing someone who needs the restroom. Sadly, my knowledge of the original song is lacking sufficiently to have this one come out quickly.

It's a busy week both at the office and in the order so... it may be delayed a few more days or pop out soon.
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Andrei in the office

2 of 2 - Two quickies. The poker report (not so quick)

Edit: Corrections and clarifications thanks to (H)

Please Note: This is the last public poker post I'll be making. I'm going to be making a poker filter so that I don't bore anyone with these ramblings. If you want to be on the filter, please comment. (Comment in general on the post if it's your will to do so) There are a few people I will probably auto add just because I've played them at poker or know they may be interested. Please comment regardless, so I know you want to be on it... Just in case I don't auto add you.

Well, about 3 weeks ago jnanacandra and I went to the local casino to play poker and got mightily spanked. And it was the really nasty kind.

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So... we practiced. A lot. We read more. We learned more about reading wild players. We learned more about which hands to play and how to support them. We learned about controlling the table.

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I played on line. My confidence came up recently with a wonderful deal. I've never experienced a hand like this in any poker I've played ever. We hosted a very successful poker night. The day to go back was getting nearer.

Yesterday, it was 93 degrees in the house. (ew) (H) had been roasting all day. I offered to take her out for dinner. She suggested that the casino was air conditioned. We were both interested but, obviously... we were concerned. I got home and we practiced.

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So, we went off to Commerce Casino again. Now, I for one am glad to reject the evils of superstition, but when you are depending mildly on luck, you may as well act ritually. We decided not to take the alternate route we tried the previous time. I brought back my souvenir dollar chip from our last big-win trip. I figure, let's appease the possibly annoyed native spirits.

There were very few people there. I think many are in Vegas or at the Bicycle at the WSOP and Mini-SOP. Matter of fact, today at the WSOP there is a Hi-Lo Omaha in it's second day and Phil Hellmuth finished at 17th and Scotty Nguyen finished at 35. (Is it a bad thing that I can now spell his name from memory?) Meanwhile, back in Commerce. We got on the 2/4 list. There were 5 people waiting ahead of us. When the list got up to 8 people waiting, they opened a new table for us. This means that (H) and I got to play at the same table. I'm not going to go into many details.

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(H) may post on her night. But she was phenomenal. She played a little on the tight side... at least to the other players. But, I think she took every pot she was in past the flop. (She has reminded me that she did lose at least one hand after the flop) She started half of what I started with. She never went below 75% of that and ended the night up 4 times that amount.

Before tips for the dealers I'd say we made about 170% on what we brought to the table. We were both very happy after leaving. But we're not crazy. I think out horrendous beat taught us alot about the potentials and reality of this game. We have a healthy respect for what we are doing and how we put money into it. We could be pushing much harder than we are, but at this point we're taking our financial involvement very slowly.

Granted, none of this stopped me from referring to (H) several times at the table as The next Annie Duke (Who I know I'm going to be playing at a major disadvantage against for personal reasons) :)
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