Poker anyone?

Over the past 7 years I’ve been very hot and cold about poker. I either play way more than I should, or not all all. For example, when I first moved back to Vegas in April I was spending at least 4 hours every day in the poker rooms. Most days it was more like 8 or even 10. One night during a crazy winning session I spent 30 hours straight there. This wouldn’t be a big deal if I was a professional player, but I have a life and other responsibilities with work, etc. After a while though I got pretty sick of it and it’s been months since I’ve set foot in a poker room, until last night that is. Sean Gibson, who writes for us on Poker News Daily, lives about an hour up the road from our home in San Diego. When he asked if I wanted to play some poker at Oceans 11 one night this week it was hard to turn down. We ended up playing in the nightly $55 tournament which gets close to 50 players. Of course we added a $10 last longer bet to make thing more interesting. That basically meant that i could care less about anything but winning that $10 bet. It was great seeing Sean, but I quickly remembered why I’ve been taking a break from poker the past few months. I spent the first hour of the tournament playing literally only one hand. I was getting dealt 8 3 and 8 2 over and over again and it was like watching paint dry. I’m not complaining...

San Diego or Seattle?

If you set a time lapse camera out our window since we got to San Diego a few days ago you would swear that you were looking at images from Seattle. Since we arrived Thursday night, we haven’t seen the sun a single time, it’s been raining almost non stop, and there is horrible flooding all over the area. My favorite part is my wife nagging me every 20 minutes with “Why did we come out here again?” Normally we escape to San Diego for the great weather, but you’ve failed us this time southern California! On a good note, there has been a multi-year drought here and the area needs the water badly. I’m hoping it will make the fruit trees in our yard produce faster so we have something from them before we leave about 2 weeks from today. During the small break in the rain earlier today, I took the dog out for a walk and did some inspection of the orchard. It looks like we might have some oranges before we head out, but the apples and tangerines are more like 3-4 weeks from being ready. It looks like a lot of the apples are being attacked by worms anyway. We don’t use any chemicals in the yard, so I guess that is what happens. We might have no choice but to do something in future years to combat the pests. Sun is in the forecast for Thursday, which can’t get here fast enough at this...

How do people eat this shit?

So, I stumbled across the video below a couple of days ago and thought I would share it with you. To set up what you are about to see, basically someone bought a McDonalds hamburger and left it out for six months. They didn’t put it in the fridge, they didn’t put it in the freezer, they just left it out on the counter. Six months later the hamburger looked exactly the same. YouTube Video – This isn’t food A McDonalds hamburger from 1996 I do my best to avoid fast food at all costs, but after seeing this I think the deal is sealed. Normally once or twice a year I’ll end up eating McDonalds just out of pure desperation. I’ll be at the airport or some road trip with nothing else to eat and no other choice. I’ll eat a few nuggets or a burger just to make the hunger pains go away. However, after seeing this I’m pretty sure that even if i haven’t had food in 3 days I wouldn’t eat it again. The problem with this country is the lack of education on the food we eat. Most people know that fast food isn’t good for them, but they don’t know that it’s actually bad for them. Every time you eat fast food you are doing irreparable harm to your body. It might even be worse than smoking. There is zero nutritional content to this food. It’s basically poison. Everyone gets a vote three times a day that can effectively fix this problem. McDonalds doesn’t get any of my business and makes $0 off...

Our health care system is so broken

I’ve been talking about how I’ve been pretty sick over the past couple of days and it really got me thinking about our health care system. I’m in one of these positions right now where I know I “should” go to the doctor, but I don’t want to because it’s more miserable than how sick I feel right now. If I go to the doctor I know I can get some medicine that will make me feel better and help me recover faster. However, that requires going to the doctors office, filling out god knows how many forms, waiting for at least an hour in one room, 30+ minutes in another room, only to see the doctor for less than 3 minutes of very impersonal care. Not to mention the cost of seeing the doctor plus the cost of the prescriptions they write me too. All told I’d be looking at a minimum of a $200-$250 bill. While taking a friend to the airport the other day I was having a conversation about a procedure he needs to have done. He suffers from chronic tinnitus, a condition where you have continuous ringing in your ears. He’s in his mid 20’s and in otherwise perfect health, but this condition is debilitating at times. He’s seen several doctors about this and no one can seem to figure out exactly what’s causing it or how to get rid of it. Now they are recommending getting an MRI on his head which is a very expensive procedure. The sick part is he is faced with a tough decision he shouldn’t have to even...

How I spent my Saturday

In bed. On the sofa. At my desk. Yep, that pretty much covers it. I’m still not feeling very good, so I didn’t do much of anything today. I woke up pretty late and just moved from the bed to the sofa. I watched TV for a while and fell asleep watching True Lies. It’s a classic favorite of mine and I have a hard time clicking past it whenever it’s on. After I woke up, I moved into the office for a while and did some updates to Terran Marketing. I picked a theme and did some website copy, but I was struggling to concentrate on that. After a few hours I moved back to the sofa where it looks like I’ll be spending the rest of my night. The best part of my day was when my wife brought me some homemade soup. She’s really gotten good at making soups and the timing couldn’t be better. It makes me feel a lot better eating the hot steaming broth, but it also tastes great at the same time. Yesterday she made what has to be the best soup I’ve ever had and tonight’s was awesome too. She’s discovered that soup is a great way to use the ingredients from our weekly CSA farm share. It’s a great way to mix in okra, squash, potatoes, onions, carrots, zucchini, chilies, etc. The one time I did leave the house today was early this morning to take the dog out for a walk. I was hoping to pick some fruit off the trees, but it looks like everything is just now...