The Friday 5

When was the last time you…

  1. …went to the doctor?
    I think it was about a year ago.
  2. …went to the dentist?
    December 28th, 2003.
  3. …filled your gas tank?
    Almost 2 weeks ago.
  4. …got enough sleep?
    See my post about NESS.
  5. …backed up your computer?
    Just the other day.


Not Enough Sleep Syndrome.

I don’t know if such a thing exists, but I have it. I don’t get nearly enough sleep, especially during the week. Most nights I don’t get to bed until after midnight. Sometimes as late as 1:30 a.m. For those of you that don’t know, I start work at eight in the morning. Six or seven hours of sleep a night just doesn’t cut it.

I try to get to bed earlier, I really do. But I can never make the move from this chair to my pillow…only 4 feet away. I’ve always been productive late at night, especially when I was in college. It seems so much easier to get things done when everyone else is sleeping. The world is quiet and I can think clearly. Once in awhile I’ll be laying in bed already and will come up with such a good idea, that I have to get up and write it down. So then the whole sleep cycle has to start over again.

Maybe my body is getting used to the lack of sleep, but I somehow doubt it. I’m tired all day long, but can’t force myself to take a simple nap after I get home from work. NESS is kicking my ass! If anyone knows a cure, please let me know.


Fargo (Special Edition)I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this movie, but it was pretty good. “Okay”….”Yah” For some reason it’s always entertaining to listen to what we (here in Michigan) call the UP accent.

Fargo is based on a true story, but not in the usual sense of a true story brought to film. It wasn’t one of those feel good stories. Without giving too much away I can tell you that it’s about a man who hires a couple of guys to kidnap his wife so that he can make some money off of his father-in-law. The deal is supposed to go off without a hitch, but of course things don’t happen like that.

I really loved how Frances McDormand played a pregnant cop named Marge. She never stopped eating or talking about eating through the entire movie. Overall I have to give this movie a B, but say that is definitely worth watching.

New Toys

Today I bought a new electric razor on Ebay. I went with a Norelco Advantage 6737XB, since it’s one of the best models made my Norelco. My Remington just hasn’t been treating me too well anymore, so it was time for a change. Suprisingly I was the only person to bid on the auction. It went for $70 and the razor sells for over $120 in the stores, so I’d say I got a pretty good deal on it.

I’m also finally moved over to my new computer as my main box. I finished installing all of my software today and then moved an extra NIC and HD over from the old computer. The next step is to get Linux running on the old box and I’ll be all set! I also need to find time to figure out what is wrong with my brother’s computer. I think the motherboard may be shot. I hate figuring out hardware problems!


  1. I need to start cooking some more. Maybe some good recipes will help.
  2. I’m still not too sure about Orkut, but I’m checking my account more often now. If you want an invite, leave a comment and ask.
  3. Southwest Airlines has good rates on flights right now. I booked my mom’s flight with from Detroit to San Diego for a total of $295.
  4. I was really looking forward to seeing Blue Man Group and playing some Texas Hold’em out in Las Vegas. Someday!
  5. A magazine I’ve recently thought about subscribing to.
  6. Cool movies made using the game Halo. Which reminds me…I haven’t watched the last few episodes.
  7. A lot of good poker information.
  8. Free online golf handicap system.
  9. If I had a girlfriend, she would have gotten this for Valentine’s Day.
  10. Sick of seeing of all those motivational posters, plaques, and sayings all over the place? Despair Inc. was created with us in mind. I have a calendar and several of their posters.

Stat Line

Finger JamAbout 20 points, 8+ rebounds, 5+ blocks, and 5+ steals to go along with 5+ turnovers and bad defense in the last few minutes. It’s hard to do it all I guess. We lost in overtime by one or two points. The refs are just so inconsistent in this league. At one end of the court the guy calls a good game, but then you play on the other end in the 2nd half and nothing seems to be a foul. It was a well played game by both teams though. I had some pretty sweet blocks against guys 4-6 inches taller than me, which felt good and I jammed a finger going for a rebound. Can you tell which one? Click the picture for the full size photo.

No Go For Vegas

The training class I wanted to take in Las Vegas was canceled so I had to pick another city. I was really getting excited about going to Vegas too! Booked the class and reservations today and I’ll be heading to San Diego in about 2 and a half weeks. I could have went to Phoenix, AZ, but I’ve already been there before so I wanted to go somewhere new. The course I’ll be taking is Introduction to Visual Basic.Net.

Poker Patience

When you keep getting weak hands, patience is the key to playing poker. I played for 2 hours tonight and came out $8.60 ahead playing .25/.50 at a ten seat table. Usually I play 6 seaters, so this was a little bit different. I had to play a little bit tighter and watch myself. I was swinging up and down a few bucks early, but wasn’t getting shit for hands, so I was playing 20% or less of the hands. After the first hour went by I started to pick up a few hands and never looked back. When all was said and done for the night, I played 26% of the flops and won 11% of the hands.

I also brought out some of my poker chips today. I need to start practicing poker chip tricks again because I’m pretty rusty. Hopefully I’ll get my Vegas trip booked tomorrow at work…we couldn’t get ahold of the company I’m taking training classes through at all today.

Play A Few Hands

It has been nearly a month since I played poker on UB, so I decided to play a little this afternoon. I played for an hour and a half at the .25/.50 cent tables and came out ahead by $1.80. I played 27% of the flops and won 13% of the hands, so overall I did pretty good. I should have won more, but I was down about $8 early on, until I realized that I was playing too many hands, so I tightened my play and was able to claw my way back into the positive. I am most likely going to Las Vegas at the beginning of March (more info on that in the next few days), so I need to sharpen my skills. I plan on playing quite a bit this month because I don’t want to walk into the casino and appear as a “fish”, although I’m sure that is what I will be. I will also be reading my poker books to refresh everything in my mind.