San Diego By Numbers

  • 20 – Minutes our flight arrived early to San Diego on Sunday.
  • 78 – Temperature in San Diego when we arrived.
  • $2.30 – Price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline out here.
  • 15 – Age mom is driving like…I swear she just got her learner’s permit.
  • 25 – Minimum age to drive the rental car, and the reason I am not driving everywhere.
  • 3 – Hours of poker played at the $2/$4 Hold’em table on Sunday night.
  • 22 – Dollars lost on Sunday night.
  • 45 – Minutes spent walking around the casino looking for my mom on Sunday night after I left the poker table.
  • 4.25 – Hours of poker played at the $3/$6 Kill Hold’em table on Monday night.
  • 86 – Dollars lost on Monday night.
  • 1 – Time arriving back at the hotel from the casino the past two nights.
  • 3 – Hours of time difference from Michigan.
  • 4 – Time in the morning that it feels like to my body when we get back from the casino, because of the time difference.
  • 0 – Number of more minutes I am going to stay awake.

Off To Sunny San Diego

Tomorrow, I’m off to San Diego for a week. I’m taking a Visual Basic.NET class for work, which will take up most of the day, but I don’t plan on doing much sleeping during the week. I’ve never been out to the west coast so I’m going to make the most of it. I’m really looking forward to the nice weather (forecast is calling for 70s all week) and I can’t wait to play some poker in the casinos!

I’ll try to make a post every day or two, but I’m not sure how much Internet access I’ll have. Once I get back to Michigan on Saturday, I’ll be sure to post all of the pictures and give you updates on how the trip went.

Duke Beats UNC Again

Wow…WOW…what a great game! It was back and forth the whole game. I think the biggest lead either team had was 6 points. Duke came out on top 70-65 in one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports.

Luol Deng, coming off the worst game of his freshmen year, played phenomenal. He had a career high of 25 points on 12-16 shooting and took over at one point during the second half. Chris Duhon once again was the floor leader for the Blue Devils.

If you like college basketball and missed this game…you really missed something special!

Barry Sanders: Now You See Him

Barry Sanders: Now You See Him : His Story in His Own WordsI just finished reading this. What a great book! Barry Sanders is my favorite athlete to ever play a professional sport and I believe he is the greatest running back in history.

He was the definition of a team player on the field and an amazing human being off it. He never cared about breaking records or personal achievements while playing. He simply wanted to win football games and have fun doing it. When it wasn’t fun anymore, he left the game. Over the years he has been scrutinized for the way he left, but he did it his way and went out on his own terms. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that he would be one of the top players in the league today, if he was still playing.

Each time Barry go the ball, you held your breath. He could go the distance on any given play. He also made the most exciting short yardage runs I’ve ever seen. I grew up watching the Lions every week (and still do), and he was the reason. I even saw him play at the Silverdome quite a few times, including a playoff game. He really was something special.

By reading his book, I now have even more respect for the guy. He’s a genuince class act.

Quotes From Rounders

I’ve listed some of the best Rounders quotes. There are quite a few I left out, but I tried to pick quotes that were meaningful even if you don’t know the context in which they were spoken.

If you can’t spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker.

Always leave yourself outs.

It’s immoral to let a sucker keep his money.

You know what, fuck you and your never ending string of boats.

We can’t run from who we are…our destiny chooses us.

In the poker game of life, women are the rake. They are the fucking rake.

Throw in your cards the moment you know they can’t win…fold the hand.

I can’t lose what I don’t put in the middle.

You know this is one time I don’t need you to tell me how I fucked up. I know I fucked up.

In a heads up match, the size of your stack is almost as important as the quality of your cards.

Don’t splash the pot.

People insist on calling it luck.



Rounders (Collector's Edition)One of my favorite movies of all time. I figured I should watch the greatest poker movie in history before I hit up the casinos on my trip to San Diego next week.

Matt Damon, Edward Norton, and John Malkovich all play important parts in this film. It’s a story of a New York poker player who loses it all for a dream and works to get it back when he gets into trouble for an old friend. If you like to play poker or do a little gambling, you can’t go wrong with this movie. I could go on forever talking about Rounders, but I’m going to keep it short and let you watch it yourself. Pay attention, because there are a lot of great quotes in this movie.

I give it an A+.

Running Like A Faucet

I’m starting to get better. How do I know? Because I’m hacking like I have lung cancer and my nose won’t stop dripping, so the cold/flu is definitely breaking up. Where does it all come from anyways? I think I might have lost 5 pounds today just by blowing my nose!

The Friday 5

What was…

  1. …your first grade teacher’s name?

    Mrs. Talaske

  2. …your favorite Saturday morning cartoon?


  3. …the name of your very first best friend?

    Ryan “Butch” Mulka

  4. …your favorite breakfast cereal?

    Lucky Charms

  5. …your favorite thing to do after school?

    Go ice skating or play basketball, depending on the season.

Man's Weakness

While watching The Hulk today, I realized something. All of the superheroes that I can think of share a common weakness…a woman!

  • Bruce Banner (The Hulk) – Betty Ross
  • Peter Parker (Spider-Man) – Mary Jane Watson
  • Matt Murdock (Daredevil) – Elektra Natchios
  • Clark Kent (Superman) – Lois Lane

The more I thought about it, all men share that common weakness…we just need to find the right woman.

The Hulk

The HulkI finally got around to watching the DVD. It’s the first time I’ve seen this movie since the week it was released in the theaters. Just like any other great movie, it gets better each time you watch it.

Is this movie just another comic book character brought to the bigscreen? No way! The Hulk brought the comic book feeling to motion picture. You really have the see the movie to understand, but let me try to explain…Many times throughout the film, cut sequences are used to display different angles of a scene, just like you might see in a comic book. It was really a great idea and worked tremendously well.

The way they produced the transformation of Bruce Banner into the Hulk is also a sight to see. It has that special comic book feel to it. The computer annimation that was done to bring the Hulk to life was amazing. I can’t pick out a single scene where I noticed that something physical wasn’t actually in the shot, interacting with the environment. Stan Lee also makes a brief appearance in the film, which he has done in Spiderman, Daredevil, and others in this line.

I give it an A-.