Saturday, December 17, 2016

Back to work Monday

So today I finally was cleared to return to work on Monday. I have been off work for 9 weeks due to a health issue which has finally gotten better.

One nice thing that happened during my time off was that I was able to watch my Cubs finally win a World Series. They had me scared right down to the final out but I was overjoyed that they finally won.

Before I went out on medical leave I was working a lot of overtime. I was working Monday through next Friday, that's right, 12 day weeks were the norm. On my days off I was so tired and had so much to get done that I had little time to play poker. The last nine weeks I got back to playing and enjoyed it a great deal. I even won a little bit.  I have been told that the overtime situation has gotten better so I should be able to play more often.

I am snowed in this weekend so I couldn't get in one last poker session before going back to work.
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Magical History Tour

Left early Saturday morning, heading to W Lafayette, IN. When I was near Chicago, because of construction I went through the city instead of around. With continued construction and rain it was a nerve wracking trip. I was very glad when I finally got onto I65 heading south.

I arrived in West Lafayette and my first stop was the XXX Drive In. I used to have breakfast there often when I was a student at Purdue. The place had changed a lot but the food was still pretty good. After that I drove around and found 3 of the four places I lived while I was a student.
Later I met up with someone I went to school with and had not seen in 36 years.

Sunday morning I was on the road early. I stopped at a casino, signed up for a players card and got a few dollars in free-play. picked up a little cash and was on my way to North Bend Ohio. There I saw the tomb of William Henry Harrison, the first president to die in office. Then I went to the other side of Cincinnati to Point Pleasant, the birthplace of U S Grant. He was born in a small one room house very close to the Ohio River.

I continued on across Ohio and into W Virginia. Near Charleston I stayed in possibly the worst motel in the civilized world. Somehow I survived and stopped at the Mardi Gras casino nearby before I hit the road. It was about 6AM when I got there and too early to get a players card. I got a cup of coffee and played a slot machine and won $20.00. decided to not keep playing and was on my way into Virginia.

I stopped in Roanoke at the visitor center and a very nice lady gave me directions to the Booker T Washington National Monument. It was very interesting to walk around and try to get a feel for what it might have been like to be on a plantation.  The only things on the plantation that were sold for cash was tobacco and the slaves. the slaves worked very hard and hoped for a good crop so none of them would have to be sold.

Then it was on to the main place I wanted to see on this trip: Appomattox. Not too far away from the village there is a small cemetery where 18 or 19 Confederate solders (most of them unknown) are buried. There is also one union soldier, unknown buried here. It was very moving to be here and I sat on a bench for a while just thinking about what happened here so long ago.
To walk up the same steps as US Grant and Robert E Lee and to see the parlor where the healing of the nation began was the high point of the trip. As brilliant as both men were at making war they were even better at making peace.

I spent the night in Petersburg and the next morning I went to Richmond where I saw the graves of President James Monroe and President John Tyler. Jefferson Davis, the only president of the Confederacy is also buried there and I saw his grave too. There is also a large monument to the Confederacy among many Confederate graves.

Next up was the birthplace of George Washington, and just down, the road the birthplace of Robert E Lee. Both were very interesting. The house that Washington was born in burned down in 1779 (I think) and the room Lee was born in was being restored.

It was interesting to note that the room Robert E Lee was born in was bigger than the house that Grant was born in. I wonder if General Lee thought much about what might have happened had he accepted command of Union forces at the start of the war. Would he have been President? The war would likely have been much shorter in my opinion.

As it turned out I was more interested in what happened at the plantation around the time of the Revolutionary War. There was a display that showed one year where £ 1,300 worth of tobacco was shipped to England and the plantation received around £ 340. the rest was taken up with taxes. No wonder there was a Revolution.

Also there was a display of an inventory of slaves on the plantation. from a 30 year old man valued at £ 120 to a 2 month old girl at £ 10. It is hard to believe that human beings were once owned.

I had a great pizza not too far from the Washington plantation then it was on to Washington DC.
I found a hotel in Springfield and it was near a mall which had a movie theatre. Sully was showing so I went and enjoyed the movie a great deal. the theatre was pretty cool too, reclining seats and very comfy.  If it had been a boring movie I would have fallen asleep.

Next day I got a ride to the Metro station and headed into DC. My first stop was the Pentagon where, after a long walk around, I saw the Pentagon 9-11 memorial. Next stop was Arlington National Cemetery, where I saw the Tomb of the Unknowns, the graves of President Taft and Kennedy among many others. I also had the honor of seeing the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. A very moving experience.

Then it was on to the memorials in Washington DC.  My first stop, thanks to a very nice lady I chatted with on the train, was the National Archives. I saw the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution along with other interesting things.

The first memorial I saw was the World War Two Memorial.  I really wise h I could have brought my father here to see this. He was in The Battle of Leyte Gulf, which was the larges naval battle I the history of the world, and it was one of the major battles of the war in the Pacific which was carved into the memorial.

Next I saw the Korean War Memorial which was very moving. The statues of the soldiers looked almost alive, I had to stop and take in the whole scene. There were statistics of the number of killed, wounded, missing, and taken prisoner.

It wasn't too far to the Lincoln Memorial. I sat and read Lincoln's second inaugural address, then sat on the steps and looked at The Washington Monument before moving on to the Vietnam Memorial. I can't describe the emotions I was feeling seeing all those names of people who died.

The next morning I began the journey home.

I drove 3,300 miles on this trip and saw tons of interesting things along the way. I also stopped at every casino I came close  to. I signed up for player's cards and received $10-25 in freeplay. this translated into $88.00 in cash, 1 tshirt and 1 sammich.
Now its time to start planning the next trip.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

the weekend is finally here!!

I have played poker for a while, mostly limit. my local casino (Ho-Chunk Wisconsin Dells) no longer offers 2-4 or 3-6, and I don't really like no limit much. I do go to Potawatomi in Milwaukee once a month and they have 3-6 limit usually with a kill which is okay with me. The last time I was there I sat with $60.00 and cashed out $215.00 about an hour and a half later.  I also go to Dubuque Iowa as well, one casino has poker (the dog track) and diamond jo's has some good slots that I like to play.

I have decided to use the money I collect from freeplay to play no limit and will use my regular roll for limit poker and other gambling. I like to play some slots along with blackjack and craps. Maybe the occasional poker tourney too.

so my weekend is finally here. I woke up about the same time as I usually do (way too early). First I went to Madison for a pizza. It was as good as ever, especially since it has been too long since I had a good pizza. Then I headed to Ho-Chunk in Wisconsin Dells. I gave some leftover pizza to one of the bartenders who is a Bear's fan and a very nice person besides. I played a few slot machines (lost) and then headed for home. I didn't feel like playing poker today and they had a tournament going on, not the regular Saturday tourney but something bigger.

Last night I won a freeroll tourney on Seals with clubs for 3.2 chips to give me a balance of 4.33 chips. I also have 24.37 chips on Betcoin. I have never deposited any money on either of these sites. I just enter freerolls and use winnings in cash games. I have withdrawn over $200.00 combined from both sites.

Sunday I will be figuring out what to do with the huge Powerball jackpot I am going to win Saturday night. Or get ready for another 12 day week at work. The next time I have days off I plan to go to Potawatomi  and might get a chance to play some poker then.

Monday, July 25, 2016

my last chance at fortune and glory

i still have 4 years of eligibility in the NCAA and no scholarship offers, i have been undrafted by the NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB for the last 30 some years. i have been passed over for the supreme court i don't know how many times. the career in porn movies never had a chance.

my last chance at fortune and glory is poker, all i have to do is learn how to play the game.

I have a real crappy work schedule right now so I don't get the chance to play very much but I am hopeful that will change soon.