Thursday, May 31, 2007

Why I am Sad

I can't go to Vegas this time around. Its just not in the cards for me. I won't miss the poker exactly, its something else.

Read this and you'll get it.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Why I Play Poker

I don't play poker to win money, I play for fun. I like it when I win money, but the style that I enjoy playing doesn't lend itself to a career in poker. I play the occasional tournament but I really prefer cash games.

I play for the buzz. I really love laying horrendous beats on people. Especially my friends. Nobody ever remembers aces holding up, but crack a pair of cowboys with SMTL's and you have a story to tell for many years to come.

Limp, cap a pot with pocket 4's, hit your set and get all but your last $2 into the pot. well thats one to tell the grandchildren about.

Coldcall a tightbox, flop a set, get it all in behind a bigger set and turn quads? Thats poker.

I like getting AA, but who can't play AA? Give me 76 suited in MP for an open of 3.5x the BB. That's my poker. Cold call from the button with any two suited. Call the donkeys from the BB with any two because the pot is laying you 12/1? Every time I can.

So here's the rub.

My new found loose style has developed a weak element. The donks are coming over the top of me. I find myself releasing TP too frequently.

So I've tighted up just a tad. No more 97s from UTG. Less calling and more raising. Less folding and more reraising. I don't know if its +EV yet, but it sure gets the heart pumping.

So why do I play poker?

Ultimately I play so that I can have the feeling of dragging a monster pot. That brief moment when I can look across the felt and think "NA NA, NA, NA NA!"


So much for that. I went busto on FTP tonight.


Probably a lace thong. It will go well with whatever else you have up your ass.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Originally uploaded by good43.

This is my great-grandfather's draft card from World War I. has just put a bunch of military records online for free until the anniversary of D-Day.

I also found records for my great-great uncle Ivan who was a POW in Tunisia, my uncle Daniel that was KIA in Vietnam and my grandfather who served in Korea.

This is the only one that I found so far with a cool image attached. If you view it in original size you can actually read all of the questions and answers.


My buddy Brendan is touring Shanghai with a classmate of his. He's blogging the trip here.

Originally uploaded by good43.

These have been in my parents refrigerator since I can remember. We're talking 20 years easy.

Here is a link to a Sun Country commercial from 1986.

The flavor in the commercial is different, but the style of the package is the same.

I have $100 to give someone to finish both of them. I offered BG $75 to finish just 1. There may or may not be heavy amounts of "sediment" in the bottle. Just like the "Old 96er" you have to finish that too.

No this isn't my parents regular refrigerator, it the beer one, in the basement. There is also a bottle of micobrewed stout in the door that I brought back from Colorado for my Dad in 1994. Yes, 13 year old stout. Anyone want to take a run at that? I'm sure the chunks are chewy and not hard.

The only thing that seems to get drank out of this ice box is the piss water lager. This time its Bud Light, but it runs the gamut of what ever's on sale to Natural Light.

My grandfather had a beer box in his basement too. It was always stalked with Hamm's or Naty Light. But oh how he loved his Coor's. That was a special treat and was seldom relegated to the basement. It took a place of honor, upstairs, next to the milk.

On Saturday our new refrigerator is being delivered and I too will join the ranks of men with a separate beer fridge. Mine won't be in the basement, it will be on the third floor housed in what will someday be the game room/poker room/bar.

Please come join me for a drink, as I don't want to have 20 year old bottles blocking my access to the Schlafly Kolsch.

Friday, May 18, 2007

The Barbie Bandits were.......wait for it.............strippers too!!!

Wow, I didn't see that one coming.
Greg Lemond was abused as a child and Floyd Landis's manager tried to blackmail him with that fact. Yikes, the Tour de France just turned into "Days of Our Lives".

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

It doesn't instill a great deal of confidence when you log into your online bank and this is what you see.

I especially enjoyed this comment in the HTML "
Non graceful workaground to highlight top level navigation item when page associated with child element is loaded"

Originally uploaded by good43.

Brother and Sister. Right now they get along very well. She doesn't touch his toys or take too much of mom's time. He absolutely adores his little sister. He kisses her on the head before he goes to bed and when he wakes up in the morning he usually asks where she is.

Two nights ago we were eating dinner. She was taking a nap. He was very concerned about her whereabouts as she usually sits in her bouncy seat and joins us for dinner.

I know the days of pushing, shoving and stop touching me are on the way. But this moment of their lives gives me hope that they will one day outgrow the battles of the bathroom and stay friends.

Last night I had this strange feeling. I totally expect him to grow up and move away but strangely expect her to remain nearby forever. I think its just wishfulness.

Friday, May 11, 2007

All 7 and we'll watch them fall
They stand in the way of love
And we will smoke them all
With an intellect and a savoir-faire
No one else in the whole universe
Will ever compare


The 7, now with substance.

1. I am an only child. To say I was a bit of a surprise is an understatement. When my dad was my current age I was 15. When I am my dad's current age my son will be 21. My dad has a real shot at being a Great Grandpa, I have almost no shot. I was married in July 1997. For the last year of his life my grandfather new he was dying. He didn't tell anyone, not even my grandma. He wrote me many letters in the last year of his life. Those combined with a book he wrote for me are my most treasured possessions.

2. There really is no greater treat than a bag of Ghirardelli chocolate chips, a jar of peanut butter (I prefer crunchy) and a spoon. Trust me, I didn't get fat eating things that taste like crap. Also on the list are blueberry malts (real blueberries, vanilla ice cream, milk and malt powder); peanut butter, banana and chocolate malts(thats one malt with peanut butter, bananas and chocolate); a t-bone from Tuckers.

3. I voted for both Clinton and W. I am a registered Republican and can't see myself voting for a single repub for the next 14 cycles. I convinced my very republican friend to vote for a very liberal congressman while in college. I worked in state government for 2 years an saw the corruption surrounding George Ryan occurring first hand.

4. I ate sushi for the first time in Japan in 1985. I went to Japan for two weeks as a member of a 24 student exchange program. Everyone was in 5th or 6th grade. Two of our chaperons got hammered one night and denied it to us the next day. One girl got her monthly for the first time while in Japan. My roommate for that trip was black. It was my first experience with Asian and African American cultures. At our first house (we stayed in two places, one each week), the son was about 14 and had Excitebike on Nintendo, it ruled. He also had a stash of VHS porn that he shared with us. Those Japanese pervs get a head start on the rest of the world.

5. I have been to Mexico, Australia and Japan, but not Canada. I went to Australia as a freshman in high school to perform at the 1988 World Expo in Brisbane. When I was in Tokyo 4 years earlier I attended the 1985 World Expo. In Australia I saw my first topless women. My mother was standing next to me. I am a leg man.

6. I love to fish, but don't like hunting that much. I like to shoot guns, I just don't get a kick out of shooting animals. I love to fish and would do it more if I had the time and a boat. I will retire somewhere that makes fishing readily accessible.

7. I came in 2nd place in a bench press contest my Junior year in high school. I have the trophy to prove it. I had to jump up in weight classes to achieve this. There was only two other people in that weight class. I did post a then personal best press, but I would have finish 6th or 7th in my own class. Size matters. Pfft. I used my brain to get a trophy. I should have received another trophy for being smarter than all of the people who didn't do what I did. On a related note, I hate to do squats. I'd rather have a tooth pulled, but I love the leg press.

I tag:
Dawn and Karol
April H
Brian Marty
and Bobby Bracelet, if he's still alive.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Originally uploaded by good43.

My little girl turned one month old last week.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

A couple of weeks ago I am out taking the boy for a walk. Its one of those "after 5 pm the boy is too hyped up that bedtime, although 3 hours away, is going to be missed long". So I take the little one out to blow off steam mostly to run and jump and tire himself (and me) so that after his bath he'll actually go to sleep.

We make rounds about the neighborhood and he shows no sign of slowing down. He is happy and smiling but rambunctious and ornery at the same time. We decide to head towards the school down the street. The school has a large concrete turtle that he likes to look at. About halfway there he stops and grabs hold of my leg. Hugging it like he does his Thomas the Tank Engine Blanket.

"I walk with my friend Daddy"

And then he carries on towards the turtle.

The wife and kids left town yesterday to go visit friends and family for a few days. Yesterday at lunch my son looked over at my wife's friend and said:

"I love my daddy"

This morning I spoke with him and he told me himself.

"I love my daddy"

Thats why I can't watch Skinamax?

A former cable company call center rep says: "We lie" to customers who ask when installer will arrive

By Michael D. Sorkin
Savvy Consumer

Chris Gates says she knows exactly why so many of Charter Communications' customers are complaining of poor service.

Gates was a call center representative in Cape Girardeau handling 100 to 125 calls a day from Charter customers. Executives at Charter talk about how service is improving, but Gates was on the front lines dealing with unhappy customers.

"The No. 1 complaint," she says, "was why didn't the technician show up for my appointment?"
The cable company St. Louis loves to hate

A simple question, you'd think. But one Gates says call center employees can't answer.

She says call center reps have no idea when installers are supposed to show up, where they are at the time, or when — or if — they might arrive.

"We had nothing in our system that told us anything about where Charter's technicians were," Gates says.

So what do call center reps tell callers?

"We lie to them," Gates says. "We tell them, 'Absolutely, the technician will be there.' "

Customers who persist are given another Charter phone number to call, Gates says.

Many of those customers call back to say that second number didn't work.

Gates says reps at the call center know that might happen. "The number doesn't work half the time," she says.

If the call center can't answer these questions, why not just transfer customers to someone who can?

"We were not allowed to transfer calls," Gates says. "Even though we had no training in technical support, we were supposed to answer the customers' questions and sell them new services."

Selling new services was the highest priority, she says.

Call center reps were allowed to transfer only 7 percent of their calls. More than that and they were written up and disciplined, Gates says.

Reps also could be disciplined for reporting to work 30 seconds late or returning from lunch or a break 30 seconds late. Those counted as an "absence" and 12 "absences" got a rep fired.

Gates earned about $720 every two weeks, before taxes and deductions. She has three children and says she quit after four months.

Through a spokeswoman, Stephen Trippe, the Charter vice president and general manager for the St. Louis area, said he was "not in a position to comment directly on the claims of a former (call center) employee."

Trippe repeated a statement he gave for last week's column: Over the past few months Charter has added technicians, dispatchers and call center agents to its local workforce and has enhanced the training for those employees. The company says it now offers "two-hour service windows for appointments."

So many Charter customers complain of poor service that officials at the Better Business Bureau issued a consumer warning last week.

Sue Schellin, a legal secretary from south St. Louis, said Thursday that she waited two weeks for an appointment for Charter to install a high-definition receiver for her new hi-def TV.

The next day, the box didn't work.

She complained to a call center in the Philippines and was told she had to wait another two weeks for an appointment.

She called again, posing as a new customer, and waited only two days.

Charter came and installed a new box, but it didn't work either.

Schellin called, got the Philippines again, and was told she must wait another two weeks.

She asked for a supervisor, who said she had a service technician on the other line, but was unable to transfer the call. The technician will call right away, the supervisor promised.

"I wait. And wait. And wait. No call back," Schellin said.

As for Gates, how did she handle customer questions she couldn't answer?

"You want the honest answer?" Gates says. "I hung up on them. That's why I left. I hated what I was forced to do."

To contact the BBB, call 314-645-3300 or log onto

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Dawn found this dorky map that totally rules.

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This map states that Greenland is part of North America. When did that happen? Did I just sleep through that part of geography?