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Jerky Boys

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

This year the new lead sponsor of the World Series of Poker is Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. In every way imaginable this was an improvement over Milwaukee’s Best Light. OK, maybe beer sales dwarf jerky purchases but Beast Light is not an acceptable beverage. Two years ago I was sitting in the Milwaukee’s Best Light…
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The Perqs

Friday, May 29th, 2009

When I returned home from the World Series last year I planned on making two major purchases. Number one was a new car, as my 11-year-old Cavalier was on it’s last whitewalls and wasn’t much help in dragging chicks. And after about six weeks of tire-kicking I made the kill, buying my beloved Altima (I…
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The Swing of Things

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Last week, lying on the couch and wondering if I should just sleep there or drag myself to bed, I worried that I’d crash and burn on Day 1 of the World Series. Every time I conked out I justified the nap by telling myself I needed to store up every smidgen of rest while…
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Au Revoir, but not Adieu

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Feel like I’ve been stuck in limbo for the last 15 days. Part of that was being sick and isolated from the world for two weeks. Two weeks of sitting on the couch wondering if I’d ever feel like myself again. I actually don’t feel 100% back yet, but after operating at 10% for a…
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Whet the Appetite

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

The “Munch” column is one of my favorite columns in the Post-Gazette. It’s made up of semi-irreverent reviews of local restaurants, but not the sit-down, fine china, white tablecloth kind. No, the anonymous Munch goes to pubs and taverns and lunch counters and similarly-minded joints, of the sort where you often eat with your hands…
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Who Killed Me?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

My senior year of high school me and ten or so classmates acted in a murder-mystery play written by one of our teachers. It was one of those dinner-party things were the guests walk up to you in groups and ask you questions, and you answer them (in character) and they’re supposed to use this…
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Better Than Atkins

Monday, May 18th, 2009

I had a plan, you see. I wanted to drop a few pounds before the 7-week WSOP grind and I wanted to deal with a few of the nagging aches and pains that’ve plagued me lately. So about six weeks ago I stopped playing volleyball (ending the crushing punishment to my hips and knees) and…
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The Old Ultra-Violence

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

On Monday I went to the gym, did some time on the ‘ol exercise bike and the elliptical. I sprinted to the finish and gripped the metal handlebar slats that measure your heart rate. I scored a 171, right around what’s supposed to be the maximum for a guy my age. I throttled down, walked…
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Ready, Steady, Whoa

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

When I got back from Argentina I gave myself a day to decompress and settle back into the nice rut I’ve grooved for myself. Picked up the cat, did a little grocery shopping, even went to the gym. It wasn’t until I did laundry a few days later that I discovered that I wasn’t fully…
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