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Why You Shouldn’t Use Books As Safe-Deposit Boxes

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

I have a bad habit of hiding important documents inside books. I probably got this idiotic idea from, yes, a book, probably some junk mystery novel where the hero finds the final clue tucked between the pages of some forgotton (but somehow symbolic) tome. I think the first time I tried this myself was back…
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Five Years After 9/11

Monday, September 11th, 2006

I worked the early shift on September 11, 2001, arriving at my desk a little before 7AM. My friend Scott was there already, listening to something New Wavy on his CD player. I’ve mentioned several times that I don’t like heights, but having worked on the 38th floor of the US Steel Building for over…
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Hitting Pretty Girls in the Face

Monday, September 4th, 2006

Being laid off means holidays like Labor Day are just like any other day. It takes away some of the joy of sleeping in. Not that I sleep in most days. But I did today. Went to an all-day family get-together yesterday and ate hamburgers, chicken, hot sausage, two kinds of potato salad, pasta salad,…
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Sixth-Graders Suck; or, Even Cowboys Get The Blues

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

OK, here is the long-awaited post from my trip to the lake a bit ago. You’ll soon understand why it took me so long to write. I’m not a masochist, I don’t go looking for pain. And reliving the agony…it was hard. Ted and I arrived on Thursday afternoon, and while I took the JetSki…
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The Sports Guy Still Ain’t The Poker Guy

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Apologies for my delayed lake report, featuring me GETTING CRIPPLED WHEN MY KINGS WERE BUSTED BY A (deleted) SIXTH-GRADER. But Bill Simmons finally posted a report of his World Series adventures and I must take up my pen like a sword. Well, my keyboard like a sword. “The keyboard is mightier than the sword.” It’s…
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Once Again, The Mainstream Media Tackles Poker

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

Surfing the Net today I saw an article on Slate titled “The Art of Trash-Talking in Online Poker”. So I read it. Sigh. About online players, the writer, Jacob Lewis, says, “…half of them spend as much time calculating the pot odds as they do telling you that your mother’s so ugly she makes blind…
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Strolling Down Memory Lane, A Book Under My Arm

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

The other day I talked about one of my favorite books, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon. I read it for the first time right after I graduated from college, at a time when the story reasonated a bit too deeply with me. I left Happy Valley not knowing what I was going to…
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Ode to a Fish Sandwich

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

Sigh. I just had my usual Lenten lunch, fish sandwich, fries. Got it from the cafeteria downstairs. It was good. Pretty good, actually. But it wasn’t as good as the fish sandwich at our old cafeteria. Now THAT was a fish sandwich! A thick plank of fish with tender breading served on a hoagie bun….
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He’s the Sports Guy, not the Poker Guy

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

Bill Simmons of ESPN is playing in the 2006 World Series of Poker, and he has a piece up right now about his poker past. Now, I enjoy reading Simmons’ stuff immensely, even if I think he’s not quite as smart as he thinks he is. Of course, I’M not as smart as I think…
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A Little Cafeteria Nostalgia

Friday, August 5th, 2005

On several occasions I have waxed poetic about the fantastic cafeteria run by the company that just hired me. Well, the last two days they just suprassed themselves. Today I had the fish sandwich and it was even better than usual. Golden brown, crispy without being dry, and nice big flaky hunks of cod or…
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