In the Groove

June 9, 2009

I’ve been in Vegas now for x days. At this point it really doesn’t matter what number x signifies, because it’s insignificant. Who cares? I’ve been here awhile, long enough to feel that I’m in the swing of things. And I still have long enough to go that I’m not even looking at the finish…
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The Story So Far

June 4, 2009

So far so good at the World Series of Poker. My sore throat and cough cleared up, my appetite has returned, and I’d say I’m operating at around 95% efficiency. I’m getting six hours of sleep a night, I’ve eaten the occasional vegetable, and three times I’ve wisely hit the breaks when out drinking. I’ve…
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Jerky Boys

May 31, 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

May 29, 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

May 29, 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

May 27, 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

May 21, 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?

May 19, 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

May 18, 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

May 13, 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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