Saturday, May 30, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mocha Me

Venti, Decaf, non-fat, no whip Mocha.

Yes, I am that person. 

No, you can't make fun of me for it because I'm sure your order is equally as lame.  Oh, yes it is. 

Today I went to my kids' school awards ceremony.  I was so proud of my boys!  The oldest is a Presidential Scholar!  Woooooooooooot!  I commented to a mom sitting next to me that my son's hair is bigger than he is.  I just love rock star hair.  She chuckled and said her husband can't stand their middle school-age son's hair because it's so big when she has pictures of the husband at that age with hair just as big.  How soon they forgot. 

But I digress.

Being the incredibly lazy person that I am (no need to point it out to me, I readily admit it), I planned to do a drive through breakfast on my way home from the school.  I really really REALLY wanted a Starbuck's Mocha but I hated the thought of driving through Starbuck's and then through McD's.  I had noticed that McD is now offering a Mocha drink in iced and hot varieties but I was skeptical. 

A summer or two ago McD came out with their version of Iced Coffee.  Since the kids are big fans of McD I find myself there on a regular basis in the summertime.  I decided to give their Iced Coffee a try.  I'm not much of a caffeine person (mock me all you want, Miss T).  As a matter of fact, I usually go out of my way to avoid caffeine but since McD didn't offer the caffeine free Iced Coffee I had to go with the regular.  What they failed to tell me was that regular was really super-charged leaded.  They should have called it Ice Caffeine. I was hopped up for hours.  HOURS.

With my past experience with McD weighing on my mind I went ahead and order a hot Mocha to go with my #3 (Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit).  I did what every red-blooded American does and ate my hash browns first.  After I was done with that I did a little texting and driving - the other All-American pastime.  Then I decided to take a swig of my Mocha.

This might be a good time to tell you that I spent most of my childhood in Albuquerque, NM.  Why should you care about this you are asking yourself, aren't you?  No, really, I know you are.  Well, let's have a short history lesson.  Who recalls the lawsuit filed by a woman that spilled scalding hot coffee in her crotch area at a McD drive thru and then sued the snot out of them?  Anyone?  Buehler?  Any guess as to where she lived?  Brownie points to everybody that knew it was Albuquerque, NM. 

Let's take a wild guess as to what happened to Zooks when I took a big slurp of my McD HOT Mocha, shall we? 


I burned every taste bud I owned and probably generations of taste buds yet to be born.  WTF is up with that?  Srsly?  It was a good several minutes before I even took the first sip and it was still hot enough to poach eggs. 

I'm done with McD coffee.  Done with it, I tell you!  I should sue, oh wait, nm.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Free Money!!!

Are you playing the PokerSlut Tour?  Well you should be!  Thanks to the guys at GetAStake we have a PRIZE for the season winner!  Now it pays to be the Head Slut!  Heck, I might even have to try to win the dayum thing myself.

The guys at GetAStake are just throwing the money around these days.  If you play poker and need a bankroll then you should register at GetAStake.  They have people that are willing to offer a stake.  It's a great way to build a bankroll.  It beats grinding it out at the micro-stakes with all the donkeys.  Can you say eeeeeee awwwwwwwwwww!  I thought you could.

So, about now you're wishing I would quit babbling and tell you what the prize is, yes?  GetAStake is going to pony up $55 (5x$11) in stakes to the winner of this season's PokerSlut Tour.  Say it with me, "Suhwheat!"

So get your game face on and start playing your A game on Sunday nights, Full Tilt Poker, 9pm eastern.  No excuses.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Poker Soup & Poker Grump

Tonight our guest is Poker Grump. Since the Pokerslut Tour is off for Memorial Day weekend we are going to have another Pokersoup Invitational tonight.
Pokersoup Invitational
Full Tilt
21:00 server time
password: pokersoup

Saturday, May 23, 2009


My kids are Techno junkies.

The first iPod in this household did not belong to one of the adults.  No, no, no.  It was purchased for my oldest two years ago for Christmas.  He rarely used it but that didn't stop him from wanting an iPod Touch (all of his cousins have had them for a while).  Sigh.  He earned most of the cost from Advanced Reader points at school, $100.  I purchased his old Nano for $100 (what a ripoff, buying something I already bought once!) and the balance came out of his bank account but now he's a giddy owner of an iPod Touch while I now own a 3rd generation Nano.

My oldest inherited my old laptop at Christmas while the youngest had to wait until (6 weeks before) his birthday for his laptop.  They both are addicted to MapleStory and Mabinogi - a young person's version of World of Warcraft and just as addicting.

Yes, it's true, they are total techno junkies.

They have reached that age where I decided to get them cellphones because, while I really like it when they leave the house, I want to be able to get them back home at a decent hour.  They have started running around the neighborhood like vagrant Gypsy children and I can't find them when I need them.

I have already threatened them with a slow painful death should the ever NOT ANSWER WHEN I CALL, but that is only one of the features of the cell phone.  Within minutes of finding the boxed phones on my desk after they got home from school these boys were texting and sending pix messages. 

I had this conversation via text with my youngest earlier this evening while he was playing on his laptop in his room and I was watching TV in the living room.

Zooks64: Hungry?
Zooks99: YEAH!
Zooks64: BBQ chicken chunks in fridge
Zooks99: No No No I WANT MCDONALDS !!!
Zooks64: GLWT
Zooks64: Uh huh
Zooks99: Uh huh
Zooks64: BBQ.  For you.  In fridge.  Saying, "Eat me."
Zooks99: Well tell them GLWT
I just don't know where he gets that sense of humor, do you?

Thursday, May 21, 2009


So, did you notice the widget over there on the right?  Lower.  Lower.  Ok, right there.  See it?

Of course you didn't.  You are a lazy Google Reader reader.  If you aren't you should be!

Well click through so you can see the latest hideous redo of my blog template and check out the nifty Culver's widget. 

Just enter your zip code and you'll get a list of the closest Culver's to you.  Don't be bothered by that 3 hour driver.  Srsly.  It'll be totally worth it... even if the flavor of the day changes three times before you get there.  Trust me on this one.

I'm addicted to Culver's.  The have the best pork tenderloin.  Mmm mmm mm.  They also have an awesome "Kid's" meal.  I often get it because it comes with a "kid's" sized dish of their famous frozen custard.  Mmmm mmm mm.

So check out the flavor of the day widget.  It changes EVERY DAY!  HOW COOL IS THAT!?!?  Ok, I'm done with the caps now.  Don't be a hater.  Move along already.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

PokerSlut Tour NLHE DS

That's right, the next season of the PokerSlut Tour Starts tonight!  Bring it on!

Friday, May 15, 2009


For a long time now my best friend has been using WordPress to create her blog.  Not that she ever blogs anymore.  I keep getting regaled with how awesome WordPress is blah blah blah.  Customizable blah blah blah.  Blogger is a piece o crap blah blah blah.

Miss T would tell me I should buy the url so I could use WordPress and host my blog my$elf.  Uh huh.  I'll get right on that.

So we were chatting today when it came up again because I had looked at a site she tweeted about.  Very kewl site.  He was totally hawt, too.  Anyway, very nice website designed by this guy and of course it's done with WordPress.  Yeah, yeah, yeah.

I head over to WordPress and peruse.  Next thing you know I'm signing up for OMGWTF!?!?: It's a Blog, too.  WTF was I thinking?  Seriously.  It's not like I have all this time to just goof off with a website.  Oh, wait.  I guess I do.  Sigh.

I switched themes three different times - the first one was written by hawt guy himself.  Uploaded a custom header.  Played around with stuff.  Imported all of my Blogger posts.  Next thing I know I'm fixing all these messed up pictures.  I find myself spending an absurd amount of time trying to get all the broken YouTube videos to work while bitching at T on Twitter that she needs to show me how to make flash play and embed videos.  Damn her for leaving me hanging like this.

I'm not convinced that I'm actually going to move to posting over there exclusively but you might want to add it to your reader just in case.  I'll give you plenty of warning that I'm going to make the "official" move.  Until then you will find me here, or there.  Somewhere. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

MyPhone, iPhone, Blackberry Oh My

By now all of you know that I love, love, LOVE my phone.  I have had this version of MyPhone for about a year now.  I still love it as much as I did the day I got, maybe even more.


But I've been tempted by a Blackberry.  Yeah, one of those.  The Blackberry Storm was such a sexy beast.  Or so I thought until I got my hands on one.  I played with it at the store and just couldn't get it to do a damn thing I wanted.  The "keyboard" just wouldn't type what I wanted.  Period.  I even went back and tried a second time will a little more success than the first time but not nearly enough to convince me to plop down $200 for the privilege of throwing it across the room in frustration every time I wanted to send a text.

After I gave up on the Storm I found the Bold.  Now the Bold was something I could get attached to, if only it were on Verizon and not just AT&T.  A sexy full keyboard and a screen that was full bodied and, by all accounts, strikingly clear.

Considering that I live in BFE where only Verizon has any decent coverage I am understandably reluctant to switch to AT&T just to get a sexy phone and by reluctant I mean not even if they were offering free boob jobs.

I have found myself hitting up the Blackberry Rumor forum for word of any upcoming handsets that might appeal to me.  I'd really like to get a touchscreen with a full front facing keyboard.  It seems that I am not alone in this.  Everybody seems to want one of these.  The rumors are that something like this might show up, oh, never.  Well, ok, actually it might be in the works.  Might show up a nanosecond after I actually give up waiting for it and buy something else.

Recently there have been rumors that AT&T's exclusive contract for the iPhone with Apple is coming to an end.  It seems that Verizon and Apple may be negotiating a deal for Verizon to get a iPhonesque offering.  Now that's probably giving a lot of geeky Verizon customers technowood.  Me?  Not so much. 

I've decided that I have to have a real keyboard on my phone.  While the marketing geniuses at Apple have made the iPhone on par with the second coming of Elvis I never quite bought all the hype.  It is slick.  It is kewl.  But I can't see myself being productive with it.  I would spend all my time just goofing off - the light saber app alone would be my downfall, just sayin.

I'm not saying I would never own and iPhone but it's unlikely.  I'm not kewl enough for an iPhone.  I'm a geek.  I need something I can tweak, modify, hack.  Ok, it really comes down to being not kewl enough.  I'd feel like a poseur.  I mean really.  I bowl.  I play poker.  I'm an engineer.  I'd have to give up my geek card. 

The one phone that gave me technowood is a phone that most of you have probably never heard of: Nokia e71.  Now this is one sexay phone.  Touchscreen.  Full keyboard.  It runs on a Symbian operating system.  You can buy an unlocked version but it's not CDMA - meaning it won't work with Verizon.  Sigh.  AT&T just picked up a version of this and is selling it for dirt cheap with a contract but AT&T just doesn't have any coverage out here in BFE.  I mean really, look at that phone.  Is that not the sleekest, sexiest, suhwheatest full keyboard touchscreen you've ever seen?

I'm not actually due to get a "free" upgrade until January 2010 or should that be '10?  Until then I'll just keep torturing myself with all the new phones that I can't have.

Post Scrip:  Read this on VegasRex:

While this may indeed sound like a commercial, I assure you that it is not.  It’s simple reality.  I have used everything dating back to the original Palm Pilot, and as of 2009, the BlackBerry is the greatest tech advice (sic) ever invented.  Yes, including the iPhone which looks far nicer, but which lacks far too many features that I use on a daily basis.  The iPhone is a toy.  If a man carries one, it’s a substitute for the vagina he always wanted.  The BlackBerry is a powerhouse that does everything and it “just works©”.  Fanboys flame away, but I’m right and you’re wrong.  Period.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

PokerSlut Tour or Poker Soup

PokerSlut Tour or Poker Soup?  Decisions, decisions.  Let me make it easy for you.

The PokerSlut Tour runs Sunday Nights on Full Tilt Poker... just not tonight.

If you're looking for something to do tonight you can play in the Poker Soup HORSE tournament at 9PM EST on Full Tilt Poker.  The buyin is $5+1 for this Double Stacked Knock-out event.  Password: pokersoup. 

The Poker Soup crew will be interviewing Tiffany Michelle while we play.  Rumor has it we might even be broadcasting the show live.  I'm not convinced the poker world is ready for Poker Soup, but Poker Soup is going to happen regardless.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Not Bowling, Bowling and More Bowling

Tuesday night was the first night of the summer 2 x 4 league but I didn't bowl.  My oldest had an orchestra concert, my youngest came down with pink eye DURING THE CONCERT, and I had just starting antibiotics for a thriving sinus infection.  I just didn't feel like bowling, sad but true.

Last night was the final night of the 3 x 4 league that I have been subbing in for several weeks now.  We were in first place but only by 11 points; there are 40 points available each night.  We did the maths and figured out the other team needed 28 points to beat us.

The lady I was subbing for was forced to bowl the first game because neither of the other two regular team members could get there in time - the requirement is one regular team  member to have a legal lineup.  She has been having problems with her hip and had not bowled in many weeks. 

Her son did show up during the first game but she didn't think it would be fair to switch out with him for the rest of the games.  At least she felt that way until she could hardly walk by the end of the second game.  Her son did step in for the last two games and we really needed it.

I squeaked by my man in the 10th frame of the first game when he didn't close it out.  Those were the only points (2/8) we won that game.  Our anchor bowler wasn't able to keep up with his man who was ON FIYAH! 

A couple of nasty splits and I was a mark behind my guy for the second game.   The anchor bowlers managed A TIE for that game and we snagged 1/8 points for that game. 

After M's son took over for the 3rd game we were able to get something going and swept 8/8 points that game. 

We were all hitting our grove for the last game.  My man - about a 18X average bowler - decided to put on the jet pack.  I bowled a 212 and he blew me away with a 24X.  I was ahead of him for series up to that point but he managed to blow by me by 9 pins!  Sigh. 

I stuck around while all the numbers were crunched because there was $150 on the line.  In all the other leagues I have bowled in since I moved here have had minuscule payout differences between the places.  I kid you not, in one league the difference was $1 per place; the tenth place team made $10 less as a team than the 1st place team.  Uh, wtf?  What kind of motivation is that?  Why bother?  Why not just collect for the lineage and not even bother paying out a prize pool if that's what you are going to do? 

So, about now you want me to tell you the score so you can move on with your life.  Don't you? Don't yououououououououou?  You think this song is about you, don't you, don't you, don't yououououou. 


One point.  We ended ONE POINT ahead of them at the end of the night.  That one tied game by the anchors made the difference.  How sick is that?!?!?!?

Our anchor bowler had a 937 series!  That's friggin awesome!  I ended up with an 845 which delighted me to no end even though I was beat by 9 pins for series.  I've been bowling so well in this league.  At the end of the night I offered to sub for them again next year or even be a regular team member if they wanted to do a four man rotation or needed another regular player.  M took me up on the offer since her other son won't be able to play do to foot surgery.  Now I have one league lined up for next fall. 

I'm debating about the Vegas league offered by one house.  The trip is the 3rd week of June right when I normally go to Vegas during the WSOP.  It's hard to pass that deal up: Bowling AND a Trip to VEGAS!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Friday, May 01, 2009


The sun came out finally!  This evening sun is highlighting my flowers in beautiful ways.  I only wish my photographic skills were up to the task of showing them off as well.  These are a few of the better photos.