Saturday, September 26, 2009



I seriously overrated the computer intelligence of the average American.  There are days when I think I should start my own tech support business.  Based on this wholly unscientific survery, I'm not sure there's enough hours in the day to educate all those computertards.  I guess somebody should do a YouTube video series on basic computer terms and maintenance but name it something like "Angelina & Brad Have Monkey Sex" so people would actually click on it.  That would get their attention, however briefly.

Friday, September 25, 2009

So I Was Bowling...

It's been a while since I've done a bowling post.  Lucky you!

This summer I came to the realization that I HATE bowling during the summer.  For whatever reason these bowling alleys can't keep it under 99% humidity and a brazillian degrees in the house.  I've determined that I can't stand bowling when I'm hot and sweaty.  Yeah, I said it.  No more summer bowling for me.

I had agreed to bowl this fall season with the team I subbed for most of the spring last year.  This is a fun league and the people I bowl with are awesome people - fun and good bowlers.  I had to miss the first night of bowling because it conflicted with my pimply faced tween's back to school night at the middle school.  Since it was his first year at middle school I felt compelled to attend.  My substitute threw a mere 900+ series for the night. 

I might have finished the season last spring with close to, if not over, a 200 average but since I wasn't a regular bowler in that league it didn't count as a league average for me.  I was hoping I would be able to keep up the pace this season.  Not.  Going into last night I was carrying a 185 average.  Doh.

I've had problems with my thumb and wrist - what bowler hasn't?  Several years ago I started wearing a wrist only brace that had been working well for me but I did notice that it sometimes aggravated any swelling I might be having in my thumb.  During the winter season, when my joints are usually not swollen because of the cold weather, it's not much of an issue but during the summer and early fall it can be bothersome.

The first or second night of this league I had the ball stick on my thumb several times during the practice session.  Of course this only made the swelling even worse.  After applying some chap stick I was able to get the ball off my thumb but it was still uncomfortable and definitely affected my play.   I've decided to give up the brace for a while and see how I do.

Last night we were up against the first place team.  Their averages were somewhere around 220, 199 and 230.  This was going to be a very tough match.  I was paired with the only woman on their team; she was the 199 bowler.  We might have won two points the first game (out of 8) but they crushed us the second game. 

We started off the 3rd game running very hot.  It was just in time, too.  Each of us rolled the front 6!  We were on fiyah!  Then I had to stop the run with a spare.  Go me.  I struck out in the 10th to tie with Minnie, our lead off bowler.  We bowled a fabulous game only to split the points with the other team because two of their bowlers out scored two of ours.

Yeah, that's right, we won overall and I got my 2 point after bowling a 747 team score for a split.  Sigh. 



I shot 192, 219, 244, 210 for an 866 series.  I'm delighted!  Now if only I can keep it up.

Friday, September 18, 2009


Say it with me: Pokaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

That's right ladies and gentlemen, this weekend is going to be a mini pokerpalooza!  Several of my fake internet friends are coming to my house this weekend for da pokers!

My BFF, T, and her girls are invading some time tonight!  Predator and his driving companion, Road Head, should arrive near noon tomorrow.  (Not) Zerb is headed north - hopefully he'll arrive in time to watch Predator work his magic at the PLO8 tables.  DTM, Asian & Billy Vanilly are expected to spew like the ATMs they are once they get here.

I'm giddy.

But, before all of that goodness descends upon my house I have a few chores to do.  TOH is leaving me his vehicle to have serviced.  Yippee!  I get to spend 2+ hours at the Honda dealership.  Thankfully they have free internets and I have a brand spanking new Acer netbook to configure.  Good times for all.

I also need to get my Sexy Beast looked at - I think it needs transmission fluid.  If it doesn't (even if it does) I suspect there's something wrong that might turn out to be less than trivial.

Then there's the laundry that's been piling up all week that I need to try to sneak into the agenda today.  Oh, and the house that needs to be cleaned so I don't look like white trash to all my fake internet friends.


  • Pick up inhaler for Zooks97
  • Bank deposit for the Swim Team
  • Food for the descending hordes
  • Change the RO filters
  • and the list goes on and on and on and on....

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Stressed Out

It's that time of year.

The kids are back in school and coming home sick AND giving it to me.

All the kids' extracurricular activities are starting up: swimming, bowling, student council, Lego League.

Zooks99's birthday is tomorrow.

My mother is here for a visit.

I gave up a bunch of volunteer jobs only to take on one that may end up being bigger than those jobs combined.


Check back in a week or so to see if I'm still alive. 

Friday, September 04, 2009

Bink vs Dink

Unless you're a poker player, and maybe even if you are, you are asking yourself, "Self, WTF is a Bink?  Dink?"

I was introduced to the term Bink by ComptonMasta, an Full Tilt Forum regular, awhile ago.  A Bink is that lovely, sweet smelling, delicious, sexy in an almost lurid way, little nothing of a card that hits your hand so hard your opponent will be blindsided into handing you his chips. 

A Bink is a work of art. 

Now let me introduce to you the Dink.  The Dink is that card that looks so pretty, so shiny, that you feel compelled to pay off a better hand just because you hit with the Dink.  A Dink is the hot girl that sleeps with you on the first date and gives you 18 different venereal diseases.

Here's a hand from the last home cash game I played in.  I'm Player 5.  Thankfully my second nut flush draw didn't hit.  Click through for the hand replayer.

Player3 is an aggressive player that likes to play a lot of hands.  He likes to play big pots anytime he thinks he has a big hand.  I have to wonder if this play didn't result from him being already a couple of buyins short for the game.  I guess I can't blame him for doing it knowing he might get called down light (ala Player6) because of his image.  I would have never played his hand the way he did but I'm sure I would have lost some money on that hand.

Now that you know what they are, would somebody please tell me how to tell the difference WHILE I'M IN THE HAND?