Saturday, March 27, 2010

Moms and Computers

Why is it so hard for people to believe that computers need maintenance and sometimes their parts break?  They have no problem taking their car in for maintenance or fixing it when it breaks down.  And, usually, they are smart enough to know they need to rely on an expert to diagnose and fix it for them.

My mom's 3 year old POS laptop is starting to die and she thinks it is because of a utility I installed the last time she was here.

Me: that little program is not going to crash your system
Mom: because that program still runs, it's just not visible when I turn it off
Me: uh no
Me: you turn it off
Me: it isn't running anywhere

The woman plays solitaire and bridge on this computer many hours a day, checks her email and chats/Skypes with her family here in the US and won't pay to get it fixed.  The damn thing was free to her to start with.  Sigh.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Cash Out Curse

I'm hoping this will evolve into a Cash Out Anti-Curse. 

For the first time EVAH, I have decided to take money out of Full Tilt Poker.  In the good old days of Neteller I was continuously moving $$$ from one site to another to take advantage of deposit bonuses and other miscellaneous bonus whoring opportunities that presented themselves at the myriad poker sites that existed at the time.

Then the crap hit the fan.

I consolidated my bankroll to three sites: Full Tilt, Poker Stars and Cake.  Cake was abandoned rather quickly.  I never had much on Poker Stars; when I played the Ante Up AIPS series I needed to have some money on Poker Stars.  Since then the AIPS events were scheduled for Wednesday nights - my bowling night.  I haven't played on Stars in ages but I am, for some strange reason, reluctant to take that last little bit off of there.

On March 15th, after getting fed up with my epic case of "Run Bad" on Full Tilt AND with a huge boner for a new laptop I decided to take the majority of my bankroll off of Full Tilt.  I knew this would mean that I would have to step down in limits in order to continue playing.  I have always been good about bankroll management - usually seriously overrolled for the stakes I play.  I have no problems stepping down.  On the contrary, I have been delighted at how bad the 25nl players seem to be. 

I have always been a recreational player, serious, but still only recreational.  The fact that I have over time managed to accrue enough bankroll to pay for a new laptop is nothing short of a delight to me. 

My only concern was that I would regret my decision to pull out. 

Then the news hit that the UIGEA would not have any more reprieves - it goes into effect in June.  I can't help but believe this will significantly effect online poker.  There is already a dearth of really bad players - the kind that we enjoy a few years ago.  I may even decide to pull more, if not all, of my bankroll off until the legal issues are resolved. 

The next season of the PokerSlut Tour has been scheduled and will run until the middle of June.  At the point we might have to call it quits depending on the status of online poker. 

I do have live poker available to me here but I don't have much desire to actually go play.  I have a live bankroll that would support regular play but I just don't have any motivation to play.  Now that my boys will both be in middle school next year - and won't be home until almost 4pm - I will have more time to play live if I want.  I believe they even have a couple of tournaments now.

Hell, I might even develop an addiction to Craft Warriors of the Netherworld Dungeons of Doom XVIII after I get my new screaming laptop.

I doubt this will be the end of my poker playing.  As long as there are online freerolls and playchip poker I can satisfy my poker appetite.  After all, isn't that where we all started?

Saturday, March 13, 2010


She's not bitter.

She just got even (and she's friggin hawt!)

And how would you feel if you were Mrs. Cameron 3.0?  He wins and your ass is his-tor-y. 

Friday, March 12, 2010


Is it just me or has anybody else noticed that straws have gotten smaller recently?

Even McD is guilty and they have historically had the largest diameter straws I have seen anywhere.

It is all about reducing cost these days and I supposed making your straw a smaller diameter allows them to ship more in a box and save on material costs but, seriously folks, I feel like I'm trying to suck my iced tea throw a cocktail straw. I'm not happy about this at all.

I first noticed this trend when my sons and I got a batch of bad Straws at Ch!lis. We had to ask for several new straws because they all had faulty seams and pretty much just fell apart in our hands. The server was busy running around giving everybody new straws. He eventually told us they had a whole box of them that were defective.

I guess this was to be expected what with all the hate for super sizing but I'm still not happy about it.

Woe be to Starbuck$ if they decide to follow this trend.  Just sayin.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Whenever I have to update my resume' (hopefully never) I will have to add that as one of my skillz.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Mastodon Rebuy

I was a fan of the Donkament rebuy that Kat hosted for a long time.

I don't know yet if I will be able to make the Mammoth Rebuy but there's no reason YOU can't play it!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

The Man...

I saw this while I was watching HGTV last night and actually LAUGHED OUT LOUD.  I don't know why I found this so funny.  What does that say about me?  Ah, who cares.  Just watch it.