Thursday, November 25, 2010


I’m thankful that we don’t do our big meal on Thanksgiving Day. 

My brothers-in-law go to their in-law’s houses for Thanksgiving Day so we get together as a family on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  Yeah, that can really mess you up if you are one of those crazy people that shop at the butt crack of dawn on Black Friday.  Luckily, I’m not one of those people.  I usually buy my stuff online and thank the UPS driver profusely when he cheerfully delivers my packages.

Instead of slaving over a hot stove today…. wait a second, we do that today too.  Sigh.  We are busy pre-preparing as many dishes as we can so we can spend the day tomorrow cleaning house and setting the table. 

My in-laws purchase and prepare the turkey.  I just throw its ass in the oven and wait for the little popper to tell me it is done while the four men watch sports, and the six children run amok in the basement.  We womenfolk drink in the kitchen.  It’s a win/win situation.  I have to have everything presentable by 2:00pm.  I plan to be tipsy from about 2:15pm on.  Just so’s you know.

The replacement tree was delivered bright an early on Monday morning!  Just in time for the torrential rains to hit next two days later.  It really is quite a feat to watch them remove the old stump then return to install the new tree.  The same guy installed two other trees for us when we first moved into this house 6.5 years ago.  He truly is an artiste.

Friday, November 19, 2010


I have a reputation of being quite the Nit.  Unfounded I must say.  But, if you work it right you can play on your image and win pots you have no business winning.

In the last cash game I was able to steal a pot from QQ with nothing better than a turned pair of Yaks on a K high board because the victim was convinced that I would never bet anything less than a K there.  Smile 

Here’s Phil Laak taking advantage of his reputation for being a nit:

Plays like that set you up for plays like this:

Schwartz never saw that coming.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Toy

I have a new toy!

No, it doesn’t need batteries.  Battery, yes.  Batteries, no.

I have had my eye on this Toshiba netbook for some time.  I even recommended it to a neighbor that was looking for a netbook.  She bought one when a great deal came up.  I held off. 

I kept looking for a new netbook since my old one is horribly underpowered for I want it to do.  But, alas, I am really really cheap.  Really cheap.  My first netbook was a HUGE deal for the money.  I really loved having that little lightweight wonder to haul around with me when I left home instead of my 8lb 17.3” ASUS.

Late last week the dual core version of the Toshiba netbook I had been lusting for all this time went on sale for the same price that the single core version was at several months ago.  What a dilemma.  Should I bite the bullet or hope for a better price?

I rushed over to my friend’s house and abused her netbook to make sure I could live with the keyboard and form factor.  It took me about 15 minutes to decide to buy one.  It arrived on Monday!  I have been messing around with it ever since.

I love Toshiba.  I really do.  This is the 3rd one in our house.  But, OMG, those people load up an absurd amount of bloatware.  I removed about half of it; it has made a HUGE difference in how long it takes this machine to load.  I will do a little more research but I suspect that most of the programs left can also be removed with little or no impact.  Hell, they even included a CD/DVD writing program – this netbook DOESN’T HAVE A CD/DVD DRIVE!  Doh.

The original plan was to sell the old netbook but TOH has expressed some interest in having it (Not Zerb called him a douchenozzle for wanting to keep it, oh yes he did).  That will officially up the count of computers in our house to, gasp, six.  We are totally outnumbered.  If they ever decide to revolt we are toast.

Too bad the extra ram stick I ordered turned out to be defective.  A replacement will be sent but until then I will have to live with the 2gb it came with. 

P.S.  I was working my way through my reader on Monday and ran across a deal on an Acer netbook comparably equipped for $100 less!  Sigh.  But, it looked like that deal was live for about a nanosecond because the second time I went back to look at it the deal had expired.  Had I not already purchased the Toshiba I would have ordered one of those in less than nanosecond time.  Acer may not be a top brand but that little netbook I have has held up quite well in spite of all the abuse I have dished out.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

PokerSlut Tour XIX HORSE

A horse is a horse, of course, unless it’s a donkey.  Then all bets are off.