Monday, January 23, 2006

What day is it? Where am I?


…two questions that I seem to be asking myself over the past few days. The current stretch of work and travel must be wearing on me some.

Thursday night was poker night in Renton, WA for me. I dropped in on Diamond Lil’s Poker Room. I played the $4-8 limit hold’em game which was their lowest level. That is the highest limit that I have played in a cash game, but I figured poker is poker. I got a good early start that soon turned sour. I had two A-high flushes get beat along with a King-high flush. I was down to my last $10 (of the $200 I started with) at one point. But I stayed tight and worked my way back up to $243 over the course of 5 hours. It was a good grind and good practice for Vegas. It was 3:30 in the morning, so I decided that was enough.

Friday, I attended a meeting with Bill Gates and Steve Balmer, the Chairman and CEO (respectively) of Microsoft. It was a town hall type meeting for employees. There was nothing really interesting said. You could read most of it in any business magazine, but I got some great pictures.

Friday night I got to the Seattle-Tacoma Airport (Sea-Tac) for my flight back to Charlotte via Chicago. The weather was bad in Chicago delaying the plane for several hours. Luckily, United found another plane and got us going about 30 minutes late. I had a tight connection in Chicago and this just made it really tight, but not too bad. I drew a middle seat for this leg and I had a real ass in the isle seat next to me. He crowded me the whole trip. I don’t think I got more than 10 minutes sleep during the whole 4 hour flight.

We got to O’Hare. I had to go from gate C10 to B30 (a long ass way), but I arrived at the gate just as they were starting to board. The rest of the flight was great.

So I am home around 10am. My wife is the most understanding soul. I tried to stay up and visit for a while, but she could tell that I was about to fall over and sent me to bed. I ended up sleeping until 5 pm.

I took the wife to dinner (Chicken Wings) and returned home. This night I had to help a customer with a project that I thought would be short. We started around 11 pm. Unfortunately, this project was neither short nor simple and I ended up getting to bed around 7 am. I slept hard until about 2 pm.

Last night I laid down around 1 am thinking that I probably wouldn’t sleep well, but I slept like a log and got up ready to go this morning at 8 am. May sleep scheduled are optional. No one ever told me.

Well tomorrow I head to Vegas for some vacation with my poker buddies and to photograph another tournament. Now I know sleep schedules are optional. Y’all have a good week. I post if I get a connection.

32 comments:

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Philip said...

what type of photo equipment do you use?

R2K said...

Im just waiting for the next hummer pic :)

R2K

FreeThinker said...

Awesome pics of the Microsofties!

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Chris said...
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Chris said...

Philip, I belive he uses a Nikon D100 for his photography, and had some killer shots for our last Vegas get together...

Curtis, here's to a good trip bud, sorry I couldn't be there this go around, maybe we'll get together in Charlotte sometime soon...

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L.O.V.E. said...

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Whitney said...

man, bill gates is hotter than i thought he was.

props for poker. anyone who has the patience to play limit has my respect.

suthernblossum said...

Very cool...but I bet your wife misses you alot. I miss my husband and he is just gone 14 hrs a day, then home every night.Drop me a line sometime.
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Steven said...

How did you get to go to one of these meetings? Are you involved with Microsoft in any way. Please get rid of the SPAM.

The Godfather said...

I must shit now

R2K said...

Godfather that is sick. Im not going to support that by clicking your link..

R2K

Zen Wizard said...

Two guys who could, if they wanted to, give $5 to every homo sapien on the Planet Earth...

Yet, apparently, they don't tip their barbers...and won't pay somebody $30 to run to Syms and get them a tie...

The irony!!!

Mystery Date said...

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Beth Danae said...

nice pictures of bill.. Would like to meet him, but living in the same state hasn't increased my chances of running into him...

Dominique said...

Ballmer is scary.

Pseudo-intellectual lunatic said...

great blog

Nick said...

Dude your blog is popular, thats cool keep it up and you never know you might just make History
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Anonymous said...

This post deserves to be one of the entries on the WikiLog.

Paul said...

So what is Bill like then?

Will Vista be as good as OS X?

ralfgugginger said...

do you work for microsoft? in which area? thanks

Paul said...

Did Balmer go mad at all!? "Developers! Developers! Developers!"

Also paul how could Vista be better than OS X when it's just a copy?

zohguy said...

If I meet Bill Gates and his partner, I would ask them some money. (:

Anonymous said...

So funny... I stumbled upon your blog by accident and I happen to live in Renton where you played at Diamond Lil's!

-- a guy from Renton

kaathal said...

keep up the good work

MrSoup said...

I thought it was interesting to see a couple of candid photos of Bill Gates.