The gang gathered at Special K's Place last night. Not this blog, but my actual home to throw down some cards. The regular location was out as the irregular Falstaff was out of town on business. (Aside: Why does his business include running a poker tourney?) He was kind enough to loan us a set of chips with which to play.
A few players were running late, so we didn't start up until 7:30. It gave the players who arrived on time a chance to meet and chat with my wife, Dr. K. She never comes around the regular game and doesn't like Vegas, so this was something of a rare appearance. Diamond Jim had a buddy with him. California Al is in town for a couple weeks. Jim sure didn't want him to come all this way and not get to play hold' em with the gang. He was not disappointed.
I noticed right off that the game was much slower starting out without Falstaff present. That boy likes to mix it up with straddles and by pushing the action. It seemed like an hour before we got our first $5 bet. Nate arrived about 9 and then the chips started flying. We had 8 players for the balance of the night: just the right amount.
I think Jim, Nate, and T were the winners on the night. Skoon was so up and down all night, I really don't remember where he finished. I know I lost the rest of my chips on the last hand of the night when Nate hit his 5 outer on the river. That's okay, they were my original chips. My best starting had of the night was pocket 9s or AKs. It could have been worse. Skoon got pocket As five times (I think) and won with them once(1)(uno). Yikes!
We have a saying that originated with Jim that I would pay that much (bet amount) to watch a monkey fuck a football. As it turns out, we are not the only ones. I was reading BadBlood's post about his new/old home game where he writes
"But now I go back to the games from which I came. I'm just thankful that the player base will have me back. Strange as it seems, part of me misses when Teddy says "Aw hell, I'd rather watch a monkey fuck a basketball."
I think football is a better line, but you get the point.
I don't remember much of the conversation topics, but they included:
- The new unified theory (E8 Geometry)
- San Diego (Al's home)
- Vegas in 3 weeks
- "The Heidi Chronicles "
- Wrigley and Fenway (my dogs)
- The Barbie Ho House
- Working at 4 am
- Texting to Bangkok (http://travelingbug.spaces.live.com)
- Adoption in Colombia (http://andreslaura.wordpress.com/)
- Key West
Thanks to all who made it to the house.