Here is a quick rundown of the happenings:
Got back home from Germany with 2 days left before Christmas Eve, which is the cut-off for getting Christmas done. I managed to get enough done for Christmas to happen on time. The weather in Germany during my entire stay was cold and damp. I really didn't get out much and saw little to take pictures of, so there is not much to add of my adventures.
Christmas was great. I think we were all glad to have 2007 in the distant past. Everyone was happy and healthy.That picture above left is neither Germany or our Christmas.
Dr. K's birthday was on the Saturday after Christmas. She and I celebrated it on Friday and her family celebration was on Sunday, so she cut me loose to play poker on Saturday (her real birthday). Her legend (and my good fortune) just grows and grows.
New years found me in Greenville, SC again (3rd year) for the Bad Blood Poker Tourney. I rode down with Falstaff and T. I lasted longer this year than years past, but still not close to the money. I finished around 14th. I made back all but $20 in the cash game, so I start the poker year $20 in the red. The oddest thing happened on a hand of Omaha. I was dealt AAAA. I think the odds on that are 1/(52x51x50x49) or about 1 in 6.5 million. I've not seen AA in a hand of Hold' em since October and I've played thousands of hands during that time. Go figure.
Poker at Falstaff's won me another $16 to bring my balance for the year to -$4. And the picture is neither Greenville or Falstaff's yard.
Dr. K and I just got back from a winter vacation in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We stayed at the Majestic Elegance resort. It was absolutely wonderful. We had read some really bad reviews and some really good reviews. The place has only been open since November 1, so we didn't really know what to expect. We spent our days sitting on the beautiful beach or by the pool drinking rum drinks, reading, eating, and whatever else came to mind (but not necessarily on the beach or by the pool). I did cut loose to play some hold' em at the on-site casino. My two very short sessions netted me around $260. I've still not seen AA (except in other people's hands) since Vegas in October, but I only mention that as a curiosity as I'm winning pretty consistently over that period, so no complaints. The pictures in this post are of our resort from our trip.
I need to do some more detailed posts about the interesting parts of poker in the DR and some other things I've seen since my last post. But for now, I have to get back to work and try to get my mind off of Punta Cana. Later.