That’s because it’s been since October since I’ve done a real blog post. It’s not that nothing blog worthy has happened. A lot has happened, actually. It’s just that I haven’t felt like writing it up and since I don’t make any money or make any promises about posting, I just didn’t. So let’s see what I remember.
My job kept me on the road after the October triathlon. I’ve traveled to Germany, Vegas, St. Louis, Vegas (again), St. Louis (again), G-Vegas, DC, and Charleston, SC. The Germany trip was to upgrade a customers database server. It took a 24 hour work day (my first ever), but we hit the planned return to service time and the customer has invited me back. I don’t have any problem with that.
The first trip to Vegas was for the celebration of my 50th birthday. I’m still not used to being that old, but so be it. That trip was awesome. Most of the folks that I really wanted there made it. We had incredible dinner at the Hofbrauhaus on Thursday, followed by another incredible dinner Carnevino in the Palazzo, followed by the Cher show at Caesar's on Saturday. There was some gambling in between with a good session of blackjack, a bad session of pai gow, and lot’s of poker. Dr. K and I got in a couple of good workouts in the beatuiful fitness spa of the Venetian (where we stayed courtesy of Skoon and Brian the Red) and a visit with my younger brother and Dr. K’s aunt. Though I ended up on the negative end for gambling, it was my best trip to Vegas ever.
The first trip to St. Louis was for work and nothing real special on that. I did play some poker at Lumiere Place and River City, both times with poor outcomes, and stayed right downtown near the arch and Busch Stadium. That was fun.
The second trip to Vegas was for the World Poker Blogger Tour (WPBT). Seeing that bunch of degens just gets better and better the more times we get together. The gambling hit a new low as I posted my biggest Vegas loss ever, but I’d do it again. If I’ve got the resources, I will.
The second trip to St. Louis is probably best forgotten. I was to present two days of training, but the customer’s folks only showed for 1 of the 4 sessions due to poor weather and general disinterest. Too bad. I had some good stuff planned. I stayed and played at the Harrah’s Hotel and Casino. My losses continued to mount this trip as well (are you seeing a trend here), so I’ll just move on.
G-Vegas brings us up to the new year and actually New Years Day and the BadBlood New Year’s Tourney. You can hear all about it on the Gambling Tales Podcast, but the gory details are that I got my money in good and didn’t win any of the significant hands that I needed to post another big loss. I’ve had good luck and bad luck in G-Vegas. I’ll try again soon.
Finally, the trip to DC was interesting. I think that will make for a good blog post of it’s own as that memory is fresh from last week. I’ll break out this weekend’s trip to Charleston as well.
As for other highlights from the past quarter – Thanksgiving and Christmas were good with family and friends healthy and doing well. Dr. K lost a bet with her nephew (a Clemson fan) and went over the top in paying off as the picture shows.
The two pictures in this post were taken with my new Windows Phone 7 which really kicksass. I won’t say that it’s better than the other smart phones (iPhone, Driod), but it holds it’ own with a lot of potential yet to come.
That’s most of the highlights. There are trips to Seattle, Colorado Springs and San Antonio in the near future. I’ll try to do better at keeping up.