"You know it's hot when the highlight of your day is someone bringing you a freeze pop..."
Good afternoon everyone. It appears that this is going to be my SIXTH post since my entry on March 31st. I definitely have to start pacing myself... Ironically, this will also be the post where my total pageviews go over the 90,000 mark, which is an incredible milestone considering the fact that I don't write.
As a potentially classic Men's Final at Wimbledon plays out of the t.v. beside me, I guess that I'll write a little. I'll begin with work, which has been extremely busy since I took my new job at the start of March. In my job with ITS, we see a huge number of projects during the summer as you might imagine, because that's when the students are gone and we can do more work without disturbing them. We do work in preparation for their return to campus, in addition to everything that happens in and around the football stadium, for the return of Longhorn Football in early September. We already had several ongoing projects this year before the summer rush hit, so I've been working quite a bit. During the past week, I worked 3.5 hours of overtime on Tuesday and Wednesday, 3 hours on Thursday, and 2.5 extra hours on Friday. I also expect a lot more overtime before the students return to campus. Don't get me wrong, UT has summer school, but there are over 50,000 students wandering around here during the long semesters...
In the poker world, none of my friends have made any really big scores this summer (to my knowledge). My friend and fellow Texan Chris did a nice job at the Collosus, getting about six times his buy-in back. Of course my brother Pete made 100% profit at the World Series, as he worked there and... Well, I guess that he did have to pay for a Sheriff's Card (what you need to work at a casino in Nevada), but he still made out pretty well. The cash games at the World Series (in the Rio) are done for this year, so his run has ended. In other poker news, I learned through reading TBC's blog (and doing some research) that even New Hampshire has more poker rooms (eight that I know of - Source: Poker Atlas) than Texas. It's funny reading the specifics of these rooms, as they aren't open 24/7 for starters. Up until very recently, it seems that 2/4 limit hold 'em and small buy-in tournaments were the crux of what was allowed by law up in the Granite State.
In the world of sports, I still plan on doing football picks again. These will be moved to one of my newer blogs (don't worry, you haven't missed anything - I don't write in my newer blogs either), Coach's Parlay Card. I believe that Joey still plans on making picks with me. I've barely cracked the covers on my college and pro football magazines, for what you'd expect from me anyway. In baseball, the Red Sox and Yankees will be on TBS in about five minutes. The Sox are 5 1/2 games back if I'm correct (the Yankees in first), so the whole division will be within 4 1/2 games of the lead at the All-Star Break should Boston win today. The Sox were favored to win the division (and more) coming into the season, so the second half could be very interesting... And of course, there's the Spurs offseason. It's interesting to see where free agents want to sign, and the jerks on the teams that they're deciding not to play with...
Despite the moniker of this blog, I've spent nearly all of my free time at home recharging from work, so I don't have tons to report about San Marcos or Austin. My friend Cindy from campus put her house up for sale recently, and has had people coming to look at it virtually IMMEDIATELY after it listed, so the housing/rental market here in Austin is still ridiculously strong, a fact that I curse every time that I write my monthly rent check. Following along on facebook, it seems that people were incredibly generous in the wake of the late spring flooding in San Marcos and Wimberley, as I saw that all kinds of benefits were held for victims. In some San Marcos and sports news, the Texas State Bobcats will be opening up their football season at Florida State University. That should be interesting... :)
Hopefully that's enough to tide you over for a week, or a month, or longer... :) Have a great week and I'll talk to again sometime... ;)