Good afternoon everyone. This is a very strange time for me to be writing a blog entry, as it's an hour before I have to start getting ready for work on a Saturday, but I woke up early, and I'm wide awake with an hour to kill... :) Let's get started... ;) I started playing poker again on a consistent basis very recently, and I've purchased some more "gear" to bring to the tables with me. For those of you who may not know me as well as others, I have lived more of my life in San Marcos, Texas than in any other single place. San Marcos is a rapidly growing city located right in between Austin and San Antonio. I was introduced to San Marcos when I enrolled at Southwest Texas State University. SWT had about 20,000 students when I entered as a freshman, and now 'Texas State' has almost 40,000 students. In addition to my several years in school as a Bobcat (B.B.A., return for a teaching certificate, etc...), I also taught and coached high school for four years in San Marcos. Additionally, I lived in San Marcos, America for several additional years. 'Bikini Hill' is the nickname for a stretch of grass by the river where students commonly tan on the Texas State campus, in case you were confused about the blog's namesake... :) For a while now, I've been wearing some sort of Texas State gear when I play poker, because when you're living in Las Vegas, it's very rare to see any Bobcats. Texas State's maroon and gold is a very unique item here in the desert, and it stands out to fellow Texans.
When I was playing poker a few weeks ago, a woman at my table was using a card protector that had a spider on it. This protector was basically a ceramic collectible or miniature with a spider on a rock, about the height and width of a quarter. As players at the table chatted about it, I guess that the little thing crawled inside my head, because later the thought suddenly occurred to me. RATTLESNAKE!!!! For a while now, I've simply been using a poker chip to protect my cards (if some sort of object is covering your cards, the dealer is less likely to kill your hand by mistake), but then I thought, how awesome would it be to find a rattler to guard my hands. The mascot of the high school in San Marcos is the Rattlers, if that helps bring you up to speed. :) In addition to my Texas State gear (which now includes eight t-shirts and a football jersey), I have my newly acquired collection of three rattlesnakes to help me represent San Marcos at the poker tables. These are my new card protectors and my most recent shipment of clothing from San Marcos...
As I said, I've been wearing my Texas State clothing to the tables for a while, so much so that when I wore my Steelers jersey to play poker after we clinched the division title, a poker dealer at the Flamingo commented, "no Bobcats shirt today?" :) As for the rattlesnakes, I can't recall anyone using any sort of snake as a card protector in all the time that I've been playing poker, and let me tell you, they are QUITE the conversation starter... :) Some people have very strong feelings about snakes, especially when you add fangs and a rattle to them. The very first time I sat down with one, the guy to my left didn't say anything, but just looked at the snake curious and wide-eyed. Another time, a player lifted the rattler from my cards for a second, and then proceeded to lose over 100 dollars pretty quickly. The rodeo is currently taking place in Vegas, and a cowgirl from California had a visceral reaction to my rattlesnake, explaining how she's killed 28 of them on her property. In another instance, a dealer picked up my rattler, and then proceeded to deal me my first winning hand in hours. And yeah, I've only been playing with the snakes for about a week... :D
It appears that I have to get ready for work now, but I'm sure I'll have more stories for you in the future. Have a great weekend, and I'll see you soon!