Good evening everyone. Today has been and will be quite an eventful day chorewise for me. I was finally motivated enough to get a printout of my W-2 from the University of Texas (which only required me going somewhere with a printer), so I will be doing my taxes after I post this ramble. I'm just saying if this ramble goes on and on, don't read anything into it (like I'm procrastinating for example)... I do have my fantasy baseball stat-tracker and a combination of Armageddon and the Brewers/Cubs game on t.v. to get me through the next three hours until the 10:00 episode of 'The Big Bang Theory' comes on, so I'll be just fine. Some people, like my punk brother, are AT the Yankees/Orioles game tonight, but I'll manage somehow. You think that he'd go to watch some real teams play, but whatever... :) When he finally gets around to reading this, he'll be pleased to find out that I did add a Yankee to my fantasy baseball team. And thank you Phil Hughes for doing nothing to help lead my team to its fourth place standing after the first week of play. For those of you who read my fantasy baseball draft strategy, my team is currently last in the league in HR's and tied for last in RBI's, just as advertised. However, in the five pitching categories, I am first, second, tied for second, third, and tied for third (also just as advertised)... ;) A LONG WAY to go in the baseball season, but I'll keep you updated... I decided that I will make my first-round NHL playoff predictions on Wednesday. These predictions will take up just a small part of the newly slotted Wednesday Las Vegas/poker space, but I wanted to give myself a few extra days to look at the stats since I've watched almost no hockey at all this season. For those of you who are new readers and stop by to check out the poker stories, I've got material through the end of this month without really racking my brain to come up with it... A lot of poker in my rearview mirror and in my future. The countdown is now at 114 on my current lease ending and hopefully my move back to the desert. When I was doing my morning chores today (mainly getting that W-2 printed out and picking up the tax booklet and forms that I need), I witnessed many 'normal' (for San Marcos, America) happenings that made me laugh, curse, and knew that they'd end up here in the blog. In what was less than 15 minutes of actual driving, I drove up behind a person who didn't take the 'right on red' when they could have, COULD HAVE had an accident with a person who DID take a 'right on red' where they're not allowed to near my workplace, watched a person from my right cruise RIGHT THROUGH a stop sign at a four-way stop where each 'stop' had a vehicle waiting to proceed, and watched a genius on a motorcycle switch lanes from behind me to get ahead of the university bus that we were stuck behind (while I knew that whole time that the bus would be switching to the left lane also, because, GUESS WHAT, the entrance to the university was ahead on the left)... If you have ever played live poker, you can probably relate when I say that PEOPLE LIKE THIS are the ones who you're seated with at the table on many occasions, just making me more anxious to get back to Vegas and its assorted poker tables... Watching the show 'Las Vegas' this morning, I was reminded why I'm mystified at the amount of people who play slot machines, which have a well-earned reputation for being the worst play in the casino. The guest is leaving the casino at the end of episode, uses a free-play card, and wins a car when the spinners align for him. In the movie 'Con Air', the plane (or something) crashes into a slot-machine, and it happens to come up with a winning spin. My point is that I've seen MANY movies/television shows where the 'random spin' being shown ends up being a winner. Nah, these machines aren't easy to manipulate... I love it when in Vegas (and other places), the slots are ADVERTISED as having a payback rate of 99%, 95%, etc... They're just broadcasting, "yes, we give back LESS than 100% of the money that we receive..." So I'm buying some tuna fish last night, and I bought the albacore tuna instead of the regular. Growing up I was never really a fan of the regular tuna fish, but I've eaten it more as I've grown older. However, I think that albacore tuna is GREAT in comparison - it's like it isn't even the same animal... This got me thinking about pancakes, which are something that a lot of people LOVE, but are in the category of things that I definitely enjoyed more growing up than I do now. The syrup is just TOO SWEET for me, and the pancake itself is just... BLAH... When you're telling your friends about my blog, you can say, "hey, I've found this blogger that writes about tuna fish and pancakes..." ;) Okay, I'll be back on Wednesday with some first-round NHL predictions and a poker story for ya. Oh, and about my 13-2 run in the 'Sweet 16' and Tiger not winning the Masters, this sentence is all the bragging that I'm doing... ;) Have a good one!