Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Don't You Have A Raven To Train?

Good evening everyone.  It seems like it's been almost two weeks since I've posted.  I might have just looked back and checked actually...  :)  Back in September, I remember driving 33 hours nonstop from Austin up here to the White Mounains.  Today, after sleeping 8 hours (I think) last night, I took separate 2 and 3-hour naps.  Getting older, I tell ya...  :)  I've been hard at work trying to get through the rest of this (admittedly mild) winter, mostly taking a short break from sports, other than following my alma mater's very successful girls and boys basketball teams.  The Littleton Crusader girls finished their regular season with one loss, and won their preliminary round playoff game last night.  I was thinking about going to the game, but when I got home and turned on the radio, I tuned into a 32-6 Crusader first-half lead.  As tempting as that sounded, I decided to forego the brisk weather for that barnburner.  Meanwhile, the Crusader boys are unbeaten, having capped off an 18-0 regular season with a road victory tonight.  There's probably a little bit of high school playoff hoops in my near future as I await the start of the NCAA men's conference tournaments and March Madness.  Work has been keeping me busy as I dream of swimming pools and warmer temperatures, and I've also been all over the new 'Better Call Saul' season.  A show that I've never taken much of an interest in is 'Modern Family,' but while I was tuned into something last night while reading poker blogs, the show that I had been "viewing" ended, and as I was turning off my t.v. before going to bed, I heard this exchange between two characters...

Alex (a goth character):  "Don't you have a class to fail?"

Haley:  "Don't you have a raven to train?"

I don't know why exactly, but that raven line made me laugh and put me in a great mood as I was going to bed last night...  :)  I actually had to Google the script of the show to find the character names for you, as I don't watch the show.

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in and say hello.  Have a good one and I'll see you soon...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Then You Really Might Know

"God forbid you ever had to wake up to hear the news, 'cause then you really might know what it's like to have to lose..." -Everlast- (What It's Like)

"And I watched as you turned away, you don't remember, but I do, you never even tried..." -Fuel- (Hemorrhage)

"Things aren't the way they were before, you wouldn't even recognize me anymore, not that you knew back then, but it all comes back to me, in the end..." -Linkin Park- (In The End)

Good evening everyone.  I decided to dust off my trusty (not very) old tablet and write a little for you tonight.  This is my first winter back in Littleton, U.S.A. in thirty years, and we're about to have a true winter weekend.  As I write this just after 9:00 p.m., the current temperature is 0 degrees, and the wind chill factor is -16.  The high temperatures over the next three days are forecast to be 21, 7, and 4 degrees, respectively.  Happy Valentine's Day, huh?  :)  The silver lining is that we're almost halfway through the month of February, and this is the worst that the weather has been.  To keep myself in a positive frame of mind, I've made a picture of Bikini Hill my cover photo on both Facebook and Twitter...

And yes, Bikini Hill is actually part of the campus at my alma mater, Texas State Univerity.  As I've fought through this winter, counting down the days til spring, I've thought a lot about San Marcos (home to Texas State), Las Vegas, and other warmer climates that I need to get to.  I mentioned recently in another one of my blogs that if I ever do return to Las Vegas or another locale where I can gamble on a more permanent basis, I feel that I should focus more time and energy (and bankroll) on poker than sports betting, because my sports wagering results have continued to hover right around the .500 mark, which isn't a recipe for doing anything but spinning my wheels.  I'm not saying that I'll never place a sports wager (DUH), but I'm talking about something along the lines of a 90/10 split in my poker/sports betting bankroll.  I actually received the first of my study materials earlier this week...

I won my last subscription to Card Player through the old site Spadeclub, and of course it kills me to pay knowing that I could be reading for free if I was living near a casino, but it's nice to be able to get current with the world of poker without racing all over the internet.

In addition to catching up with the card world, I watched the conclusion of the football season last Sunday.  Thanks again to Joey and Pete for predicting games with me at 'Coach's Parlay Card.'  Future topics at my little rant blog should include how utterly inexcusable it was for Cam Newton to refuse trying to recover his fumble, and how silly it is for people to keep moaning about every single Super Bowl halftime show.  Breaking news - we all have different tastes in music, and we will never be in 100% agreeement on who should perform...  Anyway, I've also been watching the circus that is the 2016 Presidential Race.  Good times...

Actually, I have enjoyed watching some more high school hoops recently, as the varsity boys and girls teams at my alma mater are closing in on the state playoffs.  Both teams are well-coached, they play hard, and are a lot of fun to watch.  I got to put on a headset for a pair of games recently as a friend of mine does the radio broadcasts of the Crusaders games.  I spared the listening audience of any torture (I kept my mouth shut), but I enjoyed myself as it was like listening to a game on the radio and being there in person at the same time...  ;)

That's all for tonight.  Have a great weekend and I'll see you soon!