Good morning everyone. It appears that I haven't visited with you on this blog since the end of August. Since the start of the football season, I've still been writing weekly at Coach's Parlay Card, where my friend Joey, my brother Pete, and myself give readers our favorite weekly football bets. However, those blog entries don't take very much effort to write, and the job that I started right before the end of August has occupied much of my time. For those of you who don't know, I was hired as a temporary ticket writer by Caesar's Entertainment, and I work in the sportsbooks at Bally's, Paris, and Planet Hollywood. I love the job and the people that I work with, so hopefully I'll be able to stick around for a while. I have cut back on my poker playing since being hired, but I had been enduring an epic run of bad cards and bad beats, so playing less hasn't been the worst thing in the world for my mental health. Naturally, my football betting increased significantly since the football season began (DUH), and I have been more successful this season than in any of my prior Vegas stints to date. When betting parlays (where every bet that you make has to win for the ticket to win), I've been combining fewer bets (2-4 team parlays as opposed to 8-10 team parlays for example), and I've also been picking more winners this season. That's one of the interesting things about my job on the weekends - when I'm not taking a customer's bet, I'm looking at the t.v. screens to see how the teams that I've bet are doing. Thus, there are rarely any dull moments at work... :)
Back in the desert. I returned to Las Vegas on May 23rd, so I've now been back for just over 4 1/2 months. This makes my current stay officially my second-longest in Las Vegas. I lived here for just under two years from 2005-2007, and for just over 2 1/2 months two years ago. Since I was last here two years ago, my finances hit almost rock-bottom, and due to the generosity my former department at the University of Texas at Austin showed by hiring me back, plus my good friends Brandi, Chad, and James putting me up (and putting up with me) and housing my belongings while I found a place to live (and then waited to move into), I was able to get my house back in order (so to speak). ;) Then, after being hired as a full-time employee by the University of Texas, which provided me with extra financial stability (plus paid health insurance), I gave all of that up to move back to my hometown to take a shot at happiness with my now ex-girlfriend. I've taken the high road when the subject has come up ("things didn't work out"), but I'm still pretty underwhelmed by the way that I was treated, not only by my ex, but also by some of my former classmates in the aftermath. Anyway, after spending nine months in my hometown, I moved back out here, and I hope that I'm finally gaining some traction. If I'm fortunate enough to work for Caesar's for a prolonged period of time, I'll be able to get my finances under control again (you'd be surprised at how much it costs to move across the country, twice...), and then if I could just have one miraculous football weekend and/or poker cash (or several not-so-miraculous ones), then maybe I'll be able to rest easy again.
I had actually worked 8 out of the last 9 days (before yesterday), and now I'm in a stint of having 5 of the next 10 days off. After getting home from work on Sunday night, I proceeded to sleep for 18 of the next 28 hours - that's how I spent my Monday... :) My birthday falls within this ten days (where I have five off), so I guess if there was ever a time to have your birthday... :P As I finish typing this entry, I'm waiting to do exciting things, such as my wash. Hopefully I've almost completely adapted to my new job, and you'll be seeing posts from me more frequently. As you read, this entry is going to be the one that puts this blog over 106,000 total pageviews. I was so wrapped up in my new job and football and poker that I failed to do a post when this little blog celebrated its fifth birthday on September 28th (since we're talking about birthdays).
Anyway, that's what's been happening here in Las Vegas. I hope that y'all enjoy my birthday week and I'll see you soon, hopefully... ;)