Tuesday, February 17, 2004

I'm Back Baby!

Alright, I have finally returned from San Francisco! Man what a town! It was the first time I had ever been there and it truly is a beautiful city. The misses and I took a long weekend trip out there and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I tell you one thing though...that is the hilliest damn city I have ever been to! Eff those hills man. Training for this marathon certainly didn't happen out there...no way in hell I was going to run seven miles up and down those hills. I might not have ran the city, but we certainly walked it about five times. Fisherman's Wharf was a great time. All those funky little shops and whatnot, no place like it on earth. Union Square was a blast at night with the nightlife and bars...plenty of those to get drunk in. The Financial District, Chinatown, Embarcadaro, etc...how could so many different neighborhoods/districts be in a city and merely blocks apart? My two favorite parts of this trip had to be Alacatraz and Twin Peaks!

Alcatraz was amazing! It was truly the most frightening place I have ever been. I thought about taking the night trip back to Alcatraz, but the wife was already a little freaked out. I have never been one to feel sorry about inmates, but it must have sucked to been in Alcatraz. I walked into "The Hole" and could never imagine being in there. Dark, cold, small...they would have to make you go crazy. There was a story of one inmate who was in the hole for an extended period of time and had an interesting way of passing the time. He would rip off a button on his shirt and flip it up in the air. He kept his eyes closed and would let it hit the ground then would crawl on the ground to find it. After he found it, he would do it all over again until he fell asleep and do it the whole next day. I would flip out!

Twin Peaks was amazing. There isn't any better view of the city than there. A full 360 degrees of San Francisco! You could see everything. This was much better than Coit Tower for two reasons. You could see everything without obstruction and it was free. Not too many things in SF is free, so you take advantage of that wherever you can. It was a lot of fun out there and I suggest everyone making it out there to see. Be prepared to spend a little money, but it is definely worth it.


I am also happy to be back because I can start to think about poker again. I have given it a lot of thought over the past couple weeks and I really want to put forth effort to my poker playing. I prefer to play live games because I think I am better at that. Now, I only say that because I haven't played online yet. According to Iggy it is a virtual money playland with all the fish out there playing. I completely trust you Iggy, but I'm skeptical of my play out there. I think I may still be a fish when it comes to you guys online. That is essentially where I am going with this thought. I know that I am not a good player yet. I think that my instincts are very good and my intelligence is up there too, but my poker skills must improve. The only way I can do that is by playing the game. I have been reading books and taking notes from other poker sites, but that can only get you so far. I know the one way I can get better is through coaching, but that would most likely cost me money that I would rather spend learning at the tables. I don't know. I haven't decided if I want to take my money and run from my online betting account, which I have done very well at and deposit it into Party Poker and try my luck there. Don't worry Iggy, if and when I sign up, I will use the bonus code. I have a game this Thursday and depending on my outcome there, I will try to determine what the near future holds in poker. I know one thing for sure, I won't be quitting my day job anytime soon.


Not sure if anyone has read "Bringing Down the House: The Story of Six MIT Student Who Took Vegas for Millions." If you haven't, then stop reading right now because the rest of this might be a spoiler. This is an incredible book. A quick read (I finished it in four hours - the flight back from SF) and great story. I love playing blackjack out in Vegas, but I never thought it was possible to count six decks, but these guys did it and did it well. Truly a system that Vegas was never prepared for. It really was unfortunate that the team was sold out. It is amazing how quickly their fortunes changes too. Not fortunes in the money sense, but fortunes about playing in the casinos. Whoever Kevin Lewis is, and if you are out there reading this ever, you are the man! You life at 24 and 25 years old was amazing, but I don't think I could have done what you did. I hope you don't have to live the rest of your life looking behind your back and I hope you find out one day the asshole(s) who sold you out and put that chip on your counter!


Alright, I have to get to bed. Still catching up on work that I missed on Friday and I'm going in early tomorrow.

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