Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Worst Beats First

I was more than a bit jealous of my pal FTB when I learned he was taking the afternoon off to go to the Royals game.

Even though the Royals suck, today was as perfect a day as you could ask for in late July to go to a day game. High temperature was around 82 with almost no humidity and not a cloud in the sky. Just a great day for baseball.

So around 3 or 3:30, I'm sitting in my office and decide to flip on the TV to see if the game is on the Royals' network...no dice.

(I did see an interesting ad while I was there....it was for former Kansas City Chief Otis Taylor's Annual Golf Tournament to raise money for the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency. Since I used to work with Otis at my first job out of school, I thought I'd see how much it was...maybe I could play and contribute. So as I see the sponsorship page, I notice that one of the sponsorship opportunities is for the drink cart. Does anyone else think it's a little odd to have a drink cart at an event for the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency???)

After flipping around a little bit, I decide to see if by some miracle ESPN might be carrying it.

Sure enough, they are, but the Royals are down 5-2 in the bottom of the 8th.

I was glad they were on TV, but not surprised they were losing.

It wasn't 10 seconds later that I see Mike Sweeney hit a home run to left center with two men on to tie the game. (Turns out, it was Sweeney's second HR of the day and he had all 5 of the Royals' RBIs up to that point.)

From that point on, no one scored until the 13th inning when the Royals finally managed to score the winning run with one out and the bases loaded.

That meant the Royals, who were something like 28-1/2 games behind the White Sox they were playing, actually won 2 out of 3 games in their series this week. It was also only the second extra-inning affair that KC has won all year.

So congrats to the Royals on a great game and to FTB on being there to see it in person.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Cool!

After being abused by my pal FTB, I realized it had been a short eternity since I'd updated this damn thing.

So I'm sitting here struggling with what to write about and I figure, "Hey! Everyone LOVES talking about the weather!"

Today we're going to get some much needed rain with the added benefit of the temperature dropping into the 70s this afternoon. After a week or so of heat indexes over 100, today's going to feel pretty damn nice.

What else?

Heading over to Oklahoma Joe's for lunch with a longtime friend/childhood neighbor of mine. It's a great barbecue place here in KC and I haven't been for about a month.

I'm in the process of implementing a budget for the first time ever at our house and eating out is the primary victim of the budget cuts....so I feel a little guilty about going out for lunch. I think I'll get over it though.

My golf game continues to look better. I played 9 holes last Thursday with my dad and some of his friends. There were six of us all together and we split into two groups of three and have a little "Best Ball" match where each player plays his own ball for the whole hole and then the team counts the best score for that hole. We ended up using my score on 4 out of the 9 holes including 3 pars and one bogey. I still had more double bogeys and triple bogeys than I want, but overall I think I'm playing much better golf.

Too bad it costs so much to play! (Actually...that place was pretty cheap...you could play all day for $13. Unfortunately, it's an hour away from my house.)

OK...happy now FTB? I need to get some more work done before heading off to lunch.

Until Next Time...

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Poker Night

Before I hit the review portion of the post, I have to give myself a little pat on the back for winning my first Big League Poker tournament last night. With the World Series of Poker going on, I've been getting the itch to play poker, but don't really have the funds to do it.

Big League Poker is sponsored by a local radio station and has free tournaments at various watering holes around the metro area. I'd never played in one of these things before, but thought I'd give the 10:00 tournament a try last night.

After winning the first hand of the night, I made some questionable calls and found myself with the short stack relatively early on. I got a couple of decent hands to go all-in on and got lucky to get callers with lesser hands and mine actually held up with the turn of the cards.

Eventually, I found myself at the final table with nine people...the top 8 get points for the season (which are inconsequential to me since the season ends next week). I only had about 11,000 in chips when the 9th person went out, so I definitely had the shortest stack (others had from 20K-70K).

The next hand I was the big blind of 2,000 and actually was dealt a decent hand...a pair of 8s. I go all in and actually had two people call me. My 8s held up and I was right back in the ballgame.

I finally started getting decent cards and, more importantly, catching some good flops to the point where I was catching up to the chip leader when it got down to the final two. I managed to get a couple more big hands and had a definite lead in chips when I was dealt a pair of 3s.

The blinds were 4K and 8K, so I raised about 30K and the guy called. The flop came K-Q-4 and I knew the only way for me to win the pot was if he didn't have anything and I had to bet to find out. I went ahead and bet 42K to put him all in and he thought about it and then called.

I told him if he could pair the board, he had me beat. He flipped over a J-4...he had a better pair.

The turn came with a 7 of spades...the King and Queen were spades too and I had a 3 of spades...he didn't have any.

So now I'm begging the dealer for a spade and the flush to win the whole thing.

I didn't get the spade.

I got the 3 to give me trip 3s and win the tournament.

For my efforts, I got 800 points (which again don't help because it's so late in the season) and a Dale Earnhardt, Jr. #8 Budweiser Racing folding chair. And I also got some really stinky clothes. Damn those people smoke like chimneys.

But anyway...it was fun to play and even moree fun to win...especially coming back from the short stack.

I'll definitely be playing in more of these when the next season gets started.

I was originally going to post some mini-reviews of some movies and local restaurants, but this post took longer than I thought, so that one will be coming soon.

Until Next Time...

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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Mini-Vacation

OK...so does it really count as a vacation if you're in Arkansas?

Really though, it was a pretty good five days. The official fireworks display wasn't as great as it could've been due to our choice of location to watch from. I did drop $80 on fireworks and only set off about half of them before giving the rest to my brother-in-law who had plans to light more later in the week.

The highlight of the extended weekend was my golf outing on Sunday morning.

Partially to save a few bucks and partially for the exercise I opted out of taking a cart for the front 9 and didn't play particularly well...not horrid, but not great either.

I decided that I'd sweated enough and picked up a cart for the back 9 where I proceeded to have the best 9 holes I can ever remember having.

I shot an 8-over 43, including 5 pars and having another par putt lipping out and three-putting another hole for bogey where I hit the green in regulation. (In other words, it should have been 7 pars on that back 9 instead of only 5.)

It certainly gave me a big boost of confidence about my golf game and has me itching to go out and play some more.

Tomorrow it's back to work and I'm looking forward to that actually.

Until Next Time...

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