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posted on Fri, 03.30.07 @ 03:06 PM CST [more..]

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my wife has the flu or the semblance of the flu, all headachey and slightly feverish. this has afforded me both monday and today in the shop, alone, with the dogs.

mostly these are the "daycare" dogs, meaning they come each day monday through friday, as early as 7am and as late as 7pm. i spend a lot of time with these 16 or 17 dogs, probably as much or more than their parents.

it hit me today, that maybe this isn't a good thing, all the time i spend with the dogs. see, i am growing grumpier by the minute, the older i get. ten years ago i was raging against the machine, but not all that often. five years ago it began to take over days at a time. then 2-3 years ago i started various drugs for "anger management" (at my wife's, ahem, request.) now it's hard for me to live with me. i can't stand people. all of them. all the time. and there's the insight - it's these damn dogs.

the dogs have no hidden agenda. they don't say one thing and do another. there is rarely an unexpected reaction out of them. they're dogs, fer crissake! and this, this fact that i think i am relating better to the dogs than i am humans, this is a sign. could be a sign of the apocalypse or a sign o' the times, but more than likely just a sign that i need a vacation.

of course, i do own six of my own....
posted @ 02:46 PM CST [link]It's not the hand that you're dealt but how you're playin your cards
there was a time when i would read several books a month. i guess i was bored, or better managed my time. either way, i've always been a reader.

on the tail end of spring break, i just finished up two great books:

i've read Konik's stuff before. several years ago i happened across him in some periodical; and of course, when i picked up poker, it was required that i read Telling Lies and Getting Paid as well as The Man with the $100,000 Breasts. so i pretty much knew that his latest book on sports gambling would be good. it was.

Weinreb is new to me, but the subject of chess champions in the making piqued my interest. i again was not disappointed; well, except for when i finished the book in less than 24 hours and now i need to find something else to read.

do yourself a favor and pick these books up. good reading, even if like me, you are into neither subject.

posted @ 04:09 PM CST [link]

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