this is the day your life will surely change
we TiVo an assload, meaning we don't actually see a lot of commericals, or should i say, we don't watch them slowly and hear them at all, since i FF in 2x mode to get through them. praise be technology.

but yesterday i was at the shop all day, periodically watching stuff on the DVR there: Time Warner's DVR sucks, esp the fast forwarding/stopping, so i rarely FF...i just suck it up and watch the commericals. seriously, worst DVR software evar. congrats motorola.

as usual, i was doing web shiet and the show went to commerical. it was a Dockers commerical, one that i have FF'd through at home about 20 times in the last 2 weeks or so. well this time, while not watching, i did get sound and i hear:

You pull back the curtains, and the sun burns into your eyes.
You watch a plane flying across a clear blue sky.
THIS IS THE DAY -- Your life will surely change.
THIS IS THE DAY -- When things fall into place.

by the end of the 30 second commerical, i have stopped working on the laptop and i am staring at the TV. my internal dialogue was similar to: "wtf was that? what was...was that?"

so i rewind the commerical and after fighting with the DVR to get it properly queued back to the beginning of the commercial, i again hear:

You pull back the curtains, and the sun burns into your eyes.
You watch a plane flying across a clear blue sky.
THIS IS THE DAY -- Your life will surely change.
THIS IS THE DAY -- When things fall into place.

the commerical features young adults (late 20s, early 30-somethings) wearing Gap-inspired, Dockers rip offs. they are playing in puddles, break-dancing (ISYN, and yes, it was a token black guy), jumping on a bed with kids, etc. fun-loving, happy go-lucky, family values for the 21st century crap.

You pull back the curtains, and the sun burns into your eyes.
You watch a plane flying across a clear blue sky.
THIS IS THE DAY -- Your life will surely change.
THIS IS THE DAY -- When things fall into place.

holy mother scratching Mary Mother of Jesus: it's f-ing theThe. THE THE. as the back drop to a commercial.

i am brently's seething bile duct.

look, i could care less that they co-opted CCR's "Fortunate Son" for some shiety jeans commerical, or that Iggy's voice screaming about his lust for heroin is selling cruises: doesn't offend me b/c i am not emotionally attached to those artists. but theTHE? are you kidding?

so i logged onto the band's site, even joined the message board so i could search for any reference to why this happened, b/c like a good fan boy, my first thought was that his label f'ed him right in the arse, since he probably doesn't OWN the music rights, just the lyrics. at least i am thinking that and giving him the benefit of the doubt. but i find no reference to anything Dockers related, or even song related.

so, i dunno. i feel sad. i hope Matt Johnson didn't sell out. i hope this a case of The Man keeping him down, i really do. otherwise, i will seriously have to think about taking down my "theThe versus the world" framed poster hanging in my office.

and to think i busted my iPod's cherry with Mind Bomb.

posted on Wed, 04.20.05 @ 12:29 PM CST [more..]

the first to speak is the first to lie
whew! that was a long weekend which culminated in a very long monday. 21 grooms yesterday plus checkouts; gross receipts for the weekend were north of $4K. gotta say, while jan/feb are nice b/c they are slow, i do prefer to make money...helps pay for my vices.

we finally figured out why we were 75% booked for boarding this weekend: the MS150 was going on. ah, i remember the days when i used to live to ride and ride to live. the farther i get away from being a bike messenger, the more romantic i get about it. but let's be honest, while it was awsome to spend the beautiful days spinning around town doing lawyers' dirty deeds, the cold, wet Texas winters weren't much fun. it is amazing what torture the human body can get used to, including gettting hit by cars (3x no less.) still, every morning when i get in my car to drive to work, all i have to do is glance across the garage where my lovely Ibis hangs idly on the wall. kinda sad. *sigh*

so today is a welcome respite from the insanity that was this weekend. friday, sat, and sunday were heavy groom days (3 days grooming, close to 60 dogs) and i spent most of my saturday working in the play yard repairing the damage that 30-40 some odd dogs always seem to be able to do when they congregate. why do they like to dig? damn you dogs, damn you straight to hell!!

i did find time to play a little tournament poker at Northside on sunday, but the results were uneventful; i was out right before the first break, after suffering two bad beats and two piss poor plays. ever go all-in when your opponent holds pretty much the nuts? yeah, i like to do that too! sitting in the BB i grab fishhooks, so when the action gets to me i raise that kitty up the standard 3xBB: action = 3 callers. flop comes 10-Q-Q. my move? all-in. why? i dunno. i felt they were either on draws and had missed the flop or had underpairs. i was right on two counts, but got one caller. his hole cards: 10-Qo. ISYN. is that a playable 3xBB calling hand? guess so. maybe i should have raised 4xBB. maybe i should have checked since i couldn't beat the board. for what ever reason, i gambled poorly and lost. REBUY! fast forward to my Hilton biatches, who got sucked out on the river by my opponents wired jacks. harrumph. now short stacked and facing the coming blinds which would eat my entire stack, i was first to speak when i looked down at Kojak suited. about the best i could hope for, no? yeah, 3 doors down comes an all-in looking to isolate. fold, fold, fold and we're heads up. he rolls queens, which for me just a few hands prior had sucked ass, but for him held up. good game and g'night. i was home by 6PM. so if you glance down the right side you will take note that my B&M total is rapidly approaching zero. in efforts to reverse this i am going to take a wednesday sometime soon and hit Lake Charles. i am hoping i can catch some bigger fish than myself. heh.

this sunday is the WPBT $1500 WSOP satellite that Iggy took the time to set-up. i am excited to get a chance to play with the blogsphere...hopefully i won't embarrass myself with any poor play.

little media related news: as a proud and proper TiVo evangelist i would like to point out some rumblings in the press. all i can say is that i hope google wins out...i like their attitude.

in somewhat related news, i have yet to find time to buy a PSP. i am actually sitting here looking at Amazon's listing for it and thinking of just ordering one; i am so damn lazy/busy that the chances of me getting up to Best Buy this week are pretty slim. i still am on the fence a little b/c i know that once i have it i am not going to use it as much as i think, but damn it, it is a want! i'll keep thinking about it....btw, the ad campaign is hella-catchy: "Take Me Out" with the point-of-view film style is just damn cool and hip. i watched the TiVo sponsored ad about 30 times the first week it appeared on my TiVo's entry page. i hope Sony has to pay TiVo per user view - heh.

Otter sent me a good article on Wilco's impending show. in related news, i stumbled upon Wilco teaming up with Lawrence Lessig in the fight to keep digital rights free. very cool of Tweedy. now if i could just find time to make the show.

well, i think that covers some of the misc. stuff rumbling in my head. i am off to manage the dogs....
posted on Tue, 04.19.05 @ 01:40 PM CST [more..]

hasn't worked out like i planned
today began as a day full of hope and wishes...and poker-wise it is ending now broken and trashed.

i played poorly today in almost every NLHE game out there: SnGs, rebuys, MMTs, freerolls, ring name it i died doing it. thank god i don't play Omaha. i even tried playing no-limit every which way and return i think Clyde gave me his right turn signal.

end result: - $166

there is always tomorrow...i'll leave you with some suitable words from The Webb Brothers:

Drink and Drown
things haven't worked out like i planned
i'm not bitter, i'm just broken down
probably drink and drown

posted @ 07:06 PM CST [link]

just the facts, or do you care
heh. heh heh. heh heh he.

i got a full day off today, which considering that we have no full time bather now, is pretty nice. i guess i should feel bad for Paul, who is going to have to bathe his own dogs prior to grooming, but in my defense there are only about 6 and i needed a full day of R&R. the bad news, or at least sad, is that i was too lazy to get up and drive Dar to the shop, so i am carless...meaning if i want my PSP today, i gotta go get it when she gets home; that's a fly in the ointment b/c on my days off i generally like to start WAC around 3PM. yes, WAC - Wednesday Afternoon Cocktails. i work Fridays till 7PM, get over it.

anywho - since my new plan for today revolves around playing as much online poker as i can stomach and watching as much TiVo as i can swallow, it is possible this could be a multiple post day. prepare accordingly.

i am currently playing in the 7AM Poker Stars $11+Rebuys tourney. we're past the 2nd break and i am lagging in at 43 out of 68 remaining players. the deck has been pretty cold since the end of the rebuy period, so i am not seeing many flops.

on the lighter side, i am watching a portion of my huge reserve of Cheap Seats. if you haven't seen this show, you need to set your TiVo for stun, b/c it is well worth the effort. the Sklar brothers are two stand-up comedians who somehow got hooked up with a sweet gig at ESPN where they get to voice-over Mystery Science Theater 3000-style a vast library of things ESPN obviously used to run in the wee hours of the morning. right now i am watching them annotate the 1994 Spelling Bee and they are killing me. before this episode i watched them ridicule the 1998 WSOP. good show - they crack me up!

ok, i have busted out of the tournament...that happened faster than Kirstie Alley's waist expansion. here are some ugly details:

PokerStars Game #1516787467: Tournament #6885748, Hold'em No Limit - Level X (400/800) - 2005/04/13 - 10:32:13 (ET)
Table '6885748 11' Seat #4 is the button
Seat 2: hippicrit (18491 in chips)
Seat 3: mister MH (45890 in chips)
Seat 4: sellthekids (15948 in chips)
Seat 5: Tarawalie (32925 in chips)
Seat 6: Testarossa (50675 in chips)
Seat 7: lobo86 (49357 in chips)
Seat 8: stjm64 (16192 in chips)
Seat 9: gudfaren (30960 in chips)
hippicrit: posts the ante 50
mister MH: posts the ante 50
sellthekids: posts the ante 50
Tarawalie: posts the ante 50
Testarossa: posts the ante 50
lobo86: posts the ante 50
stjm64: posts the ante 50
gudfaren: posts the ante 50
Tarawalie: posts small blind 400
Testarossa: posts big blind 800
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to sellthekids [Ks Ah]
lobo86: folds
stjm64: folds
gudfaren: folds
hippicrit: raises 1600 to 2400
mister MH: folds
sellthekids: raises 2400 to 4800
Tarawalie: folds
Testarossa: folds
hippicrit: calls 2400
*** FLOP *** [4h 4d 3h]
hippicrit: bets 13641 and is all-in
sellthekids: calls 11098 and is all-in
*** TURN *** [4h 4d 3h] [2d]
*** RIVER *** [4h 4d 3h 2d] [4c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
hippicrit: shows [3s 6d] (a full house, Fours full of Threes)
sellthekids: shows [Ks Ah] (three of a kind, Fours)
hippicrit collected 33396 from pot
Z-Wyvern is connected
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 33396 | Rake 0
Board [4h 4d 3h 2d 4c]
Seat 2: hippicrit showed [3s 6d] and won (33396) with a full house, Fours full of Threes
Seat 3: mister MH folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: sellthekids (button) showed [Ks Ah] and lost with three of a kind, Fours
Seat 5: Tarawalie (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: Testarossa (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 7: lobo86 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: stjm64 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: gudfaren folded before Flop (didn't bet)

no sense in even trying to understand why this fool would call my re-raise. also no sense in trying to understand why i would go all-in when i missed the flop...but i did read him somewhat right. that's poker, baby.

oh yeah, BTW, the 1998 WSOP on Cheap Seats featured Scotty Nguyen winning the whole thing. he did not utter my new catch phrase though. damn!

time for a shower and some breakfast!

posted on Wed, 04.13.05 @ 09:32 AM CST [more..]

file under - things that make you go hmmmmm:

in poker, there are some who call hole cards 7-2 offsuit The Hammer. in politics, acts of moral and political turpitude often involve The Hammer. and if you need an ambulance chaser, you could hire The Texas Hammer. coincidence? i think not.

congrats to the Astros for giving a home opener win to the Mets. Beltran was 1-3, so at least he didn't show us up.

Dar is at jury duty today, so we'll see how the remainder of the week's schedule gets mangled. i find it odd that i have voted for the last 17 years and only been called to jury duty once. this is Dar's first time in the 11 years we've been married. who the heck are they calling? i dunno if i should be offended or happy....

time to peruse the daily headlines!
posted on Tue, 04.12.05 @ 09:14 AM CST [more..]

scarecrow's only scaring hisself
maybe i should have come to this conclusion earlier in my poker career...i am sure i probably have read it in one of the dozen poker theory books i own: going all-in preflop is not only dangerous, but often quite dumb. lemme repeat that (so that when i re-read this, it will soak in):

going all-in preflop is not only dangerous, but often quite dumb.

of course i am speaking specifically about tournaments; in cash games the implications of all-in are far less serious, since you can always hit your wallet again and again and again. but in tournaments, the all-in is your chance to end your play in one fell swoop. yea!

tonight in the Northside tourney i did just that: in middle position i look down and find two red aces. before i can even contemplate how i want to play them, the under-the-gun calls raise. with the blinds at 6000/12000 UTG starts stacking green 25K chips, preparing to bet; the four, yes FOUR, players to his left all fold while he is still figuring out what to raise - thanks guys, appreciate you helping him out. when the dealer mentioned to them about acting in turn, i feigned a little anger - i was hoping it would make the UTG put a little more in the pot; UTG end up raising 50K. with 72K in chips in front of me, my only option was all-in. everyone else folds, UTG ponders and calls and we roll 'em: his cowboys versus my red rockets. you know the ending, no need to recount that - all outers less than 10% always hit!

on my drive home i began to ponder the validity of the all-in. post flop play is far safer, since over 70% of the cards you'll play have been revealed during the flop. i realize had i called the 50K raise i would have been crippled providing that i laid my aces down on the flop: 22K is barely enough to pay the blinds that would be coming round. and of course, it is doubtful i would have laid aces down even when the king hit the flop, anyway.

still, i think my tournament play should focus on seeing flops, making correct plays based on the real information that is presented by those three cards. while pocket aces are great, the reality is that NO hole cards are the nuts pre-flop!

anyway, i would like to say i took my beat with aplomb. my favorite saying is becoming, "that's poker, baby!" and i like to try and say it with a Scotty Nguyen flavor. ;-)

as you may notice with the titles, i am hip-deep into Beck's new album, Guero; it is currently being played repeatedly, with my favorite track changing with my mood. if you don't have it, consider buying it - should be able to pick it up for $10 at any of the big box retailers.

hopefully on wednesday (my partial day off) i will have time to go get a PSP! i am anxious to not only play some games but to try putting some TiVo content on it, which i have read it possible!

well, i am currently playing in an Full Tilt 2000 FTP points satellite to their $500+35 WSOP tourney...guess i should go pay attention to that.

wish me luck!
posted on Sun, 04.10.05 @ 07:59 PM CST [more..]

hammer my bones on the anvil of daylight
i would like to thank Poker Stars for offering me the opportunity to buy a new PSP!

posted on Thu, 04.07.05 @ 10:54 PM CST [more..]

qué onda guero
has it really been almost a week since i last visited these pages? sorry, was very busy losing my ass this weekend. plus, the Pope died, so i have been in mourning. well, i have been mourning all the other news that has happened in the world while all the media outlets have been focused on the Pope-a-thon '05.

yeah, i get it, there are a billion Catholics in the world and this was their earthly grand pooba, but the swarm of all the news channels to carry the latest information becomes overkill. and then there is the whole deal with why the Pope really matters anyway.

see, every other Christian sect denies the need for an intercessor in their religious hierarchy. at least in the bible i've read, the whole symbolism of the tearing of the veil in the Holy of Holies signifies the end of the seperation between God and man, so Catholicism's need for a Pope biblically confuses me. of course, their Bible is a little different.

anyway, i am over it so let's move on.
posted on Tue, 04.05.05 @ 10:27 AM CST [more..]

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