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Checkin' in, not movin' out

Forgive me Friends for I have strayed. It's been ten days since my last blog entry...  This is mainly a public note to say I'm still alive and kicking. I'll put up a rare private post later to describe some of the work stuph going on.

Jen and I went to TPiR Live at the Harrah's Rincon last Saturday. Instead of the previously announced Chris Harrison (The Bachelor, Designer's Challenge) we got Todd Newton. And who knew that Mr. Randy West would be the announcer for this fun romp through the universe? I qualified one round to go to Contestant's Row, only to be outbid by the person next to me bidding $1 more than I. Grr. Ended up with a consolation prize of Picnic Time Duet Wine and Cheese Tote and 1,000 points on my newly-acquired Harrah's card.  Jen also got 1,000 points. Whoopee! Since this was our first (and likely last) trip to Rincon, we'll likely see if we can get a free/discounted buffet at Harrah's Rio Carnival World Buffet in Las Vegas, which we'll probably be frequenting this upcoming month.

I also splurged and am a member of the XM Nation. At work, there is really no one around where I am, so it's DEADLY quiet. While I prefer that over the constant interruptions, I need some noise aorund. I brought in a regular FM radio, but couldn't get any signal with it's weak antanae. A friend of mine has an XM Radio, brought it in, and it worked fine with the terrestrial repeater. I was already thinking about it since I've driven to San Diego with him, listening via the device. So I bought my own setup for home, car, and work. Happy birthday to me, with part of it paid for by my loving and patient wife. 

Played poker with some work friends on Thursday. It was a $10 buy in, with an additional $2 to the house for drinks and refreshments. I got beat bad on the second hand, losing my full house to a higher full house. We played some funky game called "Screw Your Neighbor" which, to me, had little strategy involved. Lots of 5 card draw, a bit of Hold 'em (no blinds) and Omaha (no blinds).  I ended up making a whole $.60 but had a good time generally. The group is talking about doing a true Hold 'em tournament with blinds shortly, so I will be there for that.

Found my old junior high and high school friend Sarah Gordon online a few months ago. She's now doing "underground modern dance theater" which doesn't surprise me in the least, but it does surprise me that she's doing it in Minnesota! We've played phone tag a few times trying to actually *talk* to each other. She and Helena are supposed to be out in the area at Christmas time, and I've threatened her with bodily injury if they don't stop by the house.

Uhm... that's all I got for now. 


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Aug. 22nd, 2004 12:35 am (UTC)
Yay! He's alive!! :D
Aug. 22nd, 2004 01:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'll probably take the plunge to XM sometime within the next year. Mostly for the talk shows.

(Of course, I said that LAST year.)
Aug. 22nd, 2004 01:42 am (UTC)
Sirius has me intrigued with the new NFL season ticket... if XM or Sirius do this with baseball in the future, they'll have me.
Aug. 22nd, 2004 03:59 am (UTC)
Sirius has made major strides in the area of sports programming, being the official satellite radio for NFL and NHL. The problem is that Sirius doesn't go very deep with their musical selection, so you end up hearing the same stuff you'd hear on the radio, and this time paying for it. With XM, even on their decades channel, you'll hear stuff that you haven't heard since that decade. Of course, many times, there are reasons for that...

Also, there is the law of economics. XM has over 2 million subscribers. Sirius had less than half million subscribers as of 6/30/2004. XM costs $9.99 a month. Sirius is $12.95. Sirius just introduced a mobile receiver. XM announced a TiVo-ish gimzo that stores up to the last 30 minutes of play.


I need a XM icon to go with the TiVo icon. =)
Aug. 22nd, 2004 12:42 pm (UTC)
Screw Your Neighbor is fun, but it doesn't beat 7-27.
Aug. 22nd, 2004 08:16 pm (UTC)
Yes it does.
7-27 is, in the words of one of my poker buddies, a Nazi game. I lost about $25 in one hand last Friday because I kept pulling face cards. That's a bad combination, to be severely pot-committed and have no idea what card you need to get to 27.
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