Archive for August, 2007

Aug 20 2007

And We Survived

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Saturday was our older two boys’ birthday party. For those of you not in the know, we have an annual party extravaganza for the kids each summer on the Saturday that falls between their two birthdays (TJ’s actual birthday is the 17th and Clay’s is the 23rd). It gets to be quite a few people, but we hold it at the park. We have food and the kids run around, and everything tends to work out pretty well.

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This year was actually smaller than we thought it might be and what it was in past years. Last year I think we had in the range of 85 people. This year, I estimate it was only around 50 people. Still quite a group to try and handle, but something we are becoming more and more adept at dealing with. There are probably a good 5 or 6 events throughout each year that we try and cope with guest lists of 30+.

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The theme for the event was a pirate theme and I think all the kids enjoyed it. I’m pretty sure Amy enjoyed planning it too. The kids had some cheap plastic swords that kept breaking as props. Surprisingly, we have relatively few incidents. Probably the first year I can think of where all the kids seemed to play with each other without fighting or segmenting into factions. No one got their feelings hurt and a good time was had by all.

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The event did not pass without incident, of course. When you have 30 some kids with plastic swords and a vast park area to romp around in, accidents will happen. One kid ran into a tree, there were several bumps, bruises and scratches, and then near the end of the party, the kids happened upon a wasp nest. Since the day was pretty cool, we hadn’t had issues with wasps at the park as we had in the past, but leave it to the kids to seek them out if the wasps weren’t going to find us. 3 of the kids got bitten. I got bit twice and another parent got bitten too as we checked out where the nest was to make sure to keep the kids away from the dangerous area. A serious issue but not nearly as bad as it all could have been.

Still the worst part was dealing with the overtired children the next day after a day full of excitement and little rules. Sunday we had all kids of instances where crabbiness reared it’s ugly head, but still ventured out to the store to allow the kids to spend some of the money they had received as gifts. I have to say, though, in the past the whole day after was thwarted with the ugliness of overtired and oversugared kids, but the kids really weren’t too bad after the disastrous morning and early afternoon. Perhaps they are in fact getting older and learning to deal with it better. It was either that, or the repeated threats of taking their gifts away and promises of not doing this again next year, set in and coaxed them into a reasonable disposition.

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::sigh::

Another year, and another successfully pulled off miracle in the park.

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Aug 17 2007

Happy Birthday TJ!!

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Today TJ turns 9 and he’s quite happy that his mom is willing to cut the umbilical cord enough to let him stay home alone now for reasonable amounts of time (like when we run to the store).

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He isn’t quite to the point where mom will let him watch Shaun of the Dead or The Crow yet, but we’re getting close.

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Aug 16 2007

Pretty Sure We Have Some Lying Mofos Here

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38% – Say Premarital Sex is Wrong (via Fark)

There are a lot of people who lie out there just to look good in the face of their parents/religion/own-self-guilt. What ever happened to try before you buy?

I only believe it’s wrong if it’s these two. In their case I think it’s even wrong post-maritally.

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Aug 16 2007

Desperate Attempt At Content Or Legit Post, You Decide

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I’ve been busy, but I can post this quick and those of you with kids and cats, should get a kick out of it. Or vomit on your work keyboard. Pretty sure it’ll fall into one of those two categories.

KidsKuisine ยป Kitty Litter Cake

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Aug 12 2007

Just a Quick Note…

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To try and compete with Zook’s bitchfest of a blog.

I suck at tourneys:
PokerStars Game #11442879397: Tournament #57262219, $20+$2 Omaha Pot Limit – Level V (75/150) – 2007/08/12 – 04:32:49 (ET)
Table ’57262219 5′ 6-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 1: Rubadubducky (11815 in chips)
Seat 2: MaAnthony (2650 in chips)
Seat 3: skandarakbar (8855 in chips)
Seat 4: montanajo (12920 in chips)
Seat 5: Rocksolid050 (16160 in chips)
Seat 6: Calico Rock (15697 in chips)
Rocksolid050: posts small blind 75
Calico Rock: posts big blind 150
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to MaAnthony [9♠ A♠ K♥ J♣]
Rubadubducky: folds
MaAnthony: raises 375 to 525
skandarakbar: folds
montanajo: calls 525
Rocksolid050: folds
Calico Rock: calls 375
*** FLOP *** [8♣ T♥ A♦]
Calico Rock: checks
MaAnthony: bets 1650
montanajo: folds
Calico Rock: calls 1650
*** TURN *** [8♣ T♥ A♦] [6♥]
Calico Rock: checks
MaAnthony: checks
*** RIVER *** [8♣ T♥ A♦ 6♥] [4♥]
Calico Rock: bets 4950
MaAnthony: calls 475 and is all-in
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Calico Rock: shows [6♦ T♠ J♠ 9♥] (two pair, Tens and Sixes)
MaAnthony: shows [9♠ A♠ K♥ J♣] (a pair of Aces)
Calico Rock collected 5900 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 5900 | Rake 0
Board [8♣ T♥ A♦ 6♥ 4♥]
Seat 1: Rubadubducky folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 2: MaAnthony showed [9♠ A♠ K♥ J♣] and lost with a pair of Aces
Seat 3: skandarakbar folded before Flop (didn’t bet)
Seat 4: montanajo (button) folded on the Flop
Seat 5: Rocksolid050 (small blind) folded before Flop
Seat 6: Calico Rock (big blind) showed [6♦ T♠ J♠ 9♥] and won (5900) with two pair, Tens and Sixes

That is all. Thank you.

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Aug 08 2007

Sponge Cake

Published by under Poker

I’ve been caught stealing;
once when I was 5…
I enjoy stealing.
It’s just as simple as that.
Well, it’s just a simple fact.
When I want something,
I don’t want to pay for it.
–Jane’s Addiction

Cake has been a mixed blessing so far. Having to deal with the good and the bad. Fortunately, there has been more good than bad. It’s unbelievable the amount of bad play seen at the omaha tables though. Especially for micro/small stakes omaha, this is the place you want to be.

Bear with me while I take you on a tourney of a few of the hands. Cake’s HH files don’t show the non-winning hands, so I have to decipher their odd web hands they have. Hold on tight.

Let’s start with some of the bad. I was playing at a $50 plo game 6 handed table when we were 5 handed at the time.
I get dealt T♣ J♥ 2♣ J♦
relatively modest holdings but the player to my left has been raising every single hand forever. He again pots it from the SB to $1.75 and I make the $1.25 call as does the other limpers (everyone is used to the “make it bigger” raises the villain was doing).
Flop comes out 5♥ J♠ T♠ so I hit my nuts
Villain bets pot of $10 and I make it $15 more – not pot I know, but didn’t want to lose him and maybe he repots over me. I’m fine with that. He just calls.
Turn comes a 3♥, putting yet two more draws out there that I don’t have. I don’t like that, but this time he bets half pot which only leaves him $4 left. A stab if I’ve ever seen one so I set him in.
Villain turns over A♦ K♥ 8♥ 8♠ for a (backdoor) flush draw, gut shot and an under pair.
I nearly throw up as the 4♥ comes out on the river winning him the hand. And I reload after losing almost $40 on a runner runner outdraw. It’s relieving to see play like this though.

I end up on that session but barely. I take a beat from another much better player when I flop top set and he flops a gut shot and the flush draw. He hit his gutshot on the turn and slow played it when I bet into him. Fortunately, the river went check/check when I didn’t boat up and saved me a few bucks. Against this table, I may have had to call with top set even with the 4 to the str8 on the board.

There were short stack noobs popping in all the time filling seats and dumping chips then leaving again. It was almost like revolving chairs at some points. Here is one fine example. I am in the SB but I get the monster hand of A♣ A♠ J♣ 8♠, so I have aces double suited with another broadway card and it gets limped to me. I rarely do this, but I potted it preflop OOP – a definite no no, but like half the flops look good to my hand, so I figure odds are on my side. The short stacker who started with $10.09 (probably his last money on the site) comes along for the ride.
Flop comes a miserable looking 9♥ 8♥ 2♣, but I can’t bear myself to slowing down since I just don’t see myself being able to check/fold to a short stacker here when it’s his 2nd hand at the table. I bet pot and he calls leaving himself $2.59 behind.
I get a gracious turn card with the A♦ though and set him in. He shows A♥ 6♦ 6♠ 6♥ so a flush draw and the devils cards. How he calls with the preflop, I’ll never know but he misses his flush on the river and I take down another pot.

In a NLO8 game, (yes I meant no limit omaha hi/lo) I got a little frisky with a hand that I normally would fold since people were paying off with all kinds of crap.

I limped from MP with Q♥ 7♥ 6♣ Q♣. Not much to look at for most hi/lo games, but as I said, I was looking to get lucky and then paid off.
6 see the flop of Q♠ Q♦ J♦
I flopped quads with no low draw and a flush and str8 draw to go with it. I hit perfect, basically. I slow play and check/call a min bet from late position along with 3 other callers. I hope they hit.
Turn was a 4♦
Flush hits but we check around. Normally I wouldn’t slow play it at this point, but it’s no limit so I am able to get my chips in whenever I want.
River is a K♠ completing another draw.
There isn’t much in the pot but a player from early bets half the pot for $2.40 and thinking I’m not gonna get another shot to get paid off, I raise it $10 more. To my surprise, I get called from the late position bettor from the flop and the river bettor folds out. The other player mucks his A♥ T♥ 7♣ 8♦ for his losing str8 that he makes on the river. With both the flush and the boat out there, he calls with his rivered str8 to a raise.

I probably won’t do a lot of hands from cake, cause these HH’s are so painful to decipher, but I think everyone one deserves to see the type of play I see there. I wish I could say that this is out of the ordinary, but it isn’t. Most any table I sit at, I see this play. I just play few hands and nut peddle since it doesn’t seem any one can fold so bluffing and stealing is pointless.

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