Poker, Exercise, Burritos, etc.
It looks like Tuesdays are going to be poker nights for me. I'm having a good time playing so far - haven't lost any money yet, either, which helps!
This week I went to the other card room in the south bay, Garden City Casino (warning: site plays music), since Bay 101 was having their Shooting Stars tournament. I think everyone else in town had the same idea, since I had to wait over an hour for a table.
Garden City has a different feel from Bay 101. Bay 101 feels more modern, with higher ceilings and at least two well-marked eateries. Garden City has a more interesting architecture (especially from the outside), but the impression is of a place with less space (even though I think they're of comparable size). Otherwise, the two are very similar, especially as far as the poker is concerned. I don't think I'll have any problem playing at either casino, although Bay 101 is closer to my house and will probably get the nod more often.
I felt like I played a pretty crappy game, just not focusing and getting off to a bad start, but I recovered and ended up playing one of my better games, as measured by money won. I only played about two hours, and I guess I didn't enjoy myself as much as I did the previous week; just not in the right frame of mind. It's good to know I can play less than my best game and still do well, though.
By the way, if you're a fan of Cheapass Games' irreverence or Phil Foglio's humor and have any interest in poker at all, then you should check out Dealer's Choice: The Complete Handbook of Saturday Night Poker. It's funny.
Otherwise, I've been keeping busy ramping up for baseball season (fantasy baseball draft is in just over a month).
My friend and former roommate Ed visited briefly a week ago. He works for the evil empire and was here for a meeting at their Silicon Valley building, so we went to dinner with him and his two cow-orkers who were with him. A good time was had, and large burritos were consumed. I told him next time he comes down he should come play poker with me. He protested that he's not very good, so I said in that case he definitely needs to come play poker. Heh!
Debbi has taken up walking as regular exercise, so I go out with her sometimes, although I go to the gym other times. Walking in the rain doesn't interest me much - and we've been getting semi-regular rain lately. I'm planning that once the rainy season ends (probably in a month or so) that I'll start biking to work three times a week. That ought to be plenty of exercise.
On the other hand, we did go walk in the Palo Alto Baylands today, although were were flummoxed by some of the trails being flooded out. Did I mention that it's the rainy season? I guess these things happen in shoreline wetlands during the rainy season, huh?
I think that about covers it for this weekend. Keep dry, or warm, or - uh - un-snowy, as appropriate for your region and climate!