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The Good, The Bad, And The Uh Oh.

The Good
Couple of good things happened this weekend. My wife had her baby shower so we got a lot of really cool stuff for our baby on the way (due April 26th). Everybody was great and I can't say thank you enough to them, though none of them will be reading this. Also, my boys UNC made an incredible come back, got lucky, and ended up beating Duke in the final game of the regular season for ACC basketball. It gave UNC the regular season title and virtually locked up a number one seed for the big dance. Hoping they play well in the ACC tournament to keep the good times a rolling. As for poker, the good was hearing about the H.O.R.S.E. WPBT tournament coming up. I love the idea of switching it up, but I'll admit I'm gonna have to pull out my books to study up on some of the games. I've played them all at one time or another, but some of the games, like Razz and Stud, are certainly not my good games (as if I have a good game these days). So, based on the good word from Iggy, and in an attempt to support our fellow blogger HDouble, I decided to open up a Full Tilt account with a $60 deposit. Full Tilt is right...more on that in another section.

The Bad
The bad starts off with a very scary moment for my family. I am very glad I am able to write about this without dropping a tear. After the baby shower on Sunday, and while on the way home, my mom was in a car accident. She was making a left turn on a green light and a girl plowed into the front left side of her car going about 50 miles an hour. The girl apparently did not realize there was a stop light at that intersection. The impact ripped the front of my moms car almost completely off, and sent the girls car into the air with my moms bumper attached. The girls car ended up flipping and landing upside down, sliding down the road. My mom - though having a little bit of pain in her back and neck - was basically o.k. The girl, on the other hand, was unconcious and trapped in the car. They ended up needing "the jaws" to get her out. She was listed in critical condition, though the cop on the scene told my mom it looked like nothing was life threatening and she would eventually be o.k. My mom told me she didn't see how anyone could live through the wreck the girl went through.

An incredible thing happened yesterday and I am so grateful for it. My mom lives in High Point, about 30 minutes from us here in Greensboro, so she doesn't really know her way around our fair city that well. As a result, as she was moving forward at the intersection, she hesitated in order to figure out if she should have been turning left or right. This probably either saved her life, or the guy on a motorcycle behind her. The moto dude stayed with my mom until my sister arrived since the bulk of the help went to the girl who was stuck. He stated that had she not hesitated for those couple of seconds, he would probably be dead. He was, to say the least, grateful to be alive at that point. My mom was pretty shook up about the situation, but she would have been torn up about it had the girl not made it, even though it was not my moms fault. So, that was the bad bad part of the week.

The no longer very important or bad when compared to the above part of my weekend was that I basically fizzled away most of my $60 deposit on Full Tilt. I played a ton of poker and got waxed. They named that site appropriately cause I was on full tilt by the time I dropped half my deposit. I currently have $12 remaining and have decided to take a hiatus from playing there until the WPBT event, of which I was number 8 signed up. Since the tournament details note that a minimum of 8 players are needed to play, I'm glad I was there to help out the cause. I saw AlCantHang was signed up, so we have the comic relief covered. It should be a blast. I'm really, really bummed that I can't make it to the June event, but it's just not even possible. We will have just had the baby and our fundage will be tight at that point. Not cool for hubby to break away whilst the wifey works her ars off with 2 kids. I would pick up no Daddy points in that situation. Hopefully there will be another event soon that I could swing. We'll see. You guys keep scheduling them, and eventually I'll make it.

The UhOh
At work, I have a T.V. set up so I can keep up with CNBC and other financial channels. I work in the financial services industry and it just helps to be able to keep up with the market and other things going on in the world. And when 5:00pm rolls around and I'm still in the office (or on the weekends), it's great to catch some entertainment channels as well (not those kind of channels guys...sports, etc). In fact, today at around 5:00pm, I was surfing while working and found the PokerSuperstars Event. I've already seen it about 5 times, but I digress. Let me get back to The UhOh. On CNBC, they discussed the growing Blog World and the fact there's been an increase in employees being fired for items written in their blogs...even when the items are written on their personal time. Of course they ran the spot all day so I was constantly being reminded that I'm a bad employee if I'm blogging. Fortunately, I only blog when it's on my extra time (lunch, break, at home, etc.) and I don't really talk about work on my blog. I get so entranced while working, that when I'm away, the last thing I want to do is think about work. That's why you won't read about me bitching about work in this blog. I leave work for work, and personal time for the rest of my life. I don't need to mix the two. There are, however, plenty of people that take their work home with them. No thanks.

So anyway, I would suggest that if you're blogging about your work (and how much it sucks)...

1) Be sure to make your boss aware of your blog.
2) Be sure to talk shit about your boss in the blog.
3) Be sure to talk shit about your company in the blog.
4) Make sure to include pornographic material.

O.K. so maybe I wouldn't follow the rules above. As for me, I like my job, I like my boss, and I like the company I work for, so I don't have to sweat it. Some of my readers, who check out my blog while at work, may have some explaining to do if people see the pic at the top. Sorry if that's the case, but it just works too well with my blog and my blog name. For another great picture of a booty and poker, check out Pauly's March 7th post at Tao Of Poker.

To end this post I'd like to take a second to thank Iggy for hooking me up with Izmet and Abdul info that I was looking for. I think he answered my request via comment about 2 minutes after I wrote the post. So cool. Also, thanks to all who have anything to do with the WPBT events. I know you do it for the love of the game, but it's great to know there are great people doing great things for the good of the poker blogging community. You guys/gals rock.

posted by TripJax @ 9:30 PM,


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