Saturday, December 24, 2005


In the spirit of giving, this season of excess, I present to you a little Christmas drinky-poo.

I just made this one for Glenn. He assures me it is most excellent:

Coffee or espresso
shot Bailey's carmel
whipped cream
sprinkle cinnamon/cocoa/nutmeg (you choose)

As fellow Americans (we are doomed, lol), I urge you to drink early, drink often, and have a great Christmas Eve.

Felicia :)

Merry Christmas!

So the Christmas spirit is just not very strong in bloggers. So saith Whiskey, I agreeith.

As a token of Scrooge, I will give you a frugal, little whisper in the ear. A good deal for those of you playing lots online, but perhaps don't have any kind of affiliate or rakeback scheme.

Poker Stars has the best, non-rakeback program I've ever seen. The actual VIP points don't start until January 1st, but they are doubling the FPP points starting now (which will help determine what category you are in once the VIP program starts).

Merry Christmas, and go make some money!

Felicia :)

Friday, December 23, 2005

Good Friends

Lots of things prey heavily on my mind. I am not someone who can just slough things off every day. I get way too involved and stressed out.

Believe it or not, this is the main reason we don't have TV. People think we are trying to be educated, trying to be different and thumb our noses at television. Most of it is because I would get too stressed out by watching the news and current events.

To put it in perspective, one time we were in a hotel and I was watching the Animal Channel. They had that animal cop show on, and all of these little puppies were being abused and ended up dying. I was crying so hard and was so emotional I had a high fever and was in shock for days.

That's me, for better or for worse.

One of the best friends I've made in the blogger world, and one of the sole reasons I stay involved in the blogger world, is Al Rash. We are the most unlikely of friends, but there ya go.

I thought Al was a big dope when he first came along. He didn't know anything about poker and couldn't play to save his life. I remember when he was in a NLHE tourney once and said something in his write-up like, "Well, there were two pair on the board, but luckily, since I had aces, kicker played."

No, I will never let him live that one down. Although he deleted it from his blog and begs me to shut up about it.

We all make huge goofs, and he is free to tease me mercilessly about mine. Like that time in the $1500 O8 event when I turned over my hand and said, "I have a straight" when no straight was possible. Please, never let me live that one down!

Anyway, I never thought I'd like Al. What would make me like him? He drinks, whereas I never drank until November 2004. He is light and carefree and acts silly. I'm always serious, sober and moody. Besides, I don't like anyone, so why would I like him? Law of averages says I'm not going to like him, if I'm a hermit and don't like anyone.

So surprise, surprise. Al turned out to be a great guy, Eva a great gal and Mike a great friend.

As a live friendship, it started in Vegas during the first blogger get together in December 2004. I had arranged an informal sushi dinner at an AYCE sushi place off-strip. We arranged it around BG, who didn't even end up coming, because he was crying in his room after I called him chubby.

Al, however, kept the reservation, regardless. Which should tell you right there just what kind of a friend he is. He could easily have skipped out. Everyone was begging him to stick around Excalibur for further drunken antics. No one wanted to go eat with us, preferring to party on. Everyone had some excuse, and most were pretty lame. But commitment and loyalty drove Al, Eva and Mike to leave the Excal and go to the sushi joint anyway, although they could have easily blown us off.

And that is how it's been ever since. A good friendship, from those who keep their promises.

Hold on, Tito, I need a tissue. LOL ;)

Okay, so we had a great time. And somehow, even though I never touched alcohol the whole time we were in Vegas, whereas Al stayed drunk virtually 24/7, we became good friends.

How this band of misfits became so close is something I still don't understand. I'm as worked up and anal as Al is easygoing. I'm difficult to get along with. I'm hard to be a friend to. I'm wacky with a disgusting, morbid sense of humor. I turn almost everyone off. In my lifetime, Glenn has been the only one who has ever understood me. It was tough, even for him, but he's a trooper.

Now I have Al, too. And the great thing is that they like Glenn, and I like Eva & Mike, too. So it's a whole, crazy gang.

We've made lots of plans together. They came to see us in January at Commerce. We've met up several times. We are planning Tunica, a cruise, AC.

Tonight Al told me so many things that I'd never been told before. He made so many things clear. Maybe it was because he was drunk and sentimental, lol.

No, seriously, he explained many of the problems that I've had over the past few months understanding why things are the way they are. And he let me see inside of him quite a bit, too. It's impossible to explain to someone else what their problems are, if you don't let them see inside you, too. He let me in, while helping me out.

That is friendship, in my book.

Felicia :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

2+2 OT Post of the Year

See, Al, I'm not the only one!!!

Post of the Year
This is what I was going to post. Commerce must have the all-time monopoly on this one. What in god's name makes people want to go into a public bathroom, take a huge, gassy dump, and talk to all of their friends and family on the phone at the same time???

It's like, "Yeah, how you doing?" (fart, plop, sigh)
"Oh, yeah, I'm at Commerce." (rip, toot, ah)
"You coming?" (flush)

Same person a minute later in Chinese:

"chinese, chinese." (rip, rip, plop)
"chinese, chinese." (fart, plop, sigh)

I could go on and on.

Why, why god why?

And do they use the same hand they are talking on the cell phone while taking a dump to wipe??? If so, do they wash the cell phone afterwards? I have never, ever seen one of these cell phone dumpers wash their cell phone after taking a dump in public.

NO, I don't want to hear you talking on your cell phone in public. NO, I don't want you to take a dump in public. And hell NO, I don't want to hear you talking to everyone on your cell phone while taking a dump in public.

And if ALL of this is absolutely unavoidable (yeah, right), at least have the courtesy to give a few extra flushes at the end of all of your nastiness.

Best of, Worst of 2005

Best of, Worst of 2005

Since I am such a "follower," and I see other blogs doing such, I think
I'll repeat my best of and worst of for 2005.

This year I'm not only going to report the best/worst blog categories,
but also add in the best/worst news I received in 2005 as well as
best/worst posts (blog posts, 2+2, RGP, etc) and other categories as I come
up with them.

Big Posts Upcoming...

Okay, now that regular readers know that I am back on some kind of poker and blogging horse, they are wondering why I've not posted anything of substance following my 4000 word Tolkien thesis, which could have been summed up in about ten words, lol ;)

No, I have not been dormant or taking a break. No such luck, for those of you who were just hoping and praying that my journals were going to die off. Although it might be a blessing if the journals died, as well as the writer, I'm still kicking. Probably something like cancer would thrive in my body and keep me alive for the next fifty years, instead of killing me.

So I have some biggies on the plate.

And with that, I'll leave you on a cliff. I hate it when writers do that, but since my readers hate me almost as much as the general public does, here is a little fuel added to the fire.

Felicia :)