Flogging Franklstein

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Please don't pull me over, Mr Squirrel. Posted by Picasa

As I was driving to work today, I had a close encounter with Johnny Law. I was stopped at a light near the mall. I look in my rearview mirror, and there is a Lone Tree motorcycle cop right behind me. Immediately, my heart decided that the beat on the radio wasn't fast enough. I had only crossed into city and county limits a quarter mile back, and the cop wasn't behind me at the light on County Line Road, so I had only a limited time to do something wrong. I thought I went through the construction zone with the appropriate caution; I didn't run the previous red light; and I wasn't speeding. So everything was OK in my mind.

The light turned, and about 50 yards down the road, the cop turned on his lights. I slow down. He pulls into the left turn lane and then pulls in front of me and procedes to pull over the car ahead of me at the light. I don't know what he did wrong either, but I am sure glad it was him and not me.

I am awake now!

Friday, February 24, 2006

This Was Neat

I forgot to post this after it happened. I was in a $3 re-buy tournament and I got my first royal flush. Unfortunately I was too slow on the print-screen trigger, so I don't have the cards out there. But I do have the text.

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Thursday, February 23, 2006

That's Not Taken???

So I went to my local liquor store today to buy some - um - liquor. As I was driving back to my apartment, I noticed this white van parked at the place next door to the liquor store. On the side and back of the van was a sign that said "Put On Your O-Face" with www.oface.com underneath the slogan.

Now, the van and the slogan were no surprise. The big surprise was the web address. I thought to myself, "How the hell did they get THAT IP address? It HAS to be already owned!" (if you are a maroon and don't know where "o-face" comes from, go here or here or here (the best!).)

Anyway, I had to see the web address to see what was truly up. Sure enough, it was the new address for the porn shop. Again: HOW THE HELL DID THEY GET THAT ADDRESS???" I think it is hilarious the own it. SWEET!!! (I may have to visit now - or should I order on-line from a place that is a quarter mile away?)

Anyway, they have a "Show Us Your O-Face" page, It starts out with some of the local strippers (here's one),

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then shows real people O-Facing.

C'mon Everyone - Put On Your O-Face!!!!!

P.S. I will update with a picture of the store-front (if I can remember to take my camera to my next liquor store visit.)

(OK, I've decided. I'm off to get my O-Face on...)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

A Tiny Taste of Mardi Gras – Galactic at the Fillmore – 2/18/06

It was Saturday and time to party to the New Orleans funk stylin’s of Galactic. Da Pickl picked me up and we headed to Sancho’s for a few pre-show beers. Believe it or not, Roger went to the show. I owe you a hottie pic, Roger, so here it is:

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If you are in Denver and like jam band music, you have to hit Sancho’s. The beer is cheap (but it’s not cheap beer), the music constantly playing, and plenty of Dead and other jam band pictures and artwork all over the place. It’s a great place to hang out before a Fillmore show.

After getting a good buzz on and catching up with Roger, we headed over to the Fillmore. The Rebirth Brass Band was playing their set as we went in, and there was hardly anyone in the place. Da Pickl managed to find a table all by its lonesome, and close to one of the bars. If you have been to the Fillmore before, this table was actually on the left side as you walk in. It is the only table on the left side, and we got it.

As we sat there sucking our suds, the Rebirth Brass Band played on. Being an ex-trombone player, I like the sound of horns. These guys were great – along the likes of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band horns. They had a nice little set, and by the time they were done, the hardly-anyone-in-the-place had doubled in size. Da Pickl and I headed out to have a smoke in the sub-zero weather while Roger did Roger things (like calling his wife and ogling women – probably both at the same time.)

We came back in and found that the place was beginning to fill up. I didn’t realize that Galactic attracted a younger crowd. There were college students everywhere. Perhaps it was the whole “almost” Mardi Gras thing. At any rate, this lone table was in a prime spot to do some hottie watching, as it was about three feet above the main thoroughfare on the left side. (You will note here that I am not going by stage direction, as I am not on the freakin’ stage.) (Another note here: If you spell check “hottie” in a Microsoft product, the first suggestion to come back is “hogtie”.) And boy howdy were there a ton of hotties! Roger was having a great ol’ time. (One of the things I love about Roger is his unabashed hottie watching. It is like watching a kid in a toy store before Christmas.)

Unfortunately the Fillmore staff underestimated how many people were attending the show, because they didn’t open all the bars. The Fillmore has 9 or 10 bars scattered around the place: three on the floor, five in the area around the floor, and two (I think) upstairs. Of these 10 bars, they had five opened when the show started. If you are an observant reader, you will recall that I said our lone table was close to an open bar. This translated to a long line at “our bar”, which means we had people standing in line behind us for almost the whole show. Eventually the next closest bar to us opened, but it made no difference to the long ass line right behind us. This is too bad because the bartender looked like a young Dayle Haddon. If the freakin’ line wasn’t in the way I could have looked at her some more.

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Anyway, on to the show. I waited for the setlist to write this “review”, because I am not familiar with Galactic’s songs.

SET ONE: Shibuya, Spider Bite, Iko Iko (Wild Mags), We Come to Party (Wild Mags), Doublewide, Whole Lotta Love (Sista Teedy), Break in the Road (Teedy/ Leo Nocentelli) , Funky Miracle (Leo), Cardova (Leo), Look ka Py Py (Leo), When the Levee Breaks (Teedy)
SET TWO: Snowball (Rebirth), It Ain¹t What You Think (Rebirth), Garbage Truck, Metermaid, Two Dots (Bionic Brown), Black Talk, Good Job Brownie, Cabbage Alley (Leo and Wild Mags), Africa (Leo, Teedy)
ENCORE: Reverend Lee (Teedy), Big Chief (Wild Mags, Leo, and Rebirth)
Leo Nocentelli
Wild Magnolias
Tricia 'Sista Teedy' Boutte
Rebirth Brass Band
Bionic Brown

The Wild Magnolias were a trip. There were two of them, and they came out in these huge feathered costumes. Leo Nocentelli played some sweet guitar throughout.

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When Sista Teedy dedicated “When the Levee Breaks” to the people of New Orleans, there was barely a murmur from the crowd. This rather pissed me off, as it just proves that just about everyone has forgotten the plight of those poor people. The song was sweet, however.

In the second set, there was one of those “walkin’ lines” going through the crowd in costume. There was a dragon, the Wild Magnolias, and a couple of costumes similar to those Milwaukee Brewers sausage racers. That seemed to get the crowd going.

During the second set, Roger befriended this hottie who was standing near us. I didn't think she was an older woman until she turned around. Da Pickl and I had a over/under bet on her age. We put the number at 38, and I took the over. We never did get a chance to ask how old she was.

In all it was an awesome show. The funk was definitely on. And though there were hotties everywhere, and we had beads, no one would show us their tits – not even to Roger.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

A Good Thing To Do (and other ramblings...)

The Suckout On Leukemia tournament is being held on Full Tilt Poker February 26th. These are the details:

What: Suckout on Luekemia
When: Sun, Feb 26th @ 17:00
How Much: $10 + 16
Password: playforjill

$15 of the 16 dollar fee will go to help pay for medical costs. The last I saw, Eric Seidel will be playing, and they hope to pull in more pros as the tournament approaches. You can find more information HERE. It is for a good cause. Sign up and play!

I used this tournament as an opportunity to deposit some money into Full Tilt again. I had initially signed up to play there because they were holding some Katrina Relief tournaments, and I wanted to help out. I never did clear my deposit bonus, and now I can't because too much time has passed.

I have been wanting to give some of their tournaments a try and really give the software a test drive. I picked a couple of $4+40 tourneys. The first thing I noticed is how different the structure is from your typical Poker Stars MTTs. Instead of 15 minute rounds starting at 10/20 and going to 15/30, 25/50, 50/100, 75/150, etc. that Poker Stars has, Full Tilt has 10 minute blinds with smaller increases (15/30, 20/40, 25/50, 30/60, 40/80, etc.) The difference is going to take some getting used to for me. I haven't made my mind up yet whether I like Full Tilt's structure, hate it, or am indifferent.

I kind of hope I at least adapt, as it may well be the deciding factor on whether I buy a Mac or a PC when I buy a laptop. Full Tilt just came out with Mac software, and one of my criteria for buying a laptop is that I can play poker on it when I am not at home. If I find I like to play on Full Tilt (or Poker Stars comes out with a Mac version of their software) I will go with the Mac. If not, I am stuck with a crappy Windows laptop.

I got an interesting suprise Saturday. An old girlfriend, Joyce, who I was seeing long distance from Philadeplhia about a year or so ago called me right out of the blue (I let it go to voicemail, as I was in the middle of a Mammoth game outing.) I haven't talked to her since she told me to never call her again (a result of me jokingly calling her crazy.) I was going to call her back today until I realized that today is St. Valentine's Day. I'll call her tomorrow.

Speaking of Valentine's Day, any man who buys his sig other flowers or takes her out to dinner or anything else because he is EXPECTED TO is a pussy. You should be doing stuff throughout the year. Also, any woman who EXPECTS you to buy flowers on Valentine's Day is more trouble than she is worth. If you both agree to ignore Valentine's Day and celebrate on the spur of the moment some other day, you will be much happier overall.

I am going to see Galactic at the Fillmore this weekend. I expect to see you there, Roger, or no more hottie pictures for you.