Thursday, June 24, 2010

Off to Vegas Today

I'll be heading to Las Vegas today for a week to rail some WS*OP and to play the Live OFC & some other tourneys.

- 1st time ever away from home by myself for more than 3 days time.
- 1st time ever away from my wife for more than 3 days time.
- 1st "mainly poker" trip.
- 1st time ever staying on the Las Vegas strip.

I'll be posting updates on Twitter from my phone, hopefully including pictures. But my laptop crashed, so I don't know if I can find a way to post on this blog or on Cardschat.com until I get back.

Anyway, we'll see how it goes. :)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Stick's Quest for Fitness: End Month 11

07/20/09 = 243 lbs(start) 30.8 BMI
08/20/09 = 235 lbs. (-8) 29.8 BMI
09/20/09 = 231 lbs. (-4) 29.3
10/20/09 = 223 lbs. (-8) 28.2
11/20/09 = 222 lbs. (-1) 28.1
12/20/09 = 222 lbs. (-0) 28.1
01/20/10 = 222 lbs. (-0) 28.1 BMI, 20.3% Body Fat
02/20/10 = 222 lbs. (-0) 28.1 BMI, 20.6% BF
03/20/10 = 223 lbs. (+1) 28.3 BMI, 21.0% BF
04/21/10 = 223 lbs. (-0) 28.3 BMI, 20.2% BF
05/20/10 = 220 lbs. (-3) 27.8 BMI, 20.2% BF
06/19/10 = 214 lbs. (-6) 27.2 BMI, 19.7% BF

A day early due to upcoming Father's Day festivities and prepping for Vegas.

Yay! Another 6 pounds!! It wasn't easy either. I went camping last weekend and gained some weight. On 6/14, I weighed 220. So somehow I lost 6 lbs. in 5 days. (Yes, I triple-check all my stats every time.) I was even fighting a painful back. I kept going to the gym and drinking my killer smoothies while staying away from eating too much or too late.

I conquered my back problems by getting a cheap inversion table that lets me hang upside down by my ankles and decompresses my spine. It really works and works instantly. I recommend it to anyone who has chronic back pain. I'll make a dedicated post to the subject soon.

Now the only thing I have to worry about is gaining weight in Vegas. I'll be there for 7 days and I'm damned sure I'm not gonna be eating salads and smoothies. It's gonna be all buffets and bars. No gym either, as far as I know. We'll see if I'll have the time or energy to jog stairs. LOL. So right now, I'll predict I'll gain 6 pounds on the Las Vegas trip. But I'm pretty confident that I can lose it before next month's fitness post.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Stick's Random Update 6/15/10

Went camping last weekend. Gained 3 lbs. Hurt my back somehow. Finally figured out that I'm a hardcore city boy.

Worked out today. Hurt my back even more. Constant pain. 1st Vicodin didn't help much. Going for #2 when I'm done with this.

Neither my new glasses nor my new prescription sunglasses will be done before my Las Vegas trip. Have to stick with contacts and risk infection.

Facebook games are addicting and taking away from my poker time.

Poker is going OK. Up and down. Not much profit, but decent experience and self-analysis.

Lawn needs to be mowed and is infested with lawn moths. Back hurts too much to mow it or spray chemicals on it.

Still trying to top off my tan and get my weight down more before the Vegas trip. So stoked! 9 days to go!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Wonderful Local Beer In Stores Today (6/8/10)

Odonata Beer Company's Saison Ale is now available in stores!

I tried this heavenly local beer on tap in Folsom recently and now it is available in bottles here in the Greater Sacramento area (and even at a few spots in the Bay Area). My friend loved this brew so much, he commented that he wanted to "marry this beer and have its children". Yes, it's that good! This Belgian-style ale has more body than the few other Belgians I've tried. More beer bite and less citrus tang. They use the word "rustic" in the description on their website and I think that fits perfectly.

These 2 Odonata boys seem to know what they are doing. Rick has been in the beer biz a while and Peter was the head brewer at Sac Brewing Co. And if you follow them on Twitter, you can see they also seem to have fun doing what they do.

This blog post may look like an ad, but that's not how I intended it. I just want to spread the word about what I think is a great local brew and the loyal Sacramento company behind it. I've been following these guys on Twitter since before SBC closed and I've been seeing little bits of info about their new company trickle across my screen as time has gone by. I think it's really cool to see it all finally come together like this.

So here's where you can get this fine beer (bars & stores):

Corti Bros - Sacramento
Taylor's Market - Sacramento
Manderes - Folsom
Samuel Horne's Tavern - Folsom
Total Wine - Roseville
Chef's Table - Rocklin
BevMo - Auburn, Sacramento, Roseville, Citrus Heights
World Pub - Auburn
Davis Co Op - Davis

Plaza Foods - Rancho Murieta
Monument Liquor - Concord
Arcata Co Op - Arcata
Healthy Spirits - SF
City Beer - SF
Beer Revolution - Oakland
Mondo - Sonoma
Andrae's Bakery - Amador
Perry's Liquor - Livermore

More info:
http://twitter.com/OdonataBeer
http://www.odonatabeer.com/
http://www.facebook.com/OdonataBeer

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Stick's May 2010 Poker Results

Huge roller coaster month. Up & down and ended up -$12. I still feel satisfied because I think I recognized my mistakes (some tilt and bad bubble play) and I'm confident that I won't continue making them.








Oh yeah. And another mistake I made was trying cash games again. I did OK at 10NL, but screwed the pooch at 25NL. See below.





Due to a transfer trade with a friend, my bankroll has grown enough so I have been able to move up to $10 SNG's. I've actually been having decent results at $11 6-player turbo SNG's on FTP. I think I'll stick with those for a while.