Archive for August, 2005
Last night was Mark’s birthday so of course we had to celebrate! His plan was to go down to the Melting Pot, but when we arrived we realized it was closed (and being replaced … alas I will not be able to taste their ginger beef which was apparently really really good). So instead, we wandered down to Chianti’s for cheap pasta Tuesday. Really, I think its one of the best deals in town … the food is really good and it doesn’t cost very much – $6.99 a plate.
After dinner we wandered across the street to Chapters to let dinner settle before dessert. After Nolan finally got decided what he was buying, we went the the Marble Slab ice cream shop for dessert.
Haven’t heard of the slab? Goodness, let me fill you in. The marble slab is an awesome ice cream shop – they make all their flavours in house. You choose a flavour like you would normally do at any other ice cream place, but then you also choose candy (like coffee crisp, crispy cruch, skor, smarties, chocolate chips), or fruit, or nuts. They then take your choices and mix them together on a big marble slab and then slide it into a waffle cone. It is fantastic … and even though its a tad pricey, its certainly worth it.
Anyways, tonight Diane and I are going to see the Great Pretenors – a fringe holdover that Diane really wanted to see but couldn’t get tickets because they sold out too fast. So I’m going to that, and then on to the CSGSA games night! Fun!
Well playing poker today I got myself into a little bit of a jam. Down about $27 and not too happy about it – the day had been very up and down. Sometimes up, sometimes down. I was ready to call it a day when at one table I get dealt, in sucession:
ATo, QQ, KK, AA, JJ, and AKo.
Wow talk about good starting hands. Unfortunately, while I did make money on the last 4 hands, I lost a couple pots with the first two hands. But still … sweet starting hands eh?
It has been awhile since my last post. My life has been pretty busy over the last little while. I’ve been taking a break from the “play poker every night” thing. Last week I lost a little more than I was comfortable with so I decided to take a break, and read my books a little more to figure out what I was doing wrong. Turns out I was actually making some pretty major mistakes and the last few sessions have been a lot better. Now I just have to try and win the money back that I’ve already lost.
Diane and I are still getting on splendidly. She’s been looking for a new job to replace her current one when it expires in early September. I hope she finds something good. It’d be nice to see her get a nice more permanent job so there isn’t a constant “find another job” thing going on. We’ve been spending a lot of time with each other, and I must say that I don’t think I’ve every been happier. *insert random sappy sound here*.
My university research is starting to pick up. I’ve been working on a tool to analyse poker games and to give us an idea of which player had better luck in a match shorter than a statistically significant number of hands. Its turning out to be a very interesting program, and I’ve got some interesting results already from it.
The Fringe is on now! I’ve been once already to see Theatresports (there really isn’t much better than some improv), and plan to go back to see at least another show or two.
And … that’s about it! Its been busy but its also been great. Oh, and having my own place is awesome
Wow. So anyone else who’ll be in Edmonton on October 2nd needs to pay attention. Stratovarius is coming to town! For those who don’t know, Stratovarius is one of Europe’s biggest names in the melodic metal genre – they have something like 11 CDs currently out with a 12th one being released in the near future.
The band is apparently deciding to finally try a North American tour – and they are hitting *several* Canadian towns. This is a band that is used to playing huge rock concerts with thousands of people cheering for them on the big stage. So to catch these guys in a city where a lot of people have never even heard of them is pretty crazy. Especially in the small Starlite Room venue!
If you haven’t heard of Stratovarius, but like some heavy metal music without the screaming, check them out. If you’re interested, you should check out the show – its only $25 a ticket, and there’s no telling whether they will be back or not!
This is a really neat post from a guy who learned to count cards. He talks about the differences between novices and experts at the blackjack table and compares that to the differences between successful people and unsuccessful people in life. Its a really neat article and I’d take some time to read it. It really is true for a lot of things – a similar comparison probably could be done with Poker, for instance.
Have a read, and let me know what you think!
Ack – it happened again. I do mean to keep this blog up to date – but its been so crazy this month that I haven’t been adding posts. Sorry for my *ahem* faithful readers (umm … if you exist).
What have I been up to? Diane and I made a trip to Vancouver a couple weeks ago for my friend Ryan’s wedding. That was pretty fun – I had never done the drive there on my own before. We stopped in Kamloops on the way there to visit Diane’s Aunt, Uncle, and Grandmother. They are some really nice people! We camped at Lac La Jeune campground, which was a really nice place to stay – I’d definitely go back.
As a sidenote, the bc provincial campgrounds have an awesome online registration system – you can book your site as soon as a couple days in advance through http://www.discovercamping.ca. They charge a fee to book the site, but the nice thing is you can simply pay in advance, and you don’t have to worry about having cash on site to pay for your campsite. Plus, you don’t have to worry when you’ll get there that all the sites will be full because you’ll already have a site booked!
We stopped at Rolley Lake the night before the wedding – a little campground about an hour out of Vancouver. Then on the day of the wedding we drove in, checked into our hotel room and changed so we were all fancy for the wedding. It was a small affair, but nice – and soon Ryan and Jazz were off to their bed and breakfast off the coast. Fancy!
We stopped at Lac La Jeune again on the way back. Its a really long drive from Edmonton to Vancouver so we felt it would be better to do the trip in a couple shorter legs. Probably a good idea!
What else has happened? My family went down to join the Getz family reunion. For those interested, that’s my Grandmother’s side of the family. I didn’t know that many people there, but it was good to meet some of the people who I’m related to. Diane actually came down for the trip, and it was kinda cool to introduce her as being attached to me .
Yesterday, Mike moved all his stuff into the condo. Its going to take some adjusting to get used to someone else being in the place – but that’s not a bad thing. Being by myself was kinda nice, but its also nice to have someone else to talk to – I can imagine it would get kinda lonely after awhile by myself. Plus, with all the furniture and stuff Mike brought with him, the place feels a lot homier (is that a word?) than it did.
So that’s exciting – life is just trucking along.
Until next time, Take care!