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Vegas Vacation – Part 1

Vegas Vacation – Part 1

I don’t know if there are words in the English language that will help me fully articulate just how much fun this week here in Vegas has been, but I shall try anyway.   After arriving on Sunday and spending way too much time in lines to get my rental car, I was finally able to make the trek to where I was staying. Since it wasn’t too far from the Collin and Katie‘s we ended up going to lunch and then Katie and I went shopping. Now, normally shopping is not something I’m a fan of (if it can’t be bought off Amazon I usually can’t be bothered) but this was shopping with a purpose. Katie had recently decided that she wanted to learn to golf and this trip was all about getting the “little” things that you don’t realize that you need: shoes, balls, tees, glove, etc. We managed to find a pair of shoes that Katie was happy with, fit well and were pink (to match her clubs, glove, top and balls).     Since she hadn’t taken her clubs out for a spin since buying them, we loaded up the car and the three of us hit the driving range not too far from their place.       Monday was pretty much a take it easy day, not that the whole trip hasn’t been that way, and culminated with dinner at Prime at the Bellagio. Our seats were next to a window that overlooked the fountains and it certainly seemed like every time we looked out they were in the middle of a show which made for a nice in-meal entertainment. The food was excellent and if you’re ever there and have the opportunity to experience it, I highly recommend it. Afterward we hooked up with TM members Louis “Borgata123” Martin and Joey “Powerbottom” Abenstein at a hookah bar not far from the Strip. The atmosphere was pleasant but the actual selection wasn’t great. The service also left something to be desired. The highlight of this portion was Katie calling the hookah attendant “Dr. Hookah” which Louis later morphed into an Animaniacs reference by calling him “Dr. Scratchnsniff”.     We eventually made it over to the Venitian, where Collin, Louis and Simon took a crack at the HU limit machines. Joey and Katie ended up sitting in a 1-2 shorthanded game that Joey quickly made a 1-2-4 game with a UTG straddle. As our time at the V was winding down there was one hand that we’re still talking/joking about. It was 6 handed at this point, with Louis having joined the game, and our TM heroes were...

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It’s a bigger issue than we may want to admit.

It’s a bigger issue than we may want to admit.

  So the month of April was a bit of a rollercoaster for me.  I started the month with a quick trip to Oakland to see part of the A’s opening series vs Seattle.  Then a few days later I was off to spend a week in Chicago.  A lot of people have that one “dream” city that they would love to visit.  For most it’s some place like New York or Paris.  For me it was Chicago.  Three years ago I got to spend about a day and a half there and go to two Cubs games.  It wasn’t enough time.  So, when my friend and I saw that the A’s were going to Chicago for a series with the Sox, we booked our flights and hotel and hit the road.   It started off a little rough.  Not so much for me, I got there on time and with little hassle.  But my friend Geoff had to take a different flight and got stuck on the tarmac for three and a half hours.  This wouldn’t have been an issue except for the fact that we had tickets to see the Improvised Shakespeare show at i/O that night and because of the delay he was going to miss the show.  When I heard this I sprung into action and managed to get a hold of a former student of mine, Daniel, that lived in the city (and who is also a fan of improvisational comedy) and was able to finally meet a student of mine face to face.  The show was great and it also gave me a chance to meet a new favorite comedian of mine, Liz Thompson of How to Liz fame.  *swoons*  Liz is as adorable in real life as she is on youtube.  And as cool as it was to get to meet her, the real highlight was getting to meet Santa (her Mom).       We bummed around the city for a couple of days, over the weekend, doing the typical touristy type stuff and some non-typical touristy type stuff before the A’s series started on Monday.  We got lucky the first night, it was half price ticket night and we managed to score some pretty good seats next to the A’s dugout.  The really cool part is that Geoff used to live in San Diego and worked at an establishment that was frequented by some of the Padres players, including Kevin Kouzmanoff, the current A’s 3rd basemen.  As the pregame stuff on the field was winding down, Geoff managed to get Kouz’ attention and went into the “you probably don’t remember me but I used to work at…”. ...

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