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Poker Thursday

I woke up so happy today. Maybe because I had time to linger. I love waking up before 7am. So, today, I woke up at 6:30 and just stayed in bed looking out our window at the trees until almost 7am. But, I also woke up pretty dern, yes, dern, happy that it's poker home game night tonight. The best night of the week.

My first thoughts about poker night are, I wonder what we're having for dinner. Our host Mark does a great job of ordering and it's always something different--which leaves me hanging every week! I get all excited thinking about our possibilities from past great meals, and then he surprises us with a new one. So much fun. And, fingers crossed, tonight we might have my friend Colin from Wicked Chops Poker make a cameo. He's terribly busy, so I just begged him to come by for Blackjack if he couldn't stay long. We've been wanting to meet eachother for months but the Vegas schedules have not alligned.

While poker is on the brain, I need to write a story about how I met John for an anthology of women poker players. Daunting task. Went totally blank yesterday. Maybe got one sentence in.

Also, I'm reading an advanced copy of Hunting Fish: A Cross-Country Search for America's Worst Poker Players, and it's so good. Jay is a great writer, and a friend I met last year at the Howard Lederer All In Camp, and then hung out with during the WSOP. I love the way he weaves in his personal issues and emotional involvement with his surroundings. It's a talent I don't think I've mastered yet, but he sets a good example for me to learn from. Plus, I'm hearing about all these casinos I've yet to try. Good stuff, and it comes out in August. In fact, I just might ask Oscar if I can review it for the SF Chronicle. I've never asked him if I could be a part of all that, but I will for this book.

Things I'm not eating (with occassional exceptions on poker night): ice cream, candy, full strength beer, and newly added: chips, grilled cheese sandwiches, cookies. In the past year I've gained 30lbs. I don't even recognize myself anymore. It's shocking. I'd like to lose half of that by the WSOP.

Current: Pasadena, CA
Next: Las Vegas, (5.23-5.24)


At 5/19/2006 07:53:00 AM, Blogger Jen Leo said...

John won the Blackjack tourney
I cashed for the little jerk prize in 3rd place, but lost another $5 to a last longer bet that I lost.

In poker, John got his aces cracked very early on and went out first. I hung in there to cash, again, for third place.

So, in puting all our winnings together, we both had a free night and John got an extra $10, to boot.

Bad news is that there is no poker next week. So, Susan, you will unfortunately not get to experience the funnest night of the week. We'll make our own fun at an excellent Thai restaurant.


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