October, 2007

Global Warming Is Awesome

Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:48:58 am by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, Fun, General, Health

Who would have thought it would have topped 70 degrees three times in the last week, and if you hadn’t noticed it’s October. This stuff is sweet. Bring it on.

The warm weather in October is so freaking awesome that Wallstrip had a piece on what it will mean for the markets in the coming months. Pretty darn funny.

Hope you get a chance to get out there and enjoy it before the cold 50 degrees of January come knocking.

The Spruce Goose Is Big

Sun Oct 28, 2007 7:53:24 am by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, Fun, General, a little about life

Yesterday my parents and I headed down to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville to see one large plane, the Spruce Goose. This plane was built in the 40s and took off and landed in the water. Big deal you say? Well it is just a bit smaller than the Airbus A380 which means a plane the size of a small city was built and flown in the 40s to take off from water. Semi-impressive, maybe a bit more than semi.

The best part of the trip was not the plane though. You see, it was Star Wars – Let’s Dress up and Practice Our Fighting Skills in the Grass Outside the Museum Day (sorry no Wikipedia link for that one).

This trip had everything necessary for a good trip: humor and education.

$2M Richer

Wed Oct 24, 2007 6:19:57 am by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, Finance, Fun, General, a little about life

Last night I ventured over to Dublin Pub for a US Tournament Poker game. I found out they actually play every Tuesday and there are other games run by USTP all over. If I wanted to I could play every day. I also learned there are some people who take no money, no prize, friendly games of poker way too serious.

I was pretty nervous. I guess it is because it was my first non-home game play. There were two games and in the first I was out of chips decently early (maybe 25th of 40) and was forced to watch. The second game was similar but way different. I had a low amount of chips most of the game, having won a few small hands early but not getting much after that. I sat it out and did what the call in the business as playing it tight. This actually got me to the final table where I had three chips total. That amounted to 3000 while some others had > 25k. I continued to play tight and watched as people started to give up all their chips. The next thing I knew there were two others in the game plus me and I had tripled my chips. After a few good hands, I was then tied in chips with the other two. Now it was a game.

I ended up getting second. Since there is no real gambling, we could only play for points which could then qualify you for more chips at some quarterly event. That event could qualify you for money games. So they gave me this shiny poker chip saying ‘IOU $2M’. Ok not really, but I did get a chip. Hurrah me.

I was just reading where in Vancouver they play. I guess every Sunday afternoon they play at the bar across the street from my apartment. I might try it some time; I might not.

Welp off to work.

It Is National Save For Retirement Week

Tue Oct 23, 2007 6:03:45 am by Dustin
Filed under Finance, Fun, General, Household, Payroll

This week Oct 21-7 is National Save for Retirement Week. You only have four days left otherwise you will have to wait until next year to save again.

You Would Cry Too If It Happened To You

Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:12:10 pm by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, General, Health, a little about life

Last August I was hit by a car (or boat depending on who you ask) while I was riding my bike. Well it turns out, I am not the only person who thinks those who do not have their turn signals on should not turn. I say that because last Thursday it happened again. This time the story replaces the car/boat with a cement truck.

This post is dedicated to Tracey Sparling. I would also ask everybody to look for cyclist before turning right.