notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Vegas Update

Well, the blogging thing hasn’t been going as planned - blogspot has been down for the past two days and so we haven’t been able to do any posting. Things seem to be up and running now, though, so here are the quick and dirty highlights before we head back down to the poker room:

• We’re both pretty much breaking even at this point. Our first night here, I won $40 in a limit cash game at Harrahs, and yesterday I placed 10th out of a field of 101 in my first tournament here at the Orleans, netting $115 over my $75 buy-in ($55 plus a $20 re-buy). I also picked up $20 in bounties, by knocking four other players out of the tournament. Less luck today: I played two tournaments - a $65 buy-in at Paris and a $55 buy-in at Ballys, finishing out of the money in both. Net total so far: up $55. In the Ballys tournament, I finished 5th out of about 40 players, but only the top 3 were in the money. Hopefully have time for at least one more tournament tonight and maybe some late-night and/or early-morning cash games before we leave.

• Jeff hasn’t been having good luck in the tournaments, but is doing very well in limit cash games. Today, he finished out of the money in the Bally’s tournament, but made his buy-in back, plus a little more, in a cash game afterward. I think he’s very close to even, too.

• Most disappointing so far, we failed to get Jeff into Ashlee Simpson’s 21st birthday party, hosted by MTV last night at Caesar’s Palace. We did get a picture of him with a sign of Ashlee, though, which we will be post at our first opportunity. BUT in other big celebrity news: I shared an elevator with the current drummer of REO Speedwagon, so that’s not nothing.

• Richard, our cabby on the way back from Ballys, recommended two whorehouses: Cheri’s Ranch and the Chicken Ranch. The girls are apparently less hot at the Chicken Ranch, which we somehow suspected before he even told us. He seemed very disappointed that we didn’t want him to take us to a strip club and told us that he could recommend one that offered free food to the clientele. Unfortunately, we had just eaten. He then showed us a catalogue of the prostitutes at Cheri’s Ranch - yes, he actually had a catalogue - and we perused that for a little while until it just got too uncomfortable. When we discussed the matter later, we discovered that Jeff had noticed a nipple in the catalogue, but I had not. When we got out of the cab, he gave me a card that says:

Taxi
FREE RIDE TO STRIP CLUBS
Richard (702) 265-1261

So you'll all want to jot that down for future reference.

Lots more to tell, but gambling time’s a’wastin’, so it’ll just have to wait.