April222014

I wish I wasn’t the kind of person who needed constant advice and guidance in life, but I’m thankful to receive it nonetheless.

Dreams

I remember a lot of them so I’ll try to be quick.  I was playing a card game with my mom and her side of the family, and I thought I was finally learning their oft-played Hand and Foot game.  But they ended up starting a weird and complicated game that I didn’t understand at all.  Then I was ordering burgers with my family, and the dream was mostly just waiting in line.  I had an extra water and asked whose it was and we straightened it out, but it was a weird thing to dream about.  Then someone put a French fry on a ketchup bottle as some sort of joke, and I called the guy out on it when he was laughing with his family. 

In another dream I was looking for treasure, and outside “my” house I dug up a little cache and found an old coin (which came from a metal detector commercial).  Later I was at school again and going around looking for an empty room to eat in, but there was more to that I think.  Lastly I was looking up in the sky and saw a big plane that I thought had a banner but there wasn’t one.  It was flying really low, and I noticed it was like an Air Force plane just above the buildings.  That came from an XKCD cartoon, but also from the big ships in Thor.  I had ice cream just before bed, and I’ve learned that ice cream that late leads to lots of dreams.

One Year Ago Today

This was the second day of Game 1s of the Playoffs so I watched all those all day.  I also played a little Diablo and then talked with Cheetara about girls and relationship pursuits and everything, and it was nice to get a female perspective on things. 

My Day

I woke up around 4 which left me with just enough time to casually get up and ready to go.  I drove to Syracuse to hang out with Jamey, which we haven’t done in a long time.  I listened to my three Airborne Toxic Event albums (and wore one shirt), and they were perfectly timed.  I listened to the first while getting ready, the second one was just long enough for the drive down, and the third took me back home.  I didn’t realize I was almost out of gas until the minute I got on the Thruway, but I had just enough to get there and back to the casino to fill up without having to really worry about running out of gas.  One thing I thought was funny was how I got in the car after seeing Jamey (and eating at Moe’s) and looked at the fuel gauge and it seemed higher than before.  Then I said, “Did someone give me gas?,” but I said it just as the food from Moe’s was catching up to me.  So I was dealing with gas in two ways.

Anyway, I met Jamey at his house and then we went to a driving range.  I’ve never been to one before, and I really had no clue how to hit golf balls like that.  He showed me a bit and that helped to get a general idea of how to do it because I had no idea.  It took a while but eventually I got the hang of it and could hit some fairly consistently about 100 yards.  I know everyone says golf is harder than it looks, but I had no idea how true that is.  I used a wood that I found in their scrub bin since I’m left-handed and don’t have my own. 

Then we went to Moe’s for dinner, and I’d love to eat there more often because it’s so good.  We ate back at his place and I told him all about the stuff going on in my life, and it feels good to talk about it with someone.  I’m the kind of person who has no problem opening up or describing almost everything about my life, and if you let me I can go on and on about anything.  Jamey and I have always been able to have long conversations about things, but I wish I could monopolize our time with good news for a change.  So after all that his wife Lauren came home and we all watched The Blacklist, which was the first time I’ve seen it when it aired and it was fun to watch with other people for a change.  I also loved seeing them as a couple because I love them both, although it’s hard to not wish I had what they have because it’s what I’ve always wanted.  I’m not saying I wish I was them or I had their life, but to be part of a cute couple is something I’ve always wanted.  Anyway, she gave me some advice too and it’s so beneficial to get advice from a girl who can give insights that I’d never be able to have.  Then at midnight I left and went back home.

I played a little Diablo as my gaming for the night, and I started Act V with my wizard.  It went from level 60 to 63 so I should get them all to level 70 fairly timely.  This is key to getting them all better gear and boost their damage and life since much better equipment drops now.  Then I watched the latest Parenthood which was good, but I called the surprise immediately and still couldn’t believe they actually did it.  I won’t mention it in case you haven’t seen it yet Andrew, but I called it from the second they showed her on the plane.  Now I’m going to bed around 6:30am before what will probably be a very weird night.  Thanks for reading, and “Rush things?  We’ve been kissing for like 20 minutes.  That’s like a week in God minutes.”

—Eric Del Medico

April212014

I finally watched Thor: The Dark World tonight (which was great). It took so long because I didn’t know if I had seen it already.

Dreams

I dreamt that I had a really big apartment like a loft, and it was full of stuff.  I lived with two other people I think, and I was showing someone around.  I noticed we had two refrigerators (which is actually pretty common in my dreams), and then I noticed we actually had a third fridge too.  I was trying to figure out how to utilize them effectively, like have one fridge for food we bought specifically for one of us and another for food that we can all share.  Obviously it’d make more sense for us to just each have our own fridge.  The weird thing was that each one was already full of crap we really didn’t use.  The best thing would be to just get rid of two of them because the apartment was full of stuff.  One of the refrigerators was actually blocking a pull-down ladder to an attic of sorts, which was filled with boxes and odds and ends.  It would have been a great apartment since it was so big, if it wasn’t so filled with junk.

One Year Ago Today

This was the start of the NBA Playoffs and the Knicks won their first game against the Celtics.  Then I went to work (after getting to watch the entire game thankfully), where it was as busy as possible.  As the tournament went down we added cash games, but it was an easy but long night.

My Day

I woke up at 1pm to turn on the first Playoff game, but I went right back to sleep and really didn’t catch any of it.  I finally got up later into the second game, and I caught the end of it before leaving for work.  I kept forgetting today was Easter because it didn’t feel like it to me, obviously because I haven’t been going to church or anything.  Usually I have dinner with my dad’s side of the family but he didn’t mention anything this year, and I could have gone to see my mom but after working until 4am I didn’t want to get up early and drive down there and back. 

Usually when I work on a holiday I’m astounded it’s as busy as it is because I figure everybody should be with their families, but I wasn’t with mine so I could understand others being there too.  It was pretty slow though with just seven games going and none to be added.  My first table was filled with unfamiliar faces which I then realized was mostly due to the holiday, and one player was really bad but I’m sure the other players appreciated it.  It ended up being a $15-down thanks to the redbird I got after the first hand, where a guy tripled-up.  I signed the EO because it was dead and I just haven’t wanted to work at all lately, but I can afford to not work for a while so I’m not worrying about it.  They let me go after that table so I worked just a half hour and went back home.  Part of the reason I wanted to leave so early was because I cut myself on the upper lip when shaving last night, and it wasn’t too bad last night but today it was bigger and redder.  I got self-conscious about it so I didn’t want to have to keep thinking about it all night.

When I got home I watched the rest of the other two Playoff games tonight while playing Diablo.  I finished Act I with my crusader (whom I named Christain because they said Christian was an inappropriate word), and it’s at level 24 I think.  It’s so strong and I haven’t even come close to dying yet.  Now that I finished Act I I’ll first play through Act V with one of my other characters first.  I finished around 1am since the last Playoff game went into overtime, and then played Second Son.  I got the third ability which is the biggest pain to get, so now I have to finish getting the rest of its powers so I can be awesome again. 

I then watched Thor: The Dark World finally.  The reason it took so long for me to see it is because at first I thought I saw it already, and it took almost an hour into the movie for me to be sure I haven’t seen it yet.  I guess I just saw so many trailers and clips that I felt I already saw it.  There were some scenes that made me think I was sure I’ve seen it already, and whole scenes that I couldn’t recall.  But now I know I’ve seen it, and it was a really enjoyable movie.  Spoiler alert: I love the character of Loki, and when they did their plan I was like, “Oh man, you told me he’s deceptive and yet you still surprised me.”  Then when he died I said I was sad that they killed him off since he was such a great character, and then they fooled me again by having him really be alive.  Then he tricked us again at the end, so I was just in heaven.  Anyway, now I’m going to bed at 7:30am thanks to more horrendous time management, but who really cares?  Thanks for reading, and “It’s as if they resent being in prison…There’s no pleasing some creatures.”

—Eric Del Medico

April202014

I’m so blessed to have a job that’s so easy and still so profitable even when I don’t feel like being there.

One Year Ago Today

This was the first time I’ve asked out a girl in person, rather than resorting to Facebook or an adolescent note.  It was a pretty big accomplishment in my life, even though she shot me down immediately.  The next step was to get a girl to actually go out with me, which I did accomplish almost a year later.  I don’t say this to mean I was just trying to achieve something or prove that I could do it.  With the first girl I thought I liked her but I didn’t really know her, but when I actually got to go out with a girl I got to learn all about her and I loved that.  But I won’t talk about this here anymore.

My Day

I woke up at 12:30 to watch the Playoffs, and I planned to basically just turn the TV on and stay in bed with my eyes closed and just listen to the game.  I had a lot of trouble getting the TV to the right channel, so that woke me up.  I put on my glasses but I was still too tired to really stay awake, so I remained in bed.  I really didn’t catch much of it because I kept falling asleep, and I even dreamt about the game and in my dream it was over already by the actual halftime.  I did overhear that the Nets ended up beating the Raptors narrowly so that was good.  I missed the beginning of the Clippers/Warriors game, but then I got up and showered and watched the end of it (the Warriors won in a dramatic finish).  I got to then watch the first half of the Pacers/Hawks game and play a little Diablo and Second Son before work.  I won’t talk about every basketball game, but I might as well say that the Hawks beat the Pacers so the first three games were upsets, and then the Thunder beat the Grizzlies as expected.

I started work at 9, and since I stayed in bed for a few more hours I wasn’t as exhausted as I would have been.  But I didn’t want to be there, so it was another night where I just wanted to do my time.  It wasn’t busy at all and actually seemed a tad slower than last night, where usually Saturdays are the busier night.  I really have nothing else to say about the night other than all my tables were mostly good and easy, although every table seemed to either have a drunk guy, a loud/talkative guy, or a new player.  It was still an easy night, and since it was slow I wasn’t worried about getting out on time.  I could have been out by 3am but they let the other two 9pm starts leave first (because of my lack of hours this week I’m sure), but at 4am the last grave dealer came in so I was out an hour early.  I made over $200 so it was a good night.

When I got home I finished Season 5 of King of Queens, and the last episode led me to another Seinfeld episode.  It was The Label Maker, which came from the King of Queens episode where they sleep in separate beds.  I thought of Elaine’s line to Tim Whatley: “Don’t you think there should be two beds?  There’s two of us.”  I knew what episode it was and that I hadn’t seen it yet, so I now have just ten episodes left.  However, I know I’ve thought of most of those episodes several times but just didn’t realize it at the time.  So I could always retroactively come up with reasons to watch them, but I’d prefer it to be natural.  Now I’m going to bed at 7:30am because I wasted time when I know I shouldn’t have.  Thanks for reading, and “The worst part is looking back and knowing that I was wrong.”

—Eric Del Medico

April192014

Lately I just have not wanted to be at work. I still enjoy my job and everything, but it’s nice not needing the money so immediately.

Dreams

I had one where I was basically playing Second Son in real life.  I was in Mohawk and going around shooting neon and smoke and it was fun, but the dream didn’t last long enough to be awesome.  Then similar to that I was able to climb really well, but I used that power to drop off a package.  I showed up to the processing center late or something, so I climbed up a very high concrete wall and dropped it off.  In my last dream I was at my gramma’s house and there were a lot of girls around.  I was randomly naked which is very common in my dreams, and I’m always in search or just out of reach of my clothes. 

One Year Ago Today

I had a terrible night’s sleep where the cats would not stop scurrying around and knocking things over.  Even when I closed my door I accidentally trapped one inside, so when my housemates let the cat out they eventually went back into my room to cause more trouble.  So I felt like I got no sleep that day which sucked.  On this day I got together my NBA Playoffs Big Board with TV schedules and the bracket.  This year I’m going to make a bracket but not do everything else since I’m bummed my Knicks aren’t in it.  I’ll still enjoy watching the playoffs though, and I’ll watch every game I can.

Thoughts

I had another Seinfeld episode finally, but it’s another one that was very coincidental.  I watched The Apartment, which came from talking with someone who’s looking for a new apartment.  That reminded me of when Jerry was looking at an apartment, but George also wanted it and Jerry wanted one of their apartments when they moved.  I’m sad to admit that that episode is actually The Robbery, and I confuse them all the time.  The Apartment is when Jerry gets Elaine an apartment in his building, but he decides he doesn’t want her living there.

Now the ironic thing is that there was something else in the episode that I did think of today, but I didn’t think to connect it to a new episode for me.  During the scene where they’re watching the marathon Jerry and George talk about how they’re idiots.  The line I said today was, “You have no idea what an idiot is…This is an idiot.”  That came from something I said today to someone (ironically the same person who is looking for an apartment), and I just sat in disbelief at how much of an idiot I am.  The follow-up to Jerry’s line was when George said, “Is that right?  I just threw away a lifetime of guilt-free sex, and floor seats for every sporting event in Madison Square Garden.  So please, a little respect.  For I am Costanza: Lord of the Idiots.”  That’s a great episode. 

My Day

I got up at 4pm and had just enough time to casually get ready for work.  It was a nice day out and I didn’t want to be at work, but there was more at play.  Because of that I couldn’t focus on work, and my mind was anywhere else.  But, that made my tables go well and my night fly by, because before I knew it my shift was half over (if I would work a full 8 hours).  I had table-break, then broke the tournament and went back to the first table, and only had two tables in a row between breaks.  I had four breaks tonight and when I came back at 12:30 my next table went down.  The boss made a comment about how I always sign the EO, so I told him I didn’t today but I was ready to leave if he wanted.  He was cool with that since the dealer who broke my next table could just continue and take my spot, so it’s always nice when I can help out other dealers while getting to go home early (when I want to). 

As I said in the title, I just haven’t wanted to stay at work on any night if I didn’t have to, partly for the things running through my head but also because I’ve made so much there lately and made so much from poker recently.  It’s nice not having an immediate incentive to stay at work, and I could afford to take off at least a full month if I wanted to (actually I could realistically take off like 6 months and still have a good chunk of my savings).  So I worked for 5.5 hours and made about $120, which for 6 downs is really good. 

When I got home I did some private blogging and then played Second Son.  I really wanted to play Diablo though, but I figure tomorrow would be better for that since I don’t work until 9 and I can also watch the Playoffs on my TV (whereas I’d need the TV for Second Son).  I finished with time to watch Community and Parks and Rec so I don’t have to avoid spoilers for days (Community keeps posting gifs on Tumblr that ruin good jokes).  Now I’m going to bed around 7am before what will be a tiring and probably long day and night.  Thanks for reading, and “I’d like to have a kid.  Course you’d have to have a date first.”

—Eric Del Medico

April182014

Today I got some stuff done, so it was a rare day where I played hard but also worked hard.

One Year Ago Today

I didn’t get much sleep before work but I was okay, and it was slow so we just left after an hour anyway.  I only worked on this night because someone switched with me, which meant I didn’t have to work the next day which was the final of our college tournament.  I happen to not have to work today which is the final again, so I guess I got lucky twice in a row. 

Thoughts

Usually I start to think through something in my head before deciding to write it down, but this time I’ll do it all as it comes to me.  I just thought of how people meet and how guys tend to be jerks and want to just sleep with a girl and let that be it.  For the first time I thought of this from the girl’s perspective.  I imagine a girl going to a bar or whatever to meet guys, but that invariably leads to a one-night stand even though it seemed like the guy really liked her.  That would be frustrating, and she could wonder why all guys are like that.  Of course they’re not all like that, but the kind of guys who would be looking for girls at a bar would be like that.  So what is she to do?  She can’t go to those types of places to look for guys because she’ll mostly just fine those sleazy types of guys.  Now consider me, who is a nice guy with absolutely no inclination toward fleeting one-night stands or mistreating women.  But how am I to meet a nice girl or her meet me if we don’t run into each other at one of those places?  And if I’m not the kind of guy who just walks up to girls I don’t know and starts to chat them up, how are we going to meet?  How is a girl to know that I’m one of the good ones?  How will I know that a girl I actually meet is one of the good ones?

My Day

I got up around 4pm, and part of me wanted to just stay in bed and immediately start playing Second Son.  But I showered and had breakfast, and unlike yesterday I wanted to get out of the house for a bit.  First I got my car washed since it got covered in salt from our one random snowy day, and then I went to New Hartford to do some shopping.  I went to Best Buy because I was in the mood to buy something which I felt would make me feel better.  I checked out the movies and finally bought the LOTR trilogy on Blu-ray, and I also got Inception on Blu-ray (although I have it on DVD) since it was just 8 bucks too.  That’s the kind of movie where Blu-ray is really beneficial I think so I’m cool with it.  I looked at the laptops to play around with Windows 8 and it did sort of help me figure out what I’m looking for.  I definitely don’t want a big screen one or one that’s too bulky, but as far as brands I have no idea.

Then I went to Wal Mart to get a few groceries, and I really wanted portable iPod speakers.  I’ve been thinking of getting some (a permanent and quality one) for years, but now I think I actually need it.  I’ve noticed that when I’m in the shower I can’t hear some songs well, and that’s a big part of my listening day.  So loud speakers should be great for when I’m showering and I won’t have to worry about it being too loud since I’m usually the only one home when I get up.  I finally bought a shelf for my movies, but I’m going to need a few more to store all of my movies.  The one I got was cheap and has just enough room for all the DVD and Blu-ray cases I currently have here, so hopefully I can buy more to stack on top of these to house the rest of mine.  If not I figure it’s at least good enough to hold all my Blu-rays since I’m running out of room in my binder of DVDs.  I also bought new shorts to wear at night and around the apartment, and it appears these won’t attract cat hair like my old ones which is why I needed them.  The last thing I got (actually one of the first things but who cares) was new light bulbs for our bathroom since three of the six went out, and that was some responsible apartment-renting behavior.  So improvements all around.

When I got home I finally started playing Second Son at like 8pm, and I just watched tons of King of Queens while I played.  For dinner I didn’t know what to do, and I’ve been wanting to get KFC for like a year but I’m never hungry when I’m actually over there.  I don’t want to buy it ahead of time and have it get cold, or have me eat too early and then get hungry again at like 2am.  I didn’t want to just eat my leftover Chinese, and the only real other thing I had to make was Chinese stuff.  I noticed that we now have a Papa John’s in New Hartford, so I decided to give them a shot.  But I couldn’t decide between that and Pizza Hut where I could get their pasta, and I ended up ordering pasta and a P’Zone from Pizza Hut.  But their delivery driver couldn’t go out again so I canceled it, and then went with Papa John’s after all.  It’s funny how that works out sometimes.  Their incentive was their chocolate chip cookie which I love, so I got that along with a small pizza and some chicken poppers (for my chicken fix).  I made sure not to eat all of it so now I have one or two leftover meals between that and the Chinese.

I finished the first half of Second Son, and then I started Diablo.  I wanted to play that for several hours too, but I just played for about two hours and called it a night.  While playing I watched Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, so that all worked out well.  Then I watched a couple shows on my DVR and last week’s Parenthood finally.  Just before getting ready for bed I checked the employment website for Commerce Casino like I do every few days, but recently I added Bicycle Casino to that too since they’re the two reputable casinos near Los Angeles.  The other day I noticed that the Bike had openings for tournament-only dealers as well as a floorperson, but I didn’t want to bother with either of those.  Then I saw openings for part-time/on-call poker dealers for $8 an hour (plus tips of course), and I was shocked.

 So I spent the next few hours reviewing my résumé, and I decided to finally type out all my employment and education history because I’m tired of trying to remember everything every time I apply for something.  That made filling the application out easier, and I wanted to get it done today so I didn’t let this opportunity slip by like I did with Bellagio a couple years ago.  I applied for the part-time one but also the tournament one since it’s gotta increase my chances of getting hired for something.   Obviously I don’t want to just dealer tournaments, but if I did get that I could at least be in and have a chance to get what I really want—which is the regular part-time position I applied for primarily—down the road. 

They just put up that listing Wednesday and will keep it up for another 10 days, but I have no idea how likely it is that I’ll even get an audition.  I’m not looking at this as finally my ticket out to California, but it does make me happy that I at least have a chance now.  I’m not getting my hopes up, and I won’t worry about actually thinking of all it would mean to get this job until they offer it to me.  Obviously it would be awesome to have a comparable job but in beautiful southern California, but I have a great job here where they need me so I don’t need this as a ticket out of hell or anything.  Now I can finally go to bed after 8:30am because the application still took a lot longer than I thought.  Thanks for reading, and “Should we all try to live inside a peach or is that weird?”

—Eric Del Medico

April172014

Every single day is a constant struggle to keep the problems of my life in perspective, but it is so hard sometimes.

One Year Ago Today

All I did was play poker for over 13 hours, and it was a roller coaster.  I took beat after beat to dwindle down, then get back to even, then back down again, and ultimately I lost just $20. 

Thoughts

I don’t think I need to explain the title but I’m in a contemplative mood right now so I will.  I’ll start by saying that lately I’ve been really having a hard time accepting my perpetual singleness, more so than I can remember in the last 8 years.  I get so angry and sad because all I’ve ever wanted since as long as I can remember is to find a girl to be with the rest of my life, and to have kids and start a family.  It’s the one thing I’ve always wanted, yet it’s the one thing that seems so impossible.  Some days I want to curse at God for giving me this intense desire with nothing more than infrequent shreds of hope that it might actually come true.  Meanwhile I see couples every day who managed to find someone that they care about and who cares about them in return.  That seems like a miracle to me and maybe it is, yet it seems to happen all the time. 

I could go on about this forever but my point is that it’s easy for me to wallow in self-pity about this, and think that my life is terrible because I can’t seem to have the only thing I want.  But through the pain of solitude there are moments when I remember how easy I have it in other ways, and how many hardships other people have to deal with which I know nothing about.  I have a loving family, a warm apartment, and enough money to live comfortably from my good job of which I enjoy most days and work less hours than most people.  Those things alone should be plenty to be thankful for.  There are also problems that I don’t have in my life, like trying to support a parent or a child on low wages, physical or financially-crippling addiction, or fear of danger.  One reason I don’t think I would ever commit suicide is because I always think about the blessings I have, and no matter how much I think my life sucks I always remember the ways in which I know it really doesn’t.  You could look at these timely revelations as rationalities of a logical mind, or divine understanding from God.  For me, I think it’s clearly from God since I don’t think I could deal with any of this on my own.

My Day

I woke up at noon to check my phone and see if I heard anything about going or not going to Foxwoods, but since there was nothing I assumed we weren’t going still.  I went back to sleep but just laid there for another hour, and then I got up.  I wasn’t sure how I was going to spend my day, but I called my dad and then just started playing Second Son.  I didn’t feel like leaving the house today although it was nice out, but I did go out to get Chinese food for dinner.  I played for about 3 hours and then watched the last Knicks game of the season.  It was an intense one since we got down by 21 but quickly came back and won a tight one.  We still aren’t in the playoffs but at least we finished as strong as we could.

After the game I watched the ESPN game while playing Diablo.  I tried beating Malthael (the expansion’s final boss) again, and I tweaked my strategy which was really all I needed.  Once I got him down below halfway he went to his second form or stage, and I was able to then beat him in that try.  So I’ve finished Act V and now I have to beat that act with my other characters.  I also started a crusader finally, and I got him to level 8 and stopped for the night.  I like starting a new character, and since it’s a new class I get to learn all new moves and understand how he fights.  What I’ll probably do is play him through an act and then play through Act V with one of my other characters, and then keep alternating like that.  I also cleaned out my stash so I freed up a lot of room for new weapons and equipment and got rid of the crap I didn’t need. 

I caught up on Jeopardy and Cosmos, and I really wanted to watch Swordfish.  Ever since starting it the other day I felt I needed to finish it, which is why I watched that instead of the other shows I’m behind on or my Netflix movie.  I really didn’t remember any of it, but it was an enjoyable movie.  I thought John Travolta was a really great bad guy, and the opening monologue was pretty intriguing (which is why I couldn’t play Diablo before when trying to watch it).  Now I’m going to bed after 7am, although I feel like just staying up.  There’s no reason to though since I was tired all day and have done everything already.  So tomorrow I’ll just do it all again.  Thanks for reading, and “Please just don’t play with me / My paper heart will bleed / This wait for destiny won’t do / Be with me please, I beseech you / Simple things that make you run away / Catch you if I can.”

—Eric Del Medico

April162014

I hate to comment on the terrible weather, but come on New York. This is just completely uncalled for.

One Year Ago Today

I wasn’t feeling well so that was a bad night’s sleep.  When I did finally get up I got a haircut after 6 weeks, after a combination of laziness and experimenting with growing it out.  I washed my bed sheets which I need to do more often, and my mom came over to visit.  We had pizza and wings and watched the Knicks game, and later I watched the movie That’s My Boy which was pretty funny.

My Day

So last night when I posted my blog I checked Twitter to make sure it linked, which I always do.  I noticed some tweets about the “blood moon,” where the moon looked red due to light from the sun refracted/reflected off the circumference of the sun (something like that).  I was upset, so I immediately put on a shirt and walked outside hoping it’d still be out there somewhere.  After I saw nothing I looked it up to figure out when it was or is.  I found out that in our area it was between 2-4:30am, and I was pissed because I was inside at the gym during that entire time.  I’m always awake at those hours, and I love looking up at the sky and staring at the moon and the stars.  So I was furious that I didn’t know about it and missed it.  I’d get tweets from NASA sent to my phone if I knew I’d only get updates for things like this, but I feel I should know about these things since I love it so much.  I heard that it was cloudy all night so we really didn’t get to see it anyway, but I didn’t even get to not see it. 

I slept in today because I was really sore, and I had just enough time to get ready for work.  I still didn’t know if I was going to Foxwoods tomorrow because Brian hasn’t been feeling well, so I’ve been waiting to hear from him whether he knows he’s too sick to go.  That’s what’s been hard because he probably didn’t want to count it out yet in case he felt better at the last minute, but for me I wanted to know so I could figure out what else I’m doing.  The immediate thing would be going to work early to sign the EO first so I could play poker tonight, but I waited to sign. 

On my way to work I was stuck behind a slow driver in a piece of crap green Kia Soul, which was bought from Fuccillo so I had no respect for that guy.  But behind me a car was right on my butt, and he followed me to the parking lot.  Even when I was going 60 in a 45 he was right on me, and I said that I admire his spunk.  Then when I got on the bus I found out that was Pete behind me so he was just messing with me so I thought that was funny.

I heard a lot of complaining from players about not catching their draws and how other players beat them on the river.  That’s normal, but in most cases today the player was so wrong.  First at $2-$4 a guy was complaining about having “all these outs” and not hitting, when in reality he had like 8 outs.  One time he said he just needed an Ace or a Queen, and I’m guessing he had AQ since those weren’t needed for a straight.  So that means he really had only 6 outs at most which is not a lot.  Later a player was chastising another player for calling with a bad hand and catching on the river.  But as the table pointed out to him, the guy had top pair on the flop and a double belly buster straight draw.  So he had a good hand already but still had 8 outs for a straight and something like 9 outs to make a better two pair.  It’s astounding how most players misunderstand the basics of this game.

So I waited until the first few dealers signed the EO, and then I was fourth to leave.  I also figured that since I have four days this week I shouldn’t be the first to leave, whether I go to Foxwoods tomorrow or not.  I worked an easy three hours and then was out, so I made almost $60 which I thought was good, but I dealt four games (which is good) but I felt I was making more than I did.  I grabbed some food before leaving and then got home by 11pm.  Brian was asleep so I still didn’t know what the plan is for Foxwoods, because even though I assume he’s still not feeling well he could feel better tomorrow.  It sucks for me because I don’t know if I should go to bed early in case we are going, and I can’t plan to do anything else until I know for sure.  I decided not to play poker tonight anyway because it was already late, and I’ve done so well lately that I can take this week off without feeling like I’m missing out like I usually would.

I watched the basketball game and then the first half of the Knicks game from earlier, where we beat the Nets again.  I played Diablo and I was close to getting to the boss, and I tried to beat him for about an hour but was having a lot of trouble.  The connection was lagging too so I decided to wait and try again later.  Then I watched SNL, Community, and Parks and Rec to get those off my Hulu queue.  Then I finished Season 4 of King of Queens, and now bed at 6am.  I could have tried to go to bed earlier, but I didn’t think I’d be able to fall asleep and figured I might as well stay up as usual since I doubt we’re going to Foxwoods now.  Thanks for reading, and “If I come over there, there’s gonna be two sounds:  Me hitting you…twice.”

—Eric Del Medico

April152014

I’m on a weird oldies/classic rock music kick. I’ve now bought best-of albums of Neil Diamond, Cream, Styx, and REO Speedwagon.

One Year Ago Today

I woke up earlyish to watch the Knicks game, but I wasn’t feeling well.  I went back to sleep for a couple hours and then went to work, where I signed the EO and got out after a couple hours. 

Thoughts

When I went to the bank today the teller asked me how the weather was outside, and I wondered if she asks every customer that.  It’s decent small talk and I understand that she’s cooped up inside, but I always hate answering that.  I try to be accurate but who really cares?  Like she asked if it was still really windy, and I didn’t remember lots of wind so I said no.  Then when I walked out I noticed it was very windy, so I felt bad for not being accurate.  Then I thought, “Come on, is she going to be mad that I didn’t give her an accurate weather assessment?  Is she gonna say, ‘Oh man, that guy said it wasn’t really windy.  It’s TOTALLY windy!”  After playing that in my head I thought it was pretty funny, and I could try to work it into a bit if I wanted to. 

My Day

I was able to get right up at 2pm so I could enjoy my day off, but it turned into a day of errands.  I had breakfast and started my laundry, and I thought about getting the oil changed in my car but they were busy last minute.  Then I went to the bank to deposit some money, and I quickly ran to the mall while my second load of laundry was going.  I finally switched to shorts today, but all the ones I have are way too big.  They just fall right off me without a belt, and that feels good but it meant I had to buy new ones.  So I found a section that had some good ones, so I bought four different kinds (colors) of size 32s, and they were still a tad loose but that’s okay.  When I came back home I put those new shorts into the wash and ran to get some groceries, but first I checked out the Kirkland Town Park to see what that was about.  They aren’t open yet so I just parked outside the gate and walked in a bit, and it seems like they have tons of open land and fields for every sport.  I hope to shoot some hoops there eventually so we’ll see what’s up with that later.

When I got back home I finished my laundry and then finally sat down to play some Second Son.  I played for a couple hours, and I cleared 3 of the 7 districts of the first half of the city.  I’m making good progress and it’s a lot of fun just killing everyone and destroying everything, although it gets tiresome hunting down civilians all the time.  It made me think that if you were a ruthless dictator like Hitler, you’d be better served not to kill all the people you hate, but let them live in your world knowing how much you hate them.  Because when I play the game during this run-thru, if I kill all the civilians then there aren’t any to tell me they hate me which fuels my bad side. 

Anyway, for dinner I went to Subway because I was really in the mood for a sub, and then I played Diablo.  I think I’m in the last area before the final boss, but I really don’t know.  I had a couple hours to play and I decided to watch a movie while playing, and I went with Swordfish.  I watched the first few minutes, but then I realized I wanted to pay attention to it since I don’t remember it at all and the Blu-ray picture quality looked great.  It looked like a movie I should just sit and watch again, but since I wanted to play Diablo more I decided to stop the movie and save it for another time.  Instead I just watched Whose Line which I had recorded, so I only half paid attention to that while I played. 

I finished an area in time to finally go to the gym, even though I still tried to talk myself out of it.  It’s been almost three weeks since I’ve gone, and although I can sort of keep up my biceps and triceps, I don’t like seeing my chest or back muscles losing definition.  So I’m glad I went of course and I feel so much better, and I lost a little weight so I’ve lost just under 42 pounds now.  I don’t ever want to give up going to the gym completely, but if I just go once a week and do my daily exercises too I should be in good shape (pun intended).  I worked out for three hours and started late, so now I’m going to bed at 7am.  Thanks for reading, “And I meant every word I said / When I said that I love you, I meant that I’ll love you forever.”

—Eric Del Medico

April142014

My whole life is and has been believing things (in the hopes that they’re true) to make myself feel better. Because the alternative is far too sad.

Dreams

I dreamt that I was telling my brother how I bought a best-of album by Cream which is his era of music, and he didn’t like how I bought a whole album just for the two songs I liked.  He meant that I should listen to all of the songs and not just the popular ones, but I felt it was better to listen to them all than to just buy the two I knew I liked.  This is from how I wanted to tell him I bought it since he’d appreciate it.

Then I was at home on Christmas, and I forgot to get anything for my mom.  I guess I didn’t realize it was Christmas already (because in real life it’s nowhere near), and then to make matters worse I remembered I forgot about her birthday which was around the same time.  So I had nothing to give her and already missed my chance to wish her a happy birthday first, so I was upset with myself.  This came from talking with my mom the other day, and from an episode of King of Queens I watched last night that took place during Christmas.

One Year Ago Today

I didn’t feel like being at work so I had a very blah night.  It was about as long and as bad as two days ago, but not every night can be a good one.

My Day

I got up shortly after 3pm, and I turned on the Thunder/Pacers game just to see where they were at.  But then I decided I wanted to watch the end of it, so before taking a shower I had breakfast and watched the last 15+ minutes of the game.  I decided the Thunder are going to be my playoffs team, so I’ll try to watch every game anyway but their games especially.  Then I showered and watched the rest of the last Knicks game, and then played Second Son for just an hour.  I’m at the second karma level, but it’s weird just going around and killing every person I see.  It actually almost carries over into real life because when I’m driving I think about crashing into other cars and running over pedestrians and whatnot.  I know that sounds horrible, but as long as I stop myself from doing it I’m okay.

I went to work at 8, and we were scheduled all different times between 1 and 9pm tonight.  We were doing drawings and high hands, but I only had that for the first two hours and then the room cleared out a lot.  We went from a peak (that I saw) of 21 tables to 12 in a little more than an hour.  I was at the table of the woman who won the last drawing, which was funny because she was away from the table at the time.  At first I thought she missed out, and since she previously got mad at me when she missed her blind and then took off I thought she’d cut my head off if she missed out on the money.  But when she came back I expected no goodwill or happiness coming in my direction, and I received none.  I don’t expect to get tipped from that though because it’s not related to a hand she got, but it was still “funny” how she was complaining and yelled at me before she left and still got rewarded for it.

I didn’t have long strings which was good because I wanted to eat and just wanted to do my time and get out.  I ended on a five-table run after three table-table-break runs before that.  That was the best though because I didn’t care at that point, and I was happy that it looked like I’d be out at 3 instead of 4.  I was trying to figure out how many tables we needed to be down to, and we just had enough for me to leave when grave came in.  But at my last table I pushed Brian a huge pot which was good, but then I screwed him out of another pot when I burned and turned.  I’ve only done that twice before I think, and the last one was like two years ago.  So it’s a rare thing for me but I felt bad, especially since the card that would have been the turn would have ensured Brian won that pot so he was upset with the money he could have won. 

Anyway, I worked for 7 hours and made over $250 which is fantastic, so this ended up being a great weekend after a bad start to it on Friday.  All three nights I thought about leaving early if I could, but it’s good that it worked out this way.  I made $65 in redbirds tonight so that was just more than what I made over the $200, so that was huge.  There were a lot of great tippers and the tables were generally good.  I got home after 3:30 and typed this up first, and I wanted to play a little Second Son again but this took longer than I thought.  Plus I bought more music (by Styx this time), and Swiss was laying on me for a bit.  But I did watch all of tonight’s Knicks game, even though we’re out of playoff contention now.  I’m going to bed at 7am, and I’d really like to get up early/on time tomorrow to enjoy my day off.  Thanks for reading, and “When the lights go down in the city / And the sun shines on the bay…”

—Eric Del Medico

April132014

Some days you just gotta belt out some Neil Diamond on your way home from work. “Sweet Caroline, ba ba ba…”

One Year Ago Today

First thing I did when I woke up was order tickets for The Airborne Toxic Event in Albany in June, so I was pumped to finally see them.  At work I remember the kid who was talking about how he’s folded Aces pre-flop a few times, and he kept trying to rationalize it when that’s never correct.  It amazes me how bad some players are, but the beauty of this game is that people always think they’re better than they really are.  One funny thing though was when a guy won a pot he tossed me a redbird and asked me to chop it, and then threw me another redbird as a tip.  I looked confused, and then he said, “I bluffed you.”  I loved that. 

My Day

I almost got up at 2pm but then said, “Dude, just sleep another hour like you want to.”  So I did, but I did get right up at 3pm this time.  I had some time to play Second Son again, and now I’m into the game where I can start running around and causing trouble.  I actually had trouble at first being bad, not just because I’m used to being good and not killing civilians.  But I can’t do drug busts and free prisoners, but I learned that instead I have to kill the drug dealers but leave the drugs, and blow up the cages where the prisoners are held rather than letting them out.  It’s weird though chasing down any random people I find and killing them, which I wouldn’t bother to do if it didn’t give me bad karma which I need.

Then I went to work, and it was a little busier than last night like almost every Saturday is compared to Fridays.  It was a strange night in that I seemed to alternate between tables that were really loud and not paying attention, and tables that were quiet and very nice.  I had three breaks but they were well-placed, so the night went by fairly quickly.  For the most part I had a great night, even with a few tables that were bad (like my last table).  I again told the boss I’d leave if it helped them out, and that would have saved me from a bad last table again. 

At one table a player asked me, “Are you the dealer who has the blog?…I guess that means yes.”  I told him he wasn’t the first player to ask me that, and another player asked how to find my blog.  The first player said he found it by Googling Turning Stone poker which is how my friend Jamey told me you can find me, and how the other players said they found me.  Whenever this happens I immediately think of the bad things I’ve said about players, and then I feel awful.  But for the most part, I love these players because that’s how I make my living.  It’s just the random players who are mean to us and the new players who are oblivious that give us dealers headaches. 

So I had my last table at 2am and hoped to get out afterward, but the dealer ahead of me left so my string continued.  Thankfully my table was short and they broke after my last hand, which I knew meant I could then leave.  So I worked just a down shy of a full shift, but I made well over $200 unlike last night.  I made about the same as last night in two less hours, so tonight was much better.  When I got home I typed this up and played a little more Second Son (I’m addicted to it), and now I’m going to bed at 6:30am.  Thanks for reading, and “Sweet Caroline / Good times never seemed so good / I’ve been inclined / To believe they never would.”

—Eric Del Medico

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