Monday, July 24, 2006

My Weekend Presented as an American Express Commercial

Dinner at La Salsa: $18
Drinks before the show: $36
Tickets to Joe Rogan: $60

Still falling asleep at midnight on a Saturday night: Priceless

Jeremy and I went to see Joe Rogan on Saturday night at the West Palm Beach Improv located in CityPlace. CityPlace reminds me a lot of Easton in Columbus, or any other indoor/outdoor shopping, eating, entertainment venue I've ever been to, but it was nice to get out of Vero for the night!

Joe Rogan was hilarious, as was his opener, Joey Diaz. Joey Diaz has been seen in the The Longest Yard, and he was also the guy who defended Spidey on the train in Spiderman 2. Why I remember him from there, I don't know, but I do. Joe Rogan is the host of Fear Factor as well as the Man Show, and unless you live under a rock, I'm sure you've heard of him.

Anyhow, I highly recommend seeing either of them if you get the chance. We had a great time!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

A New Poker League?

Since the downfall of our Poker League last Thursday, Jeremy and I have spent a lot of time staring at the boring beige walls of our house. So, last night, we decided to give another local league a try. This time around, it was hosted in downtown Ft Pierce, which is only a hop skip and a jump from Vero Beach, and it happened to be at the restaurant next door to where I work (Governors Grill). Although the group was small, we brought the party including Dustin (whose claim to fame is the "praying" picture in the newspaper from March) and John aka Big Sexy. I got bad cards, and ended the night early after a good play. I held a Jack 9 suited and the flop came out 8 9 J. Someone raised ahead of me, so I went all in with my top two pair, flush draw, straight draw, etc. I was trying to force out the people on a draw, but unfortunately, the raiser had flopped his straight, so he called. Obviously. Oh well, it was a good move on my part.

Anyways, if you are local, and missing the Poker games, check out the Young Guns Action Poker Tour . Tell them that Jamie sent you, so I can get my extra free chips dammit.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Big Bad Wolf Spider

Last night when I picked up Emily from daycare, this is what I found under the car door handle. EW!

Fine Then Be That Way

If Kristen can't be bothered and Audient isn't in the mood, than neither am I!

Hey! I figured out how to "name" my links!!!

Monday, July 17, 2006

A Weekend with no Poker

Since the Poker bust on Thursday night, Jeremy and I were a little confused about how our weekend would go. We were affected in three ways. Jeremy didn't have to work Saturday night, which meant no extra spending money and we usually flip a coin over who plays the early/late game on Sunday...and, well...there was none. So, instead we spent a nice, boring weekend as a family. A little grocery shopping, a little nail painting, some Home Depot stuff, a dinner out, and that was about it.

We went to the beach on Sunday morning, but since we live so close to one now, it's not really that big of a deal. Do the people that grew up here (or near another beach) realize how lucky they are? Some people plan for months or even years to take their families on a beach vacation, and we get to decide after breakfast to toss on some suimsuits, grab the bucket of toys and a towel and head out. Fifteen minutes later, our toes are in the Atlantic Ocean... We took Annie Doo Doo this time, and it was her first visit to the actual "ocean". She's been to the river side of the Cove many times, and she has a blast with the big waves and chasing her ball up and down the beach. It was pretty deserted so we let her be off the leash for over an hour. She did well until it was time to walk back to the car and she took off after some fisherman. Luckily, they saw her coming and were careful. Dumb dog.

I have some new pics of Emily's birthday party to post. Maybe I'll get to them tonight.

Friday, July 14, 2006

I'm Glad I Didn't Get Involved...

Here is an article in today's paper about a "big" gambling bust. It involved several of the people that Jeremy and I play with on a regular basis - but unlike us, they weren't smart enough to realize that 1.) gambling is illegal 2.) drugs are illegal 3.) inviting the cops to your illegal games isn't bright

Jeremy and I only play in the "free" games, this occurred later at night during a "cash" game

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A gamble to play poker for money instead of points didn't pay out for several card sharks Thursday night when investigators raided a local bar, officials allege. Nearly a dozen players sitting near the back of Hillbilly Hideaway in Vero Beach had to fold early when four undercover investigators surrounded their table about 11:30 p.m.

"Everybody, get your hands up where I can see them," yelled one officer as others in plain clothes stormed the bar at 122 U.S. 1. Following a verbal announcement of the gambling investigation, deputies surrounded the bar, locked the doors and monitored everyone inside. Even those not playing poker — including the staff — were checked before being allowed to leave.

Detectives from the county's Multi-Agency Criminal Enforcement unit arrested nine people and charged them with misdemeanor gambling. Two of them also were charged with felonies including running a gambling operation and possessing cocaine. Their names were not released Thursday night, and all declined to comment. The One Stop Poker Tour, hired by the bar as entertainment, offers a free poker tournament every Thursday night at Hillbilly Hideaway. The company also hosts games on other nights in various venues from Melbourne to Palm Beach and is in its second season, according to its Web site,

The Web site claimed the games were legal because no money was exchanged and no prizes were awarded. The poker games are free, and winners have a chance to win a seat at a World Poker Tour in Las Vegas, the Web site stated. Detective Sgt. Darin Jones agreed the free poker games were legal. But it only took a few people to ruin the fun for everyone after the free games were finished, he said.

"We try to investigate every complaint of illegal gambling we get," Jones said, adding he got invited to play in the cash game during the initial stages of the undercover investigation. "If we get a complaint that turns out to be legit, we will enforce the law. We want everyone to know this."

Acting on tips from other companies that run legitimate poker tournaments, MACE detectives launched their investigation about four months ago into Hillbilly Hideaway.
Undercover investigators played in the free games for several months, and some were later asked to play in the "invite only" games for money, according to Jones. They even got tips from state gaming officials about how to play poker and what cheats to look for from dealers.
The cash games were played in the same area as the free ones. However, the chips were different to signify money instead of points, Jones said. The average cost to buy into a game was about $40 with the top winners receiving up to several hundreds of dollars.
"We found the chips for the free games stored in the back. The chips they used for the money definitely were different," he said.

The house kept 10 percent, so if the buy-in was $100 each player would receive $90 to gamble during the games, Jones alleged. Detectives were busy throughout Thursday night and early Friday morning sorting through the cash.

The state Department of Business and Professional Regulation also was in on the investigation. Officers from the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco assessed the business during the raid and were determining if the bar was up to code.

As of Friday morning, officers continued their investigation.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

I needed a good laugh

And I found it!

The first entry is funny, but please don't miss the one about the head and the gastric bypass!

Friday, July 07, 2006

This Day in History

Today is July 7th, otherwise known as Emily's birthday! My baby girl is two years old. Happy Birthday Emily!