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not a bad Friday the 13th - Alierak
January 14th, 2006
12:31 pm


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not a bad Friday the 13th
Let's see, I got stuck on one of the newer green line B trains for a while because the doors wouldn't shut / sensors failed to detect manual closing of the doors / train wouldn't move when it thought doors were open / driver had to reboot the train a couple times. After she was done yelling at her boss on the radio, at least, we got to blow through half the stops, but yesterday morning's bank errand ended up taking a total of about three hours. Meanwhile I forgot to call yakshaver and tell him I'd be late or get him to rescue me from the evil train.

Cow-orkers (ok, siderea) decided to deploy the new corporate website because "everything's been going so well today!", so I said to keep it away from me. They didn't; I pointed out that the deployment was going to break a bunch of unrelated sites. But hey, free champagne.

Later yakshaver and I went over to his place for hamburgers, and for the first time I got to play actual poker with real chips and cards against human opponents (incl. his housemate Dan who was a fellow Random back at MIT). Turns out I don't suck very much. We didn't play for money, just heaps of poker chips so it was all in good fun. I hadn't played with rebuys before (after you get knocked out, you grab a new stack of chips from the bank), and that made it harder to dominate the table. A player with a dwindling chip stack gets knocked out, and suddenly they've got significant leverage again. But I think I kept the lead the whole time.

I think if I'm going to play much real-world poker, I've got to learn to control my heart rate. On the first hand dealt, I ended up with a full house and was sure I'd give it away with the adrenaline rush.

Woot. It's raining out, and we're about to try to go see the Star Wars exhibit at the museum of science. Tomorrow it'll be colder and snowy, and maybe I'll want to do some outdoor tourism involving the freedom trail.

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Date:January 14th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
I hear yah on the heart rate thing. When I visited my parents, we had a few family games involving me, my sister, my parents, and my brother in law. I ended up with four of a kind twice that week, both times involving me holding a pocket pair. The first time, I flopped it (!), the second time it came on the river. It's really hard to know how to extract chips from your opponent without giving yourself away in such a case.
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Date:January 14th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
Don't forget to take pictures of anything cool you see. :)
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Date:January 14th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
you mean like these?

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Date:January 14th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
You are so not going to Boston without me any more.

Patriots are on CBS at 8pm your time. Call me after the game.
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Date:January 15th, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
The first hand was, IIRC, the one where I tried table-talking at you to get some kind of tell and you made like a gargoyle. I've heard there are people who can tell a person's pulse by watching their neck, so you may want to invest in some turtlenecks (which will go well with the mandatory sunglasses anyway) if you decide to play in live games. Other than that I wouldn't worry.

And yes, you were in the lead from the first hand throughout the game.
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