So, for the chickadees, be forewarned: poker, golf and auto mechanical information to follow.
Poker? I didn't even kiss her!
• My old poker buddies are all getting together tonight after a golf tournament banquet to play our old style of play at a fancy hotel down in Tumon. Since the surge in Texas Hold 'Em -- thanks, ESPN! -- those are pretty much the only kind of poker games on island these days on any sort of a regular basis. Now don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Texas Hold 'Em, but I grew up playing a wide variety of poker games, with Hold 'Em only coming recently. The crew I'm meeting with tonight used to have a regular Thursday game, where it was dealer's choice on the game -- seven-card stud, five-card draw, padugi/season, fuck-you 21, boomtown and a bunch of other quaint games, many of them local staples at the back of fiestas for decades.
I'm sorry; I can't help loving you like I do.
We stopped playing regularly last year -- people always off island, some gave up the game entirely, etc. So tonight I get to go back to my poker roots and have some fun.
I wish you were mine ... even if it were only sometimes.
Golf ... not the Volkswagen kind
• It turns out I will get to play with my Japanese friend after all, along with a coworker and a former coworker; the four of us used to play together fairly often. We're going out to the nice course I mentioned several posts back -- LeoPalace -- and it's going to be at the godforsaken hour of 8:15 a.m., which means leaving the house by 7:15 a.m. to get there early enough for the starter's rules, which means waking up a little before 7 a.m.
The price I play for this game. LOL
I will take my camera along, as this course has some wonderful holes in the center of Guam's jungles, so there should be lots of cool photos to come.
You wanna talk about early?
• I have to be at a corporate conference call early in the a.m. ... at 1 a.m., our time, to be precise. Evidently, the best time for everyone else on the call is Friday at 11 a.m. EST ... tough for the West Coast folk, who will have to be there at 8 a.m. ... rougher for us here in Guam, who have to be there at 1 a.m. Saturday morning.
Which means I'll be lucky to be home by 2 or 2:30 a.m. ... on the day I have to wake up before 7 a.m. to go golf. Oh, how the gods love me. LOL
Getting my hands dirty
• So one of my employees was late today -- his battery in his truck died and he had to catch a ride in. This guy lives in the sticks and was working the 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. shift. His plan was to catch a cab to Kmart after work, then have the cab drive him to his home, then worry about the battery in the a.m.
Me being the nice guy that I am -- it helps that I've known this guy for years -- I offer to take him somewhere to get his battery during his dinner break, and then to drive him to his place so he could change out the battery. We do the first part and start to do the second and it turns out this guy lives beyond the sticks -- what the people in the sticks call the sticks.
What's funny is that it's not really all that far, as the crow flies. But we turn off the nearest main road onto a road that's not paved. And it's decent for the first half mile or so, then progressively gets more bumpy and hand-hewn looking, with gulleys and ruts and bumps galore. It's a mile and a half from the main road to the employee's house. He bought some land cheap and built himself something small while he works to build something bigger.
He was just going to have me let him drop the battery and then take him back to work. Then he was gonna walk all that -- probably 3.5 to 4.5 miles -- in the dark. LOL ... so I break out my little tool case, that has pretty much everything you need to fix almost everything. His battery cables are rusted, but I manage to get things loose enough so we can eventually get them free and the new battery attached. Whew!
This is the end, the only end my friend
OK ... off to poker, then from there to conference call, then from there to home and sleep, then wake up super early to go play 18 holes, then home to shower and change, then into the office for a few hours ... then LOTS of sleep.
Have good weekends, any of you who actually made it all the way down this far and didn't just skim. ;)