Saturday, July 08, 2006

precipitous precipation, perchance?

We're smack in the middle of an extended monsoon trough. Translation = shitloads of rain and all-around ugly weather.

That likely means no golf for me this weekend, though I'm hoping that it'll clear up a bit by the early part of the week, when I have a few days mostly off and hope to get out on the course.

Hope your Saturday isn't as gloomily ugly as mine ...

the remains of the day ...

OK ... sorry to be posting so late. I decided at the last minute to head to a poker game in Barrigada. I started off not so good, losing first $80, then $60. I was gonna stop there but decided to buy in for another $60. I went up and down, up and down and got to the point where I only had $35 left. Luckily I was able to triple that on one hand and played smart the rest of the way, gradually gaining my money back.

Even more luckily, I read a very "loose" (read: crazy and unpredictable) player correctly -- I had pocket 10's (a pair of 10's in the hole) and bet $20. He raised it to $65 and I reluctantly called. The flop (first three community cards turned over) were 8 of hearts, five of hearts and a 4 of spades, I think; not too sure about that last card. He went all-in with his last $50. If I called, I would only have about $60 left. I figured "fuck it" since I had the board beat and because he often tries to bluff at pots and called him. I showed my 10's and he turned over a 7 and 2 of hearts, which meant he just needed any other heart to make a flush and beat me. Yikes. The turn (fourth community card up) was a 9 of clubs, which also meant that if the last card was a 6, he would make a straight and beat me. River (last community card up) was an ace, which meant I took down the pot. I ended up leaving up $50 for the night. :)

Got home after 1 a.m. and still had some writing to do, and got most of it done. Tomorrow morning means a bunch of editing that I had meant to do last night, but overall it was worth it.

Oh, and lunch was good; it was nice catching up a bit with T, and I had a pretty tasty meal to boot.
That's T on the left, and Ri on the right. I have a pic of me and T, but I took it with the camera out at arm's length and the angle of the shot and my head made me look like super bloated fathead guy who's either drunk or stoned, so I will spare myself of the ignominy of publishing it online.

She'll be around for a few weeks, so there will be many more chances to take some pics that feature me in a much better light ... or so one can hope. Heh.

Friday, July 07, 2006

lunch with an old friend ...

A friend of mine — who shall be referred to as T (not the busty California "T" who is EN's Vegas girlfriend) — who left island a while ago is back on island for a little bit this summer. She just got in late Wednesday night and I got to talk to her for a little bit on the phone yesterday.

A little later today ... in about 10 hours, actually ... I'm having lunch with her and a couple of other folks.

Will be good to catch up with her and enjoy a nice, leisurely meal at a decent restaurant (I've been eating at home a lot for lunch, thanks to L leaving island a few months ago and removing herself as one of my few lunch buddies ... thanks a lot!) for a change. I'll try to remember to take some pictures and share them later on.

For the toiling I've done the past several weeks, I'm being rewarded with a little down time early next week, which will be more than welcome. I plan on doing a lot of sleeping in late, though that might be broken up by a day or two of golf.

Oh ... and just because this post was a lot more upbeat than most of my other ones of late doesn't mean I'm completely de-funked, or even on the climb out of the wallowing funk I've been immersed in for a while.

It's rainy and gloomy and (relatively) chilly, has been for a couple of days and will continue to be so ... welcome to storm season 2006.

And I still need to get off my procrastinating ass and make an appointment with my doctor to address a lingering issue that I've put off for too long. Fucking bleah™. I hate going to the doctor.


See? Told ya!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Two Out of Three Ain't Bad ...

and she kept on tellin' me ...
she kept on tellin' me ...
she kept on tellin' me ...

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

less is less ...

Last week, I did some minor, a one major, revision to my blog ... well, blogs.

So far, a whole three people noticed the major revision.

Well, deletion.

See it yet?

Or don't see what you used to see yet?


Need a hint?

Check under "DZER's other blog."




I used to have three blogs.

I now have two blogs: this one, and DZER's Guam Pics.

What's gone: DZEROTICA.








"But why?" you may ask. Well, three of you did, at least. The rest of you just may not give a rat's ass. LOL

• Reason 1: Nobody's really been reading it. An unread blog is a pointless blog, no?

• Reason 2: I really haven't been much in the mood to keep it regularly updated with new material. Which probably was a big contribution to why no one was reading it, as the talented Tess pointed out. And I'm sure that's true; who goes to a blog to read the same old stuff over and over again? Exactly — no one.

And no, the infamous "DZER funk" can't be blamed; I haven't really had any inspiration to write new stuff lately; my last post there had been sometime last month. I tried to update it daily, but just didn't have it in me to keep it up. Wait; bad phrase. I don't have any problem keeping IT up ... heh ... not that I've had any reason to of late ... hell, "of late" is more than a euphemism, it's an outright outrageous overstatement!

It's difficult enough to be creative with any kind of writing, but for erotica you need an active and detailed imagination and, at least for me, a regular dose of inspiration to fire that imagination. Without that spark, there is no flame. With no flame, there's no heat. And what's the point of erotica sans heat? There's been nothing and no one to fuel that part of my brain for a while, and with my near hermetic, boring, static, purposeless, phlegmatic and ennui-filled joke of a life, there haven't been any recent experiences to serve that particular demon either.

This doesn't mean that I've given up writing erotica completely. I'm sure at some point down the road I'll be inspired by something or someone and will be able to channel that into prose erotica. If and when that does happen, I'm sure some of my blogger friends whose blogs are primarily erotic/sexual will happily host a post from me, now and then. If not, I might just put them up here. Or I might just write them and not post them.

So if you have a link to DZEROTICA, you're probably going to want to delete it from your sidebar.

Because it's not coming back.

Oh ... and happy early Half-Nekkid Thursday from Guam ...

a grumpy DZER in profile ...

To find out more about
Half-Nekkid Thursday,
check out the link, baby:

Oh ... and details of the Fourth of July golf outing below. A couple of new flower pics over at DZER's Guam Pics.

golf on the fourth of July ...

The course after it cleared up after noon ...

Steve and the boys picked me up a little after 8 a.m. We were going to play a different course this time, one that’s more challenging than Nimitz, the Guam International Country Club in Dededo. There’s a lot more water and, for the most part, tighter fairways and a lot of bi-level greens, which means tougher putts.

We get there and find out that because of the early morning rain, and golfers who didn’t want to go out in the rain, that there’s a long back up on the starting tees. We start on the south side and have to wait for four groups to tee off before us, and the middle two are both slow and sucky golfers. We end up teeing off about a half hour late. That delay was indicative of the rest of the day -- at Nimitz, we usually finish in about 4 to 4-1/2 hours, even with a half hour lunch break. It took us a good 5-1/2 hours to finish 18 yesterday, and that’s with no break for lunch (we stopped off and had pizza on the way home).

It was still a little drizzly, but we only had one brief spurt of any kind of sustained rain, and that only lasted about 8 minutes, and it was while we were waiting to tee off on a hole, so although it looked dreary for most of the day, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

Steve had a great front nine, with several pars. It took me longer to get my game together; I didn’t have a par until the 8th hole. But on the back nine, I really had things going for the first several holes. After five holes, I was only two over par. I was driving it good and in the fairway, and I was really sticking my short irons from 130 yards and in, which I’ve been having problems with of late. If the guy before me on the sand trap on the third hole had raked the bunker, I would have been able to save par there, that asshole. Missed sinking a 15-foot left-to-right breaking putt by less than an inch on the next hole, a long par-5 that I reached in regulation. *sigh*

My game came apart two holes later, on the next par-5. After two shots, I was just 75 yards from the green, looking to be on in regulation and putting for birdie again. But I skulled the shot, which went over the green, and it took me another three shots to get on the green. You know it’s a bad hole when you hit driver, 3-wood, pitching wedge, pitching wedge, pitching wedge, pitching wedge and then two putt. Yep, triple bogey after being 75 yards away after two shots. The golf gods were laughing long and hard.

Got things together on the next hole with a long drive, but on the backswing of my second shot, my cell phone rang and I pulled my shot into the boonies. Turned out it was someone who had no business calling me on a matter that had nothing to do with me on my day off. Thanks for costing me two more strokes.

Got par on the next hole, a tough par-3 over water, but then hit two balls into two different bodies of water on the 18th hole to finish with another triple bogey.

Still, I managed to break 100, shooting 97, but I really should have been in the low 90s. Part of it, I think, was having to wait so long between shots because of the slow play -- it’s really hard to get into rhythm that way -- but mainly there were a few mental errors, and that damned call, that led to extra strokes. Bleah.

All in all though, it’s hard to beat time spent on the course with a good friend and my godsons.

After I got home, I took a shower, lazed about a little bit, then popped into work for an hour or so.

My mistake was going to the supermarket afterward; ran into three poker buddies on the way to a game and ended up going there instead of home. My luck on the table continued and I lost my ass … but what the hell; I get paid on Friday.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

off for golf with the godsons ...

... will be back later with an update and pictures ...

... if it stops raining *sigh*

Happy Birthday, USA

Guam ... where America's Independence Day celebrations begin ...

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. —Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain [George III] is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

hope your weekend ...

... was better than mine.

Saturday: Working, and working late.

Sunday: Working, and working late.

I'm hoping Monday will be an easy, early day.

On Tuesday, I will be off and playing golf with the godsons.

Too bad that's so far away at this moment. *sigh*

Oh ... and I'm sure that, someday, I'll be back to my blogging, blustery and boistrous self.

Well, not 100-percent sure ... but somewhat.