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Friday, January 21, 2005

GBA IN LOCKDOWN

Martial Law has been declared in the GBA. OK, not really.

Severe Weather Alert from the National Weather Service

...BRADFORD PA-BROOME NY-CHEMUNG NY-CHENANGO NY-CORTLAND NY-DELAWARE NY- NORTHERN WAYNE PA-OTSEGO NY-SCHUYLER NY-STEUBEN NY-SUSQUEHANNA PA- TIOGA NY-TOMPKINS NY-YATES NY- 304 PM EST FRI JAN 21 2005

... WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FROM 6 AM SATURDAY TO 6 AM EST SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BINGHAMTON NY HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR THE COMBINATION OF HEAVY SNOW... DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILLS AND BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

SNOW WILL SPREAD ACROSS CENTRAL NEW YORK AND NORTHERN PENNSYLVANIA SATURDAY MORNING, AND WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING. TOTAL STORM ACCUMULATIONS WILL RANGE FROM 6 TO 10 INCHES IN THE SOUTHERN FINGER LAKES AND CENTRAL SOUTHERN TIER... TO BETWEEN 8 AND 12 INCHES ACROSS THE SUSQUEHANNA REGION OF NEW YORK TO BETWEEN 10 AND 14 INCHES IN THE CATSKILLS. ACROSS BRADFORD AND SUSQUEHANNA COUNTIES IN PENNSYLVANIA EXPECT 8 TO 14 INCHES BY LATE SATURDAY NIGHT.

IN ADDITION TO THE SNOW... NORTHEAST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 10 TO 20 MPH SATURDAY NIGHT LEADING TO CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. TEMPERATURES WILL ALSO FALL TO BETWEEN ZERO AND 5 BELOW ZERO CREATING WIND CHILLS AS LOW AS 20 BELOW ZERO AT TIMES.

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT BECAUSE HEAVY SNOW... AND CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IS EXPECTED IN THE WARNING AREA. ROADS WILL BE SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY WITH POOR VISIBILITY. TRAVEL IS DISCOURAGED, UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL IN THE WARNING AREA SATURDAY OR SATURDAY NIGHT, USE EXTREME CAUTION

STAR WARS

I discovered this blog about a guy who is already in line for Episode III. (If you don't know what that is, leave now. When Episode I came out my friend Steve was the first in line in the GBA for tickets. If I remember correctly he waited 3 days. A bunch of my friends had just graduated the Sunday prior from University and we were on had just finished day 8 of a 12 day bender the night before and we went to go get in line at 6am for the first showing at 9am. The most surreal part about the whole thing was not even the geeks who got dressed up at charcters. It was play Star Wars Trivial Pursuit with Randall Terry and his kids who were just ahead of us in line.

MY GRANDPARENTS

My Grandpa Potter died when I was seven so I don't really have any memories of him. The only memory of him I have is of him sitting in his recliner smoking a cigarette. I believe that he was in his last 70's when he died. Ten years ago this past week my Grandpa Brewster died. I was much closer to him as I had spent a few summers when I was younger working on Uncle's dairy farm and I lived with my Grandmother and him right on the homestead. Grandpa's funeral was on a Friday, after the internment that day my parents drove down to Pennsylvania to see my Grandma Potter who lived about an our away from my Paternal grandparents. She had been ill recently and she died later that night. I was never really close to my Grandma Potter. I had actually been closer to her sister, my Great Aunt Wilma who treated me like the grandson she never had. My Aunt Wilma died a few years prior but she only had 2 Granddaughters. She had two sons, but one died in a farming accident when he was a teenager. My Grandma Potter on the other had 11 kids, my own mother being number 8. I don't even know how many cousins I have on that side of the family and the only time I have ever seen my mother's oldest brother was at my Grandmothers Funeral. My Grandma Brewster now is quite senile and does not remember anyone. It is quite sad.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

7 YEARS MIGHT BE TOO LONG

The beginning of March I would have lived in the GBA for 7 years. It is hard to believe that I have been out of the Army that long. Moving here was kind of a whim. The Captain was living down here attending BU and I really had no idea what I was going to do after I got I out. I had managed to get my Associates' while I was in the Army but I was 23 and a little bit older than your average collage student. The Captain was 27 or 28 when I moved it with him. I actually only lived with him for 2 months and his then girlfriend-now wife made it clear she did not like me and he moved in with her when the Semester was over and I got my own place. The strange thing now is that after those first few years my friends where all mates from school. When I graduated most of my friends moved on. That I know of there are only two that still live in the in area and I only see one every few months. The other is a chick and the last time I saw here was over a year ago we ran into each other at a gas station and made that annoying small talk with people that used to be close friends. The strange thing with her is that we might have dated if I was interested in that sore of thing when I was 23. She was probably my first friend in the GBA when I moved here and now I can't remember her name. This kicker is now; I don't even like the friends I have now. I cannot remember the last time I called one of my friends here to hang out. They either call me or just stop by. I think after 7 years I have had enough of the GBA. I am seriously contemplating a move back to Western New York; this really means that I am thinking about moving to Rochester or as I like to call it the 'GRA'. I would only be about an hour from Avoca and my friends that still live in the 'GAA' and I have plenty of friends that live in the GRA already. I think I am going to it after winter is over.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

BLOCKBUSTER ONLINE

I have been using Blockbuster Online for a month now and I have been very happy with it. I did do a free trial of Netflix but Blockbuster is cheaper and the envelopes to mail the movies back seal much better as the adhesive area is 3x bigger than the Netflix package. I find the Blockbuster site easier to navigate. So everything was going smooth. I got home from work, worked out for a half an hour and was going to watch the first Episode of Season 2. I was the right sleeve, but it was Vol. 2 of Season 2 and not Vol. 1. Season 1 ended with a cliffhanger and I can have resolved to watch all 7 seasons in order. It was quite easy to report on the website, but manyana I am suppose to get Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 in the mail. I just hope that Vol. 2 is Vol. 1. I recommend Blockbuster anyways over Netflix.

OLD MAN'S WAR

I finished Old Man's War last night. If you like the SF, I would suggest this book. I enjoyed it a lot. It reads really quickly for just over 300 pages. It does move slow at some places especially when the writer tries to explain how certain things work. I come from the George Lucas school of SF. Lucas says in the commentary for Episode IV that we did not want to explain anything to the viewer, that way it was easier to except that something was possible if you did not force them to think about it. That said I highly recommend it. The writer is also a blogger.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

IT'S COLD OUTSIDE

At this moment at 9:47 EST it is -1 in the GBA. Right next door is the Broome County Department of Records and the buildings are connected. Their fire alarm goes off and since it wired right into the police and fire stations, firemen and policeman show up. The fireman have us all leave the building for fifteen minutes so they can clear the us, the DoR, and the business on the other side. Did I mention that it is -1 outside.

Monday, January 17, 2005

POKER AT TURNING STONE

Saturday morning I drove up to Turning Stone Casino. It is about an hour and 1/2 drive from the GBA. I left the GBA around 8:00 in the morning as I had never been there before and was not sure of the exact time that it would take me to get there and I was relying on Yahoo Maps to get me there. I stopped for breakfast on the way up and got there about a little before 10. I had gone up to play in a poker tournament that started at 11:00. It was my first time in a Casino, but it was exactly what I expected. The only thing I was not used to is to see people smoking indoors. In New York you cannot smoke in any public building including bars and restaurants. This has been the law for almost two years now. It has been a long time since I had seen someone smoke indoors and I had gotten to use to not seeing people smoke that it was a strange thing to see. I wondered around for about 10 minutes and registered for the tournament. It was a $55 buy-in, a $10 registration fee and $2 poker room daily pass. The limit the tournament to 159 players and I think they were pretty close to that. So in the $8,000 dollar pot gets divided among the top 5 finishers with the eventual winner getting the largest share and so down to 5th place. Each table has 11 people at it, which is more than I am used too, but the game moves along rather quickly. I decide to make my first move about 5 hands in. I was dealt the king and jack of hearts. I rose to the ante up to 100 and I got 2 callers. The flop came down and it was all low hearts, so I flopped a flush. I was way ahead in probability to win the hand. The first person checked, I raised 500 and the guy after me went all in. The guy that had checked folded and I immediately called his all in. I knew that the only thing that could beat me is if the other guy had an ace of hearts and another heart. He flipped over the Ace and my heart sank. I had only been playing for 15 minutes and I was about to go out. He flipped his other card and it was off suit. I would win the hand as long as no heart came up on the turn and on the river. There was no such heart and I had double the chips that anyone else at my table had. The very next hand I was dealt a pair of kings. In this type of situation the best thing to do is lead with a big bet and just scare everyone off and take the chips out there for the antes. I did raise, but not enough and I got 3 callers. The flop was all low cards and I raised again and only left one other person in. This started to get me worried because at this point, the other guy could have paired both his cards with the flop. I checked the next hand not wanting to throw any chips away if I lost and the other guy checked as well. We both check the river as well. We flipped our cards and he had nothing. If this had been one of my friends I would have berated him for staying in on such a bad hand. At this point I am way ahead of anyone else at the table, but I could not get to cocky because there were 15 other tables in the room. I decided that I would play 'table boss'. This was a term that my 'clone' came up to describe a way of playing when you are way ahead in chips. The point is to bully people out of pots that you only have a nominal chance of winning. You only lose on the chance that someone out there has gotten a lucky 3 of a kind. I did not lose and by the time we took a 1/2-hour break for lunch at 1:00 there were four people gone from our table. I had successfully bluffed my way to a few pot wins. I did end up having to fold a few hands and lost a little money when the flop came up and a flush and a straight where possible and people bet into them. The afternoon wore down and I was still making more money. We took a 1/2-hour dinner break at 6 and we were down to 5 tables. I was dead tired because I had gotten up at 6:30 that morning to work out and playing poker for 7 hours at the rate we were playing was emotionally draining because of all the highs and lows. I think the longest time I had every played in a game before was 3 hours and it has always been with friends. This was a different environment. I came back from dinner and I my play was a little bad. I was betting totally wrong in certain situations, but I was also playing against better players since there was less that 50 of us left now. Another hour past, and we were now down to four tables. My last hand I was dealt ace, queen off suit. I called to stay in for the flop. Two 2's and a 7 came up on the flop. I am thinking there is nothing out there. The one person that was been at every table I had played at calls me. If I was not taking chips, he was taking chips. The river was nothing. I checked, and he bet low. I called. The river came up and it was another 7. This point I was thinking that no one in their right mind would stay in with a deuce or a 7 in there hand. I though my ace was good as the high card. If anything the other guy had a pocket pair and that would be me. I was bet pretty large into the pot and now had more in the pot than I had in front of me. The other guy went all in. I am thinking I am already pot committed. If I fold, I will be the short stack and it will just be a slow death after that. He has got to be bluffing. I called. He flipped over a queen and a two. Full House, deuces over sevens. I was beat. It was a bad beat to, so I could not get so upset about it. A bad beat is a poker term for when player wins a hand he has no business being in. He should have folded before the flop but he got lucky and milked me for all my chips. I was very happy for the way I played and I had gotten pretty far in the tournament. It is just money anyways and I had a lot of fun. It is definitely something I will do again.