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Kalei Awana
April 2009
Fri, Apr. 3rd, 2009 11:06 pm

After all these years :0) :


Fri, Jul. 4th, 2008 07:38 pm

Cake or pie? Heated or cold? À la mode or plain?
Pie - heated - ALAMODE.  DUH.  Well, I guess there are a lot of cake people out there, but you can't beat a good pie.

Hmm, where was that Marie Callendar's again?

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Sun, Jun. 22nd, 2008 08:35 pm


Ok, enough of that. I will say it's been over a week of triple digit temps. For those of you new to the latest developments in my life, I'm in Las Vegas. My wife is dealing in the World Series of Poker and I'm dealing in a smaller tournament at the Golden Nugget. It's a fun place, and I knew it was going to be hot, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. And I DON'T.

Ok, definitely enough of that.

Thank goodness for A/C. Oh who am I kidding I have more to say about this volcanic wasteland - er, I mean this thriving metropolis.

It's so hot I don't even want my laptop in my lap. As a matter of fact, I am starting to worry about it, even tho I have a small fan blowing air underneath it. I want one of those cool little cooling platforms, or whatever they call them. If I get one with a strong enough fan, maybe it'll cool off my lap AND my laptop... hehe.

I took Jake to the dog park for the second time since Mel ... you know. He had fun but he got a little testy. He liked getting soaked down tho. He used to hate it but now I think he's figured out that it's not quite so hot when you're wet. I actually had a little brain (storm?) and grabbed a bottle of pet shampoo from the 99 cent store and gave him a little bit of a bath. He was definitely due. Of course the first thing he does after getting wet is roll in the grass, but at least he was a little cleaner than he's been. I'm looking forward to snuggling up to him when it cools off - at 2 or 3 am. *sigh*


Sat, Jun. 21st, 2008 12:58 pm

I have a lot of catching up to do, but for now I just wanted to say goodbye to one of my best friends. Melvin had to be put down on Monday. The vet said he was bleeding internally from a tumor that was most likely malignant, somewhere near his spleen. If I hadn't euthanized him, he probably would have died within a few days. He had been having trouble walking and going to the bathroom. Up until a few days before that, he had seemed very healthy for an 11 year old, and I'm thankful for that.

I found a wonderful cremation service run by a gentleman named Alan who was very thoughtful and sincere in his sympathy. His service was also a lot less than what the vet quoted me for a private cremation, and I feel I got a lot better closure, because I took Melvin over there myself. I picked his ashes up this morning, along with a cast of his paw and a couple locks of his hair in a nice frame.

I want to write a lot more about him, but I'm tearing up again and I just want to wait a little longer.

I love you boy, and I hope to see you on the Rainbow Bridge someday.


Wed, Jul. 5th, 2006 11:53 pm

As opposed to the popular song... I slept like a comatose rock last night, got over 10 hours. That's pretty unusual for me. I lazed around most of the afternoon, then took Sue to work.

We went to the video store before I took her to work, and Sue actually said she wanted a video game. She's off 3 days this week, so she asked me to rent Stacked, the new poker video game with Daniel Negreanu. I think rentals are a ripoff, especially if you're renting a game that you're gonna like (we both love poker, so... DUH!), so I just bought it. I'm watching Sue play it right now, actually. She's doing pretty well so far.

After I took her to work, the boys and I went to the dog park for an hour. Boy did they have fun. Lots of playing, barking, critter chasing, and splashing around in every puddle they could find. I love taking them there because it's guaranteed that I'll have a peaceful night when we get home. They're both very tired right now.


Thu, Jun. 29th, 2006 05:35 am

Wow, never thought I'd see those words associated with a job of mine - heh. The mayor of Reno is part owner of The Alamo, so his house was where Sue and I found ourselves yesterday afternoon. It was a very nice house, and lots of food and drinks were provided. We also played Bingo and a "party" version of Texas Hold'Em, which was pretty funny. The last hand ended up being a 3-way split - all 3 winners had FOUR KINGS. That just doesn't happen in regular poker, for obvious reasons. There were so many people playing that I guess they had to use 2 decks of cards, which made for some wacky combinations.

Anyway, I had some steak, chicken, and a burger, played Bingo, laughed at my cards, which sucked - typical for me, I haven't had much luck playing cards the past few months, and caught some sun. I even got on this huge water slide that they had rented - some of my coworkers got a kick out of that. It was fun, but the climb was kind of strenuous, and I almost crushed a couple of kids below me before they pointed out a better way to climb the slide - yikes! I had to draw the line at getting in the Squarebob Spongepants jumping... thingy - what the heck are those things called anyway? Bouncers?

After the picnic, I was in the mood for ice cream, so Sue and I found a Marble Slab creamery - YUM! I had double dark chocolate with cookie dough, Sue got butter pecan with whoppers.

Then, to make a good day even better, I did a little shopping at GameStop. I bought a couple Xbox games, and a cheap pool game for my PS2.


Tue, Jun. 20th, 2006 10:22 am

Man, Lauren Bacall was BEAUTIFUL in The Big Sleep. I want to rent it because I don't have the energy to watch such a great classic right now. Besides, it seems like it deserves my undivided attention, and I'm too busy surfing to just watch a movie.

Oh, and it's WAY past my bedtime, too.


Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2006 03:19 am

Smooth jazz and Pride fighting on TV, interesting mix. Nothing like watching men beat the crap out of each other while grooving to the smooth sounds of Dave Koz and the like. The rhythms are definitely a little different tho.

I had a slight case of the Monday blues today... today was my Monday. That's kind of sad, everyone else in the world is getting ready for the weekend, and I'm going to work having to deal with obnoxious truckers and/or drunks... *sigh* oh well, the paths we choose.

A couple of people apparently complained about my attitude at the poker table tonight... crap. I can't help it, when I push a guy $250+ in the form of AT LEAST 8 huge poker pots, I get a tad irritable when he gives me nothing but a shit-eating grin... and then he has the nerve to F-ING SHAKE MY HAND ("thanks man!") when he's done playing. Good lord. People are so damned clueless sometimes. Absolutely nothing I can do about it either. Yup, I need to adjust my attitude, SMILE, and take their shit like a good little dealer. GRRRRR.

Anyway, before that fiasco, I had a nice weekend. I caught the cleaning bug, and I spent about 3 hours vacuuming every inch of our living room and picking up a whole lot too. I didn't get all the dog hair, but I know there's a lot less of it, for now. I haven't mentioned it, but ShopVacs are the shit. I had to buy one a couple months ago to clean up a bunch of water from our toilet overflowing, and I'm glad I have it. It REALLY sucks, yuk yuk. I just wish it were a little smaller, since there's really nowhere to conveniently store it. However, if it were smaller, it wouldn't be nearly as powerful, so it's a tradeoff.

After the cleaning was done, I ran some errands, which included taking the boys to the park for their daily romp. I got to enjoy some 60 degree spring weather at the park (FINALLY!), which was nice, since we had snow as recently as a week ago. I also went to the drycleaners, the dollar store, the video store, and the game store... whee! I bought myself a few games, a couple of which I'm looking forward to playing...next weekend. I might play some this morning, but it's getting late. I hate to start a new game and not have enough time to really enjoy it.

When I finished my errands, I took Sue out on a date. We went out to dinner and saw V for Vendetta, which was a really cool flick. I was actually surprised, pleasantly so, that Sue wanted to see it. She liked it as much as I did too, because as the credits rolled, she said "this will have to be one for our collection"... gee I sure love that girl.


Wed, Apr. 5th, 2006 10:28 am

I got off work early and I was rarin' to start my weekend - so I went and blew some money at the craps table at the Nugget. I wouldn't have played craps if the poker room had had a game going... *sigh*.

So anyway, I hadn't had enough fun, so I decided to pick up Sue and find a poker game. I was tired of the same old games, so I decided to try No-limit at the Atlantis. It was a lot of fun, and I doubled my money. Unfortunately, Sue lost her half, so we came out only slightly ahead. That's a lot better than being disastrously in the hole, but Sue really deserved to go away a winner. Her last hand was a horrible beat, but she took it well, and we had a LOT of fun, so we'll be going back. It was nice playing in a game where we felt like we wouldn't get killed by horrible play, or "sucked out" on over and over. I can't wait to play again.

After the poker game, we were both hungry, so we went to the Peppermill for breakfast. I had a chilisize, and Sue had steak and eggs. Both were yummy. I wanted to play some more poker, but their room was closed, so I decided to try craps again... doofus. Ah well, don't play if you can't afford to lose, right? We played Paigow poker on the way out, and made... 5 bucks between the two of us.. hehe. Hey, that's a good deal for having fun for an hour, plus the dealer made some money, which is always a good thing in my book.

Got home, took the boys to the park for a romp, came back home, laid down, COULDN'T SLEEP. Argh. I'm getting sleepier as I type, tho, so maybe I'll pass out soon. I sure hope so. I want to go grocery shopping this afternoon, and our favorite store (Trader Joe's) closes at 9, or maybe even 8.


Wed, Mar. 29th, 2006 07:21 am
Mmmmm... Banana Nut Crunch