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Wanna Make The Easiest Money In The World?

Posted by Leatherass

Just bet Oregon to the over every week.

That's what I have been doing since the season began and I think I have found an even easier way to make money than sitting in my boxers playing online poker. I just slap down large sums of money, sit in front of the TV or go to Autzen stadium and watch the Ducks run down the field and into the end zone every time.  It's great! Along with a 3 other games I have bet, I am now 11-0 for the season and have made a grip of money. Actually I am technically 10-1 because I mis clicked on one of my bets and took the under on accident. I was pissed when I came home and saw my account balance decrease lol. I was like WTF and noticed that I bet the under. Doh!!

I suppose the bookmakers have to create a line that will divide the action evenly, so they are producing these lines. But in being a very close follower of the program I am just scratching my heads at these lines every week wondering why these bookmakers are passing out free money! Of course I realize that they are in the business of just setting a line that will divide the money evenly, not necessarily setting a line on what they think will actually happen, and therein lies the potential profit which is great.

I am not going to get overly cocky and think we are a lock to win the title game or anything. We have a long, long road ahead of us just within our own conference, much less possibly playing in a title game against another great team. But I would ABSOLUTELY take Oregon against anyone for lots of money. I would take Oregon and people can pick any team in football and I fancy Oregon's chances of going all the way over any other team's chances.

I'm going to throw something out there that I believe is true and I am confident will be shown to be true as this season plays out. Sure I risk looking like an idiot here if we go out and lose our very next game, but I am confident we won't. And if we do, well, I have made myself to look like an idiot plenty of times, so no biggie :) Chip Kelly is BY A MILE the best coach in football PERIOD right now. I look at football as being a lot like poker. Chip Kelly has devised a scheme that is the most progressive and downright superior to the scheme everyone else is running. Chip is a lot like Cole South (CTS) was back 3 or 4 years ago when he practically invented the ultra LAG style of online poker. Cole just decimated people at the tables because he essentially ran a scheme at the tables that was so far ahead of the curve that it was going to take players a long, long time to catch up to.

That is where Oregon is right now. Sure, maybe someone beats them somehow. Sure, maybe we get a key injury or just have a day where we don't execute the scheme very well. But the scheme itself is light years ahead of where everyone else is. It is sheer genius and coaches are scrambling to find some way to figure out what to do about it. And simply put, they can not. And more than likely, they will not for a year or two. I think Oregon is going to pretty much manhandle each and every opponent they play for a year or two until people figure out how to handle our superior coaching. Much like how most of us figured out how to handle Cole South (not that he still isn't a great player, but he certainly isn't decimating opponents anywhere in the realm of the way he did a few years back).

As a fan, I am going to enjoy this and hope the stars align and we win a national title at least once before the other coaches in the country start catching up. Because right now Chip is the best "poker player" on the field every Saturday. In fact, what's even more remarkable is that I used to think Harbaugh over at Stanford understood football EV better than anyone. He understood when you should always go for it on 4th down (because your EV of trying to maintain the ball and give yourself a chance to score is higher than the EV of punting, for example) where other coaches who don't understand football EV (like Neuheisel is one of the worst imo) didn't. But Chip is the best I have seen. I have for a couple of seasons now tried to work on EV calcs for certain plays in football based on historical data and a few other tools and my EV calcs have shown (although I am not saying they are for sure perfect calculations, but rather good ballparks) that most coaches are way too passive. Much in the same way that most poker players are way too passive and have a poor understanding of ranges, football coaches are often times clueless.

I am going to write a column for Card Player on this topic, so I don't want to use all of my material in this blog, but essentially most football coaches have very little understanding of the EV of football scenarios. A great example was when we played UCLA last week. UCLA twice kicked a field goal on 4th and short when they were still somewhat in the game. Now when you are playing the Oregon Ducks on the road and you are a massive underdog in the game, quite frankly you are an idiot if you are going to kick a field goal on 4th and short. You need to be taking chances to win, not kicking some conservative field goal like you are a favorite against a bad team and just want to put points on the board. If I was the owner of UCLA (which I realize is impossible) football, I snap fire Neuheisel for blatant negligence on understanding the game he is supposed to be coaching. Then in one of the ultimate ironies, he went for it late in the 4th quarter on a 4th and long instead of kicking the field goal when they were down by 50 and had no chance to win. I mean seriously Neuheisel?

Anyway, bottom line is that Chip is light years ahead of most of these other coaches. Harbaugh and Chip are probably the two best imo and it is fun to watch because Chip just gets these close football EV calls right. When I watch other football teams on TV, I am screaming at the TV at times watching these coaches make decisions like the ones Neuheisel made against us to kick on 4th and short. So it is fun to watch Chip because I never really notice him making any calls in close spots that are -EV. He pretty much always nails it. I am not saying anything about his play calling, because I am not in a position to do that. But as for the plays I can PROVE are mistakes, I just don't see Chip making any of those.

Go Ducks!!!!!!!!!

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In Trying To Prevent A Heart Attack, I Almost Had One!

Posted by Leatherass

I swear sometimes I feel like Larry David. Truth be told, I often feel like you could get a pretty good Curb Your Enthusiasm season just out of the material from my life alone. I don't know how I do it, but I end up in the most amazing circumstances all the time. I suppose some of the time it is attributable to the fact that I tend to not just nod my head and move on in various situations. Usually I am the one that questions things and annoys people who are used to just calling the shots uncontested.

The latest episode in my life occurred recently when I noticed that I was about on my last heart med that I have taken every day for the past years.  No big deal I thought, I can just call in a refill and pick it up in a few hours. Except when I went to call it in, I was reminded that on the bottom of the bottle there is a line that tells me how many refills I have left and that number read zero. So the pharmacy told me there is nothing they can do without a note from my Dr.

After hanging up with the pharmacist I called my cardiologist to see if he wouldn't mind ringing the pharmacy for me and extending my refill. That was when I was told that my cardiologist quit working at the hospital and that I was assigned another Dr.  So I asked to be transferred to him. I got on the line with him and explained that I was in need of a refill and he told me that it would be unethical to give me a refill because he had never seen me and it had (by a whole 3 days) been over a year since my last visit to their hospital. I told him that I appreciated his position, however these meds were critical to my health and my cardiologist said under no circumstances should I ever discontinue taking these medications cold turkey or ever for for that matter.

Much to my complete shock, the Dr. insisted that it would be unethical for me to write him a prescription for my meds. At this point I started to get a little upset and asked him how he felt it was ethical to deny medication to someone who was in need of medication with the consequences for denying me medication could mean a heart attack or even death. He just said there was nothing he could do and I reminded him that he was supposed to be in the business of helping people and not letting bureaucracy trump get in the way. He could tell I was getting pretty pissed off and suggested to me that I could simply book an appointment with him and he would then prescribe the medication to me at that visit.

I was transferred to his nurse who then told me that the soonest available appointment was an entire MONTH later! I asked to be transferred back to the Dr. and got on the phone with him. I told him that he was booked for a month and how was I supposed to survive without medication until then?  He tried to explain to me how his hands were tied and I just cut him off and said, "Stop this BS. I want to know how I can get my medication that I need to live?."  At this point I am already brainstorming how I might be able to get meds in some alternative fashion or maybe even contacting their general counsel at the hospital and explaining that I wasn't going to take no for an answer when finally he gave me an option. It was a pretty shitty option, but at least it gave me a somewhat reasonable path to getting my meds. He said I could go to a walk in clinic and be seen by a Dr. who would more than likely prescribe me my medication.

So I promptly hung up with him and called the walk in clinic. Now, it is total BS that I even have to do this because the hospital I go to (OHSU) has seen me plenty and has for quite awhile now prescribed my meds for me.  How it is unethical for a cardiologist at the hospital I visit to prescribe me my meds and ethical for some random general practitioner at some clinic to give me my meds who doesn't know me from Adam blows my mind.  But either way, at least I had an option. In fact, after calling them, it sounded like a pretty good option because they were only 10 minutes away and the person at the front desk told me it was an unusually slow day and I could see a Dr. immediately.

I hopped in the car and showed up to a room with about a half dozen people in there waiting to see a Dr.  The guy at the front desk said, "Oh, you must be the one that I spoke with on the phone. Man, it was amazing as soon as I told you it was a slow day, 8 people showed up hahahahaha." Yeah, real hilarious buddy!  I can barely contain my laughter.

So after waiting for about 2 hours to see a Dr. I get called to the back by the nurse. The nurse was fantastic. He was very pleasant to be around and I got to thinking, "Hey, maybe these walk in clinics aren't so bad after all."  We made some small talk and I explained to him that I felt really bad to be taking a spot away from some of the others in the lobby who clearly needed to see a Dr. unlike me who just needs a refill.  He said it was no big deal and that a Dr. would be in shortly.

A woman walked in who appeared to be a pleasant person. She was smiling and asked me how I was doing etc. I told her that everything was good, but due to a bunch of OHSU bureaucracy, I needed her help obtaining a refill for my meds. She asked me about my history and I told her I had a vasal spasm heart attack at 23 years old and have been taking meds ever since. She asked me what they were and I told her.  Then she asked me if I took any supplements and that is where the fun started.

I told her that yes I was taking a number of supplements. I told her I was taking CoQ10, fish oils, an all natural cholesterol reducer (sold at Whole Foods) and a vegetable supplement (also sold at Whole Foods) because I never get enough veggies. After each and every supplement I told her about, she rolled her eyes. I thought this was pretty strange as there is no Dr. worth a lick who would roll their eyes at that roster of supplements given my circumstances.  And as much as I usually would say something like, "What are you rolling your eyes at?" I decided to keep my Larry David mouth shut and just make sure I got my meds.

After she was done rolling her eyes, she said, "Why, pray tell, are you taking this many supplements?"  I explained to her that on a weekly basis I see a naturopathic chiropractor who suggested these supplements. The fish oil, I told her, was recommended to me by Daniel Amen (the leading brain Dr. who regularly appears on Larry King who also happens to be my best friends uncle and someone who I've hung out with a fair bit). At that point she looked at me incredulously and said, "You have seen a naturopath 52 times since you have seen a real Dr.?"  I told her that indeed I had and that I have never felt better in my life since I began doing that. I also reminded her that my cardiologist only recommends I visit him once a year anyway, so at this point I was a whole 3 days late on that.

She sighed and said, "Well, I hope you haven't completely destroyed your liver with all of these supplements you are taking. Hang tight and someone will be in here to draw blood and make sure you don't have extensive liver damage."  I told her that I just had my liver checked out 2 months ago when I had blood work done so that was unnecessary.  She said that we better check it again and walked out the door very quickly. I called out, "Ma'am wait.  Ma'am."  She slowly opened the door and said, "It's DOCTOR."  At this point my Larry Davidness kicked in. I honestly couldn't help myself. I said, "Whatever. Can you answer 2 questions for me? 1. What does the results of my blood test, good or bad, have to do with me getting my medication? 2. How can you be so concerned with what the supplements might be doing to my liver, yet have no concern with what the actual medications might be doing to my liver?" She didn't answer and just said she would be back to have my blood drawn. I repeated to her that I just had my blood checked 2 months ago and that I was refusing the blood test. She said, "Fine. I will note that patient refuses blood work" and promptly slammed the door so loud that you could feel the entire building rattle. There is no question in my mind that every single person in the building heard that sound.

So I'm sitting in the hospital and I have no clue what on earth is going to happen next. Is she coming back with a prescription? Am I just going to sit there until i get the hint that I am supposed to leave?  I texted my wife, "Well, Larry did it again. I don't think I am getting my meds. I can't believe what is going on. You won't believe what's happening when I tell you." About 5 minutes passed and the Dr. (I hate to even use that term with this woman as it is a bitch slap across the face to all the real doctors out there who understand basic things about the human body) walked in the room. She handed me my prescription and said, "Good luck to you" and promptly turned around and walked right out of the room. I was actually pretty stoked. I thought for a minute I wasn't even getting my meds, however, I think she realized that if she didn't give me my meds, she was going to be in for a huge battle and I would surely be telling her superior about how I was disrespected etc which could be a serious issue for her.

So yeah, that's my story. I kinda couldn't believe my day. In fact my heart rhythm was pretty terrible for about 2 days after that incident. My heart was jumping all around and behaving erratically and it didn't feel good. And to think, this was caused by the people who were supposed to be helping me.

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Punta Cana!!

Posted by Leatherass

I am very excited to say that I will be joining Doyle Brunson at the Punta Cana poker tournament at the Hard Rock Hotel.  It will be quite a thrill to play alongside the legend himself.  Shoot, it will be thrilling enough just to meet him.  The event is Nov 10th-14th in Punta Cana which is in the Dominican Republic.  I am really looking forward to competing in the event.  It sounds like a dream working vacation really.  We are staying in an ocean front hotel that is all inclusive.  The golf is supposed to be amazing.  There is a Jack Nicklaus designed course on site and there is another golf course I may try and play about 60 miles away called Casa De Campo (Teeth of the dog) which is ranked in the top 50 courses in the world.

I am going to bring my wife.  She is really looking forward to a trip like this.  After spending an entire year caring 24/7 for our daughter, I am excited for her that she is getting a chance to take a vacation and get some good sleep.

If anyone is interested in playing, I would take a look into it right now.  The field is going to be filled with amateur players and if you are living in a cold weather place, this is a great place to get away that you know will have perfect weather virtually every day.

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Cruise Ship Poker LOLs

Posted by zerosum79

I rarely play poker when I am on vacation because I usually try to make vacations about spending time with my wife and doing things that I don’t consider “job related.”   However, on the recent trip I trip I took there was a tournament on board the Royal Caribbean ship that was too hard to pass up.

The structure of the tournament was the following.  Each player buys in for $100 and gets 1,000 chips.  During the first three blind levels you can rebuy 1000 chips for $25 and at the end of the rebuy period there is an add on for $25 as well.  Seven players start the tournament and the winner of that table plays a final table of 7 where 2nd and 3rd places are cash prizes and 1st place is a cruise (value $3500) plus a buyin to another Royal Caribbean tournament with bigger cash prizes. With the blinds starting at 25/50 and 10 minute blind levels this tournament plays a lot like a 6 max superturbo because you start out 20BB deep and are quickly short stacked.   Since I feel I have a pretty good edge in a tourney like this against a bunch of fun loving but armature cruise goers, I am definitely interested in playing.

Starting the tournament, I immediately got short stacked with a few decent hands that did not pan and I suddenly had about 600 chips.  At 500 chips you are allowed to rebuy so I quickly spewed off another 100 chips and rebought to 1500 chips.  From there I was pretty much off to the races.   I doubled my stack by stacking off with a set of 5’s.  After 30 minutes I added on and had a pretty healthy stack of about 5000 chips.  Play after the rebuy tightened considerably and I got lucky in two hands.  In one I made a standard resteal with AQ and got a call from the original raiser plus another limper.  Resteals that end up with 3 players are bad but I managed to hit top two pair to knock out two players.  A few hands later I shoved 99 from the CO and again got two callers.  Both had over cards but were sharing the J and none of us improved our hand allowing me to bust two more players.  So far so good except I hate tournaments where I am eliminating everyone at the table because I am increasing my risk and giving other people equity for my trouble.  3rd place finisher got very short and was eliminated by me when he limped the SB and I shoved with A2o.  He called with aces but was mortified to see me hit a runner-runner flush with my Ace of clubs.  I got to heads up with a dominant stack and after losing a call with K high against a QT, I managed to eliminate my competition by catching an A-high type hand and getting a caller.  GG zero, eliminating all players in the tourney.  I finished with 22,000 chips which I could take to the final table.

I was checking with the casino throughout the cruise because they told me that if not enough tables ran they would just do the tournament with a cash prize.  Going into the last day only 3 of 6 tables had run and I figured if each table put in as much money as ours did we would have a prize pool of roughly $3000 and possibly only 3 players guaranteeing me a good payday.   The final day a fourth table ran with only six players and the total tournament take was $3800.  Not a great result since that meant that rather than playing for a payday of ~$600 guaranteed and $1500 for first place, the cruise would now be distributed and only $300 remained in cash.  I tried to get the table to make a deal to play for the cash but one guy was no interested.  He said the cruise left on his wife’s birthday and she would kill him for not going for it.   I had the big stack at the table with 22,000 chips and everyone else had about 15,000 to 17,500. Blinds started at 500/1000 and again escalated at 10 minute intervals.  I spewed off some chips early and then started to steal liberally when the I got to about 8BB deep.  Two of the players got very short as me and Mr. Gotta Play for the cruise absorbed the chips.  I started to get inkling that he was not a terrible player and soon we were heads up and I had a large stack (about 40K of 65K chips).  Once we got heads up I again tried to chop with him for the cash telling him he could buy a nice cruise for about $1500 but he said he wanted to play it out.  3 Hands later it was over and I was the loser. I made a 5BB shove from SB with J2s and ran into ATs.  Neither of us improved.  Next he had a very big stack and folded.  I made a 6BB shove from the SB with K6o and he snapped me again showing up with A8o for the win.  Game over.

One observation is to carefully analyze the structure of a tournament.   Professionally run tournaments are not usually this steep in payout and you should make sure you play tournaments where you have a good edge and also know what the outcome will be.  It’s hard to measure the value of a tournament if you don’t know the payout or the payout is not fixed ahead of time.

Overall it was a good experience.  I played 3 of the highest stakes hands of my career for $3500 and lost but those of you who play tournaments know that these kinds of things happen all the time.  If I look through my database I can find dozens of SNGs where I had a good chip lead and 2-3 hands later I took second place rather than first place.  Since my shoves were sound based on my expectation of his calling range and Nash equilibrium there is really nothing to do but throw up my hands and say “that’s poker.”

Good Luck at the Tables,


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Poker Is An Awesome Industry

Posted by Leatherass

I was just thinking today how fortunate I was to discover poker and have it become my career.  Sure, I bitch and moan like everyone else about running bad.  I also DESPISE a lot of high stakes poker players because it seems to be dominated by a bunch of little rich (or at least relatively rich for their age) 22 year old punks who are arrogant and rude.  But there are a lot of good ones though too.  Some of my best friends are poker players and I am definitely proud that the young guns like Phil Galfond and Tom Dwan are such great representatives of the game.  They are the good guys.  But man, there are A TON of complete assholes playing poker too.

As much as I may get down on the fact that I regularly sit with so many rude young punks all day, at least it is online and I don't have to deal with them in person.  Also, there are rude people in every profession, so it's not like I could just do something else and avoid those types of people.  But what I love about poker so much is the freedom and most of all, the low expectations, that's right, the low expectations that people have for poker players.

If I was a doctor, a lawyer, a PGA tour player or some other profession where there is a lot of pressure to be someone you likely are not, man, I think I would really hate that.  I LOVE the fact that people don't really expect much of guys like me.  If I happen to let out an untimely F bomb or dress in a way that is substandard for the occasion, people are like, "Well, he's a poker player.  What did you expect?"  Or when it comes to being endorsed by a company, if I say something or do something that would be disappointing to a big time conservative corporation, the sponsors I have in poker probably could care less.  I mean, if I did something REALLY terrible, then they would have a problem with that of course.  But if you think about some athlete who is endorsed by some company that is really conservative, they would probably have a heart attack and snap fire people for doing things like speaking their mind in a non PC way.

Now Tiger Woods had things blow up in his face as we all well know.  But he spent years cultivating a squeaky clean image for a reason.  He was marketable for them because he was no neutral for so long.  He never mentioned his political preference, didn't mention religion etc.  He avoided anything controversial that would possibly make him less marketable and he got a billion dollars in endorsements in part because of that.  Now things blew up in his face eventually, but if he was a poker player, not one single company would've cared.  But because he was a golfer, many of them dropped him instantly.  That's because they had high expectations for him.

Anyway, I don't know why I was thinking about that today, but it really means a lot to me.  I could never try to be someone else other than me.  I enjoy doing my thing and I can't really put a price on it.  And if for some reason me being me isn't good enough for whatever company wants me to represent them, then so be it.  That is obviously not my hope at all, but at the same time I will pay my bills just fine which is a good feeling to have.  I try and do the "right thing" because I believe in doing the "right thing" not because I am being paid to do that.

Poker is so unique in that way.  I mean take Daniel Negreanu for example.  He writes a very open blog that has been read by probably millions of people.  He is not afraid to take a stance on things which is what I love about him.  I think it is so cool that we are in an industry like this that is so tolerant.  Daniel could never get away with this if he was a PGA Tour player.  I mean he could, but it would likely cost him some tremendous endorsement opportunities with a lot of companies that had some big bucks they'd be willing to give him to endorse their product.

I happen to largely agree with what Daniel writes about, but he has said plenty of things that have gotten under some people's skin.  I can relate, because I have done that plenty in my poker career as well and dealt with the people who have complained.  What I thought was so beautiful was that he said something (I can't even remember what it was) that pissed off a TON of people and they in turn wrote Poker Stars to complain.  Poker Stars basically said that Daniel is his own person and they do not feel that they own what comes out of his mouth, good or bad.  I thought that was so cool for such a massive company to have the balls to not cave in to some random people who had a problem with something he said.  So many companies are so weak when it comes to that.  They don't want to deal with some disgruntled customers for a few days (which is about how long they will care before they are on to the next thing anyway) so they end up firing their spokesperson which I think is ridiculous.

That reminds me of when Augusta National (who runs the Masters Tournament) was in hot water because they didn't have any female members.  Now, I am pretty mixed on that one, but that is besides the point.  Augusta was told by Martha Burke, the head of the National Women's Counsel that they were going to boycott the tournament and their sponsors etc.  And Augusta got up in front of the world in a press conference and said they were "not going to change their rules at the point of a bayonet."  They basically told Martha to piss off and when she threatened to boycott their sponsors, Augusta just ran their entire event with no sponsors!  They went to the sponsors first and said that they didn't want their money that year and televised the entire event out of pocket!  That's so baller.

To conclude, I love the poker industry.  Maybe they don't worry about stuff other companies worry about because people don't expect much from us poker players anyway.  Or maybe they do it because they are much more progressive minded than a lot of other industries.  Who knows.  All I know is I am happy to be in poker. It is truly where I belong.

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Semantics Regarding Belief in God

Posted by QTip

I've been struggling to come up with good lines on different terms regarding an individual's persuasions regarding the existence of a god(s). The popular notion seems to have an agnostic sitting between an atheist and a theist and/or deist (for simplicity I'll lump theists and deists together in this discussion). Let's start with some definitions from the dictionary.

Theist: one who believes in the existence of a god or gods.

Atheist: one who does not believe in the existence of God or gods.

In a strict sense, there is no middle ground here. You either believe or you don't. You are in belief or unbelief. If someone should say "I'm not sure", they simply do not believe. So, what's this idea of an agnostic being in the middle of the two? If an atheist does not believe in god and neither does an agnostic, what would be the difference between the two?

Agnostic: a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God .

It's the second part of that definition that throws confusion into the mix since, as we have seen, you cannot hold both sides of the fence. There's an interesting connotational impact of placing the terms agnostic between the other two terms. It tends to throw a very close-minded light on atheism as if atheists are saying they are certain there is no god. However, we'll see this is certainly not the case. In my exposure to atheists, I've yet to meet one with that firm conviction. When given a scale from 1 to 7 with 1 meaning "no god" and 7 meaning "a god", every atheist I've questioned has immediately given a 2. We could determine that these individuals are mislabeling themselves; however, if a person doesn't believe in a god, it seems to me they fit the definition of an atheist perfectly. I'm persuaded things are much clearer if we do not use term agnostic to describe a person's belief or absence of a belief in god.

The terms agnosticism (not the concept however) was coined in 1869 by Thomas Henry Huxley. And to quote wikipedia:

"Agnosticism is the view that the truth value of certain claims—especially claims about the existence or non-existence of any deity, but also other religious and metaphysical claims—is unknown or unknowable. Agnosticism can be defined in various ways, and is sometimes used to indicate doubt or a skeptical approach to questions. In some senses, agnosticism is a stance about the similarities or differences between belief and knowledge, rather than about any specific claim or belief."

Or as Thomas Huxley put it:

"Agnosticism is not a creed but a method, the essence of which lies in the vigorous application of a single principle... Positively the principle may be expressed as in matters of intellect, do not pretend conclusions are certain that are not demonstrated or demonstrable."

So, it keeps things very tidy when we keep to the first definition of agnosticism which describes a person who believes that nothing can be known in terms of the truth of the existence of god. Notice that has nothing to do with the actual belief or unbelief in god. Many people hold an agnostic position on this topic because of the non-natural nature of the topic. Given what we have available at this point in history, it's difficult or perhaps impossible to test and/or observe a deity. While someone may hold that persuasion, they still would necessarily fit into one of the categories of atheist or theist. They may believe there is as god, but admit they cannot know for certain. A good term for such a person could be an agnostic theist. On the other side, a person may not believe in a god, but admit they admit they cannot know for certain. A good term for such a person could an agnostic atheist.

There could certainly be differing levels of an agnostic theist and an agnostic atheist. While they are stating they cannot reach 100% certainty, they may fall anywhere between 51% to 99% certain with their belief or unbelief. Perhaps we might call the difference a weak or strong agnostic atheist/theist. A person claiming to know on either side might be called a dogmatic atheist/theist. Given the nature of the topic, it's easy to see why many people may consider it unreasonable to be at either extreme.

So, notice that since both agnostics and atheists are in unbelief, the term atheist seems to have been reserved for the dogmatic atheist given the connotation of unreasonableness and close-mindedness. Interestingly, there doesn't seem to be a term assigned to an agnostic theist. Perhaps this is because those who are most interested in assigning labels sense on some level that agnostic theism doesn't fit well with a religion that both demands a belief and commissions its adherents to persuade others of its truthfulness.

But, I doubt this clarity will ever find its way to refining the question "Do you believe in god or are you an atheist or an agnostic?"

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Hello DTB, My first post and I apologize for it’s nature.

Posted by swhogan935

October 18, 2010

I feel like today is the beginning of my life in some ways.  I've been drifting through life for a little more than 24 years and I finally feel like I can make myself happy. 

Now to some that may seem like a very selfish approach to life, but for me that is the best I can do to help achieve what I really want to do.  I feel like I have so much to offer to people but I have never been able to convey that because I have always been battling myself to make myself feel adept.  This is something that I feel I will continue to battle for as long as I live.  The feelings I have about myself will not go away so easily, this I know, but I will never let them rule me.  I must always remind myself that I have great friends, family that loves me, and I have the ability to achieve. 

The root of a lot of these feelings comes from many mistakes I have made in my life.  I grew up and still fight the feeling that I am a person who is superior of others.  When you have people who are rooted in good values and intentions, there is absolutely no distinguishing factor that can say that one person is greater than the next.  People make mistakes, and some mistakes may seem “unforgivable,” but as human beings we must see that mistakes will be made and that we must maintain our compassion and forgiveness that makes our species the most powerful on this planet.  In my life I have not always maintained these two most important assets, and that has set me back as a human being.

I have also lacked a sense of reality at points in my life.  I grew up as a very good athlete with plenty of natural talent.  I could play baseball, basketball, football at the highest levels without any training, just playing the game when I felt like it in my free time, then getting into the seasons.  I then found my way to golf, which again came to me somewhat naturally.  I realized that I needed to get the ball in the hole and just did it.  I always dreamed of playing anyone of these sports professionally, but never put in any time to try and hone my skills.  As I grew older, my natural ability took me only so far, and my results began to suffer.  In golf, I finally began to try to develop my game when I arrived in college, where only a little bit of work put me at a level, that if in high school, would put me on a division one program and maybe a track to a higher level.  Still, I continued to work, and reached a level that made me think that a professional career in golf could be possible, but at my age you start to wonder when it becomes a pipe dream and your life needs to “begin.” 

My life “beginning” saw me start a career as a golf professional at a local public golf course in Illinois.  Not really the grand stage I was dreaming about.  Helping customers at a golf course can just about be the worst thing sometimes.  There is nothing but complaints about factors that cannot be controlled (weather, drainage of facilities, protected wildlife etc…) and will not hear any rational explanations, or provide any hints on how they would like a solution to be provided.  Of course, the solutions are easy, complaints are derived from only one desire, that people want something for free.  Give a credit towards another round of golf, a free beer, free bucket of range balls, and the problem is solved.  It’s so simple that Einstein would not have been able to figure it out.  How could this be the beginning of my grand life when I’m just shooting fish in a barrel.

Then it finally struck me.  Life being grand is not the fame and fortune and being nominated for athlete of the year and all that Tiger Woods junk.  Life is great when you are challenged in 3 ways: emotionally, physically, and intellectually. 

This is where my life begins. 

I have found something that I love, and that is Poker.  Some people call it an “obsession” or a “problem.”  I will agree that I am obsessed with the game of poker, but not because I seek to become rich and famous from it (true, I do hope that one day it is my primary source of income).  Poker provides me challenges in all of these areas.  Now I will say that I don’t feel Poker should be the most important challenge of these areas in my life.  Relationships, whether love or friendships, should challenge these areas the most, but Poker is a great secondary way to challenge these areas, and it also provides me another purpose to work towards a goal.  By working at poker I hope to provide myself a chance to help fix my flaws that I feel have handicapped, but not crippled me in life, and allow me to prove to myself that I can work hard and excel at something because I have put the time and effort into it that is required to achieve that level of success. 

With this I strive to form a few goals in getting started on trying to challenge myself through the game of poker (with respect that I do work full time still and Poker is not my primary source of income yet):

-       I will join a poker community and furthermore create/join a poker group to help increase my learning curve of the game.

-       I will play a minimum of 8,000 hands a week.  I will be starting at 10NL and moving up as my bankroll increases.  I’ve played other games before in poker, but NL was and is my first love in poker.

-       I will post in a poker community forums 10 times a week, (hopefully this goes up based on time).

-       I will play poker as long as I still find that it challenges me emotionally, physically, and intellectually.  Once this has gone then it will be time to move on.  I want there to be purpose to what I do.

I apologize for the length and incoherent nature of this blog, but my feelings of excitement and relief from writing it have made me enjoy it, and I hope to continue to write in the future.

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Random Thoughts/Tom Dwan Analysis

Posted by Leatherass

The journey of being a poker pro has been quite a thrill over the past several years.  I started poker as a 23 year old kid looking for a 2nd shot to do something for a living that would be both competitive and potentially lucrative.  I had only known a life of golf having worked towards a goal of playing the PGA tour since I was 8 years old and had never given a whole lot of thought to doing anything other than playing golf on the PGA Tour.  But then life threw a curve ball at me in the form of a vasal spasm induced heart attack at the age of 23.  With golf looking to be a next to impossible task to achieve and in need of something else to try and be competitive with and have a chance to make life changing sums of money, I turned my attention towards poker in the winter of 2004.

What has transpired since then has blown my mind.  Not simply because it worked out great and I was fortunate enough to actually make life changing sums of money from poker, but rather what poker has taught me.  Poker has, quite frankly, changed my life in ways that I never could have imagined.  I guess when you play a game as much as I have (going on 9 million hands now) it is bound to teach you something, but I think poker has a special quality about it that sets it apart.  What that quality is is understanding things very literally such as: In a heads up pot the pot is $1,000 (your $500 and your opponent's $500) and you have 45% equity at the point in time when the time the money goes in, no matter what happens, your EV in that spot is -$25.  You can win the pot or you can lose the pot, it doesn't matter.  Your equity is 45% and if you did that every hand you would lose $25 a hand.  But the other quality poker teaches you is how dynamic the game is.  People often talk about poker as if there are absolute truths in the game.  As an instructor, very rarely do I ever use the word NEVER or ALWAYS.  It is usually OFTEN or USUALLY NOT.  The reason why is that there are so few situations that occur in poker that there is a definitive answer to.  You can't say NEVER call with bottom pair, because I did that for my entire stack 2 times alone yesterday and was correct!  But generally speaking, it is not a good idea to do that.

Anyway, where am I going with this?  Simply put, poker has taught me the ingredients of how to be a successful person at anything I am capable of doing.  It has taught me the value in hard work, staying disciplined, making frequent logical decisions at a fast pace based on information I have gathered, how to handle ups and downs, the value in saving, making fact based decisions rather than letting emotion drive decisions, the importance of trying to do the right thing in life, how to value the worth of your time and probably a jillion other things.  In fact, I am so confident that poker is one of the best ways to improve your intelligence that if someone came to me and said that they had 2 years to become significantly smarter, I would tell them to play as much poker as possible.  I would not tell them to go to Yale, or Harvard or any other big time school.  I would tell them to play poker.  I'm being serious here too.  If you can figure out what it takes to play poker at a high level and actually sustain yourself at that level for the long haul (that is the big catch) without going broke or frequently playing with your whole bankroll on the line, you will do just fine in life.

I know I get a little flack at times for being so high on Tom Dwan, but he is a perfect example of what I am talking about.  Tom Dwan, without question is a genius.  I believe that if there were enough money on the line and maybe he was looking for a new challenge, he could accomplish some amazing things in life.  All you have to do is listen to him talk.  The director's cuts of Poker After Dark are a great place to learn poker.  In these episodes Tom explains why he does what he does and it is quite obvious to me that he is a brilliant mind.  Sort of like an Einstein of the poker profession.  The scary thing is that I think he will actually only get better with age. If he decides to start playing a little more scared because maybe he gets a wife and kids some day and develops a different perspective on money, then maybe I will be wrong.  But I actually don't think that will happen to him and I think if anything he will stay slightly more disciplined and maybe even toss a few hands away (not a ton, but a few plays here and there that I am sure are losers).  The other thing I think he will figure out better is to understand tighter opponent's ranges.  I think Dwan faces a challenge that so many geniuses face and that is the problem of trying to dumb yourself down to understand others better.  I think Tom make an occasional awful call down when he plays some of the softer opponents in these TV cash games.  I

Tom thinks in such a way that is like 9 stratospheres higher than some of the opponents at the table.  I mean when he's at a cash game table with Lederer, Matusow, Hellmuth and Allen Meltzer, Tom will sometimes make a call down that just isn't good.  He knows a guy like Ivey or Patrick can have a bluff in a certain spot x% of the time and his little genius brain is computing everything and he winds up making a great calls versus their ranges.  But in those same spots, I think he struggles to really adjust to people who can really never be bluffing in certain spots and makes loose call downs.  Anyway, the kid is a sick genius and I think that in time, he may even surpass Ivey as the best poker player in the world.  I certainly know one thing that would fast track that goal in a major hurry and that would be if he started working with poker mental game coach Jared Tendler.  If Tom is serious about becoming the best he can be, Jared is his ticket.  Jared helped me make millions at the tables and if he ever got to work with someone as scary talented as Tom, he could fast track Dwan to the top of the poker world in short order I believe.

I'm sorry this post is a little scattered.  I guess I am on a bit of a tangent and am in no mood to edit this thing.  Today I spent a lot of time writing.  I am in the final stages of getting my latest poker strategy book together.  We are in the 2nd round of edits and I think there was a lot of stuff in there that really was thought provoking for me.  For some reason while I was writing today I was going over the material and realizing the power of some of these statements in the copy when applied both in poker and in other areas of life.  For some reason the thing that stood out to me most was a statement that was made that said the main difference between being good and great is the ability to not tilt.  It sounds so simple, but it is true.  I think what it made me think of was in golf, no one really laughs at the thought that in a physical game like golf where you use your physical talents to hit a golf ball, that it would be such a mental game.  They say golf is 90% mental and 10% mental.  Now I played the game for a living for awhile and there is definitely a lot of physical stuff to it, but when it comes to the best players, it really is all mental.  But in poker, to say that poker is a mental game is like "duh."  But it is JUST like golf in that it is 90% mental.  The trick is getting people to think of your arsenal of plays as being like your physical game, but your ability to stick with your playbook when you are tilting, tired, playing for big money etc. is really what separates the men from the boys.

I have tried to explain it a million times in my material, and I will do it once more right now.  If you are going to make just one 10 big blind mental mistake every hour that you could have avoided, (which is nothing) and you play 500 hands an hour, that is 2 big blinds per hundred off your win rate.  2 big blinds per hundred for even a 100nl player is 2 cents a hand or $10 an hour if they play 500 hands an hour.  If you play 2000 hours a year, that is $20,000 a year.  If you play a 50 year career (can you imagine grinding .5/1 for 50 years?  That would drive a man insane lol) that's a million dollars. Now if you play 5/10nl, that same mistake costs you $200,000 a year or $10m over a 50 year career.  That's right, one stupid mental mistake that only cost 1/10th of a buy in every hour and you could have made enough money to feed a small country.  Now if you consider that money likely would have been invested and say doubled every seven to ten years, well then now you're talking enough money to buy a country!!!  So needless to say playing your A game each and every day has some value.

An additional point to make about that is this how delusional most players I play against every day are.  I will have to admit, I get a lot of crap at the tables.  Truth be told, I would say half of the regulars I compete against are (online anyway) about the biggest assholes I have ever come across.  In the last month alone, I have had 6 different people at my tables who after I stacked them, said they wish that I either died of my first heart attack or that they hope I have another one soon and that it finishes me!!  This is no joke.  I also hear all the time about how it is a joke that I am a team Poker Stars pro and they are not.  If you look up their results, most of these people have made well under 10% of what I have made at the tables and furthermore, do they not have any clue at all about anything?  Do they think wishing people a heart attack at the tables is helping their cause to become a team Poker Stars pro?  I mean Stars vets the people they bring on board and when a guy has 5 chat bans for wishing people a quick death and tells recreational players that they hope their mom gets cancer, do they honestly think a multi billion dollar corporation is going to want anything to do with them?  I mean, poker is as lenient as it comes and they still are never going to want to associate themselves with immature punks like that.  It just blows my mind.

Oh, I know what my point actually was haha.  What I meant to say was that all of these people who play really, really good poker when they are on their game don't have any concept of the fact that how good your A game is is next to meaningless.  This is the case in all sports.  Shoot, there are basketball players on playgrounds in New York who could make some of the less flashy NBA players look like they belong playing in junior college if they were judged only on the coolest or most impressive things they can do on the court.  But basketball is about being well rounded and bringing your best stuff to the court every game.  You have to stay disciplined etc.  The flashy guys in poker don't realize that how good your A game is doesn't mean shit.  For example, let's say this flashy reg whose A game may actually be better than me for example goes on tilt once a week and bombs off 10 buy ins each time.  I NEVER do stuff like that.  So even if he outplayed people when he was playing well to the tune of 6 buy ins or the equivalent of 60 10 bb pots that he outplayed people out of, he is still 4 buy ins behind a guy who didn't find a way through exceptional talent to outplay someone in a marginal spot.  Which actually brings me back to Tom Dwan.  Dwan can do both.  He will outplay you AND not bomb off 10 stacks when he is on tlit.  This is why I think he's the #2 poker player in the world.

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Vacation of a Lifetime

Posted by zerosum79

I just got back last week from what can only be described as the vacation of a lifetime.  It’s hard to put your entire life on hold for a few weeks to take a vacation and rarely are people of a normal means able to outlay the money a vacation like this would cost.  However, my wife and I were fortunate to be taking the trip on someone else’s dime.

Last year, my wife Amanda won an award from her work for her outstanding contributions to her company in the area of customer service.  The award was a big deal and only a few are given out each year. As a result the company was willing to pay for an all expense covered “trip of a lifetime.”  Last year we brainstormed for quite a while before deciding on a 12 night cruise that sailed out of Rome and went to major antiquities sites including Rome Italy, Sicily Italy, Athens Greece, Rhodes Greece, Ephesus Turkey, and Alexandria/Cairo Egypt.  Without a reason to do this we would never have made the trip or been able to outlay the cash necessary to go.

I have to say that I am not well traveled, but this was an amazing trip.  We were able to leave my daughter with my wife’s parents so we got to enjoy a lot of alone time which was fantastic because we have not been able to do that much since my daughter was born 16 months ago.

Of all the places we went, my favorite has to have been Egypt since it would be the kind of country that I would be wary of traveling to, but upon visit was really quite nice. We had a great tour guide who took us to all of the major sites in Cairo and helped us to take pictures which in most of our vacations do not usually involve Amanda and me together in the same frame.  This is us standing in front of one of the pyramids.

Anyways, I am finally settling back in and getting back to the grind of work, poker, and family.  It is tough coming back from a world of no responsibilities to one where there is always too much to do.  I am woefully behind on my DTB videos for this month, and apologize for the tardiness in getting them produced as well as my lack of presence on the SNG forum.

I am also continuing work on a poker related project that is likely to become much higher profile than I originally expected.   Also since FTP started the new black card program I realized that it really would benefit me to start grinding again on a daily basis.  Playing at the $24s only means a 25 game/day pace to hit black card which should be easily do able so I think I am going to commit to a 100 day grindathon in the near future.   I also have a new blog series to present that will be coming out soon that relates to some of the previous information I wrote on setting goals.

Good Luck at the Tables!


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Zen Madman Day 20 of 100

Posted by GiantBuddha

One week without an update. Things have been slow. Here's a running (behind schedule) tally of the first 20 days:

  • 39,000 VPPs
  • 6 Taekwon-Do classes
  • 5 music practices
  • 14 blogs
  • 17 poker videos
  • 1 party

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Move Up, Get Crushed.

Posted by BlackRain79

Seems to be a constant theme for me. First full day today at NL50, -5.5 buyins. KK runs into AA 3 times, AK into AA twice and AKs loses the flip to QQ. I did manage to fold bottom set (correctly)...they both had better sets than me lol. Pretty tragic day all and all. Might drop down again but will probably just mix NL25 and NL50 as its really tough to get 24 good tables at NL50 anyways.

NL50 regs are better than NL25 regs on average. No shocker there. But its not really that big of a difference. By far the biggest thing separating the two limits is the amount of 3betting. Average 3bet at NL25 is 3.3. It jumps to 4.5 at NL50. So 4 bet ranges need to widen. Which I did, just unfortunately they had AA every time today.

On the video front. I am sorry for the delay. Its kind of silly because the holdup is a headset that DTB sends to its coaches to insure the highest quality audio. Unfortunately there are some international shipping problems. I am sure we will figure something out soon. Thanks for all the feedback in the last post. It seems there is a lot of interest in a micro series. Hopefully I can get on that soon.

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Game of Skill

Posted by johnsisk

I read the first section of Dusty's book which helped get me back on track. It led me to watch a couple of Jared's videos and I'm more at ease today before I play. Got to reaffirm that this is a game of skill, which means it is possible to learn and I can learn to beat it if I put in the effort.

I'm starting this run with a bankroll of $313 for 10NL Full Ring. I'm not going to check the cashier or look at $$$ in HEM until the end of October.

Will be looking at other factors to focus on as metrics on how I'm playing.  Just to get started I'm going to pick "Number and size of mistakes" and set max session length to 1 hour and play 8 tables. Got to think think think about building big pots and getting committed with poor hands.

After 1 hour take a break and review session before playing again. Pick a relevant hand and get into the habit of posting on forum.

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Posted by johnsisk

Yet another microstakes grinder/badbeat/poker sucks/FML blog ???? Hopefully not :) If it starts to become that, let me know.

I don't put in enough work away from the tables and that is crippling my game. This blog is intended to give me some direction and accountability in coming up with a plan to improve as a Poker player.

My big failing these days is mindlessly grinding. If I have a couple of hours to play I'll fire up 8 or 12 or 24 tables and away we go. No preparation, unaware of what's going on, unaware of my mental state, win some lose a lot, only session review is whether I'm up or down. Weekends are the worst due to too long sessions and not responding correctly to bad players. Basically playing on autopilot, making moves and not understanding why I'm doing stuff. So, it's time to reboot, unlearn some bad habits and get back to a solid fundamental game I can build on/fall back on when things go bad.

Instead of playing today I would be better off re-reading Dusty's "Treat Your Poker Like a Business".

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Zen Madman Day 13 of 100

Posted by GiantBuddha

Not a whole lot done today, but not bad for waking up at 9 PM:

  • 4,200 VPPs

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Hello DTB!

Posted by BlackRain79

This is my first blog on here. I am one of the new DTB coaches and am pretty pumped about that. For those who don't know me, I am a sick (some might say lol) micro limit full ring grinder. I currently 24 table NL25 on Pokerstars. I have played more hands at the penny stakes than probably anyone...ever. Sick brag, I know. Truthfully, I have been around in this game for a long time but have never really taken it seriously enough until now. I have a blog that I have posted in for several years now so I will be cross posting from there. Look forward to meeting you all.

Nathan Williams aka "BlackRain79" is a microstakes grinder, poker coach, DragTheBar instructor and the author of Crushing the Microstakes. Now available in Spanish and Russian as well.

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Zen Madman Day 12 of 100

Posted by GiantBuddha

Today was both exhausting and unproductive. I'm spending too much time dealing with peripheral matters and not enough time accomplishing my primary objectives.

  • 1 Taekwon-Do class
  • 1 music practice
  • ???

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Zen Madman Day 11 of 100

Posted by GiantBuddha

Draft one of the book is finally finished! Did some revisions on the new chapters, sent them off, then went out to dinner for the first time in weeks. Came home, played a couple hours of poker and made a few videos. This is going to be a busy week.

  • 1,100 VPPs
  • 3 videos
  • 1 blog

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Zen Madman Day 10 of 100

Posted by GiantBuddha

It stopped raining, and I've stopped writing. Well, I'm finished with draft one, anyway. Now I finally get to start grinding some poker.
  • 9 chapters

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Zen Madman Day 9 of 100

Posted by GiantBuddha

It rained again. I wrote again. There will be much poker tomorrow.

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WSOPE Main Event 6th Place

Posted by Jared Tendler

A client, Danny Steinberg, recently finished 6th at the WSOPE main event. The reason I'm writing is not just to celebrate his poker accomplishment, it's to celebrate the accomplishment he made in how he handled busting out.  You can read more on his (and his twin brother's) blog.

Busting out so close to winning a major title could have caused anguish, tilt, dispair, or a whole range of negative emotions as is common for some many players; but it didn't.  Instead, he was happy.  Not happy that he lost – the outcome at that point in the final table was out of his hands – but happy because of how well he'd played.  He knew instantly when the river card that busted him came down that he made the best decisions he possibly could have made given his level of preparation and the information he had in each hand.  In the next moment, realizing how he was purely focused on how well he'd played an not on busting, came the realization of what he'd accomplished mentally.

Here's an excerpt from his blog:

"After I lost, the experience was a little surreal. I felt like I had played really well so whether I won or lost the all in became totally irrelevant to me. Everyday I use the logic that I can’t control the results so I should just be happy when I play well, but it rarely manifests itself completely. It didn’t in the KK hand. But when I got it all in with AJs, it did, and I think everyone saw that in me. I was happy because I played exceptionally, the result truly didn’t matter. Nicolas Levi, a very good french pro to my right, told me the nicest thing I think anyone has ever said to me. “I told Roland that I knew it would be the best for us if you lost the all in, but I didn’t want you to.” I turned to James Bord, the coolest guy I’ve ever met at a poker table, and shook his hand. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that expression he had on his face on anyone ever before. His smile and head nod seemed to say he was honored that he got to play with me at the poker table. After I exited the table the ESPN reporter, who was about to interview me, started tearing. I asked her with a big smile “Why are you crying? Don’t be sad there is no reason to be sad  .” She replied. “I don’t know… I mean some people come over here all upset but you seem genuinely happy.” I know this whole paragraph may come off as incredibly self centered but I don’t mean it to be, it’s just honestly what happened."

To be purely focused on how well he'd played and on how well he was reacting after just busting so close to a major title is a remarkable accomplishment.  An accomplishment that happened from consistent effort and work on focusing more and more each day on what he ultimately controls in the short-term – how well he plays.

I know it can be hard for some of you to wrap your heads around how you can focus on winning, while at the same time not care when you don't.  It would seem that being happy losing suggests you don't care about winning – or that he's basically delusional. Danny does care A LOT, but he cares about how he plays because that's the only thing he ultimately has the final say in.  The cards are going to do what they want, and getting pissed that they didn't do what you want is one reason why players have so much trouble losing.

His accomplishment proves that the answer to not being results oriented isn't just forgetting, detaching, or ignoring results, it's to instead refocus your emotions around your poker skill.  It is not nearly as easy to produce as it is to write.  That's why it's a challenge, and that's why Danny's accomplishment is so monumental.

Poker is not like other forms of competition where the outcome is largely a matter of who is better skilled.  So while wanting and being driven to win is a critical trait shared by elite poker players, what's most important in my mind is HOW you go about achieving that end.  If you're focused more on your game, and less what's out of your hands (the cards, your opponents), you'll not only be more likely to win over the long-term, you'll be happier, and be able to enjoy the ride a hell of a lot more.

Through a steady and continual focus, Danny broke barriers in his own mind, and in doing so I hope that he can show you that it's possible to do the same for yourself.  It was an incredibly proud moment to receive the email from him yesterday describing how happy he was.  To be honest, I've held many theories about what I thought was possible within the frontiers of the mind and have worked hard to prove them.  Danny's reaction gave distinct validation for the work that I'm doing, and it feels great.

The means to get there for each of you is different, and in many cases still not fully known yet.  But it is possible if you keep working at it, and know too that I'm working to make it easier for you to make the changes too even if we never actually talk.

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Zen Madman Day 8 of 100

Posted by GiantBuddha

It rained. I wrote.

  • 10 chapters

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40,046 Hands – 47 Hours – $908.05

Posted by tacojohnsftw

Short post here - 40,000 hands was by far my biggest volume month ever. I had played pretty poorly my last 5000 hands because I played straight through for about 7 hours after a horrible day at work.

All in all awesome results! My first $1000 month (also earned $134 in Heads Up SNG) and I hope to keep the 4 digit months going in October.

I'm tired - I'm going to Puerto Vallarta!!!

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