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Saturday, January 16th, 2010
4:04 pm
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Friday, January 15th, 2010
3:41 am - Comedy
I'm doing standup at Dick's Comedy Escape at Remington's on Boylston St. in Boston on Sunday at 9pm. All 3 people that read this should come! If you like hearing about people more awkward than you, trust me you'll love my stuff.

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Sunday, June 21st, 2009
4:51 am - Random Shiz
- Spending way too much money this month. Not entirely on wasteful things, but just annoyed this month has been very expensive by my standards, in the mid-hundreds overall.
- Am happy I've got to see lots of friends this month, and will next month as well. Just about everyone I know is 1-2 hours+ away so I don't get out enough really, and most people I know around here just sort of faded out, you know?
- Still a lot of summer movies to catch up on (I think Wolverine is already out of theaters, meh), like Terminator/Up/Away We Go/etc. Steve-o treated me to an exclusive screening of Land Of The Lost, which wasn't bad, but I wouldn't have paid to see it. They really butchered the marketing for it, and it's gonna cost Will Ferell a lot in the future. Drag Me To Hell was excellent, very on-par with the Evil Dead trilogy also by Sam Raimi. The Hangover was great, very rewatchable, hope the sequel isn't butchered.
- Went to probably the smallest concert I've ever been to at Pearl Street to see Since October/Burn Halo/The Veer Union/Halestorm. Literally found out about the show 3 hours before it started, so sucked I had no one to go with really, but all the bands were great and it was neat to be in such a small, private, rough venue (literally the basement), and neat to meet all the bands after. Will try to see Halestorm against when they play with Staind/Chevelle/Shinedown at BOA Pavilion next month. Although they're getting fairly popular now, it'd be great to look back one day and say I met a band when they were just starting out after they just blew up. Sidenote, I really freakin' miss knowing women that are into hard rock. I won't get into a mess trying to file what bands fit what particular genre, but just miss going to shows in general I guess.
- Poker has sucked this month. Not playing well, not running well, etc. Not in the red, but not much in the green either, need a big 9 days from here on out.

current mood: bored

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
1:09 am - I'm A Murderer
Ran over a squirrel today on the way to the gym. Obviously an accident, and not sure it'd have even mattered if I broke hard, still crushed his head. FIrst non-insect I've ever killed and I really can't ever see myself hunting after that. Naturally, I have a terrible day in poker following that. I really hate karma sometimes. Yes, I am that paranoid and superstitious, and I honestly believe there's a chance this could ruin my life. Well, at least I know I definitely won't ever commit some terrible crime unless it's total self-defense, because there's no way I could ever live with myself after, and would fear my comeupons the rest of my life.

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Friday, April 3rd, 2009
3:26 pm - Brags, Beats, and Variance
Brag: March was eventful. Got to see my best friend Steveo a few times, and although poker/gambling-wise Foxwoods sucked big-time at the beginning of the month, memories of him arguing with Mikey while we were all in bed at 5:30am in the dark while intermittently drinking Schnapps was one of the funniest moments I've ever encountered. Having him come up here and do trivia with some others was pretty fun, as well. Also an interesting karaoke night at Yong Shing's with Jess and others.

Beat: Being completely honest, I really never actively seek out opportunities to pick up women when out with friends, but these past few months I've just come upon these situations randomly, and each time it seems like a cuter and awesomer girl personality-wise, and the last 5 times I've email and number closed, I never got a reply and I just don'tet it. Why not just give me a fake number, a fake email, or nothing at all instead of this false hope. I know when I'm being inadvertently creepy or awkward, but none of these meetings had any of these, and it's just tearing me up inside a day or two after. I'm so sick of having to wait for the law of averages. Oh, and not a big deal, but Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist was kinda meh, at least that was rented from the Jones library for free.

Variance: Poker has been going pretty good. I've been on the happy side of variance, but playing more hands and putting more hours in than ever. Now that my site has a VIP program to aim for, I definitely feel I will be more motivated to grind. Not only to move up back to limits where I can start saving some decent money, but maybe take a vacation or something as well. If I can start getting 30-40k hands a month in, I'll be good to go, but really really need to get a DVI (?) cable to hook up my 30 inch monitor to my laptop and not have to strain my eyes anymore.

current mood: frustrated

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Saturday, February 14th, 2009
4:26 am - Alone and classy
There really aren't enough ways for me to say that I don't write in this enough. Truth be told, I don't live an exciting life because of working from home, having mostly married/engaged friends, and not being enough of a drunk. So I'm gonna talk about how February likes to put the WORST days ever back-to-back just for me.

Now I am lucky in the sense that I've never had anything extremely gruesome happen to me, Captain Superstitious, on Friday the 13th. I recall having a few crappy school days in middle and high school, but no losing any limbs or waking up to wombats pooping on my chest. Though it didn't help that I consciously avoided playing online today, and of course, the bad beat jackpot hits on the poker site I play on, at the same buy-in limit and tables I always play, with $41k going to everyone at the table, and the winner/loser of the hand getting $400k/$200k each. But if I was sitting there, it likely wouldn't have happened anyway, it's more of a stick in my craw since a significant part of the rake goes towards that jackpot and the guys that win these things never even donate it back, they just leave the site forever or gamble it off in blackjack or something.

Valentine's Day is more of a Friday the 13th to me. I've had 3 non-terrible V-days, and just one literally great one. Last year was ok despite being platonic. I had dinner with Kristina at some random Thai restaurant, and I had also won the biggest pot of my life earlier in the day for about $2400. Before that, the last decent one I had was when I was on February vacation in 8th grade with my parents in Cancun, and I spent most of the day drinking Sex on the Beach and Pina Coladas pool-side as there was a bikini-modeling show at the hotel that day. Of course, I later learned my then-girlfriend was cheating on me that day was less than ideal, but at least I was soaking up the rays and wasted underage.

And pretty much the only traditional V-day was when I was 13, and spent it at a Thai restaurant (hm, didn't notice that theme, I literally have never been to a Thai restaurant outside of V-day and Titanic with my then-girlfriend. She didn't even cry at the end. Suffice to say, she sure didn't cry when having her friend dump me VIA EMAIL the next week. This was in 1998, so way more unexpected/brutal then than it would be now.

So I don't know how I'm going to forget about this commercial holiday to be honest. I turned down going to Monster Jam in Worcester with Steve-o because it'd have to be completely sober since he has work the next day, lives in Boston, I couldn't crash at Jess' place since she'll obviously be having a real V-day with her husband, and frankly, I can't fathom enjoying Monster Jam without being totally shitfaced. Probably play a lot of poker unless it gets depressing fast, lift, and finish off two bottles of Pinot by myself watching something on streaming Netflix. Oh well, it can't be anywhere near as depressing as 2000(2001 maybe), when I fawned over Andrea Jorgensen for way too long, got her some really lame talking bear, then later saw her making out (it might have been faux-making out, since Steve Pierce did that a lot) in the hall, or just embarrassing like 2006 when I drove out to the middle of nowhere for a first date with this girl, brought her mums since I thought roses were cliche but didn't know mums were funeral flowers (foreshadowing FTW), and chose out of her craptacular movie collection to watch Freddy Got Fingered, since it is one of my favorite "awful" movies and she claimed to have loved Tom Green but was immediately turned off by it and me.

Well, I desires to write something more insightful but better than nadda. We'll see what comes out when I'm buzzed later. Toodles.

current mood: grumpy

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Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
1:02 pm - 1 GUY 1 CUP

Unless you want to go on a diet for the next few days after...

current mood: grumpy

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Sunday, December 7th, 2008
- I don't care what anyone thinks, but Kanye's new album is growing on me quite fast. Even though his singles so far and the album overall is quite depressing, I'm more than happy to put it all on repeat for a day or two non-stop.

- Work has just been very frustrating the past few months. I'm at the point where I'm considering hiring a coach just go to over the last few sessions and see if we can find any specific glaring leaks. I'm thinking of going taking a Peter Pan to Foxwoods either later today or mid-week. I want to take a temporary break from NL and play some 8-16 or hopefully 10-20 O8 with half-kill. If there is any consolation to the rather bad rut I'm in, I've been doing ok live in some home games that friends filled me in on. Unfortunately, I won't be attending one of them as there are serious accusation the host stacked the deck in a large pot the other weak to his benefit. He hadn't shown any indication of cheating the two times I played there, and was quite a gracious host/guy, so it's too bad, but I don't want to take any risk of being cheated, no matter what the stakes are. The other game I recently just played last Thursday, and although I'm not in full agreement of how it's run, again, the host seems like a very cool guy, along with the majority of regulars/friends. I feel I might need to work on my image though, as it's a very loose/gambling game, and although a tight and aggressive strategy is definitely correct money-wise, creating a friendly and sociable atmosphere is also vital to not only getting action, but also to keep from getting banned from a game. Don't get me wrong though, most of the guys I talked to there were super-cool, I just think I'll need to get a little buzzed and let down my guard a bit so I don't become a Buzz Killington.

- Not happy with how my life is going these days. Expanding my horizons is definitely becoming a bigger agenda for me. As great as Amherst is, without being in college and not fond of becoming some bar-hopping PUA, it's not easy meeting quality people. I'm taking a few classes at Bangs Community Center starting in January, one being Tango/Salsa, the other I'm undecided, but probably at least pickup Volleyball games. I'll also have Wednesday Nights free with the Arab Cinema film festival being over, so can finally get over to Not Bread Alone and help out serving dinners.

- But really, it's about picking up some quality friends. By my counts, I have roughly 7, and only Jess and Steveo are really within regular-driving distance. I'm never going to be the type of guy that has a group of regular friends, and I can accept that so as long as compatibility and deeper connections can be made with several different walks-of-life. Sometimes I feel a bit paranoid, thinking I have nothing to offer because I don't dominate conversations with my own life unless its story-telling. Now I wholly believe life should be lived like a good movie, but forcing upon my thoughts and opinions on others while playing-up a few events that happened years ago just comes off as extremely lame to me. Side note, it's quite amazing that I still get recognized from my Pokerdome appearance from July 2006 every now and then. Not only did I not win that tournament (losing on a $25,000 coinflip is semi-noteworthy, though), but it only lasted one season, and it was a terrible format! At least I can forever remember it with clips of my appearance gracing Youtube. Lastly, the last date I went on was in Las Vegas this summer, and it happened that the girl I was with was actually a paid audience member of the show I was on, but didn't remember me. How I was not meant to marry that girl was beyond me, oh well.

- My "net worth" right now is roughly $15k, I have no loans, no car payments, no gym payments, MassHealth, and about a $600 CC bill. I should be ok to do a 4-6 day vacation, right? On my list of places to see are England, South Korea, Switzerland, Netherlands, Russia, Germany again, and Romania. Now I have little-to-no-hope of getting anyone to come with to split costs a bit, nor to get a flight any time of year under $1k to any of those places except England and maybe Germany. Ideally, I'd just go to whichever had the best exchange rate with the US Dollar, so I'll have to do some research regarding that. Other than that, I *THINK* I can keep everything else under $400 in terms of expenses, by staying at hostels, eating free breakfasts, making my own food, and buying alcohol at the store before heading to any clubs/bars. Eh, I just need to be sure I have a semi-clear gameplan so that's it's an awesome, memorable vaca. Although no one but me would care, to me it'd be an insult to my friends who work jobs they hate and live on a tight budget to not take advantage of my situation. But regardless of your current situation, everyone needs to go out and go somewhere or do something they haven't done at least 1-2 times a year, for the sake of not only variety, but living life. You weren't put on this earth to work a shitty job, cook food, watch TV, sleep 5 days a week.

- Anyone else super-looking forward to Christmas....for the movies? Good chance I see The Spirit, The Wrestler, and especially The Curious Case of Benjamin Button back-to-back-to-back.

current mood: chipper

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
1:12 pm - Creepers
So I headed out to the gym last night after a too-long two-day break from it. The local HS girl's basketball team seems to sporadically practice there a few nights a week from 7-9. Now to be honest, most gyms that aren't Gold's or Planet Fitness are total sausagefests in my experience. Not to say women don't work out or anything, but it's far more typical to see male regulars. Anywho, I'm walking by some of the mid-life crisis guys in their 40's and 50's on the way to the elipticals, and ALL of their eyes are popping out of their heads checking out the jailbait on the courts. They're quietly noting their carnal appreciation of the scenery, and man does it freak me out to see all this. I can understand gawking at beautiful women in public, it's standard chavaunistic behabvior. But just seeing a group of unmarried, older men foaming at the mouth at girls that could be their daughters or GRANDDAUGHTERS disturbs me quite a bit.

Thoughts about what I'll be doing at that age never cross my mind, but hopefully it'll be happily married with kids, comfortable lifestyle, etc. It just has to be super-depressing and frightening to be at that age, and getting excited over a bunch of little ragamuffins. I don't even enjoy pursuing or dating anyone under 21 as the maturity factor really kicks in most of the time (though there are a few people I've met that were 5-6 years younger than me but far more responsible/mature than others my age). Also, I'm pretty sure women hit their sexual peak in their 40's, so why have the Kool-Aid when you could have the Cabernet?

current mood: indifferent

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Friday, October 10th, 2008
3:25 am - Meme
Put your music player on random.
* Post the first line from the first 32 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
* Let everyone guess what song and artist the lines come from.
* Bold the songs when someone guesses correctly.
* Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!
* Skip instrumentals and songs where the title is the first line.

1. You are a getaway car, a rush of blood to the head
2. I stand here face to face, with someone I that I used to know, that used to look at me and laugh
3. There are no ghosts watching through your walls
4. Sick and tired of this world, there's no more air
5. Saying I love you is not the words I want to hear from you
6. I know I've been mistaken but just give me a break and see the changes that I've made
7. I'm packed and I'm holding
8. I was young and didn't have nowhere to run
9. Don't think we ever got it right
10. He couldn't move as seasoned as he was
11. It's been awhile, I know I shouldn't have kept you waiting
12. Somehow everything's gonna fall right into place
13. As I was going over Cork and Kerry mountains
14. World was on fire, no one could save me but you
15. Everybody needs to start their own fire
16. Understand the night when she flashes her sparkling eyes at dusk
17. The night he found the key
18. Your such an inspiration for the ways
19. I met so many men and
20. Someone's turning the lights down low
21. A swimming pool with no bodies
22. I'm finally fed up
23. Now baby he keeps saying that you're the only one
24. I'm the trouble starter, fuckin instigator
25. Standing here looking out my window
26. Sharp pain when you breathe in deep
27. I've got the understanding of a 4-year-old
28. Last saw I saw a beauty queen paint her face on
29. I was so high I did not recognize
30. Lonely hours, lonely days
31. Maybe it's me, maybe I bore you
32. When you feel it in your body you found somebody who

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Thursday, October 9th, 2008
5:49 am - Zero Respect
I've always known this in the back of my mind, but just tonight, one fairly insignificant event just blew this issue up with me. Sans Jessica, not one single person - friend, family member, etc. has an ounce of respect for me. My parents and their significant others always inquire when I'll get a real job. My mother tries to sell me moving into her house and working with her at the newspaper for McDonald's money, or at a steel manufacturing plant. Just about every so-called friend questions whether or not I win money, but are quick to brag about their jobs with no chance of upward mobility or their large student loans. I expect stupid questions, but not really sure how much more tolerance I'll have for hearing them constantly from people I know. FYI, this year, I've made more than roughly 55-60% of Americans, and that's pretty great considering I never put in the amount of time playing as I'd like (we're talking under 40 hours of work a month probably).

But it's not just about what I do for a living. It's about respect and regard for me as a person. Getting blown off or stood up is standard considering how rude/clueless most people are, but there's just no excuse to not let someone know you're ditching them. It takes a minute to send an IM, text, Facebook message, etc. To say "eh whatever" is to spit in someone's face and turn your back on them to me. What kind of image do you hope to put forth of yourself to others? Yeah, I've been guilty of this occasionally, we all have, but to do it with regularity, without guilt, without regard for anyone else's feelings disgusts me. Just last week, I went to watch the VP debate with a so-called friend, and after it was over, she got on her cellphone, and quickly walked away from me without saying a word. Suffice to say, I terminated any contact with her after and let her know what a piece of garbage she was for doing so. Now, you might say "well you should probably question why she had no respect for you". To that I say, why does she bother inviting me in the first place if she doesn't respect me? I don't even accept a friend request from someone unless I think they're a decent person and show it. And as petty as it sounds, I go through occasionally and delete people from my life that ignore me on multiple occasions, even if I'm just asking how things are going for them. Having friends isn't a popularity contest for me. Having 900 Facebook friends is just a joke, in my opinion.

Don't think this is all me bitching about what shitty friends I have. On the contrary, this motivates me to prove them wrong, prove every single person in this world wrong about me. No one believes in me, and a great deal of people yearn for me to fail, so they can laugh it up themselves or with friends. One may think it's pathetic to be working towards goals to appease others, but it's about appeasing myself and being faced with adversity, doubters, critics, cynics, and crushing them, trucking them, stomping them. So please, keep criticizing, doubting, taunting, mocking me. It will be a most glorious day when I am at the top and all you have are your prejudices, mean-spirited intentions, and nostalgia of how you once were.

current mood: determined

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
5:46 am - Nostalgic?
So after taking forever to move out, finally got my own place in Aspen Chase until the end of July 2009. I do feel like there is a monkey off my back, having some security and a place to call my own. I was looking to actually sublet a place for the semester then see what's up after then, but I couldn't find anything of the sorts. Not a whole lot of places that either had singles or people that would put up with a cat, so options were limited, and I felt places like The Boulders and Cliffside in Sunderland were absolute dumps. $940/month for a single kinda sucks, especially when I hear about people paying $200-$300 a month with a roommate or two for everything, but at least everything is included (electricity, heat, internet, basic cable, hot water), so that saves time on paying separate bills and what not (along with oil prices for heat in the winter).

On that note, it bothers me when others berate someone for being "nostalgic" about the past, like they can't "get over it". Honestly, I'm not over college, mostly because I felt I missed out on a lot of good times, and didn't experience enough drunken antics or meeting new people, etc. Lame as it is, one + to live back here is hopefully meeting new people in the area, just in the downtown area, special events, or just if I'm around some campus. If I had the money, I'd do the grad school thing for a year, live in Prince, and just do it big. So there's my confession of being lame.

On the other hand, although I certainly don't hate my set-up now, I do feel like I'm toiling in mediocrity while others I know are teaching in Costa Rica or Japan, roaming Europe with friends, moving to Boston, and so forth. I certainly wouldn't be opposed to moving out of the US once my lease runs out, and just exploring Europe, though two things that hold me back are lack of anyone that would even go on a week vacation with me due to having a family or money, and my cat Homey. I definitely could not just get rid of him (he's 8 but still has awhile to go IMO), nor even give him away, so that's an issue. Regardless, it's time to live life a little. If anyone is down for a trip to Amsterdam, Disney World, or Oktoberfest in Munich, let me know.

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Sunday, August 3rd, 2008
5:31 am - Life Update
- July was great poker-wise. 2nd best month ever actually. Don't feel that comfortable sharing the # in this, but you can find it somewhere else. August has NOT started too great though (as in break even, but it happens).

- As of now, it's between signing a year-lease here or potentially picking up a lease in Sunderland at Cliffside Apartments that would be roughly $100-$150 less a month than here. Though it seems rather stupid to get a 2-bedroom apartment, since it's double the size and only $100 more a month, if I were to stay here I'd almost just do that and get a luxury-like setup going. On the other hand, spending $1100-$1300 a month as a single dude also seems pretty ridiculous, but not my fault all my friends either have roommates, live in not-so-great areas, or are married, otherwise I'd be more than happy to spend half of what I do now sharing a place with some neat people. As much as I love my cat, he also really limits where I can live :(

- Again, been disappointed in a select number of people who I would call 2nd-tier best friends. It's subtle things, but I think it sends a pretty clear message as well. Might be time to start eliminating these people entirely from my thoughts/life.

- Potential Florida trip last week/weekend of October. If I'm settled in and this month goes ok, Amsterdam is a consideration for September.

current mood: annoyed

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Saturday, July 5th, 2008
3:14 am - Sad Burda

Since getting back from Las Vegas, nearly everything as gone straight to hell. You name it, it's sucked. Cat throwing up way too much (because he's stupid and gorges, not because he's sick), poker, people flaking on/pissing me off, etc. The one potential bright spot of the last few weeks just went poof a few hours ago. I might be using my Jump To Conclusions mat prematurely, but why have any faith in anyone but myself and God anymore? No one has given me any reason to.

All I ask is not to tell me some empty, useless comment like "maybe if you had a more positive outlook on life things would be better" or some garbage. For one thing, it's an incredibly insincere thing to say. Two, it's hard for me to expect good things to happen. Only way I ever get anything is working hard for it, but how can I really "work hard" for certain things when the door is already shut? Eh whatever. I'm not really sure how things will pick up, but guess we'll see.

current mood: crappy

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Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
4:08 pm - Stopping and Staring
I won't go over the obvious "jee I don't post enough!" jumble, because I'm even slacking on my Cardrunners blog as well.

Anywho, I'm moving out next Wednesday to Aspen Chase for the summer in Hadley, getting a fairly sweet deal rent-wise. I know it's sort of lame going back to the old stomping grounds, but I like the location, the fact I can walk or take the bus pretty much wherever I want, and Boyden is fairly cheap in the summer as well, and no worrying about my lock getting picked/shit getting stolen like the Springfield YMCA. If I really like it, I might just find someway to stay in the complex until December when I should REALLY have the money to move somewhere out-of-state. Either way, will be nice to have my own space, a bedroom, and be able to play poker relatively distraction-free at night.

As for trips, the only definite one as of now is June 8-16 to Las Vegas for two preliminary WSOP events, the $1500 PLO and $2000 NLHE. I'm a bit excited, but it's going to be a pain getting out/carrying cash around until I get a safe deposit box at the Rio or elsewhere. Staying at the Excalibur, which is fairly convenient location relative to the path to the Rio. Will suck I won't know many people out there (one poker player, a guy I played heads-up with in the PLO HU Championships for 2+2), but should have plenty of time to meet others.

That's it for now, maybe more later this month.

current mood: apathetic

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Monday, March 3rd, 2008
2:16 pm - You know it's been a bad week when...
..the only thing that's got you distracted from otherwise mostly suckness is a total trainwreck on "The Moment Of Truth". Oh man, Jerry Springer holds a special place in my TV-trash heart, but this was for real (or at least a very good set-up if it wasn't).

As usual for most people that have LJ's, I don't write in this enough, but then again, not enough goes down in my life these days.

- Did get my PT certification last week of January, have had zero action on my online resumes on Monster/CareerBuilder, would be nice to hear back from Springfield YMCA/Planet Fitness. I'm sorta worried I'm hated by Campus Rec for some reason now, I sent Xmas cards and got zero responses, and I didn't even get a call back for a bouncer job in Springfield despite being one of the only guys applying WITH a resume.

- January was a sucky month for poker (about break-even), February was my second-best month ever but last few days in a horrid $2k downswing, pretty much losing every way imaginable (getting looked up on every bluff, running into overpairs, losing AA 12 times in a row, losing overpairs to sets, whiffing check-raises with two pair and someone hitting a straight on the river), just really frustrating stuff. Have a friendly competition with a friend to hit 26k hands this month, otherwise if one of us doesn't do it, we have to do something crazy like play a 24-hour session at $1-$5 Seven Card Stud at Foxwoods or something equally humiliating. Unfortunately, it's the norm that I grind out a ton of hands when I'm stuck, though I'm still doing ok on not-tilting/chasing losses above my means. I'm easily on pace for it, and I might just drop down a level to clear my head and just not care as much (although even $100 buy-in cash games feel like play money to me now, pretty sick). I cash out around $1k-$2k a month, want to save up about $7k before I consider getting my own place, but it's been tough now that I'm paying for my own groceries, car insurance, car repairs ($300 for brake drums last week) and cat ($200 for vet check-up/shots since my father never did crap for him really). So that's kind of a hit, and I probably won't get to take a vacation in the next few months, but that's life. I do need to do something fun for myself soon though, because you should spoil yourself once every few months no matter what your income is or who you are, just to keep sane.

- I've knocked off a decent amount of movies off the top 250 list so far this year. Here they are:

- City Lights (ok, not Chaplin's best)
- Apocalypse Now (thought it was slow/sucked/overrated/Brando overhyped)
- Superbad (hate Jonah Hill, McLovin made the movie for me)
- Hot Fuzz (great last 15 min., saved otherwise somewhat dull movie)
- 3:10 To Yuma (great, loved the soundtrack/supporting cast)
- The Prestige (Bale magnificent as usual)
- There Will Be Blood (Would have been a travesty if DDL didn't get that Oscar, enjoyed the ridiculousness at points)

Have Blade Runner: Final Cut (which took a good 2+ months to get, but of course it's playing at Amherst Cinema now, ugh), and Dial M For Murder up next with No Country on the way next week. Also seen a lot of good Miike films this year. What is it going to take for a solid, original US horror movie to be made this century?

- Kinda neat promotion albeit really not for much at the gym, where you get points per day you go to the gym in March, get matched up with other people bracket-style, whoever has most points gets a college t-shirt of their choice, basketball, and fitpoints (which are sort of like FPPs for the YMCA, that can be redeemed for some useful stuff believe it or not). For me it's more the challenge of going to the Y 28 straight days. Unless I'm deathly sick or won the lottery, I plan on going through with it, and definitely get healthier in an otherwise crappy, middling month (damn Smarch weather).

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Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
4:48 pm - Resolutions Pt. 2
These are my resolutions
Just when I thought I saw all the movies that weren't gay
My Netflix on the side said I've got more on the way
These are my solutions
Man I'm bored and I dont know what to do
I guess I gotta give you part 2 of my resolutions
If I'm gonna see one then I gotta see them all
Damn near cried when I saw Woody banging Annie Hall
I'm so bored and I still haven't seen Juno
But to give you part 2 of my resolutions

Long story short, I'm attempting a shot at becoming a movie snob after my last year of college basically burying myself in foreign film. I think it's a doable goal with the invention of Netflix, so I'll *try* to give a few sentence summary of what I think about the movies I do watch (besides, always good to broaden my horizon, and thankfully no Julia Roberts movies in there I think). I know IMDB 250 is not a definitive list at all, but I think it's the most diverse and not just movies made before 1950 like some other classics list. Here it is, the ones I commented on are the ones I've seen already (which is a fair amount):

1. The Godfather (1972)
2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) - Excellent, rewatchable
3. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
4. Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966)
5. Pulp Fiction (1994)
6. Schindler's List (1993) - More depressing since I've been to concentration camps
7. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
9. Casablanca (1942) - <3 Clable
10. Shichinin no samurai (1954)
11. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
12. Star Wars (1977)
13. 12 Angry Men (1957) - Amazing acting
14. Rear Window (1954)
15. Goodfellas (1990)
16. Cidade de Deus (2002)
17. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
18. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
19. No Country for Old Men (2007)
20. C'era una volta il West (1968)
21. The Usual Suspects (1995)
22. Psycho (1960)
23. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
24. Citizen Kane (1941)
25. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
26. North by Northwest (1959)
27. Fight Club (1999) - Where the hell is Ed Norton these days?
28. Memento (2000)
29. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
30. Sunset Blvd. (1950) - Film noir at its best
31. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
32. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
33. The Matrix (1999) - First of its kind IMO
34. Apocalypse Now (1979)
35. Taxi Driver (1976) - Built up for last reel, more movies should do that
36. Se7en (1995)
37. American Beauty (1999) - Need to rewatch this one
38. Vertigo (1958)
39. Léon (1994)
40. Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Le (2001)
41. The Departed (2006) - Original was more dramatic, but still great
42. American History X (1998)
43. Paths of Glory (1957)
44. M (1931)
45. The Third Man (1949)
46. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
47. Chinatown (1974) - Nicholson at his best
48. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - Hope this is my generation's biggest classic
49. Laberinto del fauno, El (2006) - Better the 2nd time
50. A Clockwork Orange (1971) - Just fucked-up fun
51. Alien (1979)
52. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
53. Leben der Anderen, Das (2006)
54. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)
55. The Pianist (2002)
56. Double Indemnity (1944)
57. The Shining (1980) - Should get around to reading the book
58. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
59. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
60. Boot, Das (1981)
61. L.A. Confidential (1997)
62. Untergang, Der (2004)
63. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
64. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
65. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
66. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
67. Forrest Gump (1994)
68. Metropolis (1927) - Would love to see a good remake of this
69. Aliens (1986)
70. Raging Bull (1980)
71. Rashômon (1950) - Another I need to rewatch
72. Modern Times (1936)
73. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
74. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) - Great movie to do shots to
75. Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957)
76. Sin City (2005) - Fuck the sequel taking 4 years to make
77. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
78. Rebecca (1940)
79. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
80. All About Eve (1950)
81. Some Like It Hot (1959)
82. The Great Escape (1963)
83. Touch of Evil (1958)
84. Amadeus (1984)
85. On the Waterfront (1954)
86. Vita è bella, La (1997)
87. The Prestige (2006)
88. City Lights (1931)
89. The Elephant Man (1980)
90. There Will Be Blood (2007)
91. Jaws (1975) - I found it boring
92. The Sting (1973)
93. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
94. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
95. Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1988)
96. Strangers on a Train (1951)
97. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
98. The Apartment (1960)
99. Braveheart (1995) - Has to be most syndicated movie on TV ever, for a reason
100. Salaire de la peur, Le (1953)
101. The Great Dictator (1940)
102. Blade Runner (1982)
103. Batman Begins (2005) - Almost makes me forget about Joel Schumacher
104. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
105. Ratatouille (2007)
106. The Big Sleep (1946)
107. High Noon (1952)
108. The Wizard of Oz (1939) - Glad I got that out of the way
109. Ran (1985)
110. Notorious (1946)
111. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
112. Oldboy (2003)
113. Ladri di biciclette (1948)
114. Fargo (1996)
115. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
116. Back to the Future (1985) - Would like to trick out a Delorean someday
117. Unforgiven (1992)
118. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) - Best action sequence ever
119. Donnie Darko (2001) - Might want to rewatch, I thought it sucked first time
120. Mononoke-hime (1997)
121. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
122. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
123. Battaglia di Algeri, La (1966)
124. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
125. Yojimbo (1961) - Very unique, need to rewatch to better appreciate
126. Notti di Cabiria, Le (1957)
127. Per qualche dollaro in più (1965)
128. The Green Mile (1999)
129. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
130. Annie Hall (1977)
131. Gladiator (2000)
132. Ben-Hur (1959)
133. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
134. The Sixth Sense (1999) - Made out through good amt. of this movie lulz
135. The Deer Hunter (1978)
136. Die Hard (1988)
137. The Killing (1956)
138. It Happened One Night (1934)
139. The General (1927)
140. The Incredibles (2004)
141. Life of Brian (1979)
142. Finding Nemo (2003)
143. Platoon (1986)
144. Diaboliques, Les (1955)
145. V for Vendetta (2005) - Need to rewatch, V speeches were annoying after awhile
146. Children of Men (2006) - How did that NOT win an Oscar
147. Amores perros (2000)
148. Smultronstället (1957)
149. The Wild Bunch (1969)
150. 8½ (1963)
151. The Princess Bride (1987)
152. Taare Zameen Par (2007)
153. The Graduate (1967)
154. Crash (2004/I) - Kind of overrated
155. Brief Encounter (1945)
156. American Gangster (2007)
157. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
158. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
159. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
160. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
161. Heat (1995)
162. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
163. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
164. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
165. Stand by Me (1986)
166. Gandhi (1982)
167. Belle et la bête, La (1946)
168. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) - Really should have seen #1 first
169. The Big Lebowski (1998)
170. Grindhouse (2007) - Very underrated, dumb boorish Americans can't appreciate
171. The African Queen (1951)
172. Harvey (1950)
173. Wo hu cang long (2000)
174. Little Miss Sunshine (2006) - One of the best dark comedies I've seen
175. Cabinet des Dr. Caligari., Das (1920) - Creepy for its time
176. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
177. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
178. Gone with the Wind (1939)
179. The Conversation (1974)
180. Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
181. Trainspotting (1996)
182. Juno (2007)
183. The Thing (1982)
184. Stalker (1979)
185. Snatch. (2000)
186. Duck Soup (1933) - Plan on seeing all Marx Bros. films
187. Patton (1970)
188. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
189. Groundhog Day (1993) - Bill Murray is his prime
190. Umberto D. (1952)
191. The Gold Rush (1925)
192. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
193. Toy Story (1995) - Eh, started the Pixar revolution, so respect
194. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
195. Scarface (1983) - Really overrated, Pacino is a nutjob though
196. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
197. Idi i smotri (1985)
198. Sleuth (1972)
199. The Hustler (1961)
200. King Kong (1933)
201. Glory (1989)
202. The Terminator (1984) - Very underrated
203. Du rififi chez les hommes (1955)
204. Hotaru no haka (1988)
205. Ed Wood (1994)
206. Bride of Frankenstein (1935) - Was ok
207. Hot Fuzz (2007) 68,654
208. The Exorcist (1973) - Would have been awesome to see this in 1973
209. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
210. Spartacus (1960)
211. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
212. Lola rennt (1998)
213. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
214. Out of the Past (1947)
215. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
216. Stalag 17 (1953)
217. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
218. The Lost Weekend (1945)
219. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
220. Toy Story 2 (1999) - Seriously this high?
221. A Christmas Story (1983) - Timeless
222. The Lion King (1994) - Seeing a Disney theme here...
223. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
224. Magnolia (1999)
225. Frankenstein (1931) - Hard to enjoy as much as Young Frankenstein
226. Ikiru (1952)
227. Seppuku (1962)
228. Big Fish (2003) - Wasn't a fan of this
229. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
230. Mystic River (2003)
231. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
232. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
233. Tengoku to jigoku (1963)
234. Mou gaan dou (2002)
235. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
236. The Searchers (1956)
237. Young Frankenstein (1974) Should be higher than both other Franksteins
238. Quatre cents coups, Les (1959)
239. Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (1972)
240. Ying xiong (2002)
241. Haine, La (1995)
242. Casino (1995)
243. Kumonosu jô (1957)
244. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
245. Tropa de Elite (2007)
246. His Girl Friday (1940)
247. Dial M for Murder (1954)
248. Manhattan (1979)
249. Roman Holiday (1953)
250. Harold and Maude (1971)

202 to go..

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2007
6:48 pm - Brett Wants..
The Christmas list meme boosted from someone else

Type "$yourname wants" into google and list the first ten distinct results:

"(All)Brett wants for Festivus"
"Brett wants Benni to stay"
"Brett wants a raise"
"Brett wants to be your man"
"Brett wants to work with the big B"
"Brett wants to be Brian"
"Brett wants Dan to use his tool now!" <---- uh no :(
"Brett wants to say something"
"Brett wants to be traded"
"Brett wants to know why this thread is bumped"

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Saturday, November 10th, 2007
8:52 am - Enough Is Enough And It's Time For A Change
I need to do something, or go somewhere and just live, be out of my environment, out of my element. Anyone have suggestions?

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Saturday, November 3rd, 2007
10:55 am - Who Your True Friends Are...
Y'all know I'm paranoid and self-centered at times, but I just find it sort of shocking how quickly people can either forget about you or just go out of their way to not only defriend you, but be real classless about it. I understand some feel the need to "purge" their lives of people they never talk to, but lately it's been people I felt I had a pretty good rep with, that I had known for a few years and talked to on a regular basis about not-so-trivial things. Me personally, I don't get rid of someone unless they continually blow me off or fuck me over, and since I consider most people I'm friends or acquainted with quality people, it's not something I have to do too often.

In the past I would have tried to search for something that isn't there, that being some horrible fault of my own. But I'm at the point where I'm pretty much done giving a fuck if someone wants to blow me off - their loss in the end. I'll be disappointed and frustrated, but in time what happens happens. There are still some quality people I don't know very well keeping in touch and I appreciate that. Kinda sucks since one doesn't meet too many new people playing online poker, studying for PT, and going to a gym where hardly anyone within 15 years of me goes, especially females. The end?

current mood: annoyed

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