All I've ever wanted is to make a difference in someone's life.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Too Funny

This picture was taken a few years ago at a friend's birthday party.
It's me and my friend Bonnie....Yes, we were a bit tipsy.
Oh ya - and that's Smokk with the Blondie

Sunday, November 26, 2006

3 times in 3 months is exhausting!!

I have flown from Orange County, CA to Cleveland 3 times in 3 months: once for my sister's baby shower, again for her 30th bday, and lastly for Thanksgiving. Whew! I'm tired.

So let me back up a bit and post some embarrassing pics of my Sister's 30th Birthday!
Okay, so we started our day off at the Charles Scott Salon and Spa, where she had a Mani and Pedi, facial, hair and makeup. I just had my hair and make up done.

Then, we head out to dinner. We didn't know it until we got there, but they were having a costume party for Halloween - it was very entertaining! Although, if I would have known I could dress up, I would have worn my costume:

Oh well...

My sis and me at the Cabana Restaraunt:

Eric's gf, My sis, her hubby, Jason, and Eric:

My sis and Jason:

Friday, November 24, 2006

Been blogger MIA for a while

We are flying back to the OC today - will be on a plane most of the day - UGH!
We have 2 layovers (Philly and Phoenix), too, which SUCKS!
Hmmm...maybe I can fit in a sng in between.

Anywho...will blog about my exiting week of projectile vomiting (the baby, not me), sleep depivation and sharing sit-n-goes latah.

But for now, I leave you with this (notice who goes bye bye):

Full Tilt Poker Game #1295277446: $6 + $0.50 Sit & Go (Turbo) (9051418), Table 1 - 30/60 - No Limit Hold'em - 0:10:27 ET - 2006/11/24
Seat 2: dBeau (1,160)
Seat 4: sampano (1,380)
Seat 5: love_elf (6,830)
Seat 7: BillieKeys88 (1,800)
Seat 8: envioustyler (1,180)
Seat 9: smokkee (1,150)
dBeau posts the small blind of 30
sampano posts the big blind of 60
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to love_elf [Kd Ah]
love_elf has 15 seconds left to act
love_elf raises to 180
BillieKeys88 folds
envioustyler folds
smokkee calls 180
dBeau folds
sampano folds
*** FLOP *** [Kh 3h 6c]
love_elf bets 350
smokkee raises to 970, and is all in
love_elf calls 620
smokkee shows [Kc Jd]
love_elf shows [Kd Ah]
*** TURN *** [Kh 3h 6c] [2s]
*** RIVER *** [Kh 3h 6c 2s] [3c]
smokkee shows two pair, Kings and Threes
love_elf shows two pair, Kings and Threes
love_elf wins the pot (2,390) with two pair, Kings and Threes
smokkee stands up (Elf grins devilishly...)

Hope everyone had a great holiday!

Monday, November 20, 2006

I slipped on a banana peel.....

Actually, this guy was pretty good heads up.
We played heads up for about 30 minutes, exchanging chip leads.
He finally succumbed to my J10 (or a pair of 4s - whatever):

Full Tilt Poker Game #1280632515: $6 + $0.50 Sit & Go (Turbo) (8927860), Table 1 - 400/800 - No Limit Hold'em - 2:12:41 ET - 2006/11/21
Seat 2: yomomz (5,860)
Seat 9: love_elf (7,640)
yomomz posts the small blind of 400
love_elf posts the big blind of 800
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to love_elf [Jc Th]
yomomz: thanks?
yomomz calls 400
love_elf raises to 2,500
love_elf: yes
yomomz raises to 5,860, and is all in
love_elf calls 3,360
yomomz shows [7c 6s]
love_elf shows [Jc Th]
*** FLOP *** [4c 4h 8c]
*** TURN *** [4c 4h 8c] [3d]
*** RIVER *** [4c 4h 8c 3d] [Qs]
yomomz shows a pair of Fours
love_elf shows a pair of Fours
love_elf wins the pot (11,720) with a pair of Fours
love_elf: gg
yomomz stands up
love_elf stands up
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 11,720 | Rake 0
Board: [4c 4h 8c 3d Qs]
Seat 2: yomomz (small blind) showed [7c 6s] and lost with a pair of Fours
Seat 9: love_elf (big blind) showed [Jc Th] and won (11,720) with a pair of Fours

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Well, this just sucked...And this sucked, too:

Out in 2 tournies....I'm realizing that poker is a game of LUCK. And No matter what you do, you can never be 100% sure that you will
a.) win or
b.) be the best
So freakin frustrating...

Full Tilt Poker Game #1269290096: $6 + $0.50 Sit & Go (Turbo) (8836106), Table 1 - 120/240 - No Limit Hold'em - 23:42:49 ET - 2006/11/18
Seat 2: slb159 (2,585)
Seat 3: BuiltLikeAPro (1,010)
Seat 4: yahtzee24 (2,230)
Seat 5: randumb1 (4,135)
Seat 6: love_elf (1,640)
Seat 7: lellow (1,900)
love_elf posts the small blind of 120
lellow posts the big blind of 240
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to love_elf [Jd Js]
slb159 folds
BuiltLikeAPro folds
yahtzee24 folds
randumb1 raises to 720
love_elf raises to 1,200
lellow folds
randumb1 calls 480
*** FLOP *** [Qh Kh 4h]
love_elf bets 240
randumb1 raises to 480
love_elf calls 200, and is all in
randumb1 shows [Jh 9h]
love_elf shows [Jd Js]
Uncalled bet of 40 returned to randumb1
*** TURN *** [Qh Kh 4h] [2c]
*** RIVER *** [Qh Kh 4h 2c] [4c]
randumb1 shows a flush, King high
love_elf shows two pair, Jacks and Fours
randumb1 wins the pot (3,520) with a flush, King high
love_elf stands up


Full Tilt Poker Game #1275449666: $6 + $0.50 Sit & Go (Turbo) (8885916), Table 1 - 120/240 - No Limit Hold'em - 1:46:50 ET - 2006/11/20
Seat 1: Steemroller33 (970)
Seat 2: bear 1978 (4,075)
Seat 3: love_elf (2,335)
Seat 7: smokkee (4,250)
Seat 9: Mariogs379 (1,870)
Mariogs379 posts the small blind of 120
Steemroller33 posts the big blind of 240
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to love_elf [Qc Qs]
bear 1978 raises to 480
love_elf raises to 2,335, and is all in
smokkee folds
Mariogs379 folds
Steemroller33 folds
bear 1978: i'm gonna suk u
bear 1978 calls 1,855
love_elf shows [Qc Qs]
bear 1978 shows [Ad Ah]
*** FLOP *** [Td 7h 8s]
*** TURN *** [Td 7h 8s] [9s]
*** RIVER *** [Td 7h 8s 9s] [Kh]
love_elf shows a pair of Queens
bear 1978 shows a pair of Aces
bear 1978 wins the pot (5,030) with a pair of Aces
love_elf stands up

Let's take another look back.....

wawawawawawawa....the gates of time are opening....wawawawawawwawawawa

Back to the 2002 National Chamionship Game....(again, We are the Champions is playing in the background)

Aaaaahhhhh what a fun and exuberant time. I'm sure Smokkee will have an internal struggle on who to root for, should OSU meet USC in Glendale. I'm sure he'll see the light and root for the better team (BUCKS). And who are we kidding, anyway?? There is NO way USC will make it there! Ha ha ha aha hahahahahahhahahahahah

Saturday, November 18, 2006

IT's here!! IT's here!!! Game day is upon us!

So it's about an hour from game time, and I sit here in nervous anticipation.
I cannot wait for the game to start!!

I've been thinking...should I bet? or not? and How much??
Miami Don gave me some encouragement last night.
So, this morning I placed a nominal bet ($100) on the Bucks.
It's not much, but it's all good - good faith
OSU is -7

So, we'll see how things go.
Blog ya all later!! we come!!!!

UPDATE: end of 1st quarter
Score: OSU 7 Michigan 7

Come ON Bucks, kick it into gear.....
Momma's get some dinero on the line!!

UPDATE: half time
Score: OSU 28 Michigan 14

You're doin Momma proud, boyz.
Keep dem TDs comin!!

UPDATE: end of 3rd quarter
Score: Osu 35 Michigan 24

Keep that lead, baby!

OSU WINS, Biotches!!! OSU 42 Mich 39
See you in Glendale!!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Let the Games Begin...The Big Day is Coming


Just let me think back....("we are the champions" is playing in the background)





(For all you doubters, which there were a bunch, stick that in your pipe and smoke it)

Every kid growing up in America longs for one time of the year.....Christmas - and why not. I did. Come on, name me one holiday that can beat it. The presents flow like water, bowl week is just around the corner, everybody is happy - and hell, even your parents get along! "What a bargain!!"

I can remember as a child looking through all the magazines and Sunday fliers for the coolest toys on the market. Mom always asked me what I wanted from Santa, and I knew every year that I had to have a quick solid list ready for her (which usually consisted of anything Barbie, easy-bake, or dress-up). I circled the ads and even cut them out in hopes that mom could put the good word in to Santa Claus for me (after all, mom's can do anything). I eagerly waited and anticipated what would come on Christmas day. Thankfully, mom and Santa Claus were in cahoots together, so I always received everything I wanted.

As the time continued to pass, and Barbie was no longer cool (wait, Barbie is always cool), I began to think of better and more creative things to ask for - CD's, items for my room, Buckeyes clothes, Browns items, and pretty much anything involving clothes and assesories. During Grad school @ Ohio State, I became hypnotized by the Buckeyes. I loved every aspect of them, the players, the school, the history, and the amazing fans; getting up at 8am, trecking down to campus with my sis, parking in some friend's lawn, and starting to DRINK. There was no other place that I wanted to be than in Columbus. Go Bucks!!

It started in 1995. An undefeated team consisting of a Heisman Trophy winner; an Ohio State and Big Ten record breaking quarterback; a studly tight end; a defensive squad consisting of legendary players; and an offensive lineman who would eventually change the way people look at the Heisman race - proceeded to go undefeated, easily beating their opponents, and then one false move - bam, it's over. Just like that. The National Championship race was over. I, along with the rest of the Buckeye nation, was devastated. How could this happen? We're Ohio State - we're suppose to win....right? Wrong. In the Big Ten, anybody can win on any given day (as was also seen in 1996 and 1998).

From that time forward, when my mom asked me what I wanted from Santa - I would tell her I wanted a Buckeyes National Championship. She would always laugh and tell me, "Honey, you know, if I could I would - but that's asking a lot!"

So, there it was in 2002: the Buckeyes return to glory in a historic season consisting of so many stomach curling games that I think I dry-heaved enough to last me the rest of my life. No joke, I thought I was going to toss my cookies at that game in Tempe. What a game!!

Thank you Buckeyes, thank you to the 13 seniors, and thank you Mom - for the best Christmas gift anyone could ask for.



Wednesday, November 15, 2006

All's fair in Poker - NOT!!!

So, was playing in the Mookie this week, and was doin okay.
I was getting cards and my betting was a little better this round (I think).

I even had the cojones to take my lovah Smokkee out with AA vs 99.
Yuck, ick, boooooooo
I did not feel good about this. I'm what you call a "nice" player - I don't like to take my friends out of tournies because it makes me feel bad.
Boo freakin Hoo (Smokkee would say)
I'm not even one of those hard-core players that plays a lot.
Once a week, I play the Mook. Nothing else.

However, I have determined that I need to toughen up because I find that not all players are nice players.
Most players will not hesitate to slit your throat and watch your tounament life drain down your neck, from your body, and into the gutter.
Like slb for instance:

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to love_elf [Qc Kd]
slb159 raises to 440
love_elf raises to 885, and is all in
slb159 calls 445
love_elf shows [Qc Kd]
slb159 shows [Ts Th]
*** FLOP *** [Tc 4h Jd]
*** TURN *** [Tc 4h Jd] [Jc]
*** RIVER *** [Tc 4h Jd Jc] [Ac]
love_elf shows a straight, Ace high
slb159 shows a full house, Tens full of Jacks
slb159 wins the pot (1,830) with a full house, Tens full of Jacks

Suck Suck, Holy suck Suck!!!!!!!!!
While this is not really a suck out, I just like saying it, and was pretty pissed off - at Poker - at slb - at the World. I mumbled a few explatives, and shut down the line for the night.

Just kidding, buddy slb.
You did alright. I'm glad to give you my chips.
Better you than a stranger.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

PRESENTING.....My new Nephew, Jaiden Christian Kramer

Okay, I may be a bit bias.

CC's Thursday night Bash indeed

My friend slb fretted over folding his hand here.
This post is for you buddy!
Good read on your part - bad raise (too big?) on my part.

slb159: posts small blind 25
CawtBluffin: posts big blind 50

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to love_elf [Jh Jc]
23skidoo: folds
love_elf: raises 100 to 150
Drizztdj: folds
bayne_s: folds
Katitude: calls 150
slb159 said, "geesh, there hadda be a caller"
slb159: folds
CawtBluffin: folds
*** FLOP *** [Kd Js 7h]
love_elf: bets 500

Katitude: folds
love_elf collected 375 from pot
love_elf: doesn't show hand

Here is the hand I went out on:

Dealt to love_elf [Ad Kh]
love_elf: calls 100

CawtBluffin: folds
csquard: raises 225 to 325
bayne_s: folds
Guinness: folds
smokkee: folds
Drizztdj: folds
love_elf: raises 734 to 1059 and is all-in
csquard: calls 734
*** FLOP *** [Qc 4d 9c]
*** TURN *** [Qc 4d 9c] [3s]
*** RIVER *** [Qc 4d 9c 3s] [8d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
love_elf: shows [Ad Kh] (high card Ace)
csquard: shows [Jd Qd] (a pair of Queens)
csquard collected 2268 from pot

What are your thoughts on how I played here? I tried to push him off the hand, but he would not budge.

Monday, November 06, 2006

I'm an Auntie!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My sister and her hubby had thier baby this morning!!
She went into labor last night around 8pm pst, and delivered at about 8am this morning!
12 hours of labor - OUCH!!
Mommy and baby are doing Great! And, Poppa Jason is doing well, too.

They had a baby boy:
8lbs, 19.5"
Jaiden Christian Kramer

Thank you God!

Let the spoiling begin......

OSU to date recap, Biotches!!

Day Date Opponent Location Outcome/Time
Sat 09/02/06 Northern Illinois Columbus,OH W, 35-12 BOOOOOOM

Sat 09/09/06 Texas Austin, TX W, 24-7 BOOOOOOOOM

Sat 09/16/06 Cincinnati Columbus, OH W, 37-7 BOOOOOOM

Sat 09/23/06 Penn State Columbus, OH W, 28-6 BOOOOOOOOOM

Sat 09/30/06 Iowa Iowa City, IA W, 38-17 BOOOOOOOOM

Sat 10/07/06 Bowling Green Columbus, OH W, 35-7 BOOOOOOOOOM

Sat 10/14/06 Michigan State East Lansing, MI W, 38-7 BOOOOOOOM

Sat 10/21/06 Indiana Columbus, OH W, 44-3 BOOOOOOOOM

Sat 10/28/06 Minnesota Columbus, OH W, 44-0 BOOOOOOOOM

Sat 11/04/06 Illinois Champaign, IL W, 17-10 BOOOOOOOOM

Sat 11/11/06 Northwestern Evanston, IL TBA

Sat 11/18/06 Michigan Columbus, OH 3:30 PM

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The hounds turned out to be puppies

So much for the Hounds of Hell....
I did a little better in the Mook tonight - did not go out 1st or 2nd.
Went out 41st out of 59, on what I think is a bad beat, not that it matters.
I raise with AQ sooted against AJ and he rivahed a J. Sucker.

Then, on a short stack, went in with A2 sooted, and lost....booooooo

So, I'm still learning and reading my book. Today I learned about position, and raising when I have a hand. Ray says that I should raise more than 2x. 3x or 4x will push someone off their hand faster than 2x. It says I have the best hand. He says that I should not play out of position. That I have more control this way. All this I'm sure is like, DUH, to you bloggers. But, it's back to the basics for me.

We'll see how next week goes.

By the way, my sis is dialated 2.5 cm. They will induce her in 2 weeks if she does not go into labor.