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playing poker and teaching science: May 2009

playing poker and teaching science

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Location: Indiana, United States

I'm a middle school science teacher, wrestling coach, poker player, scuba diver, aikido black belt, amateur writer, and student of life. In the past I have tried to give back a little by volunteering at a children's home in Belmopan, Belize, Central America. I also love Frosted Flakes. I have taken a year sabbatical from my teaching position in order to sail the Caribbean. Does that sound crazy to you?

Saturday, May 23, 2009

T minus three days...

There are precious few days left until the summer "officially" begins. Yes, I'm fully aware of the onset of summer being defined by the summer solstice, but teachers everywhere define the beginning of summer as the day the wee ones scurry out of the building for the last time.

Therefore, Tuesday begins the summer of The Bonus Days.

My school system has elected to change the school calendar so that there are a few more days after Christmas break than we have had in the past. We have typically been one of the earliest schools to start in the fall. Now, we will be one of the latest.

Thus the one-summer bonus: Out on May 26th and not back in until August 24th. That's 89... count 'em... 89 days off.

But who's counting?

The adventure begins next Friday when I hop a plane and fly to Sin City to try to my hand at the World Series of Poker. The goal is to secure a spot in the $1500 Omaha 8b tournament via satellite. If that doesn't happen, I'll play the side games, the Monday O8b tourney at The Orleans, and generally enjoy the experience that is Las Vegas.

What's the worse that can happen?

The balance of the summer will involve a week at Space Camp, a couple weeks volunteering in Belize, the e-tables at Hoosier Park, and who knows after that.

Stay tuned...