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playing poker and teaching science: August 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?

Sunday, August 23, 2009


So how's this for a bit of irony: Mac McAnaly, singer and songwriter for such notable greats as Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney performed his song "A Simple Life" while an Amish man sat in his buggy nearby listening...
I'd say it was a great concert to end the summer with, but Bonny Raitt is coming up soon :-)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Experience Sugar Creek!

How does this happen?? Mac McAnally, singer and song writer for Jimmy Buffett, is the headliner for the Sugar Valley Canoe Company's outdoor concert????



Come paddle through Turkey Run and Shades State Parks and under 4 historic covered bridges. Stop along the many sandbars and hunt for rocks, fossils, crinoids and Indian Beads.

Paddle down the stream the Piankeshaw Indians called "Pun-go-se-co-ne" or "Water of Many Sugar Trees".

Our trips range from one-hour floats to overnight adventures. So, pack your picnic lunch and come float down beautiful Sugar Creek!

The beauty and history of Sugar Creek can best be experienced by drifting through its valleys in one of our quality canoes or kayaks. We hope to bring this unique experience to you by providing you with quality equipment, convenient transportation to and from the stream and the best variety of trips.

Don't miss this year's concert Friday, August 14! Mac McAnally with special guest.. Show starts at 7:00 pm. $5.00 per person. Lawn seating only so bring a chair, blanket and a good time!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Back in the pub cash

It’s been a busy summer with Space Camp, motorcycle jaunts, travel, and putzing around the house getting the yard in shape, cleaning gutters, and minor plumbing repairs. It’s quickly drawing to a close as the "back to school" signs remind me everywhere I look, but with the Jimmy Buffett concert tomorrow night, Rib Fest approaching, and Bonny Raitt coming to town, the twinge of summer’s end is deadened ever so slightly.


I've also found a new church home and that is a pleasing feeling indeed :-)


Poker has taken a back seat lately. I have however still found time to improve my token cache on Full Tilt, and I returned to the local pub for the weekly freeroll tournament last night and chopped the prize pool after reaching the top three with a firm grasp on the second largest chip stack.
I will without hesitation admit to a large suckout when my nut flush draw beat out trip queens. Okay... I was drawing to runner, runner for my flush and pushed to an unconnected board that had one diamond and a queen and thought Mr. Pocket Queens was making a move, but the freeroll mindset is such that you have to get lucky from time to time.
Mr. Pocket queens was VERY unset. You know the guy.... he was talking about how much he played live cash games and how good he was and how you had to play strong against the big chip stack. He ranted for a while about the hand to which I replied "Thank you for the input," before he stormed out.
Suck outs are part of the game. I've had quads beaten by and inside straight flush draw. Life goes on buddy!
Meanwhile.... cha ching! $50 for moi!
Where did I put those lesson plans last May???