Town Crier Due Today

March 31st, 2008

I have been writing my newest town crier column for a couple days. I have edited and re-edited it several times. I want it to be well written and easy to read. I think I accomplished that. I was writing about the Easter Massacre. I had to get that turned in today.

Later I had the radio show. It was a very good show. I spent time with Tom and quizzing him. Later I read the story from the Readers Digest book that I have, it is called a “Curious Love Story”. It is about assigning blame for the death of a young lady who was having an affair.

Tonight there was no Monday Night Training. It felt weird to be on call on a Monday and not go down to station one for some sort of training.

Softball Season is Starting!

March 30th, 2008

With the snow and all we were playing softball today. The first game was coed. I am not playing just coaching because we have too many guys. I figured I will get my play time in the men’s games.

We lost the coed game, but I didn’t really care. I didn’t even really know. It was so cold. It actually started to snow right after the coed game. I took some photos of the snow as it was falling covering the field and the team with snow.

Part of the team getting snowed on

I couldn’t hit the ball. I actually missed the ball on several swings. I couldn’t believe it. I was starting to get worried about my poor hitting. It was ugly. But the rest of the team was hitting the ball well and we went on to beat the other teams. It was pretty easy. I am not sure if we are that good or if they are that bad.

After the game Ryan, Anna, and I went to dinner. We hit some Mexican food. We hung out for a while chowing and chatting before they had to leave to go to Spokane.

Fantasy Baseball Draft

March 29th, 2008

I made my way to Phil’s house for the baseball draft. I wasn’t sure how it all worked as Ryan did this last season. This year it is me running the team because Ryan didn’t want to do it. After getting my computer set up and on a wireless network the draft started.

It took almost six hours in all. We stopped for some pizza from Pipeline during the event. We ordered six pizza’s in all. I ended up making this my free day as I had both pizza and some cookies. I used some guidelines I downloaded from a website showing what each player should go for assuming it was an auction style draft. I payed around what the site said the players were worth for the most part. I got some of them cheaper.

Overall my team was made fun of for being a ninety-eight all-star team. More or less they are saying my team is old and out of the prime. I don’t know how it will do.

After that I called mom to talk to her for a while. It was her birthday today. I bought her a GPS for her birthday and gave it to her the last time I was in town. She really likes it.

I went to the Keeton’s and played poker with them until around midnight. Denise was doing well and she ended up being the big winner on the night. I think I ended up down about ten bucks.

We had a good time playing cards and laughing at the stories we were telling.

Playing with New Software

March 28th, 2008

After the Microsoft Launch event yesterday I made out with some good stuff. Including the software of Visual Studio Two-Thousand and Eight. I loaded it up on the laptop. I figure on the laptop I can use it on the road and I can connect to the laptop while I am here to use it on my desktop as well.

I am going to have to spend some time getting my Pullman Fire app moved over to the new application so I can start to use it and learn.

Microsoft Launch Event

March 27th, 2008

Brandon, from Whitman Co IS, and I made our way to Spokane through the nasty roads due to the snow that fell over night. We were up there for the Microsoft Launch events. We got a neat lunch bag that had some food and is very nicely made. I really can see me getting use out of it in the future as well.

They also gave everyone a copy Visual Studio Two-Thousand and Eight, Sql Server and more. It was great. I will be installing it laptop soon.

Brandon and I walked to a nearby mall for lunch and then back to the event for the afternoon session. The afternoon event went until after the Cougar Basketball game started. They were playing UNC in the Sweet Sixteen. But after about the first fifteen minutes the game started to go down hill with UNC getting a lead we couldn’t catch up and lost the game.

March Coroners Meeting

March 26th, 2008

This evening was our coroner’s meeting. I got to the office a little early and while I was waiting I went through one of the forensics books. Soon it was seven o’clock pm and no one was there. I was starting to think I didn’t get the “memo”. But soon Pete and Ken showed up. Patti wasn’t going to be at the meeting.

We went over a couple of the cases that had happened over the last month. Then we got our call schedule set up for the next month. I am also getting ready for my week in coroner’s training later in April. I already took the time off of work to do it. April is going to be a busy month for me with the two trips to Seattle I will have to make plus all the softball both for IM’s, summer league, and the tournament.

I am going to try to keep up with everything.

Shook in the Jail

March 25th, 2008

Before fire training I went to Colfax a little early. I was in the jail for a while. We ended up having to do a shack down in one of the units looking for a missing item. When it was done we ended up locking down the whole unit for various reasons.

When it was time for training I went to the fire station across the street. We were dealing with fire alarms and water protection devices. It was a good training.

When I got home I was going to go to The Zzu, but I have had a hard time waking up so I decided it would be best if I went to bed early to make sure I got up at a good time.

Ladders Drill

March 24th, 2008

Before the radio show I found a couple places I would need to go after the show. A couple guys on the team were over in Bohler Gym. During the radio show I talked about some articles I found about how banks look at every transaction looking for things to report to the government for investigation. It was interesting to read. It is how the New York Governor was discovered.

After the show I went to Bohler can got Ryan’s signatures and I also picked up some money from Josh. As I was leaving I could hear one of the football players who was in there say “drug deal?” and Josh said “Yeah.” That made me laugh.

Afterwards I went to a couple places where I had been two weeks earlier looking for donations. Neither of them are biting today. Though it did look good the day we were there.

I went home until it was time to head to the fire station for training. I started by getting some photos of two of the new guys. We took the engine down to station one for the classroom part. Then it was off to the tower. We threw ladders for the training. Practicing using the different sizes and setting them in the correct places.

Bad Beating in Poker

March 23rd, 2008

I decided today that I was going to play poker before I had to go to my softball meeting. Then I got a call about the autopsy that was going to happen today as well.

I went to Zeppoz and Loren was there. We were sending some texts earlier about playing. As it turned out we were on the same table. He was betting big pretty often trying to build a stack of money. I realized I would have to play fast in order to make it to the autopsy.

While waiting for the game to start I was talking about the poker hand I saw on TV on Friday night while working at the jail. Someone had pocket Aces. The other person had Ace-King. He pretty much had a five-percent chance of winning. The flop was Q-J-10. To give him a straight and the victory. That was amazing.

I found myself with pocket Aces. I raised a small amount. Loren went all-in. I called him. Everyone else folded out. Loren shows K-Q suited. I was a big favorite. The flop was J-10-9. Giving him the straight and the win. People remembered what we had talked about and thought it was strange to see it actually happen to me. I joked with Loren about popping his car tires. I wasn’t mad at all. I was just amazed that it happened just like I saw on TV.

I went a little longer. I got my money in on a good hand and someone who was at a lesser odds of beating me, in fact beat me. So I left, but the timing was good.

I went to the funeral home for the autopsy. As always that was very interesting and it showed us what caused the death in this case.

I got out of there just before I had to be at Cougar Country for the softball team signups. No one else was there when I got there. I ate slowly and just as I was getting ready to go I saw Heidi show up. So I got a pop and hung out while she ate her dinner. She signed the form and we spent time talking about various things with Rhonda at the table with us.

Lots of Pullman Fire Activities

March 22nd, 2008

It started out with going to the fire station and talking to Drew about the training I had planned for the evening. Then I went to Kruegal park to take photos of the Easter Bunny that was delivered by the fire department.

I went home and started to build the website for displaying the photos that I took at the park and from the stair climb in Seattle. I got that close to being done when I had to run out to Pioneer Center for taking photos of the badge pinning ceremony.

After that I went home and started to watch the Cougs playing basketball against Notre Dame. Not a lot of people gave them much of a chance. After the first half I went to Kevin’s place where Brandon and Kendall were there. We watched it together. It was great. The Cougs went on to win by twenty points. They held ND to forty-one points. Their lowest point total of the season.

I had enough time to rush to the fire station for training. I went through all the objectives and safety items. Then we went to the tower. I got the fog machine going and did the final setting up of the scene.

Drew started the scene with his arrival report and walk around. Then I had units show up in an order like they would in a real call. Drew directed teams to do certain things. The only problem was the smoke machine ran out of smoke and the room cleared out really well, so one of the things I did to test them was obvious. I had put a baby in the hallway. I wanted them to do what they would do in a real situation depending on what they found. I put it there in such a way that they wouldn’t see it. The only way they would find it would be by accident. But with the lack of smoke it was easy to see. They did react just right however. So that was good.

After the event was done we went to the fourth floor of the building to clean up some bird droppings and remove the birds that had taken up residence. We put the rigs back in service and went back to the station.

Brandon and Kevin were waiting for me at the fire station. I was running really late. I wanted to be done by seven-thirty. We weren’t done until nearly eight-thirty.

They came back to my place. We had some lasagna and bread. We played several games until around two o’clock in the morning. It was a fun night with those guys.

Helping out in the Jail

March 21st, 2008

I spent a little time getting the tower set up for the training I am putting tomorrow for my crew. After getting the room set up and getting the fog machine set up. I went to the station and wrote information the white board for the briefing.

Later in the afternoon I was working on the website for the reserves so they can input their own subs. I got that working to a point. I need to spend some more time to get the logic and the workings even better. It is sort of clunky right now. But it does work.

I went to the jail around eight in the evening to put in around six hours. I did a booking and did a couple rounds. It was a pretty slow night in the jail over all. I stayed until two in the morning.

Round One Down

March 20th, 2008

I had to go to the softball meeting for IM softball today. When the was done I went to My Office. I watched the Cougar game on TV. It was a great game in the second half for the Cougs. It was tied going into to the break. But then the Cougs went out there and started to really kick some butt.

After the game was done guys came down to meet up with me to sign the roster and pay for the team. I still have several other people to sign the roster. Many others also have to pay me still.

The Palousitics Lunch

March 19th, 2008

Today was the first of the new monthly lunches that we at Palousitics will be holding. Ten of us met up at the Hilltop Restaurant for a nice meal and good conversation. The turn out and the food was good and I think everyone had a good time getting together.

Later on I worked at Beasley. It was a musical performance. It lasted for a couple hours. The people who came seemed to enjoy the show.

It was God’s Will

March 18th, 2008

After my workout today I was going to turn to go home from the Rec Center. I was in the turn lane and had my left hand blinker on, but something made me go right. (Not that going right is ever a bad thing).

I turned onto Stadium Way and saw someone near Troy Road was hitchhiking. I thought that was odd to see in general. But it was a younger looking lady. When I saw the size and stature of the person walking along, plus the coat and scarf, I thought I might know her. As I passed her up, I knew who it was.

She is someone who is a fellow DJ on KZUU. She is a very nice person and I felt like I had to go back and pick her up. I was worried about her hitchhiking, even though “it is only Pullman”. So I turned around, but I had to go all the way down to Stephenson to turn around because of the median in the road. Finally, I got back to her and she was happy for the ride.

As it turned out she had to get across town and get her computer for a class presentation. I told her I would give her a ride back to campus as well because she would have to take the bus back otherwise. The part of town she lived it would require a transfer to another bus.

While we were driving along I found out that she also has a radio show on a local Christian station and I started to think it could have been God’s will that brought me to her.

As my reward for giving her the ride, when I drove down Main Street in Pullman, I saw my barber walking across the street to open his barbershop. I had planned on getting my haircut, so that worked out perfectly. Had I got straight there without stopping to help this lady, then he still would have been closed.

I went down to a couple calls at the fire station, but as normal I only stood by. But Rich and I had a chance to play a game for a bit while he was on his break. That is always fun to have something to do while I am standing by.

Rich also had asked if I could help him with a computer problem. He had some nasty malware application on his computer and none of the major applications were finding it and cleaning it. I did some research on it and found out how to clean it out of the computer. That took about an hour total to get it done and help make sure the computer was good to go.

I had just enough time to get down to the fire station in Colfax for training. There were only about ten people there for the Building Construction lecture. It only took about an hour for that.

Brandon and I were going to meet up at The Zzu for Taco Tuesday. I think things were still going good for me at this point. I started to play pool against Brandon. I was playing my normal game. I was able to sink a lot of balls, but I also missed a lot. But what was interesting is we played five games.

In those five games Brandon had not been beaten once yet I had four wins. He had one. He was on the Eight ball on four separate occasions. He was missing very easy shots. When he would make a shot, he would also sink the cue ball for a loss. Or he would sink the Eight ball in the wrong pocket. I think I had an unbeatable force on my side today.

Good Show about Cars

March 17th, 2008

This morning I woke up and I still had a wobble about myself. I didn’t feel bad however. I think the water I drank afterwords helped out a lot. I didn’t get my work out done at all though.

I made my way to the radio show. I wasn’t sure what I would talk about, but it turned out that I had a great show. I spent one hour talking about “The Game” played when you buy a new car. The other hour I spent talking about the stories that are currently posted on the webpage.

After the show I stopped by Station one to see if I could get a alphanumeric pager. The Captain wasn’t around but he said I would be put on the list of people who want one.

Later in the evening we had Monday night training. Tonight’s topic was Excite Delirium. BKoe was there for the training as well because it was a joint police and fire training. The night was dead though. We didn’t get any calls at all.

Wet Lab at WSU

March 16th, 2008

Today the only real plan was to go to the WSU Wet Lab. But it turned out there was a coroner’s call. I talked to Patti and she invited me to come. The investigation was very interesting. I had to look at a lot of evidence around the house to figure out what was going on. It was an interesting case and I cannot wait to learn more.

Then it was off to the WSU PD. I started by getting a breath sample. That would show that I had no alcohol on board to start off with.

Blowing into the PBT to start the day

We had tequila and rum to drink. Carl and Heidi from PPD, and Dan from the PAs office were there to help out. We drank and played a game called Scene It. That was a lot of fun. Dan bought some pizza for everyone and we continued to drink. Through out the drinking part we were supposed to keep watching the BAC readings so we would get to a very specific level of intoxication. I was supposed to be at about a Point-One.

When we were done drinking we went over to the CUE building for the actual field sobriety tests. On the way there Carl was making some observation about someone who I was thinking was a ten-six-seven. I acknowledged that I did think that person was a ten-six-seven and Carl started to laugh. We got another PBT test to see how intoxicated we were. The Pullman cops who had come to help out with the tests got called out to a person not breathing.

Soon the coroner called me to see if I could take the case, but I was in no condition to do that.

Doing a HGN test

Trying to stand on one leg without falling

Doing the walk and turn event

One more shot of the walk and turn

Brandon was also there. He took some photos and watched what was going on. I have found the alcohol will cause me to lose my swear filter and I tend to allow more swear words to flow. I also noticed that I allow my homosexuality to come to the surface a little bit. But I am usually able to suppress it.

During the test though a couple of the people doing the tests on me were ten-six-seven. A couple times I almost blurted out that fact. I was able to hold on to that though.

The FST went on for a while and the people doing them were doing a good job with them. We had a debriefing after the tests. Then we all went to Rico’s. I started to drink a lot of water. My highest reading I remember was a point-one-three. I was feeling very drunk. What was interesting to me was when I was at a point-oh-five I felt like I was too drunk to drive.

Carl said I should let Brandon know that I am gay. I figure as a cop now, he will hear about it through the grapevine. I don’t necessarily like the fact that it just gets spread around, but I figured that Brandon is a very good friend and I wanted to let me know rather than him finding out via the grapevine.

I sat down and said to Brandon “I am gay.” He asked me a couple times if I was serious. I said yes. Then we looked at Matt across the table and Matt confirmed it. Then Matt told Brandon the story where Matt found out. It was the scene where he made a joke not knowing about it. Carl and Monte had told him afterword because Matt sort of thought he had said the wrong thing around me. Carl thought it was funny. I let Matt know he didn’t say anything bad.

Brandon did ask why I was telling him. I would like to chat with him a little bit more about it, but I don’t want to make a big deal about it. He said he is cool as long as I don’t hit on him. I said I haven’t hit on him and that will not change.

While at Rico’s we listened to music and talked about random stuff as people usually do while their at the bars. I was there until Matt gave me a ride home around midnight. I was tired, but I also drank more water when I went home to make sure I would not have a hang over in the morning. After all I had about fourteen shots of Hard-A between four and six o’clock PM.

EMT Class Final Practicals

March 15th, 2008

I went to Colfax fire in the morning before the practicals started. A couple of the people in the class were there. Steve had brought some donuts. I had one on my way out the door.

It was my first time being an evaluator on the check offs for the EMT practicals. I was nervous because it was my first time. I had a lot of questions for some of the other who had done this before. After the first couple groups I felt more relaxed.

It took the whole morning and into the afternoon for everyone to get through the testing.

I went to Colfax fire and hung out for a while. We watched some movies and talked about the EMT class. Around five I had to head back to Pullman. Just as I was walking out the door they got toned out to a car accident. So I didn’t get to go.

On the way home Pullman got toned out to an alarm. A. Wilcox called and asked if we go. I said I was planning on going to the station. So he said he would come down. I had to make my way from Albion Road and One-Ninety-Five.

It turned out that we just stood by the station for the call.

The evening was sort of slow, but we had three calls. They were spread out so I saw almost every hour until four in the morning. One call I slept through the tones and only woke up when the Ambulance went en route.

Lewiston Transfer

March 14th, 2008

I was planning on working in the jail this evening. I had my uniform on and I was heading out the door. Then they called for reserves to do a transfer to Lewiston. So I changed uniforms and did the transfer with Greg.

We stopped in for some pizza while in the valley. We were to a pizza place in Clarkston. It was a pizza with a mustard sauce and had sauerkraut on the pizza. It was very interesting. By the time the transfer was done it was pretty late and I didn’t want to go to Colfax because I had to be up pretty early in the morning to help with the EMT class.

Made some Team Logos

March 13th, 2008

I spent some time working on logos for the teams’ shirts and hat. It took some time to figure out what to make. We are using pretty much Cougar colors plus black. I came up with a couple of ideas and printed them out to show Kelly. I find that once you put an idea on paper it is easier for someone to say they like it or don’t. They are more easily able to give ideas of how to make it to their liking.

I met up with Kelly and he liked where I was going and we looked through a bunch of fonts and told me what one we wanted to use.

Seeing an Old Friend

March 12th, 2008

After my workout I went to George’s office in the IT building on campus. We spent a couple hours catching up on the latest changes around campus. One of which is the restructuring of SCS. George has been moved from SCS and is no longer in charge of it. That is a sad day. SCS is what it is today because of the years of work George has done. It is not clear what is next on George’s plate.

I also went to the Carothers Road structure fire critique. We talked about what happened and how things could have gone better and how things went well. It was a productive meeting.

Taco Tuesday

March 11th, 2008

Tonight’s HazMat training dealt with using the computer and weather station to create computer models for the spread of the HazMat release. It is something that I have not really touched in a major way since the class I took on these applications about four years ago. It was good to get into this stuff.

I remembered a fair amount of the stuff and the rest of it I was reminded of as the class went on.

I went to The Zzu with BKoe and Kevin. We had some tacos and played pool for a couple hours. The whole night I was doing well with the pool playing. In fact my team or when I was by myself, I never got beaten. Most of the games were won by my team or we lost the game by scratching on the Eight-Ball. I have one shot that I had not done in a long time where I put enough english on the ball to roll around one ball and hit my ball in the pocket. The guys at the table were very impressed with that shot. I followed it up with an easy shot on the Eight-Ball and missed it. Then I started to get crap from everyone.

Highrise Training

March 10th, 2008

I spent time today with Kelly going to some of the businesses where I know people. We were asking for donations for our softball team. I was able to help secure over four hundred bucks, plus we got a couple good leads for more money.

We had high rise training for the fire department. I was the engineer for the training then I worked Rescue the rest of the evening. We got one call around two o’clock in the morning. It has been pretty quiet so far this Spring Break.

Final Day in Wildland Class

March 9th, 2008

Today was the final day in Wildland training. I have been doing it all week in Colfax. We did our final sections, then did our written test and shelter deployment test.

After the class I went to help C-Shift with their weekly rig checks. While at rig checks I got a call about going bowling. I had not been bowling in years. Due to my ankle I have not been able to bowl very well.

Kevin, BKoe, and I went to Zeppoz. I was able to bowl pain free. We ended up bowling four games. My first game was around a one-fifty-two. Pretty good for not having bowled in a long time. Brandon is a good bowler and I was only able to beat him once.

After bowling we went to Brandon’s place and we played poker. We were there until nearly four in the morning. We were playing dealers choice. That was fun. It was all low stakes.

Wildland Class Day Two

March 8th, 2008

Today was Wildland class. I was a little tired due to staying out a little late last night. We had a full day in the wildland class. We covered a lot of the sections in the book. It was a fun class over all. The chairs after a while was being a pain in the rear end.

I was on call for the fire department in the evening, but it turned out to be a quiet night with no calls. I was able to sleep through the night.

BKoe the Cop

March 7th, 2008

BKoe invited me to his swearing in at the police station. I showed up to see him become a sworn police officer. I also had a chance to see several of Pullman’s finest and say hello to them all.

After the swearing in I went home to get ready for the Wildland fire class being held in Colfax all weekend. I wasn’t looking forward to the early hours, but I needed to get the class done and out of the way. I figured doing it in Colfax I would be able to skip the Pullman class coming up.

When I got back I went to Rico’s for Andy’s engagement party. Mike had come out from Montana and he was there for the party and they all planned on going to the Cougar Basketball game tomorrow.

I hung out chatting with Andy about his student teaching and his responsibilities that he has coming up following his completion of school. It was great to see Mike as well.

A new Vehicle

March 6th, 2008

I asked Ryan what he would say if I told him I was in Spokane. He said he would ask to have lunch with me. Then he asked if I was. I told him no. But I said I would be.

I made my way up there. I was going to Dishman Dodge to look at a couple Durangos they had on the lot. I met up with Ryan and Rocky’s Pizza for lunch. We spent about an hour talking about softball, baseball, and my new purchase.

Then it was off to Dishman Dodge. That took about seven hours total. I test drove two of the Durangos. One was a Ought-Seven and one was an Ought-Three. I like the color and seats of the Ought-Three. Plus the cab reminded my of the look and feel of the old Dakota. But the Ought-Seven was nicer over all, had many less miles and some other things I just couldn’t pass up. Plus it wasn’t a ton more than the older Durango.

So then it was time to start with the negotiations. That took almost as long for me as the actual test driving and deciding. We had to come up with an agreement. Plus I kept Jon in the loop the whole time. It was taking a while but I didn’t wanted to walk out the door. If it was in Pullman, I probably would have left for the night, but because it was in Spokane. I liked where the negotiations were going, and my goals were being met.

I suppose if I did leave I may have gotten a tiny bit more off the cost, but in my view and what cost to my time, gas, etc. I was happy with the deal that I made.

Then I had to play some games with the finance guy. Trying to up sell things. But I was able to repel the attempts at taking all my money.

I moved the stuff over from the truck to the Durango and made my way home.

Looking Hard for the New Car

March 5th, 2008

I spent a fair amount of time today going around to different car lots looking at what they had to offer in terms of a new car. Well a new-to-me car. I looked at some high end Ford Explorers and F-One-Fifties. Then I was off to test drive a Jeep Cherokee. But that car had nearly two-hundred thousand miles.

I had time to get to Pullman after looking at the cars to meet up for the softball meeting. We were talking about the tournament team and signing up for the upcoming tournament that we are planning on playing in.

Right now we are planning on playing in six tournaments. The hope is to get into a invitational tournament.

We also talked about using the My Office team to travel to one or two of the local tournaments.

SSDD – Same Stuff Different Day

March 4th, 2008

I went to the fire station this morning to give everyone their worksheets for last nights training. I also spoke with Turpin about a couple shift related things. Nothing major.

I went to Colfax for fire training. It was OTEP in Steptoe. I went up there in the ambulance with several other people. The training was pretty uneventful.

When I got home I worked on my schedule for tomorrow before hitting the hay.

Buying a Ford?

March 3rd, 2008

It was a great radio show today. We touched out a couple topics, but Tom and I were just flowing off each other. It was great. As the show was completed I was on my way to the Ford dealer. Jake called to let me know to stop by closer to four o’clock PM. That way I could talk to a specific salesman.

I changed course and headed off home. I got a couple things down around the house before four o’clock rolled around.

I headed out to the Ford dealership. I talked with the salesman that Jake set me up with. He got an idea of my goals with the vehicle purchase. He didn’t have anything on the lot that fit what I wanted. So he will call when something comes up.

I made dinner and relaxed instead of rushing to get to fire training. It was moved back a half hour. Today’s training was on forcible entry.

Out on the Bubble

March 2nd, 2008

This morning I worked a WSU Women’s basketball game with Wilcox. We didn’t really talk to each other much. But it has been like that forever. We really only have small talk conversations. The Cougs lost the game and ended up tenth place in the Pac-Ten.

When I got home I spent time working on cleaning my driveway and sidewalk of rocks and other debris. I had a ton of stuff on the driveway and it looks very nice now. I also got my laundry taken care of as well. It was a good day as far as that goes. But now I need to work on finishing up the garage. I have some clutter that is being built. With a nice day I could get out there and pound it out.

Later on I went to Zeppoz for the poker tournament. It was a new tournament structure. They made us do a ten dollar buy-in. A lot less people were there. I am sure it will build back up, but I was doing pretty good. I wasn’t really losing too much. I was maintaining for a long time. I did an add-on during that period and it was off to the eliminations.

I made it a long way. I finally started to get some hands and I was winning the hands I got. Then the dealers changed. My first hand was pocket-Kings. I didn’t get anyone to call my raise on the blinds. My next hand was pocket-Sevens. There was a raise pre-flop with four people going to the flop. The flop was Seven-Seven-Ten. I had quads. I was last to act. There were two checks. A minimum bet of one-thousand. I called. The other two folded. The turn came with a check from the person who bet. I bet one thousand and I got a call. Finally the river. Another check, I bet three-thousand. No call. So I didn’t have to show my hand. I threw it away.

But I started to get bled away as the blinds were so big. Pretty soon it was down to three. I was on the bubble with enough for the big blind. One caller. I have two-three. I was hosed. The other guy had King-Two. I was out of the tournament.

I had a good time. On the way home I treated myself to a Blizzard from Dairy Queen. I watched some TV and completed my laundry before going to bed.

EMT Class Help

March 1st, 2008

Started the day driving to Steptoe for the EMT class. I was doing more medical assessments. My roll was mainly to help people with doing a medical incident. I made up some scenarios and run the groups through it. I did that for most of the time there. I also helped with some check-offs on using the long bone splint for a femur fracture.

For lunch a group of us went to Colfax fire for some pizza and watched the Cougar game. Well we watched the tip-off and the first points scored by the Cougs. We were back at the school until around four in the afternoon.

When I returned I went to the Dodge dealership to look at their trucks. I found one fifteen hundred. But with what I would get for my truck and what they wanted on that truck I would not be making a good switch. I want to reduce the overall amount owed on the truck. I would have only reduced what I owe by about two grand and I would have added about forty-five thousand miles to the rig. Not a good trade off.

I will keep looking until I find the perfect truck and the perfect deal for me.

I went to the Rec center and did a cardio workout. Then I swam five laps. My legs were tired and I was really not swimming super well. But I chalked that up to having just done twenty minutes of cardio.

After the Rec center I went to the casino and played with about forty bucks. That didn’t last forever. Russell was there. He was looking at getting off pretty soon. I was going to give him a ride. But I got a call from Avalon about transporting a person from the hospital. When I was done it was after three in the morning. I went back to the casino wearing a polo shirt and slacks. At first Russell glanced at me thinking I was someone else.

He got off and I gave him a ride to Nick’s apartment. I went home and called it a night.