Hello dear friends! Welcome back to my little space… I haven’t forgotten about it, but I just can’t make it back often enough to clear out all the slot gacor. They seem to haven taken over the corners and are now trying to take over the centre of my brain. And dammit, I hate spiders.

I’ve been avoiding the internet and all things computer outside of work lately. I had been playing some online poker, but after getting my ass handed to me on some brutal hands and going on some serious tilt, I stepped back and stepped away from the keyboard. It was a good move. I needed the time away. I’m still only coming back in small steps…

I’ve taught a few friends to play Razz. I love Razz. I thank Felicia for introducing me to the game and giving me some great pointers to get me started. Such a simple game to learn, but a really tough game to master. And I love introducing new people to it. Teaching someone else makes me feel like I have something to give back to people, instead of always taking from others. I don’t think I’m any good, but it’s a start!

My Mom came to visit as a combination birthday celebration – both hers and mine. She just turned 60 on Sept. 9th, and I had my birthday on the 14th. (It wasn’t a milestone birthday, so you don’t get to know how old I am. LOL) My friends took me out for dinners the few nights before my birthday, but the weekend was all about making sure Mom had a good time. Although I had to work on my birthday, I made sure to take her to dinner that night, Atlantic City the next day, and on a fishing boat on Saturday.

Yes, you read right. A fishing boat. Mom loves to fish. She’s where I get my lack of respect for propriety when it comes to girl/boy-type activities. Fishing is not just something for guys… and Mom proved it. Although she had a slow start and didn’t catch anything for the first few hours, she came back with a vengeance and caught 9 huge bluefish. More than anyone else in our group that went, and probably more than anyone else on the boat. We brought home about 80 lbs of fish. And don’t bother listening to Al – if food isn’t bacon-flavored, he won’t eat it half the time. We finished cleaning the fillets that night and threw a test batch on the grill. It tasted great! (Yes, I made Al try it. He didn’t make faces… and he’ll probably say he lied to me when he said it was good.)

Mom also ended up being the catalyst for me getting in touch with an old friend from high school. Long story short, she had me searching for someone’s profile on myspace from my hometown – who was causing a scandal by starting a soft porn website with her husband. (For growing up in a small town, we sure had some fun!) I found the profile for one of the guys that I went to school with from grade school up. I was never a popular kid, but he was always nice to me. Even though I haven’t spoken to him in about 15 years, I sent him a quick email to say hi. He sent back a note saying hi and all the normal niceties. I don’t know if we’ll end up keeping in touch, but it felt good to reconnect with someone from my past. I’ve had a lot of stress and change going on in my life recently, and it felt like a grounding force. By looking at myself in the same way he would see me, it made me realize just how far I’ve come in my life and will help me figure out where I’m headed. Then again, he’s got a far more exciting life than I do… I think I’m just jealous. 🙂

So, it’s just a few days before the Bash. So much to do, so little time. I’m gonna get to see so many friends that I haven’t seen since the last Vegas trip. It always seems like forever in between visits. It’s awesome to see so many people come together to get shitfaced for a good cause. I’m so horrible with linking stuff up, or I’d put in all kinds of great links to the charities and the cool people showing up. I guess you’ll just have to trust me – or go to Al’s website. See the links on the right… I’m even too lazy to link him up. LOL