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Hail fellow well met

I met Sparky (Lightning36) yesterday.  He was in town because he is pw’d still in love.  People who make fun of Midwesterners could put his picture on their poster.  About the only place he goofed is having .5 children above the norm.

John sent me an email that he was headed for the Horseshoe and did I want to meet.  We decided to meet in the poker room.  John, “Red polo, tan hat” ; me, “Grey polo, dark khaki slacks.”   I arrived and saw the attire and pulled up behind and did what I do best — made a stupid wisecrack. It was John so I didn’t get my lights punched out.  He asked if I minded waiting for the blinds; I didn’t mind.  He won the final hand before the blinds (uncontested) with pocket jacks.

He had played very well pulled a Josie and was up almost a buyin in under an hour of play.  He gave me the play by play for the double up and a bad beat story about losing some of it.  Seeing that we were still feeling each other out trying to figure out if the meet was a mistake, I didn’t charge him the dollar.

We wandered from a very nice poker room into the casino proper with both working on whether or not it had been a mistake to meet. The chat went:

  • We’re right by the buffet.
  • How hungry are you?
  • Not very
  • There’s a coffee shop
  • Sound good

We seemed to have hit it off or at least not run away screaming and proceed to the coffee shop while laying out the one ground rule: we would trash discuss absent blogger in alphabetical order making Waffles again a bottom feeder. (Sorry, Wolfie. Waffles was so “interesting” that we never got to you.)  Then we got the the most exciting part of our meet; he had the catfish sandwich; I had the Italian Beef; we both had a XX Amber. His sandwich looked dry; mine was dry.  My waffle cut, coated fries were tasty.  His mac and cheese looked nicely coated with Velveeta cheese.

I bought.  Two reasons:

  1. He got up from a hot table without complaint
  2. He said I looked MUCH younger than he’d pictured.

Ok, he just said younger.  So shoot me.

Come to think of it, John was the first online friend I’ve met in person.  Seemed to work better than friending on Facebook.  We wandered back to the poker room and he got on the list (31st) and we chatted for a bit.  I felt bad I’d pulled him away from what look like a passive table that one could work.  Of course there was no need to apologize — we are Midwesterners you know.


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  1. July 18th, 2011 at 08:57 | #1

    “Seeing that we were still feeling each other out, I didn’t charge him the dollar.”


    No photo? To see what John (and MOJO) look like, <a href=”http://pokerandbridge.blogspot.com/2009/08/debt-must-be-paid.html“>click here.</a> 

  2. July 18th, 2011 at 09:42 | #2

    lol — great write-up. And yes — that was a dream table. However, you probably got me away before I spewed my winnings back to the other players.

    I wondered if a certain Itailian woman’s ears were ringing for quite some time Sunday afternoon…
    Thanks for the lunch. It is always great to meet fellow bloggers who have more than a few rings around the trees. And as you can see from the link to the picture that MOJO posted, a fed lightning is a happy lightning (especially if the other guy pays).

  3. July 18th, 2011 at 10:09 | #3

    Not to be outdone, Mojo; I too took a picture of Sparky.

  4. July 18th, 2011 at 12:10 | #4

    LOL @ Ken’s pic!

  5. July 18th, 2011 at 13:42 | #5

    Always good to know exactly who your friends are …   lol.

  6. Very Josie
    July 18th, 2011 at 17:49 | #6

    OMG!  Somehow I have a feeling when you went through the blogger list in alphabetical order, you started with J.  Don’t you believe a thing sparky said about me!

  7. July 18th, 2011 at 19:30 | #7

    Well, we did use the Sicilian alphabet.

  8. July 19th, 2011 at 15:25 | #8

    Glad your date went well. You should always pay for the girl. Do all Mid-westerners come up behind you and whisper gay things in your ear when they first meet you? Just wondering.

  9. July 19th, 2011 at 15:31 | #9

    You should always pay for the girl.
    Hate to break it to you but the rest of us have other options.
    Just wondering.
    And I forgot you haven’t had a date in so long.

  10. July 19th, 2011 at 23:27 | #10

    @Waffles — We only do that to sub-humanoids. Now go home and spank your monkey like a good little troll.

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