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Weekend Plans

Posted on June 29, 2003 by under Life, Movies, Poker.    

I just learned that you get Ultimate Points (redeemable towards Ultimate Prizes) just for playing on Ultimate Bet.  Of course, you earn more points for playing in the real money tables but Brian and I can’t afford that so we just play in the play chip tables.  You get bonus points for playing in tournaments and everything.  I don’t care if it’s just one Ultimate Point per hour of play.  I’m just happy that not only am I getting fun and entertainment value out of sitting my ass in front of the computer for hours on end, I also get to earn points towards prizes.

The only depressing thing is that, after making a few calculations, I’ve determined that in order to earn enough Ultimate Points for the prize that I’m working towards (the Tahiti cruise and Bora Bora stay worth $2,000,000 Ultimate Points) I’d have to play in the play chip tables fulltime for the rest of my natural life.  Unless of course I start playing in the real money tables and start earning bonus points.  Brian’s already put his foot down on that one!

We didn’t get much done today.  We were supposed to clean house before going to the movies (we just went to see CA2: Full Throttle at the new Warren Theater downtown) but Brian and I ended up watching Junkyard Wars instead.  After that Brian decided to play poke on UB (and he said that I can’t whine about it because I’m the one who got him hooked to begin with) and before either of us knew it, we barely had enough time to shower and meet Andy, Ashley, Misty and Sarah.

Before leaving, we said to ourselves that we would clean house when we returned from the movie but that didn’t happen either.  UB struck again.  Brian’s actually still playing as I’m typing this entry.  Hey, at least he’s earning points (hopefully towards that trip I want but I think he will hold out for the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle).  It’s just a shame that we aren’t able to combine our points together so we can get the points we need faster.

By the way, the Kansas Powerball was up to $135 million after no one won the drawing on Wednesday so Brian and I decided to take a chance on it.  We spent four bucks.  He got to pick numbers for one and I got to pick numbers for one and we got two quickpicks.  I ended up nailing the Powerball number on the one that I chose numbers for so I got $3 out of that one.  Not too bad.  I wish we could have won the jackpot but, at least we have three bucks towards more lottery tickets for a shot at $165 million (if no one wins again).  No whammies!  

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I’m a Moron

Posted on June 29, 2003 by under Life.    

Okay, I’m a moron.  Boarding House was actually filmed last year.  That’s why it doesn’t coincide with VK’s journal entries.  Everyone knows who wins (Andy Irons won the men’s division and Neridah Falconer for the women).  None of the housemates win.  So what’s the point?  I guess we all just get watch and see if VK and Holly end up killing each other but we know that they don’t because VK is still alive (as evidenced by her diary).  Then again, has anyone seen Holly lately?  LOL!

Other exciting news.  I received a copy of Glee’s first book in the mail last Tuesday.  That was cool.  I’ve always admired her poetry.  Now I’ve got a book of it!  After reading it through, “Anxiety Closet” is still my favorite.  Yes, I really did read it from cover to cover — including the acknowledgements.  I’m probably one of the few people who do that.  It’s a habit that started with CDs.  Everytime I’d buy a CD, I have this habit of reading the acknowledgements.  I mostly do it out of morbid curiousity.  Usually by reading that stuff you can gain insight into the artist’s life, who they’re dating, who they’re friends with, if they’re close to their families, if they’re close to God — that sort of stuff.  This time I actually saw my name amidst the sea of names.  That was pretty neat!

And then this afternoon, after coming home from hanging out and swimming at Ashley’s, we found a wedding invitation in the mailbox.  It’s from Divina.  If she hadn’t told me about their wedding plans prior, it would’ve really come as a shock.  Divina is the last person you’d think to get married!  I’m thrilled that she’s finally getting her life in order.  She’s graduated and now she’s getting married.  All in the same year, too!  That’s quite an accomplishment.  One is challenging enough.  She’s doing both!  That’s really something!  She’s really something!  I’m totally happy for her.  I’m sure Divina will agree, it’s one great, memorable year!

I’m excited too!  Now I’ll have an event to wear one of my bazillion-trazillion dressy dresses.  I have some that I haven’t even taken the tags off.  Now one of them will be called to duty.  Speaking of which, this is the motivation that I need to start working out again.  I’ve quit working out due to my illness and I just haven’t gotten back into it.  I have about a month and a half to get into shape.  Wish me luck!

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Reality Shows

Posted on June 24, 2003 by under Life, Web.    

I found Veronica Kay‘s journal online but I’m wondering if it’s the real VK.  Brian thinks that it’s some writer that Roxy has paid to write stuff into a diary.  I think it’s the real deal but I’m starting to wonder if Brian is right.  Isn’t she supposed to be in Oahu with Boarding House (incidentally my new guilty pleasure — I’m so over Shipmates because it’s the same shit over and over again) for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing or am I seriously slow?  Is the show like six months behind or something because VK’s website says that she’s in Australia right now.  But if it’s behind then what’s the point of watching something when you already know who’s going to win?  This is way too much thinking for me.  Will someone who is knowledgeable in this area straighten me out please?

Anyway, Sunday was super awesome.  [I really need to lay off the surfing shows — SurfGirls and Boarding House — because I’m starting to sound like a stoned surfer.]  Brian and I went to see The Hulk, which was great.  You either hate it or you love it, and I loved it.  I told Brian to add it to the “to own” list.  I didn’t let the fact that he looked like, as Brian puts it, Shrek on steroids bother me at all.  Jennifer Connelly is superb, as usual.  Ang Lee, the director, is a creative genius.  Nick Nolte – great.  Eric Bana?  Well, I can’t really say much because he had to share his part with a computer animation.  As much as I loved Josh Lucas, though, they really made him look gay in the some of the scenes.

After the movie, we came home and cleaned house.  The guest bath is spotless!  I am so happy about that.  I also made sure that the cobwebs which were collecting in the front entry (because we never use it — the UPS guy probably thinks we’re the laziest people on the planet) that mom pointed out the last time she was over were gotten rid of for good.  I’m going to make sure we try to keep the front entry cobweb-free if not always sweeped.  LOL!

As we were cleaning, I got to thinking about last week’s Real World Paris episode and how she found the passport hidden in the purse..  I was sure that our marriage certificate (which we realized was missing only a couple of months ago) was in my purse.  I was thinking back and I couldn’t recall ever putting it anywhere else.  So I checked again, in the same way that I checked before and sure enough it was there!  It was right there with my expired passport.  What the hell?  I could’ve sworn it wasn’t in there the last time I checked.

We were so convinced that it was gone that I sent Brian downtown on his day off last Friday to get copies.  Good thing the copies were only $1.25 each but still, he could’ve spent the time more productively instead of running around downtown looking for the office where he can get the copies which, as it turns out, we don’t need anyway because I’ve now found the original.  Sometimes I just feel really flaky!  But now you can’t tell me that nothing has come out of my reality show addiction because if it weren’t for that episode, I don’t think I would’ve found the missing marriage certificate!

After cleaning, we rewarded ourselves with dinner at Sumo because Brian was craving California maki again.  I love that he has started digging it because I love California maki and now I can have it more often because he likes it too!  As we were driving home, Brian was making fun of this girl that sat at the other end of the hibachi table because when Silo (our chef) did the Japanese microwave thing where he sets the shrimps on fire, the girl ducked and covered her head with her hands like she was afraid of catching fire or something.  I told Brian she was probably wearing tons of hairspray and, as we all know, hairspray is extremely flammable so she had good reason to fear.  Personally I don’t think anyone should wear hairspray if they’re going to Sumo.  Actually, I take that back.  I don’t think people should use hairspray period.  I told Ashley about it at work today over Sametime (our work chat thing) and she goes, “Sumo amateurs!”  She might have used the term novice or some word of similar meaning but I can’t remember exactly.

Dinner was great.  The rest of the early evening was spent laying in the hammock.  Brian and I said we would only lay there for an hour but we both fell asleep and it turned into more like two hours.  When we came to it wasn’t completely dark yet but the sun had already set (the sun was still up when we first went outside to lay in the hammock around sevenish).  It was totally wonderful.  The climate was perfect and there was a strong breeze that kept us cool and the leaves were rustling.  I love the sound of rustling leaves.  Laying there reminded me of the slow, leisurely days in the province when people just take naps on the their front porch or veranda.

After our nap we worked on Brian’s website some more because I had promised him I’d help him do a site makeup which his site needed terribly.  It wasn’t anything like the other night, though, when Brian was caught on cam!  LOL!  

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28 Days Later

Posted on June 20, 2003 by under Movies.    

After watching the six minute preview of 28 Days Later, I’m thinking to myself “This reminds me so much of Sony’s Residen’t Evil.”  I still want to see the film because I’m a sucker for zombie movies.  Some would say that after you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all but zombie movies scare the bejeezus out of me and so they’re so much fun to watch.  I don’t care if every film production company out there releases their own regurgitation of the same story line, I’ll still watch it.  I bet you the movie people are wishing that consumers are all like me.  They probably already assume so.  Let’s hope that they start making movies out of original concepts again (as you know this movie-watching season is wrought with so many sequels that good original films worth watching are hard to come by) for all you folks who are bored with all of the films being released in the movie industry.  But then, how can you release something new and unique to the seen-it-all generation?

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Friendster

Posted on June 19, 2003 by under Web.    

Did you know that Google now has their own store?  I’m really glad that they’ve picked up selling Blogger apparel because the prices are now almost $10 less than back when I originally got Brian and I our Blogger tees.

With that plug out of the way I have to tell you — these Blogger folks don’t play!  I ran into Ritchie last night on Y!M while I was playing poker on UB.  He busted me for not having read his site because I missed the June 17 post about Friendster.  These folks are so relentless!  I mean, once they know you are an avid reader they expect you visit their site every hour on the hour!  Nevermind that I’ve been sicker than Charles Manson for the past week.  And nevermind that I’ve been totally hooked on online poker, so much so that I spend most of my time there instead of blogging as I used to..

Having felt guilty about missing the post, I got suckered into joining.  For the record, I usually don’t do these things but he assured me that it’s not just for single people.  So far only Brian and Jen have joined but I feel like such a loser only having three friends on my page..  So now I’m trying to sucker — err, beg — you to join on my behalf.  Use ching@alonsofamily.net as the referral email so that they automatically add you to my friends list.

Speaking of sick, it’s true.  I’ve been completely miserable for the past week.  I’ve been miserable and lazy so I haven’t posted the pictures from dinner on Sunday.  Those will be coming..  You’ll see them here as soon as my wellness returns.    

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