Sunday, July 26, 2009

My Weekend

I drove up to Bakersfield for the weekend to see my family.
On Saturday, we went up to the Tachi Palace Indian Casino in Lemoore.
After dropping a twenty in a "Wheel of Fortune" slot machine, I wandered off to the blackjack tables.
I spied a non smoking table that had an opening and slapped my hundred down for some chips.
The ladies on either side of me were quite friendly and new the basics of the game. This was good because I don't liked to be asked for my opinion about whether they should hit or not. I feel bad when I tell they should take another card and they end up busting.
So, things are moving along at the table with me, the older japanese lady and the middle aged latina woman.
Then a younger guy sits down at the table.
He is dealt two 9's. The dealer is showing a 3.
What does he do? Does he take this nice hand of 18 against the dealer's rather poor card and stop?
He decides to split his 9's. And proceeds to bust both hands and therefore losing double the amount of his original bet.

After he left the table a few minutes later, I asked the dealer if many people split 9's.
"You'd be surprised. I don't know what the reasoning is. But, they do it all the time."

A few minutes later and old man sits down and is dealt 2 10's.
And he SPLITS them (therefore doubling his bet). He had 20. That's a fantastic hand.
But, that's not good enough for him. He ends up with a 17 and 18.
The dealer had a face card. Then he turn over the bottom card which was....
a 9.
So, he could have won his bet with the 2 tens. Instead, he lost on both hands.

So, if you see this guy. Follow him around. He is apparently the one they are referring to when they say "a fool and his money are soon parted".

After the ride back to B-field, we stopped at the Rice Bowl for dinner.

Battered shrimp, chicken chow mein, bbq ribs, fried rice and egg flower soup.
It was as good as always. My favorite chinese place.

The next day, Cheryl, Jared, Chelsea and I met my Mom and Willie for breakfast at IHOP.
We then walked over to the babies r us and I got some clothes for Jared and Chelsea's baby, who is due next month.
And, I got a couple of outfits for my Addie.

I wore this really cool "Survivor" buff Cheryl bought for me.

And, on my way out of town, I stopped to get a picture of the grape vineyard's with Bear Mountain in the backround.

Had a really nice weekend.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Maybe It's A Bull

I have a new patient on the unit.
When going over orientation, I ask her to tell me her age. She always guesses that she's about 40 years younger than she really is.
I feel bad for her. Everyday after she's says she's about 48 years old, I have to tell her she is 78.
It always comes a shock to her.
Most of the time she doesn't believe me.

Her husband told me today that she is also surprised with how old he is.
She wonders why he's using a cane for walking.

I was looking at the cane, which is a rather old fashioned wood device. Definitely not one of the newer, sleeker models made with metal and painted with flashy colors.
Rather, it had a simple quality to it. It was bent in a couple of places, but certainly served it purpose well.

I asked my patient if she had ever seen him walk with it before.

"With what?"

"This cane over here."

"That's a cow's penis."

Well, if it is, it's mighty long one.
And, I didn't want to touch that with a ten foot pole.

Friday, July 10, 2009


As I was pulling into my garage tonight, one of my neighbors was pulling up in her car.

I don't know her at all. Just the casual "how are you" when we pass by each other on our way to and from work. Maybe a wave on the weekends as she and her husband wash their car in the alley.

Tonight she waved at me and rolled down her window.

She told me if I ever needed anything, she would be happy to help out.
"I have been praying for you."

This really touched me. That someone I don't know would include me in their prayers.

Maybe she's been talking to Mrs. Davilla.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Addie's Birthday Song