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Some things I learned this weekend - A little less than a happy high — LiveJournal
Some things I learned this weekend
- Handguns are bit daunting at first, but on the whole, target shooting is a lot of fun. Having had the experience, I have a much better understanding of how firearms skills fall into the continuum of martial arts. It also appealed to my much-suppressed gear-head side.

- For me, gambling is not nearly so easy to flow with. While I can shrug off the prospect of grievous bodily harm, the idea of having a couple hundred dollars systematically stripped from me during the course of a game makes me queasy.

- There's nothing quite like a massage to make you hyper-aware of your physical body.

- While bread pudding made with Krispy Kreme donuts is tasty, it is so incredibly rich and sweet that I think it's safe to say that I never need to try it again.

- Episode III was better on the second go. It's still hopelessly flawed, but without the anticipation the pacing felt more natural and I was better able to enjoy the things I did like about the film. On the other hand, "Noooooooo!!!!" will be funny for a very long time.

- I know good people.
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cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: May 31st, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gambling is entertainment in the way that going to a movie or play is entertainment... so if you think of it that way, it's not that hard to hand over the cash!
komos From: komos Date: May 31st, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I sat down with Drew for Let It Ride to kill time before the massage, I was ok with it. Of course, I was a) killing time b) before a massage, so pretty much everything was right with my world.

I think if I were to learn how not to embarrass myself at poker, the idea would sit better. In my current neophyte state, the games all felt like I was holding onto a revolver with a dud shell. I'll give it another go at some point.
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: May 31st, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are poker games where pretty much most of the decisions you make have to do with math so if you can be cool with that; you can win (and sometimes lose of course, there's still a luck factor).
komos From: komos Date: May 31st, 2005 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I should probably start with an understanding of what hands beat what and take it from there.
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: May 31st, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can go through a lot of this with you sometime.
komos From: komos Date: May 31st, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
mittenstein From: mittenstein Date: May 31st, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
i don't understand gambling at all, but i'm willing to bet i'd like to have some bread pudding made with krispy kreme donuts.
komos From: komos Date: May 31st, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Going to a casino is a lot like mandatory auto insurance. You pay a lot of money in hopes of getting something back under the right conditions. Ultimately, that payout is just going to pull you further in and have you spending more money.

I think the pudding might be enough to put you into sucrose shock, but I don't remember much of what happened after I ate it.
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komos From: komos Date: May 31st, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

It may turn out that I am the nutjob that I'm seeking

We didn't go to the range because of the wackaloons. There was this one kid, though, who was there with a hand-cannon that he fired from a weird leaned-back postition...

It didn't happen this weekend, but I've always had a yen to try black-powder shooting.
From: ex_sjc Date: May 31st, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
For me, gambling is about the flow of probability, the social aspect, and the game aspect. Whenever I sit down at a table (blackjack 99% of the time), I consider my money already spent. If I happen to win, super! I won't lose everything, but I don't go into the situation feeling that I'm going to hit the jackpot.
komos From: komos Date: May 31st, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess what it comes down to is that I can think of many different ways to have "already spent" $200, and most of them will be more enjoyable for me. I understand enough about the probabilities to know that the odds always favor the house, and that setup looks a little too much like some aspects of my life not to be frightening.

Incidentally, you should ask Joe about his lightning blackjack round.
why_style From: why_style Date: May 31st, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
last week i saw paula deen (of the food network) make bread pudding with krispy kreme doughnuts, and it almost made me sick just watching it- and i have a pretty incredible sweet tooth! so unnecessary. that said, it did begin a craving that landed me at krispy kreme the next morning.

interesting that you liked handguns better than gambling- the two will always go hand in hand for me i think :)
komos From: komos Date: May 31st, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
It may have been the same recipe. It had raisins and booze and fruit cocktail in it. Delicious, but again, probably not something I ever need to have again. It made me see through time.

Guns and gamblin' were part of a single plan that Sam described as a kind of "SCA for the wild west." We would have needed funny hats and significantly more booze for true authenticity, but it did fit the bill.
why_style From: why_style Date: May 31st, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
sounds like the same one, and now i'm thinking maybe i need to try it out- i've always wanted to see thru time :)

ha! booze and handguns, now there's a good combo. but even without the hats and alkeehall it sounds like a pretty darned good time.
komos From: komos Date: May 31st, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
It made for a fun day that lasted well into the wee hours. The following day was all about body massage and wondering where all the money went.
chillguru From: chillguru Date: June 1st, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
komos From: komos Date: June 1st, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can tell you've been working out.
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