Saturday, June 23, 2007

Old Pictures

I said I felt like I needed to "catch-up" by posting old pictures. Here I go.

This is Christmas 2006. We thought Austin had some sort of disease, since we couldn't find any reason for his eye to be like this... and he was extremely uncomfortable and ornery besides. But then, a few hours later, he was fine. Apparently, he just had something in his eye that we couldn't see. Maybe it was a twinkle.

This picture is affectionately known as "Dabutch". Jesse (Hecksel) took this shot of Danielle sometime in about 1997 or '98 at Butch's Beach Burrito's in Grand Haven, MI.

Butch's is one of a short list of things I miss about where I grew up.

Danielle is one of a long list of things I usually miss when away from home. But right now, I don't miss her at all, because, well, she's right over there.

This is me right after winning a poker tournament at The Little River Casino in Manistee, MI, on October 11th, 2005. They were remodeling the room, so this is one of very few pictures of me where the background is not (much) better looking than me.

This was my first live poker tournament ever, and I think there were 56 entries.

We started with 1500 chips, and on the first hand I was dealt pocket Kings. For those of you who don't know about poker, pocket Kings on the first hand is a very good start. Unfortunately, I lost about half of my chips, because by the river it was clear I had been beat. It threw me for a little while, because I worried I had made a mistake... but by watching the nice lady who beat me, I soon learned that I had done the right thing, and that she had outdrawn me on the river, as I had suspected.

With that recovery complete, I played very well the rest of the day. No incredibly lucky hits, but a few nice draws. I did, at one point, hit an inside straight-flush draw... but I had my opponent covered by a lot - a loss would have been almost meaningless, and a win would move me up in the money by eliminating him (7th). I also had 14 other cards that would win for me, and two cards to come. That makes it almost 50-50 to win. Everybody told me how lucky I was to hit that seven - but it wasn't exactly a stunner for me to win the hand.

The best part of this whole thing is that I also won the next live tournament I played, at the Wildhorse in Pendleton, Oregon.

I don't play much anymore, as I don't have much time for leisure nowadays, and if I count it as work, it's way too stressful. Maybe someday...

Here are a couple of Danielle on our lucky chance stopover at Walt Disney World resort. I don't remember when this was exactly... I could probably look it up, but I'm not going to. The picture of her sitting on the plant food is relevant because her sisters (JJ and Kesia) got to go to Disney World a year or two (or three) earlier - and we got pictures of each of them in the same place. I could probably go get those and post them here too... only I'm not going to. The picture in front of the guitar is at Disney MGM Studios, because luckily for Danielle my dispatchers could not find any frieght for me so we stayed a second day and went there. The roller coaster behind that guitar is the coolest one I've ever been on.

- Trevor.
Gulfport, MS

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