Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Small World

Yay! Wednesday is here. I think we can all agree that Wednesday is better than Monday or Tuesday. I had the weirdest experience the other day at the MGM Grand Poker Room. I stopped in to play a little poker just for a few hours because I was in the area and I had some time to waste before I had to head to a meeting.

I sat down at a brand new 1-2 NL game and as usual I was the only chick. I'm cool with that. This moronic kid that looked about 10 years old says to me "I'm sorry miss, this is poker, not poke him". I'm thinking how much I can't wait to take his money. But that's just how this table was. It was like a MAD TV skit on Comedy Central or something. It was definitely one of the most entertaining tables I've ever played on.

But, I digress. So, this guy is talking about Baltimore and how much he hates the place. I let him know that I'm from Baltimore. He's like "well, I actually lived in Pasadena, MD". I'm like "yeah? I went to High School there". He's like "well, I lived near Gibson Island". I'm like "i went to Chesapeake". Chesapeake High School is like 2 minutes from Gibson Island. He's like "oh god, you probably know my ex-wife". He tells me her last name and I'm like "Tina?? I know her - we used to be on the cheerleading squad together". He immediately orders a drink from the cocktail server and slinks down in his seat. Apparently there's a lot of bad blood there because she forced him to move back to her hometown (they met in Ohio). He built a nice house near the water and then she left him and she got to keep the hosue. Poor guy. He never expected to run into someone in Vegas that knew her. How funny?

Next thing I know this guy sits down next to me. He looks a tad bit familiar to me but I figured I'd seen him around the MGM before. He says "I've never played this game before - do you think you could give me a few pointers?" I start salivating and licking my chops. I very sweetly offer to "help" him. He was kidding though. Next he tells me that he plays like "lightning". I'm thinking "yeah, whatever you say buddy". He's like "you don't get it do you?" I never claimed to be intelligent. He's like "I have a blog too". Oh my god!!!!! It's Lightning36!!! How cool!??!! We are at the same table, in the same casino, at the same time, and we didn't even plan it. I didn't even have my camera dammit!!!!!!!!!! You know I hate to miss a good photo opportunity.

I swear it's such a small world.

Okay - quick question. I'm buying a new car. Not really a new one. I've decided to get rid of the Eclipse. It's a bit much. Really high payments and I lost my discounted insurance, so the rates are killing me. I've decided to just get a used car for now. I checked Craigslist and found a nice VW Jetta. I also found a nice Honda Civic. I contacted both people to find out when I can come by and look at the cars, but both of them are not located in Las Vegas. One of the cars is in Texas and one of the cars is in Sweden. Both of the prices they list include shipping to my front door. The car that is in Texas is actually listed on EBay. I saw pictures of both cars and they look and sound great and the prices are right. I guess my question is - would you ever buy a car without actually test driving it first? Does this seem like a really bad idea????


Blogger Mondogarage said...

For a used car that is not "certified" by the manufacturer? Bad idea. You have no idea whether the Texas car may have been a Louisiana car through Katrina, for example.

Also, imho, used Jettas are bad ideas, anyway. I've had 3 VDubs, and all three had major build quality issues. Of course, the the handling/styling is so farfegnugen that I kept going back, but eventually learned my lesson.

I can't imagine you'd find a better car/deal out of state than you would in Vegas, not once you factor in shipping costs.


February 07, 2007

Blogger jjok said...

IMO, buying cars on the internet is reserved for people who have a very specific car that they want......that being said, jettas and civics don't apply.

For what it's worth, I absolutely loved my passat when I had it......and I also loved my accord.

Resale on Hondas rock and they are more dependable than VW.....but driving VW is obviously a little better.

Good luck on your car search!

February 07, 2007

Blogger pokerpeaker said...

My friend bought a car on e-bay and had no problems. For what that's worth. I'd ask some very specific questions, though, and I did get taken on e-bay that only recently got resolved months and months later (see future blog on this).

February 07, 2007

Blogger 4dbirds said...

So funny running into the ex of someone you went to highschool with. Thanks for turning me on to that stat counter. I installed it today. Yes they closed school and for less than an inch of snow. Also good news about the lasik halos. I hope I don't need an enhancement. Do you see 20/20 now?

February 07, 2007

Blogger Raveen said...

i woudlnt recommend it...

February 07, 2007

Blogger Queen of Dysfunction said...

You play poker? That's freakin' cool...

February 07, 2007

Blogger Mondogarage said...

Stat counter? Where do you get one, and how would a n00b like me install one?

I need to hire the "Pimp My Ride" crew for my blog.

February 07, 2007

Blogger Angela said...

It is a small world after all! :P
I'm always bumping into this one guy that I went high school with - at the craziest places, such as at Music Midtown in Atlanta in the middle of 100,000 people or at a Braves game with 20,000 people, etc...

I would be very wary buying a car online. You may save some money up front, but it may cost you more after the fact...

February 07, 2007

Blogger "The Rake" said...

No! Surely there is a local car lot around where you can touch, feel and most important thing to me - smell the car. I don't need a smokers car - My sinuses would never let me live with it.

February 07, 2007

Blogger lightning36 said...

Hi Carmen:

It was nice meeting you in Las Vegas. And yes -- that was a fun table. I got seated there since you apparently drove out a guy names Bruno who requested a table change.

I'll give you a heads up before my next trip. Who knows when that will be since I have now been there five times in 14 months!

February 07, 2007

Blogger Aaron said...

What an evening indeed!

No snide return to the "10yr old"? Comon Carmen, you had to throw something at the guy. At least tell me you stole some of his chips!

The story about the guy in Balitmore was great. Poor guy just wanted to toss some chips around and you had to come in there and ruin his evening! :P I haven't bumped into too many friends in out of way places. (Ran into an old coworker in a hotel lobby in Seattle once.) Dad told me he sat on a plane next to a guy that had his same first/last name once. I bet that was freaky.

Funny that Lightning36 pulled up a seat next to you. I'm not surprised he recognized you, either. ;)

February 08, 2007

Blogger PeeJ said...

Buy the Civic if it's the R - I test drove one and it was like eating ten packets of sugar on a roller coaster. What a rush!


February 08, 2007

Blogger RoccoBoxer said...

Be real careful you don't get a "Katrina car". They are out there and people are likely to push them on the internet.

Great post.

February 10, 2007


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