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23 March 2020 04:49
 

Hi, burt.

I see you’re still traveling. You better pick places where it’s not illegal to be out and about.

And true “courage” is never found sitting down because it takes a stand.

 
 
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23 March 2020 09:59
 
Brother Mario - 23 March 2020 04:49 AM

Hi, burt.

I see you’re still traveling. You better pick places where it’s not illegal to be out and about.

And true “courage” is never found sitting down because it takes a stand.

Got home yesterday. Rain was predicted for today but so far it’s lovely and sunny outside the window. The two most educational portions of the trip home were brief stretches we drove, first on I-40 (Thursday) and then on I-80 (Friday). Driving up the secondary highway (93) on Thursday there was very little traffic. Then onto I-40 where there were bumper to bumper semis zipping along in all three lanes at 80 mph. Spent the next 40 minutes dodging traffic (on the other hand, not much traffic going through Las Vegas later in the day). Then Friday after another deserted drive (highway 376/305 through central Nevada) turned onto I-80 which was almost deserted. My wife got lots of photos along the entire trip and congratulated me on choosing such scenic routes but all I did before leaving Tucson was google the best way from Phoenix to Victoria (we stopped for lunch with relatives in Phoenix). Would have been nice to take the same drive but spread out over several more days.

Oh, yes. Before all this stuff started, was doing quite well at poker.

And one can easily take a stand while sitting. What I liked about the verse was the depiction of the state: being in the moment without any projection, anticipation, or expectation. Sort of like an elite goalie waiting for a puck.

 
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23 March 2020 11:19
 

We should play poker one day. Before Bush made online gambling illegal, I joined Full Tilt Poker, and in the first $3, 3,000 man, tournament I played in, I came in third when the guy who won beat my trip queens by chasing a flush to the river after my all-in bet after the flop.

And I can never ignore metaphysical principles when deciding upon the wisdom of something. So, since no two contradictory statements in the same sentence can both be true, then, for me, to courageously stand for something true is what is courageous, not to sit for something that doesn’t care about being true.

 
 
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23 March 2020 18:22
 
Brother Mario - 23 March 2020 11:19 AM

We should play poker one day. Before Bush made online gambling illegal, I joined Full Tilt Poker, and in the first $3, 3,000 man, tournament I played in, I came in third when the guy who won beat my trip queens by chasing a flush to the river after my all-in bet after the flop.

And I can never ignore metaphysical principles when deciding upon the wisdom of something. So, since no two contradictory statements in the same sentence can both be true, then, for me, to courageously stand for something true is what is courageous, not to sit for something that doesn’t care about being true.

You did take a stand with the trip queens, although I imagine that you were sitting at the time. In terms of the Khayyam verse, I imagine it could equally be translated (if not exactly literally) as “I saw a wastrel standing on his own ground.”

 
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23 March 2020 18:44
 

Trips on the flop after a hefty bet from the chip leader is an all-in raise. If he didn’t have the nut flush draw he would have folded because I was second in chips with the guy in third on life support. Play to win!

 
 
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23 March 2020 21:32
 
Brother Mario - 23 March 2020 06:44 PM

Trips on the flop after a hefty bet from the chip leader is an all-in raise. If he didn’t have the nut flush draw he would have folded because I was second in chips with the guy in third on life support. Play to win!

Yep. Before stopping going to the casino in Tucson (i.e., before things got weird) I’d played three tournaments and come in 1st, 8th, and 3rd. Not large tournaments (around 40 entries) but still was a nice run, unfortunately interrupted. Then first week in March played in a major bridge tournaments (around 800 players) in Tucson and in four days of play got scores of 5/2/1, 8/ 2/1. and 3/2. 4th day was a team game and our teammates didn’t hold up their end. Games are stratified so that reads overall score (A strata), score in B strata, and score in C strata. My wife and I are classified in C strata but hit well above our level. A week later we found out that one of the local Tucson players was exposed to (and later tested positive for) coronavirus (he recovered quickly). Fortunately we’d not been near him (and by now the incubation period is well over) but at that point all club games were canceled.

As for contemplating the various plans made for the rest of the year…, I’ll drink to that…

Now hoist a cup and make a jolly quip
But hold it with a firm and steady grip.
While making a toast
Be sure not to boast,
There’s many a slip twixt the cup and the lip.

Cheers,

[ Edited: 23 March 2020 21:37 by burt]
 
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24 March 2020 07:14
 

I see cards in your future.

 
 
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Brother Mario - 24 March 2020 07:14 AM

I see cards in your future.

For the near future they’ll be only on the computer screen. Be well.

 
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24 March 2020 13:22
 

Same old same old.

Where’s the new stuff?

I assumed you were on a creative sabbatical.

 
 
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24 March 2020 14:57
 

Nhoj, my first post back was a response to the same old ideas your patrons keep rehashing, so that’s where the redundancy happened.

You guys and gals really think your minds are free because you only trust the thoughts bouncing around in your heads, and distrust any thought connected to age-old wisdom.

Trusting in the newfangled over the tried and true is its own prison of the mind. Our mind is free only when it is trained to build a better thought upon a good and true thought. Making shit up in our head isn’t much of a freedom of thought.

Read a truly great writer and thinker, such as G.K. Chesterton or C.S. Lewis, and see what a free mind looks like in all its splendor. And I don’t think I have to tell you that both these guys were quite certain about the existence of God and what his existence meant for us all.

And then read the exchange between Doc and Jane to see the futility of opinionated emptiness looking to bolster itself with an occasional word from the dictionary that should stay there.

Anyway ...

Have fun playing music. That’s something I envy you for. Thinking ... my lord, no.

 
 
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24 March 2020 16:52
 

A poker decision issue. From a tournament last January in Las Vegas (eventually came in 2nd after a long back and forth in heads-up). Could show a difference between our styles of play (I suspect I’m, tighter than you). We were down to the final four and I’m big blind. Fold, fold, and small blind goes all in for a total of 15,000. I was chip leader at the time with about 85,000 and held a suited K9. Received wisdom says to call. I folded. Why? (1) The guy was a dangerous player, but short stacked, best to keep him that way; (2) It cost 10,000 per round to play. If I call and win he’s knocked out which is a plus, but he’s probably ahead before flop and if I lose I give him another 15,000 in chips bringing his total up to around 40,000. If I fold he’ll only have 23,000 which is just two rounds of play. eight hands, and he’s not likely to get cards as good as what he’s now holding; (3) Since I’m chip leader, the other two players would very much like to see me lose, best to save my stack to fend off their attacks. So fold. And as fate would have it, I knocked him out a few hands later.

 
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Brother Mario - 24 March 2020 02:57 PM

Read a truly great writer and thinker, such as G.K. Chesterton or C.S. Lewis, and see what a free mind looks like in all its splendor. And I don’t think I have to tell you that both these guys were quite certain about the existence of God and what his existence meant for us all.

C.S. Lewis said that, “no book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally, and often far more, worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” Having reached my own half-century, I have decided to go back to the books that have shaped my life. One of them is, of course, Alice, which is 150 years old this year.

“I can’t believe that!” said Alice. 
“Can’t you?” the Queen said in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”
Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”  -  Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

Why isn’t reality wonderful enough for Christians?  Why the need to believe impossible things?

 

 

 

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24 March 2020 18:35
 

K9 suited with 4 players is a good hand. Small blind short stacked would go all in to get some more chips, thinking the big blind is probably not holding good cards after other two players folded. He probably had a weak ace, or something like J10. You said he was a certain type of player who would risk all his chips on a big gamble. You already had a lot of chips in the pot. You would have had a lot of chips left. You could have knocked out a player and got a bigger chip lead.

= You should have called.

 
 
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24 March 2020 19:15
 

Here are two quotes, from the two writers I mentioned above, that are silver linings in today’s clouds.

“The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.”
G.K. Chesterton

“We must stop regarding unpleasant or unexpected things as interruptions of real life. The truth is that interruptions are real life.”
C.S. Lewis

 
 
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24 March 2020 20:09
 
Brother Mario - 24 March 2020 06:35 PM

K9 suited with 4 players is a good hand. Small blind short stacked would go all in to get some more chips, thinking the big blind is probably not holding good cards after other two players folded. He probably had a weak ace, or something like J10. You said he was a certain type of player who would risk all his chips on a big gamble. You already had a lot of chips in the pot. You would have had a lot of chips left. You could have knocked out a player and got a bigger chip lead.

= You should have called.

Like I said, different styles. But didn’t say he would risk all on a big gamble, that wasn’t my read. Rather, said he was dangerous. He could have held a weak A, perhaps J10 (although less likely). One of the other players commented that my fold indicated I must have had a really bad hand. I showed the cards and for the next few rounds got lots of respect when I bet. But sure, other times I would have called. When people hear I’m a mathematician they assume that I know all the odds, play the percentages, and so on. Actually, what I try to do is develop an empathetic feel for the table and how other players are acting. The “dangerous” player was so for me because it was hard to get a read on him and we’d only played about 50/50 against each other earlier. Different styles, would be interesting to be at a table with you. The down side for me is that if I’m off my game I tend to get overly conservative. When I’m on, after an hour or so I’ve developed a reputation for being a tight player and can start loosening up and pick up pot from that. Bridge is the main game for me though, my brother is the poker genius.

 
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