Friday, November 10, 2006
Finally, it's a done deal.
Quick rare non-poker anecdote:
There is a homeless man living in the woods right behind our building where I work. He has a tent and we occasionally get glimpses of him here and there.
I brought in binoculars since I sit right in front of a window. Yes, I've become obsessed over a hobo.
But yesterday, a co-worker and I decided to go bring him some food and meet him. We went and bought a buncha fruit and other stuff and walked across the lot to the woods.
"Hello?" we yelled.
He came on out, shook both of our hands and graciously accepted the food. His name was Sean and he had been living there since last January. He was surprisingly articulate and bright - I only say surprisingly because I figured a guy living in the woods might be a beer short of a six pack.
He even taught us a new word, condola, a type of train container. The trains from downtown run right over where he lives. I can't imagine how he sleeps.
He had never been homeless before. He said he was an Eagle Scout as a kid so he just considered this an extended camping trip.
We talked for over 15 minutes, asking him what else he could use (food and batteries!), how much harassment he has to deal with - if any, his love for the Sunday Bengals tailgaters (kickass chili!), et al.
At one point my co-worker, Susan, asked gently, "Sean, how did you end up here?" gesturing at his camp.
He tugged at his beard and said quietly, "Susan, how do any of us end up anywhere?"
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
I can't tell you how many terse emails I've gotten over my last post. Basically they say, "You fucking blog tease!"
But alas, I can't spill the beans. Yet.
A faithful reader just emailed me this, though, and I thought I'd share it. With permission, of course:
Subject: Your blog says to stay tuned - driving us crazy!
Iggy, Blogfather, I beseech thee on behalf of your readership. . .
To paraphrase an abused radio call-in show opening, long time lurker first time writer.
I've read your blog for the last year or so amongst others. First off, I can't adequately express my thanks for your continued work in blogging of both the traditional and uber sort. It's always great to see that you've updated, and feel the swirling pull of my work focus headed down the drain! Keep up the good work!
This is the first time I've ever actually written in response to a blog of any type.
For the love of god, please let us in on what we should be staying tuned for! I know I'm not the only one having fits wondering what huge announcement is right around the corner. A new gathering? Inside info on the election? Final statement on little person status? Al has begun to successfully hang? What's going on!
Okay - I'm not quite taking it as seriously as that last paragraph might make it sound, but I am intensely curious, and if you could let us all in on the secret I know we'd appreciate it.
I will as soon as I can. Promise.
I'll be playing in the Mookie tournament tonight on Full Tilt at 9pm EST.
So should you.
Look for it on the private tourney tab.
Monday, November 06, 2006
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