Wednesday, August 02, 2006

New Day ... New OCD

In my previous posts I have failed to mention two other items with which I am OCD about, but they are under the same main topic - Gambling. Yes, I am a sinner and I love to gamble (don't mind a Coors Light with that while I throw some dice). I have recently rekindled my love of horse racing - spending endless hours lately reading, studying, trying to find that perfect technique to handicap a race - still working on that. In fact, last Saturday my wife and I ran off to Vegas for the weekend, just the two of us, for some fun. I spent the entire flight (3 hours) and about 2 hours in the hotel room once we got there to handicap one horse track on Saturday. We did ok ... From there it was on to Craps. It has been about 3 or 4 months since I have played. I now know why - addiction. (What is that gamblers anonymous phone # again????) I have played long enough now to learn a few important rules that I seem to forget every time I play.

1. Never play drunk or with drunk dice throwers - trust me, this will fuck you up. A bit tipsy is ok, drunk - nope!
2. Play in a place where people can really throw dice (Bellagio, Caesar's, Wynn), not at the Barbary Coast, UNLESS you can throw the dice and you bet heavy on yourself, just not on the others.

Just wanted to share my new OCD's items ... stay tuned for the Vegas trip posting - it was entertaining!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

I Must Have OCD ...

Last night the only thing I can think of, is that I have OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) or ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). OCD defined is But the site defines an obsessive threat as a 'Spike'. I do not have spikes, except in my hair. My wife tells me I have OCD as well - here is my diagnosis of myself.

1. I can never leave the house without making sure the garage is closed, I have even circled around the block to make sure it is closed. Odd, yes I know and I am told that several times a week from my family.

2. Everything that I try and I want to know more about - I must read obsessively about those things. I read everything from books, I-net postings, blogs, and magazines to learn more about the subject. Right now my interests are (and reason for them) as follows:
  • VBA Programming - I am not a programmer by trade, but I do work in an IT shop as a Director. (NO, not a typical computer geek - more about that in some later blog). A friend, whom I will call Dr B, asked me to import a simple file and do some calculations in a spreadsheet - simple enough, right? Wrong - the file has over 1500 columns, and if you know anything about that, that is a pain in the ass to import. In doing this simple task, I have have probably read about 200 + websites, 3 books, and consulted with friends on the matter - things are not as easy as they appear.
  • Salt Water Fishing - Mainly billfish (Marlin, Sailfish, Dolphin). Went on a simple Cancun trip with the family two weeks ago, decided to take them deep sea fishing for Blue Marlin. None of them have ever been - so I thought it would be fun (and so did they - until we were 20 miles out to sea, again - in a later blog). I ended up being the only one fishing - caught several Bonita Tuna and one huge Mahi Mahi (~35 lbs). Now I am addicted. I can not wait to get back in the water!! I am currently reading two magazines on the subject and thinking of a way to ask my wife to go to Cabo San Lucas with me in October for the Billfish tournament.
  • Golf - OMG, I never thought I would ever want to golf. I have tried a few times in College, everyone I know does, but not me - never. I guess things change, or I have more time on my hands. Last weekend, I was on a driving range with my stepson (8 - he loves golf) having fun hitting the shit out of balls (golf). I used my wife's clubs, but she said no one would ever know. That was on Saturday morning, so Saturday afternoon we went to about 3 places looking for golf clubs for me. Sunday AM, back to the driving range - whack, whack, whack. I can not wait to hit some more ... I need my own clubs though. My only downfall is that I want the best - maybe this time I will listen to my wife and just buy a beginners set. Might avoid me from having a set of Big Bertha's collecting dust in the garage in two months.
  • Blogging. The reason you are reading this is because of all of the insightful blogs I have read in my quest for knowledge in things that are on my mind. There are some smart people out there - my wife is one of them - I love her to death!

Enough ranting for the day, however, one new addiction that I need to explore - check out - this is the clothing line that Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) has some designs in - I might need to pick up a shirt or two.


Tuesday, July 18, 2006

New Day, New Blog

Well, many thanks to the people that pushed me to do this, one is my wonderful wife, another is my insane daughter, and lastly, Mark Cuban. So, how did these people push me to start this crazy adventure? My daughter and wife both have a myspace account, which to me is a public posting of email exchanges, after all, isn't that what email is for? Have you read some of the stuff on Myspace - it is insanity and pure garbage. For Mark, he uses his blog for a public forum for information and exchange, which I really like. He is intense about everything he is involved in, much like myself. I figured this blog would give me a good outlet to publish things I find amusing, funny, interesting, or maybe even crude - who knows what you will find here.