Sunday, August 21, 2005

The Weekend

So, this weekend was pretty fun-filled. Friday night, we hit up the latest ERR party with three of the entrepreneurial Norwegians (two of them, incredibly stunning women, and one of them, an extremely outgoing guy). The party absolutely rocked, and the Norwegians were certainly a hit. There was some competition as a group of Swedish au pairs were also in attendance. However, the only male Norwegian that made it to the ERR that night really wowed them. No one else there had any chance, as he really stole the show with them. This was partly due to his charisma, and also because he could communicate with them. The Norwegian language is similar enough to Swedish that cross-language communication was entirely possible. Anyway, it was quite obvious everyone had a great time, and even more obvious that some had too good a time.

Last night, I went to play some poker at Bay101 with couple of other Norwegians (looks like I'm on a Norwegian kick right now, since they all leave in a week and they've all been wonderful people). As we all know, I am on a self-imposed poker break due to a nasty slide earlier in the week. So, I chose to play some low limit poker. And, my slide continues. At least it wasn't too bad a loss, not even 12 bets. That's poker.

One thing that's really lame about the City of San Jose is their active involvement in making life hard for card rooms. For example, the tables at Bay101 are nice, and they area all equipped with auto-shufflers, which help speed up the games. However, every so often there is a jam and a red light goes off. The dealer is not allowed to fix the jam by law; it is illegal for them to do so, and so a floorman must be called over to rectify the problem. How ridiculous is that? Seriously. Despite this kind of stupidity, live poker is still a blast. I am thinking that I should play more live and less online, even if online is much more lucrative.

3 comments:

Spud said...

You may want to ask them if Norway has lenient immigration regulations. Sounds like you want to immigrate there. I’ve seen you infatuated with women before but not the extent of your fascination with Norway. I doubt that they would pay as much for techies over there though.

GZAof12thStreet said...

The card shuffler is a city of San Jose thing? What is the supposed basis for the rule? Is it to prevent dealers from supposedly being able to rig the shuffle, not like they couldn't do that already....

Brute Force said...

The card shuffler rule is a San Jose thing. It used to be allowed that the dealers could unjam the machine. But, after a few weeks of having the shufflers put in place, the city passed some ordinance that prevented dealers from doing that. Yes, the official excuse is to prevent cheating, but really it is to give the card rooms a hard time. San Jose has been trying their best over the years to get rid of all the card rooms. There was stretch where card rooms closed at midnight in San Jose, but luckily the rooms were able to get a court reversal.

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