Time. More Time.

It never seems I have enough time to get everything I need to do accomplished. As I have mentioned many times before when I run of of time it is my site that suffers. I have much content to upload, as well as updates to the site to do, but time is something that is currently precious and I have none to put into it. But with that said I will bring you up to date on the current happenings.

First football…no, not the NFL, but REAL football is back as the Prem and now all the other worldwide leagues have kicked off their seasons. Unfortunately, my boys at AS Roma are now 0-2, the manager resigned and the fans are pissed off at ownership. Hell, almost sounds like an NFL franchise. LOL.

Speaking of NFL, we did hold our 26th TFL draft the last week of August in Vegas, poolside at The Palms. It was another great time with many friends I had not seen to spoke to since the last draft in 2008. Always fun to get together with childhood friends and reminiscence. Unfortunately, we were one owner short, but hopefully we will see him next year. We did add two new owners, so for the first time in the TFL we have 10 owners, which made the draft interesting.

I am slowly mitigating my computers to Ubuntu (currently running Jaunty Jackolope v9.04). I downloaded 9.04 after having issues with my Toshiba laptop loosing my profile and then not being able to find the Ethernet controller. I reinstalled from a retail version of Windows Vista with no luck. Then attempted to reinstall from the DVDs that came with the laptop. Again, no go. So I said fuck it and removed Windows. Buh bye Bill Gates and this horrible operating system.

So far I have been impressed with Ubuntu and recalls my memories of running many of the older Mac OSes I grew up with. So far the laptop is the only system running Linux, but it is just a matter of time before I change my two other computers. The great thing I notice about Ubuntu, it had an entire section for amateur radio that was included!

Speaking of ham radio…the new vertical antenna is now up and completed. Well mostly. I am still working on the ground system to the best of knowledge. I am guessing it is not completely correct, but would be deemed better than nothing. I am still having issues with reception on the SteppIR BigIR. Of course with sunspots being nil it has been difficult to make many contacts on SSB, but have had some luck using CW and a few of the digital modes.

I have an email out to a friend (N6WM) who uses a SteppIR at their club station, in the hopes he can come over and provide some pointers to me. This new station is a bit more than what I originally started with in 2007 with a Icom IC-718 and a Hustler 6-BTV. The current station consists of a Yaesu FT-1000MP, SteppIR BigIR MkIII and an Alpha 76PA. Under the right conditions a very powerful station, but given my limitations in the backyard I don’t have the necessary room to run full length radials.

Finally Facebook…I know I was somewhat against the social networking but just yesterday I was reunited with a long lost aunt, Pam, who oddly enough still lives in the bay area. I recall hearing of her back in the late 80’s or early 90’s. As I understand it, she is my dad’s half-sister as they share the same father. So it was great to hear from her, as I said oddly enough through Facebook.

As for the site, don’t get me started one of these days when I am really bored I will update content on the site. Maybe I need to starting bringing the laptop to work again to get some work done during the week. Anyway, that brings me up to date. More later…

The Las Vegas Stink

So I spent about 36 hours this past weekend in Vegas. You know the sleazy city, whose slogan is, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” I left Friday morning before sunrise from Oakland and arrived about 8am for our 25th anniversary fantasy football draft. Yes, we draft poolside in Vegas! Owners arrive on Friday, the draft is Saturday and most leave Sunday morning.

This year, we returned after a year off from Vegas due to other family commitments. I know my wife was not really thrilled at the prospect of my return to Vegas, even if it was just for a single night. But being the truthful and honest husband I am, I told her what some of the guys do (read strip clubs). Most of the time is spent gambling and hanging out poolside with an alcoholic beverage in your hand. Although this year was a bit different.

Friday morning was quite uneventful, which I spent most of the time by myself, as the two other guys there were getting full body massages fro two hours. Did I mention we stayed at The Palms? So I spent much of the morning by myself, I did hit the roulette table and win a small bit of money, nothing to write home about.

Many of the guys started rolling in about 1pm or 2pm. After the massages we went to the pool, but ended up at a $15 minimum blackjack table (single deck). I don’t play the game and not too fond of it. But I ended up costing my buddy a few hundred. Hey blame him for throwing $100-$300 a hand out there. Guess I should learn more about the game and know when to hit and when to stay.

By 3pm all of the owners were at the blackjack table and five of us were playing. I finally backed out and let one of the other guys play since I was not making any money. That even we spent at N9NE Steakhouse with a bill of $1300! The steak, sides and appetizers ARE worth the money! Great food, great fun and great friends.

I was trying to figure it out, but I think I have known most all of these guys 25+ years. We started fantasy football before many even knew what it was. I guess if we smart we would have started our own fantasy football service, one in which others came to us for information. Why we never thought of this years ago is beyond me.

Saturday night is pretty much a blur. I know I had a few too many scotch and waters, lost my ass at roulette and I think I wandered the casino aimlessly watching others hits their numbers. I did not sit back down after I got up. I did find the rest of the group playing blackjack and not fairing much better.

Saturday was the draft, poolside in two cabanas that overlooked the back section of the pool. While it did not look as crowded as it was Friday, it was still well over 100. I came home red, which I knew I would. But we spent the better part of 4 hours and 20 rounds to finish off the 2008-2009 TFL Draft. There were some nice surprises and some downright dumb picks. Yet that is part of the fun of the entire season, getting together for the draft.

While I wanted to stay the full 3 days, I was ready to leave. There seems to be a stink that follows you out of Sin City. Spending hours in a smoke filled casino with people drinking continuously and throwing all sorts of money on the table for a chance at much more. So while it was hard to leave and say goodbye for another year, I don’t think I would have had much fun Saturday night. I was bored with gambling since my numbers were not doing me much of a favor I did not want to piss away what money I won. We had already done the N9NE Steakhouse, so I guess it was a smart move to come home.

As for next year, I am thinking about bringing my wife. She is not that fond of my going without her. Understandable. I would like her to meet them, not that it would change anything, but I do think we would have more fun together for a night or two in Vegas. I am sure the entire football would laugh at me, but hey they do now so nothing would really change.