From this blog:
> all the sleep that I had missed in my travels from the west coast back to Texas.
> after finding a couple of Scrabble clubs out in Southern California on Monday and Tuesday
Still want to play every club in the country, but other stuff has gotten in the way. I should have played the Madison and Chicagoland clubs while there, but tournaments took priority.
> and the new X-Men movie was not 'til midnight
"X2: X-Men United". Went to see with friends at midnight. Totally awesome.
> I remembered that I still didn't know where the tournament would be held
Still forgetting to download the flyer, only back then I did not have a laptop.
> So I hurriedly said goodbye to my friends and began the drive.
WTF??? I had a 450 mile drive, and I was hanging out at Starbucks 'til the evening? I had some serious driving ability back then. I could never do that now. For my 470-miler to Independence I'll try to leave at 4:00 or even 3:00.
> as there are no Starbucks in Jonesboro, nor in Little Rock (until June 23).
Wow, the days without Starbucks in every major city.
> After a quick shower at the gym
24 Hour Fitness back then.
> and for some directions on the best way to Jonesboro, either US-67 and then some state road, or US-49 straight in
No laptop, no Microsoft Streets & Trips back then--seems ridiculous now.
> I looked to my left, and it was an unsavory-looking type in the passenger seat with
> muscles and a serious look on his face.
Why do I attract the weirdos and the cops?
> I felt the need to play Collin Raye's "Little Rock", a truly touching song that extols
> the virtues of selling VCRs in Arkansas at a Wal-Mart
> He, as they usually do, mentioned Denny's and Waffle House
This is a consistent pattern. Low-rent folk will suggest some corporate chain, while the more educated middle-to-upper-middle class people will suggest a local (and usually pricier) eatery.
> Despite an even draw and both blanks, Kathi Cann couldn't
Cuz her name is "Cann"--get it?
> because I had begun jotting down notes about my game.
I think I stopped that pretty quick.
> Oh, and to pop a couple of pain relievers and a Vivarin.
Hardly every take caffeine pills anymore.
> I wondered what happened to the Peppster.
I wonder who this refers to.
> after he mistakenly played GRADN and graciously took it off the board without requiring a
Hmm... I don't think I'm using the word "graciously" properly.
> Around 3:00 AM I had slept for about 6 hours and was feeling restless, so I decided to
> take a drive around town.
Damn I miss my wee-hour drives around cities. They are always interesting, but I can't do it anymore, because I don't drink as much coffee as I used to, and I just want to sleep as much as possible through the night now that I'm an old man.
> Okay biscuits and eggs, but nothing to write home about.
Actually the next day I wrote a letter to my parents about that breakfast.
> She stunned me on her fourth turn by using the blank as an A to play QaT for 15 points!
You know, I don't think any 1000s player I've faced since then has done something like this.
> I won't mention the name of my next opponent, because I'd rather talk about my first
> experience with poor sportsmanship.
I have no memory of this.
> I felt on top of the world, my only concern being whether my new rating would be used in
Wow, what days were those, when the ratings could take a long time to be computed.
> she wore this black Tommy dress.
> I didn't get any farther than a massage up in her bedroom with her in a nightie and me
> in my shorts
I really do try to fuck every woman who massages me.
> I did find some FINA gas at 1.26
Aw, how cute.
> It had been over 24 hours since I had last had coffee, and I was starting to jones pretty
So glad I don't have to deal with this anymore.