Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Calm Before the Storm

My first experience as a floor manager on New Year's Eve. It's going to be crazy with sick calls. I hope things aren't half as bad as I'm sensing they will be. My next post will probably be in 2007, so we'll see if it's a HAPPY one.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Bye Bye '06

The end of the year is near. Whoever had Saddam Hussein in the Death Pool before the end of the year must have made some money. OK I'm in a weird mood tonight. Long post will be coming soon when I feel like writing.

Monday, December 25, 2006

A Night at the Museum

No date, no plans, so when all else fails take self to movie. I thought a nice comedy would hopefully cheer me up and this movie did. The story was outrageous but the film itself was quite enjoyable. Ben Stiller is funny as usual, and any movie with Robin Williams in it can't be all that bad. I had a great time.

And now, once again, I shall wake up alone.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

December 24

Merry Christmas to all. Remember those that are less fortunate than we are.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Rocky! Rocky!

How can I resist one of the greatest underdog movies of all time? Even thought it's been almost 30 years since the original Rocky (how time flies) and my gut feeling was that this movie was going to suck, how could I, the perennial underdog, pass up the movie? Well, I wasn't disappointed. While the premise of the story is still a bit far fetched, I identified with the movie. So much of the movie mirrored my own life. No, I'm not a secret boxer or anything, but my underdog story is a lot like Rocky's.

And what can I say, when Rocky starts training for the fight and you hear the notes of Bill Conti's immortal theme, how can you not be inspired? During the fight itself, many of the moviegoers were shouting "Rocky! Rocky!" as if it were a real fight. And in some ways (for me at least), it's been a real fight. When you know you are up against unbeatable odds, when you know you are fighting an unwinnable fight, do you still fight? After all that's gone on for me in the last few months, perhaps it's only fitting that it ends with this movie. I end with an inspirational line from the movie, spoken by Rocky himself:

"The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very rough, mean place... and no matter how tough you think you are, it'll always bring you to your knees and keep you there, permanently... if you let it. You or nobody ain't never gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit... it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward... how much you can take, and keep moving forward. If you know what you're worth, go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit."

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


I can't remember the last time I cried because of something other than a movie. And now I feel so much pain and confusion inside.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

48 Hours

This Tuesday is the Christmas Party at work. While normally I'd be waiting anxiously to get drunk and act silly around my staff, I'm worried this year; worried I'll do something silly. There are a lot of things I don't mind embarrassing myself to do, such as karaoke, dancing on tables, taking my shirt off, etc. But the one thing I'm scared to (and hope I don't) do is do something regrettable in front of Mel. Yes, we are just friends (and very good friends at that) and she knows how much I care for her. So hopefully I don't make a COMPLETE fool of myself. Maybe I just won't drink. And Mel, if you happen to be reading this (since I did give you the link), whatever happens happens. If at the end of this all we are just good friends, that's fine. But if somehow in all of this craziness in the world we end up together, than it was worth the journey. I'm crazy about you. And right now you probably don't feel the same way about me yet, but I'm here for you anytime. I hope you know that by now.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Return to Graveyard (for one night)

Just got called into work today for the graveyard shift. It's been a while, as I've been on midshift for the last month. I hope I remember everything. Efficiency has been my motto but things can be quite challenging if the casino is busy at night. We shall soon see.

In the meantime, I hope my pretty little Mel gets better from her ugly little flu.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday dear Mel
Happy Birthday to you

Monday, December 11, 2006

8 More Hours

Short week for me. After Friday-Saturday off, I'm back to Tuesday-Wednesday off for two weeks, so it's my Friday again. I'm glad. These days off are quite precious now, because I don't want to suffer burnout from work. Hopefully I'll find something productive to do on my days off. Then again, doing absolutely nothing can be productive in its own special way.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Return of the Blues

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I'm relaxing after quite the momentuous week at work. I made a number of what turned out to be incorrect decisions at work, and generally my heart wasn't into it. Bonnie had talked about that passion for work that is necessary and I lost it this week. The stress, however small, has gotten to me again and it's affecting my performance. I could use a vacation, but what happens when I come back? Same shit different day again? There must be something better, I only hope I can find it soon.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Stranger Than Fiction

With nowhere to go and nobody to do anything with, I decided to go see this movie last night. I'm not a big Will Farrell fan, as I don't really like his brand of humor. But the movie was a pleasant surprise as there were elements of true drama in it. There were great performances from Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson (where has she been?), and I believe I saw Maggie Gyllenhaal for the first time in a movie, and she was radiant. She combines the innocence of Scarlett Johansson with the sexiness of Angelina Jolie. She could be the next breakout actress.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Week End

And so ends another week in the life and times of a random guy in the universe. It's been a strange week, filled with confusion and worry, but in the end, things weren't as catastrophic as I originally thought. There is still a long road ahead to reach my goals and aspirations.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Deja Vu

I decided to brave the snow and catch this new flick with Denzel Washington. It was a standard drama with some weird things thrown in. I won't spoil it for anyone but suffice to say it was OK. I wish that the premise in the movie was something that actually existed in real life.

Snowing in November?

Yup, it's snowing big time in Vancouver. Who would have thought. Does this mean the water is going to be cleaner now?

Friday, November 24, 2006


Another week has ended. Work is work. It's been a bit of a challenge this week, as I've had to deal with a number of sick calls at work. But it's all part of the job. I've learned to deal with situations as they arise. If these people want to call in sick, then I could really care less. If they don't give a shit about their job then so be it. I'm trying to do my job too.

Meanwhile, I've been losing sleep because maybe, just maybe, after all these years, I've found "her". It's so weird, I've been so used to failure I'm actually scared of success. I just don't want to screw things up for the 8724th time.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Boiled Water My Ass

For those of you who do not live in the Lower Mainland, well, we are under what is called a boiled water advisory. Because of recent rainfall, dirt fell into the reservoirs or something like that. As a result, our water is undrinkable (yes, Vancouver water undrinkable). What this means is that we have to boil water before we brush our teeth and make, well, things with water. The big downside to all this is we don't have any friggin' ice anywhere. So there are no fountain drinks available ANYWHERE. I go to McDonald's, I can't order a friggin' combo. They have bottled water, whoopee doo. This is dumb. Can't get a bloody cold drink anywhere unless it's bottled. The end of the world is near.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Casino Royale

I am a huge 007 fan; as a result, I go to each and every new Bond movie as a harsh critic, expecting and hoping for the very best. With all the negative publicity that had surrounded the new movie, I wasn't expecting much. But I was wrong.

Daniel Craig's interpretation was more than adequate, and he reminded me a lot of the Sean Connery days, with a more grittier and meaner Bond, while Roger Moore was more comedic. And it's good to see Dame Judi Dench doing another fine performance as the bitchy M.

But for me, the thing that did it for me was the appearance of the delicious and ravishing Eva Green. For many, many years Barbara Bach (Agent XXX in The Spy Who Loved Me) was my favorite Bond girl of all time, a title that I never thought could be relinquished. And it's a tough choice this time. Eva Green stole the show in this movie. I laughed, I cried, I gasped (that dress at the poker game). They dressed pretty nice in this movie. I even gasped when Bond appeared in that $10,000 Brioni tuxedo. Yikes, where can I buy one?

I only wished I could have seen it with the equally ravishing Melody. But I shall see her tomorrow...

Ultimate Poker School

I attended the poker seminar yesterday; I didn't know it would go on for 9 hours! It was OK, most of the things they talked about was stuff I'd already known before. Even Phil Hellmuth's lecture was about topics he'd written about in his books. But Johnny Chan signed my bobblehead, Phil signed two of my books, and all the lecturers signed my shirt. I also got some pictures taken (I shall post these shortly). The first speaker was an incredibly beautiful girl who I'd never heard about from the poker world. But damn, she was hot. I'll keep everybody in suspense as to who she is.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Manager Perks

I was lucky enough to be invited to a lecture by a number of renowned poker players tomorrow (well technically today) at the River Rock Casino, including one of my heroes, Johnny Chan! The tickets for the seminar cost $495 but a number of us got to go for free. I'm going to get Johnny to sign my Johnny Chan bobblehead! Other lecturers include Phil Hellmuth (sorry, never really liked the guy) and two other guys. Who cares, Johnny Chan will be there! I can't wait.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Rocky Balboa

I supposed the movie will suck but anything just to hear the greatest music notes in movie history...

Long Weekend

Last weekend was supposed to be my long weekend but I had to work on the middle day, so instead it was this weekend. It's been an easy week workwise, everything has run smoothly at work with a few little hiccups, but that's part of the job. And now it's time to relax and see how many times I will see Casino Royale. But of course this weekend I hope to set up a date with one very special lady. We shall see what happens. Deal or No Deal (by the way, I should be hearing soon if I get chosen for an audition soon).

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Bond, James Bond

November 17, the new James Bond movie will be out, Casino Royale. As it was Ian Fleming's first novel, the movie will be a prequel of sort, about how it all began. With all the negative buzz regarding Daniel Craig, I will go to this film not expecting much but we shall see. Let's hope I can convince Mel to see it with me.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Deal or No Deal

I just spent two hours filling out the online form to apply as a contestant for the limited Canadian production of the game show. Now it's me against probably 20,000 people in BC. But you never know.

Just in case, I won't quit my day job just yet.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Not that I'm a Brad Pitt fan, but with all the critical acclaim of this movie, I decided to go see it, and I must admit it was quite enjoyable. The story was interwoven with subplots that all connected at the end (a la 21 Grams), and the whole movie for me was excellent... except for the ending which left me with questions (perhaps that is the intention). I think the Oscar buzz will begin for this movie.

Blind Date

For the second time in my life (as far as I can remember), I was set up for a blind date from a coworker. I went to White Spot and met Sandi. I think we were both nervous and sizing each other up. I'm not sure what she thinks of me, and currently, I'm not sure what I think of her. She is somewhat shy (as am I) but we'll see what happens.

In the meantime, there is still the matter of a pretty young lady at work that I've set my sights on. As Vandy always tells me, why do I always pick the difficult ones?

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Work as Usual

Two more nights of supervising and then it will be midshift floor managing for about a month. I look forward to this time as I will have a lot of time to finetune and develop my managing skills. There is still a lot to learn but with what I know so far, I'm getting into the rhythm of things. This will give me time to concentrate on other things.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Prestige

I finally went to see this movie (with Lily), and although it wasn't as fabulous as I'd originally thought, I still enjoyed it. Scarlett Johansson was absolutely radiant and lit up the screen. I was a bit disappointed with the ending but I still recommend the movie.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Football Pool

I won the casino pool last week, for a cool $360! It was quite exciting because New England had to win (which they did) and the total points scored had to be 41 and under. After three quarters 38 points had already been scored but luckily nobody scored in the fourth quarter. Time to celebrate and party!

Happy Hallowe'en

I'm off so I don't have to dress up as a woman this year, even though 50% of the players wanted me to. It was a weird week at work and I'm glad it's over. Let's hope I can accomplish some things on my days off (very cryptic, isn't it?).

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Time Flew By

Has it been a week since my last post? Well, nothing much had happened, until last night. We were absolutely busy at work and there was so much OT everywhere. But I remained calm as a manager even though it was incredibly stressful. Tonight will be more of the same, because added to the possibility of keeping tables open, we are also setting clocks back, in which case some dealers will be doing 9 hour shifts at the end of the night. Oh well, OT is OT.

Friday, October 20, 2006


I was stupid enough to drink a Rock Star around midnight. Now I'm wide awake. And I have an appointment at 12pm to taste test some coffee!??! I'm getting $30 so I'll be even more wired. Meanwhile, The Prestige opens, but perhaps I should wait until next week so I can go see it with Lily (or someone else?). There is also Marie Antoinette. And very soon... Casino Royale!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Man of the Year

As a big fan of Robin Williams, I decided to go watch his latest movie, and as usual, he was funny. He was able to do a lot of his improv stuff. The movie itself was average, with nothing special about it. But I got to see the preview for Casino Royale, which I am look forward to. Also next week is the premiere of The Prestige, a movie I am very anxious to see because of two words: Scarlett and Johansson.

Friday, October 13, 2006

The Lake House

I had dinner with Lily and then went to her place to watch this video, a reunion between Sandra Bullock and Keana Reeves from that bus movie years ago. This movie was rather confusing and complicated and I still couldn't figure out the ending. So I must say thumbs down.

Then we watched Russell Peters Outsourced and that was awesome.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Next Time

I just got the call from my boss that I did not get the promotion to full-time floor manager. It was to be expected as I had to be realistic about my chances. I do not know who did get the position, but in the meantime, there is always next time

Good Morning

I am still feeling the after effects of my tiny bout with the flu. It's been over two weeks now and my nose is still a little stuffed up and my throat is still itchy. I guess it's not as bad as some other people at work.

Tomorrow (and I believe Thursday too) I get to start at the previously unheard of 7:15am. These are my first daytime FM shifts since the 24 hour started so it will be interesting to see what kind of zombie-like state I'm in at work. Starbucks better be open.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Against All Odds (Again)

The interview is over, it didn't help I was a little bit late, and as usual I could have done better. Added to that, I am up against formidable competition. But you never know...

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Maybe I should have stayed at home but I needed to get out so I went to see this much talked about movie. I figured since I'd begun my crossword constructing career I should see this film, and it was quite interesting. I must pay more attention to independent films, as I have seen two very good ones this year (the other was Little Miss Sunshine). And now it's off to bed, or at least try to somehow get rid of this illness I have.

P.S. I'm waiting to hear some good news Johnny

Precious Time Off

Two days off to recuperate from my flu (which appears to be getting worse), and then on Thursday 9am, I have an interview for the full-time Floor Manager position. I know I am up against incredible odds based on my low seniority and lack of experience, but you never know. I just hope I feel good enough to put forward a great interview. Time will tell.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Cough Cough

Just when I thought my dry throat and minor cough was getting better, I think I'm feeling the onset of a flu. My nose is starting to run and my throat is sore. Plus the minor cough is getting a bit major. And I sneezed a couple of times at work.

Translation: I feel like shit

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Sick and Tired

It's been a rough week for me. We've been running around at work getting the 24-hour thing going and it hasn't been easy. We are understaffed and as a result the managers must efficiently run the casino as much as possible. Luckily we just got some new staff which should help a bit.

It also doesn't help at all that I've come down with a bit of the flu; cough and a bit of a sore throat. I bought a bottle of Benylin and drank it up in 24 hours (not a good idea). Hopefully I can get better soon.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Battle

There is a promotion opportunity at work as a salaried/permanent floor manager (as opposed to my current position of Relief Floor Manager). What it essentially means is that I am on salary, will not get any more supervising shifts, and get better benefits (days off in lieu of stats, improved medical/dental, etc.). It will be a tough fight as I know there are a lot of candidates (some from other locations). But to not apply because I don't think I have a chance would be stupid. I never thought I'd have a chance to come back to the casino, let alone as a supervisor. I never thought I'd be able to get promoted to relief floor manager 17 months after coming back. So while this will be a tough battle, I shall fight the fight. David vs. Goliath.

Monday, September 18, 2006


I've discovered a new hobby, the wonderful world of creating crosswords. I came across a book "Grid Lock" which perked my interest into this interesting pastime. It won't be easy but it will be something to do in my spare time. From what I've gathered, I can be paid anywhere from $50US to the hundreds for one good crossword puzzle. It won't be easy but I love a good challenge.


No, this isn't a post about the TV show, it's about my casino. As of today we are open 24 hours. It was a challenge to get used to the new lineups and figuring out new procedures. But the transition went pretty well, now let's hope we can make a lot more money!

Thursday, September 14, 2006


Back to work, back to boredom as a supervisor. But next week will be interesting as the casino will go 24 hours. I'm still unsure of most of my shifts so it will be interesting to see what happens.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Time Went By... So Quickly

So much for my holiday, back to work in a couple of hours. But it was wonderful while it lasted. As opposed to going somewhere, I decided to hibernate and do as little as possible. I did go out and see some movies, and drove to the Seattle Premium Outlets with Albert, Mei, and Lil. But other than that, it was couch potato time. I caught up on sleep and now I'm refreshed. Let's see what I have waiting for me at work.

Meanwhile, I'm waiting anxiously for October 20, as that is the premiere of The Prestige. This looks like a good movie. I'd seen The Illusionist last week and since I love the word of magic, The Prestige will hopefully be just as good.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

The Wicker Man

Yikes, unfortunately I just saw the worst movie of the year. Why in the world did Nicholas Cage agree to star in this piece of trash? The only thing reasonably worthwhile in the movie was the supporting role of Leelee Sobieski, who I haven't seen in ages. Sister Honey, how appropriate a name was that?

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Illusionist

I briefly came out of hibernation to watch this movie and I'm glad I did. All I knew about the film was that it was about (guess) an illusionist in olden times. But the story was great and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Edward Norton played his starring role well and Paul Giamatti was his usual Oscar-caliber self. Rufus Sewell is very underrated as an actor, and his role as the evil Austrian prince was done masterfully. I was most impressed with Jessica Biel as the Duchess. Who knew she could actually act?

Sunday, September 03, 2006


One more 11pm-7am shift and I am off for 9 days! I haven't had a long holiday like that in a long while. I've decided I'm just going to take it easy, although I'll probably go to the States on the weekend to the outlets for some shirt shopping. Meanwhile, I'll probably stay in bed for two days just to catch up on all the lost sleep this year.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Recently there was a posting for relief floor managers (2 for Richmond). As it turned out, there was also one that was promoted and sent to my location. This is good for me as it means that I am no longer the bottom of the totem pole. I do feel bad for some of my friends who applied but did not get the promotion. I remember how difficult it was when I did not get promoted twice before I finally did. It's a tough feeling, so I hope those friends (that read this blog) do not give up and strive for success the next time.

Monday, August 28, 2006

When Do I Work?

Another week of work is over for the time being. It was an interesting week because my schedule consisted of two opening shifts (9am-5pm) followed by a relief shift (4:30pm-12:30am) and ending with a night shift (11pm-7am). And now it's time to relax. Tomorrow, Michael and I will be going to the States to play some golf.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Snakes on a Plane

With all the Internet hype surrounding this movie I of course had to see it. I went in expecting an incredibly dumb movie but I must say I was pleasantly surprised at how "decent" it was. It obviously won't win any major awards but in the end, I'll give it two thumbs up. Let's just say the best parts were when certain people were bitten in some interesting places.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Addendum to Previous Post

...and it sucks. I can't believe she samples Grease on one of her songs. Then again, she IS kinda greasy.

Important News

The Paris Hilton CD is out today.

Monday, August 21, 2006

I'm Back

My Internet was acting weird so I haven't been on for a few days, but I'm back. Did anybody miss me? All this coincided with a soso week at work. The weekends were busy at work and so I had to hand out OT for the supervisors, something I don't like to do but must when demand dictates it. It was also "challenging" to take the floor at night from a relief floor manager who is from River Rock. They run the floor differently over there based on the fact they have more staff. I don't think it is feasible to open every table in the casino at our location when there is little or no backup.

After tonight's closing shift, I have my two days off (hopefully) and then a couple of daytime floor shifts!???! I can't believe I have to go from working at 11pm-7am to the dreadful (but normal for others??) 9am-5pm shift. Well, that's the way things go.

I hope everyone is well.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Little Miss Sunshine

I went to see this dark comedy with Kim tonight, and it was much better than I'd expected. I would never have seen this movie if Kim hadn't suggested it. The ending was hilarious.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006


My work week ended on a somewhat high note, as I finished off with a challenging but "successful" night of managing. It was surprisingly busy for a Monday night (compared to Sunday night) and it took a lot of creativity to avoid handing out OT. But somehow things worked out perfectly. And now it's time to relax for two days (hopefully).

Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Streak is Over

After all those easy nights as closing manager, everything fell apart tonight, as the casino was considerably busy for a Saturday night. As a result I had to give OT to some of the supervisors. I'd had a streak going where there was no OT, but last night the streak ended. Well, at least I still have the "no OT for dealers" streak going.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

It Wasn't Me

Well I didn't win the 6/49 jackpot, let's hope NOBODY else did so the Wednesday jackpot will be something ridiculous.

You Never Know

The jackpot for the Lotto 6/49 is estimated at $42 million (I'm sure the final amount will be higher) so I guess I should buy some tickets just in case. Wow, imagine if...

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Music of the Night

I just returned from watching Phantom of the Opera with Lily. It was as wonderful as I'd remembered. The lead roles were done by unknown actors but they did a pretty good job. The story was just as sad and heartbreaking. I had a great time.

And so ends my one day off. I'm back to the grind tomorrow as a supervisor, then it's managing for a while I'd assume.

Bad Drivers

Who the f*ck scratched the front of my car? It's a barely noticeable little nick on the fender, probably caused by some bad driver who backed into me. It is theoretically possible that I bumped into something myself but I don't think so. Oh well, it was bound to happen. A little Vivid Blue Pearl paint will get it back to new. Just have to make sure it's the right blue.

I'm picking up Lily in about 2 hours and off we go to see Phantom. I can't wait.

And by the way, here's my usual "I had a wonderful night at work" post. Even Rosey (my shift manager that night) was saying I'm doing well now, and mentioned I'm quite meticulous in my work. That must be a good friend.

I'm back to supervising tomorrow night and then I'm assuming it's closing shifts for a while since one of the managers will be working the PNE.

Monday, August 07, 2006


Another great week at work is about to end, hopefully tonight is just as easy as the other nights have been. It seems that all I want to post about is how great work has been, but that's the truth. I really am comfortable now, and yes, there are still things I can improve upon but overall everything is becoming second nature.

My days off will be busy, even with the slight change in my days off (Tuesday/Thursday instead of Tuesday/Wednesday). I'm going to see Phantom of the Opera on Thursday with Lily (haven't seen her in eons). Meanwhile I'm going out with Christie on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Movie Reviews

I saw two movies on my days off.

You, Me, and Dupree: much better than I'd expected, and Kate Hudson looked pretty hot.
Miami Vice: worst movie I've seen in a long time; predictable. But the delicious Gong Li was in it. Nevertheless, two thumbs down

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Life is Good

I ended my work week with a fabulous night at work, free of any problems (unsolvable ones at least). Even though we were short supervisors I managed to pull off another one of my patented "no OT" miracles, and managed to spend the last hours or so relaxing and chatting with Rosey, my shift supervisor. Even she told me to just relax. It was nice to end on a good note and now I have two days to relax.

Johnny, I hope things work out for you in your accident claim.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Work Hangover?

After a series of supervising shifts, I've spent the last two nights (as well as tonight) as night time manager. Things were a bit hectic but my obsession with "no OT" paid off as I managed to send everybody home on time. I had to spend some time on the floor myself as supervisor but somehow I managed. I hope I can end my "Friday" tonight on an easy note.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Golf Hangover?

As predicted, I can barely move from my 41 rounds of golf yesterday.

Golf, Golf and More Golf

In an act of sheer lunacy, Michael and I drove to the Avalon Golf Links in Washington State (exit 236) and played in their "all you can play" thing, mainly because on Wednesdays Canadian dollars are at par! So as it was we paid $40CDN plus $20 for the cart. We ended up playing 41 holes of golf from about 10:30am to 8:00pm! My body is starting to ache and I'd hate to think how I'm going to feel in the morning. But it was worth it. We also had dinner at the Tulalip Casino afterwards before driving home. Michael made a bit of money on craps, and I just walked around and watched.

Sunday, July 23, 2006


It was nice to hear from my friend Johnny after all this time. I hope things turn out well for you. Hopefully I can come visit in October, or even sooner if I can put together some consecutive days off. Keep well.

Off to work now.

Saturday, July 22, 2006


Thank goodness I live in a basement. Yeah, it's freezing in the wintertime but in the summertime, I can sleep like a baby. I feel bad for my landlords, as they've said that they're in an oven upstairs in the attic where their bedrooms are.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

A Question

As a casino manager (or any manager for that matter), what is more important... pleasing your fellow managers or pleasing your staff? Think about it. I'm trying to answer it myself.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Devil Wears Prada

Since I've become somewhat of a fashion "guru" at work (both customers and staff have complimented me on some of my suit/tie/shirt combos), I figured it was my duty to watch this movie. Also, I've heard a lot about how wonderful Meryl Streep is in the role of Miranda Priestley. And might I say she definitely was. She reminded me a lot about Glenn Close as Cruella DeVille in 101 Dalmatians. Ms. Streep was bitchy enough that they might just give her another one of those Oscar nominations. Her character also reminded me of some people I have worked with (no names of course!).

I was surprisingly touched by some of the plotlines in the movie, about getting so caught up in your work that you forget your family and friends. I've noticed that since my managing shifts have increased, my family gatherings have decreased. And I see less and less of my friends. I know I must change this. Yes, I must pay attention to work, but I must not let it consume me.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Consecutive Days Off (Maybe)

Well it's been a wonderful week. The car runs wonderfully and work has been hectic but fun. Although not all of my managing shifts are stress-free, I still enjoy them immensely. Last night was no exception. Things went wonderfully even though I had to try some strange things.

Unfortunately after my possibly two consecutive days off, it's back to supervising for four shifts in a row. After all the managing I've done in the last month it will be interesting (boring?) to go back to walking around four tables (instead of the whole casino).

Friday, July 14, 2006

Jason Feng, Car Owner

Yes, at last, I shelled out a big down payment but now I'm the owner of a new car, the 2007 Honda Fit Hatchback. It's a nice Blue Pearl color. I'll take some pictures when there's light out.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

80's Memories

I may have found my favorite website in the world! It shows a bunch of vintage 80's videos, some of which I haven't seen in ages. They sure bring back a lot of memories. Making Love Out of Nothing at All (Air Supply) and Don't Answer Me (Alan Parsons Project) were silly videos but they almost brought a tear to my eye. Johnny, I know you'll love this site! Anyways, the link is below.

80's Videos

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So much for two consecutive days off. I was awakened from my slumber yesterday, as my services were needed for yet another closing shift (instead I was to get today off). That meant out of the last 18 days, I was closing manager for 9 of them.

It was a busy night and I avoided giving out OT for the most part. But two little hiccups meant there was 30 minutes handed out. But all in all it was an OK night. Now HOPEFULLY I can relax tonight.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Consecutive Days Off!

Unbelievably I have two days off in a row (Monday Tuesday). Mind you, that can change anytime. The last THREE weeks I've had split days off (Sunday/Friday, Monday/Saturday, and the weird Thursday/Saturday). I've had mostly night shifts but they threw in a day shift on the Friday of my "days off sandwich". Hopefully I can find time to relax, get that car, show it off to Jack, and then who knows. And now to hibernation I shall go.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Captain Jack Sparrow

I was one of the many people who braved the long lineup to watch Pirates of the Caribbean 2 on Friday. I did not really have high expectations for the movie, as I did not find the first one that spectacular. Perhaps I'm just not a big Johnny Depp fan.

But then the first scene of the movie featured one of the most beautiful creatures in the world, Keira Knightley. She was breathtaking. But unfortunately even she couldn't get me to say I really liked the movie. In fact, I found myself taking a little nap in the middle of the film.

I did find the love triangle interesting (although you could argue it was really a love rectangle with that other guy in it too), does Elizabeth Swann choose the dashing and handsome Will Turner or the brash rogue Captain Jack Sparrow? Well, I guess we'll find out in Part 3.

Thursday, July 06, 2006


After all those night shifts, I had a relief shift tonight, and I must say it was full of drama. Good things and bad things happen but in the end, I think it was a good night for me. Now I get one day off followed by the ever-so-rare daytime managing shift, then another day off. How do I keep track?

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

July 4 and Beyond

Happy Belated Independence Day to my American friends and readers.

I had another closing shift tonight, that makes 7 out of 8 closing shifts. I made a little mistake on one of the tables (which I won't get into here as it won't make sense) but other than that running the floor gets easier and easier. I think I'm actually getting the respect that I'd so long desired. But it still takes time. I've even started looking a bit grumpy now and then, just so they don't think I'm Mr. Happy Go Lucky.

On July 7 I have a daytime managing shift (9am!). That will be weird and I hope that Red Bull can keep me going throughout the day.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Life is Good

I had probably the best night ever as a night manager. Things worked out so perfectly, even though I was afraid of giving out overtime earlier in the evening, and the casino was busy. But Somebody upstairs was watching out for me and the tables closed perfectly. I was left with two pits of four tables and roulette. It couldn't have been any better. Back to business in 16 hours, I can't wait.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Weekly Movies

I forgot to mention that last week I went to see Adam Sandler's new movie, Click. I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed it. The most amazing thing of all is that the last half of the movie was quite sad and hit very close to home. It was very reflective for me as there were a lot of parts that affected me. And as well, Kate Beckinsale was in the movie and she was about as hot as humanly possible.

I also went to see Superman Returns. I did not expect much from the movie but it was pretty good nevertheless.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

News from Work

Big news at work. The top shift manager was promoted to GM at our casino up North in Dawson Creek. This means of course that there are now more shifts available for me. But I sense that one of two things will happen: 1) a current manager will transfer from one of the other locations 2) there will be promotions for floor manager. Option 2 sounds more plausible as other locations have also lost managers to promotions (I believe each location is now one short). So we'll see. Meanwhile my schedule is now officially mixed up, with day shifts and night shifts and miscellaneous days off. But that paycheque is gonna be nice.

Thursday, June 29, 2006


It didn't take long at work before the clock struck midnight and I officially became old. But it was so hectic that I really didn't have time to sit back and enjoy things. But overall it was a great night despite a lot of things going on. We had to get a lot of staff training for the new game, Texas Hold'em Bonus, which is being set up as I write these words. Overall work is getting easier, but each night always brings a new and different challenge. That's what makes it enjoyable. Is it possible that I'm falling in love with my job?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

---> 40 <---

Yikes. The next time I post on this blog I will be 40 years old. This birthday comes with great trepidation and fear but I have to realize it's a part of life. Maybe it's ironic and fitting that I will spend it at work with my closing shifts. Whether people know or not is irrelevant. If anything, at least I'm fairly content with life. It can of course be better, but it could have turned out much worse.

Meanwhile, work was pretty easy. I took some chances at work to avoid OT and it just worked out. OK off to bed now. While everybody is enjoying the sun I'll be sleeping like a baby.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

More Closing Shifts

Evidently I'm going to be closing manager for the next three nights (some sort of training?). As usual, I look forward to them, and with each shift, I strive to learn something more.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Just an Update

And so begins the second of my "weird days off" weeks? Last week was Sunday/Friday off, this week will be Monday/Saturday? There is a lot of stuff going on at work and of course as the "bottom" manager, I must take whatever shifts I am offered. I'm not complaining, as I've had a LOT of managing shifts this month; 4 closing shifts in two weeks, and the usual spattering of relief shifts. It's given me the opportunity to develop that rhythm that I so desired. Things have gone well and hopefully they get better. I have mixed emotions about the upcoming 24-hour opening, but we will see. It will be a challenge to motivate my staff, because a lot of them have let the news affect them negatively.

Once again I might be able to get the financing on a new car. I won't say much this time because it's all up in the air. I wish myself luck.

Work, cars, what's last? Women... Things have been so hectic at work I haven't had time to go out. I haven't had time to think about my future in terms of finding a soulmate/wife/girlfriend. I have to search my feelings and decide what to do. I have a number of female friends, and they are very dear to me. But is it my pessimistic nature holding me back again? Is it worth pursuing? Let's hope I get this car as it will make things easier. I just hope my potential soulmate has a bit of patience.

OK enough rambling. Hope everyone is well.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Shitty Week

Not the best day as relief tonight. I think I'm coming down with a flu, plus I still have that nagging toothache. I'm grumpy.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Great Week

And so ends a wonderful week for me. It's as if I've awakened from a somber sleep and now I'm totally refreshed about work. I still made a few little mistakes but overall everything seems comfortable. I look forward to work again.

There are still personal issues to deal with but to be honest, they can wait. Yes, it's nice to have a car and I will soon. But my life won't end if I have to wait. Same with the girl (did I just say that?). But first things first; when I'm good and ready.

Two days off to relax. Too bad I have the toothache from hell.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Back to Supervising

Alas, after three wonderful nights (and mornings?) as closing manager, it is now back to "boring" supervising for two nights. It has been a great experience that allowed me to develop that "rhythm" that I was hoping to get. It was great to work with Rosey, who let me "do my thing". We had a nice talk about managing and it made things easier. Everything went well. And now the dream ends for the time being, until my next closing shift (which happens to be on Sunday).

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Mr. Pink

Tonight was a lot easier managing, even though it was a bit more busier than the previous night. I think I was so concerned about running the casino smoothly that I really didn't have time to screw up. I didn't even get a chance to talk to my shift manager too much. Either she thinks I'm working hard or I'm a snob.

I even got compliments on my new outfit: salmon/pink shirt, silver tie, navy suit, and dark brown shoes. Four different colors combined into a good outfit. People love the music I play at work (80's tunes of course). Now if only I can do my job a bit more efficiently, things would be perfect.

And now, off to bed....

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Who's the Boss?

Yesterday was the first of three nights in a row as closing floor manager. It's quite rare that I get a closing shift, let alone three in a row! There were a few hiccups but in the end everything went pretty well. I had to give one supervisor 30 minutes OT but it could have been a lot worse. Due to the fact that we were 4 dealers short, it was harder to send people home in 8 hours because it was quite busy. But somehow I managed to get everybody out on time (except the supervisor). Let's hope I can do even better tonight.

Monday, June 12, 2006

I Must Be Getting Old

Here's an interesting article from New York Times. Read it, and see if you can listen to the ringtone. Evidently I can't. Johnny? Sam? I bet your kids will be able to hear it.

High-Pitched Ringtone

Sunday, June 11, 2006


There are a lot of things happening at work, a lot of which I cannot say at the moment because they are not "official". Suffice to say that in the next while, everything will be hectic for me. As I've mentioned before, it is time to step up and show them what I'm made of.

Meanwhile, it's been a long week, so I'm going into hibernation on my days off. If I'm lucky I can sleep for 48 hours.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Deal or No Deal

I am so bloody hooked on this show now, especially after tonight.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Blak at Last!

Thanks to the casino concession guy Lawrence (who was in Seattle), I managed to get a hold of two bottles of the ultra-rare (in Canada at least) Coca-Cola Blak. Unfortunately I drank both bottles on one break (after downing a can of Red Bull the break before) so I don't think I will sleep much this morning.

Blak tastes pretty good, not as much coffee taste as I'd originally thought. It tastes a bit like those bottled Starbucks coffee drinks. I can't wait for Blak to show up on Canadian shelves this summer.

Monday, May 29, 2006

The Holidays are Over

And so ends my short holiday of four days. At least it ended on a good note with my nice win at Edgewater.

After careful consideration, I'm not going to buy a new car at the present time, but will shop for a decent used car. Financially it will not be feasible for me to put no money down and totally finance a new car. However, I'm still getting a car! To be continued!


I should stop playing poker. I was having a bad night at the casino (down about $200) until around 4am when I made my way to the automated roulette game. I made a little bit there and then went to the Monopoly slot machine. About 10 minutes in, I hit for 6000 nickels! Before I knew it I had made $500 on the machine. Oh what a night.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

X Men: Last Stand

How can I miss this movie? It was awesome, much better than the other May blockbusters (Mission Impossible III, Da Vinci Code). Jean Grey/Phoenix was hot, almost as memorable as when Anakin Skywalker "became" Darth Vader.

And now my vacation continues, when I must sit back and decide on a lot of things for my future.

Friday, May 26, 2006

What I Did on My Vacation

After my original plan of seeing Madonna in Vegas this weekend fell through, I was left without any place to go. As it so happened, Vandy was not well and they needed a relief floor manager, so I spent Day 1 of my 5-day vacation working! It was a pretty uneventful night, things are getting pretty routine now (which is a good thing).

And so my vacation begins... again...

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Somehow I found myself at club tonight (Plush, the one that is near the Edgewater Casino). I hadn't been to a club in ages and to be honest, the music sucked. I'm just not into the modern crap except for a few songs. Plus I was a lightbulb (it's a Chinese term) because evidently Christie is interested in some guy that was there. Cross her off the list.

But luckily I had an OK night at Edgewater. The money I wasted on the cover and a few drinks was recuperated and then some.

37 more days until this oldtimer hits 40. I need a party.

Monday, May 22, 2006


After the movie, I went to the casino for a few hours and made a little bundle. I came home at 6am and went to bed, and slept... and slept... and slept. When I woke up, the 6am had become 6pm. I feel refreshed and ready for the coming week. I only have to work two days before my 5-day holiday. Even if I'm not going to Vegas as previously planned, I look forward to my days off.

Da Vinci Code

I never read the book, but went to see the movie last night. After seeing the movie, I have no plans to read the book, because I HATED the movie. It was boring, bland, and too confusing. Tom Hanks looked like he wanted to go home. All this hype about one book and the movie pretty much destroyed the hype. Avoid.

Friday, May 19, 2006

New Beginnings

Yes, the proverbial "eternal flame" will still burn for Jack, just as a little flame still burns for my past relationships and failures. But it's time for a new start now. I look forward to new challenges.

No More

I had a rare shift as closing manager at work, something I hadn't done in over 3 months. As a result, I knew I had to concentrate and try not to screw things up "royally". Overall it went well. The casino was pretty much dead all night so it wasn't too hard to keep track of.

And of course, everybody is still wondering about the other thing. Well, I sent her home early and I had a great time at work. You know what, I can hope and wish all I want, but it's just not worth it. So, for better or for worse, it's over. Maybe things will change in the future but this is the present. There are much better prospects to set my sights on.

I would like to think all my friends who helped me through this. Your advice has not been forgotten.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Hopelessly Devoted to You

Guess mine is not the first heart broken, my eyes are not the first to cry
I'm not the first to know, there's just no gettin' over you

Hello, I'm just a fool who's willing to sit around and wait for you
But baby can't you see, there's nothin' else for me to do
I'm hopelessly devoted to you

But now there's nowhere to hide, since you pushed my love aside
I'm not in my head, hopelessly devoted to you
Hopelessly devoted to you, hopelessly devoted to you

My head is saying "fool, forget it", my heart is saying "don't let go"
Hold on to the end, that's what I intend to do
I'm hopelessly devoted to you

But now there's nowhere to hide, since you pushed my love aside
I'm not in my head, hopelessly devoted to you
Hopelessly devoted to you, hopelessly devoted to you

Hopelessly Devoted to You -- Olivia Newton-John

Who Reads This?

There's so much I want to say on this blog but I've worried that the wrong people will read this and then I will get myself into trouble. There is so much going on at work and I know if I say the wrong thing then all hell will break loose. I know many of my "non-work" friends read this and to them I say hi. Thanks for keeping up with my so-called life. I don't believe anybody at work reads this blog but with the Internet who knows. I've suspected that somehow, some way, there are people who read this. Well even if that were true, so be it. There is something I want to write and it's quite obvious who I'm writing about. But it's time I got something off my chest.

How do you know when you're truly in love? Can you still be in love even if the other person does not reciprocate the feeling? And even if you know that she is not interested in you, do you simply give up? At what point can you truly say, "I surrender"?

I haven't felt this way about someone in a long time. True, there have been people that I thought I was in love with, but those quickly faded away. But there is something special about . I know she is not interested in me right now. Part of me knows that she is not interested in a serious relationship right now with anyone. But it's more than that lately. My intuition, my sixth sense, my feeling is that there is something more to her avoidance of me lately. Is there something --or dare I say, some one-- else? I wish I could get through to her. At some point I know I have to, for my own sake.

So Jack, if somehow you are reading this, please talk to me. Put me at peace at least.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The Phoenix Rises

I promised myself to forget the past week and I did. Overall it was pretty much back to normal, but after all that's happened, I still have unanswered questions that I have to deal with. I never did have that talk with Jack. And once again I refer back to the words of one Olivia Newton-John:

My head is saying, "Fool forget it"; my heart is saying, "Don't let go". At what point do you give up? But if everybody gave up at the first rejection, nobody would be successful. It's plain and simple, we have to have a heart-to-heart talk. But at least I'm ready for it.

Monday, May 15, 2006


My posts in the last week have been quite cryptic. As much as I want to say everything that I want to, I must refrain because there are a lot of damaging things that I know. Sometimes even the Internet has ears and I must be wary of what is written on this page.

To those who have emailed asking if I'm OK, yes I am. I'm like the male version of The Phoenix in X Men. I will rise above the ashes. Oops, there I go again being cryptic. But I'm fine.

Feeling a Bit Better

After a long talk with Bon Bon, I do feel a lot better. I've written a lot of strange shit in the last few days but that was because I felt a lot of strange shit. It's still going to be hard going to work knowing what I know but I must prove myself capable of doing so.

All by Myself

When I was young
I never needed anyone
And makin’ love was just for fun
Those days are gone

Livin’ alone
I think of all the friends I’ve known
But when I dial the telephone
Nobody’s home

All by myself
Don’t wanna be
All by myself anymore
All by myself
Don’t wanna live
All by myself anymore

Hard to be sure
Some times I feel so insecure
And love so distant and obscure
Remains the cure

All by myself
Don’t wanna be
All by myself anymore
All by myself
Don’t wanna live
All by myself anymore

All by Myself
-- Eric Carmen

Sunday, May 14, 2006

So Now What?

These upcoming two days off will be very reflective for me, as I have to decide what I want to do. I am feeling so confused, disappointed, angry, sad, depressed, and many other emotions that I am not thinking clearly.

Nice guys finish last. How sad but true.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Blues Part 2

So many things seem to be happening at the same time; some good, some bad. As a result I've been pretty much moping at work looking all depressed and sad. It doesn't help that a lot of my friends at work have been further depressing me with their various problems. I guess my 40th birthday isn't going to come without some fanfare and excitement. I just hope that in the end I can be happy.


Why am I so depressed?

On a lighter note, the perfect license plate for my new car would be JACK FM (think about it).

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Life, Love and a Car

The following week will be very important in more ways than one. I know it's time that Jackeline and I have our talk about our relationship and see where things stand. We are definitely getting closer and unless my intuition is totally wrong, at least she feels a little something for me. It was strange that somebody at work said he thought Jackeline likes me. Wow, if it were only that easy. Let's see what fate has in store for me this time.

And then there is the business of the car. Hopefully I get the financial aspect of the purchase taken care of so I can take my honey out. Even if Jack and I don't end up together it's been one hell of a ride.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Car Shopping Part 2

I have an appointment with the business manager at Granville Toyota tomorrow. I know what car I want, I know what accessories I want, now it's time to play "Let's Make a Deal". Or rather in this day and age, we'll be playing "Deal or No Deal". Let's see what happens.

Meanwhile, I hope my Honey feels better from her little flu.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

The New Month

And so another week and another month begins. I feel somewhat refreshed with a better outlook. I still have a lot of problems and matters to deal with but after talking with Bon Bon I feel better at least. She's become a really good friend who seems to understand everything.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Is it Time?

Something tells me in the next month I'm going to be making a big decision in my life romantically. I hope in the end there is somebody instead of nobody. May I make the right decision.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Fighting Fire With Fire

Did I just set up a date with two women on the same night?

Is it Over Yet?

One more day until the end of a pretty shitty week for me workwise, and otherwise too. I guess it can't always be a bed of roses.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Sentinel

Two days off, two movies. This one wasn't too bad, but it reminded me way too much of the series 24 which of course also stars Keifer Sutherland. And I don't even watch the TV series. Nevertheless, Michael Douglas does his usual fine acting job, and I can't complain about them casting Eva Langoria. Yowza.

Monday, April 24, 2006

The Rocket

As a Canadian citizen, it was my duty to go watch the movie The Rocket, about the career of the greatest hockey player of them all, Maurice Richard. Nothing like watching the Habs on the big screen!

Friday, April 21, 2006

Free Money

We got our profit sharing cheques at work today. As announced, it was less than usual because the company did not meet their financial expectations due to the fact that they were buying everything in site. Nevertheless, it was great to get a nice bonus. I love my job.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Enjoying the Playoffs

Wow, it's the hockey playoffs and I didn't join any pools! I had to work as relief floor manager today so I couldn't attend the one held by school friends. And the casino one was cancelled. Oh well, that's OK, I can enjoy my beloved Habs trying to get their 25th Cup. Go Habs Go!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Lucky Number Slevin

Good news: The delicious Lucy Liu is in it
Bad news: Everything else about this movie sucked

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Brokeback Mountain

Did I mention that I watched Brokeback Mountain two nights ago? Now there is no plausible or logical explanation why I would see this, unless I was at a girl's place and she wanted to rent the video, right?

Work Rules

I'm settling into my job now. I'd probably posted the previous statement before but now more than ever it's true. I had two consecutive relief shifts this week and things went smoothly. There were a few hiccups, but that comes with the territory. I think I'm getting thr respect that I was worried about in the beginning of my journey.

That being said, there is still so much more to learn but that's the fun and excitement of it all. Onward and upward!

Monday, April 10, 2006

Just Another Week

Nothing much happened this week, except I'm STILL looking for the new Coke. Is it even in Canada yet? Work has been boring, but I'm getting two relief shifts next week. In the words of the great Madonna... time goes by, so slowly.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Coca Cola Blak?

They better sell it in Canada. Coca Cola is coming up with a new beverage, Coke and coffee! Here's the link, enjoy! Coca Cola Blak!

Friday, March 31, 2006

Spring Break Party

A bit too much to drink. My head is pounding like hell. I'm going to bed. Good night.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Inside Man

I finally got the chance to see this movie, starring Clive Owen, the man who SHOULD have become the next James Bond (instead of what's his name). The movie was very good... for the first 90 minutes. Then it veered into some mishmash story (no spoilers here). I went from being very impressed to very disappointed.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Car Shopping Part 1

It looks like my search for a new car is over. I test drove the 2007 Yaris Hatchback today and fell in love with it. I was surprised at how much legroom it has. And being that the legroom was my only reservation about the car, I want one! The only thing is, the 2007 Yaris Sedan comes in a gorgeous olive mist metallic that is not available on the hatchback. Damn. Now I must decide which model I want. Part 2 will be to find the best price from the many connections I have.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


I can't believe I haven't had the chance to see my girlfriend Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta. Maybe on the weekend. But I also want to see Inside Man, with Clive Owen. It looks like a cool movie.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Surprise Surprise

So much for my Sunday off. I was called into work at Coquitlam! It was overwhelming once again to be floor manager of a casino I'm not really familiar with. The challenge was trying to figure out where each table was and to put faces to names. Somehow I managed to make it through without too many major hiccups. By the way, the casino is huge and beautiful, perhaps the nicest in BC!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Good Day, Bad Day

A couple of days after having a nice relaxing time managing, I went through one of the most hectic days as a manager. People were calling in sick left and right, and I had to spend over two hours as a spare supervisor; these two hours could have been much better spent trying to fix some of the problems with dealers not showing up. Somehow I managed to make it through, even though I stayed beyond my 8 hours. I could not leave my relief manager with a mess.

Time goes by... so slowly...

Friday, March 10, 2006


I had a great night managing at work, one of those nights that went by perfectly and without any problems. I wish they were all this easy.

Now I'd like to know why the hell it's snowing in Vancouver in MARCH.

Friday, March 03, 2006

4 Days Off

After the amazingly busy month of random days off, I finally have 4 days off in a row. Time for rest and relaxation. AHHHHHH!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Back to the Grind

My stint as HR Support will end next Thursday, as they have already hired someone internally. I will have one day to train him and then I'll be back to supervising for a bit, as the managers are not going on a lot of holidays. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Be a Man! Do the Right Thing!

I went to see the Russell Peters show and it was just as funny as the last one! This guy is good, and hopefully he'll find success as a TV sitcom star, as that's what he'll be doing. I was a bit tipsy from preshow drinks but I still had a lot of fun.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Stress * 2

What a hectic day at work. It was the HR support person's last day so we had to do a hasty changeover of things so the transition will work out. Normally that's OK but today I was relief floor manager so I had to juggle two jobs at the same time. As a result, I made some silly mistakes regarding breaks. But somehow I managed. My mind's a mess. There are so many things on my mind.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Some Pics from the Party

Let's take a look at some pictures of me with some very beautiful women.

Bon Bon



Tuesday, February 14, 2006


We had a farewell party for one of the managers who is transferring to River Rock, as well as the Human Resources Support Person that I am temporarily replacing. What that meant was a bunch of casino staff getting hopelessly drunk. I drank and drank and drank, and lost TWO $50 poker tourneys (that has never happened to me before).

And to make things worse, Happy Friggin' Valentine's Day. I'm wondering what the gossip will be regarding me tomorrow. I did have my eye on someone (and it wasn't who I was planning to have my eye on).

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Work * 10

Today was supposed to be my one day off, since my days off changed to Saturday Sunday. However, one of the managers called in sick so I was called into work a short shift from 4:30pm-9:30pm. What that means is that I had Sunday February 5 and Monday February 6 off (before days off changed), worked from Tuesday February 7 to Saturday February 11, then a short day on Sunday February 12 (today), followed by five days off work until Friday February 17. Yup, 10 days in a row. Better make sure my shirts are cleaned and ironed and my underwear is clean.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Office Job?

The Human Resources support person put in her notice and they need a temporary person to take care of things while Head Office hires a permanent person. Guess who they chose as the temporary person? ME! It's an interesting but (as usual) overwhelming development in my employment. I'm getting four days of training and then I'm the HR person "until further notice". They are paying me manager's wage in the meantime so I can't complain. However, I hope this doesn't last a long time because HR/organizing stuff just isn't my cup of tea.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006


My new silly hobby is tracing where my currency ends up. I came across a website, Where's Willy? which allows you to type in a bill's serial number and then trace its movement across the country. All you do is put the website on your bill, enter it on the website, and then see if somebody else registers the bill. I've received a number of bills lately with the website but only now have started to register them. OK, I need a life, but it's fun. By the way, there is an American version at Where's George?.

And now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Monday, February 06, 2006


I just can't understand women. They tell you one thing and they do something else. They say that they would never go out with someone from work, so you ease off. And then they go out with someone from work. I saw this one a mile away too.

Sunday, February 05, 2006


My work schedule for the last seven days:

Sunday January 29: 8 hours floor managing at River Rock
Monday January 30: 7.5 hours supervising at Casino on Broadway
Tuesday January 31: off
Wednesday February 1: 8 hours supervising at Casino on Broadway
Thursday February 2: 8 hours supervising at Casino on Broadway
Friday February 3: 8 hours + 1 hour overtime supervising at Casino on Broadway
Saturday February 4: 8 hours + 2.5 hours overtime supervising at Casino on Broadway

Yup, I got called in for an extra day on Monday. With all the overtime, I worked a grand total of 51 hours!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Back from the Rock

It was a rather uneventful night at the Rock. I was sent there as an "extra" floor manager in anticipation of a busy Chinese New Year's Night, but it really wasn't as busy as it was expected to be. So I ended up doing some minor paperwork and did a lot of mindless roaming of the floor, saying hi to old acquaintances and introducing myself to new ones....

...and then I came back for two days off. Unfortunately on Monday they called me into work at the COB. Well that means a nice healthy paycheque next week. I anticipate about 48 hours, 8 of which will be at floor manager's rate. Can't complain.

I was home Tuesday morning at 9am or so (had drinks with coworkers after work) and slept until 4pm. I checked my email, watched some TV and then at around 6pm decided to take a nap for no apparent reason. I slept until 11:45pm and while this would normally screw up my sleep cycle, I decided NOT to get out of bed and tried to fall asleep. At around 1am I did...and woke up at 4pm on Wednesday afternoon! Wow, I haven't had a good sleep like that in a long time. As a result I went to work totally awake. I hope I can sleep like that next week on my days off (hopefully I get two this time).

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Gung Hei Fat Choy

Happy Chinese New Year. While everybody is out celebrating, I'll be totally stressed out at the River Rock Casino tonight from 9pm-5am. But that's part of the job.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Come to Vancouver, Madonna

There are rumors that Madonna is going to tour in 2006. I can only dream that she will make her way to Vancouver, because if I get to hear her sing Hung Up live, my life will almost be complete.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Live at the Rock..... Me!

It had to happen eventually. I am scheduled for a floor managing shift at the illustrious River Rock Casino Resort on January 29, aka Chinese New Year's Eve. Ironic isn't, I was floor manager on "regular" New Year's Eve (day shift though) and now the "other" New Year's Eve (9pm-5am). I guess this is what everything I've learned becomes reality. I am both excited and horrified. But in a way I asked for this so we shall see what happens.

P.S. Disregard previous post about Anna breaking up with her boyfriend

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

She's Really a Nice Girl!

Remember way back when I called Anna a bitch? It seems so long ago. At the time I was angry because she told some people she was single and other people she wasn't. And she gave me shit because I kissed her at the Christmas Party (2004). Anyways, times have changed and I've heard that she's broken up with her boyfriend. Will I have to subject everyone to another year of Anna stories? I still wonder what could have been (and could be?). Time will tell.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Full Circle

"I would never do that to my best friend's girl". Well he's not my best friend but something's happening at work. More details to follow.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

2 Weeks Already?

My apologies to all for not posting all year!??! I've been doing a lot of online poker lately and haven't gotten around to updating my blog. Things are going OK. I bought in for a measly $75 and now it's at $125. If I play another 150 raked hands I'll get a $125 bonus. This is on Absolute Poker. If you are interested in opening an account, send me your email address and I can get you a bonus.

In other news, the next month will not see a lot of managing shifts, in fact, none are scheduled. There is no one on holidays so that means it's back to supervising for a while. That's OK. Tonight I got to run the floor for about an hour while Vandy was taking a break.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Another Year

I was called in to open again, and it was less stressful, but still confusing in a different way. Five people called in sick, and it was busy enough to begin with, so I had to make do with less tables open. I think I'm getting the hang of it though.

Meanwhile I had a chance to talk to an old friend, Johnny (when I say old, I don't mean OLD). Keep your head up buddy.