Friday, February 27, 2009


No, this isn't a review of some new slasher flick. It is the name of a new steakhouse that opened up in Richmond two months ago. It was a very nice surprise perpetrated by Amy, and it was greatly appreciated. The restaurant was simple in design but the food was not bad (perhaps not in Gotham's or Morton's leagues). I had the 18-ounce Prime Rib and the cut was very nice. I ended with my usual Creme Brulee which unfortunately had raspberries in it, resulting in an unusual taste. Nevertheless, I recommend this place.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


There was a big shakeup at work and as a result, my days off changed from Wednesday Thursday to Tuesday Thursday. Joe wanted to see this 3-D movie so I thought what the hell. While the story was pretty "childish", the 3-D effects (with the cool glasses) were amazing; times sure have changed since the olden days in terms of 3-D. I was quite impressed, even though I took a little nap in the middle of the movie.

Monday, February 23, 2009


I came across an interesting website. It's both hilarious and depressing. Maybe it's time I contribute. Enjoy.


Back to the 80's

Today I had a supervising shift. It was interesting (and somewhat scary) that there were three hourly floor managers supervising today, in addition to the salaried managers. My shoulders are aching because I haven't "stood" for an hour for a while. I remember how important it is to keep moving. Anyways, it was a pretty good stressless day at work. The band at Lulu's Lounge was playing 80's music for most of the evening, and a lot of great songs too. It brought me back to the days at the Holiday Inn when I would have the casino music on channel 902 or 905. Unfortunately there was no ABBA but they played enough disco-era songs (Heart of Glass for example) and that was good enough.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Shoot 'Em Up

After watching The International, I decided to watch this previous Clive Owen DVD at Joe's. If I haven't said it before, I'll say it again. Clive Owen should have been James Bond, not Daniel Craig. Again he never smiles and again he never shaves and again he is a fine actor. While this movie was quite violent, a number of characters had fantastic oneliners. Paul Giamatti is his usual fine self, and Monica Belluci is delicious. There's even a side joke involving carrots that I'm sure somebody would enjoy.

Pink Panther 2

I remember when I was young I would love to watch Peter Sellers doing all those Pink Panther movies. He used to have me in stitches with his humor. He was the bumbling detective but somehow always managed to solve the crime. There have been a number of attempts to recreate the role, and this is Steve Martin's second attempt to make a decent movie. He failed. While I respect Steve Martin as a comedic actor, there are certain roles that should never be done, and Inspector Clouseau is one of them.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The International

Clive Owen is one of my favorite actors today (I still think he should have been chosen to be the new James Bond instead of Daniel Craig) and I don't usually miss a chance to see his movies. This movie was a classic thriller similar to the older ones. Clive has that rugged look that's perfect for the part. He never smiled, he looked like crap, but it worked. He will be in a movie with somebody named Julia Roberts in March, called Duplicity. That will be a must-see as well.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


I think that's spelled correctly but that's the fear of the number 13. Yesterday was the dreaded Friday the 13th, which of course was followed by the equally dreaded (to some) Valentine's Day. Just thought I would share that with everyone.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tough Times

Ever since Joe and I came back from Vegas the casino industry in BC (well, the casino industry in general) has been full of gloom and doom. I've had to say goodbye to some very fine people who are no longer part of GCC... and that includes my good friend Joe (as well as many others). I just want to give my best wishes and regards and hope things turn better for them. I've known some of them almost half my life, and it's sad to see them go but with the unstable economy, one never knows what will happen.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Some days as a floor manager you have to do tough things and today was one of them. We had to say goodbye to some great people, and I wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

Sunday, February 08, 2009


The last few days I've been stuck with a nagging dry cough that I obviously caught at work. It's not exactly painful but it's ongoing and I hate it. Perhaps I shouldn't be at work but I've worked on worst days for me. I'm not the only person with this cough, but hopefully I will be better soon. I've been taking Benalyn and I also bought some cough medicine.

Wow, what an exciting post!

Thursday, February 05, 2009


I miss Vegas. I miss $120 Wagyu Beef. I miss 6-Card Pai Gow and Mississippi Stud. And I miss Paper Roses.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Paper Roses

From 1976, wow, time sure flies and that singer is just as beautiful today.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Post Vegas

I've had two days to recuperate from my memorable time in Vegas. Things are getting back to normal now and I must admit my outlook on life is a lot better now. Do I have Marie Osmond to thank for this? I guess going to her and Donny's concert TWICE really put a smile on my face. Sure, I'm not exactly rich now but it was such a wonderful time I hope I can replicate it again. Tonight I was laughing and smiling in the blackjack pit. Even though the economic downturn has a lot of people nervous, there is not much you can do but go to work each day and enjoy it.