It’s been a while since I’ve been able to jump on here and write about some of my adventures. For the past couple of weeks it has just been go, go, go. Let me start with a trip I took a couple weeks ago.
It all began with what was supposed to be a two night stay out in Reno. Grand Sierra was offering a two night stay with a free slot tournament entry. Plus, Grand Sierra always gives away these weird gifts on Sundays (this time it was a thermos and travel mug set). I never expect to win much from sot tournaments because there really isn’t skill involved, just button smashing. But you can’t beat the price of free!
So I checked in and used up my $25 in freeplay with nothing to show for it. The trip was off to a slow start but I wasn’t going to let it deter me. I headed to the poker room and tried to run up my bankroll before my slot tournament time. Things quickly headed south when my trip 5’s were out-kicked and I donked off some more chips on a busted flush draw. You could see how I was getting a little tilty. I needed to clear my head so I walked away and played my tournament round. I did alright and had a chance at winning some freeplay. I went to the bar to get a drink and play a little video keno. I hit a 6 out of 7 repairing my bankroll a little bit. After some delicious fish tacos at the Cantina I decided to have a few more drinks and play a little more keno.
Full of wonderful food and whiskey I decided to call it a night. I don’t like to keep playing poker if I’m not in the right mindset. I needed to reset and try again the next day.
The next day began with optimism and hope. I began with a Stoli Bloody Mary and was ready to finish off the slot tournament. I ended up with a decent score but wouldn’t know the results until later that day. I was feeling the urge for some sushi and knew I had to head over to Peppermill‘s Oceano for that all-you-can-eat sushi. The lunch special is a lot cheaper than the dinner price and it’s the same menu. If you get the chance and you love sushi, this place will definitely hit the spot.
Amazing! Lots of fresh, tasty fish topped off with some decadent gelato. I decided to run down to South Lake Tahoe to use a little freeplay I had. Hard Rock and MontBleu always give me a little. A beautiful drive through the Nevada countryside and along the Lake Tahoe coast. I pulled into the Hard Rock Casino parking structure and felt excited about the $50 in free play they were giving me. I blew through the $50 and won $10. I felt kind of misled with the freeplay but I’ll never complain about it. Then I went over to MontBleu and didn’t win over there either. I did notice that Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional would be playing there the next night.
So I walked over to Harveys and jumped in their 3-6 limit game to just relax for a little bit. I sunk $100 into the game and watched everyone call to the river and suck out on me. Frustrated and deflated, I drove back to Reno to try and brush off the day I was having. I knew I couldn’t let running bad get into my head and make me play subpar poker.
I got back to Grand Sierra and found out I won some freeplay from the slot tournament. Using that freeplay, I won $100 in video keno and used that for my buy-in at the 1-2 no-limit game. I ran that $100 to $300 and decided to stop while I was ahead. It was a good game and I didn’t want to end on a bad note.
When I got up the next day, I wasn’t ready to call it quits. I still had money in my pocket and there was a show that evening in South Lake. Before I ran over there, I went downstairs to hit a few balls at the driving the driving range.
The sun was shining and I just wanted to enjoy the day. After 85 balls, it was time to head down to South Lake. Harveys let me know they would put me up for the night and I knew I could get some free food over at Hard Rock. Once I got there and dumped my stuff, I made my way to FireBreak for a big, juicy burger.
I usually don’t like the BBQ sauce poured on my burger so I always get it on the side. Crispy, salty garlic fries are the perfect compliment to a succulent, medium-rare burger. So much food!
I went back across the street and picked up my ticket to see Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional and it was time to enjoy my last night on my trip. I had grown up with Third Eye Blind and couldn’t wait to see them live.
Dashboard Confessional opened the show up and brought a lot of energy and got the crowd ready for the main event. Reminiscent of days in high school and teenage love, Dashboard took us back with Screaming Infidelities, Vindicated, and of course, Hands Down. Then it was time…
Third Eye Blind filled the room with so much 90’s love that you couldn’t help but be swept up in the performance. Playing as if it was their last show, Third Eye Blind brought the energy and showmanship you would expect from a band that symbolized days of confusion, youth, freedom, and self-discovery. Seeing the crowd come together for Motorcycle Drive-By, Jumper, How’s It Going to Be, and lastly Semi-Charmed Life. It was a beautiful end to trip. With all of the ups and downs that come with life, it’s always important to enjoy the moment and not get to worked up with what’s to come and what you can’t control. It was a wonderful trip and I was ready to head back home to lay low for a couple days.
Thanks for the memories Reno and Tahoe. I’m sure I’ll make my way out to your hills in the near future. Until next time.
– Reminiscent Wolf