2016 December

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It’s that time of year to wrap things up again. The year is coming to a close and the holidays have been pretty easy going.

Thanksgiving took me back to Tennessee to see the family and there is nothin’ like having your flight delayed by Delta.

Delta Airlines Waiting to Take Off

It was insane. My first flight was going to be delayed and they told me I would miss my connection. I had to come back to the airport in 8 hours to fly through the night. So I ran back home, did some work, and came back for the evening flight. When I showed up in the evening, it turned out that the flight was overbooked. They asked a if anyone would stay behind and take a flight in the morning for a $500 travel voucher. You know I’m not one to pass up some value and would rather sleep in my own bed one more night, so I took it.

I came back the next day and was ready to see the family. The flight was long but pretty easy. I know it’s always a hassle gettin’ around during the holidays. Delta doesn’t make it any easier either.

Home for the Holidays at Nashville Airport

I landed in the music city with my momma waitin’ to pick me up. Once we got back home, I was welcomed by my mom and brother’s 5 dogs. It was intense but I was prepared for the week.

No matter where you go, nothing will ever compare to mom’s cooking. People always ask me about good Korean food and I just tell them that my mom’s is the best. My momma was ready to make all of my favorites and cooked up a storm.

Mom's Home Cooking

Time to pack on those holiday pounds.

My brother and his wife wanted to hit up a local casino, Harrah’s Metropolis, and I can’t turn down a chance to see new places. We made the short drive out there and it wasn’t too impressive.

Harrah's Metropolis in Illinois

The outside looked drab and dead. I guess the cold, rainy weather didn’t help much either. We got in, checked in, and had a few drinks before hitting the casino floor.

Hotel Room at Harrah's Metropolis, Illinois

The room was a little nicer than I had expected. The tub was actually pretty big and I could stretch out in it. I’m pretty tall and enjoyed the over-sized tub. Comfortable bed but the rest of the furniture looked a little worn with a few stains. I figured I wouldn’t spend much time up there and made my way to the floor.

Harrah's Metropolis Casino Floor Illinois

The floor was pretty small and had most games with pretty low minimums. The low limit blackjack tables only paid 6 to 5 on blackjacks. The keno and video poker payouts were alright but not great. I was looking forward to hitting the poker room but was informed by the dealers on the floor that the poker room was closed. The place was nothing to go out of your way for.

Late Night Cheeseburger at Harrah's Metropolis, Illinois

I ended the short night with a cheeseburger that wasn’t too bad, especially if you had some drinks. I decided to call it and get some sleep.

Before heading back home, we had to go see the giant Superman in his hometown.

Giant Superman at Metropolis, Illinois

It looked like he could use the company and I figured I’d give him a shout out. There wasn’t much else in the town and made our way back home.

Thanksgiving was good and we ate plenty of good food. Played some Uno and Pictionary with some movies on the TV and it felt just like holidays. The week always flies by and I was back in Cali just playing out the rest of the year.

I was out in Reno quite a bit enjoying the poker run good and free drinks.

Knob Creek on the Rocks at Atlantis Reno, Nevada

No one pours Knob Creek like the bartenders at Atlantis. Having a few drinks and enjoying the live music during the cold nights.

Back at home, the holiday season was creeping up. I went with a small Rosemary tree and some Wild Turkey for the Christmas season.

Wild Turkey with Rosemary Christmas Tree

Cheers and I hope the holiday season brings you and your loved ones joy and happiness. Share this time with those you love and spread the goodwill! I hope you all get everything you wish for!

Baby Wolf Gettin' Some Legos for Christmas

Yes, that’s me with the Legos and my big brother getting a globe for Christmas.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Good luck ringing in the New Year and I hope to see more of your faces in the future! Let’s make it a great one.


-Merry Wolf

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Hey everyone,

I know I have been really spotty with the posts and I hope to catch you all up before the end of the year. What a year 2016 has been… It’s really done a number on us all and the world keeps turning. So let’s see… Where to begin?

So I heard that Brand New was coming out to Reno and I had to see them again. They were playing at Grand Sierra and the theater there is just beautiful. The last band I saw there was The Killers and I knew this show would be amazing also. I bought the tickets and made my way there to reminisce about high school days.

Brand New at Grand Sierra in Reno Nevada

I enjoyed the seat and took the whole show in. Nothing better than some Sic Transit Gloria followed up with some Okay I believe you, but my Tommy Gun Don’t. They were dishin’ it out and I was there to take it.

Brand New at Grand Sierra Resort in Reno Nevada

Soco Amaretto Lime did it for me and my high school flashback was complete.

The nostalgia was fresh in my mind and I ran over to Peppermill for some poker action. I don’t know what it was but those cards were all on my side. I was gettin’ the money in good and holding.

Crushing it at Peppermill Reno Poker Room Nevada

I bought in once for about $120 and ran it up! Nothin’ like floppin’ top two and someone jamming on the river with top pair. These are those nights that make your heart sing.

It was nice to run good at Peppermill because I needed a little extra money for the World Series of Poker Circuit Event out in South Lake Tahoe. I figured I’d take a shot at a ring event and lasted quite a while.

WSOP Circuit Event in South Lake Tahoe

Eventually, my luck ran out and I ran my pocket tens into pocket queens. It’s funny because if I had just called the 3-bet pre-flop and saw the 2 aces on the flop I may have been able to push him off his queens. Calling the 3-bet would have just left me too short stacked and I just needed to get the money in. These things happen and you move on to the next one!

Time to blow off some steam shooting some clay disks in sunny California. Sometimes you just need to shoot something! It was my first time and I was just glad to hit a few. Not the best but not the worst. I’ll definitely shoot again!

Skeet Shooting in the Boonies Shotgun

After unloading a few rounds, I was invited to some home games in town and decided to hit them up. Sometimes people want to run it tournament style and some just want to run cash game. I’m usually down for either and just enjoy the company. You never want to be the guy that takes everything too seriously. Enjoy the game and be social! You can still take their money with a smile on everyone’s face.

Poker Home Games in California

I enjoy the home games and the company. It’s always nice meeting new people. Always have to keep those feet moving. As I travel I take some time to look at my shoes and think about the stories they have in them. If these shoes could talk.

Worn Out Shoes at the Airport Sacramento, California

Probably time to get some new ones before my next ventures. The year is wrapping up fast and the holidays are right around the corner.

Delta Airlines Waiting to Take Off

Check back to see where I’m off to next and see how the year wraps up. I hope you all have had a great one and are ready for an even better year. Time to set our heads straight and make this an even better year! Good luck and come again soon.


-Active Wolf