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down but not out...

foxypham Location: Hollywood, CA

So I don't even to know where to begin with this blog. Its been so long seen I have last updated a few of you might of thought I dropped off the face of the Earth. I had a nice blog written when we were in Oregon, but the trip took a turn for the worst when our 88' Subaru was broken into in San Francisco. Matthias lost many important items including his laptop, passport, IPod, sunglasses, and spending cash :(. The thieves somehow did not take anything of mine though. The weird part about this was that we always take in our laptop at our destinations and this was the first time we left it in the car. The robbery happened in broad daylight in a nice part of SF Pacific Heights while we were at dinner. The police called Matthias during dinner and notified him of the break-in. The event definitely soured our trip, but we were both determined to move on and finish the trip on a strong note.

Here is a brief recap of what else happened since the last blog. We spent two days in Seattle staying with my college buddy Dayne. Highlights include eating Vietnamese and Thai food, stumbling upon a gay pride parade, and going to the Sunday market in the Fremont area of town. BTW, everybody out there must try Vietnamese food. It is tasty, cheap, and healthy. You can't beat that combination. We also visited a local casino in the Seattle area where I suggested we bump up the game to 5-10NL from the 3-5NL we were playing. One guy was all about it, but everyone else was against it given their silence. The funny thing about this nobody spoke up against my suggestion and everyone just went along and pulled out more money for the higher stakes. I single-handily raised the stakes and came away with a nice $640 profit in only 3 hrs. Matthias lost $200, but had a down outlook before the session. I am a firm believer in having a positive attitude before entering any session. Coincidence you tell me?? We then stayed in Portland for one night where I got ancupuncture at a local school for the first time ever for recurring stomach problems I've been having. I did not feel any different after the treatment, but ancupuncture is a cumulative process and I was pleased with my first visit. We then drove down the Oregon coastline to stay at Cape Blanco State Park for the night. This was by far the most scenic destination on our trip. In SF, we met up with my distant cousins Danny and Elisa. It seems Asians keep in touch with distant family as I have met my third-line cousin before. That is my grandmother's cousin's grandchildren. Haha!! BTW Danny and Elisa were really supportive after the robbery. We walked 6 to 7 mi in SF visiting all the day attractions and had terrific food at Chinese and Mexican joints. Our next stop was in Monterey which is south of SF where we both went skydiving from 18000 ft, which they claim is the highest drop point in the world!! It was a 90 second free fall and I was not nervous at all before the dive. I also skydived 4 years ago in Australia, but all I remember from that dive is jumping out and doing a few flips, then the parachute opening. It was the first time for Matthias and he was all gased up about the experience. We are about to leave LA for San Diego and I'll write about our exploits in LA in my next blog.

PS I plan on arriving in Las Vegas on July 4th and attempting to satellite in the ME. I feel I owe myself the opportunity given how good I've been running lately. Even if I fail (which I won't), I would like to play in cash games for a week or two durning the ME. The road trip will end for me in Las Vegas (how fitting) and I am looking for a cheap place to crash while Vegas. If anyone can help me out, e-mail me at edwardpham@hotmail.com. BTW, I am really low maintenance and don't need any special accomodations for ex. I am willing to sleep on a floor with my sleeping bag. Thanks everyone for your support!

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Anonymous says

Sorry to hear about the break in. Hope you guys make it up at the tables.

07/02/07

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