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holiday summary.

Portland: stayed at my brother's and geeked out with him on video games and other stuff in between a lot of food and socializing. saw a lot of random Eugene and Portland folks some of which i haven't seen since i moved to New Orleans and saw two people from my West Chester days, both of which i haven't seen since i moved away from PA back in 1999. Had a lot of drinks and a lot of food, and one bar in particular where i met Hieu had a very attractive bartender with a great personality that i would have asked out on a date if i lived anywhere near the area. I ate pho two meals in a row and gave two people their first pho experience. I also saw Jack Reacher, which was pretty bad. In down time i read Cold Days by Jim Butcher which was pretty damned good although the ending was a little unsatisfying.

Philadelphia: cooked Christmas lunch for the family. Cola-braised pot roast, the Lighthiser Mac and Cheese, and steamed broccoli. The roast turned out okay - everyone liked the flavor much better than the recipe i used last year, but i think it should have stayed in the oven for another half hour. it made me decide that i'm going to try to cook a roast myself in New Orleans at least once every few months to get a better feel for it in preparation for next year. I played a lot of board games with my family and also at an annual Christmas Party which made me miss board games. I saw some of the friends i always look forward to seeing every year, and i went to a brazilian drum class and played snare drum for fun. I played poker at Parx twice and had a combined profit of about $750 over the span of six hours, saw Wreck It Ralph, and got obsessed with a retro-like japanese flash game with a fascinating game mechanic.

a pretty successful vacation, but exhausting. i need a detox day when i get back to New Orleans, then it's time to get to work.

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xtingu
Dec. 31st, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
Who'd ya do the Brazilian drum class with? My friend Bobbi plays with a few samba bands in Philly, and we're all booty-shakin' fans of Philly Bloco.
I went to Parx once a few years ago, but it was so smoky despite their genuinely good smoke-ventilation efforts.. I just couldn't enjoy it. I'm old.

Woot!
lifeofmendel
Dec. 31st, 2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
i think bloco might be the band that this guy is in. his name is Mike, i don't know him otherwise, i was tagging along with a friend who takes his class.

the poker room in Parx is smoke free (most poker rooms are). smoke doesn't bother me generally, i kind of like smoky bars despite being asthmatic.
xtingu
Dec. 31st, 2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
Yep, Mike Stevens. Bald white guy, in his mid-30s maybe? Really friendly smile? He runs Philly Bloco (they are super-fun), and he also runs their minor-league feeder team Unidos de Filadelfia (which I am probably spelling wrong).

My pal Bobbi is a disciple of Mike... she's tall, pretty, vibrant, late 40s, big amazing crazy black curly Jewish hair, always smiling. Looks kinda like if Minnie Driver and Fran Drescher had a kid. She might have been in the class you attended.

Small world! Yay!
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