Thursday, April 1, 2010

Week in LA...

I am back in Florida. I haven't been on the computer much. I went to LA from Thursday to Tuesday. The Internet there was really slow and I was busy the whole time.

My flight was really early on Tuesday morning. The plane left at 7am and I arrived in Los Angeles at around noon. Later than night I went to a sushi place in Hollywood called Geisha House. It was pretty good. I really liked their Red Samurai sushi rolls. After dinner I headed back to the Commerce where I was staying and played some poker. I was pretty confused with their buyin rules. The 2-5 game had a 200 max buyin and the 5-10 game had a 400 max buyin. The next night I found out that they had a 5-10 game with a $1500 max buyin. Me and Mike Matusow played in that game on Saturday night and it was pretty fun/decent game. I only played for a couple hours before I decided to head to sleep.

On Saturday and Sunday I taught a couple courses for DeepStacks. We did two small courses on each day. It was pretty fun and informative. Although it was only a couple hours and a "preview" everyone enjoyed it. The instructors were Mike Matusow, Adam "Roothlus" Levy, Matt "MattG" Graham, Tom McEvoy, Justin "BoostedJ" Smith and myself. We went over some of the basics of the game and other things we picked up that the players were doing. I had a good time and so did everyone who showed up.

I got to see a lot of California and the LA area on Monday. I rented a car and drove around. I went to the Grove, Santa Monica Pier, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Korea town and even up to the Hollywood sign up in the hills. It was cool seeing a different city and actually being able to explore it a little bit. Sometimes when you travel a lot and play poker you don't really get to see the cities you are in. I'm sure there is a lot more to Los Angeles but it was good that I got to do as much as I did. I will actually be going back there next weekend if I am still not in the NAPT Mohegan Sun.

That's basically my schedule for the next couple of weeks. I am heading up to the NAPT at Mohegan Sun for the main Event in a little under a week. If I bust the tournament early then I will fly back out to LA for the DeepStacks Live weekend camp going on that weekend. I'd like to go back to LA but if I'm still in the NAPT Main Event I would much rather that lol.

I also did another cool thing while I was out in LA. I appeared on radio with Mike Matusow. You can listen to it here -- PokerRoad Radio - Tristan Wade/Mike Matusow. We played a fun game that was called Back, Bunk, or Book. Basically what they asked us is who would we back, who would we bunk with, and who would we cross book against. It was a fun time and I'm glad I got to be on the show.

I'm about to head to bed but I will be online this week grinding and also back on the computer/blogging a little more frequently. I'm kind of out of it tonight. Need to get back on routine with everything. Workout in the morning. Goodnight.

Oh.. quick story. Driving from Orlando to South Florida tonight I was on the turnpike and saw a state trooper with his lights on. He had pulled over a car about a half a mile ahead of me. I know the law in Florida is to get over in the left lane to protect the trooper. I put my blinker on and moved into the left lane. I drove by, saw the trooper near the drivers side window of the Rav 4 and passed the scene. I put my blinker back on and moved back into the right lane. No more than 30 seconds later I see the red and blue lights in my rear view mirror. I didn't think I was speeding and I had just passed the trooper. How did he come after me so quickly? Was it another officer?

He came up to the car and handed me a piece of paper that was a flyer for the Florida law of moving into the next lane when a trooper/cop has someone pulled over. I was aware of this law and followed it. He then asked me why I didn't pull into the other lane. My passenger started to explain that we had moved over until I told him to not say anything. I told the officer "Excuse me sir but I am 100% sure that I passed you in the left lane." The officer then went off on me saying that he knows I didn't and he felt the car fly by him and that he saw the spoiler and it was definitely me. He even said "You were in the same right lane when I pulled you over." I immediately thought... "Well Duh. Slow traffic stays right, the left lane is for passing, of course I was in the right lane! What kind of logic is that?" but I bit my tongue. I decided to try to explain once more that I was sure I followed the law. I repeated "I am 1000% sure that I was not in the right lane when I passed you sir." He interrupted me and said "Well I was going to give you a warning but now give me your license!" This can't be happening. I don't have the best luck when it comes to this stuff.

He went back to his vehicle, ran the license, and came back about 5 minutes later. This guy really was positive that it was my car that had passed him. What obviously had happened was that there was a car before mine 15-30 seconds or however long that had a spoiler and flew by him in the right lane. He then proceeded to finish his stop and track down the closest car with a spoiler, being the car I was driving. In his mind he couldn't be wrong. This is the typical experience I have had. I was once pulled over by 3 cops at gunpoint lol. That's another story. Anyways... I just wished this officer would look at his security footage from the traffic stop and see that it wasn't my car. He didn't seem like the type to admit guilt. He came back to my car and said "Well I'm going to do what I said I would do and give you a warning but I am sure it was you that flew past me." I shook my head and he went on his way. I learned a lesson a long time ago to never argue with officers, but it's hard to not argue when you didn't do anything wrong. Luckily I didn't get a ticket or I would have went crazy..Hopefully he checks his camera or something. I want him to admit his guilt lol.. Okay goodnight!

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