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playing poker and teaching science: September 2006

playing poker and teaching science

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I'm a middle school science teacher, wrestling coach, poker player, scuba diver, aikido black belt, amateur writer, and student of life. I also try to give back a little by volunteering for a month or so each summer at a children's home in Belmopan, Belize, Central America.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Who says Indiana isn't tough??


Hoosier prisons, stuck out in the middle of the corn fields and nestled securely in the buckle of the Bible belt, are apparently a lot tougher than one might think. This is what happens to you if you are convicted of raping and murdering a 10-year old little girl.

"Anthony Ray Stockelman, 39, was placed in protective custody last weekend after authorities discovered the tattoo reading “Katie’s Revenge,” said Rich Larsen, spokesman for the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Carlisle, Ind.

Stockelman was sentenced to life in prison in March after pleading guilty to abducting, molesting and killing Katlyn “Katie” Collman. The Crothersville girl was missing for five days before her body was found Jan. 30, 2005, in a creek about 15 miles from her home midway between Indianapolis and Louisville, Ky."

The tatoo was a good idea, but I hope there are some other things happening to him as well...

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Has it been THAT long??


Yes, I think it actually HAS been that long! My last entry was in May.....wow.

It's like the tag-line on the commercial: "Life comes at you fast!" That's the way it's been for the last few months. A whirlwind of non-stop action. Here's the Reader's Digest version:

1. Awarded $8000 grant
2. Son's car blew up
3. Bought son new (used) car
4. Son graduated high school
5. Graduation stuff (open house etc.)
6. Flew to Hawaii for two weeks (with son)
7. Became empty nester
8. Son started college
9. Son imediately evicted from college dorm
10. Many long-winded lectures
11. School started back up
12. Ended week-long experience as empty-nester
13. Son seeks full-time employment
14. More lectures
15. Played a little poker

That about sums it up. The summer was an emotional rollercoaster, but that pretty much sums up life as a parent. Kids mess up. We help them through it. They either learn their lesson or their life becomes a series of bad decisions and broken dreams.

A swift kick in the ass helps sometimes.

Honestly, how much can I yell too much at a kid that has yet to do anything worse than I did myself? The problem: he got caught!

As far as poker goes, I've been playing a lot more no limit ring games. I proved, to myself at least, that I can consistantly make money playing limit poker, but it IS really boring playing only the best hands and letting the fish pay you off. No limit has a lot more thought to it and post flop play is a lot of fun.

I'm playing poker as a hobby, so it should be fun. I am howver contemplating a trip to Las Vegas for a few days in the fall or winter so I may go back to the limit tables to fund the trip.

Thanks for reading!