Monday, February 13, 2006

Questions from Tess

Oh no, now I’m getting questions (from Tess). Guess I have to provide answers. At least it will fill up some space.

(local) 1) If you were a gambling man, which Vegas casino would you go to with 200,000 burning a hole in your pocket and what would you play?

Since we moved here almost three years ago I have so far spent twenty-five cents in a casino. That was one slot machine play. I don’t know why, but for some reason the Palms has always seemed like a place I would like to play at. The older casinos downtown are really small and crowded, while the big ones on the Strip seem too empty and cold. I think the Palms would be friendly. Though poker is the latest in thing, I have a hard time keeping track of what’s going on, and could not keep the classic ‘poker face’. I would probably play blackjack. It’s more a quiet contemplative thing, and playing $5 hands would let me sit there forever.

(curious) 2) are you superstitious?

Nope. Walk under ladders? Friday the 13th? No problems with any of them, never had. Though I have my little rituals, it’s mostly habit.

(nosy) 3) where did you meet your wife and what was the first thing you liked about her?

It was a blind date. I was working for Xerox in Rochester, New York, and they sent me to Phoenix, Arizona for six months to set up a new computer system. It was my first ‘real’ job out of college. I had been there for several months, and become friendly with one older guy that I had a lot of contact with. We were talking about the girls that I was meeting around Scottsdale , and he suggested someone his wife worked with; I think the wife was the type of person that looked out for people, and wanted to do something for B. I think it was my first blind date ever as well. My friend arranged for us to meet at his house, as he was having some type of get together on a Friday. We met in the crowd, and kept getting introduced as the couple on a blind date that the two of them had set up. What I first liked about her was her saying “let’s get the heck out of here”. I liked her smile and her attitude.

(educational) 4) if you weren't in your current position, what field do you think you would be in?

I’ve been in computers and electronics forever. Don’t tell my boss, but I am ready for something completely different. I like design and manual labor stuff (which I do on weekends). If I could pick something I think I would like it would be landscape design and installation. I have designed several remakes for friends and some others, as well as all of the stuff I do around my place. B and I are both certified UC Master Gardeners, I specialized in water – irrigation systems, watering plans, and water features and ponds. Setting up a pond with fish and moving water was easier in San Diego than here in Vegas. When the temperature sits at over a hundred for a month then fish tend to get cooked. San Diego was nice, with reasonably consistent temperatures, no worrying over freezing or boiling, the only thing we had problems with were raccoons slipping in at night to steal the fish. I think I’d be good at laying out, designing, and installing gardens that incorporate a water feature. Too bad you are in an apartment; I could come out and do one for you.

(oh, no pictures or links this morning, how dull)

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