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Archive for November 2012

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The Honeymoon continues with another 21 DAZE at sea-My bucket list for  Infinity Pools  is getting  shorter-with three pools down this month- Curacao, St Maarten yesterday and today in St Lucia.Love illusions? Swimming?

The Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia  has an infinity pool in every room. Weighing in at $900 bucks a night...and it goes like this-

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From Zerox To Infinity




Smooth Operator. No Chalk.Just Talk for the Sage on the stage

Tourism is taking something out of nothing and selling it. Il Dolce Far Niente – The Sweetness of Doing Nothing.

Coventional wisdom says, there is no such thing as a good  island hot spot about nothing. I disagree, In fact,  St Maarteen doesn't imitate life, it imitates episodic TV, think  Seinfeld, a show about nothing;  Dutch Jerry's the engine, and  French Kramer does the steering.

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When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging---
From Playing Poker in Macau to playing Terry O'Quinn's
 Body Double in Hawaii, it's all been about LOST,





Heads Up!
 Now 3 years
 traveling around the world on Cruise Ships. Paradise Found because  The older I get the better my past gets



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I like writing about Mexico, I just don't like the paper work. So here is a picture from one year ago this month in Cabo San Lucas. Time flys when you're having rum.

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Every day I get to go to work---on a cruise ship! It is the In to my Sane-Doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result.

The actual quote is: Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results. Like poker---sometimes making the right mistake pays off. I rather be lucky than skillful.

Remember , The Color of Money lyrics, " It's in the way that you use it..It comes and it goes..."
 
I think of Paul Newman's  statement "The extraordinary role that luck plays in all our lives..."
"Luck is an art. Luck just marches by any number of people, and they're looking in any direction but where luck is. I guess I know how to look in the right direction." Paul Newman
I wrote about this in relation to Poker in 2008,The number #1 thing I hate about the game I love.


The MS Noordam and I are starting another 21 Daze in Ther Carribean



Highlights From The past 21 days:

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From My Best Damn Poker Blog

    The surest way to win a huge pot in NLH is to spot 'em the nuts and suck out!
    When this happens: Hate the win, not the winner. I call this, Making the right mistake.


    Last night, I was deep, heads up. I have position, and a guy raises. I call with suited connectors. I put him on AK.
    I hit two pair 5's and 6's, and there is a King on the board. The guy shoves all in on the flop! I insta call, and am dominated as he shows two pair too-K6 suited! The river is a 5, and I suck out with a full house...When that happens, it gets me nervously thinking
    "It's better to be skillful than lucky" Note to self...
    These are the nights that I stay too long, and go home broke. I did. Why? Because luck lends but never gives.
    Playing 'in the dark': betting that your opponents DON'T have the cards rather than that they do is a strategy, not THE strategy. I couldn't switch gears.
    I did a lot of bluffing, and I got called down with bottom pair, even with scare cards on the board.
    An Aggressive game is a game of strategy and deception. A passive game is one where money flows from bad to good players. A loose game is a game of money and odds; a tight one is a battle for the antes
    It was Ready, Fire, Aim---unloading three bullets--- flop, turn AND river, into a pot, holding Squadush-"nothing", “zilch” or “zero" and , when I first arrived, in the passive game, taking it down.
    As the evening progressed, and the game loosened up, the passive players busted out, and the tight aggressive came in It became a game of money and odds. I didn't make the adjustment well, and re bought 3 times.
    Tilt, was everywhere in my game--I got AA busted twice, and KK and QQ. That's right.
    The AA was with a flop of 743 garbage, he bets big ,I re raise all in, he calls, with a set of 7's.
    Granted, too much respect for money makes you a bad NLH player....so I must be a great player, because I didn't think he could have anything.
    I walked away from that session with knowledge: First, that my brain is the "most powerful computer." Second, when on tilt, my brain is the most powerful "broken computer .
    "Tilt makes us sub-optimal for evaluating rewards, sizing up risks and calculating probabilities. It's like selling the car for gas money.I walked away with a less broken computer, less sabotaging behavior, and more insight into the fact that self-delusion is more than possible in poker - it's highly likely!

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The Rolls Royce of the
 Swimming Pool Universe
Found the God Molecule in Curacao. in this Zero Edge optical illusion of seemingly endless water.Visually stunning and always located on amazing locations, Infinity pools are surely the most beautiful man-made pools in existence. They take their inspiration from the island of Bali-where you can see  the dramatic effect created by the ubiquitous terraced rice paddies.


Bamboo Cotton T Shirts-Why Pay Less?

Some Incredible Views-From Zero To Infinity

Bora Bora With Bob Reif

US Virgin Islands Frenchman's Reef
 
Barbados

 Waikiki, Hawaii

 

 

 Singapore



Santorini 

 

St Lucia

Los Cabos




Bali

 



Maldives

 


Burma


 

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The Rolls Royce of the
 Swimming Pool Universe
Found the God Molecule in Curacao. in this Zero Edge optical illusion of seemingly endless water.Visually stunning and always located on amazing locations, Infinity pools are surely the most beautiful man-made pools in existence. They take their inspiration from the island of Bali-where you can see  the dramatic effect created by the ubiquitous terraced rice paddies.


Bamboo Cotton T Shirts-Why Pay Less?

Some Incredible Views-From Zero To Infinity

Bora Bora

 

 Waikiki, Hawaii

 

 

 Singapore



Santorini 

 

St Lucia

Los Cabos




Bali

 



Maldives

 


Burma


 

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Playing the game of staged authenticity in the tourist themed spaces of  The Renaissance Curacao Resort .It's got Caribbean charm combined with European sophistication. Built around the historic setting of the Rif Fort, the copy is better than the original . Set amidst the color and beauty of the historic Dutch Caribbean city of Willemstad, the power of new is in full view. H8 the game,not the player(s).


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Action Sustains Hope


Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying
Besides The Godfather, Shawshank is my favorite movie- It is about Hope and Action going  hand in hand. Andy worked on his wall for 19 years and in the mean time made improvements to his surroundings that benefitted not only himself, but the lives of everyone around him. If you are going through hell-keep moving in a positive direction.Hell is not just other people; it is other people's thoughts about you.

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As good as it gets, all of these Caribbean islands
 have white sandy shorelines with the same
New Yorkers you might be fighting with for parking spaces back home only this time it's beach chairs. 

ABC Aruba Bonaire and Curacao

 Actually BCA- that is the order we are sailing. Little Amsterdam, or Willemstad  in Curacao on  Thanksgiving.

 I always like sailing to the Netherlands Antilles.Ten Years ago I came here with fifty dollars and left with $300. Now that's how they vacation in The Netherlands or is this Venezuela? They sell the paradise experience real well here.   Last year, on Crystal was amazing. Two years   before on MSC. 

A is For Aruba 

They speak a lot more Dutch here (in Aruba) than I expected. There's a lot of casinos, and a lot of the online poker/sportsbook sites who set up -offshore-shops.

B is for Bonaire, and I  haven't been there yet. So tomorrow I am looking forward to a  Life Is A Beach day

 Then there is "C" , Curacao, pronounced Curaçao. It is a quintessential port town with lots of activity and a quasi European feel, If you ever wished palm trees in Holland and 80 degree Januaries; complete with Amsterdam-like canals.

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The view from the Noordam.

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Tendering today in Samana, a place Columbus called the fairest place n Earth.Now it is just a plastic beach.

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Freedom Without Restraint

The Caribbean White Sand/Coral Beaches with that signature  clear & warm turquoise water away from the masses of tourists, palm trees swaying in a gentle breeze- OK I'm sold.
Check please.


 Mr Ed  and Ed- the symbols of travel, movement, and desire.

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This is the islands idea of cheap insurance Geiko. There are iguanas all over this place



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I often joke when asked " What cruise line do you work with?"- Everyone just about except Holland America. I can no longer say that.