Fast forward to today, after the bossman said we were still firing up at 10am, where I am on my way in and running about 20 minutes early. I say to myself "Self, wouldn't it be a hoot if you actually showed up with a box of donuts?" and since it's 2011 in Bell Gardens (unlike Reno, or my apartment) I google up "donut shop" on my phone and BANG the one MikeL told me about is less than a mile up the street. So 9:50am I'm rolling up to the Bike with 14 donuts and everyone just thinks I'm the best guy I could ever hope to be. Sure MikeL and I ate five of them between us...but that still leaves nine donuts for everyone else. I think I might make it a weekly event.
While our regular is nowhere to be found, another guy who's been playing with us daily shows up and asks me if I want to start heads up. As I'm tripping over myself trying to get chips, a dealer, take a leak without walking my donuts into the bathroom, and simul-text Mike and the boss...well OK I wasn't doing anything other than those 5 things. But those were pretty hard, you have to admit. We got the game fired up in short order with Mike and bossman coming in, I got stuck like a million bets within 20 minutes, but eventually finished the day up 3.3 racks at about 4pm (I only even stayed that late because BJ was uncharacteristically late for his shift, and actually played 6 handed at one point with myself, Joe Tall, DosXX, MikeL, the bossman, and one regular....lol excellent game selection almost certainly the first time I've sat in a game where I was arguably in the bottom half talent wise in quite some time). Mike leaves at 3pm and I find myself now 5 handed (although admittedly losing the Mike is alway good, no matter how good or how many players you have left) with two experts but running hot like the sun. Joe Tall makes one hand against me, but I lose the minimum by playing pretty badly, and I make quads twice in 45 minutes (once on the river in a king maker pot where I got to 3 bet top set 4 ways on the turn). During this time I get some texts that add great joy to my day, on top of the MikeL quote that:
"What we need next is for the government to cancel no limit. Get the FBI chasing Doyle Brunson and such"
First, I get a text from Mike (who safely made his train) regarding our screwed up paychecks (they paid me less than they were supposed to probably because they thought I was still getting money from the scan promotion or some such):
"I told them to pay u less cause ur not as fishy as first believed"
This is based mostly on a hand we played where I had raised A6hh, he had 3 bet Kings from the big blind, I raised/capped the T53hh flop 3 ways, took a free card on the Td turn, and just called on the river Kh after the player in between folded. MikeL said "That's the best thing I've seen you do yet. Great call on your part there. But I don't pay attention to the game very much so I mean you could be doing backflips over there and I might not notice."
Next, I get a text from Pete, explaining how life is his new job is proceeding:
"So today we're giving a demo of our software to the bosses adn my coworker is projecting from his laptop -- halfway through, he switches windows and up flashes a pick of a chick giving a dude a bj. Lolol."
"Playing 5 handed with Joe Tall and DosXX"
And it comes back
"Take 100% of dos' action"....and you should be fine.
I play a bit more, sell my entire enormous stack to BJ upon his arrival (I was in almost 3 racks and won over 3, so he bought a full $6K off me which was pretty hilarious in and of itself), and...make a drop in at HG on the way home. Danielle has a basketball game and has only been to Home Depot once so far today (two is like the minimum it seems) and isn't going to be home for hours, so what the hell. I get a seat in the 30 and....apparently have the cheat code. I bink a full house on the river against an obvious straight. I bink two pair on the turn against AA that literally just forgot to raise preflop (he claims he thought he did raise, that the player in front of him limped). I sniff out monsters and make nice folds. I in general play great and run great and it's all just great. Eventually the game is short though and I move to the 20 to finish my dinner. On the trip I play 2 hours and book an almost $1000 win, putting me up into (for me) extremely rare $4K win territory.
I think I owe it mostly to the donuts.