You'll be glad to know I officially "quit" playing poker in casinos and online (except for my future trip to Vegas someday). I will continue to participate in relaxed real games at Carolina (which I am looking forward to).

While taking a "break" yesterday, I wanted to see how much my poker skills had deteriorated, so I loaded up PartyPoker on this computer and played two games. 1st place and third place in two games. Not shabby.

I quickly withdrew my money (free money rules!) and used it to pay for my ever-mounting PC internet cafe bills 8).

Things I want to do before I die (the selfish list): A good list to make ... set a general guideline of my life (day-to-day lists, although incredibly helpful, make life so damn boring).

  1. Design my own house (interior and exterior) ala Frank Lloyd Wright
  2. Live in a castle in England, a studio in Seoul, in the rural parts of Japan, and anywhere in Scandinavia.
  3. Give a 'final' piano concert for close family/friends with Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" (all three parts), Chopin's Revolutionary Etude, Liszt's La Campanella, Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody, and some duet with Mr. Virtuoso himself, if he would deign my crappy skills worthy to share onstage.
  4. Travel to the rural parts of China and northern Africa (Morocco, Egypt, etc.) for a year just doing photography and publish a book about the trip (I'm guessing I'll need two copies ... one for myself and one for my mom, HAR!)
  5. Make Tabulas into a real corporation (e.g. a S-Corp with like... REAL EMPLOYEES!)
  6. Meet Charles Barkley

Ideally most of these things would happen within the next five years. I do eventually want to settle down and have 4 kids with any woman willing to put up with my crap.

. . .

By the way, isn't this girl really pretty? I was doing some internet stalking yesterday and found her site. Click the 6th tab from the top to get to more of her pictures (the folders that come up on the left are sub-folders you can select).

. . .

I keep having these recurring dreams of flying. I don't grow wings, but (in my dream) I have learned how to use the wind to fly... it takes me a lot of effort (for some reason it creates a real mental drain to fly in my dream), but I can fly. I can fly with ease at lower altitudes, easily flying above trees and controlling myself, but when I get too high, I lose control of where I fly ... eventually my concentration breaks and I plummet to the ground. I've had this dream about three times (it's never the exact same dream, but I do fly in all of the dreams and I always fly too high and I always fall and hurt myself) ...

So out of curiosity I decided to look up the meanings online (since we all know that the Internet is filled with facts) ...

Dreaming at SWOON says: "This is one dream symbol on which practically every source from Artemidorus on down agrees. It represents the dreamer's basic ambition, but the interpretation of flying (like a bird) is modified by the details of the flight and its conditions, so the surroundings, weather, etc., must be correlated with the action. As a general guide: If you successfully maintained your flight at a low to medium height, you can expect to achieve your goal without much difficulty. If you were trying (or straining) to reach a high altitude, the dream is telling you that your grasp is greater than your reach and you would be wise to alter your course."
The Dream Dictionary says: "The great Mythical symbol of Freedom. The meaning of flying dreams is one of good omens. You instinctively know the goals in life and how to seek them. Whether it's love you seek, or a place in life, or fame and fortune, you will fly over earthly obstacles and find your happiness. Recurrent flying dreams indicate great fortune. All Traditions explain flying dreams in the same way. If you are in your own human form, you will find happiness in an ordinary but successful life. If you are a bird in your dream, you will be most fortunate in life and attact good luck. If you are a Winged Human (Greek: ORNITHANTHROPUS), you are bound for a highly creative and fulfilled life."

Interesting. It also says on falling:

"The most common dream of all. It can mean the dreamer is in fear of losing respect or status; or of financial difficulties; or fading physical vitality; or losing someone's love. If you land and awaken suddenly, it is literally a "wake-up call" to attend to matters in the physical world. If you land but the dream continues, then the answer to your dilemma is being given to you in that dream"
Posted by roy on August 7, 2004 at 11:52 PM in Poker | 17 Comments

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Comment posted on August 9th, 2004 at 05:08 PM
I am going to wait until you complete everything else on your list before I even pretend to think about playing with you. Then I will hold the fulfilment to your life in my hands.

Then I will use those hands to stab you. Oh, the irony! The same hands that you expect to give your life worth will be the ones to take your life away. And as you lie on the ground with your life ebbing away, I will straddle your bleeding body and play a Bach sonata.

I don\'t need a pianist for those.
Comment posted on August 9th, 2004 at 05:08 PM
I change my mind. I\'ll play with you in exchange for Pussy Flakes.

MacDaddyTatsu (guest)

Comment posted on August 9th, 2004 at 12:37 PM
That list was not what I expected from, you Royo. There was no mention of anything electronic, powered by an internal combustion engine OR space travel. Your goal are too attainable. True genius reaches for the unattainable, stretches for the impossible and realizes how to be happy with the extraordinary.
Comment posted on August 8th, 2004 at 06:05 PM
She\'s cute, not top 10, but definitely in the upper percentages.

ghost_tree (guest)

Comment posted on August 8th, 2004 at 07:03 AM
Looks like an ordinary Korean girl to me (all cutesy).
Comment posted on August 9th, 2004 at 04:33 AM
wherever, rather.

ghost_tree (guest)

Comment posted on August 9th, 2004 at 06:33 AM
Be back in Korea this Friday... probably be there forever.
Comment posted on August 9th, 2004 at 06:35 AM
Forever? Why forever? That\'s a bit of a long time to stay in Korea...

ghost_tree (guest)

Comment posted on August 9th, 2004 at 06:37 AM
Because I\'ll start working for YBM in Jongno on a two year contract. That qualifies as forever.
Comment posted on August 9th, 2004 at 06:44 AM
Oh damn. I don\'t think I could stand a two year stay in Korea teaching Engrish ... good luck to you on THAT... 8)
Comment posted on August 9th, 2004 at 04:33 AM
dag it. i need to hang out whever you hang out while in korea.

RoyKim (guest)

Comment posted on August 8th, 2004 at 07:01 AM
Comment posted on August 9th, 2004 at 04:32 AM
Abusing the image tags... haha. Very nice :P

(Note: Please try to not get TOO inapproproate; I think I had to delete one of your earlier comments due to complete irrelevance and general profanity ;))
Comment posted on August 8th, 2004 at 12:40 PM
Can\'t view the gal either. But if she\'s the gal in this pix, I do agree with ghost_tree that she\'s ordinary :P

Btw, about the flying dream, I had similar dream a few times too.. if u found the answer, lemme know please :P
Comment posted on August 8th, 2004 at 12:52 AM
The thing about dream interpretations is that they\'re so damn ambiguous. Like astrology.

To me, most dreams are just collections of random bits of information scattered throughout your mind. A dream kind of cleans it, locking it away in the nether regions of the brain.

When I remember my dreams, they\'re either very bizarre, very normal or very complex, with things happening all over the place. I rarely have nightmares and have never had a flying or falling dream. Then again, I don\'t exactly sleep much.

Also, for some reason the pretty woman\'s profile or gallery isn\'t showing up. It\'s just the background and some tabs up top.

Comment posted on August 8th, 2004 at 01:05 AM
Dreams are ambiguous, but I think that the human condition in the most primal form is similar for genders (e.g. all men at the very core face the same problems and have the same basic instincts), so I think most dreams can be interpreted with a very general guideline.

In any case, the pretty girl\'s website popups a window that you have to use 8)
Comment posted on August 9th, 2004 at 12:20 AM
Aw, she is pretty.