Alex Camacho
Crosby, TX, United States
Born in Houston, Texas and raised all over living the life of an Army Brat. I Went to eight different schools (three elementary, one middle school, four high schools) and have one little brother who’s not so little anymore. I’ve been married for nearly fourteen years now to a woman who rocks my world and I've been blessed with two wonderful children. Our dog, Sally, is a big black lab saved from a local shelter.
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Thursday, November 24, 2005

A Full Belly and Quad Bitches

Turkey day is now just a memory and many leftovers. We didn't go to Mexico like we'd originally planned but things came out pretty damn good despite. I feel a little bad about not going but it just didn't work out this time so we're planning sometime before new year. This year Lana managed to throw together a very nice Thanksgiving dinner with only a few hours notice. There was the incident with her not turning on the oven for the turkey breast but the ham came out good. We all ate too much and ended up bringing down one of the poker tables for a little Thanksgiving tournament. Brandon and Gina joined us for the game and we just sat around visiting. It's been a while since we had a friendly, small game on the spur of the moment like that so it was really nice. It was even nicer when I quaded my pocket queens on the turn. It's only the second time I've quaded!! :)

Man, my stomach is just revolting at me for eating as much as I did. I stuffed myself, no pun intended, on Laura's stuffing. Lana got the recipe from her mom and made it. I've never been able to eat stuffing until I tried Laura's. As a kid, the smell of it would make me gag. My mom even made me eat it one year because she thought I was just faking it. Why she would think this I don't know. I would eat anything as a kid. My mom could have put a pile of monkey brains on my plate and I would have eaten it without much thought of what it was so long as it tasted eatable. I remember trying with all my might to not let the stuffing come back up but I don't think I won that battle. I always looked forward to Thanksgiving with a weary eye wondering if this was the year my mom would try to make me eat it again. She'd probably be upset if she knew that I found a stuffing I liked that wasn't hers. Women.

I won the tournament! It was only a seven person game but I felt good about most of my moves throughout the game. Mike and I ended up heads up. He played an aggressive game but I managed to call a few key bluffs to take the win. It always scares the piss out of me when it's just Mike and me playing. He's such a good reader that I find it hard to do anything other than focus on not giving anything away. Nevermind I never know if my reads off him are any good. I never know what he's going to roll over but it's good to know that I'm not the only one. I think I played a good game and it's the first time in a while I've been happy with my play. Let's see if I can keep that feeling and carry it over to the game this Friday. I still feel a little bad for putting those quads on Helen's nut flush but... I did quad on the turn where she hit the flush on the river. ;)

Well, I need to roll myself into bed and digest. 'S been a good day says my belly...


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Turkey Day Nears...

Today I woke up feeling just a little fucked up. I didn't sleep as well as I would have liked thanks to some annoying girl who insisted on standing in the corner of my bedroom threatening me with her monster under my bed. Another one of my many weird paralysis dreams. Creepy little bitch. Anyway.

We went to go see the new Johnny Cash movie last night finally. It was eerie to watch Joaquin Phoenix emulate the man in black so wonderfully. I really loved the movie even after having read his biography. With a life as full and rich as his they really did him justice by focusing on the story of him and June. I loved how they worked in little details from his autobiography into the movie. I can't wait for the DVD box set that I'm sure will follow it up eight months from now. Right now I'm just happy to have my computer up and running again. I finally got around to updating it to the service pack two a couple days ago and somewhere in the shuffle I lost a whole folder of stuff. It may not seem like a big deal but it was my website template folder with all my website graphics. It's a damn good thing that my site is pretty dirt simple graphically and won't be hard to reproduce. To top it all off, my internet connection's been disconnected for the past day and a half. So I've been reading lately.

I finally threw in the towel on Wraeththu. I hate giving up on a book but daaaamn. I really like the plot setting. A whole new race arise from humans that slowly simply take over. Their smarter, beautiful, mystical, and powerful enemies. They're also hemaphroditic which makes the sex scenes a little hard to stomach, unless of course, your into that sort of thing. I think Helen might dig it though. Blah. I made as far as the first book but found that despite good writing style, it does the writer no good if the story you're telling isn't compelling enough to your reader to care how it all ends. I just don't care if the newly reborn gay guy who's to be king of the race of hemaphrodites finds his long lost love Cal.

So I moved on to complete the space opera I've been tearing into. I picked up the final book, Absolution Gap, yesterday at the bookstore. I'm already almost a quarter through it and thoroughly love this guys style. I'm sure it helps that the story I just gave up on was boring me to tears but I really love the way this guy tells a story. It's always refreshing to find good sci-fi you can believe and invest emotionally in. I'm torn with reading some more tonight or ordering the UFC 56 to watch again while Lana cooks Thanksgiving dinner.

I went to watch the fight with Oscar after a day of paintballing but I'd like to have it on TiVo to replay some of the fights. We went out to some buffalo wings place to watch it and I gotta say I loved it. The fights were great, the food was good (even if over-priced) and the huge projection screens made it worth waiting for our table. I'm dying to watch the rematch of Chucky and Couture this Febuary. I'm thinking of maybe trying to be there for the fight. I'll be in Las Vagas around the same time, thanks to Lana's Passion Party Convention so I'll have to hope and see... :)

Well, off to jam out some more to Helmet before I head back to the house. 'Night!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Daily Grind

Man, it's been the same ol' shit for the past few days. I needa break out or somethin. I was hoping to get some paintballing in, but the timing is all wrong. Lana's going to be out of town this weekend (out showing horses again), and next is Thanksgiving weekend. So it looks as though we won't be paintballing until next month. Arg. I hate having to be patient. I might just go out this Saturday to Paintball Zone to burn off a few bags of paint. Might even hit Bonanza too if I'm still needing a fix on Sunday.

I've decided to take a little poker break. I find myself getting more frustrated than I should be at the poker table. I've always believed that when a game stops becoming fun, you should stop playing. I'm taking a week off and see if I feel any better about the game. I won't go into any details but here lately if I come in with the best hand I'm going to be outdrawn. It's as simple as that. Last Friday I got busted out in the first game with cowboys, and got busted out with rockets in the second. That's my run of luck lately so I'm taking a breather. This Friday I'll be hosting the game, but I'm going to belly up to play a game of Zombies with Derek and Micah. I'll be arming myself against dangerous zombies while everyone else watch the blinds. I'm looking forward to a good game of Zombies and I might just pick up the fourth expansion before then.

I'm pretty tired right now and should probably get off here for now. I just got out of the shower and managed to get all the grease and dirt off my hands and face. Chris came over earlier and we put new brakes and spark plugs on his truck. With the two of us working together we managed it. We jammed out to his mp3 player in his truck and just caught up on a lot of stuff. It probably took us longer than someone who actually knows his way around an engine and tools but we had a manual to walk us through it safely. Well, I'm off to read watch a movie and read some before calling it a night. 'Night all!

Monday, November 7, 2005

A Venture Out

I finally got a chance to get out of the house. I hate being cooped up, feeling so restless, constantly banging my head against the same damn wall. I had tried getting out on Saturday but thanks to a misunderstanding, I ended up taking Marcel out to the movies instead, which wasn't too bad either. I had originally planned on heading out to the movies and making it a movie day but Lana got back from the barn later than I thought she'd be back, of course. So instead of Daddy seeing Saw II and Jarhead I ended up watching Chicken Little with Marcel.

We had a pretty good time. I had brought my book along with me but I never got a chance to crack it open. We got there a little later than planned thanks to a missing shoe and had to watch the later show. It worked out good though since it was a Saturday. I normally hate weekend movie crowds. I absolutely HATE them. Nobody's there to really enjoy the immersion of a good movie. They're there to visit with their friends, crack jokes, and make out. Being that it was kid movie though we dodged that whole crowd and got the family crowd which I've come to really like. The only thing better than listening in on half conversations at a movie theatre is listening in on half conversations at a family restaurant.

We talked the whole time while waiting for the movie to start, we shared a hotdog and coke, and chowed down on some freshly popped buttery popcorn. The kids in the audience were great. No crying babies, no running children in the isles, the parents were great about keeping the children talk to a minimum, and my seat didn't get kicked once by the kids behind me. I actually enjoyed it and felt I was in good company. Marcel really liked the movie and I have to say I did as well. It was no Toy Story but it was fun all the same. You ever heard a full audience of children laugh out loud? It's truly one of the best sounds.

Yesterday I got a chance to finally get a little Alex R&R. I hit Half Price Books and just got lost for hours. I found some really great stuff and now I'm really anxious to get through the book I'm currently reading, Wraeththu. It's very well written and I like the flow but some of the content is a little hard to get through only because of the subject. I found a 1978 edition of The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge!! This isn't the trilogy book (which I loaned out years ago and never got back), this isn't the reissue of 1986, this is a 1978 printing! While not the first edition (far from it), it's still a very nice find. I couldn't find a copy of Necroscope (another set of books I loaned out and never got back) but I did manage to replace the rest of the series again. The Gunslinger series is always gone (need I say it?) so I'll have to wait to replace those. I left after hours of camping upstairs and browsing everywhere else. I left with two bags full of books, some old, some new, some replacements, and stayed under forty. That's quite an accomplishment for me.

I almost lost any scrap of discipline I have at Nan's though. They have the a new expansion sets to Zombies there, Zombies MidEvil and Zombies: the End. I resisted and decided another time. I actually left Nan's with nothing, not even a single die. I was proud of myself.

I decided to wander back home after filling belly with sushi from Miyako's only to be rear-ended by some asshole on 59. It's the first accident I've been in years. I remember sitting there in stop and go traffic, I looked in my rear view mirror and realized, "that car's gonna hit me." It wasn't hard enough to set off the airbags but it jolted me pretty good and luckily I didn't hit the car in front of me. So I put my flashers on, moved over while he followed me with his lights off (first clue right?), and just as we're slowly exiting, he turns sharply across the feeder exit and halls ass back onto 59. Me, I'm stuck and can't back up and have to get back on at the next ramp. It's a good ten minutes before I even get back on thanks to Houston traffic. I eventually gave up on trying to find him and pull over to assess the damage. It wasn't bad at all other than a few paint rubs, but it did ruin my good mood and took the rest of the drive home for me to feel better about my day again. Asshole.

Today, I think I'll go to movies finally. Jarhead, Saw II, maybe both. I can't stand being in the house these days being all cooped up. Gotta get out, gotta get out, gotta get out...

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Halloween Won't Let Go

You scored as Captain Jack Sparrow. Roguish,quick-witted, and incredibly lucky, Jack Sparrow is a pirate who sometimes ends up being a hero, against his better judgement. Captain Jack looks out for #1, but he can be counted on (usually) to do the right thing. He has an incredibly persuasive tongue, a mind that borders on genius or insanity, and an incredible talent for getting into trouble and getting out of it. Maybe its brains, maybe its genius, or maybe its just plain luck. Or maybe a mixture of all three.

Captain Jack Sparrow

67%

Maximus

63%

Batman, the Dark Knight

63%

Indiana Jones

58%

The Amazing Spider-Man

54%

William Wallace

54%

Lara Croft

50%

Neo, the "One"

46%

James Bond, Agent 007

38%

The Terminator

25%

El Zorro

25%

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It's been back to the same ol' around here and for that I'm a little grateful. I find myself still reading all the Halloween sites, thinking about next year, and wondering what my costume will be. I just don't have the motivation right now to do anything other than think about it. I finally caught up on the laundry with help from Lana and that's about the most stressing thing I've done in days. I've got clean clothes now so it's safe for me to wonder outdoors and my hair finally feels clean. I was thinking of going to the movies tonight but Mike's got his poker game tonight I think. I think it's just what I need tonight though. A nice, calm game of poker amongst friends and family. It's probably going to take a few days for me to get Halloween completely outta my head so until then I just gotta keep myself from getting sucked back into making more headstones.

I've posted some of the pictures from the Halloween party but not all of them. Unfortunately I was asked to not post some of them so those aren't there. The rest, however are mostly there. I weeded out all the redundant photos, blurry ones, ground pictures, camera straps, and fixed the lighting on most. The only problem is their not in the right order yet. Webshots is have problems with their service right now but I didn't figure this out until I had rearranged the photos five times. I really hate computers some days. Sean's supposed to be giving me some more pictures Casey took of the kids so I'm still waiting on those too.

Until then though, I've been reading other Halloween sites. Here's a really good one I liked a lot - www.thefuntimesguide.com. I spent a good bit of time just jumping around and reading even after I went through all their Halloween stuff.

Well, I'm off to do something completely random and pointless.

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Halloween!!

Halloween is over. It's always a pleasantly sad thing saying goodbye to Halloween around here. I love all the preparation, the tension of meeting a deadline, the fun of making stuff, the relief, and best of all seeing the final results. This year I actually got my headstones done plus a few extra, Marcel's costume came out great, Lana looked incredible, and my costume was superb. This year Allison and Lana made my costume so I got to focus on just my headstones and Marcel's costume. I was a little worried since I didn't try anything on until sometime around Thursday but they never missed a beat even though they did later confess to being a little worried about being done on time. Man, I love Halloween.

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This is the first time in a while I've sat down at my computer to do something other than run a poker game or look at something other than costuming sites. I'm already planning for next year's cemetery gates, more headstones and a scarecrow in the front yard. I was a little disappointed this year with the rain and the power going out but all in all, I think the kids still had fun. I'm pretty tired right now. It's been an exhausting past week. Between Halloween and poker it's been non-stop around here.

This year Allison and Lana decided to move the Halloween party to our house. Keep in mind I've been slacking in my usual house duties since Halloween took over my garage. Dirty clothes everywhere, dishes from a week ago, sticky countertops, toys everywhere, etc. So I caught up on all my household chores in a matter of just five hours with Lana's help. Amazing.

The party went great - I think. There was plenty of booze to go around, many a happy drunks, and lots of laughter so I'd call that a success. I'll be posting the pictures later when I feel a little more up to the task. My hair still feels like I mopped the floor with it since I've been wearing braids and beads in it since Saturday. The biggest mess I had to clean after the party was probably wiping off the layer of spilled booze on my counters and cleaning the rim of the toilet after someone prayed to the porcelain throne. I hope they're feeling better. ;)

On a quick note, I made the Freeroll Tournament! I pulled a win out of my ass and clawed my way in as last act of desperation. I managed to pull off a first place win to bump many others. In the middle of the game Tracy told me I pretty much had to take first and hope about half a dozen players didn't make it past fifth just for a chance at getting in. It was like High School all over. Slacking all year around with my only chance of passing being to ace the finals. It's a good feeling tinged with a little guilt but a good feeling nonetheless.

Well, I should go for now. I need to finish cleaning my kitchen and get something to eat - After I wash the grit and waxy stuff out my hair. Man, I love Halloween but it's always nice to say goodbye. :)