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Tichu and Tex-Mex 09/09/2007

tichu and tex-mex

Another quick blow-out. The first hand was the always amusing equal score. On the second hand, my first eight cards contained the Dragon, Phoenix, Ace, and Ace, so I called Grand Tichu. I had no trouble making it and John played an eight bomb to go out second. And that was not the end of the bombs, either. Traci’s Ace bomb made her Tichu call successful. I also had a Jack bomb to help go out second for another one of our one-twos.

09/09/2007 The scorecard for a game of Tichu

GT or T bet made or lost

This team scored more points than the other or one twoed

GT/T Team #1 GT/T GT/T Team #2 GT/T
JohnG & MarkH Traci & Wayne
T+ 100    
  500 GT+   100  
T+ 800     100  
  840   T+
  1040     260  
John's cart

Afterwards, John showed us his new cart that he bought for disc golf. It should be able to hold his rather large bag and a cooler for drinks. What disc golf accessories are left for him to buy?

Change is bad

theater opens later

Hrm. It seems that the local movie theater has new hours on the weekends and is opening up later. WTF is up with that? Don’t they want to make money?

new gui ticket ordering

And that was not the only change. They changed the GUI on the ticket ordering kiosk. (Don’t you love how the refresh lines are caught by the camera?). And they changed the layout of the actual ticket. I wonder if this theater was bought out?


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Disc Golf 09/07/2007


I drove down to Circle-R again to take pictures of their second disc golf course before Circle-R closes for some time for improvements. And, boy, do they need improvements! The course is unplayable. With all of the recent rains, the grasses and small bushes have overrun the place. Unless you had spotters, you probably would not be able to find where it landed. The signs were broken and laying on the ground. I got lost a couple of times (even holding a map of the course did not help). And I could not where hole 17 started.

birdie on hole 2.

So, after walking around in the sun, I played their other course, Rolling Meadows. I played much better. Getting a couple of birdies. But I lost my records when the stupid phone hung on me and I had to power it off. It seems that someone with the same first name and last initial as I do had a skip ace…

Afterwards, I ate at Estancia Churrascaria. The place was pretty good. I started off with the salad buffet which had items like mozzarella cheese, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, and sun-dried tomatoes. But I have to admit that the selection was rather small. Not that it mattered, of course. I came here for the meat.

They had many different types of meats to choose from. And most of them were tasty. I am not usually a fan of chicken legs, but the one I had was savory. The lamb was not too gamy. The sausage was not too bad. But the tenderloin was far too overcooked and dry.

There were two sides that I liked. The fried plantains were sweet and creamy. And the mini pop-over muffins were excellent! Certainly the best part of the meal. I will definitely have to try making something like that at home…

Game Day 09/06/2007

Game #1


Sadly, I have heard that a game designer, Franz-Benno Delonge has passed away. And in honor of him, we are dedicating this night to play his games. First up was a quintessential light and fluffy filler game TransAmerica. It has been quite a while since I have played this game. But it was easy to get back on the bicycle and ride it again. I did pretty well. I was the first to connect my five cities in two of the three rounds. And that was enough to give me the win.

Game #2

Big City

Next up was the quintessential lunch time game. And that is how I got started in this field or shall I say hobby. It is an easy game that can be played in less than an hour. While I have fond memories of playing this game back when we played lunch-time games at IBM, I do not have fond memories of this playing. It seems my role was to be hosed by Jon and his playing of parks and factories. Which put me solidly in last place. Well, at least it was over quickly.

Game #3


After that was Goldbräu. Which is a decent game of limited actions. With only three actions that you can perform during the seven days of the week, you would think that the game would be boring. But this game forces you to make hard choices. Do you get another stock in a company? Do you expand the territory of a company that you own? Or do you try and take control of the boss position in a company?

The only annoying factor is the simultaneous reveal mechanism of this game. Where you are rewarded for choosing an option that no one else does.

Game #4


Jon started the game with a rather weak hand. But no one was able to go over what he played. So he sneaked out to finish first. Which left Doug, with the Tichu hand, missing his opportunity. I was able to get my only points out of my hand and into my tricks taken pile. So I passed when Mike got the lead and gave the other team my Phoenix.

I made a number of random wishes against Mike. But none were more infuriating than my five wish on a lead of Mah Jong, two, three, four, and Phoenix. Mike had to bomb that straight with his run-bomb containing a five. Which was good, because my partner would have to split his long straight up to satisfy that wish (and leave him with many stragglers). Perhaps I shouldn’t get too into random wishing…

09/06/2007 The scorecard for a game of Tichu

GT or T bet made or lost

This team scored more points than the other or one twoed

GT/T Team #1 GT/T GT/T Team #2 GT/T
MarkH & Jon MikeCh & DougG
  310     -110 T-
  310   GT+
  590     210  
    495 GT+
  1005     495  

You know, as I look up the games that Franz-Benno Delonge created, I realize that I own some more of his games! Games like Manila, Dos Rios, and Fjords! I am going to have to declare next week to be a continuation of the mourning process and play those games… along with Tichu hopefully.

Computers still have a long way to come

On a new RHEL5.1 installation, I want to install screen. yum is borked. So, my next step is to figure out which cd it is on. At least you can use the file image of a cd as a virtual cd drive.

[root@hamzy2 mnt]# mount -t iso /home/tmp/RHEL5.1-Server-20070822.1-i386-disc1-ftp.iso /mnt/tmp/
mount: unknown filesystem type ‘iso’
mount: maybe you meant ‘iso9660’?

Okay, it prints out an error. But it seems to be a popular error and has a suggestion.

[root@hamzy2 mnt]# mount -t iso9660 /home/tmp/RHEL5.1-Server-20070822.1-i386-disc1-ftp.iso /mnt/tmp/
mount: /home/tmp/RHEL5.1-Server-20070822.1-i386-disc1-ftp.iso is not a block device (maybe try `-o loop’?)

Grrr! Okay, there are two popular mistakes that it recognizes enough to give you an alternative but not enough to actually do it for you. And you do not actually have to specify the file system type because it magically auto-detects it. So why can’t it do some more auto-detection?

Bad trump split in 42

Today was the day of bad trump splits in 42. I was set in two hands because of it. In the first hand, I had 5 4’s including the boss trump (4:4). However I was missing the 6:4 and one other four. The person to my left had the remaining two to set me. In the other hand, I had a two-mark hand. I had three blanks (0:0, 0:6, and 0:4), doubles, and a potential walker under the double. And the person to my left had three blanks as well including the 0:5.

Disc Golf 09/03/2007

Muddy tracks

Today was the second Blue Skies Over Texas Tournament for me. And the day was pretty horrible for me because it rained. Actually, now that I think about it, it has rained for every tournament that I have been in! In fact, we could not attend our first tournament ever because it rained so much that the course was flooded out.

We arrived early in the morning. It was only just raining a couple of drops. But that would change later on in the day. For the worst. The course was already damp. Damp enough to leave tracks. Like you can see in this picture were a truck or ATV had driven along the course. Fortunately, there was a lot of mulch out on the course. But it was strangely missing in spots.

First group

We had a group of five in the first half of the day. And Damon Neth was in my group again.

John playing hacky sack

Lunch was free. There was taco meats, mixings, and even beer (but it was the low quality Keystone light). John, Jon, and I played 99. However, we ran into problems. With out Adam, we were unable to remember some of the more finicky bits of the rules (like declaring and revealing). But it did not matter. John was not interested in playing it at all. And opted instead to play hacky sack.

We finally started the second half (where the course is reversed) late. Around 2:30 or so. And it started to rain much worse. Ugh.

But the day did end on a positive note. Jon won fourth place (tied for third according to him) for $110 in merchandise at Disc Nation. On the way home we stopped to eat at Bi Ki Ni Bar.

Tichu and Tex-Mex 09/02/2007

There were five of us tonight at Mesa Rosa. We started out playing a couple hands of Mu. But then Nick wanted to step out. So we played a game of Tichu.

It was not much of a game. I started off strong. Then Jon stepped up to the plate (with John over-tichuing even). And the desperation Grand-Tichu was set with a one-two.

The only amusing thing this evening was with Nick helping (or, at least, giving advice) Traci during the game, we gave them the name of “Nick Traci”.

09/02/2007 The scorecard for a game of Tichu

GT or T bet made or lost

This team scored more points than the other or one twoed

GT/T Team #1 GT/T GT/T Team #2 GT/T
Jon & MarkH JohnG & Traci
GT+   20  
  410 T+  
  550 T+  
  T- 80  
  920   GT- -120