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Old 10-01-2017, 12:16 PM   #1026
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Re: The story of "The Home Game" - TL;DR

today is the saddest day ive had in a while because i got to the end of this thread, and now i have a decision do i frantically search every day for another new post or shall i try and forget about how amazing this entire tale has kept me for the past 3 days. decisions decisions.
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Old 10-02-2017, 12:28 AM   #1027
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While the recent hurricanes have obviously been a tragedy in many ways I have to admit I am somewhat curious as to the effect that this has on your plant business outside of the immediate loss of current stock/buildings etc.

For instance does your business increase as people get their **** back together and start looking to replace what they have lost causing a net increase in business or does everything in the affected areas dry up until the memories of the storms has faded somewhat?

I am also curious wether the increased liklihood that the storms (and global warming as a whole I guess) this year so far could become more the norm than the exception has changed the advice you are giving clients at all?
I just got back into South Florida from Louisiana after 5 days, that was a long week with the drive, especially since I couldn't do more than 65 on the highway being loaded down.

As far as immediate business goes, it definitely drops off for a month at least, and then people start to want replacements for what they have lost, and nurserymen have all the stuff in at their place cleaned up. I know a fruit grove in Fort Lauderdale that is still cleaning up, but he can't keep enough trees in stock. There is still debris lining the roadways, piled up and rotting. Not sure what the wait is, but they said it could take 8 weeks on the West Coast. I don't care, there are people out there that need real help, but hurricanes can really bring out the worst in people. A lot of guys will drive to a hurricane landfall area with a truck and chainsaws and gouge a lot of anxious homeowners on cleanup with no license or insurance. This is classic Florida, though, and it wouldn't be the same state if someone wasn't constantly trying to run a shady operation to make some money on the side.

Going to Miami tomorrow and I might buy a new truck, if all goes well I should be back, relaxing at a real house by Wednesday and can get back to writing out more of the story. I hate to keep people waiting!
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Old 10-05-2017, 08:07 AM   #1028
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The Incident - Part 2

As the small female figure emerged from the now totaled Chrysler 200 and sort of wobbled her way in my direction, I realized that she was not any real threat, but that didn't shut down my adrenaline and the fact I had just downed a 16oz Red Bull. I was strung out and on the edge, and I was now the threatening one with the gun. I went back to the car and put away the gun and saw Nicole was conscious now, it must have just been momentary. She started to get out of the car and wandered around without any real intention, as did the lady out of the Chrysler. Nicole suddenly got back in the car complaining of her neck, and I decided to approach the lady. She was in her mid-50s, skinny, and what appeared to be your average West Coast Florida resident.

"I'm really sorry, I didn't see the light - is there any damage to your car? I don't think there is any to mine."

"Yes, the back end is smashed in, I'm pretty sure my girlfriend is injured too." As I was talking to her, I could tell something was off - she seemed a bit wobbly and her thought process was kind of slow. I couldn't smell any alcohol, but even in my state I could tell she was on something. She continued to ramble about it not being a big deal and I told her that the police would sort that out. She proceeded to get very upset and say that we didn't need to get the police involved. Normally, I would agree with that statement, but the only way I was going to get my car fixed was through a report. As I called she walked down the sidewalk seemingly concerned into the darkness, another odd thing that led me to believe she wasn't all there.

"Do you need an ambulance?" the sheriff asked, and I heard Nicole complaining of pain, so I told them yes. After a few minutes a Florida Highway Patrol car showed up and told me to stay put, and went down towards the wandering woman. The ambulance arrived a minute later and asked if we were experiencing any pain. Nicole happily got up on a stretcher and knowing her hatred for hospitals, I knew she was in real pain if she was willing to get strapped down. They asked me if I needed to go as I was talking to the FHP officer, and when I realized I would have to get strapped down as well, I told them I would drive there. The officer was clearly favoring us as he talked to the lady shortly then told her to stay in the vehicle. We were talking about her condition and he was going to get a special drug officer out to check her for a drug DUI. I gave him all my info and what I knew of what had happened, and we started talking about general stuff such as working for FHP, his duty gun, and what I did for a living. He told me the FHP had a poker game on a certain night and immediately visions of Mike McD and Worm at the police station getting the **** kicked out of them came to mind. Finally, he turned to me and said,

"Dude, you need to go to the hospital."

"I will, I just wanted to make sure you had all my info and my recollection of the accident."

"Yeah, but you should go now, your girlfriend is there and you should get checked out. You may not know you are injured and it'll show up in the next few days."

On that note, I drove over to the hospital somewhat paranoid that I was injured and to see Nicole. The hospital in town is pretty small, and I just walked in and they saw my car pull up all ****ed up in the back, but seemingly running fine. They asked if I wanted to be seen, and I then realized this was going to be at least a few hours for an ER doctor to come in and run some tests. I didn't want to lie in a gown in a hospital bed unless I absolutely had to, and after seeing Nicole, I decided that the growing pain in my neck was just going to have to wait. She was moving around fine, but she was definitely in pain, and the MRI showed some herniated discs that looked pretty bad. They wanted to keep her overnight, but she had been in enough hospitals and did not want to be restricted. The condo was only a half mile away and we figured we would go in when needed. They did give her a healthy prescription of Percocet, which I knew she wasn't going to take, so I figured I would hate to see this go to waste and went to the 24 hour pharmacy that was a 30 minute drive and get this thing filled.

On my way over, I got a call from Tim - he was fighting with Willy about money and they wanted me to come in and deal tomorrow. Although I told him yes, the following morning my whole body was sore, especially my neck and back. This opportunity to take the spot that was rightfully mine in that game was there - Fish was okay with it, he knew I was there for the money and it wasn't a loyalty thing. The first hour of dealing cards went by okay, but after that, my neck, back, and eventually my fingers started locking up - I wasn't going to be able to deal for any significant period of time and had someone fill in quite a bit. I was missing out on a lot of value, and the same thing happened at Fish's game that weekend. I was due for an MRI and this accident was becoming a real thorn in my side. The following weeks became progressively worse, I was dealing slower, and even though most of the players were sympathetic, they wanted to play cards.

I was going to have to give up dealing, at least for a while, and find another means of employment.
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Old 10-05-2017, 10:41 AM   #1029
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Re: The story of "The Home Game" - TL;DR

and he returns!

good update; love that you are keeping this story going; thanks for sharing.

any regrets not getting checked out soon; if this spoils anything; obv just ignore, but did you get looked at and get a settlement from her insurance? did she get a DUI?
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Old 10-05-2017, 03:51 PM   #1030
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and he returns!

good update; love that you are keeping this story going; thanks for sharing.

any regrets not getting checked out soon; if this spoils anything; obv just ignore, but did you get looked at and get a settlement from her insurance? did she get a DUI?
Nothing bad really came of not getting checked out, but as of this writing, I am waiting for the lawyer to get a final number from the settlement. It definitely has been way too long to the point that I told my lawyer not to call me unless she had an offer ready for me to sign. It should happen in the next few months though.
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Old 10-05-2017, 03:58 PM   #1031
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I'm still reading, always look forward to updates.

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Old 10-06-2017, 05:29 PM   #1032
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Never thought the day would come where I would finish reading this thread. Hopefully more soon? Thanks TST
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:24 AM   #1033
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today is the saddest day ive had in a while because i got to the end of this thread, and now i have a decision do i frantically search every day for another new post or shall i try and forget about how amazing this entire tale has kept me for the past 3 days. decisions decisions.
I had he same reaction when I realized the page numbers stopped going up! Many of times this thread made my legs extremely numb not wanting to get up from my Throne! Haha. Hope all is well OP.
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Old 10-12-2017, 01:57 PM   #1034
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TST, still loving the story! Thanks for continuing to update. You need to get compensated for how many people have signed up here just for this thread.

Question: My girl and I are going to Universal soon. You've talked a lot about the dog track you play at and also the Hard Rock. I know the Hard Rock is a nice drive away from Universal, but what is the closest poker room to Universal? Thanks again.
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Old 10-12-2017, 09:30 PM   #1035
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TST, still loving the story! Thanks for continuing to update. You need to get compensated for how many people have signed up here just for this thread.

Question: My girl and I are going to Universal soon. You've talked a lot about the dog track you play at and also the Hard Rock. I know the Hard Rock is a nice drive away from Universal, but what is the closest poker room to Universal? Thanks again.
Thanks man, I do enjoy doing this, I never thought about getting compensated but its okay, maybe in the future with some book I decide to do.

I have been from SWFL to New Orleans, back to Miami, then SWFL and back to Miami again. I picked up a teardrop trailer and new truck, I will have to post some pics of my travels. If I bring my teardrop I get to stay on a farm in the Miami suburbs and its pretty sweet. Just got back late last night so I will try to update tomorrow.
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Old 10-13-2017, 08:43 AM   #1036
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maybe in the future with some book I decide to do.
Please do this!

Like really... Do it

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MOAR

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