TWICE TT

*hiro-jee-do mah-tena-day
I’m in two minds

*jar-o-jido mah-tan-eh
In an awkward situation

*coo-zaw pada-boom-ya Bay-bay-bay-bay-by
I just stare and say ba-ba-ba-baby

*mail sang-sang-man aye doom-ka hup
Everyday I only imagine without asking

*kiss marrool aw-naye baby
I talk casually and say your name baby

*ha-jee goo-leem moh-rin-ih sigh-een-day
But we don’t even know each other

*Am-a-gonna goal-chado a-droom-dow-ah
Beautiful no matter what I wear

*goalee soak dan dur-eee-so hah-noon  
Just the two of us in the mirror having a

Fashion show show

*ee-bon-yen jong-mal caw-caw nay-caw moon-jaw talk talk
This time for sure, I’ll be the first to talk talk

*tah-gym poo-nin goal may-bon tah-gym poo-nin goal
But it’s only in my head, always only in my head

Nah Na-na-na-na-nah nahhh

*Cone-or-aye-gah nay-oh-dah-gah nah-doh mole-aye
I start humming and before I know it

*none-mul aye go gah-tay
I feel like crying

*ah-neen go gah-tay nay-gah ah-neen go gah tay
I don’t feel like myself, This isn’t like me at all

I love you so much

*ee-mee-nan dah coat-ago sang-gah-cannon-day
Think I’m all grown up now

*eh-jom-yon nay my-min-day way
I’m free to make my own choices, but why

*nay mam-darrow hail sue om-nun gon-day
Why can’t I have it my way

*mirdo-nare-yugo ham-yawn hi-sure-oak
The more I try to push you away

*Ja-Koo cool-yo way ja-koots koo cool-yo baby
The more I’m drawn and attracted to you baby

I’m like TT, just like TT

*e-ron nay mam more-rule-go nah-moo-hay nah-moo-hay
You don't know how I feel, You're so mean, you're so mean

I’m like TT, just like TT
Tell me that you’d be my baby

*oucha go-knee optago way (eocheoguni = ridiculous)
You say I’m ridiculous

*eye-ghoul gaps-ool mah-tawn-day
That I don’t live up to my looks

*tsun-yaw wilo and-way Bay-bay-bay-bay-bay
Doesn’t cheer me up at all ba-ba-ba-baby

*me-chill goo got-aye wah-jung-aw way
I’m going crazy in all this mess

*pay-nuhn doe go-pun gun-day
Why do I feel hungry?

*Ha-rue jong-eel mow-key-man hah-noon-day
I eat all day and am still hungry

*mah-mah-mah-mah a-moo chee-toe ohm-nun
Slap slap slap slap

*in-heen-a-man tat
The innocent doll

*jong-eel anj-eye-eat-a-guy oap-dye-yoat-ah
I sit and lie down all day

*she-gawny hwek-hwek-hwek
Time flies flies flies

*pee-boon-eh ray-oh-eh-keh toe chick-chick
What’s with the dull skin again

*ja-koo tick-tick gore-ee-go man ship-ji
Keep wanting to just complain

*aw-mon gwee-chan-kay gay-soak weh-weh-weh-weh weh [Chae/Dahyun]
Mom keeps bothering me why why why?

Nah Na-na-na-na-nah nahhh

*Cone-or-aye-gah nay-oh-dah-gah nah-doh mole-aye
I start humming and before I know it

*jah-jung-nay go gah-tay
I feel so irritated

*ah-neen go gah-tay
I’m so upset

*ee-gone aye-ga ah-neen day
I’m normally not like this

I love you so much

*ee-mee-nan dah coat-ago sang-gah-cannon-day
Think I’m all grown up now

*eh-jom-yon nay my-min-day way
I’m free to make my own choices, but why

*nay mam-darrow hail sue om-nun gon-day
Why can’t I have it my way

*mirdo-nare-yugo ham-yawn hi-sure-oak
The more I try to push you away

*Ja-Koo cool-yo way ja-koots koo cool-yo baby
The more I’m drawn and attracted to you baby

I’m like TT, just like TT

*e-ron nay mam more-rule-go nah-moo-hay nah-moo-hay
You don't know how I feel, You're so mean, you're so mean

I’m like TT, just like TT
Tell me that you’d be my baby

*hock-she ee-ron nah-rule aye-kai-oh
Do you realize what’s going on inside me

*ee-day-row sarah-jye bow-reem-yawn awn-day-oh
Don’t disappear from my view like this

*ee-bone-en jong-may caw-caw nay-gah moon-jah talk-tah
This time for sure, I’ll be the first to talk talk

*dah-jim poon-in goal may-bon dah-jim poon-in goal
But it’s only in my head, always only in my head

*ee-mee-nan dah coat-ago sang-gah-cannon-day
Think I’m all grown up now

*eh-jom-yon nay my-min-day way
I’m free to make my own choices, but why

*nay mam-darrow hail sue om-nun gon-day
Why can’t I have it my way

*mirdo-nare-yugo ham-yawn hi-sure-oak
The more I try to push you away

*Ja-Koo cool-yo way ja-koots koo cool-yo baby
The more I’m drawn and attracted to you baby

I’m like TT, just like TT

*e-ron nay mam more-rule-go nah-moo-hay nah-moo-hay
You don't know how I feel, You're so mean, you're so mean

I’m like TT, just like TT
Tell me that you’d be my baby

Ace / Verve Rental Cars Review (Las Vegas 8714 S Las Vegas Blvd Ste 102)

There is a basic duality of human nature that exists in the world. Human beings have the ability to act in ways that are either good or evil. If you travel a lot, you will notice that the total difference of decency between the best and the worst people varies greatly from place to place.

Of all the places I’ve travelled, no place has a larger decency gap than Las Vegas. I’ve met some of the most heartwarmingly nice people you could imagine, and then met some of the most despicable scum possible, and sometimes within only a moments passing.

This leads me to my experience at Ace car rental/Verve Car rental.

For those of you who haven’t rented a car in Las Vegas, they moved all of their car rentals to this off-site car rental hub named the McCarran Rent-A-car Center. It’s a relatively short shuttle, less than 15 minutes, and once you get there most of the major car rental companies rent out of that location.

Well that’s not where Ace/Verve is located. No, you have to wait an indeterminate amount of time once you get to the rental center for a second shuttle, and then once it gets there you need to travel an additional 15-20 minutes to a very far south mini mall. Total time spent from boarding the first shuttle to door of rental agency was about 45-50 minutes. Plenty of time to ruminate about any poor decisions you may have in your life. Like trying to save a few bucks on a car rental for example.

I waited in line in a small shop that looked to me like it had been set up only hours before; dimly lit, temporary furniture, cheap looking portable work desks, and after approximately a 10 minute wait was eventually greeted by what I assumed was the manager. The employee name on the contract said “Jason C”. He was a larger man with a grey dress shirt and tie.

I explained to him that I had a reservation for a mid-sized Hyundai, and he pulled up the reservation on his computer screen.

It wasn’t too long before the upselling began. He asked if it was just me using the car, and then he spotted my golf bag. He told me that the car I had booked would not work for golf, that the golf bag wouldn’t fit in it and that he would need to upgrade me. I told him I’ve never been in a car where the golf bag wouldn’t fit, and that I thought the car I had booked would be fine. He continued the disagreement with me for what felt like a few minutes, throwing in a few gems like “Yes but you also have to think about your comfort”. After it was eventually decided that the original car that I booked would be fine, he then asked to see my credit card and proof of insurance.

After inspecting both items, he then said something like “You know you will need to get our insurance, but I think you can get away with just the 15 dollars per day package.”

I asked him why do I need your insurance? He told me that since I was Canadian, my insurance doesn’t work in Las Vegas. He then asked a young girl who was working the other desk to confirm with him that Canadian insurance could not be used. I have to assume that the young girl was uncomfortable lying, because she just shrugged at him and continued to work with the customer she was helping.

I was armed with facts though; the prior week I just so happened to confirm with my insurance company that when I rent a car in Vegas, I am totally covered for liability and damage to the rental vehicle. I also have a premium Visa card that I think covers everything if anything happens with a car rental, so I am for sure at least covered once in case of an accident, and most likely have double coverage.

This agent wanted a fight though, so we spent the next few minutes arguing about whether I need the insurance, and at one point he threatened to not be able to rent me the car.

You might be asking why at this point I stayed here and didn’t just leave and go rent from another place?

I thought about it, but it had been a super long day, and the thought of waiting for, and then taking the Ace rental car shuttle 30 minutes back to the Rent-A-Car center didn’t much appeal to me. Also, at this point he still hadn’t successfully upsold me on anything, so as far as I could tell I was not on the hook for anything more than what I originally expected.

Threats of him not renting to me subsided, and we continued on. He tried pre-selling me a full tank of gas. I told him I planned on golfing twice, a little shopping and going to and from this place, I highly doubted I’d need a full tank of gas. Plus there is a gas station right in the same parking lot as the rental car place, so I’ll just swing in there and top it up before i drop it off. He then explained to me how much gas I’d actually use, and how big of a place Vegas is, and how much cheaper it is to buy the tank of gas through him rather than fill it up myself. I told him no numerous times, and he then told me that if I pre-paid the tank of gas that he’d upgrade my car for no charge.

Intrigued; my patience was wearing thin, but who doesn’t like a little upgrade now and then? I asked what type of upgrade this would be and how much the tank of gas would cost, and he told me it was a Volkswagen Passat, and the cost of the gas would be 51.80. Not a bad car, maybe a tiny bit of a step up from the Hyundai i had booked, but really nothing that will make the trip more memorable one way or another. I agreed, but I think it was more to put a stop to the endless barrage of upselling than actually wanting the car.

I lugged my golf bag and suitcase back out to the curb and another employee, a young man, started to go over the passat with me that I was going to be renting.

The young man uttered an expletive, and then said that he couldn’t give me that car, it’s on a spare. Sure enough, I looked down and the back left rear tire was a tiny donut spare tire. He told me not to worry, I’ll give you an upgrade. He went and grabbed a Silver Hyundai Santa Fe, again a little bit of an upgrade and then proceeded to go over the car with me.

The car was missing a license plate, when I asked him about this he had some sort of canned speech about how it’s perfectly fine and legal as long as it’s in the lower 48 states and am not crossing any borders. I’m not sure about the legality of this, I have to assume the “temporary tag” that was hastily stuck to the window instead having a license plate is legal, only because there were cops that were right behind me numerous times while I was driving around Vegas, and I never got pulled over. Still, it seems like an improper way to operate a fleet of rental cars.

The car itself, for the most part, was not too bad. There was a sliding seat in the back of the vehicle that slid forward and BANGED every time the car came to a stop, and then slid back and BANGED every time I accelerated. I looked at it briefly to see if I was somehow missing a basic thing I had to do to secure it, but 20+ years of computer programming experience couldn’t figure it out (not like it SHOULD), so I think it was simply broken. I did manage to mitigate this though by wedging my golf bag up against it so it wouldn’t do that. Also there was an annoying nag message on the display that said that it was approx -1400 miles until it’s required service date, the number kept ticking upwards so it looks like that means it was overdue for service by that many miles. I’m not a huge SUV fan, but the car handled relatively well.

It wasn’t all bad, when I came to drop the car off after my week was done the gentleman who checked me back in, Pedro R (said on the receipt that was emailed to me), explained to me that I didn’t use that much gas, and that I should just go over and fill up and he’ll refund me the tank charge. I told him that I didn’t want to deal with the manager, he said not to worry that he could refund the money right there. I thanked him and then went and topped up the tank to the tune of $23.31, he then told me he’d refund the 61.00 gas tank charge.  I briefly looked back at the paper I signed and the charge was supposed to be 51.80, apparently it’s cool for employees to change the amount on the signed contract at Ace/Verve rental cars. Pedro however was refunding this amount so I figured I wouldn’t beat this dead horse any longer.

Also the shuttle driver who drove me back to the Rent-A-Car center was a decent guy and deserves some recognition, I briefly explained to him my experience with the company, and he sympathized but admitted he really had no influence at the company, that he simply “drove the shuttle”. It should be noted that in the shuttle he was also driving a young non-white couple back to the Rent-A-Car center because Ace car rental was going to make them pay a 500 dollar deposit on the car they wanted to rent. I briefly remembered that my deposit/hold was 300 dollar, making me wonder if they change the deposit based upon how the person looks as they walk through the door. I won’t accuse them of this though, I don’t really know the story behind the story.

So in my opinion, as far as the duality of human nature is concerned, no company gives you a more glaring example of this disparity than Ace/Verve rental cars. They employ both Jekylls and Hydes, it’s really just the luck of the draw who you get. Somewhat fitting for Vegas.









Tilt Poker Series, episode one

Just started watching this series last night after waiting almost a month to have the DVD box set delivered to me.

Ebay was the only place i could find the series, I paid 6 bucks for it including shipping.

It's super low budget, cheesy acting, and a lot of the typical over dramatic slow rolling poker calls that movies are guilty of, but the realism of the hands is at least one thing they have gotten right.

Often when a movie has a poker scene you get these ultimate case bad beat hands. A good example is in Casino Royal, the last hand of the tournament where it's straight flush beating full house beating smaller full house beating flush (I cant remember exactly what it was but you get the point). Basically the problem with this is that the maker of the movie gives the audience the impression that this sort of thing happens often in poker, when in reality straight flushes are incredibly rare, and for a straight flush to beat the second nut hand is so rare that casinos offer sometimes huge jackpots to people that lose in this type of situation.

A few years back 109 players shared a $914,474 progressive bad beat across all the participating Caesars Entertainment poker rooms. The soon-to-be happiest unlucky guy in Vegas, Robert Kopke, picked up pocket kings and faced off against Jungok "Sarah" Whang with her pocket Aces at the no-limit game at Planet Hollywood. They got all the money in pre-flop and the flop of A-K-A made for an exciting wait for the turn and river. Two shots for his 1 outer for 182,952 is about 3.8%, but he managed to hit it and send the room into hysteria.

The "winner's" share of the jackpot was $91,447. The other 107 people playing at the qualifying tables won $5,982 each. I don't know about you, but at the levels that I play at, that would make for a very successful Vegas trip.

These types of situations don't happen as frequently as Hollywood would make you believe, and in the new series "Tilt", the hands are more realistic. In one of the first hands they show, Chris Bauer's (Whom you might remember as Frank Sobotka from "The Wire") character flops a set of 2s, only to be run over by Michael Madsen's (Whom you might know from everything) character's 2nd nut straight, when he hits it on the turn. Michael Madsen plays the wiley Pro, and they manage to get all the chips in the middle because he frustrates and confuses Chris Bauer's character. Very realistic hand situationally, banter-wise definitely less realistic, but at least the banter makes sense even though Madsen overacts horribly in this scene.

They introduce you to a few other characters, and there is the implication that there is some cheating going on, but we don't really know how other than some vague reference to hand signals and chip stacking. And then another character makes a deal with some stranger to dump all his chips to him in a tournament, and there doesn't really seem to be a clear sense as to his motivation for doing this.

If that sounds confusing, good, because yes I'm confused.

The realism of the hands, and the celebrity appearances (Saw T.J. Cloutier and Daniel Negreanu in the first episode) is going to be enough to prod me into finishing this series, It's pretty entertaining and fun to watch even with all the overacting and confusing plot lines.

It LIVES!

A large part of me wanted to just let this whole project die.

I thought for a long while and then decided this last weekend that I would revive the site. A short but heated debate with a close friend of mine led me to trying out my app to see what the actual odds were, only to discover that the application was out of date with the old version of Silverlight, and that the Blog site was no longer functional.

In short the site need a shot in the arm (or maybe the face), I spent a few hours upgrading the app it to the latest version of Silverlight, and then I decided that maybe I'll port over all the stuff I built and build a mobile friendly web app from it. I've started building that, I don't have an estimate as to how long that will take, but I'll keep everyone updated here on progress. I also don't really have any stats on how much the hand analyzer has been used over the years, however I absolutely know that I have found it useful on a few different occasions when I was curious as to what the actual odds were in a particular situation.

If one is a curious person, they can sit down and try to work the odds out, I've found this to be a rather cumbersome exercise, and often when I try to figure out exact odds I miss some subtle thing that might occur. Like lets say odds of runner runner winning it. How does this thing change the situation? Missing these subtleties might mean you end up getting the odds slightly wrong, and this can definitely effect your bottom line as a player if you go for years with the odds wrong.

Personally I've found my greatest success at the poker table to be at the Limit Table. If you don't know your odds at limit cards you'll get eaten alive.

It's because of this that this project was initially spawned over 10 years ago. I built it thinking that Silverlight would last forever, now I see that Microsoft has announced that Silverlight will not be supported past 2021. Anyways, the hand analyzer as far as I know only works in Internet Explorer, if you find another browser it is compatible with please let me know.

This blog used to be on Blogger.com, but they decided to change they way they do things, and I'm more technically a little more capable now so I just set up my own blog site that I have 99.9% control over (still using a remote host). So far a few hurdles have needed to be overcome, but Blogengine.net (thats not the url, but the name of the project, google it) seems to be pretty solid and stable, so we'll try it for a bit and see how it goes.

Let me know if you are interested in becoming a contributor to the site.