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  1. Basher

    Earthquake

    Anyone else feeling this? A decent shake here in Markham.
  2. Basher

    Nero!

    It was really nice to see so many friendly faces. Good times were had by this guy.
  3. I second the suggestion on this place. The miso ramen was great when I had it.
  4. From the announcement at Phish.com: "Additional summer announcements will be coming. Following the summer, the band has no touring plans for the remainder of the year."
  5. The programmers will say it was an easter egg.
  6. Sound guy was wearing earplugs. That's all you need to know.
  7. I'll have to skip Volo, see you all at the show.
  8. Basher

    Brain Teaser

    492357816 If someone can tell me what that is I will be impressed.
  9. Basher

    Brain Teaser

    Instead of picking digits, I would prefer that Trey use his own digits better.
  10. Yep, you can use a players card for poker, although you are getting comps at about $1 an hour.
  11. Oops. I played one other tournament at the Venetian, a $145 buyin that had my AA busted by 9 10off in the first hour. I had a paragraph written about it, but it sucked so I cut it.
  12. That's an homage Velvet, not a theft December 24th Left Toronto feeling pretty good. I really look forward to my annual Las Vegas trip. I am flying from Buffalo on a free ticket voucher I obtained last year for giving up my seat on an oversold flight. Seeing as my flight wasn't until the following day, I decided to stop at Fallsview on the way and try to play a satellite to their Fallsview Classic in January. There wasn't enough interest to start up a table, so instead I played some 2-5NL. After about 3 hours I was up $600 - not a bad start to the trip. I cashed out, crossed the border, and arrived at my Buffalo airport hotel for the night. When dinnertime arrived, I knew I only had one option. I left the hotel en route to Duffs for their magical chicken wings. I was disappointed to find that Duffs was closed on Christmas Eve, so after trying to find a suitable alternative (as if), I returned to the hotel and sat down in their pub-style restaurant. The wings were decent, enough to satisfy my craving for a flavour I hadn't tasted in nearly 8 years. After dinner I returned to the room and sought guidance from a new friend in Toronto as to what film I should watch in bed. I knew I comedy was my only option, so I went with Get Him To The Greek. Lots of laughs, enjoyable, but near the end of the movie the overall theme of loneliness affected me. That's right, Get Him To The Greek forced me into reflection and pause. Good Grief. December 25 My Christmas day starts with a 6:30 wake-up call, and before you know it I am en route to Las Vegas. My flights are uneventful, and by noon PST I am in a cab to Caesars. My room wasn't ready yet when I arrived (typical of Las Vegas) so I stowed my bags and headed outside for a walk to Bellagio. I soaked in the glorious sunshine on the strip, marveled at the crowds (last year this time Vegas had a big vacancy sign) and after a while headed back to the room to await some delivery herbal remedies. For dinner I met up with family at PF Changs. We don't have them in Canada, so I was excited to try this chain. After enjoying their lettuce wraps I eagerly anticipated the other dishes, only to be left disappointed by the meal overall. The company was great - good to see some relatives I had not seen since the summer. After dinner I broke off from the group with my cousin and brother. We checked out the new Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino, a new casino at City Center which had opened just that week. It was rather impressive with its gigantic chandelier that snaked down from the high ceilings. This place was hipster central, which was unappealing, but child-free, which I always appreciate. We tested the theory that the casino had looser slots in its opening week, and after collecting another $20-40 in profits each, we headed to Caesars to play the 9pm $85 NLH poker tournament. I love the Caesars poker room, and spend time there every visit. This tournament in particular had just over 50 players, with the top 6 receiving prize money. I sailed through the tournament as the chip leader, and once we were down to 4 players at 3:30am (yes, that's 24 hours since I awoke in Buffalo) we decided to split the remaining prize money for about $700 each. Good start - but I hardly made it back to my room before I passed out. December 26th Late start to the day. Slept in, had a quick light lunch and decided that today would be spa day. I had never stayed at Caesars and decided that some of last night's riches would be used to pamper me today. http://www.vegas.com/spas/caesars.html The spa at Caesars was a elevator ride away, nestled on the second floor of the newest tower - the Augustus. I was instructed to arrive wearing loose clothing as I had a massage scheduled. I was greeted and given flip flops and a robe to change into. This place was amazing. Steam rooms, saunas, pools, lounges, who knows what else. It is a 55,000 square-foot palace of relaxation. I was floored by all the options available to me as I awaited my massage. I settled in on the main baths area, where several pools of differing temperatures await to soak aching limbs. There was also a plasma TV on the wall, so we could take in the NFL game while bathing. I was fetched after about an hour for my massage. I went with the Biofreeze Pain treatment to sooth my aching back (I call it life pain). After an hour I was limber and anesthetized. I headed back to my room, sampled some herbal analgesic, and then got ready for what was to be an epic evening - dinner at Nobu at the Hard Rock with friends from Ottawa. I'm proud to admit that I am pretty "connected" in Vegas. I called my Internet friend Andrew, a cab driver who chronicles the absurd at http://lvcabbiechronicles.blogspot.com/ . He picked me up at the Augustus Tower side door, and after exchanging pleasantries after meeting "in real life" for the first time, we headed to the MGM to pick up my friends before heading to the Hard Rock, where Nobu is located. Nobu. Wow. This is my favourite restaurant in the world. It's amazing what a genius can do with food. We followed the waiter's advice and ordered a mix of hot and cold dishes, along with a few bamboo pitchers of junmai sake. The yellowfin tuna secured the place as the standout dish of the night, leading to mini-orgasms and lots of sex sounds as the 3 of us feasted. The king crab tempura was also divine, as is anything drenched in Nobu's house ponzu sauce. We couldn't pass up dessert, which rivaled the main courses in terms of flavour complexity. Another epic meal at Nobu, which I obviously highly recommend. I headed back to Caesars, played a little roulette, and decided to call it an early night. December 27th My last full day in Las Vegas starts with another tradition - lobster omelet at Cafe Bellagio. My favourite breakfast, served with amazing coffee, toast, hash browns, a baked stuffed tomato and fresh squeezed orange juice. I feel great after breakfast and decide to play another poker tournament - this time the noon Caesars tournament with an $80 buy-in. This tournament closes with 70+ players. Once again I am the chipleader or close to it wire to wire. At 6:30pm the remaining 6 players decided on another chop, and another $700 was shipped my way. Feeling on top of the world I went back to my room, relaxed in the jacuzzi, then showered and got dressed for a nice solo dinner. I called my buddy Johnny in Denver - he lived in Las Vegas for years - and asked him where I could get the best lobster dinner in Vegas. "The Palm" burst out of his mouth before I finished asking the question. Thankfully The Palm is located at Caesars in their Forum Shops, so I walked over and got my table instantly. Lobster bisque and a 3lb lobster with the fix-ins was the order of the night. It was amazing. With dinner in the books before 9pm I knew I had at least one more Vegas adventure in me, so I called up Andrew and asked him to head over to take me downtown. I had never been to Freemont Street downtown. I've been in Las Vegas 9 times in the last 8 years, and never ventured that far north. Andrew dropped me at the door to Binion's - the birthplace of the World Series of Poker eons ago. I walked into the poker room, sat down at an empty seat, dropped $200 on the table and got my chips. I felt the history in this small room. Maybe 8-10 tables? Pictures of WSOP Champions past adorned the walls, and after taking a few minutes to drink in the history I focused on my table, my very weak opponents, and proceeded to take another $400 in profits away in a matter of 40 minutes. The dipshit to my right said something along the lines of "you know you gotta stay to give us a chance to get our chips back", which prompted a belly laugh from me. I stood up, said no thanks, and took all my chips off the table. I could have made more had I stayed, but I wanted to take in the light show on Freemont. I don't know why, 5 minutes into it I was on the phone to Andrew to come grab me from downtown. Nice place to visit, but I prefer the action and pace of the newer casinos. Andrew came and brought me home to Caesars. I knew I wouldn't see him again this trip, so we had a nice chat and parted ways. I packed up and went to bed. December 28 Time to leave and head home. I got to the airport only to find that my flight to Chicago was oversold (United, enough said). I was presented with an option of giving up my seat again. This time the reward was $600 in United vouchers, a flight to Chicago 2 hours later than my original plans, and a standby flight to Buffalo later that evening. I didn't want to spend the night in Chicago, which was a definite possibility, but when I arrived at the gate I saw that I was first on the standby list, which meant I would most certainly arrive home that night. They called my name, gave me my boarding pass, and I was off to Buffalo. I landed in Buffalo around 11:30pm. Tired and anxious to be home in Toronto, I caught the bus to the airport parking. It took a while to find my car, reason being the battery was completely dead and my alarm fob wasn't working. Now I had to wait another 15 minutes for a boost, and because my car alarm went off, the stereo was disabled until a code (at home) was entered. Yes, that means I made the tired 2 hour drive home in silence. All in all a great trip. I now had 24 hours to sleep, clean and do laundry before leaving for New York City.
  13. Thanks guys, knowing that I am inspirational to you is just a testament to the breadcrumbs Julia left with all of us.
  14. I'm actually quite the sap so I will leave this short and sweet. I want to genuinely thank, from the bottom of my heart, those that were there for Julia and me these last 9 days, which have felt like an eternity. For the ones here and abroad that provided "extra" assistance, you know who you are and I will never ever forget how much you came through for me. For those that I was only able to reach via open ramblings on the Intertronz and other unreliable technologies, I say thank you, too. And one last note. To those that picked up the phone and called me directly - after I most obviously intentionally posted my personal number for all to see - I say thanks for getting Julia and me. We were so lucky to have you in our lives, and now all of that luck belongs to me. A lot of fucked up shit happened to all of us in November, some more than most. Now, I hope I don't freak you out too much, but after starting November with escalating serious personal issues that did NOT have anything to do with my love, I posted the following to Facebook: [color:blue] Brian Sherman [color:gray]November 19 at 2:05pm Facebook Status Update Well, I was is such a happy and content place when the calendar flipped to December, that I forgot to change the locks, and that's because the house was open to everyone. I thank those that were able to attend, but I will be changing the locks today. On Monday I will be going to work in the morning, and in typical Basher fashion, I will be leaving early so I can enjoy a leisurely lunch before my flight to Los Angeles. I will be staying with family for a while, returning in time to do some laundry before other family convene in Las Vegas. Don't worry though, they have wifi on the beach, in the casinos and in my New York City hotel. Can't wait to get my hugs from the rest of you. Love and Happiness, Brian
  15. Julia's obituary will run in this Saturday's Toronto Star, and is also included in the following notice: http://bit.ly/JuliaMcAllister
  16. Yesterday morning I lost the love of my life. Julia brought smiles, laughs and love to every person and place she touched, including Jambands.ca. I know we are all already missing her dearly, but with the help of friends and family you'd be surprised at what you can get through. I appreciate the kind words and emails from other venues, but as I have said before, Jambands.ca is what brought Julia to me. I can never repay that debt, as I had almost 8 full years of love and laughter with my sweet "Prettyface". I believe plans are in the works for a Grossman's show where we can all continue to fulfill Julia's wishes of ensuring the celebration of life continues. I made the funeral services this morning, and they are as follows: Funeral services have been made at Turner & Porter at 2357 Bloor Street West, Toronto, at Windermere Avenue east of the Jane subway station. Visitation will be on Tuesday November 30 from 2-4pm and 6-9pm, with the Funeral Service on Wednesday December 1 at 3pm. I will post more details with a web address for updates later. Thanks for all your kind wishes and support. You have no idea how much it means to me.
  17. "Robert Plant and special guest North Mississippi Allstars take to the stage at Toronto’s Sony Centre For The Performing Arts for one night only: January 22, 2011! Joined by Patty Griffin on vocals; Darrell Scott on multi instrumentalist/vocals; Byron House on bass/vocals; Marco Giovino on drums and percussion/vocals, and co-producer Buddy Miller on guitar/vocals, this is the original touring band that appears on the record Band of Joy."
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