Playing Poker, Seeing An Arron Lewis Conert, & More Poker! (KY-IN) “DAY 284” – 4/14/11

April 17, 2011 - 12:20 pm - (KY-IN) “DAY 284” - Week 42 - State 38

Sorry I’m behind but it has been a fun-filled and wild past couple of days, so I haven’t had time to write or do anything except go after life the only way I know how... broke, but with a smile! 🙂

Thursday At The Horseshoe
When I woke up this morning, I knew I had to get stuff done before I got kicked out of my room. (I had writing to do, pictures to upload, and all my cloths to pack and organize.)

Since I knew I’d need more time than my 12:30 pm late-checkout, I asked the maid if she could do my room last and she said no problem.  Thank you! (She also told me that by 2 pm though, the hotel desk will send somebody up to check the room to make sure it’s empty.)

Writing Until I Get Kicked Out Or Not?
From the moment I woke, I was doing so much stuff that time just flew by and before I knew it, it was 2 pm.  Then, as expected, a lady showed up at my door and asked me to leave.  I told her I might be getting my room comped again and could I stay a few more minutes.  She told me yes, but by 3 pm my CC would be charged if I was still there.

Knowing my time was limited, I decided to call the casino host who comped my room last night to see if there was anything she could do for tonight. (I didn’t expect to get a room (again) as I am small time player who only plays in the poker room.)

But... luck must of been on my side as after a sincere conversation, the host comped me for one more night at the hotel.  Whew!  That was a close one. 🙂  And.... not only did I get one more night at the hotel, but I also got two comped tickets to a concert that’s going on here tonight at the Horseshoe (Arron Lewis of Staind).  Nice!

Time For Some Poker
Once I found out that I had a room for the night, I decided to go back to the poker room that hasn’t been all to kind to me. 🙁  I have no choice as my money is running low and I need to win some back or else my trip is gonna end soon anyway.  It’s must win time!

Walking To The Poker Room
As I was walking to poker room (which is about 1/4 to a 1/2 mile from the hotel room), I noticed outside a window that the water around the hotel was rising.  Then, as I was looking at the engulfed parking lot, a security guard told me that everybody in the hotel might be evacuated if the water level rises another 3 feet..

F.Y.I. - This casino is a boat which sits on the water and the hotel is located as close as it can be to the boat.  They had to build it on bedrock which was/is a 1/2 mile-ish away,thus the long walk.  The problem is... that when the water rises from storms, it can still flood the hotel if it reaches 55 feet, we were at 52 feet I guess.

Playing Poker Anyway
With only $75 in my wallet, I had no choice but to play 3-6 limit hold’em.  The reason for that is, you need $100 to start to sit in a 1-2 NL game and only $30 to play 3-6 limit.  Got it. 🙂

SInce it was a limit game, it’s hard to give a play-by-play of every hand because everybody calls you down to the river (on every hand).  So, your cards just need to hold up (if you play tight) or you need to catch on the river if you’re chasing.

That being said, I played for 2 hours and when I got up from the table... I had won $82 dollars back from the money I lost yesterday.  Nice!  It’s only a small win but it a win none-the-less!  Woo Hoo! 🙂

Arron Lewis Of Staind Concert
After I finished playing poker, I had about one hour before the Arron Lewis concert began at the Showroom here inside the Horseshoe.  And, as I mentioned earlier, I have two comped tickets for his concert tonight.  All I had to do was go down to the will call window and pick them up.  Woo Hoo!

Another Crazy Coincidence On This Trip
Although there have been many ridiculous coincidences on this trip: from meeting a band called the The Roosters who was playing North Dakota when I was there to the Steelers playing the Super Bowl when I was in Dallas to meeting former WVU basketball Ricky Robinson in Boise, Idaho to a million different examples... you get the point. 😉

I mention all that because tonight another one of those wild occurrences happened.  Ya see, I’m not a big music fan when it comes to buying it, knowing people names who sing in bands, or anything like that (my knowledge in that area of my brain goes to sports). 😉

Anyway, what makes this concert so wild to me is that for the past 284 days Aaron Lewis of Staind is the artist who’s song I’ve listened to the most on this trip. (Also 3 of his songs are in my top 20 most played list as well.)

My point is, before I saw his poster on the wall here at the Horseshoe, I couldn’t have told you who the lead singer was for Staind if you offered me a million dollars to do so.

So, since my trip is unfortunately coming to an end soon (unless something else unexpected happens), it was just so crazy to me that the lead singer of what is favorite band this year is playing where I happen to be at!  So wild! 🙂

Finding My Seats
Right before the concert was about to begin at 7:30 pm, I walked down to the Showroom, got my tickets, and headed into the venue. (I’m not with anybody although I do have an extra ticket to the show.)

Anyway, when I entered the concert hall, it was semi-big as there were about 2,000 seats on the floor and even more upstairs in the balcony level. (I never went up there so I don’t know how many people were seated upstairs.)

I hadn’t even looked at my tickets yet so I had no idea where I would seated, but as it turned it out... I had two 5th rows seats positioned dead center of the stage!  Oh yeah!  How lucky am I? 🙂

Meeting People Around Me Before The Concert
I was so pumped to be at this concert as I have already told you this is my favorite singer right now (although I didn’t even know his name before the show started). 😉  So, as I was waiting for it to begin, I started to talk whoever was around me about the show we were about to see.

Although I talked with a bunch of people, seated directly behind was “Big Sexy” and a bunch of his friends (I think).  They were as excited to see this show as I was as they were all big Arron Lewis fans and knew everything about him.  (Right: Big Sexy and Jason?)

Like I said before, I know nothing except I like his music. (I don’t even know the names of the songs I like although I can sing every word of all of them.)  Funny how music works, huh? 😉

Arron Lewis Takes The Stage
I know I keep repeating this but I know so little about music except for the words to the songs that I like that I didn’t even know it was Arron Lewis when he first took the stage. (I thought it was one of his roadies setting up his guitar.) LOL 😉

Obviously though, as soon he grabbed the mic and started to talk, I knew it was him and not some roadie.   And let me tell you this... this guy can seriously belt out some tunes!  His voice was unreal as he could sing any genre of music while doing it well.  Did I just say well... I meant to say unbelievable! 🙂

The Concert Begins
From the first note of the first song he sang, I knew was in for the best show I had seen all year as far as music goes. (Gaelic Storm who I saw in Boise was as much as fun you could have at any concert when it comes to drinking and partying.) (left: Me, Gaelic Storm, Ricky Robinson.) 🙂

Anyway, I still don’t know the names of his songs, but he sang one of his hits first and then followed it up with the country song that Rascal Flatts made popular (although they didn’t write it).

F.Y.I. - I know nobody in Rascal Flatts wrote it because Arron said the name of the guy who wrote the song before he sang it (Jeff Something, maybe).  Oh yeah, the song is “What Hurts The Most”.

Another Wild Coincidence
The fact Arron Lewis picked that specific song to sing (that wasn’t his) is just so amazing to my trip because that’s the song I have listened to the 2nd most this year (besides his).  It’s just so amazing how things work out sometimes!

Also, he sang it better than I have heard except for the fact he messed up the lyrics in the first verse and he knew it. 😉 (I know he realized it because he slapped his guitar in frustration when it happened and I actually thought he was gonna start over.)

The Concert Rolls On
A few songs later (all were amazing by the way), Arron talked to the audience for a bit before he brought out his former bus driver and current guitar/keyboard/everything musician to play with him on stage. (I don’t remember his name either.)  Sorry, big fella! (By the way, he was great too!)

A Medley Of Old School Hits
After playing a few songs with his buddy, Arron randomly bust out singing a collage of old time hits from every different genre. (This is why I mentioned earlier he can sing any type of music.)

Although I do not recall all the songs he sang during this medley, I do remember hearing  “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper, some “Guns N’ Roses”, a country song by George Jones, and much much more!  It was a awesome range of vocals as he nailed every song!  Simon would have even gave a standing ovation! 😉

His Popular Songs
When he was done singing the free-for-all of songs, he went right into all the songs that made him famous.  The funny thing is that when I got here all I wanted to hear was the few songs I listen to almost everyday, but by this point in the concert I’d listen to him sing anything.  He’s that talented!

Anyway, before he sang the song “It’s Been Awhile” he told us (the crowd) the story of how when he used to sing it when he was just a cover song singer (that’s how he knew all those sings he sang during the medley), nobody would even listen.  That’s when people would get beers, start conversation, etc... (This went on for 6 years.)

The beauty of it is... there wasn’t a person in the whole venue that wasn’t singing along when he played it.  The satisfaction he must get when he plays that song must be overwhelming!

He never gave up, he knew he had talent, and this is his reward: 1000’s of people singing along to the lyrics nobody would even listen to!  Congratulations on living your dream brother!  Your music, story, and determination is a lesson I’ll take with me as I move forward in life’s journey.  Thank you!

I Almost Catch A Pick
After Arron sang his last song which he sang without the mic (it was awesome), he tossed the pick he just used in the crowd.  As I already told you, I was sitting dead center just 5 rows from the stage, so the pick was tossed directly at me.

The problem... the pick was small and moving fast so I could see where it landed.  We (the people around me and I) thought it actually landed in this girls purse who was right in front of me but as it turned out... it was on the floor right beside me the whole time!  (Some guy grabbed it while I was looking in front of me.) Damn! 😉

The Concert Ends
Once the concert ended (no more enchores), I stayed in my seat for a little bit to see if I could hand Arron a Rooster card so he can check out my site and see what I’m doing.  Well, that moment never happened so I handed my card to a roadie and asked him to pass it on.

Either way, I just saw one of the best concerts I have ever since (vocally).  I personally would recommend his music and live show to anybody who enjoys hearing a great artist perform.  He was that good! 🙂

Playing Poker Again
Up until this point in my day (10:30 pm), I have had an amazing time as everything had gone my way. (I got another room for the night, won $82, and saw the best concert I have seen all year long.) Well... things were about to change for the worse! 🙁

I knew should haven’t press the panic button and forced my self to play poker when my gut said to have a few drinks and enjoy the rest of the night, but my wallet said I needed more money... so I went to poker room for another session before bed.

Losing What I Won
The story could be a long one but I’ll just get to the dollars and cents of it.  I played 3-6 limit again for about 4 hours and when it was all said and done, I had lost the $82 I had won earlier in the day.

At one point, I was even down the $82 plus the original $75 I had left in my wallet and had to make another ATM withdrawal ($200).  But luckily for me, I won back the $75 I was actually down for the day and called it a night. (I only have $100 left in my bank account.)

A Donation Comes In From My Mom
When I got back to my room, I was still frustrated from losing back the money I had won earlier in the day.  Ahhh!  Why couldn’t of I just enjoyed a perfect day! 🙁

But then I checked my email and realized that I had received some money in donations.  (Unreal how things always happen at the right time for me.)  Anyway, for the first time this year, my Mom (who doesn’t have much money) sent me a $150 donation!  Wow!

After speaking with her first thing in the morning to thank her, she told me that for the first 10 weeks she didn’t believe in me, but after that, she put aside $5 a week to send to me when she thought I would need it most.

Well... there I was 31 weeks later and in desperate need, so I figured now was as good a time as any to her.  The only thing I said to my Mom other than thank you was... It took you 10 weeks to start believing in your own son!  LOL 😉

My Junior Year Prom Date Donates To Me
Backtracking in donations a little bit, I got a $100 donation from my old prom-date from high school (Heather) about 2 weeks ago and didn’t have time to write about it.  So to Heather:  Thank you so much for helping out, I sincerely appreciate it! 🙂 (It’s already spent though.) (Right: Heather is in the middle.)

Calling It A Night
Even though the donation from my Mom added money to my trip, I still went to bed feeling a little down as I thought about my finances, the bills I have to pay at the end of the month, and the amount of days I have left.  The math just doesn’t work out.

I’m aware it never did, but I had time to worry about what my next step was.  Whereas now, I feel like I’m approaching a bridge that’s missing a big section and I have to figure out a way to get across.

The main problem is... I’m not walking up to that bridge with Bear Grylls (survival expect), I’m running up to that bridge with a tiger chasing me!

Thanks for reading!

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  1. Dad says:

    Joy, nice gift but 10 weeks b-4 you believed
    in our Rooster. That’s why I’m the Mesiah !!!!
    Great read even with the loss.

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