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Blackjack & Christmas Party
Tonight was the annual Christmas party at Bob & Diane's. But first, before I went I was playing Blackjack on my phone to kill time and came across this weird hand...

Dealer: A, 10 (21)
Me: 6, 2, 3, A, 5 (17)

So, I got a 5-card stud, and the dealer got 21... it said the dealer won. Is that right? I tried to look up Blackjack rules online but none of them even mentioned 5-card studs. Weird.

So anyway, then I was off to the party. I had hoped to leave by 6 to get there when it starts at 7. It would normally be a 40-minute drive but 10 inches of white stuff isn't normal (but it's great!) so I figured an hour.

Well I didn't get out the door 'til 6:30, but all the roads were pretty good. The expressways had a packed skin of snow on them so the lines were covered, so I wouldn't want to be driving it in tight traffic where I'd have to make any sudden movements, but going in a straight line at a steady speed was no problem. I made it there by about 7:10! I wasn't even going fast... 40-45mph most of the way. 55 in a few clear spots where there was nobody around me. Maybe my "normal" time was wrong and it's really only 30 minutes. I dunno, anyway, I was surprised I got there that fast at low speeds.

So there was caroling and food and decorating the tree as always. It was good to see a lot of my friends again. A lot of them left rather early though. Something about needing to be places in the morning. Pah! And 3 of the "regulars", I guess I'd call them, skipped out to go see Cyndi Lauper in town instead. But Ron and John swung by after the concert to say hi, even though all but Bob R. and I had left by then, which was around 11pm. Lindsay, the 3rd regular, went straight home. The slacker.

So, once Bob R. left, it was just Bob & Diane, Ron, John and myself. I played piano while Ron and John hung the tree ornaments we left for them to do. (Nobody leaves that party without singing and hanging an ornament on the tree.) Then after I played John's last request of Super Mario Brothers, he took off.

And then there were four, and somehow we managed to chat until it was 1:30! We talked about all sorts of topics from cultures of the world to our opinions of RIT's new Paley sculpture to the art of playing an instrument emotionally instead of mechanically.

So then Ron and I took off. I went home by way of Paul Rd where it loops around the south end of the airport, and got a good look at the runway lights and how they have strobes that flash in sequence pointing in the direction of the runway - so cool. :) And then driving home I had all of 590 and 104 to myself. Of course, who else would be on the road at 2am on a Monday morning? :-P

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The 5 card stud thing is usually a fun "house rules" sort of play. I've not seen any casinos that recognize it, although there may be some. If the dealer gets blackjack (unless you have a blackjack too) the hand is over, my friend. We used to call those "5 card charlies", FWIW.

stud, charlie, whatever. :)

Yeah, the game on my phone is just a single-player thing obviously so it's not like at a casino with a whole table of players and there's no splitting or doubling up or any of that fancy play. Just 2 buttons, "hit" or "stay", and "deal" or "quit". But it does honor those 5-card thingies.

I thought I remembered seeing the dealer beat me once when I got 21 and it got less but with 5 cards, but maybe I'm remembering wrong and I didn't really have 21, just a higher number. I know I've seen a dealer's 21 beat my own 21 though. I haven't detected any pattern as to whether it matters how the 21 is achieved (such as how many cards) or if it just always gives it to the dealer... But whenever I play I get the general feeling that the dealer is always favored. :-P

I usually can't do better than winning 1/3 of the hands. Sometimes I just get dealt a long string of 12s, which I hit into 22s and keep losing. You'd think that would be counteracted by the times I get dealt a long string of 21s, except that I don't win all those because if the dealer gets 21 too, I lose.

Interesting- in a regular casino, it can go either way on the tie hands. Some casinos favor the player and it's a push, meaning you get your bet back, but no winnings. Others you just plain lose your bet.

Gee, it's like you've been to Vegas lately and loved it or something. lol

Lately, no. I wish! But I did love it when I went and have spent a bit of time in Atlantic City :)

I thought you went like a year ago or something... because you didn't stop glowing about it until last month. *duck&run*

BWAAAHAA! I went not this past October but the last October. I still glow because I can't wait to go back! WHEEE! Viva Las Vegas!

Sounds like the party was fun. 1:30AM is late, no one else had work in the morning ether? Or are they just freaks that just need 4 hours of sleep? :>) I had work monday morning, and i was snowed into my house all sunday with just my dog to keep me company. I was actually briefly in rochester saturday, the day before....the weather was fine then....


Well maybe it was hard to follow my account of who was there at what time, but it was only Ron and I who were there with Bob & Diane 'til 1:30. John left around midnight or so, I think.

So....Ron, Bob and diane did not have anything in the morning?

Oh, they probably did. We just lost track of time in our deep conversations.

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