Your humble correspondent took the past two weeks off and is not really looking forward to rejoining the working world. While on vacation, I did the following things:
- Visited Eagles training camp
I found myself too exhausted to write up a full post this year about the experience because it was largely most of the same as last year, I looked through my pictures and couldn't come up with an inspired fake conversation between Mike Gibson and Fenuki Tupoi, and DeSean steadfastly refused to acknowledge my presence and my awesome Cal jersey. I did get a few props from people who recognized exactly what it was though.
- Won 97 bucks at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Which was nice, because it covered most of my spending for the trip up to Eagles camp and was only a ten minute drive away. I won 75 playing Three Card Poker, which is much more like Blackjack than poker, and offers worse odds than Blackjack. I like playing it more, because the last few times I've played I've been up big. It bears noting that the casino itself looks like a hollowed out warehouse (because it is) and doesn't have any table games, so the table games that they had were electronic versions, with video dealers. Which actually doesn't do the video dealers justice - the Asian dealer was hot. But the casino as a whole could use a lot of work before I want to actually go visit again. Maybe the hotel area will be up next year and they'll have more live entertainment or something.
- Threw out my back doing jump squats
I came down, walked around for a bit, did a couple hamstring exercises hoping my back would loosen up, and then realized it would probably be a good idea if I went and headed for my couch to lay down before I couldn't even walk that far.
- Had to cancel my plans to be an extra in the upcoming movie Just Wright because of my back problem
And just think, I would have gotten paid 79.25 to stand around for ten hours to watch the Nets beat the Heat.
Howard, Wade and Simmons all appear - along with numerous Nets folks from coach Lawrence Frank, team president Rod Thorn to trainer Tim Walsh - in the movie, "Just Wright" starring Queen Latifah and Common. It's a story about a player (Common) who blows out his knee and works with and falls in love with a trainer (Queen Latifah, not Walsh). Film is due out in 2010.
There were some 1,000 extras on hand today (yup, typical Nets crowd only they were real loud). One other real stretch is the Nets beat the Heat in the movie. "Hey, it happens," Wade insisted.
So how's your summer been?