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Three houses in three counties…that’s what we’re down to.  I pretty much think we’re looking at East Fishkill (Dutchess) and Patterson (Putnam) but won’t rule out Yorktown Heights (Westchester).  All three homes would be great, but the Patterson home is closest to the train station (3.7 miles and 5 minutes) versus (23.1 miles and 25 minutes) East Fishkill.  Now it’s a matter of settling on offers and negotiating prices.  New York is vastly different than Georgia when it comes to buying a house.  You can make multiple offers in New York and walk away after making one, whereas in Georgia, your offer is a binding contract.  Getting close.

Patterson, New York house

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I recall my first one…well, only one for that matter.  It was off the bat of 1983 AL Rookie of the Year (any one remember?).  Yes, of course you remember this Chicago White Sox player.  Not it was not Harold Baines….nor Rusty Kuntz….and am sure that was your second guess.  Yes, it was Ron Kittle.  Ah, where is Ron these days?  It was a ball that bounce off the pavement and then to the ground and I dove on it like the zealous 14 year old that I was at the time that summer of ’84.  I can still recall the weight upon me with probably 4-5 grown men upon me, I felt like an unfortunate visitor to some Northern Californian toga party.  Ahem.  I remember the lit cigarette butt roaming around my head and swearing to myself I’d never let go of this ball.  This may be the only one I’d get for the next 25 years!

Twenty-Five years later the allur of going all out for a foul ball has worn off.  But c’mon…if something came your way, you’re going to go for it right?  Well, what about if it was to give it to your kid?  Or at least protect him.  You’d not want spilled beer or a 300 pould guy…or gal (trust me there were several New York woman that could play for the Atlanta Falcons right now) trampling your 4-year old. 

So there we were,…time to go, we were leaving after the 7th inning stretch.  He was starting to get agitated and definitely ‘ready’, and there’s my boy Jason Varitek batting from the left side off the righty Mike Mussina.  1-1 count and there it comes….it was going to overshoot me….and thanks to the Boston fan for making it deflect back to me…both arms outstretched and grasped in mid air.  My son….not too bad…sitting by my side to my right out of harms way only losing his spray water bottle and losing the batteries out of it.  Everyone congratulating me and my handing the ball to my son, his going….’no thank you’.  At least he was polite, but he didn’t get it….nor the day.  But that’s ok.  I redeemed myself after 25 years and stuck it to Mr. Varitek again….(I out-bid Jason on a Mickey Mantle ball years ago at a Georgia Tech Fund Raiser).

Foul ball

Foul ball

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Yankees 3, Red Sox 2.  The score did not matter although it was nice to see a Yankees win.  We left after the 7th inning stretch and ‘Take Me Out To the Ballgame’ and ‘God Bless America’.  He was starting to lose it a little, but c’mon…he’s not even four yet.  So yes, this meant more to me than him but it was well worth the hassle of driving into the City, etc.  Great seats thanks to big sis, Championship Box seats about 20 yards deep into left field and 20 rows deep.  A glorious 78 degree sunny day in the City.  Jason Giambi homered but 10 minutes after we left to tie the game at 2 all and he singled in the winning run against the Red Sox closer in the bottom of the 9th.

The highlight though was just before we left a foul ball heading our way and seemingly going to overshoot me….pummels off a Sox’ fans hands (thanks for breaking the blow) and both my hands grasping the ball…sweet.

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I don’t know….would you???

Mmmm...yummee!

Mmmm...yummee!

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When you play mediocre hands, you’re asking for trouble.  Of course at times, any two cards can pay off, but largely playing such hand can get you into trouble.  Had I had $1,000 in front of me during this hand, this would have been disastrous….or would it?

Playing in my game this past weekend, I’m in middle position and make a decent raise to $15 (1/3 game) with a modest A,10 after one limper called before me.  Player on my left who can be conservative at times, and then aggressive other times, ponders and I can see contemplating a raise.  He smooth calls and three of us to the flop.  Flop comes a pretty solid A,J,10 for me with two hearts.  First player checks and I continuation bet $30, hoping player on my left has AK and of course dreading AJ.  Both players call.  Hm.  Next card is a crappy Q of hearts, making both a straight or flush for someone.  First player now bets out, but only $20.  $20?  Into about a $140 pot?  It’s worth me calling for my boat and getting paid off.  Player behind me calls too.  River’s a gorgeous ‘A’ making me Aces Full of Tens.  First player sinks in his seat and now checks, and I bet out $100 into a $200 pot.  Only issue is the player behind me mulls and now raises another $100 (I had $95 left).  First player mucks, but in somewhat disbelief (later stating he had a King high flush).  I know I’m beat, but how I can I fold for only $95.  If he had pocket jacks or tens, I win…but likely especially with the way he played it, he assuredly had AJ or AQ.  I call and he turns over AQ.  Ugh.  Just simply a beat and that’s the way the cards fall some times. 

Interesting had the first player bet out $100 into a $140 pot, he’d have likely taken it down.

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Two tables, plus a spare, 2,500 ceramic professional poker chips, two LCD tv’s plus a plasma, drop down lighting, dozens of decks of cards.  For just a shade over a half million dollars.

 

...you have to supply the donkeys...

...you have to supply the donkeys...

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Well, we finally got our home listed.  It was a tough choice to select an agent.  We settled on Mary Ann Harrell who coincidentally lives in our neighborhood.  Time will tell how well she does for us.  We met with seven agents altogether, while most meet with two before selecting an agent.  Again, there were some very good agents and a couple of average ones that we did not think would represent us well.  So, I’ll update the process as I’m sure there will be some good stories as all sorts of individuals will be trucking through the home.  One will buy it….when, we do not know.  Only time will tell.

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