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Posted: September 13th, 2014, by ray zee

this time of the year some places are sweltering and some cool.

in montana its been both.l but with fall arriving ive picked most of my apples and plums. got lots of chokecherries and elderberries and made plenty of fresh jelly and jam for next year. those are my two favorites for jam. oh forgot about oregon grape jelly that might be number one.

getting food off the land is an old thing. i like it that way.

 

 

 


Posted: September 9th, 2014, by ray zee

todd has started his tournament and school in bigfork this week. it lasts a week.

he has quite a following of players that come up for the nice montana scenery and play poker. usually there is a game plus some tournament or satellites for one.

its held at the marina so a nice spot to say the least. a good mix of montana players, out of state players and those that came up from vegas.


Posted: September 6th, 2014, by ray zee

some people learn things very quickly. thats my friend pavel. we rib him all the time as he is an import and still has trouble getting all the words right.

but remarkably he speaks english very well. also he learned to golf in two years and is shooting below par on many days and in tough local tournaments.

poker also. right now he is one of the better players in town and our town has very good players. who knows what he will pick up next.


Posted: September 5th, 2014, by ray zee

fall is in the air in much of the north country. since its after labor day. sometimes we get an indian summer with the added warm days sometimes not.

anyway best time of the year to start going out for walks or drives. the foliage is starting to turn in areas and animals are out and about eating to put on weight for the winter.

fishing gets good again after the heat has gone and water temps go down.

overall a fun time of the year for me.

 

 


Posted: September 2nd, 2014, by ray zee

update on the two new guys from vegas that are playing in kalispell. jason and alan are doing well. although they both steam when stuck they also seem to recover well. sunday night though alan was ahead a thousand and managed to blow it off plus another two i think. jason won about a grand but half of it was because someone overlooked their hand and gave him a bunch of money. i like to make them aware of it at every opportunity in the game.

its fun playing with them as they have loosened up after getting to know the crew around here and they handle themselves fine.

i told them where to go visit in glacier national park on their visit here. they went today but i didnt tell them they were in grizzly bear areas where i sent them to hike.

i might feel bad if they get eaten. although it may help the games.

i will also give a shout out to jasons dad as he reads this stuff i post sometimes i hope.


Posted: August 28th, 2014, by ray zee

the thunderbirds are putting on an airshow this weekend at the airport.

every bunch of years they come here and its a big thing for the community.

today they are practicing right over my house. flying by at supersonic speeds and just above by a few hundred feet my treeline.

kind of scary watching them as they appear long before you hear them and suddenly you hear the loadness as they are on top of you.

anyway i got ringside seats for free.


Posted: August 25th, 2014, by ray zee

So the two fish that Todd brought up from Vegas turned out to be pretty good guys. Mind you they are not pretty though. I have to admit both play mixed games very well. Even a little better than Todd brunson does.

Alan and Jason are likely to be in Montana another month or until their money goes to me. So far they are doing okay against me but I am setting them up for the kill. :)

Let’s see how they do in Todd’s tournament.


Posted: August 24th, 2014, by ray zee

this past week we got blasted with rain every day. it was really good for all the trees and animals. july was very dry after a wet june. now it seems it will be cool for awhile which is the kind of temps i like to be in.

the june rains helped the huckleberry crop and the pickings have been good. some say the best they can remember. today went out in the mountains and did quite well finding the easy to pick berries. which are related to blueberries but much tarter and flavorful. that is why the sell for 40 bucks a gallon ziplock bag full.

also found enough elderberry bushes to ensure plenty of my favorite jam for the year.


Posted: August 23rd, 2014, by ray zee

well he came back up to montana again. Todd Brunson of course. he comes up every summer to get away from vegas for a few months. so does his dad some years.

todd likes to drink so we usually get a good nights drinking at least one time on his trip. i do beer or scotch and he downs a fair share of vodka. only played cards with him once so far as he is getting stuff done at his house and probably speeding around on flathead lake in his boat.

todd also catches me up to speed on some of the gossip i miss out on.

he also has a tournament in bigfork and some come from all around the country to play there. sounds good.

he also has brought up two fish from vegas for me to take off in the poker games. more on them later on.    bye, bye


Posted: August 9th, 2014, by ray zee

i had a tough time last night in the tournament i played.

each time i had a good spot it got wiped out or someone made some move which prevented my gaining. or after a bunch of rounds the blinds were getting close to me having to make some moves.

well i had the big blind and 5 people came in the pot limping. at this game they also limp sometimes with good hands when they shouldnt. except for the first player in i was reasonably sure no one was likely to call my all in if i made that play.

the play seemed like a no brainer and it back fired as the first guy called it and all other went out. he had aces and sent me packing for the night.

still it was the right play as i needed to get chips and this spot looked like an easy place to get some.