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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gambling...
« on: August 26, 2003, 09:06 AM »
That sounds like it might be one of the places on the North end of the strip.  Those are the older places, generally.  Pretty much from the Stratosphere north.

Also, those table rates are probably only in effect on weekdays.  Weekend table rates tend to be higher in Vegas and Atlantic City as a general rule.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: AOTC Preview Clone Trooper
« on: August 25, 2003, 10:53 PM »
I wish I could set them all up right now.  I've run out of room, and half of my army is in boxes right now.

This is a great figure.  It's a good likeness, and a good sculpt.  Could it have more articulation?  Sure.  But I actually like the blast feature, too.

Another cool thing about this figure is this:  you can pose him sitting in the forward hatches of the Republic Gunship in an interesting way.  You can have him sitting in that hatchway as a kind of door-gunnner, and it looks pretty cool.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: SAGA Army-Builder 3-pks?
« on: August 25, 2003, 10:50 PM »
I think  I'd rather see a more articulate basic Scout Trooper than a pre-posed group of 3 Scout Troopers.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: August 25, 2003, 10:49 PM »
My sympathies.  My nephew is crazy about the Wiggles, but I just don't get it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Class Reunions
« on: August 25, 2003, 10:48 PM »
I skipped mine.  First, I had to work.  Second, I wasn't really fond of a lot of the people in my school.  It was way too clique-ish back then, and I didn't really feel like revisiting that.

On a similar note, my 10th College reunion is coming up next year.  I might go to that one, although I haven't decided for certain.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2003
« on: August 25, 2003, 10:45 PM »
I can't believe the way injuries are already affecting this season, and there's still a week of preseason left.  Whoa!

I just gotta keep my fingers crossed that the G-Men can stay healthy, and take it to each and every team we face.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: TTT DVDs (and other ripoffs)
« on: August 25, 2003, 10:44 PM »
My take is this:

It's the theatrical version.  I'd like to have that.  Also, the extras are markedly different on each version.  The extra's on the theatrical version won't be available on the extended version.

So, I'll be buying both, and those are my reasons why.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gambling...
« on: August 25, 2003, 10:42 PM »
I've been to Vegas once, and Atlantic City a number of times.  I usually play blackjack, and the occassional machine, and that's it.  Some key tips?

Only gamble money that you can afford to lose.  In fact, think of it as spending money, and that's it.  It's money that you're using for entertainment, and no more.  If you start using money that you might need for something else (hotel, rental car, rent, etc), then you've got a problem.

As for winning and losing...both happen.  The odds favor the house, otherwise they wouldn't be in the casino business.  I've won big and lost big.  There are definitely some rules that you should keep in mind.

-Don't play poker.  Only play poker with people you know.  Otherwise, you could be walking into a setup, where several people could be playing in a cooperative fashion.  If that happens, they could really taje you for a ride.

-If you play blackjack, learn basic strategy.  Also, playing at more expensive tables is usually better.  Why?  Because fewer players means fewer variables in terms of what cards get drawn, and patterns in the cards are a little easier to pick up on.  And finally, in blackjack, if you win a hand, don't stay at the same bet level.  Increase your bet with some of the money you just won in the previous hand.  This is called progressive betting, and will help you win if your luck and the cards hold out.

-One last tip:  if you win, and you've made 10% or more of your bankroll in your winnings:  walk away.  Call it a day, and spend it on a meal, or something nice, and quickly.

That's gambler's 101 according to Nicklab.  Hope I could be of help.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: AOTC Preview Clone Trooper
« on: August 25, 2003, 10:28 PM »
I've got in the neighborhood of 40.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: ...I like Starship Troopers...
« on: August 24, 2003, 03:19 PM »
It's no Oscar winner, but it was decent.  Especially as a DVD bargain bin buy.  I own it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Interesting Websites
« on: August 24, 2003, 03:05 PM »
I've checked myself and all my family members on this one:  Death Clock

When is your death suppose to take place?  Mine is February 9, 2046.  I would be very happy if I made it 70 years of age.

Mine did not come up with a date I was happy with.  Time to make some SERIOUS life changes

Other Toy Lines / Re: Why Do You Collect?
« on: August 24, 2003, 02:57 PM »
Two words:  It's fun!

**edit-Boy, that answer makes me seem like a simple S.O.B., doesn it?

Other Toy Lines / Re: I'm here to help
« on: August 24, 2003, 02:56 PM »
I would like to add a few wants to this gracious offer of yours Chris.  :)

Star Wars:
Any and all of the Clonetrooper 3-packs
CW Jedi 3-pack

McFarlane baseball figs:
Mariners A-Rod
Indians Jim Thome
Blue Jays Clemens

Chuckles, I've got an extra A-Rod.  Do you have anything up for trade?

I'm only missing a few Action Fleet pieces, and the TIE Defender is one of them.  Hopefully I'll be able to score it at some point.  I never saw it at retail, along with the E-Wing.  So, it's on my short list of Action Fleet that I'm looking for.  That includes....

TIE Defender
Remote Controlled AT-AT
EPISODE I Series Alpha Droid Starfighter
Series Alpha Cloud Car
Hoth Base with Rebel Snowspeeder
SAGA Republic Assault Ship
SAGA Republic Gunship
SAGA Slave I

Power of the Jedi / Re: Force Files?
« on: August 22, 2003, 03:12 PM »
I store mine in baseball card storage sheets.  They're a clear plastic, and can be put in a binder.  You can fit 12 or 16 on each sheet.

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