A-K offsuit lost to J-J [all-in preflop].
A-2 diamonds win against 10-10 [flush - all-in. Flop of two diamonds and an Ace - he picked up a Ten on the turn, I got a diamond on the river].
A-3 flopped A-3-6, won.
A-Q off lost to 8-9... stupid call on flop of 4-5-8 rainbow.
Not such a bad call on 10-J suited, flop of Q-A-5. I bet, he raised, I called. Turn card - King, I made a straight. I bet, he raises, I raise back. He calls. River card - another A. I bet. He raises. He obviously has an Ace... but does he have more? I was positive he couldn't have a Q or K - he wasn't betting pre-flop, and he was obviously betting on the A flop. Maybe A-5? Nah. He probably thinks I picked up my second pair on the turn - Queens and Kings - and now thinks his trip-Aces are gold. I go all-in. He calls. I show my straight; he shows his Aces full of Fives. Ugh.
This is a woman who worked until she was 87, and was annoyed when her job finally cut her hours to zero. She drank only Coke for 80 years - plus an ounce of orange juice with her pills in the morning - and nothing else. No water, no juice save that ounce, no anything. She hates Pepsi, and would survive with RC in most restaurants. She would call up my parents every Tuesday to remind them to get her another pack of Coca-Cola bottles for her, she's "running out". Finally last year her doctor told her she can't have it anymore, and she's drinking
Until last Pesach, she would go almost every Pesach to Israel - on her own. When I was there, she came Chanukah
There are positive signs, however: Surprisingly, Ms. Independent is all for it - she recognizes that she's lonely most of the day and that she just can't do most of the things she used to anymore. She even asked - to my parents' pleasant surprise - during the interview at the home whether there are activities, and how would she know where they are and when. And of course, I'm sure she'll make sure they don't interfere with Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, or 60 Minutes.
It will be weird to lose that good-bye ritual my siblings and I always had: Kissing her cheek, waving by the door, at the bottom of the steps, from the middle of the driveway, and from the end of the driveway, as she stands at the door waving back. But I guess she'll wave us down the halls of Menorah Park instead.
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