August 8, 2006 - Please Bear With Me!!!! First off, I would like to thank everyone for the thoughtful responses I got regarding my last blog. To be honest with you all, when I wrote that blog about my friend Paul's passing, I hadn't realized the impact it may have on some of you reading it--I had hoped it would make some of you think about life and be appreciative of the simple or even "insignificant" things in your own life that you may have been taking for granted. I was so touched that my thoughts and words reached your hearts. I won't elaborate on what some of the responses to me were but you know what you wrote--thank you, you have no idea how comforting your words back to me made me feel. And for those of you that may be wondering, Paul's memorial was attended by over 300 people giving their respects and saying their last goodbyes. The service was heartfelt and touching--befitting a man of immense kindness and warmth. "Paul, I will miss you." In these past few days my mind has been going in a million different directions and my emotions like a roller coaster. I haven't been playing in the live games much and you all know that this years WSOP Events weren't in my favor. So I have been trying to focus all of my energy on business.... Which brings up the latest "happenings" with my store. Well just so you all know, I have been working on this project relentlessly everyday. Unfortunately, I got a few printed samples of my posters and the truth is, I was not happy with the paper quality. The way I see it, if you are willing to spend money on my products--"you will get your money's worth". I would not have it any other way--I just hadn't anticipated the delays that has been thrown my way. So please accept my deepest apologies and bear with me for a while longer...MY STORE WILL OPEN, I PROMISE! Thank you all for your patience, I will keep you updated. Lastly, with everything going on with me personal and business wise, I have decided I am way overdue for a vacation! I will be taking some "me" time for the next two weeks or so. I will be enjoying the sun and basking in it's warmth. I will be cooling down and washing off the beads of sweat in the clear blue waters. I will be enjoying gourmet meals and sinfully indulging myself with the sweetest desserts. I will be dancing the night away under the star filled sky. Oh wait....haven't I been doing all of that for the past two months in Vegas??? Yes, but there is one BIG difference......."NO POKER!!!!" Now that is what I mean by "vacation". lol So please don't be surprised if you don't get another blog from me for the next two weeks. I can't tell you where I'm going, well I could....but then I'd have to...well you know how that saying goes. j/k But I will tell you all about it when I get back and I will have PLENTY of pictures to share with you. Also again, I really am sorry about the delay in my Store--but FYI, that is the ONLY business I will be working on while I'm away. I'm as anxious to get it open as I hope many of you are. Take Care Everyone! :-)