Memorial Day Chances

A chance for 29!

Just a quick post here. Hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Memorial Day Weekend. I spent most of it reading (finishedFire Season), relaxing and continuing to teach a little crib strategy to Rachel (my better half), seen here. After a sweltering day of humidity and intermittent showers, the breeze picked up and the evening cooled, inviting a few hours’ leisure on the porch. We poured a drink, enjoyed some homemade guacamole- and tabasco-soaked beef nachos, and whipped out the cribbage board. On one our last games, I just about jumped off the porch after seeing what I dealt Rachel.

She had the chance for 29! I dealt her the jack of spades and the three off-suit cards needed. As the odds of scoring 29 are about 1 in 216,000 or so, and I’ve never dealt it nor been dealt it, this was the closest either of us have been to it. We held our breath as the cards were cut–and not to be! An 8 showed up. Though she didn’t get a chance to count her 14 because I snuck out, it was still a great moment for us both and a wonderful way to help wrap up the weekend. She announced “I’m ready to start the lifetime count!” so we  dealt one more game.

1-0, Rachel’s lead.

PS–if you’re feeling generous, please share, vote, contribute, or simply say hi during next week’s Northern Spark event in the Twin Cities. I’ll be up all night playing cribbage in St. Paul, raising money for a local charity. Details here.

Puzzling Van Gogh & Cribbage at the Gunflint

After a starting a new job, finishing another year of grad school, landing a literary agent, and being named a finalist for a grant, Rachel and I decided it was time for a little R & R at the Gunflint Lodge, a northern Minnesota lake resort. Last weekend we drove a few hundred miles north from Minneapolis, up through our home town of Duluth, and further up Highway 61 (during Bob Dylan’s birthday weekend, no less) to the Gunflint Trail, just outside Grand Marais. We pulled into the Lodge on a beautiful Friday evening, dirtied our flip-flopped feet on the trail from the lodge to our cabin, and unloaded our physical and mental burdens for a brief time and embraced exhaustion.

We planned on cribbage. We didn’t plan on Van Gogh. Continue reading

Northern Spark – Pegging for Charity #2

I’m happy to say I’m confirmed for the Twin Cities Northern Spark event. From sundown June 4 (8:55 PM) to sunrise June 5 (5:28 AM), I’ll be playing cribbage in the Lowertown area of St. Paul, just outside the Black Dog Cafe. I’ll be joining the Art Shanty Projects.

More importantly, I will be raising money for a local charity; the charity in choice will be determined by Cribbageland voters on this site’s poll and the affiliate Facebook page, as well as live participants the night of the event.  I’m using a service called Fundrazr via Facebook, but you don’t need a FB nor Paypal account to donate. Please help us at Northern Spark and brighten someone else’s day–vote, donate, or just swing by and lay some 15s by the light of the moon, and see what else NS has to offer!

If you can’t join me in person, maybe you can in spirit–what’s your favorite midnight cribbage memory?