Friday, September 04, 2015

Okie-Vegas A Rednecks Tale – Part 1 – The Cast

The royal family – holding court over Okie-Vegas for the past 10 years.

Gary – Gcox – Cox

Gary is always great fun to hand out with. I think when they invented the word “Good-Ole-Boy” they fashioned it after him. He sat in the Captain’s chair, surrounded by all of us schlubs and a fortress of Keystone Light cans and just ruled the court, not with fear or intimidation, but with a great smile and some really cool stories. It was fun to finally meet Brown Dawg one of the best chocolate labs ever!
It just really speaks to Gary’s character that he opens up his house to over 15 people and puts them up for 3-4 days. He feeds them until they puke from too much food. He liquors them up till the puke in dizzy awesomeness (No puking this year so that was cool too!). He just loves to share his life with his friends be it golfing, hunting, fishing, or just shooting the shit. Really great guy to be around.

Sean – Tragedy – Donahue

Sean is always an inspiring person to be around. He always thinks about other people and what they need before himself. Sometimes he seems a little sappy, but when you really listen to him you can learn a hell of a lot about life. He has one of the best hearts of anyone I know. Just knowing some of what he went through with his divorce.. and then seeing how he was willing to open his heart up again to potential (not gonna happen) heartbreak and pain after that just shows what a loving person he is. Personally I am NEVER getting married again but it was great to see how happy he is with Jo.

Shawn – Orange is the New Black (OSU) – Sparks

Sean was awesome this weekend. He made MULTIPLE 1.5 hours trips from Okie-Vegas central to pick up people at the airport, myself included (twice, will get to that story later). He let me stay at his beautiful house all day Monday while I waited for my flight. Shawn is one of the guys who I have played more Poker with than just sat down and talked. It was cool to see how much he loves and defends his friends. I also was impressed by how industrious he is. He has a zillion things going on. You might hear his southern drawl and figure he just hangs out and lets life happen.. but he is driven to succeed. It was great to be able to eat at his fine dining establishment and get a little more insight about the man.

The Queen Bee’s, proving Bloggers marry WAYYY up.

Carrie – Queen Bee - Cox

I did not get to spend as much time with Carrie as I wish I could. I did spend some time at her card table.. and I was fortunate enough to be knocked out by her too.. She took my Patriot’s bounty! She has to be a special person to allow all of Gary’s weird poker buddies swarm her house for Okie-Vegas! Her hospitality was awesome and the food was great! Mucho thanks to you Carrie!

Lisa – Not a Chance Waffles – Sparks

It was great to hang out with Lisa over the weekend. She always is quick with a gusty laugh and a quick hug. She is also gorgeous which does not hurt. I had no idea that Shawn and Lisa were my age. I have no idea what I did wrong in this aging thing but those two look 10-20 years younger than their actual ages. I had a great time drinking and chatting with her. On my bonus Monday I got to hang out with her a little bit too before she dropped me off at the airport. I always knew she was attractive and friendly – but I never realized how smart she really is. Whatever direction her life ends up taking her I am sure she will be successful. She also has great taste in movies. Shawn you better go see Rocky Horror Picture Show – worst case, you hate it, and you get to throw toilet paper and shaving cream!

Jo – Obey Me Tragedy – Donahue

I did not get as much time to chat with Jo but man is she a strong woman. I do not mean that she can bench press Tragedy’s weight.. but strong in herself and knowing what she wants and going after it. She is the nicest person in the world but she also respects you – and herself - enough to tell you what she thinks. Some people might think that is abrasive or forward but I think it is awesome! I can see how happy she has made Sean and anyone who does that has to be a special person. Hopefully next year we get some more one-on-one time.

The Rest of the Court

Michael – The closer (EasyCure) – Preedin

First I have to say – I am sooooo sorry I put the Waffles cooler on you. The first day I arrived at Okie-Vegas I stated out loud (that really was my only sound level at that point in the night) that I thought Michael had the best chance to win the whole thing. This had to be the kiss of death for him. I said this though because I had played online against him A LOT and respected his game. Not that other people had sucky games – it was just his seemed to make the most sense to me.
One of the best parts of Okie-Vegas this year was to get to know the man behind the cards a lot better. It is kind of funny because on the surface of things we do not have all that much in common. We have different political, religious, and marriage views (I am totally against and he just got married! Gratz!). However we were the ones who bookended the days in Okie-Vegas. We were last ones to bed (except one time when we woke up Bam, then went to bed before he came out, and then he sat out there alone cursing us! Heh). I am not even sure what we talked about.. pretty much everything. I really had a great time hanging out with him. Despite all our differences we had no problem having intelligent conversations (well, the booze might have hurt that) and having a great time no matter what we talked about. The fact so many people who are so different can come together and be brothers is one of the great things about Okie-Vegas.

Mark – Bam Bam - Remon

Bam is a really great guy.. So laid back and Canadian ehh? The guy just came off pulling a one outer on death himself .. and yet he drives a zillion miles from Canada to hang out with his friends, drink, and have fun! Him and Pebs just live life with gusto and do the things they want. They were saying that their preferred mode of travel is to not make any reservations because they might see that “Have to stay” place on the way! I always enjoy my times with the bammer!

Karen – Pebbles - Remon

Karen is friggen awesome! I mean I knew that before this weekend.. but her prop bets make me look like a Church going saint. Hahaha! Loved hanging out with you Pebs! If you were my wingman I would get laid every night! You rock so much! Keep living life your way and keep loving Bam and showing the rest of us how it’s done! You inspire everyone!

Kari – Dr. Kay – Kirkhart

I did not really get to talk to Kari all that much. Sort of my track record with hot blondes I guess. However I was very impressed at how much she cares about people. She works as a chiropractor (I am pretty sure) and what does she do after traveling all the way to Okie-Vegas for a little R&R? She does free chiropractic work on people! I saw many a shoulder, back, or knee healed under her expert hands… She did some crazy voodoo on Jo, but I am pretty sure it’s like all science and shit, I am seriously fascinated! It’s great to see a smart, beautiful, and empathetic person who puts other people first. I hope she finds all the happiness she deserves.

Kristen – Never Stop Me – Weber

I did not get to spend a whole lot of time chatting with Kristen either but the one thing I took away about her is that if she wants something she will go after it full force until she gets it or dies! You rock Kristen!

Daren – I’m Getting Married – Miller

Sorry about the nickname, I am running out! Daren is Kristen’s Fiancé. He was the perfect addition to Okie-Vegas. Not that I know what it was like before.. but he just fit in really well. He was really nice and fun to talk to and hang out with. You can tell him and Kristen have a lot of fun together. I wish them the best in their life together. It’s really great to see someone who loves his family so much and just feels like he belongs in Okie-Vegas! Hope to hang out some more next year.

Bill Bartlebaugh and Diane Lockwood – The Authentic Rednecks

You gotta throw a few in there! Heh. Bill and Diane were really fun, down to earth people. Enjoyed the little time I got to spend with them. Diane took all my cash game monies! I hear she can hunt with the best of them too! Enjoyed the little time I was able to chat with Bill too!

Janet – Firecracker - Craddock

Janet was super awesome. She runs the official Okie-Vegas bar. Tragedy had a prop bet as to if I would say something to the effect of “I’d hit that”.. during the drive to Gary’s house..Of COURSE Tragedy won THAT bet.. I mean that was a total non-brainer. I do not think he meant it in a bad way, but somehow I got the impression that Janet was some old, bent over, hag that ran the bar and smacked people with her paddle. Nothing could be further from the truth. She has like 1000x the energy of any 18yr old I know.. and she is a great looking woman! Her bar is so cool.. it is covered with the history of her and her customers having fun. She runs the bar the way she wants. If you do not like it your out. If she decides to close the bar it closes. If she wants to give out some drinks she does. She is the god queen of the bar… and if it’s your birthday she destroys your ass with her paddle.. she even broke one on someone!!! Janet is just a fucking cool person.


This was the crew for the 2015 edition of Okie-Vegas.. the first one I have ever attended. Hugs and a welcome feeling was everywhere. Food. Drink. Fun! Things I get very little of at times were the norm of the day! Midwestern or blogger hospitality at it’s best! I had the greatest time. Not sure if I am going to write up the actual weekend.. I might throw together a few paragraphs.. but it is really the people that make Okie-Vegas!


Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

Sounds like an awesome group!

5:19 AM

Blogger lightning36 said...

Sounded like a great time. I thought about going a few years ago but it happens during my busiest work period of the year.

I am happy to see that this long-awaited divorce is finally working out for you. But just in case I sound too syrupy here, let me state that you suck at poker and should be bowing down before me, you buttmunch.

9:56 AM

Blogger Baywolfe said...

Glad you guys had fun.

7:54 AM


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