Mean Gene
Mean Gene
Pittsburgh's most decorated poker blogger, which I admit is like being the best shortstop in Greenland

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My Articles

Presto, the Arlo, & the Hammer
An Online Code of Conduct
The Ethics of Ratholing
"The Professor, the Banker..."
"Ace on the River"

My Columns

Lose the Shades
If You Can't Say Something Nice
Whither the Kicker
The Lady is a Champ?
Covering the WSOP (or not)
Statistics, Luck, and Poker
Poker and New Orleans
Managing a Bankroll
How To Tell A Bad Beat Story
Telling Lies
The Power of Poker Tracker
Advanced Card-Handling

My Greatest Hits

5 Things To Do Before I Die
Cafeteria Nostalgia
Mean Gene's Dubious Dating Tips
Poker and Business?
There's No Such Thing As Luck?
Isabelle, Je t'adore
No Shirt No Shoes No Service
Well, The Food Was Good
Good Morning, Mr. Matusow!
The Weekend of our Discontent, I
The Weekend of our Discontent, II
Books That Left Their Mark
Ode to a Fish Sandwich
Bill Simmons Ain't the Poker Guy
The Sports Guy Still Ain't the Poker Guy
Again, The Media Tackles Poker
Five Years After 9/11
Hitting Pretty Girls in the Face
Sixth-Graders Suck

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Cards Speak
Tao of Poker
Up for Poker
Boy Genius
Chris Halverson
Poker Grub
The Fat Guy
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Poker Works
Bill Rini
Bad Blood
Love and Casino War
Double As
Lion Tales
Paul Phillips
Daniel Negreanu
Poker Nerd
Poker Nation
Poker in Arrears
Human Head
Sound of a Suckout
Chicks With Chips
TP's Table Talk
Royal Poker
This is Not A Poker Blog
Chick and a Chair
Go Be Rude
Poker Cheapskate
Poker & Other Stuff
Seven Two
Musical Poker
WPBT Online
Isabelle Mercier
Cardschat Blog
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    Monday, May 03, 2004

    Why hasn't Mean Gene been posting?

    Because Mean Gene has been in the hospital for four days, that's why. Oh, don't worry your little heads, I'm fine. About 2 weeks ago I noticed a sort of bump on the back of my leg. Maybe a pimple, maybe a blister. Gross, at any rate. I cleaned it out and put Neosporin on it and went about my business. But the bump didn't go away. The bump got gradually worse. Very gradually--it took about nine days for it really get bad. I showed it to my friend Mark, who's a doc, and he said, "Yuck". He told me if it got worse to go to the ER. It got worse, so the next day I went to the ER. That was Friday, and the doctors there said, "Wow". I had a huge swollen area on the back of the thigh, about the size of a dinner plate, and it was violently red and inflamed and leaking a clear, yellowish liquid like the bigtime. As Mark said, yuck.

    I figured they'd give me an IV or drain it and I'd be on my way. Uh, no. they admitted me and I've been there taking IV antibiotics every since. I just got home with my leg still looking like someone took a bat to it, but it's much better and no longer oozing like some kind of horror movie special effect.

    What was the problem? I had 10 doctors look at it, and the consensus is that I was bitten by some especially nasty spider, maybe a brown recluse. I'd done some yardwork in shorts the previous weekend, and I may have gotten chomped and not known it. And the venom can take some time to work it's way in and do damage, and then I probably got an infection on top of it. Fun.

    So I had about four days of lying on my back, watching lots of sports on TV, and eating some surprisingly palatable hospital food (when you're in the hospital everything looks good, and every meal is reason to celebrate). I also got the chance to read Cloutier & McEvoy's Hold'Em book and Gary Carson's book, so hopefully it will end up as a profitable stay as well. I'll be back in the saddle soon, and hopefully get my NYC post done tomorrow. get this widget Please visit Pokernews site for more poker news, poker strategy articles or poker rules.

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