DRUG DOG, THE DENTIST, TAXES, AND PINK EYES! | Matt Stout Poker Blog November 5, 2011

MY QUICK TRIP FROM COSTA RICA BACK TO VEGAS BEFORE I HEADED TO EUROPE FOR THE LockPRO RETREAT, WSOPE, AND EPT SAN REMO PROVED TO BE QUITE EVENTFUL. IN FACT, IT WAS A BIT MORE EVENTFUL THAN I'D HOPED THANKS TO HOMELAND SECURITY AND SOME PINK EYES. YES, PLURAL.

While passing through US Customs in Houston on my way back to Vegas I came across an adorable dog that a Homeland Security officer had on a leash..so I stopped to pet him. The little guy decided to follow me and start sniffing my suitcase, though. I turned around to the HS officer and said, "Is there a problem?" "Yeah! There is." he replied as he made a big note on my customs declaration card that said "K9." I proceeded to the checkpoint and, as anticipated, I was sent to a back room for a more thorough screening. The officers in the back were pretty cool about the whole thing as they searched through my stuff. They asked me to empty out my pockets, but never did an extensive search of my person, oddly enough. I told them that although I do smoke, I was almost positive I had nothing with me. They seemed to appreciate my honesty, and sent me on my way after a thorough search of everything in my suitcase. What a cute puppy, though! =) I headed to Vegas, but with significantly less enthusiasm than I typically return home with. That was because I knew my fate: dental work and taxes. My taxes were on extension and due October 15th and I knew that I wouldn't have time or desire to do my taxes from Europe, where I was headed just 86 hours after I landed in Vegas. As much as I love procrastinating, ESPECIALLY when it comes to taxes, it was time to suck it up and get that crap done before I left. I also scheduled a good amount of dental work I needed done for one day while I was home, just to make it a more enjoyable trip in general. I had a few serious cavities that required crowns, and one that needed a partial. Just a quick note that even if you're really good about brushing twice a day, FLOSSING IS IMPORTANT! But I digress. There was one day that was shaping up to be particularly awesome. I had an 8:30am dentist appointment, and then was supposed to spend the rest of the day preparing my taxes...especially after slacking a bit during my first day home. I reluctantly woke up on that morning only to find that my eyes were crusted shut and irritated. Since I have special contact lenses that can be worn for a week at a time including while sleeping, I assumed that it was an extreme case of irritation from my lenses. After taking my lenses out and still having serious irritation in the dentist's chair to the point that I just kept my eyes shut during the procedure, I realized that it may be a more serious problem. After getting home and doing some research, it became pretty apparent that I had pink eye in both eyes. I spent the rest of the night trying to keep my eyes open and focused enough to go through bank records and do more accounting for my taxes, but eventually gave up because my eyes were so irritated that even when I could keep them open, my vision was blurred from all the rubbing. I went to the doctor the next day, who verified that I did indeed have pink eye in both eyes. He said I shouldn't be contagious by 48-72 hours after I started using the medicated drops, which was perfect since I'd be arriving at the castle in France for the LockPRO retreat about 48 hours later. I went home and managed to finish preparing the last of the figures necessary for my accountant to prepare my taxes. Then I took my crusty ass, irritated eyes on three flights from Las Vegas to Lyon, France that spanned a little over 18 hours, all the while hoping that this wasn't going to turn into an epic tale of the LockPRO pink eye epidemic. Little did I know what a ridiculous experience I was in for at the castle. You can catch part 1 of the blogs about that crazy story here. FYI, No one at the castle contracted pink eye as far as I know. Weeeeeeee! Stout