Random photos from Cork, Ireland

A video poker machine (real money) in a tiny little Middle Eastern restaurant.

Fulltiltpoker.com (not Fulltiltpoker.net) advertisement on TV.

Potatoes are serious business here, although I would guess that that bag contains about a kilogram of dirt.

This is what a sportsbook looks like in Ireland (and UK also). Inside you'll find a couple guys taking wagers and a bunch of TV screens, but no cocktails or cocktail waitresses. Lame.

Various photos of my new apartment in Cork (taken shortly after I moved in).

Not only does this shirt get the mascot of Oregon wrong, it also somehow manages to use Oregon State colors. Epic fail.

A few photos of the English Market in Cork city centre.

Stacking 8-high in overseas shipping is good. In Omaha hi-lo, it's so-so. In Hold 'Em, it's terrible.

Anybody still looking for a Wii? Given the exchange rate and shipping costs, it'd cost about $400 USD total.



English Premier League soccer is very popular over here in Ireland, as one might expect. You can't walk more than a couple blocks without running into someone wearing a Manchester United, Chelsea or Liverpool shirt. (By my count, Arsenal is a distant fourth.)

Of course, given the recent turmoil in the US financial industry, I can't wait to see the current Manchester United shirts (picture below) be replaced with a model that has the words "THIS SPACE FOR LET" across the front.


In Ireland

I arrived in Ireland yesterday.

The people here speak some approximation to English, it appears. I asked a bus driver how much bus fare was. He said "1 Euro, *unintelligible mumble*". I pulled out a 1 Euro coin and asked again how much it was, and he repeated the unintelligible mumble. So I just handed him another 1 Euro coin and counted the change -- 55 cents.