I competed in the Brown Senior 2 Super heavy and the absolute divisions at the IBJJF Las Vegas International tournament this past weekend. This was a tournament "just for fun" meaning I didn't train crazy hard for it. I just did my normal training leading up to the event. Unlike the Pan Ams, I just took it easy. I never had a real Vegas experience as a single man, so my priorities were a little different this time. I stayed four nights in The Mandalay Bay hotel. Poker, pool parties, clubs, and making new "friends" were my objectives. And, I met all of them!:icon_twis Everybody dropped out of my division (super heavy) when they saw my name (flat out lie...). So I won a gold medal uncontested. In the absolute division my opponent was the current Pan Am purple belt Absolute champ. He also took third in worlds in the adult division. He was a mere 270 lbs. (this part is true) I pulled guard and went for a triangle. He had so much pressure I couldn't finish him. He passed my guard. I got back to half guard but I couldn't do anything from there. I lost 3-0. The monster went on to win the absolute division by choking his final opponent unconscious. Even though I lost I still got a bronze medal. Now, the important part. Nobody in Vegas needed to know that I didn't have such a great day...When somebody asked, "How'd you do?" There was no reason to go into detail. I just pulled out my gold medal and said, "Not too bad..." I was not officially lying. (Ok, I didn't really do this) My coach gives out stripes for highly developed social skills (kissing girls on the dance floor). So my belt will have a stripe soon. Vegas is a great place to have a tournament. I had the time of my life. I was really channeling my inner Lady Gaga. The pool was a little too hot to wear the medal. It would have probably burned a scar right on my chest. I just kept it in a bag. It's not a bad conversation starter... (I did not really bring my medals to the pool) I became unexpectedly single a few years ago. That can be a scary thing at 40 years old. You might feel washed up. Thanks to jiu jitsu, I am nowhere near washed up. I can travel around, compete, meet cool people, and have a fulfilling lifestyle.