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Saturday, September 22, 2007
I went to work and got almost caught up. It feels good when you're not feeling like you're drowning every day.
I promised Joanna I'd write a nice post about her after my post yesterday so I'll post the 5 things I love most about her:
1. She is very flexible. I change my mind 20 times a day, isn't that supposed to be the woman's role in the relationship? Anyway if she weren't so flexible I would probably drive her completely crazy.
2. She is super good with the kids. I love my kids to death but you can't reason with kids. If I spend time with all three of them for hours at a time I start to lose it. She is always super wonderful with them and they're lucky they don't have me as an only parent.
3. She is very hard working. Yes she drags her feet about some stuff that I consider important like getting her driver's license but when she resolves to do something she works very hard at it. I think she actually completes more project than I do.
4. Joanna is very loyal. Even when I don't deserve it I believe that she still loves me and still does nice things for me like cooking for me and taking care of me when I'm sick.
5. She is good at getting me to do things that are good for our family. Our house is lovely and without her I'd still be renting a two bedroom apartment.
Friday, September 21, 2007
I needed to go into work to catch up on some stuff, but since I was left with the boys this morning I was too frustrated to go right in. I went to a farmer's market instead. I bought some heirloom tomatoes and some potatoes. I came home and made the best turkey sandwich I've ever had with the heirloom tomatoes. I think they called the variety Colorado Sunshine.
After that I went in and did what I absolutely had to at work. Still frustrated I didn't want to do any more so I did what anyone would do and went down to the club to play poker. I played $25 in roulette while I was waiting for the tournament to start and lost. I played in the $60 tournament with one re-buy.
To start with I made a couple hundred chips. Then I started tanking heavily down to a low of about $3500 chips. Then I decided that from now on I always play my best game, and since someday I hope I can play my favorite game full time instead of work I decided today was the day I'd justify my play.
I started rising up, on up to $18,000.00 in chips and ended up taking third place for $225.00 It was pretty profitable because I missed the re-buy opportunity on the break. Also I got a great haddock and chips platter, who would have thought that the place to get fish and chips on Friday was at the local charity poker room? All in all a good night.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
We decided to go together for the 9 PM tournament. It's a $40.00 tournament with a re-buy or add on for the first hour. 4000 tournament chips and 25-50 blinds to start so not too super tight of a structure. We started with four players but ended up with 10. I ended up going out 7th, I had been building a nice stack until I raised with A-7 two away from the button. The flop came 6-7-8 and the big blind who had called my raise raised to 2500. Well I thought that no calling hand would be winning here so I pushed all in calling the bluff. I had his stack covered by about 3000. He called and had flopped the straight. Blinds at that point were 300-600 so I didn't last much longer.
I'm so glad to find a place to play locally! That drive to Foxwoods was getting pretty long.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
I liked how he told hand stories and showed how he developed as a poker player over time. A lot of the book felt like having a friend talk to you about poker.
I hated how he started from the raw basics every chapter and pretended like he was writing for someone who knew nothing about poker whatsoever. Who did he think was going to buy this book? I would recomend a once through if you've read most of the other poker books out there but don't expect to come out the other end as a more developed player.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
I'm having such a dry card run at Foxwoods. If I were playing blackjack I'd be a rich man by now. 9-2, 8-3, over and over those lame cards. I did get JJ once and got slammed by KK, also I had AA and went heads up against a 3-3 in the big blind who came up with trips on the flop. Nothing big just waiting and waiting for cards. At least having a bad run of cards at Foxwoods has meant folding over and over pre-flop and listening to music. I'd rather have that than a couple of great hands I can't let go that get beaten for a bunch of chips off my stack. 4-6 people are calling the blinds consistently on these tables so I'm sure if I keep going back I'll make some money. The Money story was down $72.00 this trip.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Dubner has never been known for doing any economic work. His contribution to the book was introducing Leavitt to a highbrow New York audience.
When you boil this book down it seems to be a math light economist who can't back up his own research. He also is a poor enough writer that he needed a journalist to tell his story instead of writing it himself. Why is he a famous economist again? If I return to school for my degree in economics or when it's time for college selection for the kids I'll be giving a pass to any university that employs this joker.
I got this book from my Pokerstars poker points. It was that or another T-shirt but since I already have two Pokerstars shirts I thought I'd try the book.
It wasn't a bad read. I liked how Mr. Lesinger encourages you to continue of looking for spots to bluff. I do believe that over the long run bluffing can change your position from a losing player to a winning one. If you're losing one big bet an hour on average but passing up the opportunities to steal the blinds once or twice an hour then one simple frequent bluffing opportunity is all that's between you and a winning record.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
It was so cool to drive through a quaint little New England town, through a forest and then on to a casino. I've never seen such a thing. All the casinos out west can be seen for miles. It proves that people go to casinos to gamble. I think they could make casinos look like russian prisons and people would go if they were comfortable inside.
Anyway, no big win for me, the game was loose, I was tight. I lost $200.00. I made two mistakes that I know of, both post flop and amounting to about $44.00. Other people made mistakes at the table amounting to hundreds but there's nothing you can do with 82o and 93s. Oh well at least I know the good game is there. I did catch three decent hands, aces that were cracked, Kings that were cracked and Queens against Kings. I know this sounds like bad beat central but hey it's my blog and I'm paying for the bandwidth.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
We went to Gloucester today. I'd seen the statue on some of my workplace's promotional materials. It's quite a pretty town.
When we were leaving Sofia ran way up ahead of us, I was so mad. She wouldn't come back and I was running after her calling her. I don't know why I get so upset about stuff like that. It seems so petty now.
I was so mad we came straight home and didn't go out to eat like we planned. I slept on the couch for a couple hours and watched a little bit of goodwill hunting with Joanna. She said that the Will character is quite a bit like me. Someday I'll post how the movie changed my life.