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March 25th, 2010 Posted in General Life | No Comments »

I have to get up early tomorrow for two job interviews so I’m going to keep this short. I went to the Arnold Palmer Invitational today in Orlando. And I was watching when Davis Love III chipped in for eagle. Since he’s now leading the tournament that shot is all over the highlight reels for day 1.

I’m in a light blue shirt towards the right at 1:40 and 1:48.  :)


March 22nd, 2010 Posted in General Life | No Comments »

Back in Florida! Woot woot! I missed the warm and humid weather. It’s so dry in Colorado and the water is very hard in Chicago. It’s hard on my skin.

Snowboarding was super fun. I hadn’t been in over three years and I forgot what a blast it is. It’s also super exhausting. I was sore in the weirdest places. My neck muscles, for instance, were extremely sore.

It was also the single busiest week of their entire year. Busier than winter break. The lift lines were 15-25 minutes at Breckenridge. So we went over to Keystone for day two and it was MUCH less crowded over there. Here’s a panoramic photo I put together. This is taken from Keystone looking at Breckenridge.

Keystone Panoramic

This was my first time going through some of the terrain parks on the mountains and those are super fun. We hit some rails and some small-medium sized jumps and had a blast.

Now that I’m back though it’s really time to figure out my life. I did a LOT of thinking about this on my vacation and I can’t find the right answer. All I can do is tell you what the wrong answers are. I almost took a job in real estate today but decided to pass based on the rationale that I should be at least a tiny bit excited about starting a new job. And I wasn’t at all excited.

But it may be time to just start trying things. Something’s got to give.

Last night after getting off my plane in Jacksonville the entire Cornell basketball team, pep band and cheer leading squad were sitting the gate. Those are some pretty big guys. I guess all the teams from the Jacksonville section were flying out. When I was on the shuttle back to long term parking another bus drove by with a two car and one motorcycle police escort.

Then I got to my car to find a dead battery and I can’t figure out how it happened. The lights were off, the doors were shut, the interior lights were off… The lot sent a guy over right away and he gave me a jump so I could get out of there. But I was locked out of the audio system as part of the theft protection. So I rode home in silence.


March 14th, 2010 Posted in General Life | No Comments »

It’s now almost 5am and I’m sitting at my gate at the Jacksonville International Airport. I haven’t been to sleep yet and it’s just now really starting to hit me. I’m more hungry than anything. I haven’t pulled an all nighter for years.

I’m going snowboading in Colorado for a few days. And when I get back it’s time to figure out my life.

Don’t forget to spring forward…

Evening Out Again

March 8th, 2010 Posted in Poker | No Comments »

My luck is evening out again. Well… Kind of. I just played a 450 hand session. I started hot and was up $200 at the end of 250 hands.

My last 50 hands or so I got crushed. Lost every hand. Gave back almost everything I had won. I quit at +$36 just so I would feel a little better.

March 8th Graph

I’m going snowboarding in Breckenridge next week so I’m going to try to get in some volume this week before I go. I’d like to play 6k hands this month and I’ve only played 1k so far. However, the thousand hands I’ve played so far I’ve played at +6.8 BB/100.

I’ve been playing 3/6 and 2/4, however, bad players are much harder to come by at 3/6. So the bulk of my hands have been at 2/4.

The bonus clearing is moving retardedly slow. I unlock about $2/hour which is ok, I guess. It’s extremely insignificant but I guess it’s better than nothing. I have another $300 bonus that I won’t be able to clear. I don’t even know if I’ll finish the $50 one in time.

I’ve really been struggling with figuring out what it is I want to do with life. My real problem is that I like everything a little bit but I am extremely passionate about nothing. It’s a pretty crushing weight and I feel like I need to make a decision towards something soon so I stop wasting time.

Another problem I have is that as soon as I HAVE TO do something, I start to dislike it. As is the case with poker. Play poker for fun and it’s just that; fun. Play poker for work and it transforms into a chore. Ugh… I don’t feel like blog therapy right now. I’m out.

Opened Up A Couple Cans

March 4th, 2010 Posted in General Life, Poker | 3 Comments »

Remember when I said I felt like I had a six pack of run-good saved up? I started opening up a few cans today. I actually might have used up the whole damn thing I ran so well.

It was set, after set, after made draw, after made draw, after aces, etc. It didn’t even feel good. I was running SO good that all I could think about was how much ‘fun’ it will be when that luck evens out.

Running Hot Limit Holdem

I think it’s important to note that I feel much more in control. I feel like my game selection is improving as well as my overall understanding of HU limit holdem and I’m able to identify where my edge is coming from.

I think the videos I’m watching courtesy of my trulyfreepokertraining are really helping me. I had the same feeling of control during the first week of last month too when I was watching the videos. I suppose it’s easy to feel in control when you’re running as well as I am. Whatever.

Sidenote: I went to the gym tonight around midnight. I go to my gym at night mostly because I’m awake anyway and it’s much less crowded. It’s usually me and one or two other people. But not tonight.

There were five people in there. Three black girls and 2 black, extremely flamboyant, homosexual males. Only one of the five of them was working out and they had brought their own laptop/speaker set up to blast hip hop music.

This is a small gym with a couple treadmills, a couple ellipticals, some weight machines and some free weights. The four that weren’t working out were just sitting on the machines yelling in flamboyant and stereotypical black fashion about what is and isn’t appropriate to “tweet” about.

Every once in a while, when a song they liked came on, they would all get up and break into a synchronized dance routine. It was mediocre at best.

I’m pretty sure most of them don’t even live in my complex.

Most awkward workout ever.