Mish Mash of assorted crap

Firstly, TY for the Dial-a-Shot last night, Gary! I feel honoured to be second called, after the eminent Al. Definitely made me feel even more envious of those where able to make it *grin. And yes, you need to make it July or August next year when I have the time off - I can ride down and see more of the U.S.A.

Got off the phone and mentioned it in the chat with Jules, who hates being left out of things almost as much as me. All it took was a "no one ever dial-a-shots Australia" comment for me to speed dial her and make her drink wine on a Sunday morning. It was worth whatever my cell company is going to charge me for the call just to surprise lil miss jaded. Cheers J, and cannot WAIT to see you on the 23rd!!!!

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Last night's pokering was fun - I placed ITM on a MTT on stars, placing 189 of 1576. Alas it was a $3 + .30 buyin, which meant I was ahead by just over $2.50 when all is said and done. Still, better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. Played 3 other MTT's that I did not place in, no further comment necessary. I did place in a few one- and two-table SnG's that funded my tournament donkaliciousness. Overall the bankroll is +$37.

But better than the $ is the fun at being able to play poker in your house, talk with friends and drink a few beers while hanging out. The beauty of the internet means that quite often one is physically alone while doing said activities. Here's a toast to all the geeks who are enabling my hermit-like tendencies.

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Someone posted a while back about music, and yes I know it's an ongoing thread. Just throwing my two cents out there.

Things I have tried during live play: nothing. When I actually get my ass out the door, I'm social. I like to listen to the people around me and join in conversations. It's hard to flirt effectively when wearing an ipod. Plus you miss cues....like the sharp intake of breath from the girl to my right on Wednesday's live game with Guin (thank you again for inviting me!); that combined with her sudden ability to call as opposed to raise/fold let me know she had a monster. /me get out of the way, as the chat geeks would put it. There was another girl there doing a pretty ok Evelyn Ng impression (need more bling and a better manicure dear), whose pattern of fiddling with the controls of her mp3 player around her neck quickly became a welcome tell.

Things I have tried during online play: lots. It's been noted before that I have a short attention span and I'm impatient. I need input or I drift. I've tried to stave off the boredom of waiting for my turn by knitting, reading, and watching tv. And no, you don't need to tell me what a bad idea they all are. I already know, tyvm. I've experimented with finding the right music to listen to like I experimented with finding the right drug in the 80's. It's like Goldilocks and the Three Bears: once you toss out the ones that make you too jittery, too sleepy, too paranoid, too angry and too bitchy, you're left with the one that is just right.

Techno. Especially trip hop/ambient. Not too loud, jolting, angry or mellow. Just right. My stations of choice are either Groove Salad from Soma.FM (look under Ambient in the iTunes Radio listing if you're so inclined) or the Ambient station on CBC's Galaxie radio through my cable provider.

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When I started that counter to the right with the days remaining until Vegas, there were 100+ days on it. I'd just got my flights confirmed, and I was GOING! In my enthusiasm I made a list of what I wanted to do before getting to Vegas.

Yesterday this list surfaced as I was going through the pile of papers on my desk looking for the chinese take-out menu. I thought I'd share it with you all so you can see my progress:

  • Work on my tournament play. Well I *have* practiced and improved somewhat, so we'll put a check here.
  • Read the Harrington books. No check.
  • Work on calculating outs and pot odds better, quicker and hopefully in my head without having to resort to pencil and paper. No check.
  • Play more live poker to get comfortable with it. I've played live maybe 4 times in the last two months. No check.
  • Get some exercise. Rollerblade, bicycle, get outside, get some sun! Eat better. Lose a bit of the pear shape before meeting these people for the first time. Um, yeah. Definitely no check.

What's that smell you ask? Yet another list of postponed and procrastinated things going up in smoke.

4 Responses to “Mish Mash of assorted crap”

  1. # Blogger Jules

    L'il Miss Jaded thanks you for the dial a shot, tells you not to worry about the pear shaped and to plow your way through Harrington.

    It's gonna be a blast and yes, this is yet another example why I refered to you at a home game as "my best friend and one of the best poker reads on the net."  

  2. # Blogger Jules

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  3. # Blogger Guin

    Anytime you want to get out for another crazy night at the ole underground club is good with me!

    Next time i will attempt to show up in less of a festive group gathering person. Instead I will attempt to show up as a kick ass poker player!

    We can work on that live game a bit more ... you only going to play tournaments in vegas or are you also going to play in the cash games?

    Harrington vol 2 is the one I started with because early play is often easier than endgame.  

  4. # Blogger GaryC

    The pleasure was all mine and yes, I am already working on a later date for next year, so you can drive down.

    G  

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