Friday, August 18, 2006


First of, I want to say WHAT UP TITO!!!! We never met for that beer, hombre! No offense Tito but I've been to Detroit twice this year and I think it'll be a while before I plan a trip back there. I escaped twice without getting my car stolen and without getting shot. I really don't want to push my luck.

Tito was always pushing me to eat healthier. One thing I forgot to talk about in yesterday's ramblefest is the fact that I'm in horrible shape. I haven't been in good shape for, oh, 5 years, but spending 5 weeks sitting on my ass eating Carl's Jr., In N Out, and SuperMex really brought me to a new level of unhealthy. Guacamole Bacon Burgers, waffle fries ALL DAY. SuperMex Burrito with green sauce ALL DAY. Now that I'm going to be in Seattle more I'd really like to get in better shape. I'm going to make a pledge to eat NO fried foods(other than wings on Monday nights), drink NO pop or juice(other than real juice, no Sobe or Snapple) and do something active for at least an hour 5 days a week. The something active could be walking around Greenlake, playing basketball or riding my bike to the grocery store for porno mags. Just something that makes my heart pump a little and makes sweat come out of my pores. I'd also like to do at least 100 push ups every day if I can. Sounds easy but you people have no clue how sorry I am right now. Hopefully that push up number will increase with time but I need to start doing something if that's going to happen. I'm not going to make any weight loss goals or even weigh myself at all. I'm just looking for a better level of fitness and a healthier lifestyle.

I've made silly pledges like this before and I've always bailed on them. I don't really know what to do to keep myself motivated but the extra flab has me feeling pretty gung ho at the moment. I'm twenty freaking six and it's not going to get any easier. In the past I've always been able to get in shape pretty quickly after going on a diet or starting a workout regimen but I don't think it'll be that way forever. If anyone can think of a way to motivate me, please chime in. I'll be starting this "get the heart pumping again" plan on Monday but I'm going stop eating crap immediately.

Poker went pretty well today. I played about $1K worth of tournies and didn't cash in a single one. I made the final table of a WPT Choice tournament but busted in 9th with KK on a T-high flop vs a set of 4s. I hate folding, bleh. However, cash games went really well and I ended the day with a $1500 boost in my bankroll. Hooray Beer! I ran pretty good but I also felt a lot better. I've been reviewing hands after each session and I'm becoming more familiar with recurring situations. One day I'm going to run really bad and swear off of cash games forever but right now I'm having fun.

I should set some poker related goals for each week and try to play a certain number of hands. I'll think about it more and let you know what I come up with. I think that I'd like to play about 5000 hands per week but I'm not sure if that's too high or too low. I'm don't think monetary goals are very productive and I'm a firm believer that if you play enough, the money will come. I'll only be playing when I'm out of the state, obviously, so I'm probably going to be heading up to Canada pretty frequently.

There are a few things that I need/want to buy that I can use as carrots for my bankroll building. Number one is a new laptop for when I multitable in Canada. My current laptop has crappy reolution, blue-screens all the time and makes a strange grinding noise when I turn it on. I bought it about 20 months ago but it was pretty cheap and is probably more dated than that. I'm considering getting a PowerBook but it depends how much it costs to run Windows programs on it. I think Full Tilt is the only site that is Mac compatible and Party is where all the money is. If I don't get a PowerBook I'll probably get a Dell 9300 or whatever it is that all the cool kids have. I'd like the new laptop soon so I'll get it when the bankroll reaches $25K(It's at $24,184.80 at the moment).

I've already talked about the Breitling watch and I think I'll go for that once the bankroll gets to $50K. That could be a long ways off but if I put in 5,000 hands per week I think I can get there reasonably soon. I'll be pulling from the bankroll to pay bills, eat food and travel but I don't anticipate any huge expenses.

Cliff Notes so far:
Eat Healthier, Get Heart Pumping
Play 5,000 hands per week
Buy a new laptop when the bankroll reaches $25K
Buy a new watch when the bankroll reaches $50K

The ultimate goal is to get the roll up to $100K and start playing 25/50 regularly. I can't think of a good reward once I reach that milestone and I might not buy anything at all. It seems so far out there but all I need to focus on are 5,000 hands per week.

Tomorrow I'm going to drive most of the way home. I'm going to stop at my Grandma's and probably stay through lunch on Saturday. I've done this drive up and down I-5 a million times and it bores the crap out of me. I really despise driving through Oregon and the happiest moment of the drive(other than driving past SouthCenter and seeing the Seattle skyline) is crossing the Columbia and entering the State of Washington. God Bless Washington and its online poker ban. Anyway, if you're bored tomorrow and want to help a brotha stay alert and stay alive, give me a call. Peace. Love. Happiness.

P.S. I have no clue why anyone reads this crap. Blogging feels like one of the most narcissistic things ever and I feel like a jackass every time I write. Why the hell do you care about my physical and poker goals. Please don't put a bunch of comments saying we care because you're our friend blah blah blah. Just let me bitch in peace. Goodnight.


thaREALdmoney said...

hahah lmao :) It's true. I also feel like an ass when i write my blog, however, Without you... and other poker bloggers i would have to actually work for the morning instead of just reading peoples blogs.

Keep writing.... OR ELSE hahaa

Anonymous said...

I second comment above, reading your blog is a bright spot in my otherwise boring work day. Plus when you're traveling it's nice to hear what you're upto and this way you don't have to have the same phone conversation with everyone. Welcome home, hope you can swing by tomorrow. dr

Anonymous said...

You're living the dream and we're all just along for the ride. That's all, that's it. Final.

You write because you know what you are doing is only experienced by a few individuals in this world and it is your social obligation to let everyone know what it's like to be on your own time table and not have a dumb job to go to every day.

Besides we care because you are our friend...

J-Stevens out up to 6 weeks w/ knee injury. Whatever, Go Hawks!!!!!

Anonymous said...

If you want I can set you up with an exercise/diet program. It'd probably be similar to the one I give to offseason football players at the skill positions. And if you would stop calling reraises out of position with AQ you'd be buying a laptop already.

Just got my Dell E1705 and it is pimpilicious.

Anonymous said...

^ Damon btw

AlCantHang said...

for the same reason people slow down to look at car wrecks?


Just jokes my friend \m/

Anonymous said...

Appreciate the shout out bro! And Detroit ain't all that bad anymore, we are on the come up!

Im glad you are ready to make a lifestyle change. I think the first thing you should do is get a physical, including blood test to check your cholesterol and tryglycerides. Those number will probably be sky high. But don't fear, cardio exercise plus healthy diet will take care of that. I think this is important.

Also, Please don't make the mistake of too many by changing everything too fast. Dieting is bad word in my opinion, rather learn to eat healthy for life. Don't worry you can still have the occasional burger, fries and that super sized steak and cheese that you had in Philly. But for now, make minor changes. Stop the sugary drinks, instead of a cheesburger get a hamburger and then eventually get to the point in which you will eat a grilled chicken sandwich. You need to slowly ween of the junk food. All the meanwhile EXERCISE! You will notice the weight loss and you will feel so much better.

I also love beer, but you must cutback. Also, learn to enjoy some of the lighter beers. They actually make a difference, less calories and many taste great. I love the new Heinekin light, Amstel light, Becks premier light. My favorite light beer is Labatts Blue Light, but im not sure if its available to you, its a Canadien beer that is readily available in Detroit.

So, in summary, a 'slowly but surely' approach is the best way to go about a healthy lifestyle change.

PS- Breitling watches are balla!

Easycure said...

Welcome home!

Let's hook up at the next Seahawks game! We'll dial-shot Al while tailgating and put him on Mega-Soco tilt!

Anonymous said...

Language does not passively "reflect" or "correspond to" some pre-existing reality. Language constructs reality; or rather, we, as human beings, construct reality in language. We do this through the metafunctional interplay of action and reflection: language both enacts interpersonal relationships and construes human experience. Thus the (speaking) subject, the multifaceted personae, the hierarchies and power structures that we call society are all created in language. Ideologies of class, gender, and the like are established, maintained, and challenged through the meaning potential of language.

Humans exchange goods-&-services and they also exchange information: human history is an ongoing dialectic of material and semiotic processes. In the scientific, "modern" age all systems were modelled in material terms, with physical systems taken as prototypical. Quantum physics, in particular, has veered us in that direction. This puts grammatics squarely in the center of the stage; not just as theory of grammar but as theory of knowledge; that is, of all systems construed as systems of meaning. In this setting, grammatics means using grammar to think with: its context of operation is as a theory whereby our understanding of language may be brought to bear on phenomena of any kind.

Neither systemic theory nor any other theory of language has reached anywhere near this level of achievement. We are still rather far from understanding even the basic properties of a semiotic system. What is important at this stage is to locate theories of grammar in the current intellectual context, so that as they continue to be elaborated and improved they move closer to, and not further away from, the transdisciplinary concerns of thoughtful people as a whole.


Anonymous said...

If I'm ever in Seattle, I really need to party with Silky. For some reason, that guy strikes me as the pimp of pimps.

5k hands/week is no problem. Once you get comfortable w/ cash games, you'll be able to 6-table easily, and then banging out 5k/week is a joke.

Boooooooo $3000 watches (and $10k watches and any exorbitantly priced watch). Seriously, what's the functionality difference between a $350 watch and a $3k watch? And who can tell the difference between the two, besides someone who is judging you based on what you can afford (and a few knowledgable randoms). I'm pretty clueless about this shit, so straighten me out if you feel strongly about it.


Anonymous said...

P.S. I think Tito's health advice is really good.

Anonymous said...

Tito's advice is good. And if you really want to lose weigh or get healthy, you really need to cut down on the beer and soft drinks and fast foods.

Also exercise the whole body not just the fingers on the computer or poker game.

You got a good plan in mind. Just take it one day at a time.

Missed your blog, so glad you are back.

John Rankin said...
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John Rankin said...

your blog sucks! i'm just kidding, we all love to hear about how fat you are. At you least you still update your blog. I'm in Sapporo right now announcing games for the Basketball World Championships. It's a little surreal watching these NBA stars up close. After the first two games I will say D. Howard is sick and will be a big time stud in the near future. I know the games are broadcast in the middle of the night but if you ever catch one you should be able to here my voice in the background. p.s.-while taking a whiz in the bathroom standing next to Rudy T. I overheard him calling his package a "honker." Why am I telling you this, i don't know.

Anonymous said...

Welcome home! We read your blog b/c unlike you, we don't have a 365-DAY WEEKEND, and actually have to go to work. Anyway, promise me you'll wear a gray-shirt when you go exercise? Also, I will run/walk, go to Green Lake, etc. w/ you. PEACE!


Anonymous said...

FWIW, I believe party is now mac compatible

Anonymous said...

Re the minerva post above: What a load of Chomskyite crap! (Huh? indeed!) Language came about to reflect things as they are, the truth; use of language to manipulate or try to create a separate truth is perverse. That's why "lying" is a pejorative term. Arguing about what's true has value, but that's the realm of philosophy, not linguistics. Damn a bunch of dammity damned old damovitch linguisticians anyhow!

One of the most attractive features of this blog is that you don't try to sugarcoat or misrepresent your actions and feelings. Keep on.