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Old 10-07-2018, 11:15 PM   #601
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Re: Dancing with the Old Lady, the Journey continues...

Of Redneck Towns and Run Bads

Well this puts an end to this boring week of run bad in the redneckish town of Vernon It also makes it 4 consecutive weeks in the red, albeit still not as terribad as it was last week in Van where we managed to drop 5 figures Hopefully Nelson has something positive in the books for us... If not, I kept the option open of going to do some service for 10 days in Alberta where my buddy is presently the centre manager

I am going to catch A Star is Born tonight which everyone is raving about, go figure I never thought a cast involving Lady Gaga would be phenomenal... Granted, all I know about her, is her overplayed Poker Face song.

I watched Valley Uprising this week, a GOAT documentary on the history of mountain climbing in Yosemite National Park in the US of A. It was simply amazing It goes back to the beatnics who lived/partied there, to the hippies who actually took acid while ascending the 90 degrees cliff sides , to the modern day hikers who use no ropes to then base jump from the summits!!! GOAT AF

I sure hope that Nelson will bring some exciting social action, as I feel that I have been isolating myself - not deliberately, mind you, but I certainly did not reach out to peeps in a town like this . Every time I spend an extensive amount of time introverted, it becomes that much harder to step out of my shell a to engage the outside world I am meeting up for lunch in Kelowna tomorrow with a buddy and I have spent a winter in Nelson 11 years ago ; but alas, I doubt that many peeps are left from those dreadlock days (or that they would recognize me ).




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Old 10-10-2018, 11:52 PM   #602
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Switch Blade

After yet again finding myself down 3k for the week, I woke up in good spirits, thus deliberately pulling myself out of the illusion that I am stuck in a downswing and coming to the realization that I rather find myself in the midst of a 170k 9 month upswing, am healthy, sober, happier then ever, slowly instilling my life with more peace, I have great friends, a loving family and I this potential of finding not only a cute af gf, but one that many men would be envious of... Life is good yo

Of course, the above sentiment ran for the hills when my 80-20 and 75-25% failed to hold up and I dug an early 1.5k hole for the day Nonetheless, I proceeded to weather the storm, take several breaks, meditate, gather my spirits to then luckily find myself in extremely soft short-handed games and, long and behold, I ran good

Still debating about going to that meditation retreat in Alberta... but if poker goes good in the next few days (I got 8k in RB coming up next week as well), I think I will just extend my stay here in Nelson by a week, then go check out the PLO games in Calgary before flying back to Montreal for the WPT at the end of the month

I have been working on a few pieces for my travel blog, but have not touched my novel in months I will probably look to get back into it come Europe, but the motivation is lacking, tbh.




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Old 10-11-2018, 11:10 PM   #603
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Euphoria

I felt elated from a brief online upswing yesterday for the first time this year Hear me out : it has been such a calendar of run good - the last month not withstanding -, that winning lots of monies has become part of my expectations as opposed to this funky wave that one can ride sky high yo And I do not mean this from an entitled POV, hells no, but moreso that the virtual realm has become my office space : I put on my grinding shoes, my pyjas, listen to podcasts, have my caffeine kicking around et voila, I sign-in/sign-out like a pro yo It has none of the bright lights feel of a live event MTT. Except yesterday, that is, where after a prollllonnnnnnnggg 22k or so month long downswing, I upswong to the tune of 3.5k And even though this run bad has not been weighing on me too heavily, the upward swong felt like that moment when psychedelics kick-in-mama-frackers-AKA-pure-f**king-gold

I love Nelson. It has so much personality. The thing is... I don't remember it at all It was a different Dubnjoy that slept underneath that bridge when he first rolled into town... It was a different version of Dubn that came the following summer to hippie festivities and was crashing by the river... A more depressed Dub that spent the winter here, on welfare, sleeping with a 19 year old punky chick while leaving no stones unturned trying to figure out what it's all about and why the f**k he was so inclined to circulate further down the downward spiral

Times have changed folks Even though I have not been engaging enough of the outside world (but do plan on meeting some peeps when I am done this weekly rake race of mine (presently holding on to 2nd for 3.2k yo )), life is fracking golden




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Old 10-12-2018, 12:04 PM   #604
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Can't recall if I've ever been to Nelson, although I'm pretty sure I went thru there as a kid on a family vacation. Alls I know about it is Steve Martin's "Roxanne" was filmed there.

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Old 10-13-2018, 01:22 AM   #605
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Feisty AF

So I was already daydreaming of taking half day off, perhaps a full day... I mean, I was comfortably sitting in 2nd place in my bi-monthly rake race and, with only 3 days to go and a 30% lead on third place (who had yet to show any signs of fight), I was thinking of slacking off until Sunday, right... Wrong I woke up this morning - make that noon -, meditated for an hour, only to realize that our 3rd place fellow was right there in my f**king bumper I mean, what the hell is wrong with him Get a life buddy, as opposed to putting any unnecessary pressure on both of us I mean, do you think for a second I will let you get ahead of me

So anyhow, I put in 6h today, but anytime I would pull ahead/take a break to meditate, our fellow came charging back Fracking annoying little buddy Of course, he is probably early 20 something, playing 1001 tables while I have to squeeze out any stamina left in my middle-age body/mind to put on a fight yo When I get back tonight and take a nap, come midnight I will put in another 2-3h because

#AintF**kingQuittingThisFightAmFrenchAndStubborn

Which reminds me of back in grade 6 when we had this 1600m run in phys ed... I was never naturally gifted to be the best at anything I did - but above average -, yet I put so much into it. Anyways, this buddy of mine would win... EVERY. SINGLE. FRACKING. TIME. To my dismay, as I would finish 2nd every f**king time Until this sunny spring day, that is, that I put all my might in the race yo

The sun was shining, summer was rapidly coming AKA everything was in place that day for me to be victorious So anyhow, like it was always the case, our friend came charging first out of the gates, always taking the lead from the beginning to never let it go... Me, I would always leave dead last. And take pleasure in passing people 1 by 1 by 1 by fracking 1 yo Until there was only my buddy left a few metres ahead...

You see, because he would always finish first and me 2nd, he would cross the finish line without any pressure and I would follow suit shortly after. But not today. Nope. I saw him a couple of metres ahead, the finish line about 50m beyond... I gave it my all until he finally noticed me, started sprinting and we fracking sweated balls until the finish line in a dead tie... but somehow and for some f**king reason, he managed to win by a whisker FML.




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Old 10-13-2018, 10:24 AM   #606
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Glad to see it looks like things are coming back around your way. Thank you for providing us with an entertaining thread with good storytelling!
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Old 10-13-2018, 10:53 PM   #607
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Rise and Take a Stance Again

So our 3rd place fellow from the rake race did not go bat-shyt-ape-insane on volume today, sticking to his standard as opposed to doubling it But here is how I think the situation went down, if you guys want to hear me out...

He wakes up in his Western European bed in mom's and dad's basement with a smile on his face, thinking that 2nd place was still up for grabs... until his computer screen gives him the bad news, that is Angry af, he starts swearing with a KGB accent
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, grabs one of his 3 monitors that he uses to play his 1001 tables, and smashes it to the ground while screaming his lungs out :

- "THAT FRACKING MAWG FRENCH CANADIAN F**K, WHY CAN'T HE JUST QUIT!!??!!!!???!!!!!"

... Of course, there is no answer to his curse, outside of a nasty echo bouncing off his brick basement wall...



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Glad to see it looks like things are coming back around your way. Thank you for providing us with an entertaining thread with good storytelling!
Thx bro And yeah, rode a 8k upswing today in 4h, feels pretty darn good to have variance my way again

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Can't recall if I've ever been to Nelson, although I'm pretty sure I went thru there as a kid on a family vacation. Alls I know about it is Steve Martin's "Roxanne" was filmed there.

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Are you Canadian gobble? For some reason I had the impression you were from the USA... Aha, I did not know about Roxanne and had to look it up

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Old 10-14-2018, 05:40 PM   #608
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Of Cafes and (laying) Eggs

So our fellow Western European friend woke up today and... In fact, I think he never did wake up I believe he went to sleep yesterday, laid an egg in bed and called it quits So anyhow, much to my delight, I did not have to put in any volume this afternoon, thus guaranteeing myself of an added 3.3k in the next few days Not too shabby, not too shabby indeed

I have noticed at least 6 cafes in Nelson thus far which, to a fellow writer/chill-out-French-introvert like me, is fracking heaven yo Especially now that I will be moving in town for the next 10 days and should not be involved in a heated rake race, I will be spending more time writing, walking around, chilling in the sun and (hopefully) meeting some peeps. Speaking of which, I have a goal of asking at least 1 girl out (and succeeding) during my stay here, because yolo, to challenge myself and happiness EV, of course

There is a last 2 weeks rake race debuting in a few hours and while I will give it some importance, unless things unexpectedly fall on my lap, I will be gunning for 3rd or 4th. All the value is in the top 2 places (4.8k for 1st, 3.2k for 2nd, 1.6k for 3rd and 1.4k for 4th), but given that the WPT is coming up in 2 weeks and all, I will not burn myself beforehand. I might take 2 days off for a 15h meditation retreat as well if I find the need for it...




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Old 10-15-2018, 03:19 PM   #609
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Which reminds me of back in grade 6 when we had this 1600m run in phys ed... I was never naturally gifted to be the best at anything I did - but above average -, yet I put so much into it. Anyways, this buddy of mine would win... EVERY. SINGLE. FRACKING. TIME. To my dismay, as I would finish 2nd every f**king time Until this sunny spring day, that is, that I put all my might in the race yo

The sun was shining, summer was rapidly coming AKA everything was in place that day for me to be victorious So anyhow, like it was always the case, our friend came charging first out of the gates, always taking the lead from the beginning to never let it go... Me, I would always leave dead last. And take pleasure in passing people 1 by 1 by 1 by fracking 1 yo Until there was only my buddy left a few metres ahead...

You see, because he would always finish first and me 2nd, he would cross the finish line without any pressure and I would follow suit shortly after. But not today. Nope. I saw him a couple of metres ahead, the finish line about 50m beyond... I gave it my all until he finally noticed me, started sprinting and we fracking sweated balls until the finish line in a dead tie... but somehow and for some f**king reason, he managed to win by a whisker FML.
Lol, this was also me in grade 8 against my neighbour. He had already failed one grade and was only going to last a couple of years more before not finishing high school in my hick town. But in our grade 8 gym class he was the best "milk run" guy (have no idea where that term came from?). It was always like a 20 minute run that seemed to waste most of our gym class away, but me and him took our race against each other seriously, and we even completed the extra required lap around the town junior baseball diamond (which most others in the class would skip and even almost "beat" us back to school). We were usually neck and neck until the few hundred upward metres back to the school, but that's where he got me every time, it was never even really close. I'm actually guessing the first part of the run wasn't very close either, and he probably just coasted to have someone keep him company.

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El Centro

Just moved into a hotel in Downtown Nelson ; it feels so much better to have everything upon hands reach Prior to today, I was staying in an uninspiring AirBnB : it is located on top of the hill, making the walk back home (almost) unfeasible (a 30-40 minute steep hike (I would just get a taxi)), the ceiling/floors were paper thin, thus making all of the activities of the upstairs family transparent af , the wifi was absolute shyt (spent about 125$ grinding on my phone), there was no kitchen (just a little fridge, microwave and coffee maker). Still not a terrible experience mind you, but it did make exploring Nelson/anything else than the grind, that much more difficult to do

There is this cute Thai chick that I want to go ask out tomorrow ; she works in a Thai restaurant and I will pull that good ole "hey I don't know anyone, let's meet for coffee", much like I use to pull the effective "hey, come crash over my place, I won't make moves, just want to cuddle and perhaps kiss..." at the end of drunken evenings back then Both are actually based on sincerity though, as I am very friendly in my approach and while I do envision an end goal beyond the friendly facade, it is nowhere close to being mandatory. More like a happy byproduct

Alright, in preparation of the WPT in exactly 2 weeks time, I will be renewing my MTT studying tonight, aiming for 30 minutes a day yo Spending time with different games in the lab has made the process much more interesting for yours truly

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Aha, BC it is then If I had to pick an area in Canada to settle down, BC it would be Most likely Salt Spring, albeit Nelson would have to be into consideration as well... Vancouver Island still has more to offer for me though, as far as having a meditation centre, big cities close by, beaches, warmer weather... I think the Yukon and BC are equally as beautiful though, but I would not want to do another northern winter up there




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Old 10-16-2018, 11:06 PM   #611
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Progression

I remember the first time I won a Unibet Open package online, it took me the entirety of the 3 months allocated to accumulate enough RB points to do so ; today, I just binked another one IN 16 DAYS Of course, playing 8 tables of 400z as opposed to 6 of 50-100z (like I did 2 years ago) weighs in significantly, yet 6 times faster is quite the feat

It is quite a delight to be able to pick the minds of elite talent such as Sam Greenwood, Jason Koon and Fedor Holz through the RIO videos It does bring some excitement to going into the lab, albeit still a tedious af process

I was listening to the Chip Race podcast lately and Dara Okeary (nice guy who I got a chance to speak with in Montreal during Party Millions) was talking about how he studies 20h+ a week Of course, the dude is competitive as it comes and excels mightily in the live highstakes MTT arena (just cashed for 300k last week again). For those of yous that do not know him, he started playing professionally at the ripe age of 40+ coming from a competitive running background. Just to give you an example of his dedication : he holds Ireland's record for the longest distance ran in 24h, which was just under 800kms, if I remember correctly...




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Old 10-17-2018, 07:16 PM   #612
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Upbeat (down)Trend

So after taking a 2k hit this morning in 2h, it reasserted this intention of mine of dedicating more time to the outside world yo I oftentimes find myself walking this fine line in between, on one side, the dedication/determination for the grind and my overall financial and poker goals and, on the other side, poker being a tool that serves my life EV. But anyhow, I was paying a bit too much attention to the rakerace again (am clearly 2nd in monthly and barely 2nd in the bi-monthly one) which will now be officially tossed aside for happiness EV yo

Stuff that I will do during the next week :

- Treat myself to some purchases. There are a ton of outfitter/outdoorsy type of stores here (because of the ski hill), so will indulge in a few nice shirts, items etc.

- Get a massage. Or 2. Of course, with the WPT coming up, my massage bill will once again be UP THE SKY

- Go watch A Star is Born again. Yup, it is elite af and refreshing for such a mainstream flick yo

- Go ask that Filipina chick out. We talked yesterday at her work, the Thai restaurant, so I did manage to break the ice and while my first impression/flirting performance was a little dubious (I came out looking as shy ), will go back and simply ask her out. Because... why not, right This is definitely going nowhere and I might get turned down, but to the hells with it,

#YoloAndTooFrackingOldToHoldBackOnLimitedTimeLeft

- Do a 2 day meditation retreat. I have booked a 10 day retreat in Barcelona for January, but I want to refresh my spirits before WPT's week grind.

- Potentially do a hike on weed edibles. I have been sober for so many years - ayahuasca journey not withstanding -, so would be nice to create a little bit of non-sober excitement...




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Really nice thread and attitude, I've enjoyed following along since I found it a few weeks back. Where did you find the Barcelona meditation retreat? Any recommendations for retreats you have done (in Europe) in the past? Cheers!
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Of Edibles and Past Music Icons

Darn Kawhi Leonard is with the Raptors...

Am occupying my time in Nelson with fun stuff to do everyday like going to buy some nice pants and a tidy shirt today, hair cut tomorrow, getting some glasses this weekend and catching a movie, and then Wednesday I am going to see Jeff Martin, the ex lead singer of the band The Tea Party, you guys ever heard of them? Tea Party is actually the first concert I attended when I was 17 as they were opening for Blind Melon (it is the tour where Shannon Hoon pissed on the crowd in Vancouver ). I would go on to see Tea Party 3-5 times

For those of yous that never heard about them, they had this interesting classic rock/alternative sound to them, a cross of Led Zeppelin meets the grudge 90s... Albeit the singer looked and dressed like Jim Morrison's twin brother A solid Canadian band that unfortunately got rapidly cheesy after their 3rd album. Anyhow, pretty happy that I stumbled upon this show (30$) and that the dates works ; I will buy me some ganja edibles and enjoy the trip yo It should be a blast (pun intended)

And darn, Kawhi Leonard is with the Raptors
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Yeah man, I highly recommend vipassana meditation as it is simply the shyt . It is a 10 course executed in complete silence, with 10h+ a day dedicated to intense meditation in order to fully understand the meditation technique. I mean... you go deep af It is tough, emotionally and physically painful, but takes you to uncharted territories insofar as understanding human nature/tendencies and our own ego. So anyways, there is basically vipassana courses held in (almost) every single country, with even Africa (the least predominant continent in terms of vipassana exposure), having courses held in 30 ot its countries or so It is based on Buddhism teachings, obviously.

https://www.dhamma.org/en/about/vipassana

In which country do you live bro?




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