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Old 06-06-2020, 08:28 PM   #426
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Update on the music frolic? Haha, I've been curious.

Also, did you end up checking out The Handmaiden? Or, going back to the movie thread quite awhile ago, It Follows, The Invitation, The Guest, or The Witch? The Witch is very polarizing, and I can't be confident anyone would like it, but I thought it was great.

Noticed your positive review of The Gift in the movies thread and will probably check that out.
Which made me think of The Invitation, a powerful and underrated (kinda) horror movie : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIZgwvtFxMY
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Old 06-11-2020, 01:57 AM   #427
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Have you played 1k fast fold on ACR? Seems to be running fairly consistent now. I don’t know what stars is like as I’ve only played fast-fold on ignition and ACR, but I don’t like that ACR allows a time-bank for zoom.
I’ve heard it doesn’t run. I would sell my soul for a 1k zoom pool that ran often, I haven’t heard anything about it running consistently though

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Update on the music frolic? Haha, I've been curious.

Also, did you end up checking out The Handmaiden? Or, going back to the movie thread quite awhile ago, It Follows, The Invitation, The Guest, or The Witch? The Witch is very polarizing, and I can't be confident anyone would like it, but I thought it was great.

Noticed your positive review of The Gift in the movies thread and will probably check that out.
Hey man! Good to hear from you.

Ok yes i watched the Witch, and i didn’t want to derail that thread by giving more negative reviews, but.....i wasn’t a huge fan. I should say that blonde girl really tilts me though. The invitation looks GOOD, I will check that out next and thanks. Haven’t seen it follows or the guest yet, both of those premises sounded played out to me but if you say they are worth it I will check them out.

Music is good man, it’s slow going and as always it’s hard to balance everything, but I’ve been putting more hours into it recently. I absolutely love it that is for sure. It’s just an endless world of possibilities....i think I’ve got another 30 hours or so til I start making some songs/an “album” ha.

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Which made me think of The Invitation, a powerful and underrated (kinda) horror movie : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIZgwvtFxMY
Yeah the trailer looked amazing, I’m in.

Not much else. Getting really good at poker compared to a lot of what I see at mid/high stakes, thankful for that. Been having a lot of fun with the learning process and at the tables.

I started running, I’ve been tracking it and I am going 3-4 miles every other day on some hiking trails nearby.

I am torn, my jiu jitsu gym is open and they are back training, but it still feels really irresponsible to me until we’ve seen if there is going to be a second wave. The state I’m in opened up much earlier than others, mainly because the governor here is not a smart man. I feel like my jiu jitsu instructor is judging me for not coming when everyone else is, I don’t really care about that but I don’t want him to think I’m not dedicated.

Am I being a nit by not going? I’m mainly going because my fiancée is a serious SJW (although I also don’t want to help spread it there is a second wave soon).

Anyways, life is good, no complaints.

One thing I guess, we have a 17 year old huge Maine C00n Cat named Kip, we call him Mr Kip. My fiancée’s family has had him since she was in her teens, and he is just the sweetest, funniest, most demanding and ridiculous cat I’ve ever been around. I was always more of a dog person but I love all animals and man do I love this cat. We’ve lived with him for a few years now and he is our child, you guys know how it is.

One day in November he was acting strange, long story short we took him in & he has kidney disease and since then I’ve been injecting him with 100mg of fluids every other night. He’s such a trooper, he doesn’t like it ofc but since dec he’s been like a kitten again, seems as healthy as can be, playing, attacking us, constantly demanding our full attention, etc.

Anyways he hasn’t felt that good on and off recently, isn’t eating, I have been sleeping on the couch next to him because he likes when you sleep out there with him. Sure hope he’s ok, even though at this point we should probably start preparing for it. Here he is:





We sure don’t deserve pets. Animals are just the best

GL at the tables everybody

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Old 06-11-2020, 02:33 AM   #428
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One funny story about Mr Kip and then I’ll stop. Anyone who’s been around male cats know they are completely ridiculous, they want everything their way, they try to dominate you, territorial, wake you up for no reason, etc. Prima donnas to the fullest. Well Mr. Kip used to be able to go outside, but he fought every cat and dog in the neighborhood. Would have been ok I suppose except he lost every single fight and the fiancée’s family spent a small fortune at the vet. So, he’s now an indoor cat minus our balcony, I made a little house for him out there, he spends about half his time out there. Anyways, we have this feeling that since he knows we keep him inside because he loses all his fights, he tries to be even MORE macho and demanding around the house. He would probably be the center of our attention regardless of how he acted, but he makes damn sure he is anyways.
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I am torn, my jiu jitsu gym is open and they are back training, but it still feels really irresponsible to me until we’ve seen if there is going to be a second wave. The state I’m in opened up much earlier than others, mainly because the governor here is not a smart man. I feel like my jiu jitsu instructor is judging me for not coming when everyone else is, I don’t really care about that but I don’t want him to think I’m not dedicated.

Am I being a nit by not going?
I’m mainly going because my fiancée is a serious SJW (although I also don’t want to help spread it there is a second wave soon).
(mini rant): this is my #1 peeve with martial arts. i've been to a lot of gyms over the years, and this underlying "cult mentality" seems virtually unavoidable on some level. traditional ma's used to be mocked for this, but over time bjj and mma have really developed the same "mythical guru" bullshit for their instructors too.

i see it like this: if i pay a guy for tennis/golf/whatever lessons, it's a business arrangement; i'm listening to him for an hour, to get better at tennis/golf/whatever, and that's it. i've always approached bjj/mma with the same view, and it's caused some issues with self-centered instructors, but seriously: i'm paying you to help me get better at a sport, nothing more; miss me with the stupid mr. miyagi bullshit. i think "combat sports" lend themselves to this so easily because the very nature of instruction in them is emasculating. even typically intelligent/rational people fall prey and just end up ego-fellating some guy because he's had more time on the mats. not saying this is you, doubt it is, but don't forget that you're PAYING MONEY to be there. don't even get me started on bowing, especially to a picture on the wall...

you aren't on a countdown to get ready for mundials or adcc. going back now would be like a rec (no offense at all) who doesn't play poker for a living going back to the casino. if you're going to be thinking about it the whole time (as anyone intelligent would be), are you really even getting anything out of your rolls? imo go back when you're comfortable.
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Old 06-11-2020, 05:39 AM   #430
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your cat is an absolute beaut. I've always wanted a maine c00n, they look so wild and are general beasts.

my gf and i are going to foster a cat, we're on the wl right now. cannot wait
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Old 06-11-2020, 04:11 PM   #431
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(mini rant): this is my #1 peeve with martial arts. i've been to a lot of gyms over the years, and this underlying "cult mentality" seems virtually unavoidable on some level. traditional ma's used to be mocked for this, but over time bjj and mma have really developed the same "mythical guru" bullshit for their instructors too.

i see it like this: if i pay a guy for tennis/golf/whatever lessons, it's a business arrangement; i'm listening to him for an hour, to get better at tennis/golf/whatever, and that's it. i've always approached bjj/mma with the same view, and it's caused some issues with self-centered instructors, but seriously: i'm paying you to help me get better at a sport, nothing more; miss me with the stupid mr. miyagi bullshit. i think "combat sports" lend themselves to this so easily because the very nature of instruction in them is emasculating. even typically intelligent/rational people fall prey and just end up ego-fellating some guy because he's had more time on the mats. not saying this is you, doubt it is, but don't forget that you're PAYING MONEY to be there. don't even get me started on bowing, especially to a picture on the wall...

you aren't on a countdown to get ready for mundials or adcc. going back now would be like a rec (no offense at all) who doesn't play poker for a living going back to the casino. if you're going to be thinking about it the whole time (as anyone intelligent would be), are you really even getting anything out of your rolls? imo go back when you're comfortable.
Yeah pretty much all of this.

Your BJJ instructor trying to guilt you at all or whatever seems pretty immature to me. Would make me lose respect for him.
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I dedicated a year of training in my local MMA gym when I was 17-18 and it was really like a cult. I remember when the gym disbanded because of ownership disagreements it was a major ordeal and we had to pick sides. I used the whole business falling out as my exit. I did love training, didn’t like the controlling owner/instructor too much. I haven’t trained at all in over 10 years.

I’ve been in 3 actual fights in adulthood. A year of mediocre striking puts you shockingly above a normal person in terms of combat skill. People do not expect to be front-kicked in the stomach and also don’t understand how effective leg kicks are because they don’t look like much on TV. They have no idea that Douglas Lima bashing them one time with his shin would put them on the ground.
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LIFE UPDATE, & A STORY/TANGENT (for poker, scroll to bottom)

Hey all -

We went down to Florida this past week, found a great little spot called St. George's Island in a non-touristy part of Florida (area is called the "Forgotten Coast", nice ring to it). At one end of it there is a state park that's a bit of a drive from the main town and you have to pay to get in for the day, for those reasons it doesn't get crowded. We have had a whole section of the beach to ourselves, pretty lucky to find that in this part of 'Murica for the 4th.





It's in a fairly poor area and you drive through a lot of that on the way there. We stopped to get gas at one point, and I was walking through the aisles, and it just got me thinking about this country, human nature in general, how we got "here", politically and as a society.

Growing up, I always wanted to be a secret agent or a Navy SEAL. I read every non-fiction book possible on both topics, I read voraciously as a kid. As I got older, my parents were very anti-military/pro-university, and so I decided I would put all my eggs in one basket and was going to be an Operations Officer for the CIA. After enrolling in uni, and while most of my friends went to business school, I majored in PoliSci and got a coordinate major in Asian Studies because I thought it would help my chances of getting in (I even took Mandarin as my foriegn language while there lol). My senior year I applied online and right before I graduated got a call from an older gentleman, I'll never forget it, they never say "CIA" over the phone or in correspondence, but he said he wanted to talk to me about a recent online application with a government agency. It's to this day the best phone call I ever recieved, literally a lifetime of excitement hinging on recieving that call. I spent 3 hours with him on the phone interviewing, I was prepared having read the politics section of the economist religiously every week for the last 2 years, and I knew I did well. He told me to go on living my life as I otherwise would and if I were accepted to go to the next round of interviews they would be in touch.

I had no interest in doing anything else, but I had gotten into eating good food at the time, and had read Kitchen Confidential (a part of every cook's story, ha). I figured that was one job I could do if it didn't work out with the CIA so I applied and got into the French Culinary Institute in NYC. Over the next year, I was applying to the CIA, having only told my dad. The first round was more informational, in a hotel in Midtown. The second one was an intense interview in a building in Midtown as well, in what looked like a normal office building but a few floors were CIA, of course the floors were named under a different company. During that interview, I actually got to meet Dick Holm, whose story is INSANE for those who are interested - his entire face and much of his body was badly burned when his plane went down in the Congo, and the story of his escape out of the jungle and subsequent recovery is unreal. Congolese villagers sympathetic to whites at the time made a paste out of snake oil and tree bark that saved his life (he then had to get that peeled off him piece by piece in the hospital months later once it had hardened and attached to his skin).

Anyways the last rounds of interviews were in that Maclean VA area, each time I recieved a letter, a plane ticket for the weekend, a schedule, and a map, was given a generous per diem, and it was up to me to make accomodation. I have some pretty cool stories from those interviews.

Although I was completely consumed by this process, I was starting to doubt myself. I didn't agree with much of US politics at the time, we were heavily involved of course in the Middle East and on top of it, I was still partying a ton, habits I always thought I would naturally grow out of after college. I was working part time at a 2 michelin star place in the city, we got shift drinks at the end of our shifts and went out every night together, all our waitresses were models or girls trying to make it in the city, I was ofc doing blow almost every night. At the time I thought I was doing what everyone my age did, now I look back on it, like I do most of my life, with a great amount of regret. A bunch of crazy nights, a bunch of wasted days.

Long story short, for a multitude of reasons (including almost getting arrested for trashing my hotel's lobby with friends while in DC for the weekend applying to the CIA) I realized I wasn't going to do it, and went on to be a chef.

While I have deep, never-ending guilt about the decisions I made for most of my adult life, I suppose it's for the better that I didn't end up working in the CIA. Alcoholism rates are actually quite high in employees working abroad, which was the only division of CIA I was interested in - I applied specifically to the Directorate of Operations, the smallest division, which meant I would have been living abroad under a pseudonym. I am sure, in one way or another, that would have led to my death by now.

The people that I interviewed with while applying to the CIA were on a whole different level from people who think they know about how politics work and my conversations with them are still the most insightful I've had in my life - it opened my eyes to the nuts and bolts of how the world actually works, and what countries are built on. I would say that most people have a completely idealistic view on politics, always based on a lack of information, and as such, I have no interest in discussing politics with 99.999% of people.

I have what I like to describe as realistic world views, if not pessimistic, and I know that choosing lesser evils is often necessary in politics.

But as I perused these aisles in Southern Georgia, and I saw aisle after aisle packed with sh*t food, processed garbage with clever marketing campaigns sold en masse to people in this country and elsewhere, our 40%-and-growing obesity rates, I just got overwhelmed with the sense of "wrongness" with what societies are built on. Capalistic greed is out of control, our politics are a clown show, our media is even more so, and it's just getting worse. Other countries are better in some ways, worse in others. Everyone in politics and in business seems willing to bend the truth until it furthers their own agenda, corruption seemingly inevitable.

Anyways, I spent time on the beach I have never felt so happy to be away from it all, and I felt so thankful to be a poker player. It has its disadvantages of course, but at least I'm not lining someone else's pockets while they tell me how much the company appreciates me. I get to do what I want with my time, and in a lot of ways that makes it the ultimate challenge for me, which makes it even more enjoyable.

In some ways, we are much better off as humans - we have less war, less disease and famine, and our societies are unarguably progressing, as slowly as it seems. 100 years ago women had no rights anywhere, societies were laughably patriarchal, and we are just now starting to fix it. Unless you are in a dumpster fire country like China or North Korea, basic human rights are (slowly) on the rise worldwide. I think that, while I have a lot of problems with the way we live, it's important to keep that all in mind. I suppose I am just...disillusioned? Getting old?

I wanted to write this out, it's been on my mind since, feels cathartic and I have a bunch of mixed feelings about it all. Thanks for reading, I know it's a bit all over the place.

POKER

I'm another 80k under ev this year, I don't even want to get into it (there's nothing to say, I'm a goddamned broken record) other than that I've just been unfortunate with variance since getting back into poker last year & have been under ev every month for the last 15. I've had the whole spectrum of mental game issues because of it, and while it's been a slow process with countless mistakes, I'm beginning to see the light.

I want to be a poker player indefinitely, & I have worked on my game to the point where I am relatively happy with my winrates. I have a clear edge on regs in my pools, & I want to push myself this month, as I've been taking time off lately. I've found a comfortable grind at midstakes (almost all my ev losses are at higher stakes, which has put me in a place mentally where I struggle playing with confidence there). So, until further notice, I'll just be grinding hard at midstakes. I'll put my results at the end of the month to see how well I stuck to my plan.

I'm going back home to help my dad build a deck for one of the condos he rents out on the 15th, so I want to get on the grind hard betweeen now and then, and will only play nights while there.

I'm playing on 3 sites, anywhere from 400-600, am getting good RB, this works for me so I need to stick to it and will hold myself accountable in here.

GOAL - 70k HANDS. Here are June's.



See y'all at the end of July and GL at the tables

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Interesting story! From dreaming of the CIA and politics to being a chef and finally becoming a poker player. Doesn't sound like a common poker success story at all. I don't think many poker players love what they do, and it seems like most are just dreaming of making enough to just retire and forget about the game. (which I understand to some extent because poker can become very monotone and lonely for many people)

Good that you got things sorted out and didn't derail completely for the rest of your life due to drugs and whatnot. I'm one of those kids that have taken minimal risks and at most smoked weed for a couple years. The weed I dropped kind of quickly too because it made me very passive and just foggy overall. So it's really hard to understand what you've been through.

Impressive results mate. Keep it up. You seem to be putting in a **** ton of work on your game.
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You’ve rebounded your life quicker than anybody I’ve ever seen. It’s crazy that a few short years ago you came back into the world with not much else besides sobriety. This is my favorite thread on the internet. I look forward to every update.

Well played my friend.
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Interesting story! From dreaming of the CIA and politics to being a chef and finally becoming a poker player. Doesn't sound like a common poker success story at all. I don't think many poker players love what they do, and it seems like most are just dreaming of making enough to just retire and forget about the game. (which I understand to some extent because poker can become very monotone and lonely for many people)

Good that you got things sorted out and didn't derail completely for the rest of your life due to drugs and whatnot. I'm one of those kids that have taken minimal risks and at most smoked weed for a couple years. The weed I dropped kind of quickly too because it made me very passive and just foggy overall. So it's really hard to understand what you've been through.

Impressive results mate. Keep it up. You seem to be putting in a **** ton of work on your game.
Ty, well keep in mind for years any success I had was eventually undone. It’s only been from 2017 on that I have started to live as a normal adult.

And yeah, I will drift into real estate in the coming years, my family and my fiancees family are both into it and the idea is for her and I to get a multi-family unit after she graduates and go from there.

Most of my friends I made over the years through poker have moved on, but some still play full time. I will do it as long as I like it (or find something I like better), and it’s as simple as that. I’ll never work for someone else again, at least in the traditional sense.

Smart of you to stay away from drugs (alcohol obv included), although in the end I don’t regret the actual drugs. Some of the best times in my life were enhanced by alcohol and drugs and I wouldn’t trade those memories in for anything. I think that they can be a part of everyone’s lives, at a point, but once you get to a point, they will start to have negative consequences and that’s a fact. The biggest is that they will hold you back from achieving what you are possible of achieving, and that goes for every drug, weed included for sure.

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You’ve rebounded your life quicker than anybody I’ve ever seen. It’s crazy that a few short years ago you came back into the world with not much else besides sobriety. This is my favorite thread on the internet. I look forward to every update.

Well played my friend.
Haha thanks my man! but keep in mind I was in and out of jail homelessness and rehabs for 6-7 years. It was by no means a snap turn around, rather a slow and steady climb out the abyss.

I just remembered I think I owe you a PM, I’ll do that shortly



**just re-read my update, I realized I didn’t even mention how nice it was to be down at that beach. I sure do love being by or in the ocean. We are trying to find a place to live on the coast somewhere after her school is done, will depend on her work and if anything is affordable, even a sh*thole on the coast where we were just at is 700k.

GL all
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Well played my friend.
This, you're an inspiration, man. It's so common to see people giving up their lives, not working as hard as they can, not taking necessary leaps of faith. You deserve all that success, haven't seen many people with a work ethic like yours.

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Was riding a 5 hour train to the city I grew up in and decided to read all your posts from page 1. I'm glad I did.

It blows my mind how you went through that dark chapter in your life and managed to get back on your feet and being a top-level professional in the day-job with tons of dreams you want to pursuit. And actually pursuiting those dreams now in real time, sober and with a healthy and positive attitude towards life.

Is it fair to say that the confidence you have regarding poker has a lot to do with that you, thanks to enormous willpower and work ethic, got out from that dark place you were in? In a lot of posts you are very confident in you making enough money from poker to live of. Almost like you just know that if you made that 180 in life possible, it must be easy to make it in poker in comparison.

Just keep posting man. I think many more people are reading than commenting. This might even turn someones life around without them giving direct credit by commenting or PM:ing.

Also the way you write is very interesting. The friend of yours who wanted you to write a book, he might have a point. If you ever do, let us know.

Keep crushing life and poker mate.
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+1 to above posters, enjoying the updates!
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Ha thanks! While most of my friends have moved on from the forums I am as addicted as ever, with many a subscription to threads that offer no value whatsoever, so outlook is good

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This, you're an inspiration, man. It's so common to see people giving up their lives, not working as hard as they can, not taking necessary leaps of faith. You deserve all that success, haven't seen many people with a work ethic like yours.

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Thanks man, yeah I have a lot of v successful friends and the one common thread is that they all worked really hard. I didn’t work hard for a long time so now is the time. Appreciate your words as always ~

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Was riding a 5 hour train to the city I grew up in and decided to read all your posts from page 1. I'm glad I did.

It blows my mind how you went through that dark chapter in your life and managed to get back on your feet and being a top-level professional in the day-job with tons of dreams you want to pursuit. And actually pursuiting those dreams now in real time, sober and with a healthy and positive attitude towards life.

Is it fair to say that the confidence you have regarding poker has a lot to do with that you, thanks to enormous willpower and work ethic, got out from that dark place you were in? In a lot of posts you are very confident in you making enough money from poker to live of. Almost like you just know that if you made that 180 in life possible, it must be easy to make it in poker in comparison.

Just keep posting man. I think many more people are reading than commenting. This might even turn someones life around without them giving direct credit by commenting or PM:ing.

Also the way you write is very interesting. The friend of yours who wanted you to write a book, he might have a point. If you ever do, let us know.

Keep crushing life and poker mate.
Thanks a lot man. In regards to not doubting myself, I believe that humans are literally always capable of much more than they think they are. I really doubted myself for much of my life and really paid for it. Example, I was a very good basketball player by most metrics, but if I had the mindset I do now, I would have been one of the best players in the country and played in the NBA without a doubt in my mind. I never even gave myself a chance for that type of success with it.

I see examples all the time of people not realizing their potential because of self doubt, I really believe the sky is the limit with the right mindset. And I truly, truly believe there is not much I can’t achieve if I put 100% of my effort into it. And same goes for everyone - but most people can’t or won’t put the kind of effort in to achieve their goals, most people don’t even have dreams imo bc they don’t think they are capable of achieving them.

Thanks for all the nice comments, really appreciate it. Hope you’re doing well let’s catch up soon.

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Thanks man!

7/17/2020

LIFE

“I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana, it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.” - Steinbeck

Well I’ve made it back to my home state seemingly Covid-free, will get a test as soon as I can find one. Just been going for walks mostly (have a nagging calf injury keeping me from running) and built/stained a work bench for my mom today. Was fun to work with my hands again, just drew the plan and put it together with some 2x4’s and some plywood.

Sure feels good to be back here. Montana is easily the best place on the planet and my soul is at complete peace when I’m here. I’ll be getting up in the mountains in the next week and will get some better pics, just waiting for my calf to heal.















POKER - Good month that may be shaping up to be great despite only grinding nights for the rest of it. I have been mixing a few sites and I’m pretty amazed at how much better I’ve gotten this year, it’s like I took the best parts of my coaching and my already-good intuition and am mixing between good theory when it’s appropriate and deviations when it’s appropriate. The results have been pretty stellar and I’m playing my A game much of the time due to my confidence in it.

GL @ the tables

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What a read my man
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^^ thanks dudes

8/18/2020

Life has been great, I spent almost a month in Montana and did some great hiking, climbed Mount Blackmore outside of Bozeman up in the Hyalite Canyon, just a spectacularly beautiful place. Also did a bunch of hiking around the house I grew up in which was awesome
como siempre.

I met up with Tyler Forrester in Bozeman, which was fun, we played some way back when and I’ve watched a lot of his stuff on RIO. Nice guy, smart guy, will be fun having a poker friend up there because actually my fiancée and I are moving to Montana in October! Since her classes are all moving to online, there’s no reason for us to stay here, so we decided to are ship it up there in the beginning of October and will be staying at least the winter. My mom goes south in the winters and has a house she keeps in Bozeman so we will live there.

What else, my cat has gotten arthritis so now his legs are sticking out to the sides, but we give him an anti inflammatory daily and he’s the exact same, still biting and playing and living a fun life so I guess we will just see if it gets worse, I’m still injecting him with 100ml’s of fluid every other night lol. I love this cat more than anything but will never keep an animal alive for selfish reasons if they are in pain; that said for the time being he doesn’t seem to be in pain at all so we will see I suppose. The other day someone told me they had a Maine c00n that lived until 25 which is so funny to think about, he might outlive me.

Big news, I got a new desktop. For my fellow nerds I got:

64gb ram (overkill but with pio, emulators, and 2 other sites I want extra)
Ryzen 9 3900x processor
Nvidia 2070 Super 8g graphics card
SSD obv

My friend who knows a lot about desktops said it’s the fastest machine he’s seen lol

My laptop which is pretty beast has started to lag and I figured out why not get top of the line. I took the advice of my friend who knows his sh*t and had a small local computer store order my parts and then build it, cost me $2200 total which saved me a grand off what it would have cost if I would have gone with another option. I worked with them for all the ports etc and made sure to get exactly what I want.

POKER

Has been pretty awesome, I’m really crushing 1k, 2k has been up and down, not really playing anything else unless games are tough to find. I am really far below ev this year again lol but I just have to laugh, I’m still doing fine in $ and playing really well most of the time. I basically feel like I don’t do anything too special overall, but I make less mistakes than most of my opponents. I have played a good amount against guys like zas91 and golovarez and I know how much study I have to do to get to the next level; I just have to keep at it.

More than anything I just try to watch my mental state while playing and keep my sessions short, still people making plenty of mistakes in all my games and my ev bb/100 is great.

******

I have pics from the trip and of the new machine and might post those in here if people are interested, lmk. PGC seems to have died for the most part so I guess it’s more of a journal.

What else, I want to dive into making music this winter really deep, also I will end up buying a season pass for snowboarding, it’s been exactly 20 years since I’ve had one so I’m completely ****ing stoked to get back into it, old bones and all.

I’ve quit jiu jitsu because of covid, my fiancée had asthma as a kid and has a very staunch stance on what she believes to be our civic duty to not spread it. It was hard at first because literally everyone in my gym has gone back, but cases have exploded in this state because of everyone going back out, so I can do my part even though I’m not concerned about getting it (and wouldn’t be spreading it as I have no social interaction with anyone outside of my fiancée). Anyways, I will pick it back up when covid dies down and snowboard over the winter in the meantime.

Can’t think of anything else, I conquered the latest Mortal Kombat lol on my PlayStation, I’ve also been playing a lot of Red Dead. And I am going to take the plunge and get both FIFA 20 and NBA 2k20 when they come out and just no-life the winter months. My fiancé is taking 8 classes so it will be a good excuse for me.

One cool thing I’m really proud of is I had my dad tell me his life story while I was home, and I recorded it. He went through some really traumatic stuff and is pretty closed off in general, but I can’t express how thankful I am that I went and did that. I had just been thinking that there were chapters in his life I didn’t know anything about - what was he like in high school? How was his life in his 20’s? And that if he passed away, I’d have really regretted never having known it all. I’m so, so glad I asked and followed through with it.

Last thing is my fiancée’s internship gave her an offer! She has been pretty bummed about missing out on the social aspect of her graduate school(s) (she’s getting an MBA and a Master’s in Public Health) so we were really happy she came away with the offer. We get to basically pick where we live (from a list of option anyways) and she will be starting at 135k with a 30k bonus, so with both of our incomes we should be in rly good shape to be able to afford a decent life (with a couple kids) in the next few years. When I got sober at 35 I thought there was not much chance I’d be able to get ahead enough to afford a decent life for myself let alone a family, so I’m pretty grateful that not only is my hard work paying off, but I’m with a woman with her own career and goals. I never had really thought about how much of a difference that can make in one’s quality of life but it’s a no brainer to have a dual income household if that’s what both people want. She still has another year of school left but will sign the offer as it was her first choice.

Not much else to report, I’m trying to run and lift every other day, but have a hard time staying motivated lifting at home.

Ranting as always

If I haven’t responded to a PM or a discord or Skype message, remind me bc I’ve been MIA for awhile since I went on vacation and have been trying to spend less time doing that kind of sh*t anyways.

Oh last note, I’ve had bad gas for a long time, turns out I just had to drop protein powder. I don’t know what it is about it but it just f*cks me up. I always thought it was something else in my diet, and tried a bunch of diff types of protein (literally every kind) but once I dropped the protein powder my gas went away.

On that note, cheers and GL @ the tables girls

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Did you try some vegan protein powder? I know a few people who had the same problem as you and they were fine with vegan protein but not sure which brand exactly.
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Oh one thing I wanted to mention, we had planned on trying to get pregnant in December and having a kid in September.

But I’ve actually had a lot of anxiety about it, both about my lack of parental know-how (I never grew up around kids and haven’t been exposed much, can’t stand the sound of them crying, the constant noise etc) and also, about the fact that I feel like I JUST got my life figured out, and I feel like I want some more years of pursuing my own interests (and having fun with my fiancée) rather than having kids.

I don’t know how much it’s related to my past, but I definitely have a lot of guilt that I spent the prime of my life drinking and doing drugs. I think of how many adventures I missed, and it really kills me inside. Then, to just go and start a family, it got me thinking maybe I wanted to wait longer, that I wasn’t ready.

Or maybe I’m getting cold feet? I don’t know, I’m not expecting any answers, but I wanted to include it in here as it was a pretty big deal for me and my girl, and I have had significant anxiety over it, and I haven’t been hardly anxious at all in the years I’ve been sober. I was even thinking about setting some money aside for a therapist to talk to about it.
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Yeah, I’ve tried all the vegan powders, they all have the same effect.
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