Hey folks. By now, you may have figured out that the High on Poker family has expanded with little Cry on Poker. CoP is actually a misnomer, as the little guy doesn’t cry all that much, unless he is hungry or I am changing his diaper. These last two weeks have been a whirlwind. The only thing that I can conceive of that is harder than watching your wife suffer through extreme labor pain for 22 hours is, well, being the person suffering through extreme labor pain for 22 hours. Wifey Kim is, as always, a superstar. After 22 hours, we had to switch to a c-section, but her recovery has been great. Cry on Poker, meanwhile, is fine as well. When he was delivered via c-section, the cord was wrapped around his neck twice, as well as one arm and one leg. All I can say is that he is likely to be a wanderer, with such a long umbilical cord. Since we opted to switch to c-section, the cord issue turned out to be a non-issue. I am not a religious person, but I do feel truly blessed.
Two weeks in and it is no surprise that I have yet to play any poker. It’s been tough, but its not like its been so tough that I no longer remember the rules of poker. Fortunately, my writing at Pokerist Academy has at least kept me thinking critically about the game.
My actual break in play is probably for the best, since I’m usually dead tired (although I have had time to play stupid videogames, with inFamous and inFamous 2 as my two games of choice). Even so, my wonderful wife has given me the okay to take two poker trips. One didn’t materialize, but I almost went to AC on Labor Day with bro-in-law Marc for a day trip. That may have been wishful thinking, though, since when Labor Day actually came around, I didn’t have any desire to leave wifey Kim or CoP. The second green light is for bro-in-law Marc’s bachelor party in AC in late September. Part of me feels that this, too, is unlikely to materialize for me, but the reality is that wifey Kim and I seek a balance where we can both have some free recreational time. We are fortunate to have friends and family always at the ready to assist.
We currently live in a studio apartment with a home office, which is really a roundabout way of saying a one bedroom apartment where the bedroom has no windows. If there are no windows, then it is illegal to call the room a bedroom, but its just as big as any bedroom would be. So far, everyone and everything fits in nice, but we will definitely be moving sometime in the next year to get more space.
This is where poker and logic conflict. As you may or may not know, New Jersey is the third state (after Delaware and Nevada) to legalize online poker in the U.S.A. The current expectation is that games will be available in NJ in November 2013. My and wifey Kim’s family mostly live on Long Island, to the east of New York City, where we currently live. New Jersey is to the west of New York (that one there is for the geographically-deficient). So, my poker-playing self wants to move to NJ, a brief trip over the water from our current apartment. Logic, though, would dictate moving closer to friends and family by moving to Queens or Brooklyn to the east. The sad part is, I still lean toward New Jersey. Family will travel, but online poker is apparently staying put.
Oh, what terrible problems I have!
Until next time, make mine poker!