Dutiful and loyal invisible internet friends have peppered my Inbox as of late with queries about where I've been. You spoil me, you know, and I don't deserve you.
What have I been doing all this time?
I'm obsessed with Texas Hold 'em and taking pictures of the bamboo trees at Kanapaha (see above). But mostly Texas Hold 'em. Poker is a cruel and seductive mistress, but she is also a profitable one so I find myself heeding her call more often than I should. When I'm not devouring books by Brunson, Caro, Cloutier, Malmuth and McEvoy, I'm playing freeroll tournaments on TruePoker, spending cash in no limit games at PokerStars and limit games on PartyPoker. When I'm not doing that, I'm planning game theory strategies for a regular Thursday night game I attend, memorizing odds and running through hands and possible outcomes in my head. I play poker in my dreams.
To offset the self-indulgence of poker, I've also been spending considerable time on my first case as a Guardian ad Litem. While bound by the strictest of confidentiality agreements, I am able to tell you it is quite possibly the most difficult, heartbreaking and rewarding work I've ever done. I can also say the system here in Florida is so supremely fucked up I'm sorely tempted to quit my job and go work for the Department of Children and Families.
I will quit smoking (again) on Friday, I'll be in Chicago in July, in Vermont in August, the House of Pain is no longer the House of Pain though I'm still professionally dissatisfied, my acupuncturist looks like Sqeaky Fromme and Hula moved to Orlando.
Yeah, that about covers it.