Some Brief Random Thoughts

Friday, February 4th, 2005, 2:24 pm

Two of the activities that take up much of my leisure time are poker and volleyball. I must ask the question, why is it that nearly every time I finished playing either I end up muttering darkly to myself? Is this just temporary frustration, congential dypepsia, or am I a masochist who really likes inflicting pain upon myself? Probably a little from columns A, B and C. I’m just good enough at both activities to know how much I suck compared to folks who know what they’re doing. Maybe I should start golfing again and broad-jump over the edge.

Enough whining. One person who probably doesn’t do much whining is Gus Hansen, who is the cover boy of this month’s Card Player magazine. Here’s what I considered the money quote:

“I asked Gus about his love life. He is 30, and free and single. ‘I am a very individual person. I like gambling. I love what I do and I love the fact that I don’t have to answer to anyone. It sounds egotistical, but if I have to choose between you and me, it’s me, baby.'”.

I’d love to see that on a greeting card. “I had to choose between you and me, and, it’s me, baby”. Gus Hansen, a hero to every male on the planet.

Speaking of world-class players, Paul Phillips has slightly changed the look of his site and has included a brief FAQ concerning his answering (or not) of emails and comments that makes for enjoyable reading. Again, my pick as the money quote:

I would like to talk about poker or obtain poker feedback.

Best of luck. Play tighter and more aggressively.

Speaking again of world-class players, Daniel Negreanu’s “Poker Journal” is now also referred to as his “Poker Blog”. Perhaps a matter of semantics, but could this not be considered yet another sign of the inexhorable advance of the pokerblogging community? Should we not invite Danny to play in the next WPBT event? What would the bounty be for knocking him out? A Jaguar?

I was checking my referral list and I still get quite a few hits from Poker Top10’s list of, uh, top ten poker blogs. I ranked 4th, thank you very much. The list now seems hilariously outdated–when it was compiled there were probably only 11 poker blogs out there–and it’s rendered obsolete by the fact that Iggy’s blog wasn’t even mentioned, which is like listing Francis Ford Coppola’s greatest works and including “Jack” and not “The Godfather”.

OK, back to work. I think I’m going to skip volleyball tonight, maybe skip poker too. Maybe I’ll meditate. Or hold my hand over a burning candle. Depends on if anything good’s on TV.

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