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Happy 2011! tl;dr 2010

2010 was an insane year of transitions. The tl;dr of my 365 days:

– Grinded a lot of RUSH and made a RUSH 6max $1/2 vid that never got launched (partially because I was too cheap to buy the full-version of Camtasia when I didn’t finish according to schedule). Paid for MTT coaching.
– Visited family in Tianjin, China, and rekindled with people I hadn’t seen for 17+ years. Had so much fun (and good food) I thought about permanently moving to Beijing.
– First time in Macau: not a very long trip and went there originally to play cash, but went deep in 2/2 events so didn’t have time. Grand Lisboa has sick rooms.
– Got everything hacked. Not fun. Mental game shot.
– Studied a ton for CFA exam, but not hard enough with poker (still) as a distraction.
– My first WSOP! Had own condo for a month and a half to grind cash. Rio was hit and miss but Venetian games were golden everyday. Won biggest pot of career of 1000bb at Caesar’s. Played 2 WSOP events, 3 VDS, 1 Aria 8game, and 1 Caesar’s main. Played a lot of 8-game online.
– Met a good man in a situation I wasn’t ready for.
– Made a vid for the Big Game. After the telephone interview (happened in Barcelona) I was told that if I don’t hear back from them til Jan it was a good thing…
– Took a leap of faith and became convinced playing liveaments was the way to go. Took a lot of reflection to make poker my #1 priority rather than just an auxiliary compromise.
– Fulfilled a dream of being a night/blood elf on Halloween. Costume was meh but it sure was fun reliving my ultimate nerd days.
– NAPT L.A: Rented place off Craigslist that didn’t end up having furniture, final tabled (no cash) 8game to a good start, some sick beats in others (e.g. flop straight on 7h5h3, get it in 100+bb deep vs. Ah7x who goes perfect perfect for a boat.) Didn’t feel significantly outmatched at any time which was a great enabler for my confidence. Sweated Van for 4th in the main in Compton, saw a Laker’s game and went to Disneyland.
– EPT Barcelona: My first time in Europe! Won mega satty and cashed in a side, got owned on first hand played in the main (review to come). Found a reliable roommate for the first time in awhile. Visited Gaudi’s spiritual/architectural gem; the inspiring/humbling/empowering experience will linger for a long time.
– IPT San Remo: lots of nomming of the pasta and pizza. First sense of loneliness on the road by myself. Binked mega satty and 1k side, got owned in main and ladies’. So far Italians in Italy are the friendliest people I have encountered.
– EPT Prague: Flew in right in time for 2nd level of the main and gave the eventual winner a lot of “positive vibes”. Prague is as beautiful as someone once dear to me described, but it’s even colder. Had lots of beef goulash and got hustled in Chinese. Went to a black metal bar and a strip club with midgets.
– Home for the holidays: was fortunate enough not to get stuck at an airport. It’s nice hermitting with family and eating home food. All caught up on Dexter, Bones, Modern Family, House, and my sister. NYE party was kinda nuts and became another friendly reminder to pour my own drink and not leave them unattended.

I joined a new gym today and was so exhausted when I came home i fell asleep super early so I woke up in the middle of the night and realized this was one of the only times I can force myself to blog. It’s just that on these trips I sometimes have to make an effort to be social all the time so when I finally have some time to myself I rarely feel like I’m in the mood to reflect publicly again. Hope that makes sense and doesn’t get misunderstood. I apologize if this post isn’t even a real post, but it will have to do for now. I don’t want to head off to PCA and kick myself for not blogging again.

Happy New Years, 2011 is going to be grand…

NYE ’09 in L.A.

So what did I actually do for new years? Well, Marco’s been a good friend on WOW (and school, but that’s less significant :)), and I figured I’d probably just be at the tables if I didn’t go out with him and his friends anyway, so I accepted his invite for Giant Maximus, and it turned out to be quite the experience. I got picked up from my hotel after they went in circles for like 2 hours like noobs and we met up with some of his friends at a girl’s condo. Everyone seemed really chill and excited for an eventful night. Her place was pretty nice in a complex downtown; I asked about the rent costs just to know my options 🙂

The venue was pretty crazy…a carnival in downtown L.A. with numerous tents of world-renowned DJs. Unfortunately shortly after we got in, the girl was arrested for getting caught taking a bump and being in possession of some pills. A group of her friends left with her, so after waiting around for awhile, it was just down to a group of 5 of us. I’ve never really been into rave culture even when it was big back in middle and high school, but I can definitely see its appeal with this crowd. It was a pretty intense party, but my mind was on one person and my girls back home. I hated how I didn’t get reception on my phone the entire night, especially seeing Eric go on his every few minutes to call/text his girl. I also got tired pretty fast from not getting too much sleep the night before and only having a quick meal right when we got there. We ended up leaving at around 4ish, when it started to get really really cold from the lack of body heat. Eric was also feeling unwell and threw up a few times there and in the cab, and it was quite the mission getting back to his gf’s to crash since he was completely delirious and we had to go through a looooot of trouble to get in to her place..

No need for details though, the good thing is that we all got back in one piece. As for me, I realized I’m really less outgoing than I ever realized. In fact, after seeing all the outrageous stuff that night, I feel a lot like an old fart. Maybe it’s the place in my life I’m at right now, where I really can’t afford to make more mistakes and stray off my goal. Or perhaps it’s hard to have a good time with too much on my mind. I did have some ingenious thoughts on that crazy stuff I took though. That was my second time rolling but completely different than the first. It got so intense at some points that I was actually frightened because I didn’t feel in control anymore. Well, if I do it again it’s only gonna be with really close friends and in moderation. Still had a blast though 🙂