The thrill of (near) victory!October 14th, 2014 at 5:05:54 pm
I swear to God that the first poker tourney I ever played I made the final table and we chopped (5 players.) To this day I still cannot believe I did it with some of the stupid plays I made. Until yesterday I never came close again. Always too aggressive or too docile or just caught a frozen wave of cards.
So a buddy an I decide to enjoy Columbus Day and go to the poker room at Meadows. As I will not be able to blow off many more of these federal days with the new client (enough online that the courthouse doesn't matter) I was extra up for it. He had a dentist appointment later but ever the optimist says, "won't matter, we will both be knocked out early."
Early it was about the tightest tourney I ever sat in. One fish got knocked out fast. It was the true, "If you can't spot the sucker......" moment. I spotted him as a sucker right off. I saw one guy he just kept calling and I knew at the second call he would go all-in and lose. He did and did. When he went out it was about 23 of 26 still left, and stayed that way to near the break.
The tightness along with only 8-9 at the table was good for my style of play. It hurt that you could get no action on premium hands, but no all-in idiots either. I was near fading when I called an all-in with KQos to an A?os. It was just a tourney moment where you have to go all in or go home. I drew to a flush and essentially knocked the guy out as he had just enough for an ante left.
We fade down to final table and my buddy decided to cancel his dentist appointment (dentist or poker, hmmmmm......) Still tight play and I have a stack on the low end of the high stacks. My buddy fades and dies at fifth, leaving us at the bubble. Guy to my left has a small stack but keeps winning a few. Eventually he has to go all-in and loses. WE HIT THE MONEY!
The chip leader would not chop so on we go. The guy between me and him, to my right, is who I want to pressure. I get some fair but not good cards at the right times and make some all-in raised. Chip leader keeps thinking and keeps folding, saying if I do win he will be too dented. The other guy keeps folding.
Eventually it is just two of us. I get a flush on the flop and go all-in. He calls and says, "FLUSH TO THE 8!" As if in a movie I flip my cards and say, "to the Queen." He is critical so I get KQ suited and push all-in next hand. He calls and wins. At this point he asks for a smoke break. What am I going to do, deny him? This isn't ESPN and he is actually a cool guy.
So we go to the bar and my buddy is there, I tell my buddy, "check this out, last two players we decided to be friends!"
What happened next made my day. The guy tells me how great I have been playing. I say I had to go all-in and he says, "don't kid yourself, you were watching us and played the all-ins right. You are no maniac." As if I was not happy enough he says he will do a "gentleman's chop" if I want. My term. He suggests a more balanced payoff but the casino is not involved because he just wants to see how it plays out.
Well, I got really bad cards with really high blinds and just shoved. Came in second. But having never had any sports ability I never had an opponent on that level say something like that. What a last day before a new day gig begins.
“The day you sign a client is the day you start losing them.'”October 9th, 2014 at 2:08:07 pm
An up and down week up here. For those who do not know, the project I was on ended one week ago today. The last few days of it the signs were all over. The last day I turned in one more tract and then kind of read the news and posted here, my boss sitting right next to me doing essentially the same. At the end the parting words were, "take tomorrow off and wait for a call" and a "well, hopefully I see you when you are back from vacation."
The email then came with the following in it, "It is our intention to re-engage your services as quickly as possible, hopefully within the next 7 calendar days." Some more about hopefully working with them again and, "but it is our hope that you elect to continue providing the agreed upon services."
This was Friday of last week. I rested Friday and put a few resumes out on Monday because in this industry there are no guarantees. By Tuesday I had a new gig with a new client, a touch more flexibility, and get to learn 2 new counties, one neighboring Ohio. The offices of the new place are in a 100% nicer part of town, a trendy part of town at that. One of the trendiest.
Oh, yeah, and a few more bucks a day! Not killer-more, but enough for a nice dinner for one.
All happy times until the old client calls and you feel like talking to the old girlfriend who went on a break and you found someone new. Yes, I liked it there, I really, really did. I would not have even explored much but for the hiatus. I got picked up fast. It didn't sink in on the call, it sunk in on the email where it said they "acknowledged and accepted my contract termination." I mean, of course it is terminated, just feels so final at the moment I read it.
I would say it is the first time I left a job I liked for an unknown, but it was not a "job." It was a "gig." A "client." Few are the W-4 jobs in this industry. "Long Term" can mean a year, sometimes less. Not to forget, but the move was sold as "an opportunity." I don't begrudge the Chief who told me that, she could not have known. Business is business.
The lessons for the client are if you like the work of a person, find a reason to keep him because even a few days on the street and people will look elsewhere. The lesson for the contractor is keep doing good work and know where to find the next client.
And that is that. One day I may work with them again. Or they might have been a break-in house and I did not realize it. I like the new place so far, they came in on the high-end of my rate request. But remember the motto:
“The day you sign a client is the day you start losing them.'”--Don Draper
This is what will be coming out in the world in a few yearsAugust 22nd, 2014 at 9:22:51 pm
College Freshmen say some weird things, but this one I never heard a player say before.
"This is called free odds and is the best bet in the casino as it has no edge."
"Is there a way to bet evens?"
Asking a square for a square but not the square the square thought..........June 28th, 2014 at 12:42:48 pm
I know I'm a square, but.......
So I'm by the garage with my dad, ladder on the house, getting ready to cut a board board for a shelf for an A/C unit. This black girl is walking down the alley and asks, "do you have a square?"
Immediately I think she is talking about a carpenter's square, as is my dad. She quickly senses we didn't get it and said "cigarette." I politely replied we didn't smoke and she moved on.
Now, I do know what it meant. But my thought is a person on the street is asking about a carpentry tool.
Am I that big a square?
Blackjack at a Prom, 2014April 28th, 2014 at 10:59:10 am
"Blackjack" was spelled out vs the initials "BJ" to avoid any confusion like last year.
The kid says, "I just realized this is our Prom and we are sitting here playing Blackjack."
So I am thinking to myself, "and????????"
Assuming the powers that be kept booze out, and no reason to think otherwise, it is the most I have seen non-drunks hit on 18, soft or hard. For some time this would drive me nuts, but lately I have found some kind of Zen at the table and simply DUAD.