January, 2008

My First Hold ‘em Poker Tournament

Sat Jan 5, 2008 1:10:37 pm by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, Fun, General, a little about life

A few months ago I mentioned how I had played poker at a bar and actually got second place. Since then I have played at that same bar almost every Tuesday night, pending holidays, other plans, and late nights at work. I even won a few weeks ago.

Part of that experience is a quarterly, regional tournament. It was today. If you can guess from the time of day I am writing this, I did not do as well as I have in the past. There were over 300 people playing, and I made to having, say, about half that left. I will call it a fair effort for the first time.

There were three main hands for me. About the third or fourth hand of the day, I was given two queens. I was excited. After giving up about half of my starting chips I found out, almost predictably, the other player in the hand had two aces. Ouch. The next hand I had two jacks and lost to a straight. At this point I was almost the lowest hand in the room. I decide to only play really good hands for a while and see if I can at least learn something out of the day (and not be the first one out). The final key hand I had was my last (no I did not win this one either). I had ace/queen unsuited and went all in after the flop. The other guy had seven/two, so I thought I was in good shape with two over cards. It turns out on the turn – the last card to come up – he paired his twos. I lost to a pair of twos on the turn.

I went to see how a few of my buddies were doing, Jon and Jason; they did not have much left. It was a fun few hours. Maybe next time.

New Years Resolutions (2008)

Tue Jan 1, 2008 7:48:11 pm by Dustin
Filed under General, Household, a little about life

Well it is that time of the year when one is supposed to say ‘Happy New Year’ to everybody and make a list of those things which should change in their life. So, Happy New Year folks. Also here is my progress report and next step list:

  • Buy a house/condo – Still on my list of things to do.
  • Get my murdercycle endorsment – I am actually planning on taking the classes this winter, so I have a bike this upcoming season.
  • Website – We will see.
  • Learn personal finance – I am going to call this one complete. I think I have a grasp of the concept I wanted to get and have laid out a plan and goals for where I want to be and how to get there.
  • Get more in shape – I got a bit lazy, followed with getting out of the habit of running and/or lifting in the last few months. I am going to start doing all this again.
  • Stop those bad habits – Habits are hard to break, but I am working on it.
  • Be better with phone calls – I am impressed how lazy I can be some times to not even pick up the phone. ugg.
  • Learn about Financial Engineering – As a follow up goal to learning about personal finance, I have found I am fascinated with financial engineering – the process of using computer track the stock market. Think of this as a way to have computers do half of the job of the analysis. Holy crap it is fascinating.
  • Continue reading – This is not really a ‘resolution’ since I do this regularly now with no hope of stopping. Financial engineering is definitely on the reading list, but any topic is fair game as long as I find it interesting.
  • Post more – I got lazy and busy with other things in the last few months and my exercising, habits, and this site – among other things – took a back seat. I am going to try to get 10-15 posts a month.

That looks like a good list. If I put the bar too high, I will not accomplish anything.