Variance, a new look, and the girl
When it comes to being lucky, she's cursed...
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- "You don't have chubby cheeks anymore," Kelley's mom says as I greet her, prompting my ex-girlfriend to protest but it's a total compliment to me.
I started running 5 miles a day because of the break up. And now, like something out of the Galaga Theory of Poker, I'm sort of back with the girl again. And I'm still running.
That's not the only odd paradox. Poker's sedentary lifestyle was what helped me gain pounds. But now I run and play poker.
After breaking up with Kelley I never thought I'd be back in this town again. Cats don't really look back. Until, um, they're asked to... And like the end of the movie The Matrix, I don't know how this is going to end.
This is something, like walking through a minefield, that you take one step at a time. But there may be a trip to Miami this month or next, which would be great since I would love to pick up a few more poker room chips...
I explained variance in poker to Kelley after we stuff ourselves with a New Year's meal at a restaurant here called WS Prime, which attracted my eye after seeing the one in Las Vegas. (I don't think the places are related).
I think that being able to deal with variance in poker has helped me deal with setbacks in life. When you're on a downturn at the tables and you're not a toaster, what do you do? You start to think about the things that happened, work on aspects of it to make sure it doesn't happen again. It's hard to despair when you know that an upswing is just around the corner.
I was so comfortable dating Kelley that I think I took it hard when we broke up. I don't know if not running had anything to do with the break-up, but it was one aspect that I could work on. So I focused on that.
And now I'm here, happy that the New Year has arrived, happy that I completed my third year of poker play with a profit and happy that the girl is once again in my life.