I love airline change-fees. I mean, I must. I can't get enough of them . . . My first "vacation" of summer 2013 is a week away and, yes, for the third time, I've changed my plans. USAIRWAYS doesn't like me . . . they LOVE me . . .
Turns out, I don't need two weeks at the pool in Hawaii to relax... I just needed two weekends at the pool at my condo in Bethesda thinking about the pool in Hawaii to relax . . . and to realize how bored I'd prolly be after a day or two surrounded by families with kids and honeymooners in Maui and Kauai with absolutely nothing to do at night.
True enough, I was looking forward to doing some hiking on the Islands. But, after some basic research, I came to realize that hiking in Kauai may not be the best idea for a shitty poker player with a fear of heights:
I mean, just look at these psychos on the Kalalau Trail. Does this look like fun?
Or, maybe it was partly the email I got last week from the "butler service" at the St. Regis Princeville inquiring what "special occasion" I was celebrating and attempting to plan out my stay for me. I don't need a "butler" on vacation . . . or things like "turn down service," which is just another excuse for a stranger to annoy me. In short, I don't need, or want, 5-star service. I just want a cold can of Miller Lite poolside, and I don't need to fly 13 hours and pay $700 a night to get that . . .
So, I'm back to where it all began - ten days in Vegas during WSOP. I still have my initial reservation at Signature. I plan on rededicating myself to my poker game. I haven't played much cash at all this year and, when I have, it's gone badly. I'm down about $1,200 over my last 15 hours of play, and nothing I do seems to be working. Yes, it's a small sample size; and yes, I know I've taken some bad beats. But, if I'm being honest with myself, I've also not been playing my best poker. I've largely ignored position . . . gotten bored and played too many hands (e.g., weak aces and suited Kings) . . . made too many C-Bets in bad spots . . . and donated too much money on bad calls simply because I thought: "there's no way I can be beat again!!!" I think I need to just "nit up" a bit and get back to basics (once I start winning some sessions, I can get a bit "fancier" with my play). I figure Vegas, during the WSOP, with all the tourists in town, is prolly a good time to "get healthy" at the tables.
So, I'll be in town from July 4th to July 14th. Holla if you are around and want to play some hands, bet some bases, or have a couple of Miller Lites.