Monday, September 21, 2009

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Well peeps, wazzup? I am still toiling away in the land of the unemployed, and it does suck. If you hear anyone talking about how the recession is over and the economy is turning around, ask yourself why Congress is talking about extending unemployment benefits. Trust me, the job market (at least here in So Cal) really sucks sweaty goat balls. Or Waffles' balls. Either way, it's not good (no offense, Sir Waffles).

But enough of that, because I can make a living playing poker, dammit! I freaking won an SNG! Yeah, it was a lowly $2.25 27 player, but you gotta start somewhere. Besides, after the cold-decking I've been taking on the felt, any kind of boost to the B/R is a good thing. Basically, I played pretty solid ABC poker, with some bluffs where I wound up with some good reads on a weak table. Generally, I got good cards and managed to not donk off my consistently decent stack on the 8-2s. The hand that took us from 3 handed to heads up was particularly nice. 3 handed, AT s00ted is definitely playable, and the BB decided to shove for his remaining chips with KJoff...a not unreasonable play. Flop came down Q99 with two diamonds. I got a little worried when a K dropped on the turn, but the riverbrought a lovely 5 carat diamond, and we are now heads up. Of the 40,500 chips in play, I've got about 34,000 of them. I'm in the BB, and I look down and see rockets, for probably the 5th or 6th time of the tourney. I'm just praying for my opponent to decide to shove into me. And when he wakes up to a s00ted King, he does just that. As the flop comes down, I'm just hoping to avoid the frush.
As it turns out, I didn't need to worry much. I flopped a set and rivered a boat, taking down the tourney and adding some much needed moolah to the B/R. Small stakes I know, but again, you gotta start somewhere. See ya out there, peeps!

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Hiatus on hiatus

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So, here's the scoop. I was laid off 3 years ago, when the real estate development industry here in San Diego went in the tank. After a frantic 6 month stretch of looking for a job, I found a consulting gig. It paid pretty good money, but not what I had been making. After almost exactly 2 and a half years, I got laid off from that job. My former boss (partially due to medical issues) told me that the CEO had dropped him down to approximately 10 hrs per week, and then only on projects the CEO wanted him to work on. We've been speculating whether they wanted to close down our division in the San Diego office, and it seems as though they may be on the way.

So I've been looking for work since the end of June, and as bad as it was in 2006, it is waaaay worse this go 'round. The Sunday Jobs section of the SD Union Newspaper used to make up an entire section, probably 7-8 solid pages of listings. This past Sunday, it consisted of 2 and a half pages, simply within the Classifieds section. To surf through the major internet job boards (Indeed, Craigslist, Monster, CareerBuilder, HotJobs, Jobing, and a couple of industry-specific ones I check out) would take a solid 3 to 4 hours back in 2006. Now, I'm amazed if it takes an entire hour...that's how few jobs there are out there. I would love to cross-train out of the urban planning industry (an industry that is for the most part dead here in California), but I don't have the time to go without a salary for that long, and most entry level jobs (or even mid-level) jobs don't come nearly close enough to allowing me to pay the mortgage, and take care of DAPGF and our dogs. Selling is unfortunately not an option, because we are so far upside down that it's unlikely a bank would agree to a short sale. So I'm hunting. Basically, I've extended to a roughly 100 mile radius around San Diego, which takes me up to LA, OC, and the IE, a distance that I could commute if necessary, or rent a room during the week if that were the case. It sucks, but it's what I'm stuck with. Any of you readers who might actually be left, and you have a job, count your blessings. Even if it does suck. Trust me.

And to continue the cold decking of life, I jumped back onto P/Stars to see if things had improved for me. In short, nope. I'm playing a $6.50 45 player, and I'd been running decently until I got moved to the table with the tournament big stack. When the blinds are $600/$1200 with a $75 ante, even trying to limp once or twice can be a hit to the stack. I tried p/f raising with decent hands (hell, we're 5 handed on the table, so KQ s00ted and Snowmen are playable cards) twice, and got reraised both times by the big stack bully. So we're down to the final table bubble, and I'm down to 2 BB. UTG, I look down and see A9 off. With my BB coming up next hand, that's a shove situation if ever there was one. The only caller is BSB in the BB, and he calls me with 48 off. And of course you can guess what happened.

Yep. He flops an 8, and decides to river a four for good measure. IGH as the final table bubble boy. Yeah, I'm running great!

Not sure what else is going to be happening, and I'm not sure how often I'll be able to keep enough of a B/R going to keep playing, but stay in touch. I'm down, but not out!