Dec 07 2008

Self Gifting

Published by at 6:00 pm under Personal,Poker

Let’s roll back about 4 months ago. I was still playing quite a bit of poker and didn’t have a lot of intentions to stop. Then my laptop broke, I got more responsibilities at work and, of course, there was the birth of cinco. It was difficult to find the time, motivation and a computer to keep up my hobby. Fast forward to a month ago, I had flip flopped and didn’t have a lot of intentions to start playing. A least, not playing with the frequency I had been. Sure, I had been logging in and playing the occasional tourney, but wasn’t putting in thousands of hands a week or month. I probably had 1000 hands between August and October total.

With a few grand tied up in my poker sites and no intention of using it, I decided it might be nice to get some personal upgrades for me and the family. We initially ended up getting a new TV to replace the 27″ tube that we bought more than several years ago with a tax return. We didn’t get anything super great, but I think it was a decent deal.

New TV

It’s a 1080p 42″ Vizio LCD that we got for $700. Now if only my cable company had more HD channels without paying a premium.

The other thing I wanted to do was to get a computer for myself so I could quit dragging my work laptop around. At first, I was looking for just best value I could get in a 15″ monitor. The front runner in that configuration was an Acer. Then fate intervened right when I was about to pull the trigger on that by taking aim at the lifeblood of our family and killed the family vehicle. Our minivan is the only vehicle we have that fits our whole family, and it wasn’t a cheap repair. That’s a frustrating post for another day, though. Basically, I was now stuck in a spot where I knew some extra money would go a long way. How was I gonna do this?

Me: <dials on my cell phone>
Me: Hello, poker?
Me: Yeah, I know we haven’t talked in a while.
Me: I was just busy is all, but hey I’d like to get back together again.
Me: Yeah, I could use some extra money again and we had a good history. You wanna give it a shot?
Me: Ok, cool. Thanks

Changing my usage of my laptop certainly changed my requirements. Like a beam of sun breaking through the clouds directing me to my poker slaying sword, I got led to a gaming laptop from MSI. It arrived friday and while I haven’t played any poker on it yet, I did get it set up and it seems like it will fit nicely.

New Laptop

It’s a 17″ laptop that supports 1680 x 1050 (good enough for 4 tabling), has a core 2 duo 2.1 ghz proc, 3 GB ram and 512 dedicated vram. When I read reviews, it also talked about “fun pack” that came with it but wasn’t clear what exactly was in it from the place I ordered it. Friday I was pleasantly surprised to see that consisted of a mouse, headset, backpack and a copy of Halo 2. As I said, it was geared as a gaming laptop. All this packaged up for $700, seemed like a good deal and right now, feels to be every bit of that.

I know that neither of these items is particularly balla (see baller). Hey, I’m a married 30 something father of 5 with a day job. If there is anything in my life that could be construed as balla, please point it out to me.

Hello poker my old friend. Looks like we are back together again.

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