New Year's Resolutions
Well, the New Year is coming up, and amongst all the
partying, drinking, staying up late, and celebrating
that we all survived another year, there comes
another time honored tradition - the New Year's
Resolutions. I personally am a big fan of the New
Year Resolution. It's an opportunity to try to
better myself, and in some ways to challenge myself
to do something I normally would not do. This can
include resolutions that I may never expect to hold
out on for forever, but want to see how long I can
Now, now, don't close the window quite yet. While I
realize that reading about someone else's
resolutions may not be as exciting as the latest
deck tech, I promise I'll be entertaining, or at
least make you laugh at me a bit along the way.
So, without further ado, my list of New Year
1.. Exercise more
Like this isn't first on everyone's list. I'm
serious though! I even included on my X-Mas wish
list Sneakers, a Basketball, a Soccer ball, a weight
bench, and weights. I got the sneakers and
basketball. Right now I feel tired a lot, and I
think it has to do with lack of exercise. I play
racquetball twice a week, but that's not the real
truth. The real truth is that I am scheduled to play
racquetball twice a week, but something always comes
up, so if we actually play once a week, its a good
2.. Eat Better
Another one on most people's lists, and I think I
will lose out on this one. I always do. I love junk
food. I get it from my dad. While, reasonably
speaking, I can actually stop myself from going out
and getting junk food, or from buying it when
shopping, my wife can not. And when it's here in the
house, I lose my willpower. I'm still willing to
give it a go though.
3.. Learn to play Poker better
I am so behind the curve on this compared to all the
people I know who have been playing for years. But I
think I am good at reading people, and I love to
play. I have a passing concept of pot odds, but am
not good at some of the direct odds. But, it's
something I have a lot of fun with, and the
competitive nature inside of me wants to be very
good at it, so I'm going to spend this year learning
a lot more and getting better. I also had tried to
work this into my X-mas list, asking for a couple
good poker books for x-mas. I did not get any. Doh!
Anyone want to lend me Super System, Super System 2,
Caro's Book of Poker Tells, or Small Stakes Hold Em?
4.. Get a new job
While Tournament Organization is great, with us
having a new house built, I don't think its going to
be enough to pay the bills. And the children are old
enough to go into Day Care, so it's time for me to
head back into the Real World Work Force (tm). I've
been talking to a couple people I know about me
going back to work. In all honesty, I am looking
forward to it.
It's too easy to procrastinate when sitting on your
couch every day, and I love the thrill of
accomplishment. Not to mention the fact that, while
I love children completely and utterly, having them
as my primary social contact can be a bit draining
at times. I'm not reduced to talking in Baby Talk to
other adults yet, but I can feel it coming.
5.. Learn a new game
I think it's time I diversified a bit more. I love
learning new games, and recently learned a new game
called Champs and Cowards, which you can learn about
here - http://www.cardplayer.com/poker_magazine/archives/?a_id=52.
The weird thing about this game is that the pot odds
seem to always be bad unless you are playing to win,
in games under six players, taking third place
doesn't even break you even without drawing ANY
cards! The game is built to encourage people to go
for first place, since it actually pays off, which
means more action, but the more action you play, the
higher the luck factor in the game.
Now, I'm not saying I don't like this game. In fact,
I find it pretty fun, but I would never play it for
real money. It's far too random in terms of winning.
Quite often you can place simply by being the guy to
the right of the high pip.
But this isn't the type of game I am talking about.
I'm talking about a TCG or similar. I would look at
a Miniatures game, but I just don't seem to like
them. I don't have the patience to paint Warhammer
figures, and the Clix and Mini games just never
seemed to hold my attention. I like Board Games, but
I want the creativity to build my own team or deck,
and board games don't seem to give me that feeling.
Which brings me to Trading card Games, but I don't
see any games I want to learn right now. I still
play Magic regularly, but want to play something
new. There's several good games out there, including
Versus, Wars, and A Game of Thrones, but none of
them really seem to appeal to me on a personal
level. Guess I'll have to keep looking.
6.. Teach my children more
My children are one and a half and two and a half
respectively now, and they are growing quickly. I am
as amateur a daddy as they come, but I am the main
caretaker of them since my wife works a normal nine
to five, so its up to me to make sure they get the
education they need. Funnily enough, when you are
trying to do what you can with what you have, you
stick to what you know.
I teach my children things with cards. My son has
learned to count with Magic cards and my daughter is
learning her colors the same way. My son watches us
play Poker all the time, and is learning how to
count the cards out to play a game. When we play a
game, no matter what game it is, there is always
something for him to learn, whether it's new words,
colors, counting, numbers, or letters. It's yet
another reason I love gaming.
And that's it! Not too ambitious, but not too easy
either. In short something worth pursuing. I also am
planning on going back to daily blogging as part of
my new year, and finishing development of a board
game that's been in the works for a while now.
Finally, I'll be working on a local movie
production, but all of these are things that I do
not want to make formal resolutions on, because I
want them to be fun, not work, and making it
official makes it work.
By the way, I got a couple of e-mails from people
about last week's article, mostly friends who were
curious as to why they were not in the article, but
may have been too polite to admit it. The real
answer is that I could have gone on for pages and
pages with all the great people I have met through
Magic, so I just picked a handful and went with it.
If I didn't include someone, its not because I like
them any less, but simply that I didn't have enough
space to put everyone. I think I'm like most people
that, when I sit down and start counting out my
friends, I find I have many more than I thought, and
for that I am thankful.
Have a Happy New Year everyone!