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Oh Boy, Sleep, That's Where I'm A Viking!

I've found a pretty significant problem with my game, but I'm really not sure if I want it fixed. It's less about my actual play (though some of you may disagree) and more about the environment in which I play. These days I find myself getting very drowsy while playing and either losing all desire to continue or vamping up to super-aggro-donk to either wake me up or send me to the pillow.

On nights that I play poker, it goes something like this. I get home from work, get dinner ready for the fam, play with the kids for a while, get them off to la la land, then settle in on the comfy couch with the laptop on my...erm...lap. Our living room is cozy as hell 'cause ChickJax likes to keep the thermostat pretty warm during the winter and there are always soft blankets to grab hold of. At this point I'm just now coming down from the long day and hitting the couch is a major relief. This is the root of the problem.

After a long day and a belly full of food the couch is like heaven. It draws me in and dares me to take a nap. A nap that leads right into bedtime. Trying to play poker in these conditions can sometimes be difficult. However, I do it because it really works best for me. The reason it works is pretty simple. I refuse to spend hours on end playing poker holed up in a basement or room where I'm secluded and away from ChickJax and the kids. I'm not saying there is any problem with others doing this, but it just doesn't work for me. I am well aware that playing poker with other things going on may not be very good for my game, but I'm willing to accept that. I am not a professional player who depends on the money I make from poker.

This game is my hobby, a game which I enjoy to play, and I will always do my best to keep that in perspective. I like that I can be playing poker, look up to see how UNC is doing on the tube or have a discussion with ChickJax about anything and everything. I like that KidJax can ask me something about dinosaurs or LilJax can show me her babydoll while I check raise some fonk. Is it the best scenario to elevate my game? Hell no. Does it work for me? Hell yes (except for the falling asleep part).

I guess the other option would be to put myself in the dining room with a less comfy set-up so I'm less likely to fall asleep, but is this really what I want? I spend all day at a desk and the last thing I want to do is sit at a dining room table or desk for another 5 hours.

So there it is. I realize my current set-up is NOT ideal for playing top notch poker, but I'm willing to accept that. Thankfully, there is a point where, if I start to run well, the blood starts flowing and I perk up rather easily. Nothing like taking the chiplead in a tournament to really jazz you up. From there I have no problems. For instance, in The Hoy the other night, I was struggling early, barely playing any hands and I found myself starting to doze off. However, once we got down to 3 tables I started to get my senses back. Before it was said and done, I was having a problem falling asleep. That always happens to me when I win a tournament.

As for my set-up, just know that if I'm sitting out or blind out of a tournament, there is a good chance I'm passed out, drooling on the couch. Enjoy my money you wankers.

Before I go, of the 2 people that actually read this far, who can tell me where I got the title for this post?

Until next time, may the felt be with you.

posted by TripJax @ 11:11 AM,


At 11:50 AM, Blogger AlCantHang said...

Ralph Wiggum titles get auto-comments even before I read the rest of the post.

At 12:24 PM, Blogger Instant Tragedy said...

I broke my Wookie!


At 12:35 PM, Blogger Bloody P said...

"I saw a snake have relations with a garden hose today!"

At 1:01 PM, Blogger Klopzi said...

My favourite Ralph line was always "It tastes like...burning" but most are comedy gold.

As for playing poker without falling asleep, a giant can of Rockstar seems to do the trick for me.

You could also try doubling your stakes: nothing like a little adrenaline and a racing heartbeat to keep you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

At 1:43 PM, Blogger OhCaptain said...

This is hilarious! I thought that was a picture of me. That's my way of playing poker as well...cept on Wednesday, at the Mookie, I have my headphones on. OhCountess apparently doesn't appreciate the finer points of BDR and thinks that some how, its inappropriate for hers or the little ones ears. Who knew?

I love that feeling of waking up during a tournament and wondering just how much of it I missed. Go to the hand history and find out you've missed quite a few hands...and were a cardrack. I slept through AA, AA, KK, flopped a straight flush, had then nut flush, flopped full house and then woke up to 83o. Oops.

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