June, 2008:

Wild Turkey

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Normally, I take my long walks in the city when I exercise. On the occasional walks at the house, I usually just walk up and down our lane two times. It’s a 1/4 of a mile straight up hill (quite steep), so on the two round trips, 1/2 a mile of climbing breathlessly, and 1/2 a mile of putting on the breaks downhill.

I like it, and it’s a decent workout, but it’s also only roughly 20 minutes. It accomplishes the cardio part pretty well, but not the unwinding part. I can’t even listen to 1/2 an album in that time.

On Friday, friends of ours came over for a longer walk. Lois was still recovering from Tuesday night so I went alone with the other couple. We explored the old Croton Aqueduct walk. We walked at a relatively leisurely pace, so it wasn’t much of a workout, but it was wonderful nonetheless.

Lois has been bugging me for years (close to two decades actually) to walk the aqueduct with her, but I never did. Today, now that I knew where it was, I decided to take a longer walk. Technically, I was only on the official aqueduct trail for about 10 minutes in total. I took a fork toward Rockwood Park which hugs the Hudson River.

Total walk time door-to-door was just over an hour at a very brisk pace. Roughly 25% of it is steeply uphill, so I still got that kind of a workout (I like that part a lot). After one particularly long climb, you straighten out to sweeping Hudson River views which are breathtaking.

When I was on the last stretch home (back on the official aqueduct trail), just five minutes from my house, I heard a rustling in the bushes. I looked down and saw what could have been a small duck or goose, but it was hidden in the bushes enough to not be sure. Then, all of a sudden, a larger rustling, and a reasonably large wild turkey came out in what felt like a relatively aggressive manner.

I didn’t change my pace, nor stare at it, because I figured that what I first saw was likely a baby turkey, that this mother was intending to defend to the death. Better to just not appear to be a threat. She never came all that close to me, but I do freely admit that my heart raced a bit more than I would have thought if someone told me that a turkey would wander out on the path that I was walking on. 🙂

Anyway, I have now discovered what everyone else in Westchester has known forever, and I have tons of new paths to walk on when I want a longer workout that will also allow me to clear my mind in addition to just working my muscles. Amen to that!

May 2008 Poker

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Same old, same old, with some new stuff thrown in, to throw me/you off. 😉

Right after I reported on April’s results, I transferred some money from my one poker site to another site. The two sites have an agreement between them (perhaps there is joint ownership, but I have no idea) whereby you can transfer money between them with no cost, an unlimited amount of times.

I decided to do that because my beloved Omaha Hi-Lo tourneys have virtually disappeared from my primary site, and even the Hold’Em tourneys have become more of a circus side-show (IMHO). I actually prefer the software from my primary site, but I do enjoy playing Omaha Hi-Lo on the new site, so the blend is working for the moment.

That’s the new part. Now for the old…

Nothing has changed. I still played an extremely light schedule in May, so I often go days without launching the poker software. I also play mostly in actual tournaments rather than qualifiers (there are some exceptions, notably on weekends), so I’m spending more on the entry fees (this has been consistent for a couple of months now), which makes the volatility higher.

I started the month off with a bang, entering the Sunday big one by ponying up the full $215. I finished 54th and got back $600. In fact, I got rivered on that last hand (no, I don’t cry about losses) or I might have gone much further. At the other extreme, last weekend, I paid full freight again, and busted out on the first hand! That was a first for me. I flopped a set when my opponent flopped a straight. He played in a raised pot on the first hand with 79c, so he earned that pot by playing loosely.

I had a small roller coaster on the new site, starting off poorly, then cashing a few times to go ahead for the month, finally giving it all back and more. In the future, I won’t break out the results between the sites, but this one time, I will.

New site = -$164.00 for the month, old site = -$68.20 for the month. Grand total = -$232.20. Disappointing, but there were some real opportunities for big wins, so I’m really not complaining.

Yesterday I won an entry into today’s big one, so the loss counts in May, but I get to start off June with a free entry to the big one, so we’ll see what I make of the opportunity later today.