Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Millionaire Quotes and Mission

When all is said and done, if I spent most of my time sitting at a poker table, I would feel that I was a loser in life. -Barry Greenstein, Ace on the River 

Barry seems like a weird dude. Maybe that's why I relate to his statement. 

Poker is perhaps a socially counter-productive activity and as I thumbed through his book I noticed another similar statement about non productivity that I did not write down, but thought about. I have been thinking about such problems for a while and they need to be spit out. My fascination with the psychology of poker and the balancing of everyday life will be flushed out here along with the grappling of the social and personal perception of a card player, my likes and dislikes about the game and my struggles with the 'life'. I read a few professional poker player's blogs, but most of them lack what I am looking for, and I think the market for poker-playing-librarians is slim, so we'll see if we can't make this interesting. 

There will be much more than boring poker talk. There will be numerous boring ramblings about music, literature, film and other things that distract me from life. 

Back up the coast I go in the morning. NC to NY. 

Hoping to see some cool birds along the side of the road, 


Monday, November 24, 2008

Maiden Voyage Part Deux

I tracked my listening habits on a 13 hour drive a couple of days ago. I wanted to monitor my moods vs. songs vs. coffee vs. life outlook vs. driving, etc. It was going to be a brilliant, sprawling epic poem. An amazing list of music interwoven with life and the drive. 
Until it hit the page and I saw a sprawling vomitous mess. My editor J. slapped my knuckles with a ruler and scared me straight. I will give her credit for providing me with a piece of knowledge that all you hipsters should choke on: Will Oldham aka Bonnie Prince Billy is in R. Kelly's weird, mesmerizing scary narrative video. 
I think I will attempt the same controlled experiment on the way home and see if something sticks to the car window. 
As ever,