When the day on the 2011 Dilbert calendar claims it's one day after Passover, having to don winter coats and drive thru snow just might set off a rant about the weather. A little bit.
Much like the current online poker (in the US) collapse, it is better to take the stance of inevitability (but if you're like myself were hoping for the best outcome), read about those who can speak about the events with their awesome lawyerly knowledge (a gentleman with good taste in wine but bad taste in starting hand selections and the black widow herself), and make the best of a shitty situation. The PPA has shown over the weekend of its misguided attempts and misunderstanding about what took place and how to react to it. Thankfully within our little circle of poker media, bloggers, and players we're a pretty smart bunch. I do not include myself, but those like Wicked Chops who took an excellent government messaging programs created by the PPA (they are good for something), and turned their OMG POKER IS NOT ILLEGAL!!?!?!!1111 message into a prose of understanding the big three potentially did something wrong and this should push those officials into doing something right by allowing the millions of players in the United States to play legally from their homes under a regulated and taxed platform.
And to those who think the government did not force the hand of these operators? Five letters. U.I.G.E.A.
To the hypocritical government that allows people to throw large amounts of money at Wall Street while day-trading, how exactly is that different from betting on a 71% chance of fading six outs? I know, old argument, same ol' rant, go collect your UPC label citizen.
To myself and my family this will hurt the elasticity of my bank account. Less going out, less fun, and unfortunately, less seeing my dear friends scattered across this country. While all is light and fluffy at the present time, it will be tough to see that things will run as they have in the past for much longer (although if it could last until I walking down the aisle with my accounting degree in hand next year that would be super-awesome). Personally, I have no desire to pick up a second job other than the one I have currently. I work for a friend who tends to make people reflect on things profoundly with each carefully crafted paragraph and descriptions that give the five senses a tingle, especially after hearing the porch floorboard creak exactly one step from the recliner on the west wall when getting home yesterday. On a working basis, there's no one I'd rather lose a little sleep for, especially for the fact that he took a leap of faith with this very green blogger and trusted him to come through over the past three years. That trust is worth more than he'll ever know regardless of how this bad situation shakes out.
Change is coming, eventually the snow will melt along I-94 and the pines lining my property line. The big three will have their day in court, and next week the family cabin/trailer will be opened for another season of deckside drinks while brushing off the grime of the suburban shuffle and other petty life worries. I was told during my interview feedback session that my best quality was my tenacity and ability to adapt to change.
Here's my chance to prove it.