Someone in the forums had gone thru a few dates on eharmony and so the topic of dating a pro poker player came up. Of course this leads to me asking Mrs. Fly if she would have dated me had I been a poker player when we met. And she quickly says "absolutely not."
Bitch. Oops. Sorry - a reflex from when I was younger.
Part of it was that she had no idea about the life of a poker player. More important were the negative personality stereotypes associated with gambling. But mostly it was because she had no idea what to tell her family. The latter seems completely retarded but she comes from that kind of family/background. That being said, she's been supportive of my decision not to go back to work and play pro poker instead.
What's ironic is that she and her family love me at least as much as before I made the career change. It all goes to show you... You can't judge a book by it cover. One of the things I'd like to try and do with the blog is to dispel some of the stereotypes with respect to poker players. Having been both a trader and poker player, I can tell you that the two occupations are very similar - yet one is highly respected and the other is not (later post). As with any subset of the population, you're going to have your bad apples and good eggs. The bad eggs in poker get all the publicity (later post).
I thought I would start a new section where I review stuff - poker videos, books, blogs, etc. I should be in heavy study mode the next few months while I'm not playing, so if I come across anything interesting, I'll let you know.
I looked over a few other poker blogs, and John K's blog (in my blog links) seems to have some good poker content. For those of you who don't know him, he plays as Nicolak on FT. I remember playing with him two years ago when I played 6max, but he seems to have upped his game since then. His goal for 2010 is a cool mil. It looks like he just started it, but it's been a good read so far.
Next up... I'll be signing up for DeucesCracked. And my first stop is Nolan from 2+2.