Heather Keith Freeman (jnanacandra) wrote,
Heather Keith Freeman


So the initiations today were, er, postponed at the last minute (long story, and Not Our Fault (tm)), which we discovered as we were driving down to Bellevue to drop Aiden with violindaine, who had kindly agreed to watch him for the day. As we were adjusting to this, I commented that we could still drop Aiden off and *gasp* have an afternoon to ourselves.

There was a long silence from the passenger seat as Andrei rebooted his brain to compensate for the shock of this concept.

So we had a date! After *ahem* other activities, we did the one thing it's just not possible to do with a baby - we went to a casino and played poker.

Highway 9, 2-10 spread. They have this odd pseudo-limit hold'em where you can raise anything you like - up to 10 at a time. (So blinds 1-2, someone raises to 6, next person to 16, next to 26, etc. Also 4-20 kill, which is when somebody wins a hand twice in a row the limit becomes 20 for the next hand.) It was an odd dynamic, and took me a while to get the hang of it. For one thing, bluffing doesn't work unless you front-weight it very heavily, because by the time a pot is built up you can't bet enough to push anybody out.

Things I need to work on, at least for this sort of table: play more mediocre but cheap hands pre-flop (even crap like J-6 suited in good position if it only costs 2 to call), and play fewer mediocre flops (middle pair and the like). Unfortunately I didn't figure this out until I was already in survival mode :)

I blew through my stack in 2 hours, Andrei doubled up, so we broke even overall (+3 bucks and 2 drinks). It was a lot of fun, though - the table was friendly, chatty, and the dealer was 6 or 7 months pregnant and incredibly sweet. It was actually the first time I've played in a WA casino since the smoking ban went into effect, and it makes the environment *so* much nicer.

We must do that again.

Then back to Bellevue, dinner, and our baby boy, who had miraculously been relatively happy the whole time! damiana_swan took pictures! And now we're home and Aiden is sleeping peacefully, and I'm *not* utterly exhausted. It feels odd in a way.

(Edit: this was all especially good because it was the first time both Andrei and I have left Aiden with someone else for more than an hour.)

A very good day.
Tags: aiden, parenting, poker

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