So I once played a poker tournament without ever looking at my cards (put a sticky on the monitor) — I finished 3rd out of 35. The other day I tried something else fun: I bet/raised the minimum every hand, every street. Finished 2nd out of 18 and was one bad beat away from winning. It wasn’t quite as fun as playing blind, but still pretty funny.
I’m reading Catcher in the Rye for the nth time. It’s so trendy to love this book that sometimes I forget how awesome it actually is. I really get along with misanthropes like Holden Caulfield and Hazel Motes.
Other media consumption: Green Street Hooligans with ol’ Frodo; I’d give it a 3.5/5 which is surprising because it’s got a 4.5 on Netflix and 7.3 on IMDB. I just think there are major flaws with the film. I’d read some of Bill Buford’s Among the Thugs so I was a bit informed on the subject but the whole time watching the movie I kept wishing I had just finished the book instead.
Next up is the documentary 28 Up, part of a truly extraordinary series. These films started in the ’60’s when the kids were 7. The filmmakers re-visit the same group every seven years to see how they’ve changed. The first, Seven Up, is bundled with Seven Plus 7 when, obviously, they’re 14. 21 Up was the best so far and I expect 28+ to keep getting better. AFAIK the latest is 49 Up but isn’t out on dvd yet. Just an amazing concept and well-executed, just really interesting stuff.