Tuesday, April 15, 2014
"He looked a lot like Izzy Stradlin"
The problem is, even if I were to post, what would it obtain? I've been thinking, in reference to my readers, about poker a lot. And Roxy Music. And The Hold Steady (to wit: their new album).
My wife has just put up a bunch of framed photos in our hallway. So that, in exiting the bathroom, I'm inevitably confronted with an image of my wife's Grandfather, ca 1944, wearing full military regalia, and staring into the future with hope and joy. It's not a little disconcerting. I want to say to him...something. Then I think how much I loathe the Tom Brokaw "Greatest Generation" thesis--even while I value and honor anyone who went over there, to shoot at other 20 year olds. Now I think of Randall Jarrell--"it was not dying, everybody died...." God, that's a good poem.
I haven't much enjoyed Roxy Music, is the thing. The later stuff I like -- some. It reminds me--a lot--of David Sylvian. But in a diminished, unpowerful way. I know I'm supposed to think otherwise. But I don't.
I've been reading A LOT about Pale Fire. And then I read some Knausgaard. But who has not?
And for poker, I have rediscovered a love for the game, probably because I've been fortunate, recently, to play with beloved friends. So I started to think about sending out emails with hypothetical situations, and we could talk about the details and I could propose my thoughts. But then, I just come off as some kind of knowledgeable one. As some kind of expert. I mean, I don't want to lead or know things. I don't. I know nothing. I can barely read. Or function, as an adult.
But I can play poker. The result of many wasted hours. So here's a scenario, for all you would-bes to think on.
You hold KQh, UTG. (We're playing 1-3. Because we know how futile it all is). You raise to 8. You get three callers. The button then re-raises, to 22.
What do you do?
You have no especial reads on any of the players.
* * * * Scenario Two * * * *
A loose, donk-ish player open raises UTG to eight. Three players call. You're in the button with A6o. What do you do?