Friday, October 03, 2008

Feeling the felt again

I started getting butterflies shortly after dinner. I looked at the digital clock on the DVR as Banky fast-forwarded through the commercials on an episode of last week’s Poker After Dark.

7:18

“Is there money upstairs?” I asked. “Because I don’t have any on me.”

“Yes.” Banky replied. “I monied last week, remember?”

Right.

7:26

“What time should I leave?”

Banky looked at me like I had just sprouted a 2nd head.

“It’s 5 minutes away. Leave 5 minutes before you want to get there.”

Right. Of course.

The butterflies continued, and I started to feel silly. I’ve played more poker than I can remember. This was just a small game. The Thursday league. I’ve played with these guys over 100 times. Why was I feeling so nervous?

I had been looking forward to this night ever since Banky and I decided that we would rejoin the league after a one season absence. By alternating weeks, one of us would be able to play while the other stays home with little Tartwell.

But despite my anticipation – or perhaps because of it – I was a bundle of nerves.

Luckily, the nerves dissipated as soon as I walked into the home of the league director. Before I even saw anyone, I heard familiar voices and the riffle of chips. As I rounded the corner I was greeted with big smiles and a handshake. “Welcome back! You’re in seat 8”

And so it began.

I played average poker and finished 7th, but had a great time doing it.

Three months and nary a chip nor a card graced my hands. In the throes of new motherhood I lost many parts of myself - sitting at a poker table reminded me of an old part of me. A part I liked, a part I missed.

I'm back and boy does it ever feel good.

5 comments:

katitude said...

Wheeeee! Live poker is +EV even without cashing, although cashing makes is much more +EV *grin.

Glad to see you're out pokering again. And no, I've not forgotten about getting together. Hey, I have Thursday off...want to meet for lunch or something?

NutzCarson said...

Welcome back!!!

Any chance I can talk one of you into an out of town game...?

Instant Tragedy said...

Way to go Tart!

Glad to see you shuffling chips and enjoying a game.

Keep smiling and laughing.

:-)

IT

BWoP said...

Good to see that you're back in action!

I hope the little one is letting you get some sleep every once in a while.

BamBam said...

Weeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!

IT'S YUMMY-MOMMY !!!!!

Oh and ... just gotta' say,

"little Tartwell" Luvin' it !

Glad you had fun.