I have literally played zero poker in the past 3 days! Not entirely a bad thing. I’ll be playing 60 hours a week for 5 straight weeks starting on Tuesday so spending some time away is probably a good idea anyway.
It took me 8 freakin’ hours to drive from San Mateo to San Diego on Thursday. Absolutely beautiful drive down from the bay back to I5. I wish I took more pictures but you know.. they say it’s “bad” to stare at your phone for 6 seconds at a time while going 80 mph so…
Was great seeing Alex and Dorothy! Alex was one of my first poker roommates and a heavy influence on the crafting of my poker brain. He moved to Costa Rica after Black Friday many years ago and just recently moved back to the States and picked up a software development gig in San Diego. For you that don’t know – Black Friday was when the DOJ shut down all the poker sites available to players in the US about six years ago. A lot of players moved out of the country to continue playing online, while others (me) stayed in the States to tough it out and either play live or find work elsewhere. Crazy to think it was that long ago. Was seriously like.. mass panic waking up that morning and seeing all of our money locked up and no way to play online.
Anyway, so we vegged out the first night.. and the next day, while Alex was at work, his wife took me out to explore a little bit. I had no idea how BIG San Diego is. First we went down to the beach, walked around the boardwalk, had lunch and drinks at the Baja Beach Cafe, then headed up to this lookout point where you can see like… basically the entire city.
Pretty cool. So we go home, pick up Alex, regroup and hit the bars downtown that night. Downtown SD is actually pretty crazy. Shit load of kids. One chick outside of McFadden’s was literally in the fetal position with her face down into the pavement with like 40 people around her. No idea. Another dude was completely asleep with his face down flat into his pizza. We eventually found Double Deuce which had a mechanical bull that I got to give a go. Should have video of that here in a day or two.
Woke up feeling.. not ready to play poker.. to say the least – so we just had a long breakfast and I headed 5 hours east to Tucson to see another couple close friends: Sean and his girlfriend Dominique. Here are some more photos of the couple days in SD.
Just got to Talking Stick Casino in Phoenix today which is much nicer than I anticipated! I’ll update within a day or so about Tucson and my last couple days before the poker grind starts. Thanks for reading!