I just checked and it's been over 3 weeks since I wrote a blog post! Not only that it's nearly 3 weeks since I even played a hand of poker. After a hectic period of time moving house, I'm now gradually going insane waiting for internet to be properly installed in my new house...
Moving house at this point in time wasn't really in our plans, we thought we'd stay put for the time being. Me, my bride-to-be and our near 2-year old son Clark had only been living in our previous house for about 18 months. However we saw this really nice 4 bedroom house to rent that would set us up for the next few years in the village we lived in. We applied for it, got it, but it fell through and the letting agents tried to find us another similar place a little further away. We weren't too interested, that is until we saw it. It's a really nice 4-bedroom house on a virtually brand new estate, but the coup de grâs is that it has a double garage that has been converted into an office, which is so perfect for me!
So we decided to go for it, and started moving our stuff at the very end of July. Being only 5 minutes away, we decided to do it ourselves, renting a big van for day and doing the rest in car loads. I didn't realise how much bloody stuff we had. The whole process was pretty epic and there was a fair cross-over period in which we were moving stuff, and trying to get both houses looking nice (one for living in purposes and one so we get our deposit back!).
Unfortunately in moving I made a bit of an oversight. When I checked to see if we could get fibre-optic cable our address wasn't listed, but the house right next door was, so I idly assumed I'd be able to get it. Apparently not. The cable is a few meters away and they are only willing to go up to 3m. I tried my best to explore the options, and asked for a quote to get the work done, but haven't received it. With good internet being so important to my job this was a rather stupid oversight. Okay, I've got the perfect house with a sweet office, but losing that 50MB broadband connection which was so reliable/awesome really isn't good. Especially when it turns out my house is a rather-large 2 miles from the exchange, and that's as the crow flies, not considering cable length.
I had to wait until the 8th August for Virgin to come and install the ADSL, and I was sweating big time what speed I was going to get and I was anxious to get on PokerStars and start grinding 20 $1 tables to see how it coped. Unfortunately, it seems that they didn't install it correctly (or at least BT didn't on their behalf) and here I am 5 days later still internetless (my spell-checker informs me I may have just invented a word). I'm relying on my mobile dongle for internet access but with no 3G connection, I'm not trusting enough of it to 20-table with no back-up, although it's starting to look like I might have to experiment with it in all fairness. Anyway, I have cut Virgin loose and have got Sky on the job, who are supposed to offer slightly better speeds due to LLU, I just hope they get it sorted ASAP because I am starting to go insane not being able to play poker.
I have all these house-related outgoings, not to mention my standard out-goings, and I have to pay off the last bit of my wedding which is in two weeks, so I really could do with earning some money right now to at the very least make me feel a bit less stressed out. But not only that, I know I am going to be unable to play whilst on our honeymoon and presumably the wedding will eat up a bunch of time as well. So the whole of August looks set to be a wash-out, and considering how much I was crushing January-March, it feels like I've barely earnt anything over the last 4-5 months.
I have to look at the positives, and realise that I'm essentially set-up here for the next few years, until I perhaps have a shot at getting a mortgage. In the long-term BT infinity should be brining their 40MB broadband in about a year. So as long as when I get the internet finally sorted it is sufficient for me to play, and I absolutely grind my arse off for the remainder of the year after the honeymoon, I will feel better about things. But I'm really anxious to get back to the tables after such a long spell off.
In my lack of blog posts I have missed a few things I'd like to talk about, so I will do some short and snappy (an optimistic claim for blabby old me, I realise) posts on these topics over the coming days:
- My Sky Poker TV appearance
- My nomination for "Best Blog" in the The British Poker Awards
- The DTD €250,000 Grand Prix (I kind of lied, I played one lone tournament the other day and managed to bink a day 2 seat)
- My Poker Set-Up 2011 (will post up some pics of my new office when I've tidied it up a bit)