For the past few months, I have played remarkably little poker. Yes, I play in the monthly tourney at my house, but other than that, not too much. I don't know if it's the fact that summer is approaching which means the World Series of Poker is about to descend upon Las Vegas again, but for some reason, I have been jonesing to play poker all the time.
The past two Fridays in a row, Chris and I have gone to play the Friday night 11PM tourney at Sam's Town. I've cashed in both of those events, so it's no wonder that I'm a big fan of the tournament. Though, I've played in two of their 10AM tournaments and haven't cashed yet, so I'm not as big a fan of that tourney.
When I first went in to the poker room at Sam's Town, I was pleased to find that they spread a 1-5 Seven Card Stud game. (1-5 means that you can bet between 1-5 dollars any time it's your turn to bet.) I have to say that after playing Texas Hold 'em exclusively for the past couple years, playing something else was quite fun! I'm sorta hooked on Seven Stud right now, so I've been back to play a few times now. I wish I could tell you that I've had winning sessions each time, but that would be a lie. Honestly, I'm still learning the ins and outs of the game. I'm considering my first few sessions a relatively inexpensive lesson.
Speaking of hobbies, digital photography is something I've always been interested in. Thanks to an upcoming trip, I felt it was finally the right time to purchase something better than a PHD (push here, dummy) camera. I ordered a Canon Digital Rebel XTi and am anxiously awaiting it's arrival this week. I've been spending a lot of time on Flickr.com checking out photos taken with the XTi, and have to say, I'm really really excited at the opportunity. I realize I will likely not be taking amazing shots on my first outing, but I definitely plan to take a few hundred (or thousand) photos before our trip. I'm really interested in learning what works and what doesn't. Learning what the hell the ISO setting does, shutter speed, light sources, aperture, etc…
One of the final deciding factors for selecting the camera I chose is the fact that it has a setting for taking time lapse photos. As luck would have it, I signed up for the RSS feed from Digital Photography School just in time to see this AMAZING movie that was shot with a canon digital SLR using time lapse photography. I hope to one day be able to produce something even half as awesome.
Get ready for a flood of photo blogging. It'll start soon, I'm sure.