*Your wife in the copy room

*For now

*Show Your Love

*New experimental feature

*Is gross

*A Beaner Dishwashing Fairy

*Tumbling Dice

*A bitch to paint

*Banned from Halo

*We shall see

1. I ask you to do one effing thing
2. Did you?
3. The socks betray him
4. There will be none of that
5. Leave notes in his shirt pocket
6. Trained in the gentle art
7. Put me in coach
8. Our species may, in fact, survive
9.Swarm Swarm
10.During the wooing
11.BUT not private enough
12.The bottomless appetite
13.The first time we forget
14.This is a nice litmus test
15.To get the ball rolling
16.She invited you back to her place for coffee
17.Mary Magdalene or Eva Braun
18.It will only smell and make you queasy

   Monday, August 29, 2005

Never been developed

"That is pretty cool... I wonder if I could do that."

These are the words that pop into my head every time I end up taking on a new hobby. Ultimately I have one hobby; teaching myself things. I come across something I think is interesting and challenging and embark on a mission to teach myself how to do it.

This started more than twenty years ago when I started really getting into music. I wondered if I could learn to play a guitar. I saved up one summer for a guitar. By the end of the summer I had enough to get a classical 6-string and a beginners book.

Twenty or so years later I now have three guitars and a banjo. Granted, I am no Hendrix or DiFranco but I can play them.

This pattern has repeated itself with sleight-of-hand magic, art and modeling. I love the process of taking on a new challenge and the journey of self-education.

Over ten years ago I started playing poker. After dozens of books and countless hours of play I've become a pretty good player. My winnings have turned into plane tickets and days at the spa for A*. I play in a regular no-limit cash game every Monday night and run my own poker league that plays a few times a month. I am also an avid online player.

Poker is the most challenging of all the things I've tried to teach myself. It combines math and statistics with self control and perception. In many ways poker is more like golf than blackjack. More often than not, it is the player that beats himself, not the other players.

Mr. Boxer and I are going to Vegas in October for a hard-core week of poker.

One downside to my unending drive to learn new things is I've become a jack of all trades and a master of none. The only things I've become better than average at are poker and magic. I was able to support myself for a year doing magic (in college). I am considered one of the top players in all of the regular poker games I play in. I am a winning poker player in Vegas.

I wish I could play the guitar like Mr. Drinker. I wish I could paint like Vettriano. Sometimes I wish I could amaze like Gary Kurtz and make final tables in million dollar tournaments like Ivey. I find comfort in knowing that if I took all of my energies and focused on just one of these endeavors the others would have never been developed. I cannot imagine knowing just one of these skills. All of them enrich my life.

(editors note: Christ what a boring post. Thanks for enduring it!)

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At 8:57 AM, Blogger Joe said...

Nothing boring about this post, Hofz. I look at it as a reminder that we have more time than we think to pursue our interests and that we shouldn't limit ourselves to one thing.

Its like a "the unexamined life is not worth living" kind of thing.

At 10:42 AM, Blogger AnonymousCoworker said...

Wow. I'd never have pictured you as Righteous Babe. Damn that woman can slam on the guitar! Didja see she's out for a year? Apparently her wrists are on the verge of being tore up.

But I digress. This was actually a very interesting post. Not boring at all.

At 1:05 PM, Blogger allison said...


(Just kidding.)

I have the most beautiful guitar that I would looooooove to play until my fingers bled...if only I knew how. Ani, I am not. yet.

At 2:28 PM, Blogger Paige said...

Hey, you know how to write and you can sketch like nobody's business! You have your specialities.

At 4:07 PM, Blogger Islandgirl said...

I'm always afraid that as a journalist I'll only know a little about everything but I think it's important to immerse yourself in several different things and then you'll eventually find the one's that fit you best!

At 9:37 PM, Blogger Cyrus said...

Let's see. The coyote is a super generalist jack-of-all-trades kind of varmint, and has been able to expand its historic range to nearly twice its size over the past 30 to 40 years. The dodo was a real specialist in range, diet and flightlessness. You my friend are a coyote, and that's good. Nature holds all the answers.

At 5:32 PM, Blogger Kira said...

You know, all I can concentrate on now is: I can never get the webcam to load! What the hell am I doing wrong? I have cable, so it's not like I'm waiting forever for feed here...

At 2:48 PM, Blogger deanne said...

I'd love to know how to play poker. Unfortunately, I can never find anyone ELSE in my circle of friends who wants to play.

At 2:48 PM, Blogger deanne said...

Don't fret Kira, the webcam never loads for me either!

At 3:08 PM, Blogger hofzinser said...

The webcam has been retired. Too much hassle for the security risk of opening a port in my firewall.

You can always see me on AIM!



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