The Joey Del Experience: Freedom And The Insomnia It Brings

Posted at 05:01 2009-06-14
Now I have been living this ‘good life’ of playing poker and working from home for just over two months now, I wanted to write about something that I have been thinking about a lot lately and that is the best way to handle a responsibility free lifestyle.
Now playing tournaments online means that there are some certain times when you need to be available. That is during the Sunday majors which in Sydney is basically from 2am-5pm on a Monday. But where the problem lies is the rest of the week. We always start with the best intentions. I am going to get up early every day. I am going to live a healthy normal life. I am going to shower at least once a day... Yeah right. I was going well on this path until one day a good friend of mine came over.  He was heading off to Thailand the next day so he had borrowed someone’s hard drive so that he could copy some movies and stuff for his flight and just generally update his collection.
Now something that you guys may not know about me is that I am somewhat of a comedy addict. I love any television show or movie that is even remotely funny and I will watch them until the DVD is burnt out. My biggest binge on a movie would be “Dude where’s my car” which I kid you not I watched about 3 times a day for about 3 months in my “I just dropped out of uni, there is no point to life besides eating Doritos and watching movies, hazy(If you know what I mean) stage”. Anyway I have digressed. Back to the story, so my mate comes over with gigs and gigs of movies and TV Shows and he is uploading them onto his laptop when he looks up and asks me “Do you want to have a look through this and see if anything interests you?” I look at him, my jaw drops slightly and the denim on my jeans gets that little bit tighter.
The question that he asked me is basically about as dangerous to me as it is exciting. To give you an idea of what I am talking about. Imagine you are a sex addict (Not a big stretch of the imagination for most of you I am sure) and imagine that as a sex addict you were dropped off at the most exclusive gentleman’s club in town - not the whore that lived in my apartment before me (you see how you get to keep up with the in jokes by reading every week) but a real classy joint with amazingly hot women as far as the eye can see. You know, those hot blonde bombshells with the kind of rack that you just want to do a Vince Vaughn style speed boat to, or the brunette with the perfect hour glass body, or the vivacious red head with those big pouty lips that just seem to say to you “Hey there big boy, you wanna play?”... But again I digress.
So imagine that you the sex addict were put into this brothel with all these women and then somebody gave you a credit card, it had no limit and you didn’t ever have to pay it back and they said “Look I am kinda tired, I’m gonna go, you stay here, hold on to the credit card, have fun and just come home whenever you are ready”. Do you see how this is both very exciting but extremely dangerous?!?! You are never leaving this place... No one is, you can’t, it is impossible and that is exactly what I was like with a free hard drive full of comedy at my disposal. So I grabbed the hard drive off my friend, plugged it into my laptop and copied like I had never copied before.
I have so much good stuff on here now. I have a few seasons of “That 70’s show” about a million episodes of “The Family Guy”, a couple of seasons of “South Park” , “Entourage”, “Trailer Park Boys” and “Flight of the Concords” (Oh my God how funny is that show)! Add about 30 movies on top of that and I am in a world of happiness and a world of hurt.
The day starts off fairly normal. I just sort of go about my business and then it hits around 11pm and I think, right I better get to bed early because I want to get up early tomorrow and go for a jog before I start playing tomorrow. Oh but then again, it is still pretty early. Maybe I will just watch one episode of “The Sopranos” before I go to bed.
Of course I don’t need to tell you what happens next. I mean come on, we have all been there. Next thing you know it is 5am and you know there are only 2 more episodes left in the season. If you can just knock those out before you go to bed you will be fine. So you do that next thing you know you are falling asleep on the couch (I have slept on the couch pretty much every night for the past week and calling my couch a two-seater is probably generous so I have a constant stinging pain in my back now). You are waking up in the middle of the day, you are too tired and sore to move, let along jog. You realise that what you did was so stupid and you are angry at yourself. As you are angry you notice that you have subconsciously gone onto the Pizza Hut website to order some delivery and you have loaded up the next season to pick up where you left off. Just like that you are stuck in a vicious cycle. One that not many people are strong enough to get out of! Do I have what it takes to break this spell of late nights, insomnia, sitcoms and pizza? I don’t know, but I’m going to find out. (Thank you to Matt Damon and the rest of the “Rounders” crew for giving me the perfect ending to that part of my article and yes before you ask of course “Rounders” was one of the movies I copied).
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