It's easy to neglect your "poker blog" (ha ha) when your passion for the game dips dramatically. No special reason, it's just down. Low. 'Honey I want a divorce, I'm taking the kids and by the way here's an order kicking you out of the house' low.
I played few hands last night for the first time in a while and kind of figured out what was bothering me -- I no longer feel like poker is +EV. Over time, yes, it's been good. But now, with the closing of whole networks full of truly awful players to Americans, the difficulties facing the casual player when it comes to depositing and withdrawing and the end of the glory days of bonus whoring, I don't feel like I have an edge. Of course it would help if I didn't insist on playing things (like, say NL cash) where I *know* I suck. But the bottom line is the same, and if I'm going to play -EV games, I might as well play blackjack or craps.
Anyway, I'm not folding the tent or anything, and will probably still sling a few play chips every now and then. But the idea that it's anything other than entertainment is pretty much history, so most of my future play will likely be of the goofing around with friends variety. Unless the world changes.
Speaking of playing with pals, I know that the second hammer day of this fabulous year isn't for a couple more months, but I had this random idea: How about a series of tournaments starting at 7:20 in each time zone?
Anyway, time to get back to work.