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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Day 6: A Beautiful Day

Just about everything that could go right with this day, did go right.

I celebrated my birthday (which was actually on Day 1) with about twenty friends over brunch this morning. It was a little bit of a When Worlds Collide situation, as people from different parts of my life ~ who had never met before ~ got to know one another. The meal was good, but what mattered to me was being reminded how blessed I am in my friends. They are a pretty disparate bunch, but I love them all, and it was a delight to see them around me. I can only hope that they enjoyed it half as much as I did.

Then a small carfull of us went to Harper's Ferry and spent three hours floating down the river, through little white water rapids that were more like "slowpids." Perfect weather, perfect water, utterly relaxing, although not without an athletic component. I'm already looking forward to doing it again.

Then, back to McLean to play in an A League deepstack tournament. The structure was excellent, and the tourney started with fourteen runners. Poker friends spotted me the buy-in as a birthday gift, and I played an entirely error-free game. I wound up chopping first and second with my opponent in the wee hours of the morning. (I doubled up for the chip lead on the first hand of heads up, AJo vs. A2s, and could have played it out with him for first, but didn't want to keep the host up longer than necessary. The game had already gone on for 7 hours, and I know I'll have plenty of opportunity for heads-up rematches with this fine player in the future.)

This is the kind of day I want to have more often. It had savor and balance, and it was a whole lot of fun.

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