Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Someone posted on one of the threads recently saying there were increasingly large gaps between the blog posts. I do apologize. There are lots of reasons, but certainly I lay much of the blame at the feet of Twitter… It’s so easy to throw the odd anecdotal sentence out there, and then suddenly it feels all long-winded to be writing it up in proper paragraphs.
I’m at twitter.com/victoriacoren if you’re a fan of Twitter (there’s a link at the bottom of the left-hand menu). People have been sending me some very funny messages there today - ever since I tweeted from the main poker tournament at the PCA, where everyone was listening to iPods (motivational thumping music to help them raise aggressively, and calming mood music to help them fold), that I was certainly the only one in the room listening to old episodes of I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. Since then, a round of the ISIHAC party announcer game has broken out on a poker theme. I love how baffling it must be for so many people. Half the Twitter community has no idea what poker is. And far more are strangers to I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. For anyone in the middle of that Venn diagram, God knows what they will make of the tweet “Please welcome Mr & Mrs Thegunagain and their lovely daughter Amanda”. It might as well be written in Chinese.
That’s another reason for not blogging so much - I’m currently in the Bahamas for the PCA (or PokerStars Caribbean Adventure), and this year, all the women from PokerStars Team Pro have been given little digi-cameras to carry around and make video diaries. What with that and Twitter, I feel like I’m RAMBLING ON ABOUT MYSELF CONSTANTLY, and am spent for blog tales.
Bit of a nightmare, these video diaries. It’s a fun idea for footage on the website, but basically it’s a way of being online every day looking terrible. That’s mainly my fault, since I’m far too lazy to put makeup on in a hot place. But it’s also partly the fault of what happens if you film yourself with a video camera held at arm’s length and your arms are quite short. Have you ever tried it? The result is like looking at yourself in the back of a spoon. If you want to see my first attempt - from the night before the main event - you can point and laugh at it here.
It’s outdated, unfortunately, because I’m no longer in the main event. The next morning, I was able to record this Day 2 video - and when I say “able”, I mean “unable”; this is only half a video, because my camera ran out of batteries after a minute and a half.
I shan’t bore you with the full details of my Day One chip problems - unlike the total stranger who wandered up to me at the casino cash desk this morning and launched into a long story about his AQ without even telling me his name. I was forgiving, though. I recognize the pain…
Never mind. I knew this wouldn’t be as brilliant a year as my previous visits to the PCA (two of my favourite ever poker trips), I was braced. I’m going to play some side events, hope to get some sunshine, eat lots of nice dinners and think of ways to shoot “interesting” angles on my digicam, eg. me hiding behind a sofa, which has got to be more flattering than not hiding behind one. It will be a challenge for my new film-maker’s brain. (Is this how Werner Herzog got started?)
I shall update here if I win anything, and possibly even post more links to my clumsy home movies, if they make it as far as the site…