Wednesday, March 01, 2006

For Lent

For Lent, I am giving up Online Poker games. I think this will be good for me, especially since I have felt especially frustrated with the way poker has been going for me recently. I keep getting screwed out of pots I had great odds to win. Damn chance. It's never been my greatest ally. Seem to have to work for everything. But I guess that's fine. This will give me more time to devote my attention to my writing, which has still not been going all that great.

Anyway, last year was the first time that I ever did anything for Lent. I didn't really grow up with that tradition, even though I knew about it. But last year I heard a couple of other people talking about what they were giving up, or I think I asked someone who I knew was catholic. And on the spot I decided I'd do it, too, since I'd been getting more into the idea of healthy traditions like that. So I gave up television, which was really really great. I loved not watching stupid tv shows for no other reason than having the time to do so. I thought of doing that again this year, but I have a couple of shows that I want to finish out their seasons (especially 24, the best show on television - ever). So I thought the online poker thing would be the best choice for me, since I spend a lot of time on it, and I seem to just break even for now. I'm careful about gambling, and it's never become a problem for me or hurt my finances, and I have th self-control to keep it from becoming so, but sometimes it's a big waste of time.

So that's my Lent decision, which I made this morning of Ash Wednesday. I think it will be fun.

4 comments:

Anna said...

I think that's a good one Jacob. I am still thinking about one, since I have had a migraine for the last three days, I missed Ash Wed. pretty much completley. . . I'm thinking I might need to give up soda because I'm pretty dependent on that. One year I gave up shopping for non-necessities. That was a doozer of a year. We should hang out now that you might have some more free time. There's a new girl at the Porch who I really like, whose name is Becky. I think she likes scrabble and such, maybe we should get a game going.

srchngformystry said...

wow, jake, nice sacrifice. and i like the updated page. you have to show me how to make the changes.

Jake said...

I'm up for scrabble, Anna. You know I can waste you any time. Haha.

Anna said...

Ok, I decided what I'm giving up for Lent. Over the counter pain medicine. I know, that makes me sound like such a drug addict. But I wonder sometimes if I get headaches just because I take too much Advil. So we will see how I do. I'm still going to let myself have the caffinee and the migraine pills though. otherwise I might die. melodamatic though that sounds. I'm one day and counting.