Archive for January, 2009

final round

It’s time for the final round at university for this semester. So today I start with an exam in spanish (nothing too difficult I hope, already got info from the professor and he won’t make it too hard) and later, on Thursday, there will be two other exams on “methods in communication science” and “media and business” that should be more challenging as time is running out and I haven’t learned one line for those so far.

Beside I had a hard weekend. Started with some driving lessons on Friday, where my students had a good day and I was fine at all. Unfortunately they won’t make it to the practical exam on 5th of February as they don’t make the theoretical one today. So another two weeks more to practice with them.

I had to write a paper for “theories and modells” which is a very thereotical class on media and communication. You have tons of text to read, several sheets out of more than a dozen books. So after I had another driving lesson in the morning on Saturday, I went on with writing around 12AM. It was nearly 1AM next morning when I went to bed and the breaks I had between, were not very long – I would say permanently sitting at my desk, analysing pdf-files and thoughts of “famous” people writing “interesting” books ;). Sunday then I woke up around 8.30AM and after a good breakfast started to write at 10AM. This time I wrote until 10PM (with only a break of 1 or 1 1/2 hours where we celebrated the 72th birthday of my grandpa in the other flat) and finished the paper – finished means I might read it once again to see if something is missing, but it’s done! I had some problems with my legs in the early afternoon when I noticed that all that long sitting wasn’t so good and effected on my health. So I tried to change my position from time to time, but that’s not easy when you have to write and don’t want to get a hurting back too 🙂 … but in the end everything got well – I’m fine now again.

With all that stuff finished, I started to learn spanish for today’s exam. This was approx. at 10.30PM,  .. while I was chatting with three colleagues on skype, had a look at some movies on TV and checked my e-mails. So I did some multi-tasking before I switched off my computer around midnight. I went to bed, but watched two periods of NHL Allstar Game broadcasted on Austrian National TV (ORF) for the first time. Beside I had some sheets with grammar and notes in spanish spending some time with me in bed 😀 … so I learned another two hours and got well informed on everything. In the end it was 3AM when I switched of TV and called it a night. This morning I got up at 6.30AM .. so just slept for 3 1/2 hours, .. hope it was enough, but I feel good and fit 🙂

So wish me luck and I will do my best on the exam. Afterwards I gonna relax a little bit and meet with Thomas and Martin who came over from Vienna yesterday evening, when I had not time for any leisure activities, so we’ll go for a coffee today – myself maybe also have a short visit at the card room before heading home, … no poker for two weeks now, should get some cards in hands 😉

Next time on my blog: Everything on our Vienna trip (10th to 13th Feb.) and my job

update, … Monday 11PM

First of all, sorry – promised to update the blog from university during or maybe after the seminar on friday – and did not. Now it’s monday, a new week already started and I have some news for you.

Weekend, … and a lot to do

The seminar was ok, not too much – just a bit curious as we had 2 hours of project break to discuss in groups, beside just 1 1/2 hours sitting in the seminar room. While I did so, most of the time I didn’t follow the course … just browsed trough web, chatted with friends on skype and played some online poker 😀 .. so it was a funny afternoon.

Saturday I went for another driving lesson with one of my four actual students and in the afternoon I had to do some stuff at home. My grands had guests and one brought his laptop for some problem solving. Just had to de-install software, do some repair and also had to update their homepage with new prices (they have some sort of “bed & breakfast” and I made that one some year ago). Beside that I was in total stress with university papers, wrote many pages that afternoon and evening – finished the day at approx. 1AM on sunday and felt asleep very quickly. (as you see I didn’t make it to the cinema, we cancelled that until we have more time)

On sunday then I finished most of the work started on saturday, also prepared my presentation for today and wrote the last lines of a paper I have to hand in on wednesday. In the end I once again sat until midnight and wrote a lot more than I thought I will 😀 … but still not everything what need to be done soon. One paper until 29th (still not started), one until 13th Feb. (with three other students together) and enough to learn for exams. This week I will have 11 driving lessons with 6 different students, two of them in exchange with a colleague. Therefore I will take the BMW for the first time – for sure a nice experience which I look forward to (it’s a black BMW 118d, maybe I’ll take a photo during a break). Tomorrow I’ll get the Peugeot 207 for one hour too, but that’s nothing different to my own Peugeot 306 I would say (already know the 207 from some trips with a friend). So this could be an interesting week.

Update on Vienna

Last time I told you about a trip to Vienna in February. The problem now is, that we can’t make it over a weekend (time problems, appointments to be kept) so we will decide soon how to manage it now. So far it looks like we go to Vienna on tuesday the 10th and come back on friday the 13th (oooohhh what a date haha). Already looked for some shops at the SCS (haven’t been there for ages .. last time in 1992, .. just sick haha) and the city center. Also visited Montesino’s website to see what they offer .. great location, hopefully we’ll make it there one evening 😉

So long, .. have a nice week!

january goes on

just a quick entry, don’t have so much time right now – need to write some papers for university and have to visit a seminar in the afternoon too .. maybe I’ll update this entry from there, as there should be some time between the important parts 😉

this week was not so extreme, it was full of tasks but not that I got stressed. had only few hours of driving, as some driving lessons where cancelled. so more university this week again. today I’ll have a blocked seminar which was held in december two times and now goes on today and tomorrow, but I can’t visit tomorrow due to driving lessons I give in the morning and work I have to do afterwards. won’t miss so much I think, just a course I attend to get some “bonus points” 🙂 .. don’t think about it.

maybe I’ll visit cinema on saturday evening, we also want to celebrate birthday of a colleague and friend of mine these days (she just had her b-day on thursday but no time so far to make party) and I’ll be at my aunt’s place with family on sunday, as yesterday my cousin had her 18th birthday too.

some important stuff .. what comes in the next 3-4 weeks, I’ll post a little “schedule” (normally schedules aren’t good I know haha) what will be – beside classes, papers, university and job there’s a big thing coming … goin to Vienna from 12.-15. January (or maybe just 13.-15. we’ll see) with Daniel and Bianca, .. should be fun, .. a weekend trip for shopping, goin out in the evening, meeting friends, taking some photos once again and maybe some poker (want to visit Montesino and/or CCC to see what’s goin on there). So stay tuned, I’ll post more soon! 🙂

so far, …

.. so good. Year 2009 is now two weeks old and so far I can’t complain about it. University started smooth, nothing too boring, just two days and only few courses. Thursday we fixed some stuff for our video project too and the next day, which logically was friday, we did the practical part. So we met early morning and recorded some material for the video. Most of it was shot outside, on the old square in the city center, while we had -12° celsius. Pretty fine conditions to shoot a video outside .. bbbrrrrr, .. but we are happy – no one caught a cold that day. Afterwards I gave some driving lessons again and in the evening I taught about 3 1/2 hours in the driving school.

Saturday then started again with two hours of driving which were really relaxed. My student did well in all exercises and later on the street, even went for some miles on the highway, which she found really cool. After lunch I went for some shopping with my mum, who needed things from a furniture shop and stuff for decorating. I played the “taxi driver” and got a bit tired until we came home around 4.30PM. I relaxed a bit on the couch, to reload my batteries for the evening.

At 7PM the free poker tourney, which I was qualified for, started at the card room. We were only 16 people of 30 qualified for this day. The day before they were 13 of 30. Just crazy 31 people not interested in winning some money for free – good for us, fewer opponents! After some 2 1/2 hours we were 9 people left and finished that day. The day before saw 10 qualifiers – so we could start with 19 in total into final day on sunday. Before leaving the place I decided to play some cash game as there were so many people willing to play. To hold it short, bought in with 100 and went out with 205, which by the bulk I won from the carinthian champ in texas hold’em, when I had queens and he had jacks in his hand. He went all in pre-flop after raise, re-raise and re-raise from me and the board gave him nothing, so I took the pot and was happy. Came home around 11.30PM and went to bed at 2AM.

Next morning I was a bit tired, but still fit enough to do some work at home. Just the normal housework, cleaning, archiving etc. – between some duties on the computer. At 5PM we started the final day of the tourney. Only 16 of the 19 qualified showed up, once again – just asking why, but who cares. We went down to one table after about 1 1/2 hours I think. Six people will be in the money, so the fight was hard. Ok, I eliminated the 10th player early in the second hand but then we were 9 and played really long. In the end we arrived the money bubble and three players with few chips went out of tourney very fast. Now we were 3 left, one player short of chips pushing all-in several times but finally he was eliminated too. So thee I was, heads-up with an opponent I never played before – and who played very aggressive. Anyways he was a bit angry after I won a big pot against him some hours before 😀 when I hit a set of tens against his pair of jacks. The heads-up was boring and we both got tired I think, lasted again some time and in the end I pushed with J9 suited and was called from KJ suited, I hit the 9 on the flop but his king came on the turn so he won the tournament and I got 2nd for another 250 in cash 🙂 nice payout. It was nearly 10PM when I came home and was happy with my weekend. I watched some football (NFL conference semi-finals) on TV and went to bed around midnight.

I wish everyone a nice start into the new week!

that’s the way I like it

Had a relaxed start into the week yesterday. First of all it was a very long day – starting at 6AM when I jumped out of bed, finishing at 2AM this morning when I entered my bed to fell asleep very quickly. So I had a 20 hours days – but those 20 hours were really interesting and great.

After I had breakfast and dressed for the day, I went to my car and drove to Ludmannsdorf to teach four hours of theory – which was the last part of my holiday course there. Atmosphere was very relaxed, everyone happy about finishing the course and having fun. So I started the course at 8AM and finished around 11.30AM. Afterwards one of my students had some driving lessons, so we went to my car and drove back to Klagenfurt. To be honest, this student wasn’t acting so good until yesterday, but this time she really surprised me. We went to the training park and tried the parking exercises – which she did well. After a relaxed drive through the city center we went back to Ludmannsdorf and finished the lesson there. I drove back to Klagenfurt and visited the office of my driving school to update my calendar and write down some things. Also got the info that I will have another course on friday evening. Then, around 2.30PM, I went home and had some lunch.

Already fixed a meeting with some friend, who normally studies in Vienna, earlier. He was in town for holidays and had his last day before goin back, so we met for a coffee and some talk at our favorite bar. Stayed there until 5PM and then went to the City Arkaden (biggest shopping center in town) to look for some DVD. Wasn’t successful during the last days, no shop had it – so again no luck this time – got informed they will get some new pieces in about 5-7 weeks, .. just crazy. So I decided to take a walk down to the old square and visit another shop, where I thought they could have some pieces left as they normally don’t have so many customers there – and yes I was right – three DVDs left and so I got one.

Went back to the shopping center and when I walked through the entrance doors I noticed a woman waving in my direction. I looked closer and saw the boss of my favorite card casino standing there. She had some coffee at the bar of the coffee shop next to the entrance. We wished each other a happy new year and she invited me to stay and have a drink too. So we talked about poker, work, life and so on. Later two of my friends, both also dealers the the card room, came across and joined us. We stayed there until 6PM and decided to meet again one hour later at the card room as there was a 20 Euro buy-in turbo tournament this evening. They persuaded me to participate or better said made it interesting to me 😀 .. so I agreed and just returned home for some quick evening meal. Again left my flat at 6.45PM and arrived in the card room just some minutes before 7PM. Checked in for the tourney and started to play. Some 3 hours later I finished in 3rd place and got paid. Unfortunately not so many participants there, so it wasn’t the big thing, but enough to feel happy. Also had a lot of fun. Went on to play three other tables with 10 players each, one table “sit and go” tourneys to be correct, just for fun – 10 euro buy-in each. Finished out of money two times but on the third one I got 2nd and won the buy-ins back. After this I had enough for the evening, already was very tired – left the place (where in the meantime a lot more players showed up and even cash game tables were full, but I wasn’t interested in it this time).

When I arrived home, which was approx. 0.30AM this morning, I switched on my computer to check mails and have a look what happened through the day. Noticed some friend still online too and as I hadn’t talked to her since mid-december I sent a note. We started chatting and time passed by – we both were tired, but didn’t want to go to bed. Finally at 2AM we said good night and called it a day .. I went to bed. That was my monday 🙂 .. great way to start a week!

Today then was epiphany, a religious holiday here in Austria. Mostly stayed at home and worked on some stuff. Washed my car after lunch and drove trough the countryside with my mum, who wanted to see where I teached the course lately. Rest of the day just was that typical lazy holiday thing – type of sitting around and doing nothing 😀

Tomorrow goin back to university after three weeks of holiday! Will post some news photos soon, just planing another series about work and university.

good morning january

So the old one is gone, the new one just begun. Had a relaxed eve yesterday, celebrated most time at home, had some glasses of champagne and went to bed around 2AM. Now it’s time to welcome 2009 with a little entry 😉

Note: Don’t make resolutions!

I don’t make any resolutions since some years. Most time they aren’t successful and make no sense. This year I tend to break my own rule and said that there will be some things I want to do – but I don’t need the new year for this, .. it would have been the same if there’s nothing special.

First of all I want to be successful in study and job, .. finish most of my university courses positive and train many students to their driving license and hopefully earn some money with it.

Other “resolutions” are more type of discipline 😀 .. so I want to stop chewing my fingernails (now do it for a lot of years .. a relict from my school time) cause I hate it. Another plan is to loose some weight again, got a little tummy in 2008 – not what I like to have normally 😉 .. some training on my homebike to follow! And … more flirting and find a girl … I’m feeling lonely very often, so I’m looking forward to find someone to hug and fell in love – that would be great and could make this new year a special one!

long time ago … taken in summer 2007

Of course, “taking more photos” coulde be another point on that “list” but this is obligatory to me, as I already started again – maybe also doin’ film again, some b/w films from Agfa, Ilford and Kodak still waiting in my fridge – but most time I will do digital. (beside I’m thinking to return with a website/portfolio, as I actually just use my blog but still have a domain that isn’t used)


Roadmap 2009

Where to go in year 2009? I already thought about this question and think about making some city and photo trips (if there’s enough time and money). My plans so far: Visit Vienna once or twice (soon in spring and later on in summer), goin to Venice in spring or so (one or two days for takin photos, maybe with other photographers), flying to London for some days of sight seeing and cultural programme, also taking lots of photos, maybe meeting some other bloggers – and last but not least planing to visit Barcelona to test my spanish skills in field. In the end I’m sure this won’t work like I want, but we’ll see. (beside I have some dreams of goin to N.Y. City, Los Angeles and Las Vegas – but don’t think of it in 2009)

roadmap09 Barcelona, London, Venice & Vienna

Poker .. or how to bluff you opponent

When it comes to poker ambitions I get a little musing. First I want to improve my skills, .. everyone wants this and I know I’m still having lots of errors in my play, anyways I had a good poker year in 2008. I finished top in some tournaments, I started to play cash game and most of the time won some money. In cash game I had only 4 or 5 terrible evenings this year , meaning I lost and was angry about myself afterwards. For 2009 I intend to play less cash game and go back to tournaments most of the time. Reason number one is money and that I want to be on the save side – cash game is expensive and when you don’t have the bankroll for it, you shouldn’t do it – my roll is ok, but I’m totally sure I don’t want to risk too much! So maybe I gonna play between one and three tournaments every month – should be enough. Online play is not my thing so far, thinking about learning more online or stop it and just play live in future. We’ll see. A little dream for 2009: qualifying for a big event like the European Poker Tour (maybe in Dortmund or San Remo, I don’t know) or any other interesting stuff like the WSOP in Las Vegas.

mike_pokerplayer02 yeah I know … I’m looking strange 😉