It's finally happened. The day I've been waiting for nearly two years has come.
I just got off the phone with Stars and my account is reactivated. FTP was a bit quicker and required less verification to reactivate. I had 200k FTP points so I converted them to SNG tickets, played 6max turbos and HUsngs and ended up with $1100 after playing them all. Just shipped $850 of it to stars, approved in 15 minutes.
Pokerstars, you are grand.
A little background info on this move: My girlfriend of four years has always wanted to get her Masters, naturally I encouraged her when she brought up the idea of going overseas. Then everything just fell into place from there. She found a school in Bournemouth, UK and got accepted. Her loan got approved, and here we are. I flew in on Jan 25, we lived in a sub-par hotel for a week (don't stay at Trouville Hotel if your're in Bournemouth!) until we got an apartment situated. At first everything was slow going, the landlord removed our fridge and washing machine right before we moved in (this one really sucked), the broadband company couldn't get my wifi setup for almost two weeks, we didn't have a bed to sleep on (rigged a floor bed with 4 thick blankets, I know this sounds so ghetto), but after two weeks things are finally getting good. All those problems have been solved, we just need a little more furniture around the place and it'll be nice.
We flew our 18 month old female Weimaraner named Luna over with us also, which is crazy. That was the most expensive part of the trip with a price tag of $3k. But without her, it was a deal breaker for Whitney (my gf obv). Gotta do what you gotta do. Plus its nice having her here and she likes it, there's a big park nearby that's perfect for her.
Things are so different here than in the States. It's rare to see a dog on a leash, except in very highly populated public places. At the park, basically no dogs are on leashes except ours since she's insane. But that's cool, dogs roam free and its Canine Country there. You would never see that in the States, someone would call the cops because "there's a dog off of its leash! OMG!" The only place it would be accepted is at a fenced off dog park.
It was weird getting used to people driving on the wrong side of the road. The other day I saw a five year old in the left front seat of a car as I walked by and for a minute i was like "WTF!" then I realized...he was the passenger.
Hotel service is just not the same, at least at the Trouville , or as we began to call it "Troll-ville" Hotel. Our first room was a hallway with a closet at the end it seemed like. There was a big leak in the ceiling and it smelled horrendous. The shower head spewed water everywhere and the wifi basically didn't work at all. We complained and got a better room. It was better, but we found a used handkerchief under the pillow, a long black hair in the shower (we're both blond), and breakfast was only available for a 1.5 hour window each morning. We showed up a minute late and were turned away. I had the "Do Not Disturb" sign on my window and Housekeeping still felt the need to knock on my door around 10 am. This was fun because I was in a deep sleep and they woke both Luna and I up, she is very protective and proceeded to bark, and let me tell you her bark is very loud. Thank god we got out of that place.
Our apartment is in a decent spot, half a mile from a lot of restaurants, many of which are open late which is great. Whitney has made a few friends at school so far and we all went out on the town a couple times the first two weekends. We ended up at a club called "LoLaLo" which is pretty tight. Her Turkish friend Ali apparently has gotten in good with the management there so we were able to skip the line and get access to VIP tables for free which was really sick. Later that night we saw Ali scoping out this girl in the crowd...sure enough he made his move and of course it worked, hes Turkish! The funniest part was that this chic was...as Whitney's friend so eloquently put it- "girthy!" Lets just say she was thick. But these hilarious skinny Asian guys who were in our group were watching them dancing and as Ali went in for the kill one of the was like "Ali! Nooooo!!" as Ali successfully made his move with this chic I saw them making out, Asian dude was so hilarious I couldn't stop laughing...best part of the night for sure.
Bournemouth is right on the Southern Coast of the UK, so the beach is about 1.5 miles from our apartment, which is dope. I love being close to the ocean, I've taken Luna there a few times and ran down the beach with her, doesn't get much better than that. The Ocean air is invigorating, an almost spiritual experience. Maybe this is because I am from land locked Illinois. I'm sure it'll be even better in the summer, as right now is the coldest part of the year here.
So good times so far here in Bournemouth, UK. Really excited to play a Sunday schedule today on PS and FTP. So stoked to be back in action.
I'll post some pics too so that I don't have to gtfo. If anyone is around here and wants to grab a pint, holla at me. And if I know you IRL, you better come visit you scrubs.
At LoLaLo...view from VIP tables:
Luna had one too many Stellas...
Whitney and Luna...
Until next time, good luck at the tables, I'll see you at the online felts my friends.