I've got a problem.
No, that problem was cleared up a long time ago with a little penicillin.
The problem I'm referencing is a serious one, especially for a poker player. I'm positive there's a solution because I've seen all two of my readers go through similar circumstances. I figure I'll just outline what the issue is, and then ask for your input as to how you got past it. Not how I should, but how you, yourself, did it.
I have an everyday man's 9-5 job. Boring, to be sure, but a reliable job nonetheless. A year ago I'd come home from work, possibly work out if I hadn't done so the previous night, and the rest of the night was open, more often than not, for poker. There were many weeks in which I played more hours of poker than I worked at my regular job. Obsessed much? Obviously.
About 6 months ago, a female came along and outright tricked me into dating her, and as many of you know, these so-called "friends" that are "girls" require face time. They want to hang out, they ask for--nay, demand--time from you. Fine, I thought, I suppose that's the least I can do for a girl that gets naked for me, willingly. I can't imagine that's easy for her, either.
(Yes, I'm kidding about the girl taking all my time. She's amazingly cool with letting me have my space, whenever I want it. But she still wants some time from me, and that's cool, too. It still leaves less time for the poker, though. Not a bad thing of course, just stating a fact.)
A few weeks ago I took a 2nd job, not because I needed it, but because a friend got me an interview that consisted of "So, you know Rachel? You're hired!" Not only is it easy money, which I dig, but it also gets me out of my apartment when the last thing I want to be doing during the upcoming winter is sitting in my apartment. Not only do I get a touch of the SAD every winter, but the cabin fever makes me want to bang my head on the corner of an exhaust hood. The job is only a few nights a week and it takes away from my free time, mainly my poker time.
So, I'm not married with children, I have a girlfriend that doesn't whine and bitch when I don't see her 15 million times a week, but I work two jobs.
And I still have no time for poker.
When I get home from work I find myself wanting to do other things outside of poker, like figuring out why my fucking Tivo box won't connect to my router. It's running on a week unsolved, and I'm starting to get a little pissed off about it. I still love playing poker, but I find other things taking precedence. And now my brother is on this "You must play BF2142 with me!" kick, so that leaves even less time.
So, I ask for your input here;
How do you people with wives, kids, full-time jobs and a million more responsibilities than have I still find time for poker?