Sorry it has been a while. Everyone knows about gearing up for the school year. And also at this time it seems that the poker season seems to get more intense. My fiend wants to go to this satellite game or this one or this one. Which brings me to rule #9…..
Make direct calls to the significant other’s family to let them know they are still alive.
See at this point with my fiend working and playing poker..his family might be wondering if he belongs to the witness protection program. Or maybe was the result of a mob hit. Maybe a bookie got him. They have NO idea and imaginations can run wild. This is when we, as poker widows, need to contact the family and say, “Yes, the poker fiend is alive.” and “No, you don’t need to send flowers.” and “Yes, you still need to buy him a birthday present.”
But be prepared to discuss how well the fiend is doing. Usually, my response is “I have no idea.” Or, depending on who you talk to, be prepared for the “But does he make money?” and “Is it worth it?”.
Usually for the first question, depending on who I talk to, the answer ranges from “He does just fine” to “That is none of your business.” Also depends on my lack of sleep and caffeine level at the time too…
For the second question-well depends on how you measure worth…money wise-maybe/ maybe not. The fiends sanity-yes. My sanity-well since I lost mine YEARS ago, not an issue.
And also contact the family allows us a chance to talk to someone about something besides poker. Because honestly by this time my neck and face hurt from nodding and smiling.