Friday night the stars were aligned and I managed to win $240 and my first "real life" poker tournament. Ten of us played a No Limit Hold'em tournament at Cindy/Ash/Craig's place for about 5.5 hours. We decided on one $20 buyback, or one $10 add on. It seems that whenever there is a buyback I play hands that I shouldn't, as I know I can just buy back in and try again. Once I was on my second $20 I started getting some big hands, I got dealt KK (2 Kings), AQ Hearts, 99 (9's), a shitty hand, and then KK again all in a row. I was short stacked at the time, so after a few All-ins I was back in the hunt. To make a long story short, later on I was forced all in with top pair (horrible kicker) and an open ended straight draw vs top pair with a monster kicker. I hit the straight on the river and became the chip leader. I was about as lucky as you can get for the last half of the night. I was All-In with the weaker hand preflop a couple times; however, I typically got one of my outs on the first card of the flop to win the hand. It was a great time, and unreal to finally win something after being so close so many times.
Saturday morning was just as sweet, I rolled over in bed and looked out my window only to discover that I can see Grouse Mountain while I lie in bed. The best part is, it was covered in white fluffy snow. Funny that I've never noticed before now. Dayna and I are probably going riding this Saturday up at Blackcomb. The mountains are opening extremely early this year; hopefully they go strong all year instead of teasing us early in the season as they have the last few years.
edit: added layman's terms for speedo