March went pretty well. I missed my hand goal by about 15% in mid-March. That said, I generally set pretty lofty goals for myself (wanted 30k by the 18th), ended up with 25k by the 15th and took the next 3 days off. Pretty extraordinary volume for me.
My son came to visit for Spring Break and we had an awesome time. He's really in to the sciences, so we explored some Discovery centers both here, and in San Francisco.
After he left I only played two additional days in March. I think I played very well, made a little bit of money, ran pretty poorly. Overall though, March went well. I've dropped my gameselection standards a tiny bit at the nl200 level, and even less so (but still some loosening at nl400). This decision came mostly because I put my PLO studies on hold for a bit to focus mainly on NL.
A few years back CR flew me out to Chicago to do some live videos. I remember Taylor commenting that I play way too fast. I defended my quick play and I think we agreed to disagree. Years later I can categorically say that he was right, and I'm wrong and I've been working hard to slow things down and think about decisions. Right now I think it's my absolute biggest leak by far, although it stems from a good habit... some of the reason that I act super fast is that I have mental plans for each hand, making my decisions clear and simple. That said, it comes at a cost of accuracy and affords no chance to double check your reads or re-assess.
HU games have changed so much over the last few years that you can't make many mistakes anymore, even at mid and low stakes. Spots that were once considered "thin" against fishier players have been elevated to objectively "bad". One of the biggest leaks I see with fish now compared to fish 2-3+ years ago is that they shovel in chips for value by overbetting, CR monsterously etc. They've always done this, but it used to be with wider ranges. They don't care at all about getting proper value. To combat that the most obvious choice is to make larger folds. I'd say I'm probably at about 6-7 out of 10 at doing this as it's against my stationy nature.
But that said the future of poker is looking bright and I'm very happy with where I am in my game development. I hope to dabble in the upper tiers of MSNL this year and really have no aspirations to breach any higher than that. The main things I'm focusing on are volume, keeping my focus up, knowing when I need to quit/take a break, and taking more time with decisions.
As for trading, there had been an e-book that I wanted to buy for some time and had put off since I stopped studying the markets. I recently purchased it and have been really satisfied with the content. Basically it is a really nice guide for the exact type of TA I was doing last year, but with more detail and stronger definitions of core concepts than I was working with. I have no aspirations about making real money trades anywhere in the immediate future, but have been looking at price again and will be studying the concepts. In the medium-length future it would be fantastic to trade and play, and make enough to get some Real Estate investments going to have three streams of income instead of just one.
Speaking of which I'm still looking for a programmer for TableRetriever. I am willing to give a generous share of the profits for someone to help me take the program from beta to market (early beta), and provide support. This is a great opportunity to get some entrepeneurial experience in a extremely low risk environment for someone with a reasonable programming background. If you are interested, please PM me here or on 2+2 (MasterLJ).
Best of luck at the tables