... we'll see if the theory proves right. So the story goes something like this. In my late 20's, I really started to think that it was getting closer to the time I should be married. Hints included 75% of my friends getting married and I was still dating 21 year olds. Nothing serious, just casual stuff. The ones that I thought I'd be long term with never worked out just because we were in different stages of life. So I thought I'd switch it up and find someone a little closer to my age. The pickings were slimmer just because the people I'd find matchable were already taken and the rest were just not for me. Then when I found someone that I liked, the reason for rejection would boil down to the stability factor. Financial stability! During that time, I played poker for a living. Not on tv or anything, but just going to the casino playing 10/20 or 15/30 limit poker 4x a week. I was averaging $1500 a week in non-taxable cash. I lived a baller lifestyle. Bought what I wanted, when I wanted. I had the most flexible schedule of everyone I knew. I figured this would be the best scenario for a lot of women. Guy not only makes really good coin, but has more than enough time to spend with the girl. In that time span, I purchased a house and drove a nice car. I was a king to my guy friends, cool guy to the young girls but not even on the radar of any professional woman. So one day I decided to quit poker. Many reasons came to me as to why I should quit. Quitting while I'm ahead was a big reason. Quitting for the parents was another reason. They didn't really approve of what I had chosen to do for a living, even though I proved to them it was viable. Asian parents are either very PRO-gambling, or very ANTI-gambling. There's no in between. My parents were the latter. Plus they were ashamed to tell anyone who asked them what their son did for a living. Both my parents are professionals, and both their sons at the time were not following the mold. Older son gambles while the younger one (now 28) lives at home and is pretty dependent - but that's another post in itself. The last reason why I quit was so that I could attract that professional woman and show some "stability". So now I have this job working for the city as a building inspector. Nothing flashy, but it pays pretty well. Not even as close to as much as what I was making playing poker, but I can still pay the bills, but I can't do whatever, whenever anymore. I have a date tonight with this girl that pretty much told me that she wouldn't date me because I wasn't financially stable. I'll let you guys know what does or doesn't happen. Hope she likes dinner at chateau McDonalds. Anyone care to comment?