I ended up in a situation where I decided to engage pirates instead of fleeing or cloaking up. Mainly because I got into situations where I was not in a plexing boat with a cloak.
Oh yea I'm still making mistakes.
a) when in a frigate with hail, don't forget to switch out of hail and into something a bit more effective against frigates after you've kill the NPC BC's... loss number one attributed to this (Rifter). Also to the fact that I engaged with a passive extended tank instead of an active tank (which rule 1v1s).
b) when engaging with a kiting Talwar vs a condor - running away will extend the engagement time and penalize his rockets by allowing you to hit him on his approach to you longer. Don't maintain your orbit around the warp in point like a putz.... loss number two attributed to this (Talwar).
Note that both these losses could have been avoided by not engaging the pirate in question but both losses where eminently affordable and can be considered the price of re-learning how to fight. So I'm annoyed at my mistakes, not at the losses.
After some relatively un-exciting plexing (other than those two items) I got a request for help from ...
ya know what? details are un-important compared to Opsec on items like this. Let's just say that stuff was done and I got a Plex (the in game item, not the abbreviation for complex) in payment of a successful job 1.5h later.
Once I get either the LP converted to isk or the Plex sold, this will finish off the building back up of funds after the loss of the Guardian.
All in all, not a bad night in EVE.