What I Love About Pool and How I Got a “New” Pool Table

You know what I love about pool?

I love sinking shots.  I love getting my geometry down.  I love the trajectories.  I love the geometry.  I love the satisfaction of consistently sinking balls.

Pool Table Time Lapse

It’s just a satisfying game to play skill-wise.  Some people are drawn to it more than others, of course.

It’s not as complex as football, but it’s a game of precision.  Your hand-eye coordination has to be very good.  You eventually come to see shapes.

I just totally dig it.

Don’t call me no cheap shot!  :-) kidding.

I remember a time when I’d play some pool in smoky bars.  Remember when smoking indoors was legal?  It’s a good way to interact with some of the community, albeit all pool fans.

Pool, booze and smokes mix so well together for some.  I don’t know how they keep a straight shot after getting drunk…

Practice, I guess.

It’s a good sport to come together.  I like bowling too.  It’s good to go to the pool hall or the bowling alley and participate in activities outside of our homes and our televisions.  Make friends, have fun…

Some people take it pretty darn seriously of course.  Just like anybody takes anything seriously.  That’s OK.  It’s perfectly fine to take it seriously!  And then there are those who are just there for the recreation of it all.

Have you ever met the pool players who gamble?  There are some elite mo-fo’s out there… like pool’s their entire life.

Speaking of precision, did you know there’s such a thing as a pool table mover?  Yeah, they’re specifically skilled in taking apart, moving, putting back together perfectly, and balancing pool tables.

Crazy.  I had no idea, but it’s a niche that people need.

I bring this up because I recently had my pool table professionally moved to my new digs in Scottsdale.

They did a great job… no dings or dents, and they constructed it perfectly using heat and beeswax to seal the slates together again seamlessly.

After it was built, I challenged them to a game.  Unfortunately, they couldn’t play because they had another table to go move.  Good for them!  They keep busy.

I asked how long they’d been doing this because the were so good.  Dan, the owner, said he’d been doing it for about 11 years.  They opened in 2002.  They being Billiards 2U.

So, since they couldn’t play, I invited some folks over to my new pad to play some pool and drink some beers.  I gotta say, the table played great!  They really did a bang-up job (in a good way) of putting the thing back together.

In fact, I don’t know, it might be playing better now!

They also replaced the felt with some top of the line worsted wool which changed the color from blue to green.  I definitely prefer the green.

I also got some new pockets from them.  Mine were plastic but now they’re leather.  Awesome!  This has certainly been an upgrade to my pool table.

I don’t know why I’m writing so much about my billiards set up.  I guess I’m just happy to be in this wonderfully designed, very comfortable new home and to have a great “new” table upon which to play one of my favorite games.

So there!

How do you like playing pool, dear Arizonan reader?  Want to play sometime?

Keep it coming, keep it flowing, keep the balls a rollin’ rollin’!

Talk with you soon.

Here are some neat tricks I’m working on learning:

The Bright Side of Towing

Doesn’t needing to get towed… suck?

I mean, what situation are you in where you need to get towed? You are illegally parked. Or you’re broken down on the side of the road.

Or you’re maybe you’re moving houses and you need your vehicle towed since you’re driving the moving truck. Well, maybe that doesn’t suck so bad, but…

There are so many reasons.

But there’s a bright side to it.  There’s gotta be.

Well, let me tell you about my freaking towing experience the other day. My truck broke down in the middle of the road in Mesa, at the edge of  Scottsdale.

My Mesa Towing experience

Right then, I called roadside assistance but they told me it would be better to call the police because they could get there faster.

So when the cops showed up to protect my poor truck from being rammed, they called their tow truck in Mesa.

Amazingly, they got there FAST! Like, in ten minutes. Normally, waiting for a tow truck is a pain. That’s one reason it’s always good to have a book with you, so you’re not left twiddling your thumbs.

Of course, you could meditate, but not many people are into that. And we all have our phones nowadays, which can provide endless entertainment… or endless information. Or you can get stuff done.

But that’s why it sucks waiting to get towed. Your normal routine is interrupted. Your life seems to be put on hold while time continues to tick on by.

So, for the purposes of this post, I decided to find a cool video. One that brightens my day, and I hope, brightens yours too.

Because my day wasn’t ruined. I just stayed positive and tried to go with the flow.

Pretty funny, right?  I was a little bit on edge during that video.  You wonder what’s going to happen to all these tow trucks?

There are loads of “fail” videos like that on YouTube.

Anyway, I was impressed the guys pulled up within ten minutes of being called (must’ve been luck) and brought a flatbed tow truck with them.

I prefer flatbeds to others because, well, my truck is nice. It’s a custom built, black 1989 GMC pickup. A nice engine, sleek, big tires, great shiny rims… and I didn’t want anything to happen to it.

If something happened to my baby I don’t know what I’d do!

I was talking to the guys as they were driving me home, telling them how much I liked their website because it has funny videos you can watch while you wait, and because it had a brief history of tow trucks on the front page. I was impressed!

As we continued talking they revealed their knowledge… I learned that a flatbed tow truck is also called a rollback or a slide, and that these are becoming more and more common.

So, what is the bright side?

It’s that shit happens. And the best design of your life is how you handle each situation that arises. Will you keep calm and handle it with poise? Or will you freak out and panic?

Listen to that inner voice that tells you when you’re making things more difficult for yourself than they need to be. It’s there.

Just observe yourself and you’ll gradually gain power and control over your behavior.

It’s your life, design it how you want to! Even if you’re being towed and have to wait in the hot Arizona sun (be sure to drink plenty of water), always look at the bright side.

No, not the sun, silly!

The bright side is how you bring more positive energy into this world, rather than negative.

So, until next time, thanks for listening to my towing story and how I handled it. See you soon!

Welcome to Arizona Designs!

Welcome!

Thanks for making it to my site.  Here, I’ll be talking about spirituality; how each of us humans is a creator; how we create our own lives.

But also, I’ll be integrating those sorts of joyous and empowering thoughts with actual, real things to do in AZ… because what fun is it to sit around in a cave thinking and meditating all day, every day?

Amiright?

So…

That being said, let’s get this site a-rollin’ and start creating our lives the way we want them!

Thanks again,

Patrick