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.
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.
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: