Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September Vacation

If you follow my blog close enough, you'll notice I didn't post that much last month, the month of September.

Well, I posted 12 blog entries and to me that IS a lot (especially compared to other blogs), but it is a few less than my monthly quota.

Why the "slow" month?

Well, I went on Vaca!


I have stories from my trip to share, but let me first share with you all that on my countryside vaca for a week, at one point my b/f and I stayed at a cute little cabin.

It had a hot tub, fire pit, gorgeous mountain view (if you looked through the tall trees - we were in the Smokey Mountains), and it was rustic and quaint.

But, it also had a POOL TABLE!

We were SO excited!

I had heard of cabins that had hot tubs and pool tables but to be staying in one was just going to be amazing!

As I snuggle up the spiral staircase to check out the pool table, of course I was sadly disappointed it wasn't a "true" bar table or 8 foot table.  Looked like a low cost game room table.

Still - very pretty!

And just the IDEA of having a pool table for 2 days in the woods in a cabin was pretty dang cool!

Prolly once in a lifetime event right there for me.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Getting the Line

The other day a road player was in the pool room and everyone was trying to figure out who he was and what his name was.  And, where he is from and can he play well, etc.

The road player is in the middle of a second set with one of the local players, and his opponent goes outside to take a break.

Turns out he was on the phone calling friends trying to find out who he was playing.

He comes back in and the road player tells him,  "Go ahead, Phone a Friend, I don't care."

Omg it was hysterical!

If anyone knows of the TV game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire, you'll get how funny this is, lol.

And no, no one ever figured out who he was.  He won a few sets of $50 each against a couple of players and then went on his merry way.

But he was funny!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Combo Tip - A Different Possibility

One shot that is always tricky are combos.

I have written about frozen combos, even did a video about them.

But non-frozen combos are little touchy tricksters!

First of all, never ever in a million years play a combo with ball-in-hand.

Second, unless you are a combo master and you have practiced them til you dream about them, they are really tough.

You think you know where the first ball is going and instead you get bad shape with the ball and then of course the cueball, too.  And just like that, there went your run.

Even when hitting a combo soft, that pesky first ball doesn't sit in front of the pocket like you imagined. And the cueball has really messed the shot up.

Well, sometimes the best option (SOMETIMES) is to instead hitting the combo soft, is to hit it hard.  Yes, hard.  This isn't for every combo, but when you know you will have a good chance of being able to move that first ball around to where you will have a good next shot.  Focus more on the cueball with this shot.

This is sometimes so much better than slow rolling a combo and hoping the cueball lands perfectly for that first ball that you hoped landed well, also.

I did that in my last tourney successfully.  I was glad I remembered this from my arsenal!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

League Support

On my Thursday night ladies league,  I'm on a new team and they asked me to play so I could help them.  I go over shots and safes with them after matches to help out.  They also ask questions and I gladly give my opinion of what I would do in certain situations.

I realized the other day, though, that I need to be more supportive and watch my teammates' games even more.

Not to help them with shots per say, but to encourage them more.   When they make a good shot or safe,  I need to be watching closer so I can be more vocal for them.

How encouraging it would be to know (1) a good teammate is watching me and (2) I can hear them giving me kudos from the sidelines during my match!  It would really pump me up.  So I want to pump them up, too.

That's why they asked me to be on the team - to help!

Plus, this way when they ask me about a shot, I will already know the layout because I was paying attention more.