One of the things I have learned that really helps me is to drink water when I play pool.
Diet sodas only dehydrate me, and water keeps me hydrated best (obviously). And as most people know, hydration is key for thinking clear and being able to compete well.
So, right before my scotch doubles match at ACS with my partner Marty Jones, I tell him I need to go get some water, "I'll be right back."
I take a $20 bill from my purse and walk to the concession stand. As I walked down the hall, I see a vending machine. It has water in it, for a $1.
I still go up to the concession stand, to see how much their bottled water is. Since I only had a $20 dollar bill, I couldn't put that in the vending machine.
The sweet, kind lady says their bottled water is $2. Dang, I read it wrong.
I respond as nice as I could as I whisk away (we were about to start our match), "well, at the vending machine water is only a $1. Sorry!"
Hey, saving a dollar all weekend for each bottled water would be smart, right?
I walk all the way around and get to our table. As I replace the $20 with a $1 bill from my purse, I explain to Marty proudly that I'm saving a whole dollar, lol. I walk away quickly and get to the vending machine and put in the dollar.
OH CRAP! The soda is $1, but the water is $2!
Well, I've already invested a $1. So, I walk BACK to our table, get another dollar, and Marty is looking at me funny. "Sorry, I'll be right back, it's really $2 in the vending machine."
I get to the vending machine quickly, put in the other dollar, and... STILL NO WATER!
OMG, it's OUT of water!
So, I go BACK to my purse. Get BACK OUT the $20 (now I'm out of one dollar bills), run quickly around the hall to the concession stand and ask for water. LOL.
The lady looks at me funny and I give in, "It's really $2 for the bottled water, and they are out of water. So, what was suppose to be a one dollar bottle of water has now cost me FOUR dollars."
The things we do for water! lol.