The Women's International Pool Championship is going on right now in New York, December 16th-21st, 2014 at Steinway Cafe-Billiards.
I actually got an invite!
I could not believe it, really. I was very honored they thought of me.
But I could not take a week off of work, could not afford the airfare, nor the entry fee (about $500 or so), plus all the NY expenses, lol.
Plus, and most importantly, I do not even care if I play with the pros or not.
I'm just not interested honestly.
I don't put in any practice and I'm not even close to the pro level, so why spend all that money to go?
I found out I could save a smidgen of money b/c I could have stayed for free, but still - airfare and entry alone was over $1,000, plus losing 5 days of work.
It just wasn't feasible to me.
I will say that I have played in a pro event (the WPBA Women's U.S. Open) and I LOVED the experience! I even won a match :) lol. But, it was within driving distance and I shared a room with another player. And, I only had to take about two days off from work.
I will never forget that experience, ever.
But the cost of playing/flying/staying in NY is not worth it for me.
Ironically, I'm not even jealous of all the pics and posts from the event from my friends. I'm just happy for them that they get to play the game we love in such an awesome setting! And one of my friends, Debra, has never played in a pro event before and I am SO excited for her! She will love reflecting like I have with my first pro event.