Friday, January 18, 2019

Announcing: "Return the Faver"

I am so happy to announce this new project!!

"Return the Faver"

It took me a couple of months to get the title perfect, and to come up with the right words to describe this project, and also to figure out some of the logistics for the first year, but basically, I am going to be giving away FREE (yes, I said "free") entry fees to several players every year in honor of my friend, Dave Faver!


I revealed in November my hesitancy to run a memorial tournament every year in his honor, but I am so thankful that an alternative idea came to mind so that I can still honor him every year.  VERY THANKFUL!

Further, this will reach farther and more places, instead of a tournament in the same one location in Texas every year, right?

Did I mention I'm excited?!

"Return the Faver."  In memory of Dave FaverFor his brave fight against cancer and his tenacity when he played pool; Never give up.

There are several facets to this project, but this year I am going to try and give away 4 free entry fees, roughly adding up to $200.  At times I will choose a player myself, or a TD may draw randomly to give away the free entry fee, or I will give certain TDs an entry fee and they choose a person who could use a free entry fee.

My vision is in years to come that this be also a scholarship-type thing and players can submit applications for consideration.

Right now, I'm just starting off small.  But it's still a BIG thing to me, for Dave :)

I created a menu item on my blog for this project, but the menu does not show up on all mobile devices.  So, let me paste here the further details:

"Return the Faver"
Free Entry Fee Endeavor
In memory of Dave Faver
For his brave fight against cancer and his tenacity when he played pool; Never give up.

How do you choose who receives a Free Entry fee for the "Return the Faver" project?
  • A player may be selected randomly at tournament,
  • A player may be selected ahead of time randomly,
  • A player may be chosen ahead of time by me (Melinda) for certain tournaments.
  • Future: Players submit why they should be chosen for a free entry fee, and then a committee will choose a recipient for the free entry fee.

How many free entry fees will be given every year?
  •  This will fluctuate based on my income, but I'm thinking for 2019 (the first year) at least $200 worth of entry fee's for the year.  For example, that could be around four $50 entry fees throughout the year that is given out.

Can I contribute to the "Return the Faver" Project?
  • Yes!  And welcomed to help out even more players in honor of Dave Faver.  Paypal email is address   

Will this only be for Tournaments in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area?
  • Nope.  The vision is to give away free entry fees to different tournaments throughout the year - ie, the same tour/tournament does not get more than one free entry fee in a single year.  

A list of all recipients will be kept updated throughout the year here:

January 2019:
  • Tony Sulsar from Texas.  Free entry fee for DFW 9 Ball Tour

To find out more about my dear friend Dave, please see this link.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Tina Malm - January 2019 Billiard Buzz Interview!

WooHoo! The first edition of 2019 for the online magazine Billiard Buzz is out and this month I am so excited to share that I was able to capture an interview the awesome and amazing Tina Malm! We have been friends a long time and I have learned so much from her on and off the table, so I was elated when she said yes to be interviewed, so you all could get to know her better, also! You are in for a treat!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Extra Money for Bills from Pool?

I don't talk about my job very often on my pool blog, but I think most of you know that I am a meteorologist and that I work for the National Weather Service (NWS).

I've been with the NWS for 26 years as of this month, actually.  Pretty proud of my career :)

The NWS is a part of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which is within the Department of Commerce (DOC).  This means, during the past 3 weeks, I have been directly impacted by the "government shutdown."  Technically referred to as "lapse in appropriations."  AKA - no money.

I am deemed an "essential" employee (we can't just stop issuing forecasts and warnings!) and so I am required to come to work.  But we aren't getting paid.

I have worked for 3 weeks now with no pay, because of the "government shutdown."

If people who work for the government are affected by the shutdown, but are not deemed "essential," they are "furloughed."  Which means they aren't coming to work, and they also aren't getting paid.

One of my coworkers told me I was lucky I at least have a fall back:  I can give pool lessons and bring in some cash.

I just kinda laughed because I don't even charge enough to pay my light bill, lol!  But it does bring up an interesting point that if the shutdown goes on much longer and we aren't getting paid, we will all have to find other ways to make some money to pay our bills.  We all have talents and are smart and could find creative ways to earn cash.  Heck, a lot of us had summer jobs before going to college, and I even know how to flip burgers!  One guy is thinking about tarnishing address plates on houses for $25 each to bring in extra money.  Several are talking about maybe being Uber drivers.  Many of us are cutting out bills that we can live without during this penny-pinching time (like cable/netflix, magazine subscriptions, landscaping, etc).

The people that are furloughed (who don't come to work) could get another job during the shutdown.  For those like me who still need to come to work (which I am glad, btw!), I suppose I could get a part time job at night and on weekends while working full time if this goes on for a long time (well, I would HAVE to).

There are others (like me) who aren't married and therefore I am relying on only one income.  At least some other folks have a second income with their spouses.  But, many of us aren't sitting at home on a nest egg and we do live mostly paycheck to paycheck, which this shutdown will interfere with very soon with our car payments, house payments, electricity, etc.

Hmm....Maybe I should "up" my coaching appointments.  I'm just kidding!  I wouldn't do that; I would work in retail if I needed to start making side money to pay my bills if the shutdown lasts for months.  Pool doesn't bring in money - whether giving lessons, winning tournaments, or running tournaments - there's just not enough money in our sport to make a living.  And we all know this, so it isn't new information.

I gotta go - burgers are burning on the grill!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Goals Aren't Just for Yourself

I love learning!

And when I stumbled across this, I was like, Heck yea that's a great idea!

And of course I wanted to share with you all :)

Even though I saw this in October, it was more relevant for the beginning of the year.  So, I've kept it in my hip pocket for a few months, waiting for this very day in early January.  Why?  Yep, because it's about GOALS!

I saw this on professional golfer Justin Thomas' Instagram account and really, truly loved what he said.  SO glad he share this with everyone!

If you can't enlarge the photo below, here is what he said:

"Every year/season my team and I come up with goals for the year... it’s something I’ve always found important. A few goals that are very attainable, some that are going to require some hard work, then some that are extremely difficult. I ask every person in my on course team (caddie, dad, putting coach), to make a their own list. This keeps us all accountable the entire year that everybody is doing what they should be doing on and off the course to make sure we are as ready as possible every time I tee it up. Time to get started on next years list! (And no I will not share it until the season is over 😜😜) I challenge you guys to make your own list of goals and see how many you can achieve!"

Now, I would think at some point in my pool journey that at least one of my teams would have had a goal of some sort.  For as many teams as I have been on, there had to have been some goal as a team like, "finish better than last year" or maybe "up or stats" or something.  I just honestly can't remember.

But what I like MORE about what he shared was this part:  "I ask every person in my on course team (caddie, dad, putting coach), to make a their own list. This keeps us all accountable the entire year that everybody is doing what they should be doing on and off the course to make sure we are as ready as possible every time I tee it up."

Seriously, how fantastic is that?!  I just love the whole concept.  It's not just individual goals or even team goals, it's goals for each person FOR THE TEAM.

BTW, here are his results of the goals for 2017-2018:  I admire this because he didn't have to be this open with everyone, but I am glad because we are all learning from him:

(click to enlarge)

Maybe this is obvious in parts of our lives already, or maybe it's just the way he stated about accountability for everyone to be ready as part of the team that I loved.  But whatever it is about this just made me smile; and I love it!    

And, I waited until now to share it in case you wish to employ this for your pool team, work group, goals for the who family, etc, starting out the new year.

BTW, Justin Thomas' Instagram account is really cool - not all about golf, and some funny things.  Plus, he shares why he might not have won some events and should have.  I highly recommend it.  


Monday, January 7, 2019

2019 Goals

I have a written a ton of times about GOALS (okay, maybe that's a little bit of an exaggeration).

But because it's the first of the year, let's continue this important tradition (before we move too much further into January and then this becomes "old news" lol). 

First, I don't believe in resolutions, but I do believe in GOALs and feel they are very important to our improvement.  Bottom line is there are good goals but sometimes not so good goals.  Don't set yourself up for failure; set yourself set up for success!

Goals are important because they give you that something extra to strive for, to look forward to, to plan for, etc.

I like simpler goals now.  Like in matches or at tournaments:
  • Have fun
  • Stay down
  • Smooth stroke
  • Write notes after each match/tournament how I felt and what I learned

These goals below seem realistic and attainable, but sometimes they are not:
  • Get in the money every tournament
  • Last til Sunday
  • Win all my matches in league
  • Get in the top 25% of a tourney
These goals are setting you up for failure.  Sorry!  They are affected by A LOT of outside factors that you have no control over.  One time I placed 9th and didn't get in the money because the field wasn't large enough.  One time I ran into the top two players and didn't make it to Sunday.  Another time someone slopped in the 9ball and cost me a 5-0 at league.

So, as you can see, goals are only as good as you set them.

And remember, goals need to be SMART!  
  • Specific
  • Meaningful
  • Action Oriented
  • Realistic and 
  • Timely

Let's compare: "Watch more videos this year."  Hmmmm... How about:  "Watch 2 videos a month." 

See the smart difference?

Have a GREAT 2019!!