My fellow online billiard activist and friend, Tam Trinh, had a really cool question the other day on her Instagram account:
Tam asked, "If pool was never invented, what do you think your replacement hobby would be?"
I have pondered this question a few times and the answer is still the same for me: I have no idea!
Seriously, I have no idea. I started to play pool in arcades that had pool tables. Eventually, I started to test my skills at playing pool since I had over-exceeded on the video games and they were no longer a challenge for me (I was top gamer on all the popular video games in the place).
So, not sure what I would be doing.
Some people commented: darts, sewing, poker, skateboarding, school/studying, archery, shooting range, etc.
I mean, I can see a natural progression for me might be playing darts, since I did that sometimes at the bar, but otherwise, though I wasn't very interested in darts. So, what would I be doing? Sure, I love poker, so maybe I would be doing that, but I wonder if one is out of the pool room, how do you get into a poker room? It seems they are all related and intertwined.
I did dabbled in arts and crafts out of college, but eventually stopped doing that and can't see that leading anywhere.
I guess I'd be only working? Nooooo, can't see that. I'd have to be doing something in addition to working, right?
I can't believe I have no answer, lol!
However, what I can say is, I'm SO glad pool was around and was my hobby!
BTW, you can follow her on Instagram by searching for "mztamcom" and you can follow me on Instagram by searching for "mellbers."