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• 2013 Majors

CSI POOL
BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships
Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, NV
first time at the Rio (adios Riviera) and things get epic
 
INDEPENDENT EVENT
Hard Times 10-Ball Open
Hard Times Billiards
Bellflower, CA
just a lil pre-Vegas warm up tournament
 
INDEPENDENT EVENT
West Coast Challenge
$4,000 added One Pocket
$10,000 added 10-Ball
California Billiard Club
Mountain View, CA
last event at this location before they close (sadface)
 
INDEPENDENT EVENT
Cole Dickson Memorial 9-Ball
Family Billiards
San Francisco, CA
for legendary road player Cole Dickson
 
INDEPENDENT EVENT
Pots 'N' Pans Memorial 9-Ball
Pool Sharks
Las Vegas, NV
celebrating hustler Bernard Rogoff, better known as "Pots 'N' Pans"
 
THE ACTION REPORT
TAR35 | Dennis Orcollo vs Shane Van Boening
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
second and third days
 
THE ACTION REPORT
TAR33 | Francisco Bustamante vs Alex Pagulayan
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
second (1P) and part of third (10B) day
 
THE ACTION REPORT
TAR32 | Ronnie Alcano vs Jayson Shaw
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
GREAT match • Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball Tournament coverage
 
INDEPENDENT EVENT
Chet Itow Memorial 9-Ball
California Billiards Club
Mountain View, CA
drank too much to do good coverage, but here it is, anyway
 
CSI POOL
Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball
Hard Times Billiards
Bellflower, CA
let Robocop show you how to run a six-pack, Citizen
 
THE ACTION REPORT
TAR31 | Mike Dechaine vs Shane Van Boening
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
ALL HAIL THE HOVERCAT
 
THE ACTION REPORT
TAR30 | Darren Appleton vs Shane Van Boening
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
the boys are back in town
 
 
10+1 INTERVIEWS
» Huidji See
» Donny Mills
 
 
EVERYBODY WAS KUNG-FU FIGHTING
the best kind of New Year's Sandwich
that's not okay
 
 
READER'S CHOICE
you know that I'm no good
on being a reasonable human being with realistic expectations
 
instasham series
stories from the distant and slightly-less-distant past
 
the only people for me are the mad ones
questions, tournaments, bets, running 26.2 miles

• LINKY LINKS

PARTY ANIMALS
The Action Report
purveyor of fine challenge matches between highly-skilled players of note
 
PUBLICATION
Cue Times Billiard News
Colorado's best resource for all things pool-related
 
CASE
Jack Justis Cases
the choice of champions
 
CUE
Sugartree Customs
made by Eric "Slower Than Snails" Crisp, if and when he feels like it
 
CUE
Tucker Cue Works
"If you feel the need to ask me how your cue is progressing every week then maybe there is a better choice of cuemakers out there for you."
 
MEAT
Kurzweils' Country Meats
yes, meat

snowblower

This is a regular, random rants-and-reflections post to pass the time while I work on The Big Project. By the way, thank you to all who donated to fund The Big Project.

 

 

Due to some interesting life changes, I play less pool these days. I no longer travel as extensively as I once did for the game and my attitude toward tournaments these days is meh. I don’t practice often. I write even less. Yet, there are still pool things I like to do, chief among them the occasional flutter.

 

I don’t bet as often as I used to, but when I do, I still like the amount to be significant. In my last few escapades, I noticed a trend I did not pay attention to before: the trend of outside aid.

 

I don’t question other people’s decisions to use whatever they need to take the edge off. We all have fears and pressures and we deal them in our own ways. I have kittens, coffee, and imbibing unreasonable amounts of alcohol during high-speed rides at family-oriented amusement parks. Others have controlled substances.

 

I can’t stop people from taking drugs while gambling.

 

I’m just not sure how to beat people who do.

 

Because–and let’s be honest here, in direct contrast to all the feel-good shit that’s ever been presented in movies and media–the one who does the drugs often does win.

 

success

This was a triumph. I’m making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.

 

That is not to say I have not been offered an edge. While talking to some non-billiards friends about the recent prevalence of drug use among my opponents, they said if I wanted prescription drugs to help my concentration they could get me some. I declined their offer, saying for me to take drugs not prescribed to me would be against the law. One responded with, “That’s rich, seeing as how your gambling is against the law.” I did not have an answer for that then.

 

I do now.

 

The answer I have is that one must live by a code.

 

“A man’s gotta have a code.”


–numerous villainous yet sympathetic television characters

 

I have my own standards and I will stick to them, even if it does not make sense to others. I will not compromise those standards because to do so would be to compromise that which makes me the person that I am. If I win, I must win by the methods I deem fair, or else the win holds no value for me.

 

My refusal to use outside help is not limited to the use of controlled substances. In one of my previous matches where very, very much was at stake, I was offered aid of a sort I never expected: salacious photographs of my opponent. It was suggested I could send those photographs to my opponent prior to playing in order to rattle her or post them online somewhere. I did not. And I lost. And I lost a lot of support because of the loss. And I have never regretted it.

 

If my opponent needs to snort a Ki off a key during the last four racks of our match in order to win, that will just have to be the way things are. Pool does not test for performance-enhancing drugs even at the world competition level so to expect some sort of miraculous trickle-down reform to the amateur level and then even lower to the murky basement of action is absurd. I go into these matches with the belief my drive will outrun whatever is in their bloodstream, and I have to accept that sometimes, drive is not enough.

 

There is no solution here, there are only options: I can play or not play.

 

That is just the way things are.

 

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