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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

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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

and when you gaze long into an abyss

 

mundane moments in a mundane life
.
"...the abyss also gazes into you."
.
I loved watching good pool players and the only thing better than watching good pool players was having an even better pool player explain the options, choices, and consequences of those playing.
As we watched and chatted, something hovered at the edge of my thoughts, obscured by the fog of very old memory. Something from my life before the game. Something from his country. Something he might know. The fog dissolved and the image solidified. Tall columns older than recorded time limned in pink and gold of the rising sun.
I asked during a pause in our conversation.
“Why THE FUCK would I want to go there?” His voice frothed with contempt.
“I hear it is beautiful. That there is nothing else like it in the world.”
“I’m a pool player,” he said, each word dripping with the disdain of a thousand ancient kings.
Heat ran through my veins like whisky sluicing through blood. “That you are,” I said, and the sarcasm I intended failed to materialize. “That you are,” I repeated, bland and agreeable.
His eyes flickered with suspicion. We watched the rest of the match in silence. Then we never spoke again.
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nietzsche

2 comments to and when you gaze long into an abyss

  • Heath

    Very good. Very thought provoking. I’m curious as to the who and the where are… I have my own assumptions, as I’m sure that was the intention.

    Great stuff as usual.

  • Alan Saville

    Good pool player. Oh wow, BFD! There are at least 20 million others on the planet who are as good as he is or better. I’m one of them and I’m not an asshole, pretty nice guy really. I’m also smart enough to know I’m not as good as I sometimes think I am and I know that I have a lot to learn, rather than the opposite, delusional, self-absorbed POV which eventually only leads to isolation and bitterness. Good for him, why the hell would he ever go there! Assholes aren’t allowed anyway.

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