Sooo, I most definitely have been MIA. What’s happened since we last left off…
1. I have played next to ZERO quality pool. How am I suppose to write a pool blog without any pool to discuss? My time is just the Predator Pro/Am Tour stops, a few Amsterdam & Society Team 9-Ball matches and 2 Straight Pool matches at ABC. So, in about 3 months, I’ve played, hmmm, say 40 hours of pool. All in competition, none in practice/drill mode. And my results showcase my lack of dedication. You get what you put in and any match I’ve won, I probably didn’t deserve to win. There’s a BIG difference in me winning a match, and my opponent losing a match. I usually don’t count the latter … unless I don’t like you. Then I revel in it. MUAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! <- Evil laugh.
I am more eager than ever to play. It’s been hard to stomach playing far below my ability. I was on a good roll in the late Fall. Got raised to the ‘B’ and felt pretty invincible. Well, as invincible as a B can feel, then WACK! A new big client and tax season sucked my time away from the game and POOF, I feel helpless. DAMN YOU INCONSISTENCY!
I’ve always felt I had rather good fundamentals and this solid foundation has bailed me out of some hairy spots when I hadn’t practiced in a while. But this is such a long period of hiatus and I’ve seen even my fundamentals slipping. I’m jumpy on shots, I constantly lift my bridge hand before shooting and I rush the last stroke. These things WILL be corrected post tax season.
I’m looking forward to the month of May. I’ve got extensive drills and practice sessions I’ve laid out as prep for Vegas in July.
2. I’m hella out of shape. I haven’t worked out, for real in at least 6 months. It’s pathetic. I’m disgusted by it. And I’m not interested in hearing anyone say, “Oh Gail, you look great, blah blah blah.” NO!! It’s gotten out of hand. Play time is OVER. I’m ready to feel the pain, taste the sweat and eat bananas for salvation!! I’m joining Crunch gym on April 16th. Game over fatty.
3. The Predator Pro/Am Tour seems stronger than ever. Last year we switched the tournament format to a split chart A/Bs on top of the bracket & C/Ds on the bottom and they only met up at the end of the tournament. We had great success with this division in ranks for basically a year, but over time, many of our players improved their game so much that the A/B bracket started to overflow. We were selling out the A/B bracket, resulting in us turning away players. I hate doing this, the tour hates doing it and it’s not good for room owners. So, we’ve now eliminated the split chart and are averaging 60-100 players per event. It shows that NYC pool is stronger than ever these days. Players are improving and challenging themselves with the strong core of tournaments and leagues the tri-state has to offer.
If you want to improve your game, you MUST challenge yourself and the tour is a great way to do that. It hosts the strongest players in all of the Tri-State.
I’m thrilled with what Tony and I have done for pool in NY. We cater to nearly 1000 players in our area through the tour and league. (www.PlayNAPL.com). I feel like we’ve helped the sport survive and grow and I’m proud of our success and contribution.
4. On a personal/professional level, Tony and I were both tested. Tested on patience, sanity and humanity. As I’m sure any business owner will tell us, with success comes a backhand of animosity from those not included. Along the road, the test of vengeance dangles in front like a carrot on your path. An eye for an eye, or maintain humanity in war? Will you bend to their low forms of behavior, cater to their need for attention, succumb to that which is beneath you? Be the ringleader amongst the clowns. Or? Don’t visit the circus.
I’ve learned that once you garner success there will always be people that want to bring you down, either for their own betterment or simply to watch you burn. Some people just want to watch the world burn as the mighty Alfred (Batman’s Butler) would say.
Evil intentions only prevail if there’s a “weakness” in your armor. My takeaway from the experience? Those who talk the most, usually have the least to say. A healthy block has given way to peace of mind again. I don’t want to hurt anyone. But throw my back against the wall and I’m quite scrappy.
Tony and I are engaged to be married. We wed Oct 12, 2013 in Miami, Florida. I am marrying a man that fiercely loves me. Lucky girl I am.
Happy Birthday My April Fool!