me and alex

the massé

hi guys, i'm new to this community. i live in the UK. i play a lot of pool; 8-ball, 9-ball and snooker.

yesterday i was at the local club where my girlfriend managed to take this fantastic long-exposure photo of the massé shot - the white ball takes a semi-circular path to the object ball and i just had to share it with some people who might appreciate it. enjoy!

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Question for guys

Hey, this might be a little bit off subject, but not completely.

My boyfriend is 30, loves pool (he plays on league 4 nights a week, competes in tourneys for BCA and APA and competes for Vegas...he's been playing for 4 years and is a 6 in 9-ball and a 7 in 8-ball).

He doesn't drink or smoke. He loves football, soccer, baseball, basketball. His very favorite teams are Atlanta Braves and Falcons.

Now, the question...his birthday is coming up. Since you all play pool and can maybe relate to him a bit...
do you have any suggestions on what I could get him for his birthday? Cheap is okay...we're both broke...I don't care if he gets me something worth 50 cents...same with him.

A little more about him...
he asked for a threesome...joking, but would actually like it. You know what I mean. He doesn't expect it. Hehe.
Sex is good and often. My screen name may give you insight on our roles.

Thanks for the suggestions.

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Was just wondering if any UK student archers were coming to the BUSA next weekend? It should be really good, I'm just hoping I don't make quite as much a fool of myself in this one!


For Anyone in the Nashville Area!!

I'm coming down for the BCA Open Qualifier on saturday and sunday, Feb 26th and 27th. Dunno if anyone on here will be there, just figured it'd be nice to maybe find someone who I could say I knew when I got there. Don't like flying solo like this, but I guess, thus begins my downward journey into the underworld of pool--in hopes of walking the path to greatness.

My Two Cents... and Three.

So Within the last year I've changed many different ways in relation to pool. One of these is how I view the psychological aspect of it. Now, I'm no hustler and I think it's petty, but, I'm by no means against minor psychological warfare. So, here's a quick list (behind the cut since some people may find them offensive) of t-shirts that I wear when I'm outside the 'normal' tournament style play we all love and hate so much (double elimination, no, single elim, no alternating break, no winner break... endlessly changing)

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BCA Open Qaulifying Tournament, Feb 26th-27th

Here are some details for this tournament if anyone is going. This is one of
only three open male division qaulifying tournaments left to go before the BCA Open in Vegas. The second and third tournaments are being held in wisconsin (on the same day due to a moving up of the date) and in Cropus Cristi Texas.

Date: Feb 26-27
Registrationg info: Open; day of; starts at 10am
Start Time Saturday: Noon
Start Time Sunday: TBA
Fee: 50 dollars plus 20 dollar green's fee;
Cash and check accepted, credit card unkown
Location: Madison, Tennessee JOB's Billiards.
Contact Number: 1-615-868-4270
Hall Owner: Jim Laylock (spelling?)
Hall size: Three rooms, 30 tables, several are diamond smart tables

I don't know that anyone is going for sure but considering the availability of tournaments for the BCA Open, I would assume that this will be a very large tournament. From what I understand there is no cash prize involved but first place does net you a 500 dollar entry fee into the BCA Open, as well as a 500 dollar travel/hotel expense when you check into the Vegas tourny.

Any thoughts/comments/questions just reply and I'll help as best I can. I myself am making (flying by the seat of my pants no less) the trek from WNY all the way to tennessee (staying with family nearby to tourny thank god) and will be in town for the entire week preceeding the tourny so's I can get a fel for things that are going to happen.

Something to Think About

I psted this in my other communty relating to pool, and I thought that perhaps it may be something at least a few people here might be interested. It's not so much related to yahoo pool as I tend to think of yahoo pool as non-existant when compared to real pool.

At all stages of the learning process for pool I think this is an important concept to understand:

When the world was still trying to break the sound barrier with aiplanes, they struggled phenominally against the forces that literally worked against the mechanics of the plane and the pilot. What people fail to realize is that for at least five years we were able to fly at the speed of sound. The problem was that at the speed of sound, the sound you make builds up (like a sonic boom) right around your wings, and creates an insane amount of turbulence. Enough in fact to rip the wings right off a plane no matter how well constructed, amongst other very bad things. It was the surpassing of the speed of sound that was important for the sake of doing so, and because beyond the speed of sound lay a realm of flight that was better and more efficient.

How I relate this to pool: We all encounter the barrier that leads to the next leel of pool. Everyone commonly refers to this barrier at each stage, as a plateau. I think it's just like flying -at- the speed of sound, before you break it and go faster. There's so much going on that it could break you. Suddenly you drop perfect runs up to the seven or eight, or you -see- that ball, that dastardly ball that you absolutely KNOW will stop your run, BUT, if you make -that- ball, that's it, you're out. Your positional play seems amazing, but it costs you shotmaking ability, or the opposite, suddenly you're making shots you've never even thought existed, pockets seem like parking garages and that space between two balls you previously thought you couldn't squeeeze that game winning shot through, might as well have the two blockers on different rails, cause you know you can get the ball through. The point is this; when we improve, we learn a series of new things, or just improve upon our weaknesses. And we do this one specific ability at a time, realize it or not. Then for it all to work, it has to work together, in unison. That's where people 'plateau', where they're just about to bring it all together. Naturally you incorporate these new talents one by one, but when you get them all flowing at once it's a different game and you suddenly feel like you don't know whats going on. But suddenly you'll fall off and seem worse and doubt everything. That's where you need to stop yourself and not doubt yourself, ever. Self-doubt will kill a poolplayer before anything tangeable ever could. Just convince yourself that it's all coming and relax, and you'll find that sooner rather than later (compared to practicing your brains out while you're pissed off, or pressuring yourself to play well during matches) that all of a sudden it'll all come together--and you'll know when that is. You'll be in the zone and just go.

So, those are my thoughts for the time being, I hope that it's not confusing and that all who read can draw from it.
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