Thursday, April 17, 2014

No Smoking within 15 Feet

My favorite sign at the 2014 BCAPL Texas State 8-Ball Championships was this one:

Usually you just have to "go outside" with no restrictions.  This meant all us non-smokers would have to walk through smokers to get to our cars or come inside.

So, I REALLY liked this sign - no smoking within 15 feet of the building.  WOO HOO!


For non-smokers, this was pure awesomeness. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Decorated my Chalk

I think I'm so cool, lol. 

I saw this tape and liked the colors so decided to "mark" and decorate my own chalk! 

Especially since I kept losing that 'one' piece of god blue chalk at the State tourney.  Ugh!  So annoying when you find a good piece then it gets lost in the mix of all the other blue chalk on the table.
My friends had done this before - made some esp for me (awww!) and one of my other friends sells them to raise money for fans for the elderly:

Little did I know how TOUGH it is to wrap little pieces of chalk in freaking duct tape!!

They aren't perfect, but they are mine.  :)

Thank you, Phil Capelle!

I have attributed my vast knowledge of 8-ball to one book, one person, Phil Capelle, who has authored many books, but it's his Play Your Best Pool 8-ball section that has resonated with me most.

So, imagine my surprise when I saw this post about little 'ole me on Facebook!

"Congratulations to Melinda Bailey for winning the women's open singles competition at the BCA Texas State 8-Ball Tournament. Melinda and her partner are also in the finals of the Scotch Doubles on Sunday. Melinda has been my webmaster for since its inception, so her win is especially sweet!!"

I was SO touched!!  

I shared his post and wrote:  

"I can't even begin to describe how much this means to me. I read the 8 ball section of Philip Capelle's "Play Your Best Pool" book twice before coming to this event to get ready.  So to get a shout out from the author who helped me with my 8 ball game all these years means SO MUCH to me. Thank you, Phil!"

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Phil and I have been friends for many years.  I am his webmaster, but we are friends first.  And he genuinely cares about me and my game.

I have turned to him several times in pool, and in life.  Once with how to handle embarrassment when yu play pool (focus on your pre-shot routine and fundamentals), for tips on 8-ball (I don't need to repeat this), straight pool tips, and even sometimes leaning on him and getting advice about life - like when my mom passed.

I feel like we have been on this journey together.  Thank you for your unimaginable support, Phil!

Credit Where Credit Is Due

I will write about this in more detail later, because I want to capture down in words my most sought-after title, but I WON the Women's Singles Division of the 2014 BCAPL Texas State 8-Ball Championships back on April 3rd!  :)

Yep, I finally did it!  


However, a couple of recent comments have perturbed me.  And as you know, I write about good things and things that bother me as well, in this blog.  As, Pool is a Journey.

As I've stated before, pool is not all positive things, there are also down times and frustrating times, as with all sports and competition.  And I want to share all sides!

After I won the tourney, I of course went to FaceBook to announce my win.  Well, actually, I didn't say what I won, all I said was:
Omg I did it! My personal biggest pool goal/obstacle in the last 10-15 years! Wow! Thank you for all the support and love!
I got many congratulations and sincere comments for my accomplishment, but of course one little comment perturbed me:

"Good job Melinda! Looks like hanging around that new guy is paying off a little! lol"

I was like WHAT?

I was actually deeply hurt.  My new b/f does play good pool, but we don't even practice together and I've actually only seen him play 2 times in 6 months.  So, I didn't win because I am dating a good player!!

Then, just at league on Sunday a week later, I am playing 8-ball and playing some mean safes because there is no way to run out with all the clusters.  So, I'm playing smart 8-ball.

My opponent, who knows who my boyfriend is, says to me, "Who YOU'VE been practicing with?"

I snip back, "I've been playing safeties like this for YEARS."

I mean really, give a girl some credit!  

I've been playing pool for over 25 years and my game has gone up in the last 3-4 years because I finally solidified my fundamentals people!  Not because of who I am dating!

Quite honestly, my b/f and I don't even have time to play pool together. 

And trust me, if someone helps my game, I will FULLY admit it.  I have mentioned SEVERAL names in this blog when I get help and how it's helped me.  I'm not shy to admit it.

But to not give me credit hurt me, when in reality, I've worked really hard on my game and take pride in my accomplishments.    

The guy on Facebook said he was just kidding and "...I definitely deserve all the credit," but it still hurt a little because this title meant so much.

I finally won something that REALLY means the world to me, that I had YEARNED for for so long in my life, to only be credited to someone else, not myself.  :(  And when I play good at league you can't think it's because of my years of hard work?  That it's because of some guy I don't even play pool with?  Sheesh. 

Actually, people should be lucky I DON'T practice with him!  lol. 

But, I'm not going to focus on those the negatives.  But people need to realize that just because you are dating someone doesn't mean you are even playing pool together!