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    Before I die, I should tell people about this - a bit of a vision into billiards

    It popped in to my brain as a laid down to sleep.

    Many years ago, and for many years, I hustled pool, billiards. Still have a table in storage with no where to set it up = built September 3rd, 1918. I won a bunch of tournaments, and lost my share of them too.

    The best run I had in straight pool was 58 balls straight.

    Life happened, got old early. But I shot pool against Minnesota Fats, and separately with Willie Mosconi.

    Fats was a loud butthole, constantly yapping - his way of putting his opponents off game - He got me, kicked my butt.

    Mosconi was the real deal, the best I ever played against = certainly kicked my butt.

    Those guys were legends - I REALLY DID NOT LIKE FATS - the damned guy never shut his mouth.

    Mosconi was quiet and very serious, again the best I ever played against.

    I guess I needed to say this, can't leave it behind without giving credit to legends...
    Republic of Vietnam 10/69 - 3/71, Cambodia April 27, 1970 on a mountain top with HUGE scorpions

    "'He jests at scars who never felt a wound'" c.s.lewis - 1940

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    I have ruled the tables....town of 6600.
    That story...brother is inspiring.







    Freedom is something that dies unless it's used.


    Time is like a river. You cannot touch the same water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of your life.

    A student said to his master, "You teach me fighting, but you talk about peace. How do you reconcile the two?"
    The master replied, "It is better to be a warrior in a garden, than to be a gardener in a war."

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    Let's start a "billiards" thread!!!!







    Freedom is something that dies unless it's used.


    Time is like a river. You cannot touch the same water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of your life.

    A student said to his master, "You teach me fighting, but you talk about peace. How do you reconcile the two?"
    The master replied, "It is better to be a warrior in a garden, than to be a gardener in a war."

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    YEAH!
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    Use "8 Ball" to "predict" OUTCOME! "Google" MAGIC 8-Ball (on-line).
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    Great story. Mosconi was a class act in his time. There are hundreds of great pool shooters out there now. Its a totally different world though.

    As a young man I too ruled my area. A bunch of messed up disc in my back ended that. Went many years without picking up a stick. Three years ago a t-netter named jim hopper(fogman) stayed several months with me. He is a player and talked me into finding a place to play. I humored him and tried playing left handed as I can't turn to my right. I was like a kid starting over. Nothing natural about the stroke off handed. It was a challenge though so I have spent the last couple years relearning the game as a lefty.

    Then I broke my left arm. Lol. I'm almost over it. It there is anyone traveling around the lufkin Texas area that wants to play I have a quiet spot on some perfect diamond tables.

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    in my small town college I would often run the table all night until I was literally so drunk I was falling face first onto the table/floor when I went to shoot, even then I still often won while that drunk(man did that piss people off). I don't play anymore as I can't afford a table of my own and I don't go to bars anymore(for obvious reasons of not drinking much anymore and work/kid/life took over). No pool halls near me either. I miss playing, the only reason I got any good was sneaking into a bar since I was 18 to play, they figured out pretty quick I was underage, but at that point I was not drinking and causing problems so they let me hang out. Only played for money when someone was an A**hat though, just to punish them for their behavior. ended up tending bar there for a few years as well getting lots of practice on my slow shifts.
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    You sound like my old friend, Dempsy W*****. He too played against the above mentioned. Also my son-in-law is ranked in a large Southern City, never played U S ranked guys/gals.
    Good story

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    I would have considered it an honor to play against either one of them; notwithstanding the obvious outcome.
    Don..........

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    Mosconi!
    I'd have offered to carry his stick. Playing him would have been nerve wracking while watching ,and embarrassing should I have had a shot. L.o.l..
    Was great to watch on T.V. though!

    I've held a table a couple times.
    The rest of the time , I was reminded pool was not my forte...Something about geometry or something I was weak at.

    We had a table when I was a kid. That helped get me started.
    And there's always a table , somewhere.

    Met some decent players on tables. No top notch/ranked ones. (That I know of....)
    A former boss when I was a teen played for beers after work. Money if it was insisted upon.
    I never lacked for beer to drink back then ,so he did alright.
    If multiple players were wanted and he came up short I'd get dragged into it but he was certainly better on his own.

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    While I never ruled any halls, I love the game. I shoot a table made by Brunswick in the early teens. 9 footer. Our little group of 10-12 players dwindled over the years as life got real. We played Thursday nights...6- 10 cause everybody still worked. About 4 tables in our group so another hosted every week. In the last few years we haven't done anything but work on big projects like houses and barns for friends but I am thinking those chores are close enough to finished that we may get to shoot regularly again soon.
    Would have loved the opportunity to play a great like either of those mentioned...
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    An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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    I put my quarter on many tables but would run out of quarters by the end of the night; an indication of my level of skill.
    Don......

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    It's been years since I shot pool, still have my stick in a case over by my bed. But I did have the fever when in my 20's to 30's. I did get kinda cocky, play the wrong guy and it was fighting time. And, usually by the time I got to a table I'd have beer & Tequila in my system. Some people were sore losers, got mad when they lost repeatedly - popped in the head with cues a couple times, still got the scars.

    As time passed my eyesight changed, didn't have the precision vision anymore. By that time too ---> was a heavy drinker, and got the shakes and still do. Also, along came the cataracts in both eyes. Had to have surgery to correct both, and afterwards my vision had completely changed.

    So I haven't played in around 30 years now. Sometimes I miss it, but have no where to set up my table. Mine is a 9 foot, built September 3, 1918. 3 piece 1" slate. Got it in Midland, MI and it's disassembled in storage at my brother's house.
    Republic of Vietnam 10/69 - 3/71, Cambodia April 27, 1970 on a mountain top with HUGE scorpions

    "'He jests at scars who never felt a wound'" c.s.lewis - 1940

    The Ten Commandments: http://www.godstenlaws.com/ten-comma.../#.UdAz65yynZg

    The Bill of Rights: http://billofrightsinstitute.org/fou...ill-of-rights/

    The Constitution: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/cha...ranscript.html

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    Cool thread. I ran the table in my neighborhood then went to bars where the people I ran into actually supplemented their income shooting pool. I then decided to stay in my neighborhood shooting.
    Some pics of my table.
    Couple more tidbits: this table was at my folks house when I was growing up. The folks gave it to me. In my basement now. I wrote to a few experts on tables. There replies was it was made in the 1890's. No one could put a name to it. The bottom line was it was probably bits and pieces of a couple of tables. The table did come from a pool hall. My grandfather had bought it. When my folks went to get it from grandpa's garage every pocket had a mouse nest in it. The underneath is capable of having ball return.
    Later in life I was working at a country club in the hill country of Austin TX. One of my members was Bill Stroud and while the head pro and Bill were playing golf Bill got a call from I think Willie M to have him make a cue. If it wasn't Willie it was Fats, but I think the pro said Willie.
    A little later in life I decide to have a cue repaired ( piece of crap cue) this is now in the out skirts of St. Louis, MO.
    I went to a shop where I met Jim Buss. I walk in with the cue and said can u repair this and I'd like to buy a cue. He said your in the wrong place. I acted like no I'm not. He said your cue is not any good and it cost more to put a tip on it then the cue is worth. Then I said fine I'll buy one. I had to leave knowing I was in the wrong. His cheapest cue was 6 G's. I did end up going back to Jim's a few times. We actually had a few things in common. He knew Stroud could collaborate my story and he use to scuba dive. I did end up buying a $400.00 cue he made cause he liked the color of the piece of wood. The only reason he made that cue.
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    NICE!
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