D I A R Y
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P O O L    S H O O T E R

The Adventures of FastMikie
in search of Truth and Beauty in the art of pocket billiards.




Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Jerry Scott Rambow Cue


Jerry Scott is a long time subscriber to this blog, and recently sent me a few photos of the cue that legendary cue maker Herman Rambow built for him 54 years ago in 1962... for only 47 bucks! I can't imagine what that beauty is worth today. But playing with that great cue is priceless.

This is the first time I've even seen photos of the great cue maker's work, so I asked Jerry if I could share the photos here, and of course he said "Yes!".  Thanks Jerry!






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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

My semi-private pool room just got lots better



I'm totally loving the 3 new 9' Diamond pro tables where I occasionally shoot pool. They replace a mismatched set of beat up tables that weren't regulation size... but I managed to win on them anyway (when my game was stronger).

These tables were just installed last week and are the gift of several of the players and a little donation from the county. I stopped by to check out the tables, and since this was the first time I've ever played on Diamond tables (1-piece slate!). They are Excellent, and since the pockets are a bit tighter than the previous ones, definitely more challenging, so I guess I have to up my game! 



Did I mention that table time is FREE!  Tough to beat that deal...



After I won the big quarterly tournament (on the old tables), I stopped competing and let the other guys get a shot at winning it.


Here's my little bit of immortality. A nice plaque on each table.



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Thursday, June 09, 2016

Another one bites the dust



Every once in a while I take a couple of hours away from Global Domination to shoot some pool at the local pool hall.

In this case, it's not that local. About 20 miles away, but that's the closest. And now it's not. Not not closest, just not, as in that it has ceased to be. WTF? That's kind of rude, actually, not even an email, no notice whatsoever!

But I guess anybody could have seen it coming. It couldn't have been making money. It was like they weren't even trying.

Sad.

But I would not give up. It was still an hour before closing time at the nearby senior center where the weekly tournament was just finishing and we (good buddy Keenan M.) got to shoot a few racks before we got kicked out.

A little bit of pool is better than no pool at all.





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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Among the best...




It's hard to be humble when you're me, 
but I work at it every day, 
and every so often somebody notices!

:)




Diary of a Pool Shooter has been featured in the Best Billiard Blog Awards:



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Saturday, April 09, 2016

Practice: Shane does Billiard University Exams


Practice: Shane does Billiard University Exams

Billiard University has devised Playing Ability Exams and world champion player Shane Van Boening gave it a go. Check these two videos of the exams, and try it on your own:

Fundamentals:


Advanced:



More info at BilliardUniversity.org


Sunday, April 03, 2016

Practice

Monday, March 14, 2016

Invincible, the ebook, is now available



Invincible - Diary of a Pool Shooter 

Pre-publication ebook (PDF) now available at this link:


free, of course
enjoy!
:)



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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Pool Tournaments in San Diego


A few years have passed since I have been active in tournament competition, and I have stopped tracking all the events in the area. My list, previously shown in the sidebar, had become woefully out of date.

But there is another list, probably so much more current, and a better looking display as well. Check it out at http://www.sandiegopooltournaments.com


I'm taking my list down, and linking to http://www.sandiegopooltournaments.com


Enjoy...


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dark Times



Today should be sad, but it passed without emotion, probably because I wasn't there when it happened. My pool table, for two years on loan to a tech client's company, was disassembled and the pieces wrapped and stored. For how long is anyone's guess, but it will cost a hundred bucks a month to keep it safe while it hibernates. Hope is strong that it will soon again see good play, and that I will be among the players. I had in mind a startup accelerator; it seems that a pool table is an essential for such places. And it would be good to hang with some startupists who are also cueists. I see a lot in common.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

No Matter How Small, by Tina Hou


This is such a worthy project by good friend and fellow pool shooter Tina Hou.  Meet her and learn more about her very fun children's book about learning to shoot pool.  Then sign up to support her project, and tell your friends!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/83460758/no-matter-how-small

Please Share With Your Friends
only 6 days left





Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Earl Stickland


Earl gets a lot of flack for some of his actions, but when he and I were shooting here at the Fun House (along with Johnny Archer), he was a real gentleman.  This video tribute to Earl's career is excellent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Namjr1Rkxwo




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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Life after pool




Just outside that pool room door there is another world of fresh air and sunshine and healthy living! Here is my latest attempt to enjoy it all:  This is the Pedego Trail Tracker, an ELECTRIC bike, so you only pedal when you want to.  I really like taking my bike for rides, as long as the rides are level, or down hill, but when the going gets tough, I turn on the juice and let the motor do the work!  There is just no need to work harder than you have to.  That goes for shooting pool as well as Life in General.

For more on this great bike, check out my bike blog: SoCal Beach Cruiser.



Friday, June 28, 2013

8-ball on the Silver Screen


While we are on the subject of pool in TV and movies, this new blog comes to my attention featuring all the great stuff we may already know about and some that we most certainly haven't seen yet.

Check out 8-ball on the Silver Screen by Jason Moss.  I really enjoyed the movie clips and hope you do too...

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Thursday, June 06, 2013

Twilight Zone: A Game of Pool

On October 13, 1961, this episode of The Twilight Zone was aired, only a few weeks after The Hustler premiered on September 25, 1961.


A pool player challenges the dead champion to a game, the bet is life or death. He wins, but when he dies, he now has to be challenged for eternity.Starring:
Jack Klugman
Jonathan Winters

Enjoy!





Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Don't mess around with Jim!


On the occasion of my little brother Jimmy's birthday, here's some pool-shooting music by another Jim (Croce). Enjoy!


Uptown got it's hustlers
The bowery got it's bums
42nd Street got Big Jim Walker
He's a pool-shootin' son of a gun
Yeah, he big and dumb as a man can come
But he stronger than a country hoss
And when the bad folks all get together at night
You know they all call big Jim "Boss", just because
And they say

You don't tug on Superman's cape
You don't spit into the wind
You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger
And you don't mess around with Jim

Well outta south Alabama came a country boy
He say I'm lookin' for a man named Jim
I am a pool-shootin' boy
My name Willie McCoy
But down home they call me Slim
Yeah I'm lookin' for the king of 42nd Street
He drivin' a drop top Cadillac
Last week he took all my money
And it may sound funny
But I come to get my money back
And everybody say Jack don't you know

And you don't tug on Superman's cape
You don't spit into the wind
You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger
And you don't mess around with Jim

Well a hush fell over the pool room
Jimmy come boppin' in off the street
And when the cuttin' were done
The only part that wasn't bloody
Was the soles of the big man's feet
Yeah he were cut in in bout a hundred places
And he were shot in a couple more
And you better believe
They sung a different kind of story
When big Jim hit the floor now they say

You don't tug on Superman's cape
You don't spit into the wind
You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger
And you don't mess around with Slim

Yeah, big Jim got his hat
Find out where it's at
And it's not hustlin' people strange to you
Even if you do got a two-piece custom-made pool cue

Yeah you don't tug on Superman's cape
You don't spit into the wind
You don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger
And you don't mess around with Slim

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