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




Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Allison Fisher bows to El Maestro!




In the pro-am challenge matches
the night before the Viejas WPBA tournament,
Tony Sorto went up against Allison Fisher,
the undisputed #1 woman professional
pool player in the world...
and beat her like a red-headed stepchild.
(skunked her 2-zip)

Actually, Allison was more of a spectator
than a competitor.
But, truth be told,
Allison seemed to be mesmerized
(one might even say smitten)
by El Maestro's talents on the table.


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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Renewed Dedication

Circumstances have conspired
to keep me away from the pool table
for more than a week.

Today I played for seven hours...

Over the past two years of part-time focus
I have achieved a winning record
against strong competition.

And I know I can go so much deeper!

I have superior knowledge, creativity, strategy.
I continue to learn and practice and improve.
And, I have a Goal.

I have FIVE MONTHS to prepare for the test.
What will I do to achieve my goal?
What price will I pay,
with no Guarantee of Reward?
What number of hours will I work?
What other challenges will I endure?
How bad do I want it?

I can not know what will happen.
But I know what I have done in the past.
I know what I can do.
I have very good judgment.

In the past I have achieved other great Goals.
Some of them requiring exceptional focus,
and creativity, sense of touch, skill, practice,
high intelligence, judgment...

So, the signs are favorable.
Victory is possible.

I will enjoy that moment!

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Thursday, April 06, 2006

2006 US Amateur Championships

Skill - Determination - Endurance - Prestige

Today I completed my application to compete
in the 2006 US Amateur Championships.

In 2004, I won at the state level (CA),
(click here to read that story)
and competed in the nationals,
but fell short.
In 2005, another setback.

These learning experiences
have made me a better competitor.

There is no money involved,
only a trophy which is butt-ugly,
and a jacket, which they do not show,
and a free ticket to compete in a 2007 Pro event.
Guess which one I'm going for!

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