New furniture delivered to the Fun House this week significantly upgrades these facilities. The table is the "Del Mar" model by Darafeev, and has an inlaid chess board in the surface. The chairs swivel, of course, and are ideal for my opponents in billiards, who must endure long periods of waiting for their turn, while I run rack after rack after rack... (it's a fantasy I have).
The new chairs, with arms and backs, replace the armless, backless stools which were quite uncivilized for the spectators.
Furniture purchased from Billiards and Barstools in San Marcos, who also supplied the Brunswick Gold Crown IV pool table which I had recovered and releveled when they deliviered the furniture. They are a first class company to deal with. Good people.
Yesterday afternoon the Gold Crown IV table was recoverd in new Simonis 860 cloth, and releveled to be P E R F E C T. How sweet it is! I just love playing on new cloth. Today I had a chance to really get into it with a challenge match with the guy who knocked me out of a tournament two years ago.
We played the Masters format, both 8 and 9 ball, in a race to 7. I won the first set 7-3, and was doing great after winning the first 5 games in the second set. I guess I lost focus because he came roaring back to win the next 6 games in a row to get on the hill.
But I "stayed in the game" and ran the next two racks of 8 ball to eke out the win for two sets to zip. Dave is a serious competitor. That second set could have gone either way.
I think the reason I won is because I was focused on El Maestro's advice: Because wining and losing is so important to you try not to look at these matches as a win/lose situation as this adds unnecessary pressure on you. Use them to test yourself to see if you can approach every shot with the same importance and intensity, finding a comfortable rhythm and maintaining a constant positive feedback throughout the whole match. Once you master this, you will have conquered your demons.
He is truly a wise man. I am fortunate to be his student.