Birthday present from the Zen Cueist

Birthday present from the Zen Cueist

Post by Dhakal » Mon, 03 Apr 2006 00:04:26


Chris, my beloved apprentice, turned 15 yesterday. He has progressed
far along the path of Zen Cueism during the past six months. On
Thursday, he bested me at 8-ball 5-3, 9-ball 3-2, and one pocket 2-1!
(Abetted by my favorite bartender, who generously poured me doubles
without consulting me.)

But yesterday, Chris showed up for practice hung over, displeasing me
mightily. His newfound "confidence" was corrupted, too.

"You're going DOWN, Old Man!"

"Old... Man?" Whatever happened to "Sensei?" Clearly, Chris' Golden
Path required repaving. So I made him a little proposition.

"It is traditional to give a birthday boy one spanking for each of his
years," I observed. "But if you can win just one of the next 15 games,
there's 20 bucks in it for you."

I tried my best to throw the last game without being obvious about it,
but the Grasshopper had too much desire to win.

Of course, that's why I made the offer in the first place.

"Age and treachery beats youth and talent every time." :-)

 
 
 

Birthday present from the Zen Cueist

Post by Ed McCun » Mon, 03 Apr 2006 03:27:00

I can only hope I'm as blessed and can gain as much joy with my kid at
pool in a few years as you do with yours. My boy is 10 now and likes
pool but not with an overriding passion. Maybe when he is 15 like yours.
Whatever he decides to do, though, I hope I can be a part of it like you
are with your boy, Dave. I enjoy your stories of your experiences with
him very much. Thanks,

Ed "Loves Stories" McCune

Quote:

> Chris, my beloved apprentice, turned 15 yesterday. He has progressed
> far along the path of Zen Cueism during the past six months. On
> Thursday, he bested me at 8-ball 5-3, 9-ball 3-2, and one pocket 2-1!
> (Abetted by my favorite bartender, who generously poured me doubles
> without consulting me.)


 
 
 

Birthday present from the Zen Cueist

Post by Dhakal » Mon, 03 Apr 2006 04:10:54

Ed, TONY is the heir to my throne. Chris is one of my "beloved
apprentices," no relation by ***, to the best of my knowledge. :-)

Chris and several other kids have found Enlightenment through Tony's
introductions to me. I have enough apprentices to start an APA team,
but none is old enough.

Your boy probably will catch the hustling disease, around age 14 or so.
Tony lived for pool (and fishing) from age 7 until 10. Then he veered
off into girls, homies, music, and the other things that puberty
entails. He just returned to the Golden Path a few months ago, when
random urine checks took us downtown in the vicinity of the Tarantula
Billiard Cafe' 1-2 times a week. Now I can't get through a day without
shooting pool with him. I'm not complaining, although my muscles
sometimes do. We racked up seven hours yesterday and he still don't
want to quit at 10:00 p.m.!

The manager of Jason's Billiards told me last night, "Y'know, those two
(Tony & Chris) could make some serious money if they stayed focused
instead of chasing girls. I've watched them, and trust me - either of
them can beat any kid who comes in here."

Does a Sensei proud, y'know? :-)

Now if I can only get Tony to stop blowing his cover for chickenfeed. I
scolded him last night: "Don't EVER bet just a dollar again - it isn't
worth the chalk! No, there isn't such a thing as a 'friendly' bet,
unless you're in Phil's ba***t where nobody can see you."

Yesterday, we acquired a girl Grasshopper. Bree is 13 and does
EVERYTHING wrong! Index finger extended along the ***of her cue like
she expects a trigger to be there someplace. Her hands are too small
for a closed bridge, and she keeps forgetting to put the heel of her
hand on the table. The tip of her cue ends up two feet above the table
on every shot. And I have to keep reminding her to spread her legs
instead of crossing them.

Nonetheless, Bree beat Chris with four of the gol-dangdest cheesy bank
shots I've ever seen. The Force is strong in this one!

She has a nice rack for someone her age, too.

Quote:

> I can only hope I'm as blessed and can gain as much joy with my kid at
> pool in a few years as you do with yours. My boy is 10 now and likes
> pool but not with an overriding passion. Maybe when he is 15 like yours.
> Whatever he decides to do, though, I hope I can be a part of it like you
> are with your boy, Dave. I enjoy your stories of your experiences with
> him very much. Thanks,

> Ed "Loves Stories" McCune


> > Chris, my beloved apprentice, turned 15 yesterday. He has progressed
> > far along the path of Zen Cueism during the past six months. On
> > Thursday, he bested me at 8-ball 5-3, 9-ball 3-2, and one pocket 2-1!
> > (Abetted by my favorite bartender, who generously poured me doubles
> > without consulting me.)


 
 
 

Birthday present from the Zen Cueist

Post by Ed McCun » Mon, 03 Apr 2006 04:25:37

That's even better Dave. I love spending time with my kid and all his
friends. I've talked to them all about forming a kind of pool club but
at this point they are more interested in playstations and hockey. I
drive them all around to the hockey games all winter for those parents
who can't or don't want to. It sounds hokey to many of my friends but I
find teaching and helping kids to be very rewarding. Sounds like you
have a great thing going.

I do have a bunch of 20-21 year olds on a vnea team that I coach and
that's fun too. They've really improved over the last year and finished
first in their division. Although it's a low c division, I'm still proud
of them.

Ed "Thought for a while Dhakala was Dave's Name" McCune

Quote:

> Ed, TONY is the heir to my throne. Chris is one of my "beloved
> apprentices," no relation by ***, to the best of my knowledge. :-)

 
 
 

Birthday present from the Zen Cueist

Post by Dhakal » Mon, 03 Apr 2006 04:55:00

Quote:

> It sounds hokey to many of my friends but I
> find teaching and helping kids to be very rewarding. Sounds like you
> have a great thing going.

I sure do! In exchange for being their Sensei and stakehorse, I get
half of their winnings! :-)