> Mike on the second day, after losing his second match and being eliminated
> from the tournament put "The Kiss of Death on ME"
> He told me I was playing good and that I would probably win the tournament.
> Nice guy, nice words. He left for business and my next match I could still
> hear the accolades from Mike as my opponent, a sandbagging 4 took the match
> 4-4. [..]
Ouch, sorry to hear that. But the guy offered to buy me a glass of Shiner
and a plate of Jambalaya if I would just say that to you. It seemed
harmless enough to me! :-)
I really had big fun on the Bayou... Joey is a great guy. I've been in
pool halls all across the country, including Washington DC, Boston,
Dallas, Minneapolis, Chicago, Dayton, Los Angeles, Madison, as well as
off-the-beaten-path parts of Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana, North Dakota,
***ia... And although the accents are often a dead giveaway of the
location, not much else is. You typically get a lot of the same kinds of
food, music, conversation, and so forth. Not so Slidell, Louisiana.
Other than New Orleans (which I don't count) this was my first time in
this region of the country. The people are fun. The accents are great!
--to me sort of like a slow southern dwawl with a big dose of Brooklyn
added in. They know how to do food--a posted up piece of paper in the
pool hall said "Jambalaya, potato salad: $5.00." The calcutta was a hoot.
'Ok, now we got Bubba. He's sneakin in as a faw... been playin up in
Baton Rouge" They really like to gamble. The first place calcutta payout
(after the second calcutta on the final 32 of 78) was nearly $3000---this
for a $10 entry handicapped monthly tournament. I heard $30/game one
pocket refered to as "for cheap." The music included 'Goodbye Joe, me
gotta go, me oh my oh...son of a gun gonna have big fun on the bayou,' and
'Kaw-Lija was a wooden Indian standin by the door....poor old Kaw-lija
never got a kiss." as well as somewhat more modern stuff like the Allman
Brothers (I heard "*** Post" at least twice). Again, Joey is a real
nice guy, and I recomment RSBers go out of their way to meet him--One way
to do that is by heading off to Kalamazoo next week. All you Chicago/Ohio
people should do that, imo.