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Forum: Main Forum 04-26-2020, 05:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,043
Posted By Tobermory
If my desk looked like this, I would never be...

If my desk looked like this, I would never be able to concentrate on my work.

I love the filing drawers on the sides.
Forum: Main Forum 04-26-2020, 05:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,744
Posted By Tobermory
I gather that Frank McGowan has been, so to...

I gather that Frank McGowan has been, so to speak, eliminated as "Player #1. But, since his name has come up and since Island Drive has mentioned his having played 14.1 on TV, I feel compelled to...
Forum: Main Forum 03-20-2020, 09:53 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,444
Posted By Tobermory
Dear "Garczar," I saw him play only...

Dear "Garczar,"

I saw him play only twice, but I would be surprised only if he had done anything other than what you described. You do surprise me, however, when you say that he took his...
Forum: Main Forum 02-04-2020, 10:07 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,038
Posted By Tobermory
StraightPoolIU is right on two counts. 1. The...

StraightPoolIU is right on two counts. 1. The free coffee this year WAS surprisingly good. 2. As the DCC at the EW (I love this caps thing!) got larger, it became much less spectator friendly. ...
Forum: Main Forum 02-04-2020, 05:44 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,038
Posted By Tobermory
I am lighting a votive candle today and sending...

I am lighting a votive candle today and sending up a prayer that Greg Sullivan does not read the negative posts in this thread. Perhaps the right-mnded "LFigueroa" will want to join me in that...
Forum: Main Forum 01-21-2020, 12:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,068
Posted By Tobermory
First, a story from fifty years ago. I knew a...

First, a story from fifty years ago. I knew a man who was a B+ concert pianist. I asked him what he needed to do to get to the A level. He said he thought it was inborn. He had taught at Julliard...
Forum: Main Forum 01-22-2019, 02:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,500
Posted By Tobermory
Epictetus's ENCHEIRIDION

The Greek philosopher Epictetus, in his "Handbook" (=ENCHEIRIDION), says that you should not be jealous when you see someone able to do something extremely well, because that person's ability at that...
Forum: Main Forum 03-31-2018, 06:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,266
Posted By Tobermory
When I was in high school, the bus I took to...

When I was in high school, the bus I took to downtown often made a stop to pick up passengers in a blue collar neighborhood. This bus stop was directly in front of a saloon which had a similar sign...
Forum: Main Forum 12-14-2017, 08:02 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 15,067
Posted By Tobermory
Calculating the comparative value of handicaps

I hesitate to enter into this exchange, but I want to remark anyway that the waters are deeper here than they look.
First, there is the question of percentages. Lou is right that the advantage of...
Forum: Main Forum 03-11-2017, 10:59 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 16,259
Posted By Tobermory
Get_A-Grip (Post #55) is dead on correct. Both...

Get_A-Grip (Post #55) is dead on correct. Both players knew that in that rack to miss was to lose.
Forum: Main Forum 01-08-2017, 08:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,647
Posted By Tobermory
Bob Byrne has Danny McGoorty in his biography say...

Bob Byrne has Danny McGoorty in his biography say of the 3-c billiard room at the old Bensinger's, "If you coughed, they asked you to step outside until you got control of yourself." But that...
Forum: Main Forum 07-10-2016, 03:22 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,598
Posted By Tobermory
In the late '70's or early '80's, Bob Byrne...

In the late '70's or early '80's, Bob Byrne called me and asked me if he could stay at my house for two nights. I had written him a fan letter about his book. He was stuck between an exhibition at...
Forum: Main Forum 06-06-2016, 07:42 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,210
Posted By Tobermory
What about a "racking clock?"

What about a "racking clock?"
Forum: Main Forum 04-30-2016, 11:50 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 7,941
Posted By Tobermory
I played in a locally arranged, multi-week pool...

I played in a locally arranged, multi-week pool tournament (= league/ avant la lettre, as the French say) in 1973. I have never even considered playing in such a thing again, so positive was the...
Forum: Main Forum 04-27-2016, 08:36 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,117
Posted By Tobermory
In the old days, when straight pool was played in...

In the old days, when straight pool was played in suits, tuxedos, and hotel ballrooms, the first thing a competitor would do when he got in a predicament was look at the scoreboard to see whether his...
Forum: Main Forum 04-11-2016, 12:07 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 10,272
Posted By Tobermory
There are certain books which are regarded as...

There are certain books which are regarded as "Classics." This means that they do not, and have not, lost any value no matter how many years have gone by. Off the top of my head, Watson's THE PLAY...
Forum: Main Forum 03-19-2016, 05:07 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,098
Posted By Tobermory
VANITY FAIR magazine (p. 160 of the March...

VANITY FAIR magazine (p. 160 of the March [current] issue) has a very interesting article about this topic at the absolutely opposite end of the socio-economic scale: international tournament...
Forum: Main Forum 03-02-2016, 09:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,612
Posted By Tobermory
This may not help you when the Magic Rack is...

This may not help you when the Magic Rack is involved, but the European billiard players sometimes use the three-coin system when they need to mark a ball. Three points determine an arc. So you...
Forum: Main Forum 03-02-2016, 08:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 890
Posted By Tobermory
How regrettable! Players from Russia. Players...

How regrettable! Players from Russia. Players from Holland. Players from Taiwan. Players from Germany. Players from South Dakota and NYC. All in a small place in southern Indiana. Most...
Forum: Main Forum 02-18-2016, 06:18 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,390
Posted By Tobermory
And now for a truly radical suggestion: How...

And now for a truly radical suggestion:

How about REQUIRING that the players "pattern rack" ALL the balls? Announce at the beginning of the tournament what the pattern for that tournament, or...
Forum: Main Forum 02-17-2016, 07:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,403
Posted By Tobermory
It’s hard to express how much this thread speaks...

It’s hard to express how much this thread speaks to my heart. I don’t have answers, but I have feelings.

One of the reasons I pursued pool was that it was going to be a “lifetime sport.” I’m...
Forum: Main Forum 02-15-2016, 05:50 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,742
Posted By Tobermory
Just to clear up some confusion, my remarks about...

Just to clear up some confusion, my remarks about Tom Wirth's book were meant as a rave review. I have profited immensely from the book, and I know other people will gain a great deal of knowledge...
Forum: Main Forum 02-14-2016, 04:20 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 6,831
Posted By Tobermory
I don't have time to read through all the...

I don't have time to read through all the replies, but any right handed golfer will tell you that it is easier to line up and make a putt that breaks right to left than it is to make one that breaks...
Forum: Main Forum 02-14-2016, 08:59 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,742
Posted By Tobermory
I met Tom Wirth at breakfast at this year’s...

I met Tom Wirth at breakfast at this year’s Derby. John Henderson introduced us. John went off to play a match and Tom twisted my arm and made me write down his address so I could order a copy of...
Forum: Main Forum 02-14-2016, 07:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,053
Posted By Tobermory
I first saw an elliptical pool table in 1963 when...

I first saw an elliptical pool table in 1963 when I was about nineteen years old. It was coin-operated, and you had to put twenty-five cents in a slot to get the balls to come out. The devilish...
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