Bravo!I just felt the need to post this now. Someone asked me a few days ago what was my best memory from my years in pool and I stumbled around trying to answer them. Now that I've had a few days to think about it I have the answer. Here are my absolute best memories and they may surprise you.
First and foremost, when you own a poolroom you are providing recreation for people and I never forgot that. I remember all those nights when my place was packed, the music was playing, all the tables were going, people were eating, drinking, laughing and playing pool. For a moment I would stop what I was doing and take a long look around and feel good inside. Everybody there was having fun, enjoying themselves, and it was my doing. I had brought this venue there for them to enjoy. And it worked just the way I hoped it would. This was my good deed to the world, recreation for the body and the soul. I was happy and very satisfied that my life had some meaning, beyond just being able to make balls. Those moments where I could fully take it all in and see all the happy faces are my very best memories from this lifetime in pool!
Second and almost just as satisfying was a similar feeling at tournaments I produced and directed. The Bicycle Club events, the L.A. Opens, Hard Times, U.S. Bar Table, U.S. Open, Sands Regency, Caesars casinos and many more. Our venue's were packed as well, often with standing room only, everybody wanting to see all the great players assembled there. I would sit up on the podium and look around at all the people, excited about the matches they were seeing, watching intently. I knew they were enjoying the great pool playing just as much as I was. I was sharing my thrill with them. That made me very happy inside. They liked what they were seeing and I brought the show there and put it on. Probably the same feeling a producer of other forms of entertainment, like plays, movies, other sports, feels when the arenas are packed with an admiring audience.
Yes, in hindsight these are my best memories of my life in pool. Not winning some match or any amount of money. It was just simply putting a smile on people's faces and making their life a little more enjoyable, even if it was just for a moment in time. My life was not a waste. Thank you