My wife, bless her heart, got me a set of Hammacher Schlemmer pool balls that "flash internal blinky lights" every time they are hit. (They are horribly unbalanced and wobble and roll almost as badly as joke balls.) I would rather she had spent the money on Brunswick Centennials or made a contribution to my next pool cue fund ...
But: then I consider that she is trying to support my interests, that my kids think they are cool, and we had fun fooling around at he table. Quality time with my family - and a wife who is trying - are sooooo much better than the alternatives.
When I am old and gasping my last breaths, I will treasure this gift more than a new set of Centennials.
All things considered, it was a very good Christmas for me.
I got Running The Table, a book about Kid Delicious, a pool stein that I will drink EVERYTHING out of, a couple of scuffers and a 1x1 hard case. To top it all off, I got a high end Meucci from my girlfriends brother. I was totally blown away!! It was a good Christmas for me as far as pool related gear goes.