Yea still playing on APA league every Sunday. Doing great in 8 ball, not so much in 9. Recently got another Viking cue, went with a 12.25mm taper. A bit tricky after using a 13mm for almost 2 years, but I'm getting used to it.
Trying to start up my own team for this upcoming summer session. Had some "political" problems with the one I'm on. Last playoffs, Everyone on the team played, four of them played twice, and I did not play once. 7 hours of wondering when I'm going to play, and we ended up losing anyways... I wasn't too happy.
Just started playing some scotch doubles with my cousin. Very fun, we took 4th last week out of 16. Hoping to do just as well or better tonight.
I have been trying to get better results with my kick shots, playing defense or making the shot with them, rather than just trying to get a "good hit."
Been watching and studying the pros a lot still. Was glad to see Gerda Hoffstatter get a win. one of the "old schoolers" I guess you could say. They sure do make it look easy. Tried copying the break of Xiaoting (or whatever) Pan's break...When it worked, boy I could get some power, when it didn't work, boy would that cue ball go flying! hehe, really easy to miscue low with that break. I'm still caught up between breaking soft and hitting it hard. Too bad they aren't making more money, they totally deserve it.
I really thought I would be further along than I am now, just makes me realize what an incredibly difficult game it is. It's made me overcome the bitterness of defeat though. I can now laugh about it, rather than moan and complain. Well ok so I still whine about bad leaves in 9 ball!, that's the one exception. =) All I can do is keep working at it though, wallowing in defeat and self pity accomplishes nothing. My perspective and competitiveness remains the same, however. I'm not there to chit chat, i'm there to win or at least give it my best, i've gotten past feeling unsportsmanlike for burying my head, and not socializing with my opponent. It's just the way I am, and they can deal with it. A hand shake and a thanks is about all they will get from me (maybe the occasional "nice shot.")
Still lots to learn. I look forward to many years of billiards to come.
And you Quickshot? You play on a league correct? How's the game coming along? I like the addition to the quote on your signature, truer words were never spoken. Although I still try to practice the first part =)