happiness is learning new things

since i’m still a neophyte at pool, i’m not above experimenting with different techniques.  and for a long time, i’ve been pondering the stroke dilemma: how do i get humongous power from my stroke?  what are the mechanics behind a powerful stroke?  how do the pros achieve tremendous power, and how can i get that for myself?  a few weeks ago, i stumbled upon some stuff that transformed my game overnight.  (i know, snake oil, you’ll probably say.  but i’m not sharing my technique, so you don’t have to buy anything.)  i was beyond ecstatic, but at the same time cautiously optimistic.  to make sure this was not a fluke, i went back to the pool hall a few days later to try it again.  well, i have confirmation; it’s no fluke.  what i copied/finagled/stole/figured out/jacked works, and the results are repeatable, the hallmark of a viable technique.  but at the same time, this is taking my game in a new direction.  with my newfound technique, i now have to disregard all the stuff i figured out before.  also, i have to relearn the cueball speed due to an increase of power.  so i’m kind of taking several step back as i go forward, not an uncommon experience in my pursuit of better pool.

gaining power, at least for me, is a oxymoronic exercise.  come to think of it, whenever i read byrne’s books, a lot of shots are counterintuitive in nature: you’d think a shot is supposed to be hit on the right side, but then you learn you should hit it on the left side.  my experience with power is also the same: i thought i should be doing x, when in reality it is y.  i’m just really happy that i totally got lucky and figured out something that works for me.  will it work for others?  i can’t really say, and i have a hunch that i won’t be able to teach it to anybody.  there is a lot of feel involved, and i don’t describe feel very well with words.  i may be able to show it to people, but there’s no guarantee that a person will feel what i feel when he/she hits the shot.  if you’re also looking to increase the power in your stroke, i hope you will be fortunate in finding something that works for you.  as for me, i think i’m on the right track, but there is a lot of fine-tuning involved on my end.  who knows, maybe i’ll learn yet another new thing that’ll render my current techniques obsolete.  but that’s the joy of discovery––you learn something better to replace the merely good.  i can only imagine what efren is learning right this minute.  scary thought.

this is off the topic, but i totally suck at one pocket.  because i suck so much at it, i now kind of want to learn the game just so i won’t suck as much.  sometimes ineptitude is a great motivator.

anyway, my bomba~* friend took me to this cafe/diner-ish place for some grubs.  they have this totally killer breakfast deal that’s super affordable.  the special comes with two eggs, four strips of bacon or four sausage links, hash browns, and coffee.  between the two of us, we paid $6 each.  behold.

the food tasted as good as any other joint, but we paid a lot less than normal.  this is even cheaper than denny’s.  very happy.  😀

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this week we’ll look at the expression “easy as pie”.

easy as pie is a phrase that appeared around the mid-1800’s.  the phrase refers to the ease of eating a pie, not making a pie.  (making a pie can be tough.)  according to the phrase finder, mark twain frequently used the word “pie” to indicate something pleasant or accommodating.

a pie is a genuine piece of americana, especially the apple variety.  i could use a slice of pie right about now.

2 comments on “happiness is learning new things

  1. I see that you have unlocked one of the secrets of pool. Good luck with it, and if it improves your game, the better! As for the breakfast food thingy, your IHOP dishes looks better. Make sure you don’t eat the orange or grapefruit thingy, especially in Chinese restaurant, they sometimes reuse it. Yuck.

    • i can’t say i unlocked a secret in pool; it is still very much in the experimental stage, plus i have to learn how to control it. thanks for the tip on the orange though; good thing i didn’t eat it! as far as the breakfast platter, it was hard to argue with the price, plus they cooked it really well. terrific value i think, looks notwithstanding. 🙂

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