a rambling reflection

i was going to post something earlier this week, but the whole christmas thing plus all the foods threw me into a semi-permanent coma.  i’m surprised that i remembered how to type.  anyway, just gonna rattle off some stuff in my brain.

this will be the last post of this year, which means i completed the post a week 2011 project.  ok, i cheated, since i only did a few months of it, but looking at my archive, i have been pretty good at posting once a week, so i completed the project in my own way even if i joined late.  i do feel a little burned out, so for next year i’ll probably slow down to catch my breath.  a vacation from blogging sounds like a good idea; maybe i’ll do that.

i wish people will stop self-destruct, in pool and in life.  there seems to be a whole lot of bickering about essentially nothing.  gotta pay me before i’d make an appearance.  i’m gonna boycott you if you don’t put my name on this-and-that.  get over yourselves.  pool is a slowly sinking ship that’s gaining a downward momentum; if the bickering doesn’t stop no one will have a ship to sail on.

onto another self- topic: self-deception.  lying to others is one thing, but lying to yourself is the epitome of dumbness.  you should ALWAYS know what you want AND realize the consequences of your choices.  don’t lie to yourself.  if you can’t be faithful to your significant other, stop wasting your time and split because he/she will find out anyway.  or if you really like someone, ask him/her out straight up and stop with the games.  in the pool game for fame and glory?  put it out there and don’t bother hiding it.  it’s never a good thing when people perceive you as shifty.  also, don’t try to hide who you are.  again, people find out eventually.  it’s foolish to try to cultivate a persona, in pool or in life, when you’re not that person.  as i’ve said before, people are not that dumb.  they have eyes.

as for me, i find that if i stay curious about pool, there’s always something new to learn.  a new technique (and boy, is there ever).  a new perspective.  also, i find that the best policy is to observe something first (if you can).  things are not what they seem, and premature comments can make you look foolish.  not saying this will work for you, but i find it to be a good policy to have.  here are two examples that i found that illustrate quite brilliantly that things are more complex beneath the surface.  they’re not related to pool, but the two articles are an interesting read.  see here and here.

so here’s to the new year.  as is my habit, i will not make any resolutions.  i will try to keep my eyes open and see what i can learn.  and for my pool brethren and sistren, stay curious.  for those of you in the pacific time zone, when you celebrate tonight, stay safe.  here’s to a happy new year.