Monday, November 23, 2009

Behind the Eight Ball

I hadn't been that irritated in a LONG time.

I had just completed a feat so rare and wonderful. And no one would celebrate with me.

It was this past Friday night. Some staff members as well as some visiting friends had headed out to a local pizzeria. The pitcher had been ordered and we were working on it and the bread sticks were about half gone. It was perhaps the 3rd or 4th pool game of the night. A new game was about to start; it was to be me and my visiting friend from our summer camp staff, Sarah, versus current staff member Megan and her visiting friend, Catherine. I stink at breaking so I usually force it on someone else. But everyone seemed to be busy grabbing food or a sip of their beverage so in an effort to expedite the process, I just went for it. I didn't even look closely at what happened until my peripheral vision picked up that there was more motion on the table than my usual pathetic breaks. I focused in just in time to see the eight ball drop down into a pocket. Immediately my eyes darted around the table in search of the cue ball...had it dropped too?

Phew! It was still on the table!

Now I'm no pool expert. I love it but unfortunately am not much of a player in skill or success. But I know enough to know that a large amount of excitement and cheering should follow the sinking of the eight ball on the break. So that's what I did.

All by myself.

During my fit of joy, everyone stood around looking at me like I was a fool (please keep all sarcastic comments to yourself). I realized after some confusion that those who had seen it did not realize that if you drop the eight ball on the break, you win. I think the only person in the room who knew this rule was Leni and he had missed it. I pleaded my case to those ignorant players present. They insisted that a sinking of the eight ball in all situations is the worst kind of scratch - the kind that loses you the game.

It was torture! An amazing moment and not only was no one celebrating with me, but some were trying to snuff out my victory. I did the only reasonable thing to do left at that time. I took my glass of beer to a table in the corner and pouted. I wasn't really pissed but more needed some decompression time to deal with my devastating disappointment. After a minute or two, I was good to go and played the next game....and won that one....TOO!

Really, it was a fun night and I wasn't near as upset as I may portray myself to be. It was just an issue of ignorance and nothing more.

In case anyone is wondering, below is a list of accomplishments for which everyone should be aware that their immediate celebration is required. This list is not all-inclusive:

  • Engagements
  • Announcements of first pregnancies (seconds and beyond not near as exciting)
  • Good score on a test, especially important tests such as GRE, MCAT, LSAT, etc.
  • Acquisition of a brand new vehicle
  • Completion of major physical feat (marathon, etc)
  • Remarkable weight loss (insert plug for The Biggest Loser every Tuesday night on NBC here)
  • Accomplishing a goal that has been much time in the making: finishing a degree, completing a major project, etc
  • Buying a home
  • (In this economy....) Selling a home for a reasonable profit
  • Sinking the eight ball on the break
If anyone has anything to add to this list, please feel free to do so by commenting.

19 days until Leni graduates

Keep It Real!


  1. I'm gonna go ahead and call ya on that one, kiddo. Having been there a few times, EVERY pregnancy joyfully announced should be met with immediate celebration.

    Just sayin'.

  2. successfully teaching a child to read :)

    well, for real... new jobs, getting a hole in one... that's all i got for now...