There was a table on our college campus and I may have only played on it a couple of times. I knew I wasn't good enough. (I have always had that problem of not being good enough) But, I loved to watch. I now often play on the Wii. I am sure this is true of all Wii games, but pool/billiards is bizarre. I have not a clue how the game is scored, but I almost always manage to guess what my score might be anyway. I rarely do very well, but I enjoy it. And I am glad I don't have to pay to play!
I have noticed a few things, however,
1. Momentum is important. Hitting a ball too softly causes not much to happen at all. Hitting it too hard makes it go totally wonky and everything goes in the pocket or nothing does. Life is just like that! If your momentum is off, you have trouble doing much at all. If you have a lot of it, you can do more than you imagined. One of my dear friends and I were discussing something else that fits in here. If you have a battery and there is a little juice in it, it charges an object a tiny bit. Yet, it is a false start. If you have one that is fully charged, it will do what it is supposed to! Power causes momentum.
2. Direction is important. Not being very adept at math, this is always a problem for me when it comes to this game. I think I am aiming for one spot and it goes completely in the other direction! That happens often in life. I often believe I am going one place and find myself in a absolutely different one. Spinning in one place.
3. Pockets. Pockets are interesting things. They are made to hold an object or many objects. When there is a hole in the pocket, things fall out and can get lost. In this game, often, my target ball jumps out of the pocket like it doesn't want to be there. I see this in life all the time. Where I am going isn't where I want to be, so I leap out of that comfortable spot, looking for somewhere else. Yet, I often end up back where I started.
4. Colors. I think the colors are why I like this game so much. The clink of the balls is a cool noise, but seeing the colors spinning around to their destination is just fun! When they are all lined up in the triangle to start, they look so perfect and ready for anything. Then, you knock them with the cue ball and they go willy nilly in all directions. You have to search thru them to find the one you are looking for and often, you have to come up with obscure ways to hit the right ball. It is like a kaleidoscope, only not quite as fractured. This is a great deal like life!
Professor Harold Hill is a man of magic words and convinces the town that a pool hall is a bad idea. However, I am not so sure of that. I've always enjoyed 'Trouble with a capital T'. I'd also love to figure out how to use one of those cues properly!