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Broadway Billiards Cafe
FEBRUARY 26th/27th, 2009. Thursday Morning
Broadway Billiards Club, my last match...

 

I didn’t realize what an emotional attachment I had to BBC till it was closed down on February 27th 2009. The lose of my home for my inner game player, will always be reminded, during to the holidays, during the rainy days, during the moments I would introduce the game of pool billiards to others who have never had the pleasure of getting the ball in the hole.

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When I got introduced to the APA, I was a made a captain right away, didn't even join a team, nobody wanted me, so I got a spot in a bar and had to find recruits. My first recruit for my pool team, George. This happened at Broadway Billiards Cafe; that was a little over 6 years ago. BBC was a place were I honed what little skills I have today, now that it is closed, Iíll soon have even less skills, unless I am willing to pay double the amount for half the time or at the very least, stop with the yo-yo shooting, yes that is right, free stroking for hours and barely paying a penny for it, a place to not think, a place to decompress a place to learn something new.

Broadway Billiards Cafe was not only a place were I just shot, but it was a place were I can go when I had no were else to be or just needed to get away from were my mind was thinking and my feelings were hard and heavy. Broadway Billiards was my auto pilot stop, my feet would do the walking with out me having a destination and I would end up at Broadway Billiards Cafe for a cup of coffee and old friends.

 

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New York City loses another poolroom - Broadway Billiards

Article By Jude Rosenstock ~ PhotoStream by W.F

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I got word last night that Broadway Billiards closed its doors for the last time yesterday ending 20+ years of pool at the 21st Street location. Although it was not a room I frequented, many of my friends took advantage of their cheap hourly rates and handful of well-maintained GC IIIs. Without a doubt, this will have a huge impact on the landscape of pool in Manhattan as hundreds of aspiring new players and long time veterans look for a new homeroom.

The place opened in the late 1980s in the Color Of Money boom under the name Society Billiards. The owners also had a club upstairs by the name Society Cafe and it was regarded as another upscale room in New York City. At that time, the Chelsea area was home to The Billiard Club (40+ tables), Chelsea Billiards (54 tables), Mammouth Billiards (40+ tables), Pockets (30+ tables) so the new Society Billiards and their basement location was going to make them a tough sell in a very competitive billiard market. It wasn't long before the place was sold to the Mammouth Corporation which already was buying up several rooms throughout the city.

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Mammouth quickly changed the name to Broadway Billiards, dropped the hourly rate to their standard $3 per person per hour and fitted the room with their typical ice cream box right near the counter (as though every pool player is simply craving a popcicle from time to time). The hours of business were also changed to 24 hours 7 days a week which made the Broadway Billiards location Mecca to anyone that wanted to gamble. During one lunch hour in my teens, with my heart racing at a million miles per hour, I ran my first rack of 9ball from the break during practice at Broadway Billiards.

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Since then, the room raised their rates modestly as the rest of the Mammouth Corporation went under. The original Mammouth Billiards on 26th Street sold all of their billiard equipment (tables and all) for a reported $10,000. The Greenwich Village location, Le Q, had a reputation that could only be properly documented in police reports and their notorious reputation eventually got the best of their business. All of the midtown locations would lose their leases to more prosperous deals but Broadway Billiards seemed to endure until now.

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It was a favorite for many players in New York City, especially many of the regulars who once frequented New York's best room of the 1990s, Chelsea Billiards. Easily, Broadway Billiards could be seen as the last tie to pool of the past. As stated, although this was not my room of choice, I'm sorry for my friends that will need to venture elsewhere and I'm sorry for what is to come for New York City pool. It's so frustrating to see serious pool reaching new heights in the Metropolitan area and yet, most rooms struggle to stay in business.

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To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography. ~ George Santayana

 

... Candy from a baby ...

Supadra Boonpasook

 

Supy

 

 

 

 

"That nature designed for our sex the care of children, she has made manifest by mental as well as physical indications. She has given us, in a greater degree than men, the gentle arts of insinuation to soften their minds and fit them to receive impressions; a greater quickness of invention to vary modes of teaching to different dispositions; and more patience to make repeated efforts"
~ Emma Willard

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 24th, 2009. Tues Morning
Mac & Cheese. Chilly. Fruits of life...

 

Sofia has some serious questions..

...about the fruits of life

 

“Everyone who enjoys thinks that the principal thing to the tree is the fruit, but in point of fact the principal thing to it is the seed. -- Herein lies the difference between them that create and them that enjoy” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

 

What the Fu#! is this?
MmMmM...Mm?
Whats that smell?

 

“The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness” ~Henry David Thoreau

 

“Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character” ~Ralph Waldo

“Ignorance is like a delicate fruit; touch it, and the bloom is gone” ~Oscar Wilde

“Education is only a ladder to gather fruit from the tree of knowledge, not the fruit itself”

MAC & CHEESE

“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit” ~Kahlil Gibran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 23th, 2009. Mon Morning
Chopstick Pool

 

"The worst thing that can happen to a man who gambles is to win" ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

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"I was on when the light were out, I was out when my lights were on" ~ W.T.F (william. T. Fuentes)

The rabbit running from the fox, the rabbit was not taught to run from the fox, its natural for the rabbit, and the rabbit will do it without knowing why.

Your natural ability is what you rely on when you are under pressure and that "forget everything you know" thing happens when your down on your shot.

Nervous, worried, under pressure, your skill level goes blind and you're shooting in the dark when all the light are on and all the eyes are judging every move you make for the shot.

"I was in the now when the then was the end, I was in the end when the now was in the then" ~ me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 21th, 2009. Sat Morning
About the last few day...

 

"Willpower is a concentration of force. You gather up all your energy and make a massive thrust forward" ~ Steve Pavlina

 

Perfect harmony of body and mind are my key to personal balance and happiness. ~ Gabriela Sabatini

"When you argue with your inferiors, you convince them of only one thing: they are as clever as you" ~ Irving Layton

"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever . . . it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything" ~ Aaron Siskind

"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable" ~ Thomas Foxwell Buxton

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"The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget" ~ Thomas Szasz

"Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul but his life" ~G.K.C

"I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there" ~Confucius, The Confucian Analects

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up" ~P.Picasso

"One of the virtues of being very young is that you don't let the facts get in the way of your imagination" ~Sam Levenson

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FEBRUARY 17th, 2009. Tuesday Morning
About Sunday's JACK AND JILL. or more like Sunday's SLAPED AND KILLED....

Scott Welsh

Maya

Michelle

No outside food allowed

Sui Ming Louie

YA-GOTTA MAKE-DAT-BALL-RICH!!!

Sometimes, maybe even more often than I'd like to admit, I can really stink at pool and billiards at times, but I still continue to play anyway.

After our match was over, I kerplunked just a little bit, but still not like I used to...

 

Julie

George

Rich

Tuna sandwhich

 

Musicians fine tune their instruments to the venues acoustic. Jack and Jill Scotch Double partners might want to do the same thing; fine tune there game for whatever venue they are playing at.

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This was a fun tournament but also a reminder of how big a fish you are out-side of your own pond. Consideration for posistion on next shot, this is a serious matter when it comes to ones skill level. This was my enlightenment during this tournament on a Sunday afternoon. Even more so, consideration for position on my next shot exposed what my skill level is really made of. My skill? Is Jack Squat. I had no idea how self-seeking my ability was when I shot at a ball. Getting behind the ball, in front of the ball or setting up for a pocket is a question of ones inward or outward perspective on life and life around them. What I want, what I think, what she thinks, what she wants. I heard things echoing from the far tables, "just make the ball", "where do you want it?" "I have an idea", "this pocket or this pocket". I once heard a long time ago, scotch double partners should be without apology when they shoot together, this has its positives, but positives cannot be positive with out negatives on the flip side of the coin. I really need to get on my game a little more.

 

DAVID and WENDY Jack and Jill champs Feb 09

AARON KANE

Carol Gilmore, Jason Kane and Sofia Salas Soto

Battle

Julie 'Maddog' Madlerner

Me

Abigail Vona

Gabby

All was well

The Trench

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Jack Squat and Jill Not

Humbled Just a bit

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 16th, 2009. Monday Morning
About Last Sat-Night

 

"We loved with a love that was more than love" ~Edgar Allan Poe

"Love - a wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise and the lips to pucker" ~Author Unknown

"kisses are a better fate than wisdom" ~ e.e. cummings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 13th, 2009. Friday
Yo Joe

 

"The worst thing that can happen to a man who gambles is to win" ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

"I ate this all today, cause I wanted to have a meal, I ate this all today, wondering if I can feel" ~me

"Im not not afraid of heights -I'm afraid of widths" ~Author Unknown

"To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing" ~Mark Twain

 

Joe

Poppy

George

 

"History is apt to judge harshly those who sacrifice tomorrow for today" ~Harold MacMillan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 11th, 2009. Wed morning
About the last few days

 

Get In the hole's

Its all about the Poise

 

"Difficulty attracts the man of character because it is in embracing it that he realizes himself" ~ Charles de Gaulle

 

Maya shoots through the balls of some

Linda shoots through The Balls of one

Legs to stand on

The BooYa's

The Who'Ya's

 

"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen" ~ Ernest Hemingway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 9th-10th, 2009. Monday/Tues Morning
Sober day #3/4

 

Oh really...
 

 

"A person unlearns arrogance when he knows he is always among worthy human beings; being alone fosters presumption. Young people are arrogant because they always associate with their own peers, those who are all really nothing but who would like to be very important" ~FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
"There is no failure except in no longer trying" ~ELBERT HUBBARD
"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish" ~JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
"We don't accomplish anything in this world alone ... and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something" ~SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR
"I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people" ~MOHANDAS K. GANDHI
"From error to error one discovers the entire truth" ~SIGMUND FREUD
"Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible -- the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family" ~VIRGINIA SATIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 7th, 2009. Sat Night...
I dont need a drink right now...

 

"No Rules, No Fear ~ Reading Jane Austen Is A Freaking Minefield"

 

Dude, I tell-ya, sumtimes-I-Gots-da-noggin…
I’m thinking, you know what, Information, knowledge; history and mingling-feedback on pool and Billiards weren’t quite as abundant and easily attainable ten years ago like it is now. And because of this, sometimes, today-ones ability only needs a bit of the information and not so much mechanical know how, to get that ball in the hole; knowledge is power. And empowering one with the right information before a match can be that hidden level, beneath the surface of a would be novice player

Is the C the noo-B? Is the B the New A?
Maybe, just maybe, I could be wrong here, cause, I’m still kind of new to these random level game players in the tournaments I watch and play in, but I’m thinking, experience-equaling-wisdom vs. knowledge-equaling-know-how; this might be the new constituent for the modern novice level competitor in this new generation of pool players. The new beginner player of pool and billiards comes in with much more information, both audible and visual to launch with for the game than one who would have started years ago. Murky back-room-poolhalls and player reputation has given way to large-scale communications networks and shared information.

Atari then Xbox…I own and play both still today.
Ten or less years ago, an A-level player would be considered the O-level player of today. That’s at least a two level difference; I could be a wrong by a “+” or two or a letter or two. In the APA a level 5 ten years ago would be a level 6 of today maybe even a 7. In nature, everything advances in generations, generations not always being in that standard ten year increment; games, people, places, philosophy, animals, computers and so on; distinct advancements has dissimilar time frames. It’s going to happen, if not it might be happening now. Novice players are coming into the game with more information then one would have years ago and are quickly learning to make those last few balls on the table surprisingly more efficiently. Knowledge and info is in profusion these days with websites, media and social interaction, that one shot can prove the difference between tradition and innovation.

Mika, Alison, Efren, Karen, Jeanette, Tony
Imagine, the advanced player, the veteran player, with an open mind for modernization? The advanced player always going back to the beginning when need be, the beginners self, just to see were he or she went wrong or right. And taking his or hers traditional learning, incorporating his or hers astuteness and experience and intertwining it with innovation. O’what a guru of the game he or she would make.

The Neophyte Anomaly
Only if you have truly learned what that one critical shot entails; meaning, everything about that shot, not just were to hit the ball, but how, how all your senses were incorporated in that shot, mechanics, feeling, attitude and so on, then you’ll know, that this is barely the beginning. Also, making a great shot doesn’t make for a great pool player but at the very least it can get that point, especially if your opponent is not shooting up to there standard. I’ve learned when you can practice making a critical come-up-shot, you’ve learned allot more than just getting the ball in the hole, you've also learned with all the aspect of that one kind of shot, that you can built it in for other kinds of shots. Even more so, if you have an ability to improvise on that mechanical knowledge, this can give you the appearance, not actuality, that you are a great shooter. This is not so great, as it might happen also, you will put down on papper as a better shooter then what you really are, this when you become, an anomaly of a rating system.

This one is for the fans…


“If you never really had game you really don’t know anything about the game” ~ over heard that one during a drunken night at the poolhall...


“If you’ve never really been at that level then how can you really judge any one that level to be that level?” ~ Over heard that somewere as well...

Hm?
History enlightens us. The Roman Empire thrived on many reasons but there were four main reasons, political, financial, religious, and, the gladiators in the coliseum. Though Rome burned and fell for various reasons, one of them being becuse of the mobs in the coliseum with to many thumbs down. Still, the idea of the arena was to appealed to the nature of the people, and that nature out side of the three reasons out of four, is battle and competition and death. Back then of course it was barbaric, and we have gotten a bit more civil since, the coliseum still lives long after Rome. Football, Soccer, Baseball and other knock you-or-the-ball around sports. This can still show one thing.

The fan knows what a game is, he is putting his money on it, he’s putting his know how on it, his sense of respect for others and for himself. The fan knows who has game, what it takes and who going to do it. Gambling is based on this, nature is base on this. It just in our nature to be competitive, to be in competition to be part of it on some level whether its on the green or around it. Personally, I consider myself a little bit of a Jerry-McGuire-ish in the pool world, just a bit. I know game when I see it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 5th, 2009.
Thursday Morning...

 

"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves" ~Dale Carnegie

"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them" ~G.B. Shaw

 

"The reluctance to put away childish things may be a requirement of genius" ~Rebecca Pepper Sinkler

"Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them" ~Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943

"My childhood may be over, but that doesn't mean playtime is" ~Ron Olson

Adults are obsolete children. ~Dr. Seuss

"A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother" ~me

 

"Within all of us is a varying amount of space lint and star dust, the residue from our creation. Most are too busy to notice it, and it is stronger in some than others. It is strongest in those of us who fly and is responsible for an unconscious, subtle desire to slip into some wings and try for the elusive boundaries of our origin" ~K.O. Eckland, "Footprints On Clouds"

"A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood" ~Rachel Carson

"The commonest mistake in history is underestimating your opponent; it happens at the poker table all the time" ~David Shoup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 4th, 2009.
Wed Morning

Happy Birthday Gail

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FEBRUARY 2nd, 3rd, 2009.
Monday/Tuesday Morning

 

“The bureaucracy is a circle from which one cannot escape. Its hierarchy is a hierarchy of knowledge. The top entrusts the understanding of detail to the lower levels, whilst the lower levels credit the top with understanding of the general, and so all are mutually deceived.” ~Karl Marx

 

"I look at the man first, before I look at his Handicap" ~ W.Fuentes
“No matter what you do, no matter how stupid, dumb or damaging you judge it to be, there is a lesson to be learned from it. No matter what happens to you, no matter how unfair, inequitable or wrong, there's something you can take from the situation and use for your advancement.” ~Peter McWilliams
"I look at the 'player' first, before I look at the Handicap" ~ Get in the Hole

 

“The intellectual advancement of man depends on how often he can exchange an old superstition for a new truth” ~Robert Green
“Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.” ~Peter F. Drucker
“The path of social advancement is, and must be, strewn with broken friendships.” ~H. G. Wells

 

“The fact, in short, is that freedom, to be meaningful in an organized society must consist of an amalgam of hierarchy of freedoms and restraints.”~Samuel Hendel

 

 

 

 

 
 
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