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Jan 30th 2009. Friday Morning
Reverse the Curse


Christina Hogue

The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you've gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you've gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning. Once you've gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him? ~Chuang Tzu


The scars you can't see are the hardest to heal. ~Astrid Alauda


Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light? ~Maurice Freehill


In general people experience their present naively, as it were, without being able to form an estimate of its contents; they have first to put themselves at a distance from it - the present, that is to say, must have become the past - before it can yield points of vantage from which to judge the future. ~Sigmund Freud


“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


"How long has it been since someone touched part of you other than your body?" ~Laurel Hoodwrit


"If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one" ~Russian Proverb







Jan 28th 2009. Wed
New Season


Lao-Tzu (600 B.C.)
"Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong"
~Catherine Ponder
"When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free"


"True friends are those who, When you make a fool of yourself, Don't believe that this condition is permanent" ~Erwin T. Randall
"The best relationship is the one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other"







Jan 27th 2009. Tuesday
Corn Bread Bling...




Chris Spencer Rocks Chicken Fried Steak








Jan 26th 2009. Monday


"He who strikes the first blow admits he's lost the argument"
~Chinese Proverb

Though I am Spanish, still, I too, like many, am against bull fighting, but bull fighting is something we all must do from time to time, and even more so, to sometimes get our point across. Bullshit fighting is the worst kind of bull fighting, you can ether run with it or grab it by the horns; but for sure, I’m not going to be hiding in the ocean with the rest from it; the bullshit. I’m not one to pat myself on the back to often but in this matter or at least in this month I can say I have done a bang up job cleaning up the bullshit, slung at me from almost every angle of my being I can confidently say I’m still standing with my dignity and self respect in tact. If my intentions are very clear and my actions are sound and without causing anyone harm then my red cape is without blemish. You can bury shit but sooner or later the shit is going to rise and stink. The pettiness of some are amazing, the egos of others are astounding and the bullshit from everybody, is, well; at least I stay clean. If you are out to give me your horns, I’m going to grab it sir, miss, you, mom, dad, bro, dude, them, and other. My intention are not vague, my motive is like most, hopefully not like all. I give my best and in doing so if your horns get exposed well, charging at a red target doesn’t mean you are going to make it go away.


"Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still"
~Chinese Proverb









Jan 25th 2009. Sun morning...
5years already...


If we waited this long, we can wait a little longer, if you feel this strong then I can wait with a much less monger. Time became moot when we didn’t shoot; game became chance when we stopped and dance. We all do what we-gotta-do when work becomes our only position; we all do what we are meant to do when play becomes our only emission. Its a chore, it’s a game it’s a way so come and stay, bring a bottle of your best drink and swallow all your inconveniences away.







Jan 24th 2009. Sat morning...
Mika The iceman playeth


"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit" ~ Aristotle

"Success isn't something you chase. It's something you have to put forth the effort for constantly. Then maybe it'll come when you least expect it. Most people don't understand that." ~ Michael Jordan







Jan 23rd 2009. Friday morning...
About Last weeks ABC-BCA Last round Finals




The 1st place Winners of the 2008 ABC BCA Team 9ball Championships


The 2nd place Winners of the 2008 ABC BCA Team 9ball Championships


















Jan 21st 2009. Wed morning...
About Last weeks ABC-BCA First round Finals


I Challenge you to think of one act of genuine significance in the history of humankind that was performed by a lone human being (apart from the redemptive work of the almighty). No matter what you name, you will find that a team of people was involved.

~John C. Maxwell




WTF to do






Borana and her Wine


John, Remo






Brenda and Barretta = Brendetta

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success" ~Henry Ford

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts" ~ Winston Churchill







Jan 19th 2009. Monday morning...
Tater Tots and Whiskey on a cold winter weekend...


Its really cold outside these days

So I stay warm, thanks to Tony's gift to me brought back from the mother land Scotland.

Some tater tots on the side and everything is fine...

ps: the whiskey was good, smokey and had worked rather quickly, but tator tots cooked in-a-microwave turns-em into mushy gumballs








Jan 16th 2009. Friday
I need some more Sleep


"Work is the curse of the drinking classes" ~ Oscar.W

"Drunk is feeling sophisticated when you can't say it."







Jan 14th 2009. Wed Morning...
My chemical brewmance


Last night I dreamt I was a gigantic dragon made of a huge cloud of dream-dust. I was a dragon, my purpose, I was to be a bridge, between two worlds.

Much like a plane flying through the clouds, one, would have to pass through me, from tip of tail to my breath of exhale.

This was the only way one can go from one world to the next; from one dream to the next. I was huge, like, Brooklyn bridge huge and transparent so one can see thru me, see how others traveled across thru me from a far, I was bridge between to worlds. "No dream is ever just a dream"


Shooting when you have to and you don’t feel like it can be very uncomfortable and even more likely, miserable. Love hate relationships can often lead to these-don’t-want-to but have to days. This is were I think, if one had strong mechanics for the game equal to there feeling for the game, mechanics-trained or practiced properly with discipline along with already having a knowledge and experience for these doggy dog days of dogging your shot, then, one can shoot without thinking or feeling and still have accomplish getting that ball in the hole, with a pretty strong B game. Maybe, I’m talking nonsense, what do I know; I’m still struggling with being in the supposed C range.

"Its good to have a strong mechanical B game when you have no feel for your A game at the moment, then again what do I know, I'm just a C-ish dude at the end of A and B"


WTF is up @ ABC

"A habit is something you can do without thinking - which is why most of us have so many of them" ~Frank A. Clark






Jan 12th 2009. Monday Morning... about last night
WCD...Wild Card Drawing @ ABC 09


Wild Card Drawing for team 9ball at Amsterdam Billiards Club Jan 11th winter 2009.


Click Here to see winter 2008







Jan 11th 2009. Sunday Morning
Lemon Drops...


T.E.A.M = Together Everyone Achieves More
"The whole is greater than the sum of the parts"


Caroline Pao's first Lemon Drop Shot; ithink...

iPhone.m4v | desktop.m4v | iPhone-cell.3gp | .mov | YouTube

Mr. 200+

Steve Lipsky

"Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep" ~Fran Lebowitz



Mika & Jennifer

"I figure practice puts your brains in your muscles" ~Sam Snead






"Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea"
Caroline's feeling the >>>
>>>Lemon Drops ...
Cookie speak
Team: 2-much English #1











Jan 9th 2009. Friday.


Both seasons are over now, not holiday but league. It has been long, my longest I think; maybe, @ least it certainly felt like it. It has been interesting, humbling and enlightening. With a new year ahead and options for my recreation and promotion, personal and professional, I think I’ll take my natural allure and ability for attracting the strange fellows and black sheep of my social circles and make with the impel. Finally, I call my wolf brethren home for dinner. I don’t worry about my self as much as I do for my colleagues. I have many and they may also join me in the safety of my home, provided they leave the wool behind. I’ll pay close attention the experienced and draw my own conclusion, hopefully, it being the right choice and for the best for everyone who matters. It has been long and extraordinarily bumpy, I feel ok, almost obliged-even.
"Dangerous consequences will follow when politicians and rulers forget moral principles. Whether we believe in God or karma, ethics is the foundation of every religion" ~Tenzin Gyatso









Jan 5th/6th 2009.


Aaron Kane, Olga Gashkova
Helen Xina
Maya & Edward DelVillar-Rodriguez


In my dwelling of planet pool there is a village, and in that village we have.

Villiage ABC. A place of tribes, pubs and of course; billiards.

Olga and the Iceman



O and John Leyman | Remo Chang and Maya




Holly all is full of love


“What do you call love, hate, charity, revenge, humanity, magnanimity, forgiveness? Different results of the one master impulse: the necessity of securing one's self-approval” ~ Mark Twain

"Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together" ~ Edmund Burke

"It would be judicious to act with magnanimity towards a prostrate foe" ~ Zachary Taylor

"Let your secret sympathies and your compassion be always with the under dog in the fight - this is magnanimity; but bet on the other one - this is business" ~Mark Twain


"Magnanimous people have no vanity, they have no jealousy, and they feed on the true and the solid wherever they find it. And, what is more, they find it everywhere" ~Van Wyck Brooks

"It would be judicious to act with magnanimity towards a prostrate foe" ~ Zachary Taylor

Generous and understanding and tolerant
"a heart big enough to hold no grudges"; "that's very big of you to be so forgiving"; "a large and generous spirit"; "a large heart"; "magnanimous toward his enemies"

“In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity” ~Winston Churchill








Jan 4th 2009. Sunday morning
On Friday, Dinner and groovy tune ...


"An empty belly is the best cook" ~Estonian Proverb

"The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live" ~Confucius

"The belly rules the mind" ~Spanish Proverb

"Rice is born in water and must die in wine" ~Italian Proverb

"Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity" ~Voltaire







Jan 3rd 2009.
More about the last days of December


"In Mexico we have a word for sushi: bait" ~José Simons


"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results" ~Andrew Carnegie

"A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat" ~ Old New York Proverb








Jan 1st, 2009.
about the last days of December


"A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles"~Tim Cahill

2:00:pm Dec31st 2008. Northern wind today, Its sleeting outside and it is flip’n cold and the sun is out, barely; but it is out, and shinning, a soft muted shine, like a smudge in the sky, like death flying by. Its like the gods are out killing again. On the 30th of December 2008, I woke up with back pain, lower back pain, so painful. But because I am so used to it, I function with it, I work around it, I pop about 5 Aleve’s and plan on washing some more down later on with some cowboy juice at the salon, this is how I will I deal with it today. On the way to the lower eastside, on the way to my responsible/irresponsible acts of my final days of 2008.

I find on the ground a 5-dollar bill. After my responsible act in the bar I use that 5-dollar bill text some of my buddies about my find and then I irresponsibly buy a Makers Mark shot with the 5-dollar find. Hours go by, and I’ve had many-many shots after my first one. I know its still there, but, I no longer feel my back pain, I no longer feel any pain, I go an eat some food in my numb-dumb-money-finding-drunken wobbling state of affair.

After my Mexican burrito and slice of pizza, I start to head home, at the foot of the train stop, I stop, I think, I can do better, it is early and I am not planning on going out for NYE. So, I text my buddy rich and see if he is headed for the bar, I wait a few minutes, he texts back ‘yes’, so I go back to the bar, hang out in the bar to drink some more with my buddy rich, I try and get him drunk, he’s a heavy weight drinker like me, we have fun, I sat, I drank then we went to another bar to meet some more friends and drank some more, had fun and then started my way home. On the way home in my dwindling drunkenness I look down and see a 20 dollars bill. Maybe I’ll hold on to it and make it the beginning of a new 2009 piggy bank.

"Success in anything that is large, is most times, lonely" ~ wf

"The journey is the reward"



"The only journey is the one within" ~ Rainer Maria Rilke






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