Monday, November 27th, 2017
This week’s theme for the Flickr Macro Monday group is “Games or Game Pieces.” From this week’s instructions (from Janet Towbin):
Our next theme is a Member’s Choice theme suggested by member Kathy Koch. It is certainly going to be a fun and playful theme and I think it will be a topic everyone can easily find something to photograph. Be sure to visit Kathy’s photostream and thank her for this winning Member’s Choice topic: “Games or Game Pieces.”
Here is what inspired Kathy to submit “Games or Game Pieces” for Macro Mondays:
“A few years ago I was a co-moderator for the Assignment 52 group. Each week there was a different topic to photograph – one of which was ‘Play.’ Some great photos of games and game pieces were submitted, so I thought it might be a good theme for Macro Mondays.”
The Magic 9-Ball
Who knew that playing a game of pool could change your life? But it’s true! Most think the 8-ball is magic, but not for me… it’s the 9-ball.
Memorial Day weekend 1995, I went out with my best friend, Debbie, to play some pool at Slick Willie’s in North Austin. We were both single and were checking out a group of young guys playing across the pool hall. I went to make a shot and accidentally hit someone with my cue at the table beside us. That someone, Curtis, would eventually turn out to be my husband. We laughed and chatted. He was out with his father who was visiting for the weekend. He swears that my hitting him in the butt with my cue was on purpose, but it really was an accident! We ended up closing down the pool hall then went down the street to do some bowling. The next night we went to the movies (we saw Braveheart) and have pretty much been together ever since. We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary this past May.
When we were dating and even early into our marriage, we would go out every Friday night. Jenny went to her dad’s house every weekend, so we had some alone time. We would go to Los Portales, a local Mexican restaurant, then head down the street to shoot pool for a couple of hours while we shared a pitcher of beer. We always played 9-ball. It’s a quick game and easy to keep track of where you are when you get distracted. Curtis grew up a military brat and he played a lot of pool on base when he was a kid. So even though his vision isn’t good, he’s quite skilled at shooting pool. It took me a very long time to beat him the first time and he was a patient and kind teacher. Some of my fondest memories of our early time together is based on 9-ball.
Of course, now that we have a house big enough, we have our own pool table. <3
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/4.5 | 1/125 | ISO 1250
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