BOXING DAY

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How I miss those Boxing Day pheasant shoots

Had I been in Blighty then today would have been a pheasant shooting day with turkey sandwiches and a large chunk of Christmas cake. As I’m not, those things, along with Boxing Day Trials are happy memories and today will be something completely different.

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Panic email from 4 Seasons to reveal 75% off Christmas Decs is just too much for Brenda so into town via them and get the new Head boots fitted to my skis, then a quick visit to my favorite Chinese  buffet …… on to Walmart and back for the skis. The NEW garland is up, lights are on, and now for snow flakes and baubles ….. snow flakes good, baubles take a hit as a 75% off pretty glass ball dives headlong onto the hearth and shatters, no matter she will be back for more!

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The NEW Garland goes up with 75% savings!

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Gorgeous baubles at under $2 a pop

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The other one of these went POP

I get a lovely NEW extra present in the form of a Nikon camera to replace the abused workshop & trials one that has served me well despite a couple of nasty crashes at Sipapu.

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The fire is lit, Christmas lights come on via timers and more Hallmark films play on.

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Saturday and the ornaments are replaced, garland finished and 2 spares go on the tree while another old one takes a nose dive to never never land.  Dog walking and an early party at the Riverfront pre pool but just as we are leaving old friend Forrest turns up with new lady friend having finally got shot of the one he married for some inexplicable reason?  Over to the Riverfront we go and enjoy a few clams which are delicious unlike the ones we had in Napa on the sea food platter at Bouchon’s.

Well oiled, the competition begins and today we have 20 players all trying the make the cut for next week’s final. Not quite sure how the system works with this number but there have to be a number of “byes” although I don’t get one and I’m on early. I win my first 3 games which with a normal 16 field means you are in the money as only 2 players can be undefeated at this stage. Today we have 4 and I lose this one in a very close well fought game.

Brenda has been playing well but hasn’t brought the killer edge and is enjoying the social side too much…… never mind she tells me she will be on fire at Mancos tomorrow.

2 extra games today which I win and now I’m back in the money and I’m playing for 3rd or better. The opposition nearly runs the table on me but I get back on and take 5 of mine before a miss. The leave is anything but easy with everything in a straight line but Bob manages to come off two rails and strikes the black perfectly for the win. No argument with that one! A great afternoon at the tables and another 3rd place so good practice for next weekend.

Sunday and last chance at Mancos for the Columbine’s tournament next weekend. I’m the duty driver so Brenda can have at it both pool and social. My first game is a messy affair with no clear shots after an initial good run of 5. The opposition catch up and still nothing available for me. Very frustrating but as we know it sometimes happens this way. Finally a problem ball gets moved and I finish in good style but boy that one was a struggle!

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A nice cut to the center and 5 balls up

Brenda gets the break on her first game and its nip and tuck all the way but one ball refuses to drop and the game is lost. Her second game is much the same with no major problems but despite a good catch up phase the ball is not for her. She does however get the less than welcome “First Out” and a free drink.

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Good break in game 1

My next game is another messy table with one of my “stripes” locked up behind the black and any attack on it is likely to sink the black and lose the game. The opposition catch up and finish off for my first loss.

The next game I must confess my heart doesn’t seem to be in it and I miss two very simple shots by my current standards. Again the other player is catching up and then I get my proverbial together with 3 super shots in a row and an excellent position on what I would class as an easy black. However it doesn’t drop and a few shots later I’m out and done for the day!

Well that was pool 2014, a Win, a 2nd and two 3rd’s at the Riverfront and a 2nd at the Columbine. Both Championships are next weekend so some final tuning, new cue tips etc and then let play commence

TONY DOWN

 

 

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