Did I get your attention? Well, it's not what you are thinking...
If you know me, you know I’m talking about pool, but if you don’t…let me introduce a little bit more about myself and what makes me who I am. Believe me, it isn’t the game you think it is from watching TV and the movies…it is a fun night out with friends, strangers who become friends and a whole lot of people that love the game!
As many of you already know, I play in the APA - American Poolplayers Association under the Maryland Area APA. The APA is an amateur pool league and is played in bars/taverns/halls/VFWs, etc. around the country on a daily basis. There are leagues every day in almost every city/area in the United States. We all play for the love of the game and the hope to make it to the National Tournament held in Las Vegas, NV.
My “home” location is Cassidy’s Pit Stop (2919 Eastern Boulevard, Middle River, MD) owned by Al Van Gelder. We’ve been shooting there for too many years to count and LOVE the owner, the people and the place. Our pool table is well maintained, we are treated like members of a family and we love the support we get from our home bar! Thanks Al, we really appreciate all you do! My team, On the Lead Lap has been together for almost 12 years in one form or another. Right now our members are: Brian Novak (7), Ed Novak (5), Tammi Copsey (3), Harry Graleski (6), Patricia Graleski (3), Clyde Carter (4), Janet Blethe (3) and Donald Hall (5).
For the past two weekends, we have played in the National Qualifier at The New Green Room (2401 North Point Boulevard, Baltimore, MD). We qualified to play for a chance to get to Las Vegas, but sadly we were not successful. Our team has never made it, but we are hopeful every year to finally “grasp the golden ring”…one day…one day.
If you want to know WHY I love the game, first you need to know what it has taught me about myself…
- I REALLY am competitive.
- I thrive under pressure.
- I can really get into my own head and block out the world around me.
- I am a team player and thrive on their trust and friendship.
- I trust my instincts, the first thought is usually the right one.
- It is possible to learn something new every day.
- I know how to keep a level head and good posture.
- I look ahead…you can’t change the past, but you prevent future mistakes.
- I view the whole playing field (not just the ball in front of me).
- I look at everyone as the best competitor regardless of skill level or experience.
- I practice good sportsmanship and value it in others…the spirit of the game!
I play pool to have fun, relax and because I love the intricacies of the sport. I admit it isn’t a bad thing being able to wield a big stick and smack around some unsuspecting balls either *grin*
How does this all fit into real estate? Easy...the 11 things it taught me are all used in real estate/business/life each and every day.
This blog would not be complete if I did not give a special shout out to the wonderful team that beat us...Bleachers (2501 Fleet Street, Baltimore, MD). They were incredibly good sports, incredibly good players and made the pressure of the evening fun! Thanks and I wish you luck...all the way to Vegas!