Pool has always been fascinating to me. The rules are simply stated, yet there are amazingly complicated and interesting strategies for good play.

My father taught me how to play when I was a young boy, and I remember saving my pennies, nickels, and dimes for almost two years before I had enough money to buy a small pool table. My father added some more money to the fund and for about 3 years I spent many hours playing pool in the attic where the pool table was very cosily placed.

At the time I believed that being a good pool player was mostly a physical skill, but now I believe that it is mostly a mental skill. The physics of shooting pool is now pretty well described, and it is very beautiful.

I don't play particularly well, but I enjoy the game very much. There is a weekly pool tournament at Rey's Bar & Grill in Alliance, Ohio every Thursday night at 7:00 PM.