Some individuals are introduced to the Green Game when very young, either by receiving a toy table or somehow gaining access to someone's home table via the family or a neighborhood buddy. Others start as teenagers, banging balls around with friends, usually as a casual pastime.
Some young players start out with a strong fascination and even learn to be a decent shooter, and then give it up for other pursuits such as school and girls. Later they come back and get more consistently involved.
Some individuals, looking for a new hobby, are introduced to the Green Game via a friend who convinces you to join the local league team. The game strikes some chord inside that develops into a fascination.
When you walk into many pool halls in the early afternoons, you find many retired individuals who come in to pass the time of day and chisel each other for a few bucks. Take your time to talk with some of these fellows. They are often outstanding resources of knowledge and local history.
In the beginning, many people become fascinated be the action of using a white ball to push other colorful balls around the table. Some of the balls occasionally go into pockets - sometimes on purpose, most often by accident. Plus all those bright colors moving randomly on a beautiful background are mesmerizing. What's not to like?
The chance to compete on an equal or near equal basis among peers, friends, and leagues is a good reason to enjoy the game. This is a sport that depends not on superior strength, but on intelligent attention. The idea of being able to play against men and women of all ages, with no stigma attached, can be attractive.
For those included to control and perfection, there could not be a more perfect pastime. Where else can you go to find a game where you use a tool to touch one ball and make it interact with other balls – that requires such careful skill?
The advantages of loving the Green Game are many. There are almost no physical medical restrictions - there are many excellent wheelchair players. There are no age limitations. There are good players as young as 8 and 9 all the way up to those in their 90s.
One shining example is an individual (87) with Parkinson's. He would shake violently on the setup and practice strokes, but when the shot was committed, you could not find a more beautiful follow-through. And even when it did interfere with a shot, he was so pleasant and self-forgiving about it. And, he played for two-three hours every day.
To play regularly, all that is really required is the ability to get to the table and take a shot. There is a legend that while an occasional player collapses while playing, no one is actually been identified as dying while playing pool.
Society exists in this microcosm universe. Here you can observe many of the human interactions - battles, skirmishes, wars, and fights for supremacy. There occurs respect, insults, snubs, and other subtle actions that indicate arrogance or desperation. There are constantly challenges for status and occasionally money. Long standing resentments and feuds can develop; fear and rage (subdued in most cases) can bloom into existence. Revenge and the desire for comeuppance can festered for years between individuals. What more drama could you want?
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