I’ve definitely been MIA. I’ve been trying to get in gear for the first WPBA event but at the same time been really busy with Mezz USA and Billiard Life. The Super Billiard Expo was great. We had so many people come by the booth and try out our stuff. I have a good feeling about this. So many people were surprised how great the Mezz cues hit and the Break Cues… forget about it. People were going crazy about them! As for Billiard Life, we made new designs and we also got great feedback…. we even got hoodies with interior fleece which are awesome. Glad that the economy didn’t hurt us too much!
Well after Valley Forge… I was busy trying to get things organized with inventory and stuff which didn’t allow me with much quality practice time. I was a bit nervous for the first WPBA even in San Diego. I felt a bit unprepared but I was still positive that I can manage through the matches.
When I arrived in San Diego, I was soooo happy. I’ve always loved the great weather and lay back everyone was. I even considered moving there at one point. Anyway, when I got a chance to practice on our tournament tables I noticed that they were playing pretty difficult. I guess the cloth was not new and the balls were not just rolling in. That means everyone would have to player harder… cool with me. Being seated in this tournament, I drew Alice Rim first round. Prior to the match I was busy doing computer work for Billiard Life and was on the phone for most of the morning until I had to hurry and get ready for the match. Once we started, I knew I was going to have a tough time. I had a hard time focusing on competing. My brain was all over the place. Thinking about work and all. Aside from the fact, that I missed a couple of shots and safeties, Alice was playing lights out. She played great and got out of the hardest racks. I think she missed 4 shots the whole match. I really couldn’t do much from the seat… better luck next time.
Losing my first match didn’t discourage me. I was pumped up to play a better second match. I played Nicole Keeney and I was ready. I woke up with my phone going off for work and this time I had to take care of Mezz USA stuff. Its a never ending story actually. I didn’t think much about working before a match so I tried to do as much as possible before I had to play. I wasn’t pocketing the balls as great on the practice table and thought it was just nerves but during the match I had such a hard time just concentrating. I had so many opportunities that I could not take advantage of. I guess I really deserved to lose, I just gave back all the chances I had to win games. I was soooo disappointed. I wasn’t mad just wanted to find out what I can do to make this situation not happen again.
I ended up talking with Xiao Ting about what happened. Apparently, when going for competition your mind can’t be clouded with anything else. You have to focus on the task of competing… that is what is important at the moment. You have to set aside time for other work after competing… not before or during competition. I really understand why it was so hard for me to just focus on pool when I had to play…. my mind was already stressed from everything else. Well this is a good lesson learned…
Now I’m back in New York. Crazy as ever…. have to do taxes… YUCK! Glad that sales are picking up a bit. I’m excited but I know I need to schedule my time so that every minute is used efficiently. I need to make time for work, practice and a little bit of play time…. can’t just keep working forever (even though I am on my computer all the time)!
I know I’m going to be more busy next week with my cousin getting married and my family coming from Asia! Ouch… I need more time in a day! It will be great to spend some time with my fam… haven’t seen them for over a year!
Happy Easter everyone! Peace Out! ;-p