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Karatemom
11-18-2002, 07:08 AM
Last Monday I played in the usual 9 ball tourney. It was turning out to be a normal everyday evening. Ever since they booted me up a handicap, I haven't done very well, but I know that will come in time. Half way into the evening, the td cranked up the music so loud my ribs were vibrating! You couldn't even hear yourself think! I love loud music as much as the next headbanger, but not at a time when myself and a bunch of others are trying to concentrate.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I got fed up, gave away my game, which I don't believe I would have won anyway, and left. I vowed never to go back there until the old td came back. I haven't gone in there to practice all week and now it's Monday and I'm getting that urge to shoot tonite. I have no plans on attending the tourney, but it's gonna kill me /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif.

Do I eat my words, or stick to my guns?

Heide ~ just had to vent today

TomBrooklyn
11-18-2002, 07:30 AM
Stick to your guns if you want, but if you don't let that TD and Room Owner know why your not going to come back, they may assume that you love extreemly loud music at the tourney, but couldn't get there for some other reason.

Sometimes all it takes to have somebody do something is ask them. Why not ask them to lower the music and see what they say? If they don't want to lower the volume make sure they know thats why you will not be participating. If a lot of others feel the same way AND make their wishes known, I'll bet they CHANGE THEIR TUNE. But they can only do that if they know what the problem is.
=Tom

Karatemom
11-18-2002, 07:46 AM
I made it quite clear during and after the tourney why I left. The td didn't care what anyone said or did as he was in a "happy" mood /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif. Did I mention that the td is the owner's son? That has alot to do with it unfortunately.

I guess what I'm getting at is this. It doesn't really make any difference who knows and who doesn't know why I'm upset. I imagine it's around the whole town by now. Every Monday night is different. The previous td was really nice, a good kid. There was no bs with him. This one does as he pleases, with no regard for anyone else. My question then would be, would you go back regardless of the possible conditions? I know I'll eventually go back, no doubt. I think it just might be that vengeful woman in me saying "I'll get them back by not showing up for a while", but maybe it'll hurt me more than help me.

Now I'm all confused - somebody help!!! /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/mad.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

Heide ~ sorry I left that out earlier, the blonde in my hair is seeping in!!!

stickman
11-18-2002, 08:15 AM
Heide, I can't tell you whether you should go back or not, but if you do decide to, go to Walmart and purchase a set of the soft earplugs in the hunting section. This might make it more bearable. /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

CarolNYC
11-18-2002, 08:26 AM
Heide,
You have ABSOLUTELY EVERY right to request that music be turned down-you paid an entry fee,I gather? You request that music be turned down!
Carol

#### leonard
11-18-2002, 08:50 AM
Ear plugs takes hearing the cue hit the cueball out of play. Hearing the hit is a great feedback to your stroke. Hard Rock music would drive me crazy I stopped playing at the Albany Golden Cue because of the music. If you were the only person playing they wouldn't turn the music down if you asked. I understand they are catering to the young but when you are the only customer your right.

Barbara
11-18-2002, 09:37 AM
Heide,

I would definitely have a chat with the room owner. The son is not doing his business any good.

There's safety in numbers and if you can get any of the other tourny regulars to go with you to talk to the room owner, that might help, too.

Barbara~~~gave up on the "kiddie city' rooms...

Popcorn
11-18-2002, 10:50 AM
Just get some ear plugs and forget about it. I used to play in a lot of bars and always had a pair in my case. No one ever even knew because of my long hair.

Popcorn
11-18-2002, 10:59 AM
That is true, but it more changes the tip sound and does not eliminate it all together, you get used to it in only a few minutes. It is even a little pleasant after a while. I have no problem playing my best wearing ear plugs. If noise bothers you, it only makes sense.

Chris Cass
11-18-2002, 11:18 AM
Ahha,

I knew you wanted to go badly. Tell ya what. If it gets too loud I'll "poke a hole in them Bose." LOL I'll talk to Duane and tell Jesse to chill. I know playing your matches next to the speakers really suck. I also thought is was way too loud.

Quiting or giving up isn't an option in pool. In Chess they can but not pool. I carry ear plugs but don't push them in all the way like #### Leonard says, "You need to hear the hit." I used them for letting my woofing opponent think I can't hear him. LOL works well too..

If you want to go? It's ok by me. Besides you'll need the practice for our blood match coming up. You'll need to learn how to $hit rack. Because, if I get the break, you won't be getting out of your chair. LOLLOLLOL

Aww, just go and yell at Jesse. He's used to it from his wife. hahhahhah Seriously, when your paying your entry tell Jesse, If the music gets too loud, I'm outta here and won't play another. It should work. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif The only reason I wouldn't enter is the way Jesse lets his back in and makes him a 4. Now that's total BS. I doubt he needs the $50.

C.C.~~I think WWIII is around the corner.

jjinfla
11-18-2002, 12:36 PM
Gee Heide, If you can hear the music, no matter how loud it is, it just shows you have not developed the art of concentration yet. You have to put the noise, oops music, out of mind and fall into your own little world of pool. That should be easy for the women, especially for one who has had children. It's even easier for married men. Yes dear. Yes Dear. And never heard a word. We go on automatic. LOL Keep in mind that the jukebox is a money maker - the more noise it generates the more money the house makes; while the tournament player is a money loser for the house. Unless he/she spends at the bar. But I have seen tournament players play for hours and just have one cup of coffee, or one bottle of water. Hopefully, that is not the only pool establishment in town. Jake

SPetty
11-18-2002, 12:45 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote jjinfla:</font><hr> If you can hear the music, no matter how loud it is, it just shows you have not developed the art of concentration yet. You have to put the noise, oops music, out of mind and fall into your own little world of pool.<hr /></blockquote>Hi Jake,

What you say may be true for "normal" loud music, but I can relate to the music Karatemom's talking about. You can feel that music in your feet and in your chest and in your ears. (And sometimes, the blood that drips from your ears messes up the balls.) It is so loud that you can't even talk to anyone else or the waitress, even if you wanted to spend a lot and buy a round for the house! I suspect she's pretty good at blocking out the "normal" loud, but what she's talking about here is the painfully loud. No matter how good you are, it's hard to ignore something that's physically beating you about the head and shoulders...

Karatemom
11-18-2002, 12:53 PM
I don't have much trouble concentrating, but this was an exception. I do have nights that I just can't focus, and maybe this was one and the music just exascerbated the situation.

As for being a money spender, on a typical weekend, our family will spend $75 + a week there. So they can't say that they lose money on us.

It might as well be the only ph in the area. There is one other where the prices are higher, the atmosphere is not as friendly, and it's darn cold in there.

Heide

Karatemom
11-18-2002, 12:56 PM
Thanks you SPetty. You hit the nail on the head.

Heide

Karatemom
11-18-2002, 12:59 PM
No can do. Can't wear ear plugs - echoes worse than when I'm not wearing any. Tried it already. Thanks though for the thought.

Heide

Karatemom
11-18-2002, 01:04 PM
I think I will attend tonite's tourney (like I could really stay away /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif), but I will inform Jesse, the td, ahead of time not to touch the volume dial on the jukebox or he'll get a Lucasi up his !?@!

Thanks guys for everything.

Heide ~ thought I had more will power than that /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

rackmup
11-18-2002, 01:23 PM
Hi Karatemom,

I believe this will be the first time we have ever "talked"!

I know what you mean about the loud music problem and the inherent distractions it imposes.

I will give you my thoughts and a few ideas:

If it's a DJ, well, unfortunately, you are up-the-creek. If your pool establishment manager allows a DJ to play music at teeth-rattling volumes during league or tournament play, that tells you who is most important to him and it isn't the pool-players. Drop back, punt and find another place to play.
Now...if it's a jukebox, well, that's simple...walk by and secretly unplug it with the butt of your cue.
If unplugging it isn't an option, feed it about $20 and play music you like. If you're going to be distracted, it might as well be by something you like and not continual playing of "Eminem's" "Superman".
File a multi-million dollar medical claim against your local poolhall, claiming your kidney was jarred completely loose from your body by the offending music and is now resting somewhere near your lower thigh. Tell them your team of specialists insist that you will need to have your kidney relocated back to it's God-given position and that it isn't a "cheap" procedure.
Wear earplugs.
Wear headphones.
Try hypnosis.

I hope this helps.

Regards,

Ken (having kidney relocation surgery next week due to the abnoxious volume levels at my favorite poolhall)

jbullerjr
11-18-2002, 02:41 PM
With the volume levels this loud, how do they call the matches?

Try sitting at or near the farthest table from the TD, after he has to walk all the way over to you several times to tell you "your up, table X", kindly say "I'm sorry I just can't hear you over the music."

J.

Karatemom
11-18-2002, 03:31 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote rackmup:</font><hr> If unplugging it isn't an option, feed it about $20 and play music you like. If you're going to be distracted, it might as well be by something you like and not continual playing of "Eminem's" "Superman".
File a multi-million dollar medical claim against your local poolhall, claiming your kidney was jarred completely loose from your body by the offending music and is now resting somewhere near your lower thigh. Tell them your team of specialists insist that you will need to have your kidney relocated back to it's God-given position and that it isn't a "cheap" procedure.

I hope this helps.

Regards,

Ken (having kidney relocation surgery next week due to the abnoxious volume levels at my favorite poolhall)

<hr /></blockquote>

Yes, Ken, it helps, these two especially. Might try them tonite /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif. Plugging $20 into the box is a good idea. All they like to play is rap music, which I can't stand. I suppose it would be a little easier to take if I liked the music /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif.

As for the lawsuit, you might just have the right idea. Boy, you have no idea how close you are to that one /ccboard/images/graemlins/shocked.gif.

Thanks for the laughs,

Heide ~ thinks her ears are ringing already /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

Karatemom
11-18-2002, 03:33 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote jbullerjr:</font><hr> With the volume levels this loud, how do they call the matches?

Try sitting at or near the farthest table from the TD, after he has to walk all the way over to you several times to tell you "your up, table X", kindly say "I'm sorry I just can't hear you over the music."

J. <hr /></blockquote>

The only problem with that is that they will disqualify you if you don't show. It doesn't matter that they know you're there, or that you bought their 2 yr old boy a birthday present, or that you're friends with his wife.

Heide ~ wishing we lived in TX

Karatemom
11-18-2002, 03:37 PM
Thanks, guys. I'm much better now /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif. I'm really lousy with words, but you knew what I meant. It helped lots and I feel better about it, not as angry as I was. Now I'm going to prep for the tourney, kick some butt, and watch the Leonid meteor shower. Thanks a bunch!

Heide

Rod
11-19-2002, 01:30 AM
I'd talk to the owner. I need to hear the balls. There is no way in hell I would wear ear plugs. It can effect how you play and even balance. I don't know the size of this room and if there is a lot more going on but I'd be pi$$ed. Either their having a tournament for the players (they are a pool room) or its shouting contest, karoke, dancing or whatever. Needless to say I'd stick to my guns and get others involved that feel the same. I would explain a comfortable level. Belive me I have done this and it works.