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08-14-2003, 06:33 AM
Leaving for Vegas this afternoon. Will be there until Tuesday morning. My girlfriend's team is called The Wild Things from Hamilton OH

Track me down anybody who might be there. Big tall guy, full head of hair. Shorts, sandals and a t-shirt from a car race probably.

08-23-2003, 01:13 PM
They wound up tied for 5th, pretty damn good.

Congrats to your girl and her teammates!

08-25-2003, 11:10 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote cycopath:</font><hr> They wound up tied for 5th, pretty damn good.

Congrats to your girl and her teammates! <hr /></blockquote>

Thanks. I will issue a full report soon.

08-25-2003, 11:14 AM
What's the hold up, you've had enough time to write three reports! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif JK Wally, write when time allows. tap, tap, tap, I'm waiting. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

08-25-2003, 01:01 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Rod:</font><hr> What's the hold up, you've had enough time to write three reports! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif JK Wally, write when time allows. tap, tap, tap, I'm waiting. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif <hr /></blockquote>

Glad to oblige Rod.
How I Spent My Summer Vacation

"The Tourney"

by Wally Phillips

The Wild Things finished 5th-8th out of 62 teams. My fiancee Kathy was 5-0. She's a s/l 4. She played quite well. Her best game was one where she broke out clusters on consecutive shots and ran 5 balls to take the case game. Of course that had the girls on the other team whispering about her handicap. She gave Scott Lee a lot of credit for helping her develop a dependable stroke. Our traveling companion Tammy was 3-1. Those two pretty much carried the team.

The competition really wasn't so tough. In ladies' APA the skill levels (s/l) can only total 19. The Wild Things played 3-3-4-4-5 and 3-3-3-4-6 after their s/l 5 got moved up to a s/l 6 (after the first match). Five of the six players had been to Vegas before so they knew what needed to be done.

The tourney format was a little screwy. They called it "modified double elimination". It's DE until you reach the round of 16 on the right side, then it becomes single elim. WTF ! The girls won their first 4 matches which I assumed put them in the top 4. Oh contraire... at that point they bring 4 teams from the left side and each of those teams matches up with a team on the right side. I talked to our LO this morning and he said he had been telling them for years how screwy that was.

Anyway they lost their 5th match which put them out and left them in 5th-8th. The team that beat them already had 1 loss but continued to the next round and pulled down an extra $1500. The good news is that their opponents were some of the nicest gals we met the whole weekend. They were "Witches of Eastgate" from Des Moines (mike_in_iowa might know them). I wish they would have won it all. They played out of a place called Smokeys.

The champs were VJ's from Louisville for the second straight year.

I wanted to get in a couple of mini-tournaments but since the gals kept winning I decided to just watch instead of playing.

08-25-2003, 01:04 PM
OK Rod. I've been catching up on work and CCB.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

"The Trip"

by Wally Phillips
I will never, ever depend on someone else to get me to the airport on time. We rode to Dayton airport with the sister of a teammate (Tammy) and she was 40 minutes late to begin with and was so busy yakking she forgot the van had an accelerator pedal (20 minutes lost). We got there at 4:00 pm for a 5:00 pm flight. We checked in and we then had to go to a machine where they x-ray your checked bags. My cue caddy has a counterweight, a 4" x 1 1/2" x 1/4" hunk of lead in it and "Sgt. Security" had to inspect that closely and make some wisecracks. They opened Tammy's bag and went thru everything (15 minutes lost). Then when we went thru the normal security to enter the terminal we were randomly flagged for a search. They completely emptied our carry-ons, swabbed our shoes for explosive traces, and wanded every nook and cranny (15 minutes lost). Just as they cleared us the announcement came on that our flight was leaving in 3 minutes. We literally had to run thru the terminal. Fortunately Dayton is a small airport. Whew......

Then a 3-hour layover in Atlanta. Never again. You live and learn.

The cues and cue cases made it there intact. That was a relief.

When we got to LVG we realized that English was a second language. We practically had to commandeer a shuttle. The driver was Russian. He said he was going to Caesar's. 15 poolplayers said "No way buddy. You're going to the Riveria" /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif He was like "OK OK Riviera, Riviera"

It took 45 minutes to check in /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif At least the all-night buffet was good /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

We left Tuesday and flew to Myrtle Beach for 3 days. Vegas was great but I like the beach better.

08-25-2003, 01:29 PM
How I Spent My Summer Vacation

"The City"

by Wally Phillips
This was my first time in Vegas. I figured my mens' teams would never make it so I tagged along with the girls. I saw a guy with a t-shirt that said "I'm just here to carry my bitch's cue case" /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Ahhhh.. Las vegas. "City of Breasts" "Melontown" "Hooterville" or "The City That Smokes"

The city where:

-It's perfectly acceptable to drink at 6:38 am, provided you have an 8:00 am match scheduled.

-The most common phrase is "Where's the nearest ATM?" or "No-smoking section? What's that?"

-Nobody cares if you look like a tourist. Everybody looks like a tourist

BTW Why couldn't the hotel pull some people out of the chintzy sunglass and jewelry shops and put them at the front desk so you could check in in less than 30 minutes?

I did not make it to In-n-Out Burger /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif but I did eat at Emeril's. It was a bit fancy but not snooty. I hate snooty. And it was one of the top 10 best meals I have ever eaten.

I saw the tables and the tourney chart at the Shadow at Caesar's where the Jeanette Lee/Canadian Club tourney was held (Hopster mentioned it). The winner was Jim McAllen (??? I think)

Went casino-hopping/drinking Monday about noon. At about 5:00 pm we met a bartender named Rocco from Brooklyn tending bar at the Frontier. Great guy. He took care of us. That day ended early. Walking and drinking in that heat Whew...

Harrah's was really hopping.

The people at Paris were nice.

The waitress at Bellagio wouldn't give us a drink even after we had gambled for 30 minutes..... Bitch /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif.

Fran Crimi
08-25-2003, 01:52 PM
Great commentary on your trip, Wally! Drat, I forgot the mention the secret to arriving and leaving Las Vegas. Do it in the middle of the night. LOL. It'll save you a lot of waiting in lines. My favorite flight departure time is 1:30AM.

Sounds like you had a nice time, though.


08-25-2003, 02:13 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Fran Crimi:</font><hr> Great commentary on your trip, Wally!

<font color="blue">Thanks. I'm not done yet though /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif </font color>

Drat, I forgot the mention the secret to arriving and leaving Las Vegas. Do it in the middle of the night. LOL. It'll save you a lot of waiting in lines. My favorite flight departure time is 1:30AM.

<font color="blue">We arrived at the hotel at about 12:30 am. There were 5 clerks and 50 people checking in. Just as we were headed to our room another 25 or 30 people arrived from LVG. I guess everybody flew after work Thursday. </font color>

Sounds like you had a nice time, though.

<font color="blue">Yep. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif </font color>
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08-25-2003, 02:29 PM
The last couple times Pete and I flew out, we left Philly around 11, had a one hour layover in Phoenix, then arrived LV around 2 or so. Didn't encounter long delays at the Riv checking in, either. But any time there's a pool event at the Riv you're going to run into some delays. I'd rather hit them in the afternoon than at midnight.


Fran Crimi
08-25-2003, 05:41 PM
Wow. That's really unusual for there to be so many checking in at that hour. I can't tell you how many times I've walked past the Riv. check-in desk and there are lines all day long but it's empty at night. Sounds like you had some bad luck there.


08-25-2003, 05:50 PM
Ah Vegas, Melons' you say. You don't need an excuse to drink in Vegas but you can make one up if you like. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif Hell the whole city is an excuse.

No In &amp; Out burger, bummer. /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif Sounds like Rocco took care of you guys. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif Wally, if you can't get served in Vegas there are two reasons. Your so drunk you can't sit in a chair or your dead and can't ask. /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif BTW Phx is hotter than Vegas. LOL

08-25-2003, 06:04 PM
Good for Kathy and her friend. That is a very respectable team finish. No matter what the total team can be they still have to play. It's good they had some seasoned players.

I think they did something similar in BCA years ago. It was double elimination until you reached a big chart, then it was single. Even if you never lost earlier it didn't matter. That was years ago, before the Riv and it was screwed up. The APA is screwed up anyway, IMO. Should have played in one of those mini's and kicked there butt's. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif


08-25-2003, 06:11 PM
Rod, you're right. It was kind of "triple elimination". Once you made the final 64, you started over and they re-drew the field for the board.

It was my first Vegas tourny. I finished 17th-24th out of 300+ entrants!

Barbara~~~hasn't finished better since... /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif!

08-25-2003, 11:26 PM
Great commentary on your trip, Wally! Drat, I forgot the mention the secret to arriving and leaving Las Vegas. Do it in the middle of the night. LOL. It'll save you a lot of waiting in lines. My favorite flight departure time is 1:30AM. &lt;--Fran

Waiting under an hour to check in is good time. I see people who have waited as much as 8 hours to get into their room. That sickens me to no end. Last week i had a Korean guy who was with his wife and they were waiting forever. I was on a 21 game and he was playing with me, thank god the guy got lucky and won a few grand. Nice fellow.

08-25-2003, 11:32 PM
Im sorry i didnt meet up with you Wally, sounds like you had fun. I was on vacation last week and didnt even make it down to the Riv to watch the matches, too damm busy.
I did go play at the cue club one night with the wife. I go to the bathroom and come out there is an old regular just fell over onto our table and had a heart attack. My wife is wide eyed and shook up. I called over some guys who were playing one pocket and i ran up to the front to get them to call an ambulance.
The guy wound up leaving he hospital and dying. Must have been in his late 70,s or eighties. Sad.

08-25-2003, 11:50 PM

Is that what happened? I couldn't remember for sure, that's been a few years. LOL I played there my first two years. That was the Sands? What ever it was it isn't there anymore. Good thing I don't get paid to remember. LOL


08-26-2003, 07:44 AM
How I Spent My Summer Vacation

"Folks I met"

by Wally Phillips

The first pool celeb I met was Dennis Coulter. He was working the Viking booth. I think he was impressed that I recognized his name. Most APA players would not recognize any of the male pros. He seemed like a nice feller. We talked about the Viking tour. I told him I was not good enough to enter a tour stop. He encouraged me to go ahead and do it. He said his first big tournament he got beat by Buddy Hall 15-1 but he kept coming back and eventually started beating guys he never imagined he could.

I saw Belinda Campos but she was busy. Robin Dodson was there selling Frog jumpers. I introduced myself and asked her how her game was. She said she retired last year. I had no idea. She looked great. She seemed like a nice lady.

Allison was there all weekend. She was doing 4-person clinics twice a day at $150 per person. I tried to speak to her once but I guess she wasn't in the mood because she did the the old "cell phone to the ear" trick. I guess you have to shell out the $150 for that. She looked really good. She seems to have lost a little weight since the last time I saw her.

I met Allen Hopkins. I called him "Champ". I think he liked that because he smiled real big and came over and shook my hand. I dropped Barbara's name. He seemed like a nice feller.

Leonard Bludworth was the best. He was working his booth and talking to someone. I thought their conversation was finished so I introduced myself and told him I knew him from AZB. Turns out that I had accidentally interrupted his unfinished conversation so he sort of blew me off. I guess he felt bad about that because he saw me at the bar a couple hours later and greeted me with a hearty "Hey Wallaaaay..." and apologized for blowing me off earlier. I bought him a gin and tonic. I asked where his buddy Fast Larry was. He got a kick out of that. So all weekend every time he saw me walk by his booth he'd say "Hey Wallaaaay..." He seemed like a nice feller.