My wife and I were at the pool room last night to pick up some work. On the way home we got to talking about some of the guys that hang there. I wonder how much the addictive nature of pool effects some of these guys lives. One is a cop that has a wife and a new baby. I know he works a lot of hours, but it seems he is never home. From the years of owning and running pool rooms, (more then half my life). I can tell you he is not unique. One place I owned was a 24 hour place with quite a bit of action. I think that place ruined plenty of lives. They would not go home. One I know of for sure lost his business due to be addicted to hanging out at the poolroom. I don't know how many marriages may have been affected. The point I think I am getting at is, pool is fun to play and very interesting but is there a point that someone has to back off a bit because of it's addictive, time consuming nature. I don't mean quit all together, just get things in a proper perspective. We were still talking about it this morning. You feel sometimes like you want to go to some of those guy and shake some sense into them. I can't think of too many other casual activities, such as fishing or playing golf, that can actually destroy someone's life as being addicted to pool can. You read it here between the lines in some of the posts, how obsessed some seem to be by the game. My wife and I just found it interesting. I don't know if it is good or bad, everyone need something they enjoy doing just for the sake of doing it. I just wonder if in the case of pool, people have to watch that it doesn't take over their life. I guess an argument could be made that anything can be bad if taken to an extreme. Somewhere out there, there may be an obsessed bird watcher, but that doesn't make it OK. I just think someone's marriage and family is far more important then hanging out playing pool. A good reality check may be in order, if anything I have written sounds familiar. Please don't get me wrong, this is not preaching, just honest observations.