While I am proud to see our League grow and the addition of new faces, I am sad to say I don't know everyone like I used to. Sure, the regular members that have been with 8 Ball Express since the beginning stick out in my memory, but they are now out numbered by the fresh faces. If you are one of the people I've not yet had the pleasure of meeting or getting to know, I would love to hear about you.
Maybe it's because in my last career I spent living "Dilbert-style" in a large corporation's grey-on-grey-on-grey cubicle, couped up 29 stories from the world below. I think I've genuinely missed the public. I now try not to take for granted the opportunities I have to be around them longer than the time it takes to wait in a Starbucks' line.
If you see me out and about or at a member's meeting, even if I seem frazzled or being pulled in several directions at once, I still am genuinely interested in how you came to play pool, who taught you, where you learned and what you do for a living. Just give me a minute and I would love to get to know you. Heck, I might even blog about you!
I think of 8 Ball Express as a tapestry, becoming bolder and more interesting by the increasing diversity of it's threads, our members. As an artist is interested in each brush stroke of a painting, I am interested in each of our members and the commonality shared by everyone, billiards. I enjoy the flexibility of this job, but even more I enjoy the experiences I get out of it and the people I get to meet. So, I look forward to meeting you!